Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will have surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured finger on his right hand and will miss 4-6 weeks, the team announced Monday.
Hedman left Tampa Bay's game Saturday after blocking a shot. Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after the game that Hedman was returning to Florida and is likely to miss the final four games of the current road trip, which continues Monday night against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
"You just feel for [Hedman]," Cooper said after the game Saturday in Vancouver. "He's come out of the gate so strong, he's poised just to build on the year he had last year and now he might be sidelined here for a little bit. I really feel for him."
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Edmonton Oilers have the spotlight to themselves Monday as the only teams playing on the NHL schedule, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have it covered with NHL.com correspondent Derek Van Diest joining the program at 6:45 p.m. from the Arena Cam at Rexall Place.
Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin, who has four goals and eight points in his past three games and was named the League's First Star of the Week on Monday, will phone in at 5:30 p.m. to discuss his torrid stretch.
We'll also play a game of "Panic or Patience" with NHL teams that are struggling in the early-going.
At 19:16 of the second period in the Sharks/Rangers game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Martin St. Louis' rebound shot entered the net in a legal fashion. Good goal New York.
At 19:56 of the first period in the Sharks/Rangers game, the Situation Room initiated video review after the puck entered the San Jose net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he blew his whistle to stop play before the puck crossed the Sharks goal line. No goal New York.
After beginning the season with consecutive shutouts of the Colorado Avalanche, the Wild lost 2-1 on Friday to the Anaheim Ducks. Goalie Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves and saw his franchise-record shutout streak end at 163:46. Kuemper, though, will sit Sunday in favor of veteran Niklas Backstrom, who makes his first start since Jan. 11 and first appearance since Jan. 30 after having abdominal and hip surgeries last season.
The Edmonton Oilers on Friday announced defenseman Martin Marincin has been recalled from Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League and defenseman Darnell Nurse has been returned to his junior team, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will welcome San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers to the studio Friday to discuss their 3-0-1 start. The segment with Demers airs at 5:30 p.m.
Boedker, the eighth pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, also had an assist as part of a career-high four-point night in a win that improved the Coyotes' record to 2-0-1.
"It's always fun to contribute, always fun to score when you win and being able to contribute that way," Boedker said. "[Wednesday] night it came full circle and I ended up getting the third goal. It's obviously a big, new experience and a fun experience."
Varlamov took part in the morning skate and left the ice first, but was listed as a game-time decision. Calvin Pickard was recalled from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League and Reto Berra will start against Ottawa, according to the Denver Post.
Varlamov, a Vezina Trophy finalist last season whose 41 wins led the NHL and set a franchise record, is 0-2-1 with a 3.80 goals-against average and .910 save percentage this season.
I don't know how he does it. I don't know how he gets his body parallel with the player and pulls it through his legs like that. I know he's tried it a couple times in practice and it's never worked, so how he does it in a game, it's incredible.
— Capitals defenseman Mike Green on teammate Alex Ovechkin's highlight-reel goal against the Devils on Saturday