News boom: Toews, Norris and Mantha at work again


Chicago Black Hawks

attackers jonathan feet and Tyler Johnson The Blackhawks will be on the roster when they face the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, SNO, NBCSCH, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

Toews (concussion protocol) has not played since January 26, when he provided an assist in 16:08 ice time in an 8-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Johnson, who had neck surgery on December 3, last played against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 29.

Blackhawks head coach Derek King said the duo will have limited playing time.

“They’re not going to be happy,” King said on Tuesday. They probably want to play for more than 20 minutes from the start, but they won’t be able to handle it. I’m going to have to deal with that and choose the appropriate moments for Toews. »

advocates Riley Stillman (upper body) and Calvin de Haan (right groin) must also be in uniform. Stillman’s last game was against the Minnesota Wild on January 21, when de Haan missed two games. – Tracey Myers

Ottawa Senators

Josh Norris He’ll go into action against the Florida Panthers on Thursday (19:00 ET; BSFL, TSN5, RDS2, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

The forward has missed 15 games since hurting his shoulder in a 3-2 defeat to the Carolina Hurricanes on January 27.

“I’m ready for tomorrow’s game,” Norris said after practice Wednesday. “I stay away for a long time and watch the games, but I’m healthy and that’s the important thing.

“For a while I didn’t know what the timeline was going to be, so when I started to feel better we set a date and it’s tomorrow. »

Norris leads the Senators with 18 goals and has 26 points in 36 games this season.

“It was a long process, but we wanted to make sure it was 100 percent,” said coach DJ Smith. “He could probably play the last games but we wanted to make sure he was comfortable.”

Video: [email protected]: Norris capitalizes on the net

Washington Capitals

The Capitals face the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday (19:00 ET; ESPN+, HULU, NHL LIVE), as Anthony Mantha may play his first game since undergoing surgery on his left shoulder.

Mantha was injured trying to control Anthony Duclair In the November 4 game against the Florida Panthers. The attacker immediately returned to Washington and underwent surgery the next day.

“He just had a good day,” head coach Peter Laviolette said on Thursday, “I’ll discuss this with him and get a final answer. Really close to comeback. We put him in various play situations in practice and I’ll talk to him (therapist Jason Serbus) about that and find out where he is and if he’s still going. »

Mantha started solo skating again on February 9 and resumed contactless training on February 21. He was allowed to participate in contact training as of Monday and took part in the team’s last two full practice sessions.

Mantha had collected six points in 10 games before being injured.

defender, advocate justin schultz He will also be there for the Capitals after missing the last two games and three of the last four games with an upper body injury.

The Capitals recalled goalkeeper Zach Fucale from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and will now take charge. Vitek Vanecek Against hurricanes. Guard Ilya Samsonov He left practice after hitting a high pitch on Wednesday and was absent at the start of Thursday practice before joining the rest of the group at the end of the session. –Tom Gulitti

New York Rangers

Kevin Rooney will miss a few weeks with an upper body injury.

The forward was placed on the injured list on Thursday. Wednesday’s St. He played 5:26 in the first period of the 5-3 win over the Louis Blues and left the game.

Rooney has 11 points in 51 games this season.

Head coach Gerard Gallant said striker kaapo kakkoThose who haven’t played since January 21 will miss a few more weeks.

attacker Tim Getting Started He was recalled from the American Hockey League Hartford Wolf Pack. He has not played in five games this season and has 22 points in 35 games in the AHL this year.

Winnipeg Jets

Nikolaj Ehlers He should be back in action against the Dallas Stars on Friday.

The forward wore a regular player jersey for the Jets practice Thursday for the first time since his knee injury against the Washington Capitals on January 18.

Ehlers was in line with Andrew Copp and Adam Lowry.

“I think it’s very close to a comeback. Seeing him in practice today answers the question,” said head coach Dave Lowry of the Ehlers situation.

“Other than a big change, we expect him to be ready to play. He will develop with two players in charge and give them momentum. And looking at our other two lines, I think they have chemistry right now.

Ehlers has amassed 25 points in 34 games this season.

“It’s in the coach’s hands,” the forward said. I told him I was ready and discussed this with the medical staff. Last week we had a plan to target the upcoming game and I think I’m ready. » – Tim Campbell