NHL Buzz: Forsberg week to week for Predators with upper-body injury


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Montreal Canadiens

Jonathan Drouin will not play for the Canadiens against the New York Islanders at Bell Centre on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, MSG+, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

The forward took part in the morning skate, but Montreal coach Dominique Ducharme said he’s not 100 percent.

“We’re not taking any chances with something like this, so he won’t be in the lineup,” Ducharme said.

Drouin was hit in the head by a shot during a 3-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. The 26-year-old was taken to hospital and tests confirmed he does not have a concussion. He is second on the Canadiens with seven points (two goals, five assists) in 11 games, behind forward Nick Suzuki (eight points; one goal, seven assists).

“There’s no concussion but still he got a puck to the head,” Ducharme said. We want to make sure it’s not a concussion and so on. It’s not like an elbow or a shoulder or something like that, so we want to be careful.” — Sean Farrell

Nashville Predators

Filip Forsberg is week to week with an upper-body injury. 

The forward missed a 5-2 loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, one day after he was injured in 3-2 overtime win at the Calgary Flames. 

The Predators’ four-game winning streak ended Wednesday. They visit the Vancouver Canucks for the third of a six-game road trip on Friday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, BSSO, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

Nashville defenseman Mark Borowiecki (upper body) is day to day and did not play against Edmonton.


Colorado Avalanche

Cale Makar did not play against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday because of an upper-body injury.

The defenseman is day to day. He has scored six points (two goals, four assists) in eight games and leads the Avalanche in average ice time per game (25:00).

Forward Mikko Rantanen (lower body) missed his third straight game, and forward Andre Burakovsky (lower body) is out after he left in the second period of a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Forward Kiefer Sherwood was recalled from the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League.


Edmonton Oilers

Mike Smith could return to the lineup for the Oilers when they host the New York Rangers on Friday.

The goalie has missed the past five games with a lower-body injury and is not playing against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, BSSO, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

“He’s skating right now, he won’t play tonight, but he’s real close,” Oilers coach Dave Tippett said Wednesday. “We’re hoping he’ll be an option for Friday.”

Smith is 2-0-0 with a 3.08 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in three games (two starts) this season.

Backup Mikko Koskinen has started six straight games. He’s 6-1-0 with a 2.18 GAA and .934 save percentage.

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