NHL Buzz: Horvat could be out rest of regular season for Canucks

Vancouver Canucks

Bo Horvat could be out for the rest of the regular season with a lower-body injury for the Canucks.

The center left 1:36 into the second period of a 7-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday after a shot by Coyotes defenseman Anton Stralmann hit him on the inside of his right ankle. Horvat will be reevaluated in two weeks. Vancouver’s final regular-season game is in two weeks, at the Edmonton Oilers on April 29.

Horvat is fourth on Vancouver with 52 points (31 goals, 21 assists) in 70 games.

forward nils hoglander had successful surgery to repair a core muscle/groin injury. There is no timetable for his return from him. Hoglander last played March 15.

forward matthew highmore returned to practice Friday after missing nine games with an upper-body injury and is expected to play against the Dallas Stars on Monday. forward Brock Boesserwho has missed five games with an upper body injury, could return to practice Saturday and might be able to play Monday, coach Bruce Boudreau said.

The Canucks have won five straight and are four points behind the Los Angeles Kings for third place in the Pacific Division. Vancouver is also five points behind Dallas and the Nashville Predators, who are tied for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. –Kevin Woodley

winnipeg jets

Blake Wheeler and Jansen Harkins returned for the Jets when they visited the Florida Panthers on Friday (NHLN, BSFL, TSN3, NHL LIVE).

Wheeler missed three games and Harkins missed four; each forward had an upper-body injury.

Wheeler is fourth on the Jets with 54 points (12 goals, 42 assists) in 57 games. Harkins has scored 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in 69 games.

“[Wheeler] is a smart player,” forward Pierre-Luc Dubois said. “He’s a player that’s easy to play with. He finds space, finds the open guy, strong on pucks, helps me in the corners and stuff like that. So I don’t think it should take too long to get back to it. to have [Wheeler] back is going to be a boost for us.” — Alain Poupart

Pittsburgh Penguins

tristan jarry is being evaluated for a lower-body injury and will not travel with the Penguins for a game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday (12:30 pm ET; NHLN, SNW, NESN, ATTSN-PT, NHL LIVE).

The goalie did not practice Friday after making 36 saves in a 6-3 win against the New York Islanders on Thursday. Jarry is 34-18-6 with an NHL career-best 2.42 goals-average and .919 save percentage in 58 games.

Casey DeSmith is expected to start against the Bruins. goalies louis domingue could be recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, coach Mike Sullivan said.

DeSmith is 8-1-4 since beginning the season 0-3-1.

“At the time, obviously, it’s tough to deal with,” DeSmith said. “I hate losing, as does everyone. … Start building the confidence back. Ancient history. Haven’t thought about the first four games of the season in a while.”

Mike Matheson did not practice because of a maintenance day. The defenseman is expected to play Saturday. — wescrosby

Toronto Maple Leafs

Jake Muzzin has an undisclosed injury and the defenseman will miss at least the next two games for the Maple Leafs.

Toronto plays at the Ottawa Senators on Saturday (7 pm ET; NHLN, CBC, SNO, SNP, TVAS2, NHL LIVE) and hosts the New York Islanders on Sunday.

“He missed a little bit of time earlier and then he was feeling good and played yesterday,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. “I would say things flared up a little bit for him and as a result he’s going to take some time here just to settle down a little bit and see how it responds from there so he won’t be available this weekend and then we will reassess him from there.

“No specific play, it has nothing to do with the concussions or head injury he’d been dealing with before. It’s just something else he’s been dealing with.”

Muzzin had one assist and was plus-1 in 15:52 of ice time in a 7-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Thursday. He did not play in a 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabers on Tuesday because of an undisclosed injury.

Muzzin, who has scored 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 45 games this season, played three consecutive games after returning to the lineup April 5 against the Florida Panthers before sitting out against Buffalo. He missed 20 games from Feb. 22-Apr. 4 with his second concussion of the season.

Toronto recalled defenseman Kristians Rubins from Toronto of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. — Dave McCarthy

Boston Bruins

Linus Ulmark is unavailable for the Bruins when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday (12:30 pm ET; NHLN, SNW, NESN, ATTSN-PT, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

The goalie did not practice Friday and is day to day with an undisclosed injury after he left a 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday following the first period.

“He is not available tomorrow. He was around this morning,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Hopefully it’s a quick one.”

Cassidy said after the game Ullmark, who took an Erik Brannström slap shot off the mask at 2:17 of the first period, “was not feeling well after the first.”

Ullmark went to the bench to speak with the trainer during the first stoppage in play after saving Brannstrom’s shot.

Cassidy said jeremy swayman will start against the Penguins. I have made 21 saves in relief of Ullmark on Thursday. The Bruins recalled goalie Troy Grosenick from Providence of the American Hockey League on Friday to back up Swayman. –Patrick donnelly

philadelphia flyers

Carter Hart and Rasmus Ristolainen could miss the remainder of the season for the Flyers.

Philadelphia, which has been eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention, has eight games remaining, starting at the Buffalo Sabers on Saturday (7 pm ET; MSG-B, NBCSP, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

Hart left a 9-2 loss at the Washington Capitals on Tuesday after the first period because of a lower-body injury and the goalie wasn’t available for a 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

“I was talking to Hart yesterday and we haven’t ruled him out for the rest of the season, but I would say it would be unlikely right now,” coach Mike Yeo said. “You never know.”

Hart is 13-24-7 with a 3.16 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 45 games this season.

Ristolainen, a defenseman, missed the loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

“Haven’t gotten any word that he’ll be out for the year,” Yeo said. “Obviously we’re going to be smart here.”

Ristolainen has scored 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) and is third among NHL defensemen with 230 hits in 66 games.

forward Cam Atkinson (lower body) and defenseman Cam York (lower body) are out Saturday and each is considered day to day. Yeo said there’s a chance Atkinson could play against the Sabers at home Sunday. — adam kimelman

chicago blackhawks

Kirby Dach will not play when the Blackhawks visit the Nashville Predators on Saturday (12:30 pm ET; BSSO, NBCSCH, ESPN+, NHL LIVE) because of a right shoulder sprain.

The forward did not practice Friday after he left early in the third period of Chicago’s 5-4 shootout win against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. He has scored 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 70 games this season.

“The trainers just told me, ‘I think he’s done. His shoulder,’ Blackhawks coach Derek King said. “I don’t know if he got hit or [forward Sam] Lafferty ran into him and then somebody fell on him. Hopefully I don’t have to shut him down, but we’ll see Monday when all the tests come back.”

Connor Murphy practiced Friday for the first time since he was taken off on a stretcher during the first period of Chicago’s 6-3 win against the Ottawa Senators on March 12. The defenseman has missed the past 14 games with a sustained concussion that game. Murphy has scored 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 57 games this season.

“Whether he plays again this year or not, the fact that he’s out there skating around with the guys and he’s going around talking to guys, I think that’s just great,” King said. “It’s good for the guys too. Keeps them loose.” — Tracey Myers


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