Let’s start with some injury updates, the first two of the good news variety.
The Penguins have activated Evgeni Malkin from IR, which means he’ll likely suit up for today’s (Saturday’s) game against Edmonton. Malkin has played just two games this season while being out for nearly a month with a leg injury. Get him back into your lineup as soon as possible.
John Tavares could return to the Leafs’ lineup on Saturday after missing the past six games with a broken finger. On Friday he practiced on the Leafs’ second line with Mitch Marner and Trevor Moore, along with on the first-unit power play. You might want to wait for an official announcement, but you might also want to have him ready to go.
Victor Hedman missed his second consecutive game on Friday. However, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said that Hedman hopes to play in next Friday’s and Saturday’s Global Series games in Sweden. Because of the travel schedule overseas, the Bolts have a less-than-ideal schedule for the next week and a half. Something to consider if you’re thinking of adding someone like Tyler Johnson or Ondrej Palat. For more on the schedule of the Lightning and other teams, see our most recent Looking Ahead article.
In the Flyers’ shootout win over the Devils, Joel Farabee scored his first NHL goal in his sixth NHL game. This was a 65-minute game, but Farabee logged over 16 minutes and even received some first-unit power-play time. That’s not terrible usage and the Flyers might be seeing what they have in the 19-year-old. Let&r