NHL Buzz: Werenski returns for the Blue Jackets against the Bruins

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Zack Wrensky returned Monday to host the Boston Bruins in a blue jacket.

The defender, who missed three games with a concussion, was injured on March 26 by a blow to Minnesota Wilde defender Jacob Middleton.

“It was a good shot,” Wrenski said. He added that he felt good enough for Saturday’s game at the Bruins, but decided to be cautious as Columbus were 15 points behind the Washington Capitals for Wilde’s second card in the Stanley Cup play-offs from the East. Conference.

“At this time of year, there is no need to rush back to the issues we are in,” he said. I wanted to make sure I was 100% healthy. “I feel like I’m here now, so I’m ready to go.”

Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen also returned after losing three games in the NHL COVID-19 protocol. Steve McCarthy’s assistant remained in the protocol for the fourth consecutive game, and teammate Pascal Vincent, who coached in Larsen’s absence, joined the protocol on Monday. – Craig Border

Toronto Maple Leafs

William Nylander He did not play for Maple Leafs against Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

The striker, who is fourth in Toronto with 64 points (26 goals, 38 assists) in 68 games, is struggling with an illness not related to Covid. He did not train on Sunday and did not participate in Monday morning optional skating.

“We’ll see how he progresses,” said Sheldon Kyiv, Maple Leafs coach.

Jake Mozin He trained on Sunday and Kyiv said he could return to the squad on Tuesday when Toronto play the Florida Panthers. The defender, who has missed 20 games due to a concussion, has scored 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 41 games. – Cory Long

Canadian Montreal

Brendan Gallagher He could return after missing eight games with a low back injury when the Canadians host the Ottawa senators on Tuesday (7pm Eastern Time; TSN2, TSN5, RDS, ESPN +, NHL LIVE).

The striker has not played against the Dallas Stars since March 17, who left in the second half. He returned for a third season, playing in six shifts, but has not played since.

“I hope so. I feel good about leaving,” Gallagher said. I have not talked to doctors. “Obviously there are steps you have to take, but I’m looking forward to the game, yes.”

Gallagher has scored 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 43 games for the Canadians this season. He missed 10 games from December 30 to January. 29 with damage to the lower torso.

Goalkeeper “He is a warrior.” Jake Allen said. “There are not many players in the league … who played hard, fat and physically, and many guys do not want to play that game.”

Winnipeg Jet

Kyle Connor And Nim Schmidt He returned to training on Monday and is expected to play when the Jets host the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

Connor, striker, and defender Schmidt each lost three games while on the NHL protocol COVID-19. The Jets were 1-2-0 in their absence and lost the last two games, including 3-2 to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

“It was hard to avoid those two games, but it’s good to be back,” Connor said. “If I did not need to experiment, I probably would never have understood. I was probably still playing the game. I was very lucky. I never had any symptoms and I felt good all the time.”

Connor leads the Jets and is fifth in the NHL with 41 goals in 67 games. 82 points equals the New York Rangers striker Artemia PanarinVancouver Cannax Forward GT Miller And Colorado Avalanche Ahead Miko Rantanen For the ninth time in the NHL.

“You bring back two key pieces to your squad, you bring back your most dynamic and prolific goal scorer, it helps you,” said Jet coach Dave Lowry.

Schmidt has scored 31 points (four goals, 27 assists) in 66 games this season. Josh Morrissey More among jet defenders.

Jansen Harkins He will not play against Red Wings and the striker will be evaluated for the unspecified injury he suffered in the loss to the Kings. He played in two 0:46 shifts before leaving in the first half.

Vancouver Canax

Tucker Pullman On Sunday, in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Golden Knights of Vegas, Cannax suffered an upper body injury and returned in the first half after a 4:25 game.

The defender, who will be re-evaluated on Monday, made his debut on January 27, when he left after his first 5-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets with what the Kanaks later said were migraine headaches. He lost 26 games.

“It was a repeat of what was happening, so I guess they just re-evaluate and see where he is,” Canax coach Bruce Boudreau said after the game.

Pullman has scored three points (one goal, two assists) in 40 games this season.

Philadelphia Flyers

Nick Sealer He will be missing for an indefinite period of time due to an injury to his lower torso.

“He’s under investigation,” Flyers coach Mike Yeo said Sunday before their 4-3 win over the New York Rangers. “Expect him to miss some time.”

Sealer left Maple Leafs in the third round on Saturday with a 6-3 defeat to Toronto. The defender has scored three points (one goal, two assists) in 43 games this season.

Kevin Connaton Instead of Sealer, he played against Rangers and Kate Yandel It was a healthy scratch for the second game in a row after his NHL record of 989 consecutive games ended.

“[Connauton has] “He works hard. He plays well when he’s present, he really hasn’t had much of a chance. Obviously there’s been a lot of emotion for Kate here in the last few days,” Yeo said.

Yandel did not play against Maple Leafs, the first game he lost since March 22, 2009, when he played for the Phoenix Coyotes.

“My mentality is to get better in training, work on things and try to get back in the squad and help the team win the games,” Yandel said on Saturday.

Yandel became the NHL Iron Man after Doug Jarvis. On January 25, he played his 965th consecutive game. David Satriano

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