It’s another matchup of first and last this evening, as the Colorado Avalanche take on the Arizona Coyotes. Yes, the Coyotes are 52 points behind the Avalanche in the standings, but that didn’t matter the last time these two teams met. On February 1, Alex Galchenyuk was the only successful shooter to give Arizona a 3-2 shootout victory over the powerhouse Colorado squad, a game the Avalanche have surely not forgotten, as it ended a home win streak at 18. As they and other teams around the league prepare for action, we’ll keep track of all the minor league shuffling.
- The Ottawa Senators have returned Scott Sabourin to the AHL, after activating him off injured reserve. Sabourin hasn’t played in more than a month and will have to get some minor league action in before he’s ready to help Ottawa.
- The Detroit Red Wings have activated Riley Barber from injured reserve and assigned him to the minor leagues. The 28-year-old forward has appeared in just two games for Detroit this season, spending most of his year with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
- Zach Fucale is on his way back to Washington, recalled by the Capitals today after Ilya Samsonov was forced to leave practice yesterday. If Samsonov–who took a shot up high and left early–is unable to play, it would likely be Vitek Vanecek making his second start since returning from injured reserve. The Capitals take on the Carolina Hurricanes this evening, trying to snap a three-game losing streak.
- The Philadelphia Flyers have sent Isaac Ratcliffe back to the AHL, which could suggest Kevin Hayes is ready to return to action. Ratcliffe, 23, appears to be one of the bright spots for Flyers fans to focus on, with four points in ten games this season. The 6’6″ forward is hard to miss when he’s on the ice, though he did receive fewer than eight minutes of action in his last game.
- The New York Rangers have recalled Tim Gettinger, moving Kevin Rooney to injured reserve in the process. Gettinger, 23, hasn’t seen NHL action since mid-January and has just 13 games in total since making his debut in the 2018-19 season.
- Alec Regula has been returned to the AHL by the Chicago Blackhawks, where he can continue his strong minor league campaign. The 21-year-old defenseman looks like he will be a part of the Chicago blueline for a long time when he eventually makes the full-time jump, but for now is still focused on development. In 25 games for Rockford, the 6’4″ Regula has 17 points.
- The Seattle Kraken have returned Kole Lind to the minor leagues, despite his strong play last night in a win over the Nashville Predators. Lind recorded his second NHL point and generated five shots on goal, but will have to wait patiently for his next opportunity.
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