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Toronto Maple Leafs
Jack Campbell will be out weeks for the Maple Leafs with a leg injury.
“So not days, but weeks,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said Tuesday. “We’re obviously going to monitor his recovery over that time.”
The goalie, who appeared to sustain the injury in the third period of a 3-2 win against the Calgary Flames on Sunday, made 31 saves and played the entire game. He is 2-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.
Frederik Andersen will start at the Flames on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; SN1, SNO, NHL.TV). Michael Hutchinson will be the backup, and Joseph Woll will be called up from the taxi squad.
“We’ll get [Campbell] back to health whenever we can, whenever he’s feeling up to it,” Keefe said. “But we still have lots of confidence in both Fred and [Hutchinson]. That’s the game. That’s what you go through. That’s why you try to set yourself up with as much depth as possible to deal with whatever might come our way. I do think the way the schedule sets up here now, it’s pretty favorable for us and for Fred Andersen’s workload.” — Mike Zeisberger
Columbus Blue Jackets
Mikko Koivu will make his Blue Jackets debut against the Florida Panthers at home Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-F, NHL.TV).
The forward had been on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list since the season began but was removed Saturday.
“It’s been about a week now for myself that I’ve been able to skate and get kind of in the pace a little bit more,” Koivu said Monday. “First on my own, then with the coaching staff a little bit, and then the optional skate (Friday) and obviously today with the team skate.
“So kind of a step-by-step process the last week or so. I guess the next step now is just to get into the game and get a good feeling about the pacing and trying to get through this.”
Koivu, who signed a one-year contract with Columbus on Oct. 10 after 15 seasons with the Minnesota Wild, practiced Monday at center on a line with left wing Mikhail Grigorenko and right wing Kevin Stenlund.
“I’ve got to get Mikko in there,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said Tuesday. “He’s going to kill penalties, he’s going to be a face-off guy for us.”
Jack Roslovic, who was acquired in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets along with forward Patrik Laine for center Pierre-Luc Dubois on Saturday, practiced Monday, but Tortorella said the forward will not play.
Shayne Gostisbehere is expected to play for the Flyers at the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, NBCSP, NHL.TV).
Gostisbehere practiced Monday for the first time since Jan. 8. The defenseman began the season on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list and was removed Thursday. He had been skating on his own since Wednesday.
“He skated three times last week, last two times hard,” coach Alain Vigneault said Monday. “He’s got no remaining effects from COVID as far as his health, so it’s just a matter of him feeling his conditioning and his timing will permit him to play.”
Gostisbehere practiced on a defense pair with Ivan Provorov on Monday; they had been together for most of training camp before Gostisbehere got sick.
“I had a really good camp, and I was going to get a great opportunity,” Gostisbehere said. “Hopefully I could just leave off where I was and get back into the swing of things.”
Forward Nolan Patrick did not practice Monday because of a maintenance day but is expected to play Tuesday. Patrick and injured teammates, forward Sean Couturier (rib) and defenseman Philippe Myers (rib), skated with skills coach Angelo Ricci on Monday. — Adam Kimelman