Key Players Sidelined Ahead of NHL Matchups

NHL injury updates

Updates from the ice bring both setbacks and reinforcements for NHL teams. Ottawa Senators forward Tim Stutzle will sit out Saturday’s matchup against the New Jersey Devils due to an upper-body injury, with his status listed as day-to-day. Stutzle, 22, has been a pivotal presence on the ice, amassing 18 goals and 52 assists over 75 games this season. However, the Senators receive a boost as defenseman Thomas Chabot returns to action after a four-game absence stemming from a lower-body injury. Chabot, 27, adds depth to the defensive lineup with his eight goals and 20 assists over 44 games. Additionally, the Senators have reassigned defenseman Tyler Kleven to the AHL.

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Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens face defensive challenges of their own as blueliners Kaiden Guhle and Arber Xhekaj will both miss Saturday’s clash against the Toronto Maple Leafs due to upper-body injuries. Guhle, 22, has contributed six goals and 16 assists over 70 games in his sophomore NHL season, while Xhekaj, 23, has tallied three goals and seven assists over 44 games. In response, AHL defenseman Justin Barron has been called up from the Laval Rocket to provide support in their absence.

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