Aleksander Barkov C FLA 4 Hrs
Aleksander Barkov will not participate in the upcoming 2014 World Juniors.
"There's no way he's going anywhere but here," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. "We have to let him grow. He's a big part of our future and our present." Barkov has four goals and 10 points in 28 games this season.
Mikael Granlund C MIN 4 Hrs
Mikael Granlund (concussion) has been shut down for now.
Granlund has only played in one of Minnesota's last six games. "We're going to keep him off right now," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "He skated the other day and we're at the point now where lets just take some time off here and make sure we get this right." Yeo added that at the moment, Granlund isn't making any progress.
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLS 4 Hrs
Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to miss the next four-to-five weeks with a strained groin.
Bobrovsky hasn't exactly been great this season with his 2.72 GAA and .909 save percentage in 23 games. Even still, this is a huge blow for Columbus, not because of what he's did in October and November, but for what they had hoped he could do moving forward. The Blue Jackets are hungry to advance to the playoffs and their team needs Bobrovsky to be excellent perhaps more than almost any other squad relies on their number one goaltender. Now they'll have to try and stay in the battle for a playoff spot without him.
Phil Kessel RW TOR 4 Hrs
Phil Kessel couldn't complete Wednesday's practice due to an undisclosed injury.
Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle wasn't sure if Kessel would be available on Thursday. He has 15 goals and 25 points in 28 games this season and is currently on a four-game point streak. Kessel is an elite scorer, but also a streaky one, so having this potentially disrupt a hot patch is a tough pill to swallow.