The NHL has a light schedule tonight with just four games, though there are still some prime matchups. Arguably the two best lines in hockey will face off when Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche welcome in Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins, while Mike Yeo will try to cool off his seat as he heads to Chicago to face the Blackhawks. We’ll be right here to keep track of all the minor roster moves around the league as all those teams without a game prepare for the second half of the week.
- The New York Rangers flip-flopped goaltenders once again, recalling Marek Mazanec while assigning Alexandar Georgiev to the minor leagues. Then, later in the day they reversed the transaction, calling Georgiev back up and demoting Mazenec in what appears to be nothing more than a paper transaction. The team has made the swap several times this season, though Mazanec still hasn’t gotten into any NHL games. The Rangers are keeping both goaltenders as fresh as possible by giving them time in net for the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack.
- Nikita Scherbak has been recalled from his conditioning stint, as the Montreal Canadiens had used all 14 days available to them. The young forward will continue to get treatment for his lower-body injury instead of joining the team, and it is not clear when he will be given the chance to get back into the NHL lineup.
- After Sidney Crosby missed practice with an upper-body injury, the Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled Derek Grant from the AHL. The veteran forward played today for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and may get into the lineup along with newcomer Tanner Pearson tomorrow night for Pittsburgh.
- The Anaheim Ducks have recalled Sam Carrick from the San Diego Gulls, after moving both Cam Fowler and Patrick Eaves to injured reserve. Carrick has played three games already this season for the Ducks, but has found most of his success in the minor leagues where he has 11 points in 10 games.