News and notes from around the NHL tonight:
- The Calgary Flames announced today that Mark Jankowski will make his NHL debut tonight against the New York Islanders. The 2012 first round draft pick is the 29th (of 30) player drafted in the first round that year to make a start. St. Louis Blues draft pick Jordan Schmaltz is now the only players from that round yet to play an NHL game . Postmedia writer Wes Gilbertson reports that Jankowski will play second-line center between Kris Versteeg and Troy Brouwer.
- Fellow 2012 draftee Phil Di Giuseppe was recalled today by the Carolina Hurricanes. The Maple, ON forward has 2G and 5A in 8 games for the Charlotte Checkers, and will replace the injured Jordan Staal who is out indefinitely with a concussion.
- The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that the team has reassigned forward Erik Condra to the Syracuse Crunch. Condra has put up 3G and 6A in 13 games for the Crunch, but was held pointless in his two games with the Lightning. This move may be to make room for an injured player’s return—namely Anton Stralman.
- The Detroit Red Wings will have forward Tomas Jurco back for Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Stars, reports the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff. Jurco has been on the sidelines since undergoing back surgery this summer. The Wings could use all the offensive help they can get as the team currently sits seventh in the Atlantic Division.