NHL News: Habs Josh Anderson out 2-4 weeks, and Jack Eichel skates for first time since surgery

Montreal Canadiens forward Josh Anderson is expected to miss two-to-four weeks with an upper-body injury, coach Dominique Ducharme said.

Anderson sustained the injury after sliding awkwardly into the boards during the second period of Montreal’s 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

NHL News: Anderson out with upper-body injury

Forward Laurent Dauphin was recalled from Laval of the American Hockey League after the game.

Anderson, 27, has recorded 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 25 games this season.

He has 152 points (89 goals, 63 assists) in 344 career games with the Columbus Blue Jackets (2014-2020) and Canadiens.

Dauphin, 26, leads the Rocket in goals (11) and points (16) in 18 games this season.

Jack Eichel skates for first time since surgery

Great news Vegas Golden Knights fans, Jack Eichel is already on skates and starting to work his way back from neck surgery.

Just a little over three weeks after having neck surgery on November 12th, Eichel hit the ice at a rink in North Carolina.

The team did not immediately put a timeframe on his return, but Eichel said recently that he could be back within three months and that he believed he would be back at full strength in six months.

“You hope for the best but prepare for the worst,” Eichel said. “In that case obviously I’m hoping that it’s a three-month recovery, and after three months if I’m ready to get back to doing what I love.”

Eichel, 25, was captain of the Sabres, for whom he played six years, before clashing with Buffalo management over his health care. He was adamant that he needed an artificial disk replacement while the Sabres wanted him to have fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk.

Eichel is in the fourth year of an eight-year, $80 million deal. The Golden Knights reportedly absorbed his $10 million cap hit for the current season.

The second overall draft pick in 2015 out of Boston University, Eichel racked up 139 goals and 355 points overall in 375 games for the Sabres.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report