NHL Buzz: Martinez out for Golden Knights against Oilers


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Vegas Golden Knights

Alec Martinez won’t play for the Golden Knights against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday (10 p.m. ET; SN360, SN1, ATTSN-RM, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

The defenseman sustained an undisclosed injury in the third period of a 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

Martinez has two assists and five blocked shots in three games this season.

Forward Mattias Janmark will make his season debut after being removed from COVID-19 protocol.


Pittsburgh Penguins

Jeff Carter will not play for the Penguins against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, ATTSN-PT, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

Carter tested positive for COVID-19, coach Mike Sullivan said. He is tied for the Penguins lead with four points (one goal, three assists) in four games and had been the center on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each out with an injury.

Goalie Tristan Jarry returned to practice Friday after he did not practice Thursday because of COVID-19 protocol. Jarry has started three of the Penguins’ four games and is 2-0-1 with a 1.62 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.

“It was confirmed that it was a false positive,” Sullivan said Friday. “He had to go through a certain process the League requires from a protocol standpoint. That’s why he was in practice today. That’s certainly a relief from our standpoint.”

With Carter, Crosby and Malkin all out, Evan Rodrigues will be the first-line center against the Maple Leafs. — Wes Crosby


New Jersey Devils

Ty Smith is expected to make his season debut for the Devils against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, MSG-B, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

The defenseman missed the first three games of the season because of a lower-body injury.

Smith scored 23 points (two goals, 21 assists) in 48 games during his rookie season in 2020-21.


Ottawa Senators

Shane Pinto will not play for the Senators against the New York Rangers on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN5, MSG, ESPN+, NHL LIVE) because of an upper-body injury.

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 think it’s anything serious but we’re going to make sure tomorrow and we’re certainly not going to put him in a situation where he can hurt himself any further,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said.

Pinto has one assist in four games this season; he will be replaced in the lineup by Parker Kelly, who has no points in three games.


St. Louis Blues

Brandon Saad will not play for the Blues against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; BSMW, BSW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE) because of NHL COVID-19 protocol.

The forward, who signed a five-year contract on July 29, has two points (one goal, one assist) in three games this season.

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