NHL Buzz: Ekblad to return to Panthers against Oilers

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Florida Panthers

Aaron Ekblad The Panthers will return against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday (4pm ET; SN, BSFL, ESPN+, SN NOW).

“You want the best skate defender in your squad for this guy, right?” Panthers coach Paul Morris said Friday. “So we were kind of happy that time ended the way it did because we’re going to need to skate really well. And even if you skate really well, it won’t be enough for the very special players (Conor McDavid, Leon Drystel) who – which [I] We used to see a lot there in Winnipeg. And they are worth watching.”

The defender, who was placed in injured reserve with a lower body injury on October 19, has missed the past 11 games with a lower body injury. Florida was 6-4-1 without Ekblad.

“Very excited,” Ekblad said. “These things are the worst. Sit down [stinks]But I’m really proud of the way the team played. Some men have stepped up in big ways. And I saw their true colors on how good some of the players on this team are. So it was fun to watch. It will be more fun to get back to the action.”

Eckblad, who left in the second period of a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on October 17, has scored one goal in three games this season. Will skate on a pair with Mark Stahl against oilers.

“I’m really happy with the way we survived that injury,” Morris said. “I would never go out and tell you I was worried about it, but you take [Ekblad] Out of the squad…we lost him [the third game of the season]. It’s an important part of what we’re doing now. So I was worried. And I’m really happy. We also learned a whole bunch of things along the way. … It was a good experience, but we don’t need to go through it again.” – Alain Poparte

Carolina Hurricanes

Frederic Andersen Put on the injured reserve for hurricanes on Friday with injury to the lower body.

“I wouldn’t say week by week because I don’t know,” coach Rod Brend Amour said on Thursday. “He won’t be back tomorrow.”

Anderson, who was injured in training on Tuesday, is 5-3-0 with a 2.72 GAA and 891 block percentage in eight games. He made 18 saves in a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.

“He’s got quite a bit. He’s adjusted something in training (Tuesday),” Bringmore said. “The goal is weird. If you don’t feel 100 percent, it’s hard to go.”

Anderson suffered a MCL rupture on April 16 and missed the rest of last season, including the Stanley Cup playoffs, when the Hurricanes lost to the New York Rangers in seven games in the second round of the Eastern Conference.

Peter Kochetkov allowed two goals in 22 shots in a 7-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, and You are Ranta as a backup. Raanta is expected to start in the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday (9PM ET; ALT, BSSO, ESPN+, SN NOW).

Kochetkov was called up from Chicago in the MHL on Tuesday and supported Ranta in a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday.

Raanta is 3-1-1 in five starts this season with a 2.36 GAA and 0.915 savings percentage. Kochetkov was 3-0-0 with a 2.42 GAA and .902 savings percentage in three NHL games last season.

straight ahead Tiofu Terrafenen He didn’t travel with the Hurricanes on their two-game wild ride. He had assists on Thursday before suffering an upper body injury in the second period and has had seven assists in 14 games this season. – Kurt Dusterberg

Vancouver Canucks

Tanner Pearson The Canucks announced Thursday that he will be discharged 4-6 weeks after having hand surgery.

The forward, who was placed in injured reserve, did not play in the third period of the 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
Pearson has five points (one goal, four assists) in 14 games this season, averaging 13:30 of ice time.

straight ahead Sheldon Dress He was called up from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League. He has one assist in four games with the Canucks this season.

The Canucks play at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, SNO, SNW, SNP, ESPN+, SN NOW).

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