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Alex Stalock was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Wild on Monday.
The goalie has not played this season because of an upper-body injury sustained before training camp but was skating with the Wild. Stalock set personal NHL-bests last season in wins (20), shutouts (four), starts (36) and games played (38), and is 61-49-18 with a 2.61 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and nine shutouts in 151 NHL games.
“You look at the number of starts he had last year, [general manager Ken Holland] and his staff thought he was a good insurance policy for us,” Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. “I think it’s a good pick-up.”
Oilers goalies Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen, who have started 22 of Edmonton’s 23 games this season, have combined for a .912 save percentage.
Edmonton plays the Toronto Maple Leafs at home Monday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN1, SNO, SNW, NHL.TV). — Derek Van Diest, independent correspondent
Anthony Duclair will be out at least one week with a lower-body injury sustained during a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.
The forward left the game with 10:24 remaining in the third period.
Duclair has scored 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 19 games this season, his first with Florida after agreeing to a one-year contract Dec. 17.
The Panthers host the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP, FS-F, FS-CR, NHL.TV).
New York Rangers
Filip Chytil could return to the lineup when the Rangers host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, MSG-B, NHL.TV) after missing 14 games with an upper-body injury.
“He’ll be a game-time decision, but we’re excited,” coach David Quinn said. “There’s a good chance he’ll be able to play tomorrow.”
The 21-year-old practiced as the third-line center between Kevin Rooney and Julien Gauthier, his second practice since returning to the ice. He also practiced Thursday, which was the last time the Rangers practiced before Monday.
New York played Friday, defeating the Boston Bruins 6-2 at home. It had Saturday off and played again Sunday, losing 4-1 to Boston at home.
Chytil hasn’t played since Jan. 24 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has scored three points (two goals, one assist) in five games this season. — Dan Rosen, senior writer