The Edmonton Oilers have announced great news for their fans today, just hours before they face the New York Rangers on Saturday night. The team has officially activated star forward Ryan Nugent Hopkins from the injured reserve. The 24-year-old forward suffered a rib injury back on January 13, and hasn't played since then.
Head coach Todd McLellan praised RNH today, saying how he added "calculated risk" to his game this season. Here's what he said, according to the team's official Twitter account:
He was having one of his best offensive seasons... We'd like to get him some confidence over this last month."
McLellan has also confirmed what his lines will be for tonight's game, which will take place at the Rogers Place.
Cammalleri - RNH - Aberg
Lucic - McDavid - Draisaitl
Puljujarvi - Strome - Slepyshev
Pakarinen - Khaira - Kassian
The Oilers are currently ranked 27th overall in the NHL, and have a record of 27 wins, 33 losses and 4 overtime losses, good for 58 points.
MONTREAL CANADIENS CONFIRM STAR CAPTAIN MAX PACIORETTY IS OUT SEVERAL GAMES
We reported last night that the Montreal Canadiens had lost their captain Max Pacioretty for an undetermined period of time, because of a lower-body injury he suffered in a 6-3 win against John Tavares and the New York Islanders.
Even though the Habs have not confirmed the nature of his injury, many reporters suggested he hurt his left leg.
Now the team has officially confirmed on its official Twitter account just minutes ago that the 29-year-old forward will have to be sent back to Montreal for evaluation by the team's doctors:
This announcement comes as a surprise to many people today, mostly because even though Pacioretty got hurt during the second period, he came back on the ice at the beginning of the third for a quick shift. He then left for the locker room under his own power, which suggested the injury wasn't a major one.
However, it looks like the star forward will miss at least five games, as the Canadiens' next game at the Bell Center is scheduled on March 13, against the Dallas Stars.
Before then, the Habs will face the Boston Bruins tonight, as well as the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. The team will then travel to Florida to play against the Panthers on March 8, and the Tampa Bay Lightning two days later. The Canadiens will face the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 12 before returning home in Montreal.
In 64 games this season, Pacioretty scored 17 goals and added 20 assists for 37 points.