Ramblings: Tuch injured again; Updates on Couturier, Kotkaniemi, Eberle; Hamilton’s season – November 5

Michael Clifford

2019-11-05

 

For the second day in a row, Mika Zibanejad skated before his team’s practice in a non-contact jersey. It seems like he’s on the cusp of returning but we’re just not sure exactly when that will be. Maybe they just wanted to give him some extra time with a soft matchup on Monday night.

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Staying in the region, Jordan Eberle skated in a non-contact jersey with the Islanders. It appears he’s on the mend as well and the Islanders need all the scoring they can get.

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Jesperi Kotkaniemi was put on the injured reserve but that dates back to October. He’ll be eligible to return as soon as Thursday’s game. In the meantime, Ryan Poehling is going to get a chance to show what he can do on Tuesday night, as he’s skating between Paul Byron and Artturi Lehkonen. At least he’s getting a real chance with real line mates.

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Not long after returning from injury, Alex Tuch is back out of the lineup for at least the short-term with what the team is calling an upper-body injury. We won’t get more information than that right now, but he didn’t make the trip with the team so don’t expect him back soon.

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There had been lots of speculation but it was confirmed that Sean Couturier is