Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Around the NHL: Isles call up Kearns; Kings place Zatkoff on waivers

The New York Islanders were once completely out of a playoff spot. Things changed on January 17, 2017 when the Isles fired head coach Jack Capuano, naming assistant coach Doug Weight interim head coach. The Isles are now tied with the Florida Panthers and the Boston Bruins for the second wild card spot in the eastern conference, but the Panthers are technically in the spot with a game in hand on the Isles and Bruins. Recent injuries might plague the Isles, though. Forwards Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck both sat out the third period of their 3-1 win Wednesday vs the Detroit Red Wings. Clutterbuck had been out since February 3rd (when the Isles played the Wings) with another injury. Both players might skate tomorrow. Forward Shane Prince had also been out some games with an injury, and has been placed on IR (retroactive February 12). Forward Bracken Kearns has been recalled from Bridgeport (AHL). Kearns, 35, hasn't played in the NHL at all this season. He has played in 33 career NHL games with the Florida Panthers, San Jose Sharks and the Isles. He has 3 goals and 3 assists (6 points) in those games, and 20 PIM. He is Bridgeport's leading scorer this season with 18 goals and 22 assists (40 points) in 51 games this season. He also has 28 PIM.
         The Los Angeles Kings have had some goalie problems this season. Star goaltender Jonathan Quick went down with an injury on opening night, and hasn't played since. G Peter Budaj has stepped in nicely, with a GAA of 2.12, a .917 SV% and 27 wins in 50 starts. His backup has changed throughout the season. Goalie Jeff Zatkoff was placed on waivers Wednesday. It's not official, but goalie Jack Campbell might be recalled from Ontario (AHL). Zatkoff, 29, has a SV% of .879, and a GAA of 2.94. Not exactly great numbers. We'll see if Campbell does get the call. Quick is expected to be back in March, so Campbell should get the call. 

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