NHL Buzz: Murray going on injured reserve for Senators

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Ottawa Senators

Matt Murray is going on injured reserve Sunday. 

The goalie was injured Saturday trying to prevent New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider‘s goal at 14:37 of the third period when Kreider’s knee clipped his head on the play. Murray left the game and Anton Forsberg allowed two goals on three shots in relief. The Senators lost 3-2 after leading 2-0.

“I think it’s more his neck,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said. “He was unable to continue.”

Goalie Filip Gustavsson was recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League. The Senators host the Washington Capitals on Monday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, RDS, NBCSWA+, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

Smith confirmed that Shane Pinto (upper body) is out at least one week. The forward left in the first period of a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday after a hit from defenseman Brent Burns. He returned in the second period before leaving after one shift.

“We don’t have a timeline,” Smith said. “We think it’s a little better than originally thought. He’s at this point probably at least a week or two. We’ll see as we go.”

Forward Parker Kelly, who replaced Pinto on Saturday, was reassigned to Belleville.

 

Dallas Stars

John Klingberg is expected to play at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday (7 p.m. ET; BSOH, BSSW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

The defenseman was injured 3:30 into the first period of the season opener at the New York Rangers on Oct. 14 and has missed the past four games. 

“He moves the puck so well, hopefully we spend less time in our zone,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said. “He has offense, which we need badly. Joining the rush, so he’s a big impact player offensively. The power play was good last game. It struggled without him for a while, so he’ll improve that as well.”

Forwards Jason Robertson (upper body) and Blake Comeau (upper body) each practiced Sunday but will not travel to Columbus. Neither has played this season after they were injured during the preseason.

“At least they’re out there with the group right now, so that’s progress,” Bowness said. “They’re day to day, so maybe Wednesday (against the Vegas Golden Knights), maybe Friday (against the Ottawa Senators).” — Taylor Baird

 

New York Rangers

Forwards Kaapo Kakko and Ryan Strome could be available to the Rangers as soon as their home game against the Calgary Flames on Monday (7 p.m. ET; SNW, MSG, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

Kakko wore a non-contact jersey and did not take part in line rushes during practice. He sustained an upper-body injury during a 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 16.

Strome was the center on the second line with Artemi Panarin and Barclay Goodrow. He’s been in NHL COVID-19 protocol since Oct. 15.

“We’ll know more tomorrow with the protocols and that,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “They’re day to day. I can’t say they’re going play tomorrow for sure or not. Hopefully. There’s a chance for both of them, but I’m not sure.”

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