All posts by Eric Patterson

Capitals without Kuznetsov, Oshie, Holtby vs. Avalanche

The Washington Capitals will be without Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie and Braden Holtby for Friday night's tilt versus the Colorado Avalanche, the team announced.

All three players are considered day to day with upper-body injuries.

Oshie and Kuznetsov both sustained their injuries Wednesday against the Winnipeg Jets. Oshie was on the receiving end of Josh Morrissey's illegal hit, while Kuznetsov left the game early after taking an elbow to the head.

Meanwhile, Holtby will miss his second straight contest after being listed as day to day earlier in the week. Pheonix Copley's expected to start between the pipes.

The Capitals are in the middle of a four-game road trip and have lost three of their last four contests.

Copyright © 2018 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Canadiens’ Byron week to week with lower-body injury

Injured Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, according to head coach Claude Julien.

Byron sat out the Canadiens' last four games with a lower-body injury and did not travel with the team on their latest road trip.

The injury was sustained in a home contest versus the Dallas Stars on Oct. 30. Byron left the game and did not return.

Byron sits eighth in team scoring with seven points in 11 games.

In other injury news, forward Joel Armia underwent an MRI after leaving Tuesday night's game with a lower-body injury. The team is currently waiting on the results, Julien said Wednesday.

Copyright © 2018 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Canadiens’ Byron week to week with lower-body injury

Injured Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, according to head coach Claude Julien.

Byron sat out the Canadiens' last four games with a lower-body injury and did not travel with the team on their latest road trip.

The injury was sustained in a home contest versus the Dallas Stars on Oct. 30. Byron left the game and did not return.

Byron sits eighth in team scoring with seven points in 11 games.

In other injury news, forward Joel Armia underwent an MRI after leaving Tuesday night's game with a lower-body injury. The team is currently waiting on the results, Julien said Wednesday.

Copyright © 2018 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Lucic fined $10,000 for roughing Lightning’s Joseph

Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic was fined $10,000 for roughing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph during Tuesday's game, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced.

Lucic had a hearing for the incident Wednesday and was punished with the maximum allowable fine under the collective bargaining agreement.

Here is the play from Tuesday night:

The Edmonton forward received minor penalties for roughing and interference on the play, as well as a 10-minute misconduct. The Oilers were trailing 5-2 halfway through the third period at the time of the penalties.

He was retaliating to Joseph's hit on Oilers defenseman Kris Russell earlier in the third period, which wasn't penalized.

Lucic is pointless in his last six games with one goal and three assists on the season. The rookie Joseph has a goal and an assist in 15 games.

Copyright © 2018 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Hurricanes sign 2nd overall pick Svechnikov to entry-level deal

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed second overall pick Andrei Svechnikov to an entry-level deal, the club announced Saturday.

The three-year contract will pay Svechnikov $832,500 per NHL season or $70,000 in the American Hockey League. He will also receive a $277,500 signing bonus.

The 18-year-old netted 40 goals and recorded 32 assists last season with the Barrie Colts of the OHL en route to winning Rookie of the Year honors.

Copyright © 2018 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.