Howard is retiring
TSN: Goalkeeper Jimmy Howard retires from the NHL.
“Becoming an NHL goalkeeper was a childhood dream. After an incredible 14 years in the Red Wings organization, I decided to quit professional hockey and move on to the next chapter. It was the honor of my life to play and I am forever grateful to the fans, all members of the Red Wings organization, my teammates and my family for their continued support, loyalty and commitment.
As I enter this new chapter in my life, I look forward to spending more time with my family, coaching my son’s ice hockey team, and finding new opportunities for the future.
With gratitude, Jimmy Howard # 35 #WhatARide ”
Amanda Stein: New Jersey Devils coach Lindy Ruff said striker Jesper Bratt will be in the line-up against the Flyers tonight. It will be his first game of the season.
Mike Morreale: The Devils have assigned striker Nick Merkley to their taxi team and activated Bratt.
Nashville Predators PR: The Predators of moved Philip Tomasino from the AHL to their taxi and transferred Mathieu Olivier from their NHL roster to their taxi team.
Notes on injuries
Pat Steinberg: Calgary Flames striker Dillon Dube will be a playful decision tonight.
Matthew DeFranks: Dallas Stars manager Rick Bowness said strikers Blake Comeau and Jamie Benn will not be in the line-up tonight. Striker Roope Hintz will be a playful decision.
Aaron Portzline: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kevin Stenlund will miss tonight’s game with an injury.
Sarah McLellan: Minnesota wild goalkeeper Cam Talbot (lower body) was on the ice today.
Samantha Pell: Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson (lower body) will make a playful decision tonight.
Striker Lars Eller will miss tonight’s game due to a lower body injury.
Striker Nicklas Backstrom should be able to play.
Samantha Pell: Capital coach Peter Laviolette had no update on when forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, defender Dmitry Orlov and goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov could be removed from the COVD Protocol Absence List. Laviolette described them all as commonplace.
JJ Regan: Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Orlov and Samsonov should all miss at least four games, and tonight is game four.