Gagner (upper-body) left Monday's game and did not return.
Gagner hit his face off of the ice after being hit by Brad Malone and left the game and did not come back. Gagner played just 1:54 before retiring to the dressing room. If he is unavailable for Wednesday’s game, expect Vinny Lecavalier to play.
Gagner was a healthy scratch on Thursday vs. the Flames, but will replace Vincent Lecavalier in the lineup tonight in Winnipeg. Gagner, who will centre the third line, has two goals and three assists in 10 games in his first season with the Flyers.
Gagner, 26, was a healthy scratch in the first two games of the season, but with R.J Umberger out with an upper-body injury, Gagner will be inserted into the lineup for Monday’s clash with the Panthers. Gagner is coming off of a season where he had 15 goals and 26 assists (41 points) in 81 games.
After acquiring Sam Gagner from the Oilers, the Lightning flipped Gagner along with B.J Crombeen to the Coyotes for a 2015 sixth-round pick.
The Coyotes were in the market for a center after buying out Mike Ribeiro on Friday. Gagner, 24, had 10 goals and 27 assists in 67 games last season after missing the first 13 games recovering from a broken jaw. He has two years remaining on a contract with an annual cap-hit of $4.8 million.
Gagner will shift to the wing and play on the Oilers top line tonight.
Gagner will skate with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall against the Penguins tonight. After a breakout year in 2012-13 (14G / 24A), Gagner has taken a step back this season. He has recorded 17 points (5G / 12A) with a terrible minus-17 in 33 games. That puts him on pace for a career-low 36 points, which is two lower than he had in last years shortened campaign.