Alex Petrovic D FLA 14 Hrs
Petrovic was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Wednesday.
Petrovic was likely recalled to provide the Panthers with a seventh defenseman, but it could also be an indication that one of the top six is dealing with an injury. The 22-year-old has amassed 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 39 games for AHL San Antonio, which ranks seventh among defensemen in the league.
Borna Rendulic F COL 14 Hrs
Rendulic (broken leg) could be out until March, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
The Avalanche appear to be eyeing a late-February return for Rendulic in a best-case scenario, but given the severe nature of the injury, it wouldn't be a surprise if the winger's timetable stretched a couple of extra weeks. Rendulic, who made his NHL debut in December, appeared in just 11 games for the Avs before obtaining the injury.
Jesse Winchester RW COL 14 Hrs
Coach Patrick Roy suggested Tuesday that the Avalanche could shut Winchester (concussion) down for the remainder of the season, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. "He's not doing well," Roy said of the injured winger.
Winchester inked a two-year deal with the Avalanche as a free agent in July, but it looks like his first season in Denver could come without him having logged a single regular-season game. He sustained the concussion in the preseason and continues to experiencing lingering vision issues. Winchester had previously resumed skating and traveling with the team, but he's since halted those activities in recent weeks.
Jamie McGinn LW COL 14 Hrs
Coach Patrick Roy acknowledged Tuesday that McGinn (back) would be out for the remainder of the season, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
It was fully expected after McGinn underwent back surgery in December that he would be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign, so Roy's statement merely confirms as much. His season will end after just 19 games, during which he compiled six points and a minus-9 rating.
Shayne Gostisbehere D PHI 14 Hrs
Flyers general manger Ron Hextall said Wednesday that he expects Gostisbehere (knee) to resume playing at some point in February, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Flyers initially feared Gostisbehere would be lost for the season after tearing his ACL in November, but it appears he's progressed well faster than the organization anticipated. Gostisbehere has resumed skating without any setbacks to this point and may not be far off taking part in a full-contact practice.
Tyler Toffoli C LA 14 Hrs
Toffoli (illness) was activated from injured reserve and will play Wednesday against the Blackhawks.
Toffoli's return comes just 19 days after he was diagnosed with mononucleosis, an illness the Kings feared would keep him sidelined for three weeks to a month. The youngster will slot back in on the second line against the Blackhawks, a foe he's relished playing during his brief career. Over 16 games versus the Western Conference power, he's notched seven goals and 13 points.
Jakub Kindl D DET 15 Hrs
Kindl (elbow) was activated from injured reserve Wednesday.
The activation confirms Kindl is fully healthy at this point, but coach Mike Babcock said the blueliner would remain a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Lightning. Xavier Ouellet will continue to hold down a spot on the Wings' third pairing until he begins to struggle.
Trevor van Riemsdyk D CHI 15 Hrs
Van Riemsdyk (knee) is expected to resume skating next week, Eric Lear of Blackhawks TV reports.
Van Riemsdyk has been out sidelined since November, when he required surgery to repair a fractured kneecap. It seems that van Riemsdyk is almost completely healed from the procedure, but because of his lengthy absence, he'll probably need several more weeks to get back to full speed. Expect the Blackhawks to send him out to AHL Rockford on a rehab assignment at some point in February, if he continues to progress as anticipated.
Kris Versteeg RW CHI 15 Hrs
Versteeg (hand) isn't expected to play during the Blackhawks' six-game road trip that kicks off Wednesday in Los Angeles, Eric Lear of Blackhawks TV reports.
Versteeg instead remained in Chicago, taking to the ice Wednesday morning for conditioning work. Because he's dealing with a fractured hand rather than a lower-body ailment, Versteeg's presence on the ice won't mean much until he's cleared to absorb contact.
Brett Ritchie F DAL 15 Hrs
Ritchie (undisclosed) returned to practice with the Stars on Wednesday and will be a game-time decision on Thursday, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
Ritchie practiced fully on Monday, but wasn't quite there on Tuesday. He was rotating in and out of the third line at Wednesday's practice and may return on Thursday. Check back Thursday before dropping him into your Thursday roster.