The Devils received some good news and bad news on the injury front when it comes to their back end. Andy Greene told Amanda Stein (Twitter link) that he’s nearing a return after suffering an upper-body injury in the third game of their season. He skated at practice but still needs to meet with team doctors before getting the green light to return.
Meanwhile, they’ll be down another blueliner for Saturday’s contest against Vancouver as the Devils announced (via Twitter) that Will Butcher has been ruled out after sustaining an undisclosed injury on Thursday night. The 24-year-old is off to a quiet start to his season offensively with just a single goal in seven games. Connor Carrick will likely return in Butcher’s absence.
Other injury news from around the league:
- Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson left Thursday’s game early due to a lower-body issue, one that will keep him out of the lineup for Saturday’s contest against Montreal, notes Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Head coach Craig Berube stated that the veteran is listed as day-to-day. St. Louis has seven blueliners on the active roster so no recall is needed which is important considering they have less than $200K in cap room.
- Penguins center Evgeni Malkin skated for the first time since suffering a lower-body issue in the second game of the season, reports Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He’s currently on long-term injury reserve so he still has to miss 10 games or 24 days but the fact that he is back on skates is certainly a promising sign for Pittsburgh.
- Sharks winger Lukas Radil is questionable for Saturday’s game due to an illness, notes Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury News (Twitter link). If he’s unavailable and Marcus Sorensen is unable to return, San Jose will be down to 11 forwards on their roster and may have to reserve today’s assignment of Danil Yurtaykin to the minors.