Here are some news and notes heading into tonight’s games:
- Kirk Maltby (hamstring) is out for tonight’s game against Columbus.
- Pascal Leclaire gets the start tonight for Columbus.
- David Vyborny (flu) will not play tonight versus Detroit.
- Michael Ryder (leg) is out for tonight’s game against Buffalo.
- Mikhail Grabovski (flu) will miss tonight’s contest for the Habs.
- Jack Hillen will make his NHL debut on the back-end for the Islanders tonight.
- Jonathan Cheechoo (head) is not expected to dress for the Sharks when they visit L.A. tonight.
- Brad Richards (lingering effects of mono) is out for tonight’s game at Phoenix.
- Mark Parrish (healthy scratch) is expected to be out for the Wild tonight.
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