NHL Buzz: Tavares skates, game-time decision for Maple Leafs

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Toronto Maple Leafs

John Tavares will be a game-time decision for the Maple Leafs at the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, TVAS, SN, NBCSP, NHL LIVE).

The center sustained an undisclosed injury in a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, but took part in an optional skate Wednesday.

Forward Ondrej Kase also sustained an undisclosed injury Monday and will be a game-time decision.

“Both guys are on the ice here still, they are preparing to play,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. “Obviously, that’s positive from where they were at yesterday but they are going to be game-time decisions so we won’t really know until after warmups.”

Forwards Joey Anderson and Kirill Semyonov were recalled from Toronto of the American Hockey League and practiced Tuesday.

Without Tavares, Alexander Kerfoot was the center on a line with left wing Nick Ritchie and right wing Mitchell Marner.

Keefe said defenseman Justin Holl will play after being scratched the past five games. — Dave McCarthy

 
Ottawa Senators

Josh Brown was placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol on Wednesday.

The defenseman is the sixth Senators player in protocol, joining defensemen Victor Mete and Nick Holden, and forwards Austin Watson, Connor Brown and Dylan Gambrell.

Ottawa, which lost to the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Tuesday, is not practicing Wednesday for precautionary reasons. The Senators also canceled practice Monday.

Josh Brown had one shot on goal in 15:32 of ice time on Tuesday. He has no points in 12 games this season.

“I’m proud of the group with the guys that were out and the effort we gave,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said Tuesday. “If we keep playing with that effort and that hunger, not only will wins come, but the morale in general will be better.”

Forwards Scott Sabourin and Egor Sokolov were recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League on Monday. Defenseman Erik Brannstrom was recalled from Belleville on Sunday.

The Senators host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, BSW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

 

Washington Capitals

Nick Dowd was placed on injured reserve because of a lower-body injury.

The forward was injured in the second period of a 5-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. He has one goal in nine games this season.

Forward Aliaksei Protas was recalled from Hershey of the American Hockey League. He has one goal in one NHL game this season, and has five points (one goal, four assists) in eight AHL games.

Goalie Zach Fucale was also recalled from Hersey; he is 3-0-2 with a 1.73 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in five AHL games.

Capitals goalie Vitek Vanecek (3-2-3, 2.51 GAA, .906 save percentage) appeared to be shaken up in a collision late in the game Monday, although he was at practice Wednesday

Washington also assigned forward Hendrix Lapierre to Acadie-Bathurst of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 19-year-old forward scored one goal in six NHL games.

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