Seven games are on tap for tonight across the NHL, including a prime time matchup between the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals. The Islanders are trying to prove all of their doubters wrong and continue to compete in the Metropolitan Division, while the Capitals are ready to contend for their second Stanley Cup. As teams prepare for tonight’s action, we’ll keep track of all the movement around the league.
- The Nashville Predators have placed Zac Rinaldo on injured reserve, though the physical forward hasn’t played since the beginning of the month. Rinaldo has actually played 23 games for the Predators this year, more than many expected when he signed a one-year two-way deal in the summer.
- The New York Rangers have flipped backup goaltenders once again, sending Alexandar Georgiev to the Hartford Wolf Pack and recalling Marek Mazanec. The team has been making these moves all season in order to keep their backups fresh, and the two will likely be flipped back within a few days.
- The Minnesota Wild have recalled defenseman Louis Belpedio from Iowa of the AHL. With Mathew Dumba on IR, Minnesota has been running with six defenders for the last little while. Belpedio has 10 points in 40 minor league games this season and has two assists in his lone career NHL contest.
- The Dallas Stars have brought back winger Denis Gurianov from AHL Texas. The 21-year-old impressed in an 11-game stint earlier this season and has been quite productive in the minors with 31 points in 29 games. Dallas has scored just three goals in the last four games so they’ll likely be hoping that Gurianov can help give them a lift offensively.