Injured: Cam Atkinson
Injured: Cam Atkinson
Zibanejad, the sixth pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, has four goals and seven assists in 23 AHL games this season.
Zibanejad had one assist in nine NHL games at the start of last season.
He will be available for the Senators' next game, Tuesday against the Washington Capitals.
Galchenyuk had his best game of the season Sunday with a pair of assists in the Canadiens' 4-3 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils.
In four games, Galchenyuk has a goal and two assists, and is tied for the team lead with a plus-2 rating.
The Canadiens had five games to decide if Galchenyuk would remain with the team or be returned to his junior team, the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. Once a junior-eligible player skates in his sixth game, it starts the clock on the first season of his three-year, entry-level deal.
Laughton had no points and 10 shots on goal in five games. He averaged 11:32 of ice time per game and won 44.2 percent of his faceoffs.
"It's a difficult one," Holmgren told the team's website of the decision. "He played very well, but at the end of the day it was something that we talked about and it was in the best interest of the Flyers and also Scott.
"He needs to play [and] he needs to play in all situations. He's going back to a good team and he will play a lot in all situations. He's a good young prospect and the little bit of time he had here with us was good for him and good for us."
The Flyers had to decide prior to Laughton playing in a sixth game, which would have started the first season of his entry-level contract.
Laughton, the 20th pick of the draft, was the youngest player to skate in a game this season.
Thomas Vanek was one of the hottest players in the NHL during the first week of the season, but the second week isn't going as well.
"Thomas isn’t OK," Ruff told John Vogl of the Buffalo News. "Just day-to-day, really. He skated this morning but isn’t quite there."
Vanek has three goals and nine points in three games, but he left the team's contest Friday with a muscle strain.
Jagr, who left the Stars' 3-2 overtime loss Thursday to the Chicago Blackhawks, missed practice Friday because of the injury. Mark Stepneski, writer for the Stars' website, wrote on Twitter that Gulutzan said rookie Reilly Smith could move into the top six to help replace Jagr.
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch of the Atkinson injury, "This could be a week or two weeks." Atkinson missed time during training camp with a lower-body injury, and he did not play Thursday in a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
Atkinson is one of Columbus' top young forwards and began this season on the top line. He has eight goals and 15 points in 30 career NHL games, and boasts an impressive scoring record at the American Hockey League level (49 goals in 89 games).
Portzline (@Aportzline) also reported on Twitter that Steve Mason will be in net for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped three straight after winning their opener against the Nashville Predators. Mason yielded five goals on 42 shots in a 5-1 loss Wednesday to the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Blackhawks are the only 4-0-0 team in the NHL. Corey Crawford will be in net for Chicago, according to multiple reports.
"[There's] a very good chance we’ll see him tomorrow," coach Todd McLellan told the Sharks' website Friday. "We'll get a health update tomorrow morning on the roster, and obviously we've got to get him into the lineup."
"[Scott] had a good practice today," McLellan said. "We used him in some different situations in practice, so he should feel a little more comfortable. We'd really like to see what he's going to do."
The 33-year-old, who signed with the Sharks on Wednesday, also practiced with the second power-play unit.
"That's an area that we think he can contribute in and he'll get every opportunity to do that," McLellan said.
"Because we have signed Scott Gomez, I don’t think that’s any reason for Michal Handzus to lose his job or his position," McLellan said. "They can battle it out, they can continue to push each other. Obviously different situations allow for different players to use a certain skill set.
"[Michal] has been very good on the penalty kill this year so far, very good in the faceoff circle. Scotty might be a little more offensive in power-play situations. There's room for both of them, and they can push each other."
The coach also said there was a chance backup goalie Thomas Greiss would play on the weekend.
CSN said Saturday's game is the first afternoon game scheduled for HP Pavilion since March 21, 2009.
The Sharks play Sunday night at home against the Vancouver Canucks.
The Florida Panthers, who could have their entire top line -- Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg and Stephen Weiss -- out for Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, on Friday called up Quinton Howden from the American Hockey League team, the San Antonio Rampage.
Howden, the 25th pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, is playing his first professional season after spending the last four seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. The 21-year-old center has 19 points in 41 AHL games this season.
Versteeg has yet to play this season due to a groin injury, while Weiss and Fleischmann were hurt Thursday. Weiss injured his groin prior to Thursday's game against the Ottawa Senators, while Fleischmann sustained a cut to the top of his foot during the game. None of the three practiced Friday, and coach Kevin Dineen said he was unsure if any of them would be available for Saturday's game.
"All those players right now are question marks for [Saturday]," he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "We're cautiously optimistic that they're going to be short-term injuries."
Gardiner had no points and four shots on goal in two games with the Leafs. They were his first games since Dec. 8, when he sustained a concussion playing for the Marlies.
Prior to his injury, Gardiner had 17 points in 22 AHL games this season. He had 30 points in 75 NHL games last season.
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There's not much to say. We played like [garbage]. I think every guy in the room should be completely embarrassed about how they played tonight. Every single person. To start a road trip, one of the biggest road trips and have a division rival chasing you down and have a ton on the line, it's ridiculous how we played tonight.