Scratched: Derek Grant
Scratched: Derek Grant
The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled forward Brett Sutter from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, and he will replace Chad LaRose in the team's lineup for Sunday's game at the Florida Panthers.
LaRose did not travel with the team to Florida, instead remaining home to be evaluated for concussion symptoms.
Sutter is fourth on the Checkers with 33 points in 52 games this season. He played 15 games with the Hurricanes last season, totaling three assists and 11 penalty minutes.
LaRose has three points in 19 games and is tied for second on the team with 35 hits.
O'Reilly skated with the Avalanche at practice Saturday, two days after the team matched the offer sheet he signed with the Calgary Flames, and the Denver Post reports he will play Sunday at the Columbus Blue Jackets.
"Hopefully I can contribute as best I can," O'Reilly said after practice. "It will probably take a while to get back in the swing of things, just find the chemistry, to catch up to the speed of the game. ...
"I feel good, I'm skating as hard as I can, I feel healthy. I'm just hungry, I can't wait to be playing hockey again."
Sabres coach Ron Rolston is hopeful Vanek can return to the lineup for Sunday's game at the New York Rangers.
Brian Flynn was called up from Rochester of the American Hockey League and will make his NHL debut.
Vanek has 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points, good for third in the League scoring race.
Bylsma said there was no medical reason Malkin did not skate Saturday, that it was an ice-availability issue. He suffered a concussion in a Feb. 22 game against the Florida Panthers and was placed on injured reserve Sunday.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin, who left Thursday night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes with a lower-body injury, will apparently remain out of the lineup Saturday. He did not appear with the Penguins at the team's morning skate ahead of their matchup Saturday night at the Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens.
Steen suffered an upper-body injury during practice Tuesday.
O'Reilly, a restricted free agent, signed a two-year, $10 million offer sheet with the Calgary Flames on Thursday. Hours later, the Avalanche matched the deal, allowing them to retain O'Reilly.
Anderson was off to a superb start before getting hurt in the third period of a victory against the New York Rangers on Feb. 21 in Ottawa. In 15 starts, he was 8-4-2 with a 1.49 goals-against average and .952 save percentage.
"Every day seems to be getting a lot better," Anderson told the team's website Friday. "I can skate, I can stop, I can push, I can do a lot of things that a forward can do. I haven't taken the step yet to see what a goalie can do. I think that's going to be the next step -- see how it is [Saturday] and see if I can get into the butterfly at all."
The fans love it, and it looked like they were having fun. It was great to see this city [Columbus]. They had been waiting a couple years for this game. They did it right.