After leading their countries to medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Carey Price and Tuukka Rask won't be in the lineup Wednesday when their NHL teams return to action.
Price aggravated a lower-body injury and left the Canadiens' skate early Wednesday. He's day-to-day and will miss the next two games. Peter Budaj will get the start against the Detroit Red Wings. Rask won't be anywhere near First Niagara Center when the Boston Bruins visit the Buffalo Sabres; the Bruins left him home after he led Finland to the bronze medal.
Here's a complete look at the action on Wednesday:
Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres -- The Bruins will start Chad Johnson in goal with Niklas Svedberg backing him up as they return to action. Rask stayed behind in Boston and will return to the ice on Thursday. However, the Bruins will have forwards Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson, each of whom played in the gold-medal game on Sunday. Happily for the Sabres, United States Olympian Ryan Miller was ready to go on Tuesday; he stopped 36 shots to lead Buffalo to a 3-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. Christian Ehrhoff scored twice for the Sabres.
Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens -- The injuries that plagued the Red Wings before the break haven't gone away. Detroit is without forward Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery), who was injured in Sochi, and may be without center Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), who will take part in the morning skate. Forward Johan Franzen (concussion) might get the OK to play. Montreal won its final three games before the break and is 5-1-1 in its past seven games. The Canadiens should also have center Alex Galchenyuk back in the lineup for the first time since he broke his hand on Jan. 6.
Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche -- The Kings have seen their once-comfortable cushion in the race for the final guaranteed playoff spot in the Pacific Division melt down to four points, largely due to an inability to score. Los Angeles returns to action 29th in the NHL in scoring, though L.A. is first in preventing goals. The Avalanche will be without defenseman Erik Johnson, who will sit out the first of a two-game suspension for slashing New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen in Colorado's final game before the break.
St. Louis Blues at Vancouver Canucks -- The Blues had seven players advance to the medal round in Sochi and won't get everyone on the ice at the same time until the morning skate at Rogers Arena. The Blues return to action on top of the Central Division. Vancouver coach John Tortorella said he expects center Henrik Sedin to be back in the lineup against the Blues after the Canucks' captain skipped the Olympics due to a rib injury. However, the Canucks may not have center Ryan Kesler, who injured his right hand blocking a shot in Sochi.