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NHL Buzz: Stalock claimed off waivers by Oilers from Wild

Duclair out at least one week for Panthers; Chytil could return for Rangers on Tuesday

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Edmonton Oilers

Alex Stalock was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

The goalie has not played this season because of an upper-body injury sustained before training camp but was skating with the Wild.

Stalock told The Athletic on Monday that he was diagnosed with myocarditis -- an inflammation of the heart muscle -- after testing positive for COVID-19 in November.

"Now that it's cleared up and knowing that this was something that potentially should go away with rest and letting your heart come back and not stressing it, that was good news last month and helped mentally," Stalock told the website. "But it is crazy that, 'Holy cow, this is how your career ends in Minnesota.' You just wish it would have ended differently, but it's just business. I'm just glad I'm healthy again and have an opportunity to go play in Edmonton."

Stalock set personal NHL-bests last season in wins (20), shutouts (four), starts (36) and games played (38), and is 61-49-18 with a 2.61 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and nine shutouts in 151 NHL games.

"You look at the number of starts he had last year, [general manager Ken Holland] and his staff thought he was a good insurance policy for us," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. "I think it's a good pickup."

Oilers goalies Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen, who have started 22 of Edmonton's 23 games this season, have combined for a .912 save percentage.

Edmonton plays the Toronto Maple Leafs at home Monday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN1, SNO, SNW, NHL.TV). -- Derek Van Diest, independent correspondent

 

Florida Panthers 

Anthony Duclair will be out at least one week with a lower-body injury sustained during a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. 

The forward left the game with 10:24 remaining in the third period. He was placed on injured reserve.

Duclair has scored 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 19 games this season, his first with Florida after agreeing to a one-year contract Dec. 17.

The Panthers host the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP, FS-F, FS-CR, NHL.TV).

 

New York Rangers

Filip Chytil could return to the lineup when the Rangers host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, MSG-B, NHL.TV) after missing 14 games with an upper-body injury.

"He'll be a game-time decision, but we're excited," coach David Quinn said. "There's a good chance he'll be able to play tomorrow."

The 21-year-old practiced as the third-line center between Kevin Rooney and Julien Gauthier, his second practice since returning to the ice. He also practiced Thursday, which was the last time the Rangers practiced before Monday.

New York played Friday, defeating the Boston Bruins 6-2 at home. It had Saturday off and played again Sunday, losing 4-1 to Boston at home.

Chytil hasn't played since Jan. 24 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has scored three points (two goals, one assist) in five games this season. -- Dan Rosen, senior writer

 

Philadelphia Flyers

Travis Konecny will be a game-time decision at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNW, ATTSN-PT, NBCSP, NHL.TV).

The forward was removed from NHL COVID-19 protocol Sunday. He skated for the second straight day Monday and traveled with the Flyers to Pittsburgh.

Konecny last played Feb. 7 and went on the protocol list Feb. 14. He has scored eight points (five goals, three assists) in 12 games. 

The Flyers also play at the Penguins on Thursday and Saturday. -- Adam Kimelman, deputy managing editor

 

Anaheim Ducks

Hampus Lindholm won't play for the Ducks when they host the St. Louis Blues (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SD, FS-MW, NHL.TV).

The defenseman is day to day with an undisclosed injury. He played 18:03 in a 3-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday after missing the previous three games with a lower-body injury.

Josh Mahura will replace Lindholm in the lineup.

Defenseman Josh Manson remains out with an oblique injury but has been skating with the Ducks.

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