Just a few days of action remain in the 2021-22 NHL regular season, and today has five games on tap. Notably, both the Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights are back in action after their thrilling game last night. The Stars need just a single point (or a Vegas loss) in their last two games to clinch the playoffs, and tonight’s opponent is the lowly Arizona Coyotes, fighting for last in the entire league. As those teams and others prepare, we’ll keep track of all the minor league shuffling.
- The Detroit Red Wings have sent Riley Barber back to the AHL, a near-daily transaction at this point. Barber has played in just four games this season and is still without a point.
- With nothing really to play for, the Florida Panthers have recalled Matt Kiersted, Aleksi Heponiemi, and Cole Schwindt from the AHL. The team has clinched first place in the Eastern Conference, though technically the Colorado Avalanche could still take the Presidents’ Trophy from them, depending on what happens in the next few days.
- The New York Rangers have recalled Zac Jones from the AHL, as the team may end up resting some players in the next few days. The Rangers have clinched second place in the Metropolitan Division and will now wait to see whether they play the Pittsburgh Penguins or Washington Capitals in the first round.
- The New Jersey Devils have recalled Alexander Holtz from the AHL, now that there is no danger of him burning the first year of his entry-level contract. With seven games played so far and just two remaining in the Devils’ season, Holtz can’t hit the ten-game threshold that would start his deal. Still, he’ll get a chance to prove himself in the NHL over the next couple of contests.
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