NHL News: Patrick Kane returns for Hawks; Caps place Dowd on IR; and Habs Paquette to have hearing

Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane has been removed from the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol and is expected to play against the visiting Ottawa Senators on Monday.

Kane has missed Chicago’s last four games after being placed in protocol on Oct. 23.

The winless Blackhawks certainly could use the boost after limping out to an 0-7-2 record to start the season.

Kane, 32, has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in five games this season. The former Hart Trophy recipient has 1,093 points (405 goals, 688 assists) in 1,034 career games since being selected by Chicago with the top overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft.

Assistant coach Tomas Mitell and video coach Matt Meacham were also removed from protocol on Monday.

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Nic Dowd on IR

The Washington Capitals put center Nic Dowd on injured reserve Monday with a lower-body injury.

The team recalled 2019 third-round pick Aliaksei Protas from Hershey of the American Hockey League to take Dowd’s spot on the roster.

Dowd, 31, missed last Monday’s game against the Ottawa Senators but returned to play versus the Detroit Red Wings two days later, only to miss Friday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. Dowd has one goal in six games this season.

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Oct 19, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals center Nic Dowd (26) shoots the puck on Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) during the first period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Capitals are also dealing with injuries to centers Nicklas Backstrom and TJ Oshie.

Protas, 20, has four points (one goal, three assists) in six games with Hershey this season. His three assists are tied for the fifth most on the Bears. Protas has yet to play a game in the NHL.

Dowd has 79 points (36 goals, 43 assists) in 313 career games with the Los Angeles Kings (2015-18), Vancouver Canucks (2018) and Capitals.

Habs Paquette to have hearing

Montreal Canadiens forward Cedric Paquette will have a hearing with the NHL on Monday following his boarding penalty on Anaheim Ducks winger Trevor Zegras.

Paquette was assessed a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct on Sunday for his hit on Zegras at 10:17 of the first period of the Canadiens’ 4-2 loss to the Ducks. Zegras took issue with the hit and retaliated against Sonny Milano, earning a roughing minor in the ensuing scrum.

Zegras, 20, missed the remainder of the first period before returning for the second.

Paquette, 28, has yet to record a point in eight games this season. He has 93 points (51 goals, 42 assists) in 432 career games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes and Canadiens.

–Field Level Media