The Florida Panthers had a couple of scratches on Friday night, as they took on the Pittsburgh Penguins and it is arguable as to whether or not they would have helped their side in a 2-1 shootout loss. Box 21 forward Mike Santorelli and Box 29 defenseman Keaton Ellerby were among those held out of the line-up on the evening and without much for injury news, it may be fair to assume that they were healthy scratches. Santorelli has been pointless in his last four games, while Ellerby has been a healthy scratch on a number of occasions already this year, so both players are justified for being in the press box.
The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Box 30 defenseman Simon Despres from the AHL on Friday night to look after the spot left behind by Box 27 defenseman Paul Martin, who was reportedly out with a bout of the flu. It doesn't sound like it's too serious and I would imagine we'd see Martin back in the line-up before too long. The Penguins go again on Sunday afternoon, which should give the veteran defenseman enough time to recover from whatever ails him. I didn't see confirmation, but the Despres call-up was likely an emergency call-up, which would mean he'd have to go back as soon as Martin is ready to go.
In a regular season for Mike Green, a suspension would likely garner its own blog post, but since his season has been mired with injuries and missed games, his only value comes in the selection sheet pool. On Friday, the NHL came down on Green for his head hit to Lightning rookie Brett Connolly on Thursday night, giving the scoring defenseman three games on the banned list. The verdict, which you can see here, has Green sitting out some key dates for the Capitals and his expected return to the line-up is Friday, March 16th, against the Winnipeg Jets.