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Toronto Maple Leafs
Justin Holl will not play when the Maple Leafs visit the Montreal Canadiens on Monday (7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, SNO, NHL.TV) but coach Sheldon Keefe said he is not concerned the defenseman will be out long term.
Holl left in the third period after being hit in the face by the puck during the Maple Leafs’ 5-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
“He’s doing well, he’s just feeling uncomfortable today which is understandable,” Keefe said. “But we’re not expecting him to miss any significant time.”
Holl has scored 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) in 51 games this season.
The Maple Leafs are first in the seven-team Scotia North Division, nine points ahead of the second-place Edmonton Oilers, and have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. — Mike Zeisberger
Adam Lowry is expected to return for the Jets when they visit the Ottawa Senators on Monday (7 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS2, TSN3, NHL.TV).
Lowry has missed four games after being hit in the head against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 22.
“So he got through [practice] today in a (regular) blue sweater,” coach Paul Maurice said Sunday. “He was good. Felt strong. Moved right. If he feels good tomorrow then we’ll consider him a player and put some lines back together that we’ve had in the past.”
Maurice said Lowry would go back to centering a line with forwards Andrew Copp and Mason Appleton.
Lowry, who has scored 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 46 games, said Sunday he did not have a concussion from the hit by Toronto forward Alex Galchenyuk. He said his neck was bothering him while he was out but that he’s eager to return Monday.
“You want to get back into the lineup, you want to contribute,” Lowry said. “I know how I’m going to play. I know what I do that makes me effective, and if I’m not doing those things, I’m not going to be an effective player. A couple shifts and I should be right back into it.”
The Jets are third in the seven-team Scotia North Division, five points behind the second-place Edmonton Oilers and two points ahead of the fourth-place Montreal Canadiens. The top four teams qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Maple Leafs have already qualified from the division.. — Tim Campbell
Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller will each play Monday or Tuesday in a back-to-back set against the New Jersey Devils, but not on the same night, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Sunday.
“My guess is Kevan will be tomorrow and Carlo Tuesday, but I have to confirm that with the medical staff because they have a plan in place for both of those players,” Cassidy said. “What’s the best way for them to come out of it the best for Thursday? So I’ll double-check on that.”
Carlo has missed the past 17 games with an upper-body injury he sustained in the first period of a 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 1. He has scored three points (two goals, one assist) in 23 games.
Miller missed five games from April 15-22 with an undisclosed injury and 20 games from Feb. 18 to April 6 with a lower-body injury. He has played the past five games for the Bruins and has scored four points (one goal, three assists) in 24 games this season.
Boston visits New Jersey on Monday (7 p.m. ET; SNW, SNP, MSG+, NESN, NHL.TV) and Tuesday.
The Bruins are fourth in the eight-team MassMutual East Division, one point behind the third-place New York Islanders and eight points ahead of the fifth-place New York Rangers. The top four teams in the division qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Penguins, Washington Capitals and Islanders have already qualified from the division. — Tracey Myers