NHL Buzz: Beauvillier returns to Islanders, will face Sabres

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New York Rangers

K’Andre Miller and Artemi Panarin will not play against the New Jersey Devils at home Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, MSG+, NHL.TV).

Miller, a rookie defenseman, left practice Monday with an upper-body injury. Panarin, a forward, will miss his second game because of a lower-body injury.

“Panarin was really close today, but he’s not going to go tonight,” coach David Quinn said. “And K’Andre is getting better. Similar situation, there was discussion, maybe those guys might be able to go but unfortunately they won’t be able to.”

 
New York Islanders

Anthony Beauvillier will return to the lineup at the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, MSG+, NHL.TV).

The forward missed nine games with a lower-body injury and last played in a 2-0 loss at the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 24.

Islanders coach Barry Trotz said before a 3-1 win against the Sabres on Monday that Beauvillier was “close to being able to play.”

Beauvillier has one assist in five games this season.

 

Minnesota Wild

Matt Dumba and Mats Zuccarello will return to the lineup at the Los Angeles Kings (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-W, FS-WI, FS-N+, NHL.TV).

Dumba, a defenseman, has missed two games with an ankle injury sustained Jan. 30. Zuccarello, a forward, has not played this season since having offseason arm surgery.

The Wild had six games postponed after players tested positive or went into NHL COVID-19 protocol since their last game, a 2-1 loss at the Colorado Avalanche on Feb. 2. Their facilities were closed the next day.

“There’s negatives that transpire from a pause like this, but there’s also positive and that’s one of them, getting [Dumba] back as quickly as we did,” coach Dean Evason said Monday. “We would have had to [play] some hockey games without him. He’s looked real good here for the four days that he’s been skating so we’re excited about having him back for sure.”

Zuccarello has not played since the Stanley Cup Qualifiers last season, when the Wild were eliminated by the Vancouver Canucks in four games in the best-of-5 series.

“[Zuccarello has] got a great skill set, obviously,” Evason said. “He plays the game with pace. He puts people in horrible spots but he puts our people in real good position to score goals. His vision is great. He’s going to play on the power play.” — Jessi Pierce

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