Trevor Smith was reported to be out four-to-six weeks when he suffered a broken hand on December 18. Since it has been over three weeks since the time of the injury, he could be making a return to the lineup in just over a couple weeks or less, assuming his recovery goes as planned. Smith’s return will allow him to potentially claim the fourth- or third-line centre position, currently being held by Jay McClement and Carter Ashton.
Dave Bolland is still out since suffering a severed tendon on November 2 against the Vancouver Canucks. Bolland is able to walk on his own, but his return date is still unknown.