Tomas Plekanec remained out of the Kladno lineup Friday as his hometown Knights dropped a 2-0 decision to Slavia Prague in Kladno. Plekanec was taken to hospital for examination last Friday when he suffered pain in his rib cage area. X-rays were negative and Plekanec said the problem was minor in nature. He has now missed two games. The situation is reminiscent of the late October injury to Andrei Plekanec at Chekhov of the KHL. He was also told the injury was minor and then missed a month and seven games with what was later diagnosed as broken ribs. Kladno is scheduled to play in Pilsen Sunday. Plekanec remains doubtful. He is skating with the club but has not been cleared to take part in scrimmages.
Lars Eller will play his last game with JYP Jyväskylä Saturday when the meet SaiPa at Lappeenranta, a city in southeastern Finland near the border with Russia. Eller informed JYP management that he will be returning to Montreal Sunday for what he hopes will be the delayed start to the NHL season. Eller also told the team that if the NHL season is ultimately cancelled, he will return to Jyväskylä to finish the year. In 15 games with JYP, Eller has 5 goals and 10 assists.
In the Swiss National League Friday, David Desharnais had his best night as a member of the Fribourg hockey club. He scored twice and added an assist as Fribourg beat the Kloten Flyers 4-2. In 15 games, Desharnais has 4 goals and 10 assists and is plus-5.
At Langnau, Zug edged the Tigers 3-2 in a shootout. Raphael Diaz failed to register a point in the game. He had one shot on goal.
Neither Alexei Emelin nor Andrei Markov were in KHL action Friday. Emelin was expected to return to the Ak-Bars Kazan lineup Saturday when they host Salavat Yulaev. Emelin missed Kazan’s previous game with an undisclosed problem. Markov and his Chekhov teammates are at Yaroslavl Sunday.
In the East Coast Hockey League, Scott Gomez returned to the Alaska Aces lineup and scored what turned out to be the winning goal in a 3-1 win at Stockton California. Gomez had missed the previous three games and seven of the last nine with a lower body injury.