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NHL Buzz: Wild's Rossi goes home to Austria due to virus complications

Palmieri in COVID-19 protocol for Devils; Roy, Walker out extended period for Kings @NHLdotcom

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Minnesota Wild

Marco Rossi returned home to Austria on Saturday to "rest with his family due to complications" from COVID-19.

There is no timetable for his return.

The 19-year-old forward prospect was captain of Austria at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton and went into quarantine with the intent to join Minnesota's training camp. It was announced Jan. 10 that Rossi would be out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.

Selected No. 9 by the Wild in the 2020 NHL Draft, Rossi signed a three-year, entry-level contract Oct. 23. He scored 120 points (39 goals, 81 assists) in 56 games for Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League last season.

Forward Marcus Foligno was placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol Sunday. He has scored three points (one goal, two assists) in nine games.-- Jessi Pierce


Ottawa Senators 

Thomas Chabot did not play against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday because of an undisclosed injury.

Chabot scored the only goal for Ottawa in a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday but left the game in the third period after crashing into the net. 

Chabot did not practice Saturday, when Senators coach D.J. Smith said that part of the defenseman's injury is related to the collision and that he is day to day.

Artem Zub will replace Chabot and make his NHL debut against Edmonton.

"We're going to have to manage the puck better without our top defenseman," Smith said. "But there's no excuses in this league. We knew coming in that there are six playoff teams we are going against every night. It's playoff hockey right now. It's not your typical first month of the season."

Los Angeles Kings 

Matt Roy and Sean Walker each will be out for an extended period, coach Todd McLellan said.

The defensemen were injured in a 5-3 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. Roy sustained an undisclosed injury when he was checked from behind by Wild forward Kevin Fiala, who received a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding and was suspended for three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday. Walker was hit in the face by a slap shot by Wild defenseman Matt Dumba in the third period.

Neither player returned to the game.

The Kings are also without forwards Adrian Kempe and Andreas Athanasiou. Kempe did not practice Sunday after "he just didn't feel good," McLellan said. 

Athanasiou was put in NHL COVID-19 protocol Thursday, and forward Blake Lizotte was added Friday.  -- Dan Greenspan 

New Jersey Devils

Kyle Palmieri was not in the lineup for a 5-3 win at the Buffalo Sabres after he was placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol Sunday.

The forward has three assists in eight games.

Forwards Jesper Boqvist and Mikhail Maltsev were recalled from the taxi squad and in the lineup. Forward Nick Merkley was assigned to the taxi squad. 

Goalies Mackenzie Blackwood and Aaron Dell, defensemen Connor Carrick and Sami Vatanen, and forward Travis Zajac remain in protocol.

Zajac, who was placed in protocol Friday, is two games shy of 1,000 in the NHL. He would join defenseman Ken Daneyko (1,283 games), goalie Martin Brodeur (1,259) and forward Patrik Elias (1,240) as the only players to play 1,000 games with the Devils. -- Mike G. Morreale

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