NHL News: Red Wings Tyler Bertuzzi out 4-6 weeks, Flyers place Rasmus Ristolainen on IR
Forward Tyler Bertuzzi’s hand injury will sideline him for 4 to 6 weeks, the Detroit Red Wings announced Monday.
Bertuzzi left Sunday’s win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday after a puck smacked his right hand. The Red Wings did not disclose the full nature of the injury, referring only to an upper-body injury as the reason for his absence.
Bertuzzi had an assist at 1:30 of the second period before he was hurt while blocking a shot.
Tyler Bertuzzi out 4-6 weeks
Detroit hosts the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, then has three days off before visiting the Chicago Blackhawks.
Jakub Vrana, who replaced Bertuzzi on the top line Sunday and was among the scorers for Detroit, is unavailable Monday night for “personal reasons,” the team said.
Dominik Kubalik, who added his first goal in the third period Sunday, skated in Bertuzzi’s spot with the top line at Detroit’s morning skate on Monday.
In 278 career games, Bertuzzi has 84 goals and 105 assists.
“Obviously, it’s a tough loss with Fabbri also out, two top-six guys, arguably two first-line guys,” coach Derek Lalonde said. “But that is why you have the depth. [General manager] Steve [Yzerman] had a very good offseason and he wanted to have some depth. I like our lineup despite who is out, and that is a credit to having some more depth than Detroit has had the luxury of in the past.”NHL.com
Flyers place Rasmus Ristolainen on IR
The Philadelphia Flyers moved defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to injured reserve on Monday.
He left last Wednesday’s practice with a lower-body injury and missed the Flyers’ first two games, both wins.
Ristolainen, who turns 28 this month, had two goals and 14 assists in 66 games in his first season with Philadelphia in 2021-22 following eight seasons with the Buffalo Sabres.
He has 261 points (48 goals, 213 assists) and 329 penalty minutes in 608 career games.
The Flyers also recalled forward Zack MacEwen and defenseman Louie Belpedio from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League.
UPDATE: Coyotes Nick Schmaltz out 6-8 weeks
Arizona Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz will be sidelined for 6 to 8 weeks with an upper-body injury sustained in Thursday’s season opener.
He exited in the first period of the 6-2 loss at Pittsburgh after logging 2:26 of ice time over five shifts.
Schmaltz, 26, finished second on the Coyotes last season with a career-high 59 points (23 goals, 36 assists) in 63 games.
He set an Arizona record with seven points (two goals, five assists) against Ottawa on March 5.
Schmaltz has 241 points (78 goals, 163 assists) in 365 games with the Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks (2016-18), who drafted him in the first round (20th overall) in 2014.
–Field Level Media