IRBrandon Dubinsky C CBJ 3 hours ago
Dubinsky suffered a broken orbital bone Tuesday during his fight with Edmonton's Zack Kassian.
Not surprisingly, the Blue Jackets have designated Dubinsky for injured reserve and called up Jordan Schroeder from the minors to fill in down the middle. Early indications seem to be that Dubinsky will not require surgery, which should hopefully shorten his recovery timeline. Prior to getting hurt, the Alaskan was stuck in a five-game goal drought and four-game pointless streak.
IRRyan Spooner C BOS 3 hours ago
Spooner (lower body) will miss Wednesday's road tilt against Detroit.
Despite practicing earlier in the week and being eligible to come off injured reserve, the Bruins decided to keep Spooner at home for the game in Detroit. Spooner's next chance to return to the lineup will be Thursday, when the team returns to Boston to take on the Capitals. Expect the Bruins to provide further clarification on Spooner's status following Thursday's morning skate.
Kari Lehtonen G DAL 3 hours ago
Lehtonen will get the starting nod against the Islanders on Wednesday.
After a solid one-goal outing versus the Rangers on Tuesday, coach Ken Hitchcock will continue to roll out Lehtonen on the road against the New York teams. For his career, the netminder is 7-6-1 with a 3.67 GAA versus the Isles -- not exactly the best track record. Ben Bishop's recent struggles -- allowing seven goals in a pair of defeats -- likely factored into the decision to stick with Lehtonen.
DTDTaylor Hall LW NJ 3 hours ago
Whether Hall (lower body) travels with the team to Montreal on Thursday remains undecided, Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record reports.
Hall still managed to pot a pair of goals in Tuesday's matchup with Los Angeles before being forced out of the game due to injury. If the winger is out of the lineup versus the Habs, the team will not only need to find a replacement on the top line, but also the power play where he has notched 10 of his 31 points this season. Drew Stafford could be tasked with both responsibilities in Hall's absence.
DTDKevan Miller D BOS 3 hours ago
Miller won't play Wednesday against Detroit after becoming a father Tuesday.
The Bruins will miss Miller's solid defensive play and ability to log minutes in penalty-killing situations, but with five points (all assists) in 26 games, fantasy players won't be losing much value. Miller is fully expected to play Thursday against Washington, but Paul Postma will skate on the B's blue line while Miller's out.
Linus Ullmark G BUF 4 hours ago
Ullmark's 508 saves ranks first in the AHL among qualified goalies, and currently sports a 11-3-3 record with a .920 save percentage, propelling the Amerks to second place in the North Division.
Ullmark came over from Sweden as a highly-touted goaltender, winning the Swedish League's equivalent of the Vezina Trophy at 21 years old. The former sixth-round pick has improved in each of his three seasons in the AHL, improving his save percentage from .902 in his rookie season to .920 this year, and his GAA from 3.41 to 2.63. He has been one of the league's best goaltenders, and could be Buffalo's goalie of the future should Robin Lehner not pan out.
IRMarcus Johansson LW NJ 4 hours ago
Johansson (ankle) won't travel with the team to Montreal for its game Thursday, Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record reports.
The former Cap has endured an injury-hit campaign and will have missed 16 of the Devils' 31 games following Thursday's contest. New Jersey returns home to play the Stars on Friday, and unless Johansson can fully participate in the morning skate, his availability for that contest seems in doubt, as well.
Brendan Guhle D BUF 4 hours ago
Guhle has scored 15 points in his past 20 games with AHL Rochester, The Buffalo News reports.
Drafted in the second round in 2015, Guhle is making big strides in his first pro season. The athletic, two-way defenseman played three games with the Sabres last year on an emergency call-up, and he's considered one of Buffalo's top prospects. He's currently second in scoring among rookie defensemen in the AHL, and while it's still too soon to say definitively, Guhle's well on his way to becoming a top-four defenseman in the NHL.
C.J. Smith LW BUF 4 hours ago
Through 25 games, Smith leads all AHL rookies with 25 points.
Signed as a free agent out of UMass-Lowell, Smith has been one of the many bright spots for AHL Rochester this season. He played two games with the Sabres last year and was cut in training camp, but he's starting to look like a bona fide prospect. Smith is not Buffalo's first option for call ups, but at this rate he should see NHL action before the end of the season. If Buffalo doesn't right the ship soon, they may have to be sellers at trade deadline, which will open up roster spots. Smith will make a run for a full-time roster spot next season.
Ryan Carpenter C VGK 4 hours ago
Carpenter was claimed off waivers from San Jose on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
The Florida native was waived by the Sharks on Tuesday after tallying just a single assist in 16 games this season, though he'll now provide some additional depth at the forward position for the Golden Knights. Despite being spared a trip to the minors by getting claimed, Carpenter carries very little fantasy value.