It’s a quiet Monday in the NHL with only four games scheduled for this evening, though it does feature a big matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders. After starting the season very poorly, the Penguins have been slowly turning things around and could leapfrog the Islanders with a win and take over third place in the Metropolitan Division (pending the outcome of the New York Rangers game, of course). That division looks like it will be a dog fight until the very end, with only 11 points separating first and last place at the moment. As teams prepare for this week, we’ll be here tracking all the minor moves.
- The Ottawa Senators have recalled Stefan Elliott and Paul Carey from the minor leagues, while moving, according to CapFriendly, Dylan DeMelo to injured reserve. The team acquired Elliott earlier this month in a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and will now give him an early chance at the NHL level. The 27-year old defenseman would be playing in his first game since the 2015-16 season should Ottawa insert him into the lineup.
- Vegas Golden Knights forward Reid Duke has been returned to the minor leagues, after failing to get into a game with the NHL squad. The very first player under contract in franchise history, Duke is still waiting for an opportunity to show what he can do at the highest level. The 22-year old forward has 13 points in 22 games with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, and will return to them to continue his development.
- Despite still being under suspension, the Calgary Flames have recalled Ryan Lomberg from the minor leagues while sending Rinat Valiev and Anthony Peluso back down. Lomberg still needs to serve a one-game suspension for initiating a line change with the intent of instigating a fight, because he was in the minor leagues when the Flames took on the Edmonton Oilers on last night.
- The Anaheim Ducks have sent Joshua Mahura and Andy Welinski to the minor leagues, while recalling Andrej Sustr and goaltender Jared Coreau. There hasn’t been an update on Ryan Miller’s recently sustained injury, but Coreau’s presence likely means the veteran netminder will miss at least some time. Coreau played seven games for the Ducks last season.