DETROIT -- Considering the circumstances, Patrick Eaves is fortunate the aching jaw that will keep him out of Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Wild (7:30 p.m., NBCSN) isn't a more serious injury.
Eaves was hit in the chin during a practice Tuesday by a puck that slid up his stick, and he left the ice after getting to his feet. Eaves went to see a doctor and had X-rays taken, which revealed no fractures. Further tests showed Eaves had instead sprained the Temporomandibular Joints located at both tips of his jaw.
The GM meetings are today, and Cisco NHL Live will be on an hour early at 4 p.m. ET on NHL Network to have them covered. Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, as well as Kathryn Tappen, Kevin Weekes and Craig Button in Toronto, will talk to general managers and League officials to get the latest from the meetings.
On the ice, the two top teams in the Western Conference square off on NHL Network tonight at 10 p.m. ET, as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the red-hot Anaheim Ducks. We'll hit this game from every angle, plus we'll visit with NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass for the Wednesday Night Rivalry battle between the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will also stop by from Toronto for the latest on trade talk around the League as we get closer to the Trade Deadline.
Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, play a game of plus-minus, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all five games being played on Wednesday.
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday the team had recalled defenseman Jake Gardiner from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. He will be available for Wednesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Gardiner had no points, a minus-1 rating and four shots on goal in two games with the Maple Leafs earlier this season. Last season he had 30 points in 75 games.
The Red Wings and DTE Energy have collaborated on several projects, including Light the Lamp, where goal lamps and scoreboard lights at Joe Louis Arena were replaced with state-of-the-art LEDs that use less power and have a longer lifespan then the average incandescent light bulb.
As part of the theme night, DTE Energy and the Red Wings will be giving away “Going Green” coolers and will be displaying “Going Green” facts throughout the game on the JLA scoreboard. The Joe will also welcome the 400 fans who won tickets to the game by entering an energy efficiency contest hosted by DTE.
Read on, and take part in DTE Energy Going Green Night at Joe Louis arena on March 20.
At 11:28 of the third period in the Coyotes/Kings game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Phoenix forward Shane Doan deflected the puck into the net with his stick below the crossbar. Good Goal Phoenix. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed."
At 7:22 of the third period in the Islanders/Senators game, video review determined that Keith Aucoin kicked the puck into the net with his skate. No goal New York Islanders. According to rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net."
VANCOUVER -- Cory Schneider will be back in the Vancouver Canucks' goal against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET, TSN) for the first time since March 10, and he's hoping to find an early rhythm after watching Roberto Luongo play the past four games, including a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Monday.
"You always want to see shots early but it's a double-edged sword," Schneider said. "You don't want to see breakaways right away. You want to get in a rhythm and get busy and get your feet wet because it's been eight days."
The Canucks and Blues each will welcome back an important forward when they meet at Rogers Arena.
McDonald has been out since suffering a leg injury during practice Feb. 26. He missed 10 games, and the Blues went 6-4-0 in his absence.
In 18 games this season, McDonald has three goals and eight assists.
Bernier was the first goalie off the ice at the Kings' optional skate Tuesday morning. He is 4-0-0 at Staples Center this season.
Listen in as NHL stars wear mics during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs! WATCH NOW ›
I'm here to develop a winning culture and a winning team. There is a bright future ahead of this team. A lot of young, great hockey players here and on the way … a fan base that's passionate about the game of hockey.