Breaking news: Toews, Norris and Manta are back in business

Chicago Blackhawks

intruders Jonathan Toews as well as Tyler Johnson will be in the roster when the Blackhawks play the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday (8:30 pm ET; SN1, SNE, SNO, NBCSCH, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

Toews (concussion protocol) has not played since January 26, when he assisted at 4:08 pm game time in an 8-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Johnson, who underwent neck surgery on December 3, played his last game on October 29 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Blackhawks coach Derek King said they would have limited playing time.

“They won’t be happy,” King said on Tuesday. They will probably want to play more than 20 minutes from the start, but they won’t be able to handle it. I’ll have to figure it out and pick the right moments for Toews. »

Defenders Riley Stillman (upper body) and Calvin de Haan (right groin) must also be in uniform. Stillman’s last game was against the Minnesota Wild on January 21, and de Haan missed two games. – Tracy Myers

Ottawa Senators

Josh Norris returns to action against the Florida Panthers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; BSFL, TSN5, RDS2, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

The forward has missed 15 games since injuring his shoulder in a 3-2 shootout against the Carolina Hurricanes on January 27.

“I’m ready for tomorrow’s game,” Norris said after Wednesday’s practice. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been out and watching games, but I’m healthy and that’s all that matters.

“For a while I didn’t know what the deadline would be, so when I started to feel better, we set a date and it was tomorrow. »

Norris leads the Senators with 18 goals and 26 points in 36 games this season.

“It was a long process, but we wanted to make sure he was 100 percent ready,” explained coach DJ Smith. “He could probably play the last games, but we wanted to make sure he was comfortable. »

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Washington Capitals

Anthony Manta could play his first game since his left shoulder surgery when the Capitals play the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday (7:00 pm ET; ESPN+, HULU, NHL LIVE).

Manta got hurt while trying to check Anthony DuClair in a November 4 game against the Florida Panthers. The assailant immediately returned to Washington and underwent surgery the next day.

“He just had good days,” head coach Peter Laviolette said Thursday. “I will discuss it with him and get a final answer. He is really close to returning. We’ve put him in a few game situations in training and I’m going to talk to[therapist Jason Serbus]about it and find out where he is and if he gets the go-ahead. »

Manta began solo riding again on February 9, and resumed non-contact training on February 21. From Monday, he was allowed to participate in contact training and took part in the team’s last two full training sessions.

Manta scored six points in 10 games before getting injured.

Defender Justin Schultz will also be there for the Capitals after missing the last two games and three of the last four with an upper body injury.

The Capitals have recalled goaltender Zach Fukale from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League to serve as Vitek Vanechek against hurricanes. The keeper Ilya Samsonov left Wednesday’s practice after being hit by a high tone and was absent at the start of Thursday’s practice before finally joining the rest of the group at the end of the session. — Tom Gulitti

New York Rangers

Kevin Rooney will miss several weeks due to an upper body injury.

The striker was listed as injured on Thursday. He played 5:26 into the first period on Wednesday in a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues before walking out of the game.

Rooney has 11 points in 51 games this season.

Head coach Gerard Gallant said the striker Kaapo Kakkowho hasn’t played since January 21 will be out for a few more weeks.

intruder Tim Getter was recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League. He hasn’t played in five games this season and has 22 points in 35 games this year in the AHL.

Winnipeg Jets

Nikolay Ehlers should be back in action against the Dallas Stars on Friday.

The striker entered Thursday’s Jets practice in a field jersey for the first time since injuring his knee on January 18 against the Washington Capitals.

Ehlers was put in line with Andrew Kopp and Adam Lowry.

“I think he is really close to coming back. Seeing him in practice today will answer your question,” head coach Dave Lowry said of Ehlers’ condition.

“Apart from major changes, we expect him to be ready to play. He will develop with two responsible players and he will give them speed. And when I look at our other two lines, I think they have chemistry right now.

Ehlers has 25 points in 34 games this season.

“It’s in the hands of the coach,” the striker said. I told him I was ready and also discussed it with the medical staff. Last week we had a plan to prepare for the upcoming game, and I think I’m ready. » -Tim Campbell