NHL Buzz: Perry could make season debut for Canadiens

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Montreal Canadiens

Corey Perry could make his season debut against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, CITY, TVAS, NHL.TV).

The forward, who signed a one-year contract with the Canadiens on Dec. 28, was recalled from the taxi quad with forwards Paul Byron and Joel Armia injured.

Byron sustained a foot injury in the third period of a 7-3 win against the Canucks on Thursday after he was hit by a slap shot by Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber. Armia sustained a concussion in the third period on a high hit from Canucks defenseman Tyler Myers, who received a match penalty.

Perry scored 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 57 games with the Dallas Stars last season and helped them reach the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.

 
Washington Capitals

Tom Wilson did not practice and could be out against the Buffalo Sabres at Capital One Arena on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, MSG-B, NHL.TV).

The forward left a 4-3 shootout win against the Sabres on Friday with a lower-body injury early in the third period.

Wilson has six points (three goals, three assists) in five games this season.

 
Columbus Blue Jackets

Mikko Koivu is expected to be activated from COVID-19 protocol and make his debut against the Florida Panthers at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

The center, who missed the Blue Jackets’ first four games, also did not dress for Columbus’ game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (2 p.m. ET; NHLN, ESPN+, SN, FS-O, SUN, NHL.TV). 

Koivu signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jackets on Oct. 10 after playing the first 15 seasons of his NHL career with the Minnesota Wild. 

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