NHL Buzz: Drouin returns for Canadiens


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 Montreal Canadiens 

Jonathan Drouin will return to the lineup when the Canadiens play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, TSN2, RDS, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

The forward has missed the past six games after he was struck in the head by a shot from Montreal defenseman Brett Kulak in the first period of a 3-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 2. 

“The last couple of days I’ve been way better,” Drouin said Tuesday. “I got that shot right on the temple, so I felt pressure on my head when I put my helmet on. Headaches. There was no concussion. I passed my concussion test that night. It was just time to get the swelling down. When I put my helmet on it was bothering me and it was throbbing on that side. I just feel ready to go now, way better.”

Drouin said he skated in Boston on Sunday morning and felt it was the turning point for him.

“But that morning I didn’t feel that great with my head, but I still felt pretty good on the ice,” Drouin said. “This morning I felt good, so I’m ready to go.” 

Drouin has scored seven points (two goals, five assists) in 11 games. The Canadiens went 1-3-2 without him. — Dan Rosen

Philadelphia Flyers

Ryan Ellis is week to week after he sustained a lower-body injury in a 5-2 loss at the Dallas Stars on Saturday. 

Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said Tuesday he’s not sure if the defenseman will need surgery. 

“We’re in the evaluation process here,” Vigneault said. “He’s seeing the doctor today and he’s seeing one tomorrow. So until we get some results off their findings, I won’t have anything for you for a couple of days.”

The defenseman had an assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in 18:45 after missing nine games with a lower-body injury.

Vigneault said he didn’t think Ellis came back from that injury too soon. 

“He was cleared by our medical staff, he wanted to play, and these are things that happen sometimes,” Vigneault said. “It’s unfortunate. But now we have to deal with it and we’ll see what happens.” –– Adam Kimelman 

Dallas Stars

Goalie Braden Holtby remains day to day with a lower-body injury. 

“He’ll be out for a couple of days,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said Monday. “We’re hoping to put him back on the ice Wednesday or Thursday.”

Tyler Seguin left practice early, but the forward is expected to play against the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ESPN+, HULU, NHL LIVE). 

“Just a little lower-body thing that we’re trying to watch a little closer,” Bowness said. “We were off yesterday, so he went out there to test it and he should be fine tomorrow night, just don’t aggravate it in practice. But he had to skate today because he didn’t skate yesterday.”

Anton Khudobin did not practice because of a non-COVID-19 illness but is expected to start against the Red Wings. He made 31 saves to help Dallas win for the first time in regulation this season when they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. — Taylor Baird

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