Early Saturday morning, the Boston Bruins announced that top-line wing David Pastrnak has had a procedure to remove an olecranon bursa from his right elbow. The procedure was successful, but it’ll take him out of the lineup for a bit.
The team is officially designating him as “day-to-day,” but said he’ll definitely be out of the lineup Sunday and Tuesday.
He will likely be unavailable for the games on Sunday and Tuesday. His condition will be re-assessed on a day-to-day basis.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) December 17, 2016
In 27 games this season, Pastrnak has 19 goals and 26 points.
The Vancouver Canucks inducted Mattias Ohlund into the team’s Ring of Honor Friday night. He is the sixth player in team history to be inducted into the Ring.
Ohlund spent all but two years of his career with the Canucks. There, he scored all 93 of his career goals and 325 of his 343 career points over the course of 770 games. He spent the remainder of his 909 career games with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Here’s the full ceremony from Friday.
Shaw’s Concussion-Like Symptoms
Montreal winger Andrew Shaw did not suit up for Friday’s loss to the Sharks after being diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms.
Medical update : Andrew Shaw will not dress tonight due to concussion-like symptoms which developed late Thursday afternoon.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) December 16, 2016
Montreal has been dormant since Monday when the Habs faced Boston. In that game, defenseman Torey Krug caught Shaw coming through the neutral zone and put him on his back with a hard hit. Krug escaped discipline from the league for the hit despite contact with the head taking place.
The team hasn’t specified details of the cause of Shaw’s injury, but from an outside perspective, it seems likely this has to do with that hit.
Montreal’s injury woes continued Friday. 23-year-old right wing Sven Andrighetto left the game in the first period after tripping and sliding into the boards. The team has not yet updated his status moving forward.
Montreal is currently without Alex Galchenyuk, David Desharnais and Greg Pateryn.
In that same game, Michel Therrien pulled Carey Price. He had allowed four goals on 18 shots to San Jose. But he wasn’t happy about getting pulled, largely because some of the goals need to be laid at the feet of his teammates.
After he was pulled he gave his teammates a staredown coming off the ice to let them know he wasn’t thrilled about the situation.
The team clearly knows that when Price is getting pulled, things aren’t going well for the rest of the team.
One of those goals came from Sharks rookie Timo Meier, who scored on the first shot of his NHL career.
Road to the Outdoor Classics
Epix has offered their first preview of the Road to the Outdoor Classics series, tracking teams as they head toward their Stadium Series matches.
The first preview is a snippet of a players-only meeting in the Detroit locker following a loss on the first night of a five-game homestand.
With the Los Angeles Kings making their lone stop of the year in Pittsburgh, the Penguins paid tribute to former Pittsburgh goaltender Jeff Zatkoff.
The 29-year-old earned the moniker Mr. Game 1 after he backstopped the Penguins to their first win of the postseason en route to the 2016 Stanley Cup championship. The netminder raised his stick to the Pittsburgh fans in attendance from the bench while serving as Peter Budaj’s backup.
Let’s hear it for Mr. Game 1! pic.twitter.com/aBbtqvvbg1
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 17, 2016
Tuch’d It In
Minnesota Wild prospect and former Boston College winger Alex Tuch put in a beautiful shootout goal Friday night to help the Iowa Wild sink the Cleveland Monsters.
The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) has suspended Kelly Babstock of the Connecticut Whale one game for a hit to the head of Riveters forward Bray Ketchum.
The decision comes from the NWHL’s Player Safety Committee, which includes Kelly Cooke, Josephine Pucci, AJ Mleczko (who is doing color commentary on NBCSN for Saturday’s December Series game), Terry Koharski and Joe Ernst.
Odds & Ends
– Chicago netminder Scott Darling has a new lid paying homage to the World Series champion Chicago Cubs.
BREAKING NEWS FIRST LOOK
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) December 16, 2016
– Despite reports that multiple teams aren’t paying players, the KHL is reportedly still talking about further expansion. This season they brought the KHL to Beijing. Now, PHPA and European/KHL agent Darryl Wolski says the KHL is considering London, Ukraine, Estonia, and Malmo, Sweden. The KHL currently has a team in Finland, but Malmo would be their first foray into Sweden.
– The Washington Capitals recalled Zach Sanford from the AHL’s Hersey Bears on Saturday morning.
– This is weird and pretty good.
Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins. Watch the Penguins’ Elf video and have a great holiday! pic.twitter.com/VtERlL85BW
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 17, 2016
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.