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NHL roundup: Coyotes' Lombardi will be out awhile

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Phoenix Coyotes center Matthew Lombardi suffered an injury in Thursday night's 5-3 loss at San Jose, and Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said in a radio interview on Friday he might out awhile.

"Matthew got injured last night and may be out for a significant amount of time," Maloney said on SiriusXM NHL radio.

Maloney did not specify Lombardi's injury or how it occurred.

Lombardi had eight goals and 10 assists in 62 games last season for Toronto, and has two assists in four games for Phoenix this season.

The Coyotes have called up Nick Johnson from the AHL club in Portland.

--- Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros is expected to be out for about a month with a left shoulder injury, the Philadelphia Daily News reported based on what general manager Paul Holmgren said.

Meszaros suffered the injury in the second period of Thursday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.

Meszaros, 27, has no points in four games this season, but had seven goals and 18 assists in 62 games last season for the Flyers.

Holmgren said the Flyers will call up defenseman Andreas Lilja from AHL Adirondack to replace him.

--- Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner has been assigned to the AHL Toronto Marlies, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

Gardiner suffered concussion-like symptoms while playing for the Marlies on Dec. 8. He was cleared to return prior to Toronto's 5-2 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday, and he played 17:29 in that game.

Gardiner, 22, played more than 21 minutes in Thursday's game, but was on the ice for two of the Islanders' four third-period goals.

--- Washington's Alex Ovechkin played on the right wing to start the season in an experimental move, but after three losses and no goals, Ovechkin is moving back to left wing .

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Ovechkin told head coach Adam Oates that he was more comfortable on the left side, which is where he had always played.

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