Reigning MVP St. Louis returns to lineup

Tampa Bay Lightning: Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis was back in the lineup for Thursday night's game against the
New York Islanders less than a week after fracturing a bone near
the tip of his left ring finger.

It was first thought St. Louis, who sat out two games, would
miss two to four weeks. The 2004 NHL MVP also damaged his nail bed
after being hit in the hand by defenseman Darryl Sydor's shot in
practice last Sunday.

St. Louis has struggled at times this season, with five goals
and 13 points through his first 18 games. During the Lightning's
2003-04 Stanley Cup championship season, St. Louis had 38 goals and
94 points.

Carolina Hurricanes: Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour
missed Thursday night's game against the New York Rangers due to a
sore groin.

It's the first game the veteran center has missed this season.
Brind'Amour has eight goals and seven assists in 17 games, helping
the Hurricanes to their best start.

Carolina was also without defenseman Glen Wesley, who sat out
his fifth straight game with a groin injury.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild recalled defenseman
Kurtis Foster from their top minor league affiliate and
placed defenseman Andrei Zyuzin on injured reserve.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Foster had four goals and 11 assists in
19 games for the Houston Aeros. His 15 points lead all AHL
defensemen. A second-round draft pick by Calgary in 2000, Foster
was signed by the Wild as a free agent in August after spending
parts of two seasons with Atlanta before the lockout.

Zyuzin has not played since Nov. 2 because of a knee injury.
He's one of several skaters, including forwards Marian Gaborik
(hip/groin), Marc Chouinard (shoulder) and Todd White (groin), who
have not been able to suit up over the past two weeks. Minnesota
has lost eight of its last 11 games.