Left wing Evgeni Svechnikov of Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, was named player of the week by the Canadian Hockey League on Tuesday.
Svechnikov (6-foot-2, 199 pounds) had three goals and nine points in three victories last week for Cape Breton. The Russian-born forward has 16 goals, 46 points and a plus-8 rating in his first season in North America.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper told the Tampa Tribune the injuries are not considered long term. He also said Johnson is slightly closer to returning, but each could be back before the All-Star break.
Hedman has five goals, 20 points and a plus-9 rating in 26 games. He missed 18 games, from Oct. 20 to Nov. 26, with a broken finger. Johnson leads the Lightning with 46 points and was selected to play in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game.
Coach Mike Babcock said Howard has been ruled out of the game, according to an Associated Press report. Howard was injured in a game against the Washington Capitals when he stretched to attempt to make a save in the first period. On Tuesday, general manager Ken Holland said an ultrasound revealed a slight groin tear that will keep Howard out 2-4 weeks, according to MLive.com.
Johnson sustained an lower-body injury during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. Coach Jon Cooper said Johnson will not play Tuesday against the Boston Bruins, but labeled him day-to-day and said there is a chance Johnson could play again before the all-star break. Including their game on Tuesday, the Lightning have four games remaining before the all-star break.
Dominik Hasek will have his number retired by the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday prior to their game against the Detroit Red Wings, but first the Hall of Fame goaltender will appear on NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, which airs at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Hasek is set to call the show at 5:15 p.m.
There are nine other games on the schedule Tuesday, including a key Metropolitan Division showdown between the rival New York Rangers and New York Islanders. We'll go out to Madison Square Garden and welcome in NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen via Arena Cam at 6:30 p.m. to get a preview of this matchup.
Youngstown Phantoms forward Kyle Connor will call into the show at 5:35 p.m. to preview the upcoming United States Hockey League Top Prospect Game.
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek is on the air at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. We'll be joined bySt. Louis Blues forward David Backes, who was named the NHL's "First Star" for the week ending Jan. 11.
NBCSN analyst Jeremy Roenick will be an in-studio guest at 5:40 p.m. to discuss the Kraft Hockeyville initiative.
The Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning are at Wells Fargo Center to play the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; NHLN). CSNPhilly.com Flyers insider Tim Panaccio will join us at 6 p.m. to preview the game.
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders center Callahan Burke and Youngstown Phantoms left wing Kevin Conley have been added to the Team East roster for the 2015 United States Hockey League/NHL Top Prospects Game scheduled Tuesday at the Mystique Community Ice Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
Burke and Conley, who are C-rated skaters on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, will replace injured forwards Erik Foley of Cedar Rapids and Brent Gates, Jr., of the Green Bay Gamblers.
In our college hockey report, Harvard's Jimmy Vesey, a 2012 NHL Draft pickc by the Nashville Predators, will be live in studio at 5:40 p.m. to preview Harvard vs. Yale at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
The New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings have not played each another since the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, and with the Rangers visiting Staples Center on Thursday seeking to avenge June's 4-1 series loss, they do so as the hottest team in the NHL.
New York defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Wednesday to open up a three-game road trip. It was the Rangers' third straight win and 11th victory in their past 12 games.
"We've talked about it for the last couple of days," said Rangers forward Rick Nash, who scored the game-winner against Anaheim, after the game. "We've been talking about challenging ourselves and kind of getting a good measuring stick of where we're at. It's a huge win for us."
I mean, hockey had to change the rules because of Marty, and that's impressive. I got two Stanley Cup rings because of the guy. Look at the banners of [Scott Niedermayer, Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko] and Marty is right up there when you think about the New Jersey Devils; he was part of the core group and he'll go down as one of the greatest goalies ever.
— New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez on former teammate Martin Brodeur, who will announce his retirement Thursday