NHL Buzz: Gibson injured, wont play for Ducks against Wild

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Anaheim Ducks

John Gibson will not play for the Ducks against the Minnesota Wild on Friday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, HULU) because of a lower-body injury.

The goalie was injured when he collided with Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Copp late in the third period of a 4-1 win on Wednesday. Gibson, who remained in the game, made 33 saves.

Anthony Stolarz will start Friday. He was 4-3-0 with a 2.20 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and one shutout in eight games (seven starts) last season.

 

Detroit Red Wings

Dylan Larkin did not practice with the Red Wings on Friday.

The forward was hit from behind into the boards by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph in a 7-6 overtime loss on Thursday. Larkin received a match penalty for roughing after retaliating and has a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday.

Larkin scored a goal and had three shots on goal in 11:39 of ice time before receiving the match penalty.

“He could not practice today,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I don’t know what that means going forward, but he’ll see some people today.”

 

Colorado Avalanche

Nathan MacKinnon remains in COVID-19 protocol and likely will not play for the Avalanche against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday (9 p.m. ET; ALT, BSMW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

The center did not play in a 4-2 season-opening win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Jared Bednar, who was also in COVID-19 protocol, returned Friday and will coach the Avalanche on Saturday.

Bednar missed Colorado’s final two preseason games and their season opener.

Forward Valeri Nichushkin is week to week with an upper-body injury. He had an assist and three shots on goal in 15:03 of ice time in the win Wednesday.

 

Montreal Canadiens

Mike Hoffman could make his debut for the Canadiens next week, coach Dominique Ducharme said.

The forward, who signed a three-year contract, was injured during the offseason prior to arriving in Montreal.

Ducharme said Hoffman would not play against the New York Rangers on Saturday (TVA, CITY, SNE, MSG, ESPN+, NHL LIVE), but could play Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks, or Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Hoffman scored 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 52 games with the St. Louis Blues last season.

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