NHL Buzz: Drouin game-time decision for Canadiens against Golden Knights

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Montreal Canadiens

Jonathan Drouin is a game-time decision for the Canadiens against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CITY, SNE, TVAS, ATTSN-RM, ESPN+, NHL LIVE), coach Dominique Ducharme said after the morning skate.

Drouin was hospitalized Tuesday after being hit in the head with a shot by teammate Brett Kulak during the first period of Montreal’s 3-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings and the forward didn’t play in a 6-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Brendan Gallagher and Nick Suzuki will also each be a game-time decision. Neither forward practiced Friday but Ducharme said he was confident they would play against Vegas.

 
Toronto Maple Leafs

Petr Mrazek will not play against the Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SNO, SNP, NESN, ESPN +, NHL LIVE) because of an issue related to a groin injury sustained Oct. 14.

“He’s getting evaluated here now,” coach Sheldon Keefe said. “We’ll find out more tomorrow specifically but he tweaked something the other day and just wasn’t feeling right.”

Joseph Woll, who was recalled from Toronto of the American Hockey League on Saturday, will back up Jack Campbell against the Bruins.

Mrazek was out six games after initially sustaining the groin injury, returning to make 27 saves in a 5-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 30. He was Campbell’s backup the past two games despite Keefe saying Wednesday that Mrazek was not completely healthy. — Dave McCarthy

 
St. Louis Blues

Ryan O’Reilly was removed from NHL COVID-19 protocol Friday and the center is expected to play against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

O’Reilly was out four games after testing positive for COVID-19.

“Yes, he is back. His quarantine period is over,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Friday. “He’s with the team now and skated today, I believe, and I think he’ll be ready to play on Sunday, which is a real positive.”

Center Brayden Schenn returned to St. Louis from the road trip for evaluation of an upper-body injury. He played the first period of a 5-3 win at the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Coach Craig Berube said after the game that Schenn was considered day to day.

“He got injured a couple games ago [against] Chicago,” Armstrong said. “He came back and tried to play. The injury got aggravated yesterday so we decided to fly him home. He’s going to see our doctors over the next couple days and we’ll reevaluate everything and have an update when the team returns from the road trip (which ends Tuesday).”

Defenseman Torey Krug was placed in COVID-19 protocol Friday, and defenseman Calle Rosen was recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League. Forward Dakota Joshua was sent to Springfield. — Lou Korac

 
Pittsburgh Penguins

Bryan Rust is a game-time decision when the Penguins host the Minnesota Wild (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, BSN, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

The forward took full contact in practice Friday for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury Oct. 14. Rust skated at right wing on the first line with center Jeff Carter and left wing Jake Guentzel.

“Obviously you don’t like getting hurt ever, but that quick into a season it stings maybe a little bit more,” Rust said Friday. “Feeling good now. Felt good on the ice. … We’ll see how things go here in the next little while and just go from there.”

Rust normally plays on the first line with Guentzel and center Sidney Crosby, who is in NHL COVID-19 protocol. Crosby will be unavailable Saturday for the ninth time in 10 games this season. The Penguins captain missed the first seven games after having wrist surgery Sept. 8.

Coach Mike Sullivan and defensemen Brian Dumoulin, Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel also are in COVID-19 protocol. — Wes Crosby

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