After a relatively quiet Wednesday night in the NHL, the league is roaring back with 12 games on the schedule. Those include prime matchups that could go a long way in determining playoff seeding down the stretch. The Montreal Canadiens are fighting for their postseason lives in a matchup with Mathew Barzal and the New York Islanders, while the Dallas Stars are trying to put the Colorado Avalanche to bed once and for all. As teams prepare for tonight’s action, we’ll be here keeping track of all the minor moves.
- The New Jersey Devils will be without Kyle Palmieri and Will Butcher tonight, and have recalled Josh Jacobs to make his NHL debut in the latter’s place. Jacobs was a second round pick of the Devils in 2014 and has recorded 12 points in 60 games this season for the Binghamton Devils. Butcher is dealing with an illness and is not capable of playing.
- Matt Read has been recalled by the Minnesota Wild once again under emergency conditions, the eleventh transaction to include the veteran forward this month. Read has played a total of seven games for Minnesota but has operated as valuable insurance on game days.
- The Carolina Hurricanes have sent defenseman Haydn Fleury back down to the AHL with Calvin de Haan ready to return to the lineup. After playing in 67 games with the Hurricanes last season, Fleury has only played in 17 with Carolina this year compared to 23 with the Charlotte Checkers.
- With several forwards finally back at full health, the Calgary Flames made the expected move of sending Curtis Lazar back down to the minors. Lazar has had yet another disappointing season; the former second-round pick has played in just one game with the Flames this season after failing to produce consistently as a regular last season.