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Ryan Johansen is expected to return to the lineup against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D+, FS-TN, NHL.TV).
The forward, who was on the third line with Nick Cousins and Eeli Tolvanen at the morning skate, missed the past seven games with an upper-body injury; Nashville was 2-5-0 in those games.
Johansen has four assists in 10 games this season.
Teuvo Teravainen has a concussion and will not travel with the Hurricanes for their five-game road trip, which begins against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday (5 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-CR, ESPN+, NHL.TV).
The forward has not played the past two games since sustaining the injury in a 5-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. He has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 12 games this season.
Goalie Petr Mrazek practiced with the team for the first time since having right thumb surgery Feb. 3.
He was injured during a collision with Hurricanes forward Max McCormick in a 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena on Jan. 30. Mrazek returned to the ice Feb. 11, working on drills, but none involving catching or using a stick.
“Until he puts a stick in his hand, he’s not really there, but he looks good on everything else,” coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “He’s still a ways away apparently. Once he puts a stick in there and starts going full tilt, then I think we can get excited that he might be back.”
Mrazek is 2-1-0 in four games this season. He led the NHL in goals-against average (0.99), save percentage (.955) and was tied for first in shutouts (two) at the time of the injury. — Kurt Dusterberg
Toronto Maple Leafs
Alex Galchenyuk practiced with the Maple Leafs for the first time since he was acquired in a trade Feb. 15.
The forward was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes two days after they acquired him in a trade with the Ottawa Senators.
“We’re going to give him an opportunity at some point here but the decision we’ve made with him is he’s bounced around here and trying to find a home and solidify himself in the League again,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. “We don’t want to just rush and put him in. We want to give him an opportunity at success so a couple of things. … There’s a lot of areas we’d like to see him improve upon and reconnect with his skillset.
Keefe said Galchenyuk likely wouldn’t play against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS, NHL.TV).
“I don’t think he’s in a good place right now to be thrown in the lineup,” Keefe said. “We feel like the best thing for Alex is to really settle in and get comfortable and look to make improvements so when his opportunity comes, he’s best prepared for it.”
Galchenyuk has one goal in eight games this season. — Dave McCarthy