NHL notebook: Sens reportedly place Duchene on IR

NHL notebook: Sens reportedly place Duchene on IR
By Reuters

08/12/2018 at 00:13Updated 08/12/2018 at 00:16

The Ottawa Senators placed center Matt Duchene on injured reserve Friday, per the NHL media site.

Duchene left Thursday night's game versus the Montreal Canadiens in the second
period, grabbing his leg while skating off the ice. The Senators described it
as a "lower body" injury.

The Ottawa Sun reported Thursday that Senators coach Guy Boucher said Duchene
"could be" dealing with a long-term injury.

The team has not given any additional details regarding the injury. With a
listed expected return date of Dec. 14, the All-Star will miss the next three

--A day after making his season debut, Toronto forward William Nylander was
involved in a car accident while riding with teammate Kasperi Kapanen near the
team's Lakeshore practice facility.

Which player was driving the vehicle is unknown. A photo reportedly from the
scene showed a red sedan with the passenger side front door looking like it
took a sizeable impact. NHL.com's Mike Zeisberger reported both players were
on the team charter to Boston on Friday night and are expected to play
Saturday against the Bruins.

Nylander signed a six-year contract worth more than $40 million on Saturday,
just before the deadline for restricted free agents to sign. Kapanen, also 22,
has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 29 games this season. He played in a
career-high 38 games last season, netting seven goals and adding two assists.

--Calgary Flames forward Ryan Lomberg has been suspended one game and coach
Bill Peters was fined $10,000 for an incident at the end of Thursday's game
against the visiting Minnesota Wild.

Lomberg came over the boards after Minnesota defenseman Matt Dumba with 43
seconds left in the contest after Dumba leveled Flames center Mikael Backlund
with a hard check. Dumba covered up as Lomberg threw a series of punches at
him before the linesmen were able to separate the pair.

According to NHL rules, instigating in the final five minutes calls for an
automatic suspension as well as the fine for the team's coach.

--Field Level Media