The Montreal Canadiens announced David Savard would not play tonight. The veteran defenseman took warmup ahead of the Habs game against the Florida Panthers, but was ruled out after leaving the ice ahead of the rest of his teammates. The team tweeted out that Savard is dealing with a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day.
Savard plays a big role on the Canadiens blue line, as he is second on the team in average ice time. The 32 year old plays a top four role at even strength and is a key contributor to the team’s penalty killing unit as well. The Canadiens have dealt with a plethora of injuries this season, and Savard is just the next victim to the injury bug in Montreal.
- Carolina Hurricanes winger Teuvo Teravainen will not play tonight, the team announced via Twitter. The 28 year old is not having his typical production, as he has scored 12 goals and 36 points in 63 games. The skilled Finnish forward is often closer to a point-per-game pace and with Max Pacioretty and Andrei Svechnikov out long term, the Hurricanes need a healthy and productive Teravainen as the playoffs approach. Luckily, he is out with an illness which means he should not miss a lot of time.
- Los Angeles Kings winger Kevin Fiala is also out of the lineup tonight, per a tweet from the team. Fiala has fit in seamlessly in his first season with the Kings, scoring 22 goals and 70 points in 68 games so far this season. He has been listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Unfortunately, he is missing a key game as the Kings take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight and the teams are separated by just one point in the standings.