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Joel Edmundson will make his season debut for the Canadiens against the Seattle Kraken on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SNE, SNP, TVAS, ROOT-NW, NHL LIVE).
The defender hasn’t played this season due to a back injury. He scored 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 55 games with Montreal last season.
“He’s a tough, tough defenseman and I can’t wait to get him back in action,” said Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis. “I’m sure he will kill (the penalties).”
Goalkeeper Jack Allen, who has been out since January 12 with a lower-body injury, is progressing but will not play this weekend. Montreal plays the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
Carey Awardwho hasn’t played this season due to a knee injury, skated on Saturday and is progressing, but there is no timeline for the goaltender’s return.
Frederic Andersen will return to the roster and start for the Hurricanes against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; ABC, SN, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
The keeper missed three games with an undisclosed injury. Antti Raanta will be the backup.
Andersen is 29-8-2 with a 2.08 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and three shutouts in 39 games (38 starts) this season.
Alex Lyon was sent to Chicago from the American Hockey League; he had been urgently recalled earlier in the week.
Scott Laughton is out for the Flyers with a concussion.
The forward let the Florida Panthers down 6-3 in the second period on Thursday after being checked by the defenseman Petteri Lindbohm and fall into the boards.
Laughton has 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 54 games this season.
Cheeky Morgan Frost was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League and could play the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; ABC, SN, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
San Jose Sharks
Hill of Adin could return from injury to start for the Sharks against the Los Angeles Kings (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, BSW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
The goaltender hasn’t played since Jan. 22 due to a lower-body injury but took part in practice on Friday and San Jose coach Bob Boughner said he’s likely to start .
Hill is 9-11-1 with a 2.78 goals-against average, .901 save percentage and one shutout in 24 games (21 starts) this season.
James Remer skated on Friday and could return next week. The keeper missed three games with a lower body injury.
Braden Holtby has a lower-body injury and won’t dress for the Stars against the New York Rangers (8 p.m. ET; BSSW, MSG, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).
The goaltender is 10-10-1 with a 2.78 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 24 games (22 starts) this season.
Jake Oettinger will start on Saturday and Adam Scheel was recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League to save.
Attackers Jonas Donskoy and Alex Wennberg will not play for the Kraken at the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SNE, SNP, TVAS, ROOT-NW, NHL LIVE).
Donskoi was placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury; he has 17 points (two goals, 15 assists) in 57 games this season. He didn’t play in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.
Wennberg has 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists) in 60 games this season and will miss his opener on Saturday.
Forward Kole Lind was recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Friday.
Brock McGinn is week to week with an upper body injury for the Penguins.
The forward was injured in the second period of a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday.
McGinn has 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 56 games this season.