New Jersey Devils winger Damian Brunner will miss at least four weeks after a knee-on-knee collision knocked him out of Friday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed Saturday to the New Jersey Star-Ledger the 27-year-old won’t need surgery.
Brunner collided with Ducks defenceman Mark Fistric with three minutes left in the opening period, forcing the Swiss forward to limp off the ice with the help of teammates.
Replays showed Fistric arrive late against the boards before extending his leg towards Brunner.
But Devils head coach Pete DeBoer told the Star-Ledger he didn’t see anything nefarious on the play.
Brunner has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) through 32 games this season.
After joining the Detroit Red Wings from Switzerland last season, Brunner has 39 points (20 goals, 19 assists) through 76 career NHL games.
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton has been cleared for contact.
The right winger practiced Friday without the no-contact jersey alongside his teammates for the first time since undergoing off-season shoulder surgery.
And, according to Horton, his teammates took it easy on him during the full skate.
“I don’t think anyone would have hit me because they still see me in red when I’m on the ice,” Horton told the club's website. “I had fun, though. It wasn’t physical but it was more than I had done. It’s still a little sore but it wasn’t sore before I went on the ice, but that will go away.”
Horton signed a seven-year, $37.1-million deal with the Blue Jackets during the off-season.
Before signing with Columbus, Horton played three seasons with the Boston Bruins, where he won a Stanley Cup in 2011.
The following year he sustained a season-ending concussion before eventually returning for the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, registering 22 points (13 goals, nine assists) through 43 games.
Columbus currently sits seventh in the Metropolitan Division with 32 points, seven points out of the final wild card spot.
HERTL’S SEASON OVER?
San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson kept open the possibility of rookie forward Tomas Hertl missing the remainder of the season.
Hertl was injured Thursday during a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown, who got a major penalty and game misconduct on the play.
“There is still some swelling in the knee," Wilson said. "Preliminary report is he’ll be out at least a month, and then we’ll have some more tests that will be ongoing, and see what the extent is and go from there. That will take a little bit of time for that evaluation to take place.”
Hertl is the NHL's top-scoring rookie with 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists).
He was also a candidate to compete at the Sochi Winter Olympics for the Czech Republic.
“This gives others an opportunity to step up and assume more,” Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said. “We want to see players evolve. We want to see more from players who haven’t been put in situations before.”
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