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New Jersey Devils
P.K. Subban will not play again this season because the defenseman is still recovering from COVID-19.
“He has yet to skate,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said Saturday.
The Devils have two games remaining, at the New York Islanders on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, MSG+2, NHL.TV) and at the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.
Subban has missed the past 10 games since being placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol on April 20. He hasn’t played since April 18.
He scored 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in 44 games this season. Subban was a minus-16 and averaged 22:21 per game. He leads Devils defensemen with 99 shots on goal.
New Jersey (19-28-7) is seventh in the eight-team MassMutual East Division and has been eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention. The top four teams in the division — the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and Islanders — have qualified for the playoffs. — Dan Rosen
Ondrej Kase could return to the lineup from an upper-body injury Monday or Tuesday.
The forward has not played since sustaining the injury against the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 16. He has no points in two games this season.
“There’s a chance once he’s in contact,” coach Bruce Cassidy said Friday. “It wasn’t a full-blown, middle-of-the-year practice, but there was some jostling out there, some battling. So let’s see how he feels tomorrow.”
Cassidy said Kase wouldn’t play when the Bruins host the New York Rangers (3 p.m. ET; NBC, NESN, MSG), but could return for one of the final two games of the regular season, against the New York Islanders on Monday or at the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.
“If there’s no ill effects for him tomorrow that really ups his chances for Monday or Tuesday,” Cassidy said. “That will depend on where we are, what’s the best fit for us. And then, is he ready? What’s best for him as well?”
The Bruins (32-14-7) have clinched a berth in the playoffs. They are third in the East, two points behind the second-place Capitals and four points behind the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins. — Amalie Benjamin