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NHL roundup: Garbutt suspended for 5 games

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Oct 24 2013 09:39:41 AM CDT
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Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt was suspended five games without pay for charging Ducks forward Dustin Penner in a game Sunday in Anaheim, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday.

According to a report on NHL.com, Garbutt will lose nearly $15,000 in salary due to the suspension. The money goes into the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

No penalty was assessed on the play, which occurred at 6:28 of the first period in Sunday's game.

---Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin is out indefinitely with a broken cheekbone, the team announced Wednesday.

Brodin was struck in the face by a puck Tuesday night in the first period of a game against the Nashville Predators.

The 20-year-old had three goals and six assists in his first 10 games this season to lead Wild defenseman in scoring. Last season, he had 11 points (two goals, nine assists) as a rookie.

The Wild expects to learn more by Thursday about Brodin's recovery and projected return date.

Nate Prosser will take Brodin's spot in the lineup for now.

---The Florida Panthers placed 39-year-old goaltender Tim Thomas on injured reserve and he will miss weekend games against the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning, coach Kevin Dineen said.

Thomas left the Panthers' 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night with less than three minutes to play in regulation because of a groin injury, which has lingered during the first month of the season.

Thomas had returned from the original injury on Oct. 17 to play in a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins, his former team.

Before the latest setback, Thomas was playing well. In his last three games, he saved 92 of 98 shots, including 30 of 31 in a shootout win over the Minnesota Wild.

For the season, Thomas has a 3.11 goals-against average with a .905 save percentage. Those numbers are inflated by two games in which he gave up five goals on 28 shots prior to the groin injury.

There is a chance that Thomas could return by Nov. 1 for a game against the St. Louis Blues. After their two games this weekend, the Panthers are off until then.

---Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall was hit with a puck in the mouth during the morning skate and was expected to be a game-time decision for Wednesday night's game with the Ottawa Senators.

Kronwell was preparing to return from a concussion that sidelined him for the last two games. After he took the puck to the face, he was taken to a dentist for treatment.

In the event that Kronwell cannot play, rookie defenseman Xavier Ouellet was recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. Ouellet made his NHL debut on Monday night in a game against the San Jose Sharks.

Kronwell has one goal and five assists in eight games this season.

---The Calgary Flames saw enough of rookie center Sean Monahan in his first 10 games to keep him around for the remainder of the season.

Monahan, the sixth pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, will not be going back to Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League, the Flames announced.

The 19-year-old leads the team in goals with six and is second in points with nine while averaging 16 minutes per game.

Once Monahan plays in his 10th game of the season on Thursday against the Dallas Stars, the Flames are committed to using the first year of his entry-level contract.

---Cory Schneider appears to have supplanted veteran Martin Brodeur as the starting goaltender for the New Jersey Devils.

Schneider will start his third straight game Thursday when the Devils the Vancouver Canucks, his former team.

The 27-year-old is 1-3-1 with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in five starts this season for the Devils. The Canucks traded him to the Devils in June during the NHL Draft.

New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer called it a tough decision to go with Schneider as the No. 1 goalie considering Brodeur's stature in the game.

Schneider's save percentage is better than Brodeur's .865 so far this season. Schneider's latest start was a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night when he allowed three goals on 23 shots.

The Devils also recalled defenseman Eric Gelinas from Albany of the AHL when captain Bryce Salvador left the team after learning of a death in his family. Salvador will not play Thursday.

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