NHL Injury: Brendan Gallagher out 6 weeks, Auston Matthews sits, Roope Hintz not on trip, and more

The latest NHL injury news for Thursday, January 12, 2023.

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Brendan Gallagher out 6 weeks

Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher will be sidelined at least six weeks due to a lower-body injury, the team announced Wednesday.

Gallagher has missed the last three games after being injured in a 6-3 loss to the Nashville Predators on Jan. 3. He was placed on injured reserve Sunday.

Gallagher, 30, has recorded nine points (four goals, five assists) in 25 games this season.

He has 390 points (198 goals, 192 assists) in 663 career games with Montreal. He was selected by the Canadiens in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Auston Matthews sits in win vs Preds

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Apr 26, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (34) celebrates after scoring his 60th goal of the season during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews was ruled out of Wednesday’s game against the visiting Nashville Predators due to an undisclosed injury. Toronto defeated the Predators 2-1.

Matthews scored a goal in 17:29 of ice time during Toronto’s 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. The reigning Hart Trophy recipient, however, did not participate in practice on Tuesday.

“I would say he is just day-to-day,” coach Sheldon Keefe said of Matthews. “He’s out there putting in lots of work and all that so he’s clearly not too far away. So he’s improving daily, we’ll see where he’s at for (Thursday against the host Detroit Red Wings).”

Matthews, 25, has totaled 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) while playing in all 41 games this season.

Forward Bobby McMann, 26, will make his NHL debut on Wednesday in place of Matthews.

McMann, 26, was recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Roope Hintz out for NY trip

Dallas Stars forward Roope Hintz did not accompany the team on its two-game road trip to New York due to an upper-body injury, coach Peter DeBoer announced Tuesday.

Hintz will sat out Tuesday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Islanders and will miss tonight’s tilt versus the Rangers. He sustained the injury in the first period of Dallas’ 5-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

“I’m not concerned about it being long-term but (he’s) not with us,” DeBoer said.

Hintz, 26, is second on the Stars in both goals (19) and points (44) this season, behind team leader Jason Robertson (28, 57). Hintz’s 25 assists trail only Joe Pavelski (27) and Robertson (29) on the club.

Justin Kirkland released from hospital

Anaheim Ducks center Justin Kirkland was hospitalized after being involved in a car accident on his way to Sunday night’s game against the visiting Boston Bruins.

Kirkland, 26, has full mobility and has been communicating with family and teammates, according to the Ducks on Monday. The team added that it expected Kirkland to be released from UCI Health in 24 to 48 hours.

“We are thankful for the quick care and treatment Justin received from first responders and medical staff at UCI Health,” Ducks general manager Pat Verbeek said. “Justin is in great spirits, and we hope he will be released shortly.”

Kirkland signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Ducks on July 14. He made his NHL debut with Anaheim on Dec. 20 and did not record a point while playing in seven games with the team.

Kirkland has totaled 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 19 games for the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League.

–Field Level Media