That alone is reason enough for the Sharks to view this game as something bigger than just another regular-season game. Even though it's still only for two points, the outcome means more to them than just that.
"Of course you want to say that every game is just as important, but obviously certain games are a little easier to get up for and this is one of them," Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle told NHL.com. "They're going for a NHL record and we'd love to put a stop to it. If anything it motivates you to not want to be that team. You don't want to be that team that goes down in the record books on the losing side of anything."
"It's a pretty impressive streak and obviously we're happy with the chance to stop it," added Sharks forward Joe Pavelski. "We'd like to end it."
"I should be ready to go," he said. "I feel good."
Hossa was knocked out of the Blackhawks' last game, Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks, when he was hit in the back of the head by Canucks forward Jannik Hansen 1:10 into the third period. Hansen was called for roughing during the game, and was suspended for one game by the NHL on Wednesday.
The Hawks are one game away from passing the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks' 16-game mark for most consecutive games without a regulation loss to start a season.
Senators goalie Craig Anderson suffered an ankle injury in the third period of Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the New York Rangers. Ben Bishop relieved and stopped six of seven attempts in the shootout to earn the victory. Anderson's injury isn't considered to be severe, and he's listed as day-to-day.
The 21-year-old Lehner has appeared in 13 NHL games for the Senators over the previous two seasons, posting a 4-6-0 record with a 2.81 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.
The Senators also assigned forward Stephane Da Costa to Binghamton. Da Costa had one goal and one assist in nine games for Ottawa this season.
Read's absence in the short term allows Tye McGinn to return to the lineup in Read's spot on the Flyers' top line, alongside Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. And with forward Scott Hartnell about a week away from returning, the Flyers could temporarily survive any dip in offense.
Coincidentally, it's the third time already this season one of Giroux's linemates has sustained a serious injury. Hartnell broke his foot Jan. 22 skating with Giroux. Simmonds replaced him and then missed three games with a concussion suffered Feb. 1.
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Redmond left the ice by ambulance near the end of Thursday's morning skate after being cut on the back of the leg during a 1-on-1 drill.
"We were trying to get our extra players conditioned, and there was a 1-on-1 battle at the net where he tripped up and landed on his back," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "(Another) player happened to step on him and cut him just above the back of the knee."
The Jets later said in a statement that Redmond was resting comfortably in recovery and is expected to be out indefinitely.
McGinn's return makes it likely forward Matt Read will sit out Thursday. Read left Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with an upper-body injury after being hit by Chris Kunitz with 3:24 left in the first period.
The Flyers would not give further details on the injury, but CSNPhilly.com is reporting Read has a concussion.
"You never like to see an injury, that's unfortunate, but I've just got to go out and do my best, keep working hard, stay positive and take it one game at a time," McGinn said.
Thursday is a busy day on the ice with 10 games, and Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, will have you covered.
The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning square off on the NHL Network at 7:30 p.m., and we'll get a game preview from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune on our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Tampa Bay. Chris Johnston, senior hockey writer for Rogers Sportsnet, will also join us from Toronto to preview Sabres interim coach Ron Rolston's first game behind the bench.
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