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NHL Buzz: Karlsson out, day to day for Sharks

Werenski won't play for Blue Jackets; Paquette to make Hurricanes debut; Dumba, Zuccarello back for Wild on Tuesday

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San Jose Sharks

Erik Karlsson will not play when the Sharks host the Anaheim Ducks on Monday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, FS-W, NHL.TV).

The defenseman sustained a lower-body injury in a 3-1 loss at home against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday and is day to day.

Karlsson has four assists in 13 games this season and is second on the Sharks in ice time per game (25:36) behind defenseman Brent Burns (27:14)

Defensemen Fredrik Claesson and Nicolas Meloche will play against the Ducks in place of Karlsson and Radim Simek, who was placed on injured reserve Sunday with an upper-body injury.

 
Columbus Blue Jackets

Zach Werenski will not play at the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-O, NHL.TV).

The defenseman had an assist in 22:26 of ice time in a 3-2 overtime win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday after he missed the previous three games with a lower-body injury.

"As good as 'Z' is, I just don't think 'Z' can skate to pucks and get the pucks and compete hard enough and I don't want his injury nagging," coach John Tortorella told the Blue Jackets website. "… He's such an important part to our team. … I want him healthier."

Dean Kukan will replace Werenski in the lineup.

 
Carolina Hurricanes

Cedric Paquette will be the center on the fourth line in his debut with the Hurricanes at home against the Blue Jackets (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-O, NHL.TV).

The forward was acquired along with forward Alex Galchenyuk in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Saturday for forward Ryan Dzingel.

Because Paquette, who has scored one goal in nine games this season, made the 13-hour drive from Ottawa to North Carolina, he will not have to quarantine.

"I'm really excited to be here, it's a great team," Paquette said Monday. "I don't want to change anything. Be physical, be good on the [penalty kill], bring energy to the team and be a good teammate."

Paquette had three assists in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup last season.

"Anytime you can get guys who know how to win, that have been there, have done that, I think that helps," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "He's the kind of player I think will fit in well here. He comes to the rink and gives an honest effort. That's all we ever ask." -- Kurt Dusterberg

 
Minnesota Wild

Matt Dumba and Mats Zuccarello will return to the lineup at the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Dumba, a defenseman, has missed two games with an ankle injury sustained Jan. 30. Zuccarello, a forward, has not played this season since having offseason arm surgery.

The Wild had six games postponed after players tested positive or went into NHL COVID-19 protocol since their last game, a 2-1 loss at the Colorado Avalanche on Feb. 2. Their facilities were closed the next day.

"There's negatives that transpire from a pause like this, but there's also positive and that's one of them, getting [Dumba] back as quickly as we did," coach Dean Evason said Monday. "We would have had to [play] some hockey games without him. He's looked real good here for the four days that he's been skating so we're excited about having him back for sure."

Zuccarello has not played since the Stanley Cup Qualifiers last season, when the Wild were eliminated by the Vancouver Canucks in four games in the best-of-5 series.

"[Zuccarello has] got a great skill set, obviously," Evason said. "He plays the game with pace. He puts people in horrible spots but he puts our people in real good position to score goals. His vision is great. He's going to play on the power play." -- Jessi Pierce

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