NHL Injury: Evander Kane back on ice, Tyler Bertuzzi and Thatcher Demko out

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Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane resumed skating Saturday, less than a month after his frightening injury.

Kane, 31, sustained a lacerated left wrist in the second period of a Nov. 8 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He dropped to the ice after getting tangled up with Lightning defenseman Philippe Myers before Patrick Maroon accidently skated over his wrist.

With a sizable pool of blood on the ice, Kane stood up, grabbed his wrist and headed frantically to the Edmonton dressing room. He had surgery to repair the injury.

Evander Kane skating after wrist surgery

An NHL Network correspondent shared video on Twitter Saturday of Kane working on individual drills but there is no official timeline for his return.

Kane has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 14 games this season with Oilers. He is in the first season of a four-year, $20.5 million contract.

He has 558 points (291 goals, 267 assists) in 826 games with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and Oilers. He was selected by the Thrashers with the fourth overall pick of the 2009 NHL Draft.

Tyler Bertuzzi out six weeks

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Oct 14, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi (59) skates with the puck in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi is expected to be sidelined six weeks after undergoing surgery on his left hand, coach Derek Lalonde said on Friday.

“Very similar to the injury he had previously,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said Friday. “You feel for him. Obviously it’s a gaping hole within our top six but we’ve had some experience with it now and we’ve had some success without him out of our lineup.”


Bertuzzi sustained the injury after being hit by a shot from teammate Ben Chiarot late in the third period of Detroit’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

Bertuzzi, 27, missed a month of action after breaking his right hand in the second game of the season. He has four points (one goal, three assists) in nine games in 2022-23.

Bertuzzi has 192 points (85 goals, 107 assists) in 285 career games since being selected by Detroit in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

He is the nephew of former NHL player Todd Bertuzzi.

Mike Hoffman on IR

The Montreal Canadiens placed forward Mike Hoffman on injured reserve Thursday with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the Habs recalled forward Rem Pitlick from AHL affiliate Laval. Pitlick will join the team for Thursday night’s game against Calgary.

The Habs also announced that forward Brendan Gallagher will miss the Flames game with a lower-body injury.

Hoffman will have to miss at least seven days. He has eight points (five goals, three assists) in 16 games this season. He’s in his second season in Montreal.

He has 438 points (209 goals, 229 assists) in 628 career games with Ottawa, Florida, St. Louis and the Habs.

Thatcher Demko out

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko had to be helped off with a right leg injury after allowing the third goal by Ryan Lomberg in Thursday night’s loss to the Florida Panthers.

Initial reports indicate he will miss close to six weeks of action.

Demko, 26, is 3-10-2 on the year with a GAA of 3.93 and a .883 save percentage.

–Field Level Media