The Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes lost players for extended periods on Monday, but for very different reasons.
The NHL suspended Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta for five games, without pay, for boarding New York Rangers forward Brad Richards during Sunday's game. Kaleta is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Meanwhile, Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward will be out six to eight weeks because of knee injury. Ward was injured in the second period on Sunday.
An MRI revealed a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament, according to the Charlotte Observer. No surgery is required.
The Hurricanes are expected to recall goalie Justin Peters from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. Dan Ellis, who played in Charlotte during the NHL lockout, takes over as the Canes' No. 1 goalie.
--- Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will return to the lineup Monday night against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning after missing the last four games with a concussion.
Malkin practiced on Sunday and received clearance to play. He skated along with his regular line during practice on Monday.
---The NHL has adopted a draft lottery system that will allow any team that does not make the playoffs to land the No. 1 overall draft pick. The first such NHL draft lottery will be held April 29.
In the past, only the five teams with the fewest points in the standings had the opportunity to win the first overall selection,. Now the 14 clubs that do not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, or the clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams, will participate in the lottery.
---The Edmonton Oilers announced they acquired right wing Mike Brown from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2014 fourth round draft pick.
Brown has one assist and 70 penalty minutes in 12 games this season.
---The Nashville Predators claimed forward Bobby Butler on waivers from the New Jersey Devils.
Butler is on a two-way contract worth $525,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 by the AHL.