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Welcome to the NHL Buzz. Throughout the 2020-21 season, NHL.com will have you covered with the latest news.

Anaheim Ducks

Adam Henrique was placed on waivers by the Ducks on Saturday.

The center has scored four points (three goals, one assist) and has a minus-8 rating in 16 games this season and was a healthy scratch in a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 31.

“It’s a tough day, he’s not in this alone,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said Saturday. “It’s a day of great adversity, but this isn’t a ‘Give up, you’re done here’ either. If he’s still with our organization, we and I are never going to ever give up on a guy.”

Henrique led the Ducks in scoring with 43 points and was first with 26 goals in 71 games last season. He has scored 20 goals five times, including an NHL career-high 30 for the New Jersey Devils in 2015-16.

The Ducks, who host the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, PRIME, FS-SD, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV), have scored two or fewer goals in 13 of 17 games this season, and rank last in goals per game in the League (1.88).

“Let’s be very clear on one thing, it’s just not Adam,” Eakins said. “We’ve had a number of players take great strides and are taking over the game. And we have a number of players that are, for whatever reason, we’ll call it stuck in mud, and we can’t really pinpoint it because we’ve got some guys that are doing very, very well. right now. And we have three or four that are stuck.” — Dan Arritt

Boston Bruins

David Krejci will not play against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday at Lake Tahoe (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS).

The forward left a 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils in the second period Thursday with a lower-body injury. He has 10 assists in 15 games this season.

Defenseman Kevan Miller also will not play. He has two assists in 15 games this season.

“It was just one of those where we thought there was a break in the schedule, a six-hour flight and then a bus ride, Friday and Sunday,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “To miss this one game and get that week of sort of recovery, it’s one of those, I think they call it ‘load management’ in the NBA. … We fully expect him to be in the lineup for us in New York (against the Islanders) on Thursday and ready to go when we practice when we get back to Boston.”

Forward Jack Studnicka and defenseman Urho Vaakanainen will play.

New York Rangers

Kaapo Kakko was not in the lineup for a 4-1 win against the Washington Capitals on Saturday and was placed on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list.

“I really haven’t talked to him,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “This happened this morning, so we haven’t had a chance to talk yet. Obviously you’re concerned any time someone gets put on this list, so we’ll talk here shortly and see how he feels. From what I gather there hasn’t really been any symptoms yet, so we’ll see. I’ll know a lot more later today.”

The forward scored a shootout goal in a 3-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. He has scored three points (two goals, one assists) in 14 games this season.

Forward Julien Gauthier, who was a healthy scratch Thursday, replaced Kakko in the lineup.

Defenseman K’Andre Miller returned to the lineup after missing the past two games with an upper-body injury. 

Ottawa Senators

Marcus Hogberg will be out 1-2 weeks with a lower-body injury.

The goalie left 12 minutes into the first period of a 7-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday after allowing one goal on five shots.

“[Hogberg] will be out for sure for a week or so, probably a couple weeks,” coach D.J. Smith said Saturday.

Hogberg is 2-5-0 with a 4.34 goals-against average and .859 save percentage in 10 games (seven starts) this season.

Joey Daccord was recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League and assigned to the taxi squad on Saturday. He is expected to back up Matt Murray against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; SN, RDS, NHL.TV). 

Smith said that Thomas Chabot will be a game-time decision Sunday. The defenseman did not play Thursday nor practice Saturday because of an upper-body injury.

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