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Columbus Blue Jackets
Max Domi will return to the lineup for the Blue Jackets against the New York Rangers on Friday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, BSOH, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
The forward missed the past four games with a rib fracture sustained against the Seattle Kraken on Oct. 16. He was expected to be out 2-4 weeks.
“I want to help this team win,” Domi said Friday. “There’s nothing worse than having to sit out and watch them go through the grind. Part of the fun is going through that grind with your buddies and sharing that mentality of just pushing through everything. When you’re injured, it’s tough to be a spectator.”
Domi has scored four points (one goal, three assists) in two games, and was tied with forward Oliver Bjorkstrand (two goals, two assists) for the Columbus lead at the time of his injury. — Dan Rosen
New York Rangers
Kaapo Kakko could return for the Rangers against the Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m. ET; MSG, BSOH, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
The forward practiced Thursday after missing the past four games with an upper-body injury sustained in a 3-1 win at the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 16. He has no points in three games this season.
“Yeah, I’m ready to play,” Kakko said Thursday. “I played only two games and one period so of course it wasn’t the best time for that (injury), but it feels like this is a little bit of a new start for me for the season. Just ready to go.”
Forward Ryan Reaves, who sustained a lower-body injury in a 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Monday, will not play. — Dan Rosen
Toronto Maple Leafs
Petr Mrazek will return to the lineup for the Maple Leafs against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, BSDET, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
The goalie has missed six games because of a groin injury. He has not played since allowing three goals on 26 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 14.
Mrazek signed a three-year contract with the Maple Leafs on July 28.