Senators winger Brady Tkachuk skated for the first time today since tearing a ligament in his leg, notes Postmedia’s Ken Warren. The fourth pick back in June was off to a very strong start to his season with three goals and three assists in just four games before suffering the injury. Although this is certainly a step in the right direction, he’s likely to miss at least another two to three weeks based on the original recovery timeframe.
Meanwhile, Warren adds (via Twitter) that center Zack Smith underwent surgery on Sunday to repair a trio of facial fractures and has been prohibited from any physical activity for at least a week. He has been placed on injured reserve. The Senators are now down to just 12 healthy forwards so there’s a possibility that they’ll make a roster move in advance of Tuesday’s game against Arizona.
More from the East:
- The Red Wings announced (Twitter link) that they will be without center Frans Nielsen for at least the next two games due to an undisclosed injury. The veteran got off to a quiet start to his season but has been more productive as of late with four assists in the last four games. Detroit may also be without center Andreas Athanasiou tomorrow night as he is listed as doubtful with an undisclosed injury. The 24-year-old is tied for the team lead in goals with four through the first eleven games.
- Penguins defenseman Kris Letang left practice early today due to a lower-body issue that occurred on Saturday, reports Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. As a result, his availability for Tuesday’s game against the Islanders is in question. Meanwhile, winger Jake Guentzel should be able to play despite leaving Saturday’s game early following a high-stick to the face from teammate Dominik Simon.