NHL notebook: Oilers’ McDavid feels ‘very good’ in recovering from injury
Oilers rookie center Connor McDavid on Tuesday told Sportsnet 590 in Toronto that he feels “very good” as he continues to recover from a broken clavicle, but he doesn’t know when he will return.
McDavid has missed 22 games since he was injured Nov. 3 against the Flyers when he fell shoulder-first into the end boards after getting tangled up with Flyer defenseman Michael Del Zotto.
“The bone only heals as fast as it heals,” McDavid said. “Nothing I can really do about that. Just trying to be as ready as I can for when I come back.”
Edmonton has gone 10-11-1 without the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft in the lineup, but they are 7-3 in December.
Before the injury, McDavid had five goals and 12 points in 13 games.
“I’m a competitive guy, and hockey has been my life forever, really, so you never want to sit out, but at the end of the day you just have to be patient with it,” McDavid said.
• Boston forward Zac Rinaldo returned for Tuesday’s game against St. Louis after missing three games with an upper-body strain. In the lineup, Rinaldo replaced Max Talbot, who was suspended two games Monday by for a high hit on the Devils’ Jiri Tlusty. Rinaldo had one goal and one assist in 26 games entering Tuesday’s matchup.
• Canucks captain Henrik Sedin returned to the lineup Monday against Tampa Bay after a two-game absence. Sedin, who was out with a lower-body injury, was a full participant in the team’s option morning skate Tuesday. Starting goalie Ryan Miller missed Tuesday’s game with muscle cramps he suffered during the shootout Sunday against the Panthers.
• Devils forward Patrick Elias missed Tuesday’s game against the Red Wings because of a knee injury. Elias didn’t make his season debut until Nov. 25 because of a knee injury. “It has nothing to do with what was bothering me before,” Elias said. Coach John Hynes said he doesn’t know how long Elias will be out. He has one goal and four assists in 13 games this season.
• Blue Jackets defense prospect Zach Werenski was named captain of Team USA for the World Junior Hockey Championships. Werenski is the highest-scoring defenseman for the University of Michigan this season, with four goals and 12 points in 15 games. He is the second-youngest player to captain Team USA in the World Juniors behind Sabres forward Jack Eichel.