Already having been in the AHL since the early part of the regular season, the Carolina Hurricanes were kind enough to send prospect Martin Necas to the World Junior tournament to play with the Czech Republic over the next few weeks. Necas was a standout in last year's tournament and since he wasn't being used at the NHL level, it was a no-brainer to send him. This will mean that he will be ineligible to come back to the NHL level for at least the next three weeks, but it will be a good opportunity for him and his development.
Derek B. has opted to play hard in the rookie mini-game and he was hoping that Necas would be making a return sooner, rather than later, to the Hurricanes club. There are no points for the World Juniors, although it wouldn't be a bad idea to put a selection sheet together for it.
Wednesday night was good for a couple of key returns to lineups, as Alex Kerfoot returned to the Avalanche lineup from an undisclosed injury, while Patric Hornqvist returned to the Penguins lineup from an upper-body injury. Both Stacey C. and Chelsea should have been pleased about that.
We're expecting two more key returns tonight, as John Klingberg of the Stars and Matt Duchene of the Senators are both returning to their respective lineups tonight, coming off the IR, giving Eric and Jesse some new hope moving forward. Klingberg returning from a broken hand and Duchene, a significant lower-body injury.