Senators' Josh Norris likely out until All-Star break due to shoulder injury

Watch as Ottawa Senators forward Josh Norris is forced to leave the game with an apparent injury after colliding with Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov and crashing into the boards.

Ottawa Senators forward Josh Norris will miss Saturday's game against the Anaheim Ducks and could be out of the lineup until next weekend's All-Star break due to a shoulder injury.

Senators head coach D.J. Smith provided an update during his pre-game availability on Norris, who was injured during Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Norris crashed backward into the boards after colliding with Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov late in the first period and did not return to the game.

"We're going to look at some specialists and some things like that," said Smith, who confirmed Norris injured his shoulder. "Likelihood won't play until the All-Star break and then we'll see from there."

"We'll have some kind of an announcement. We're not 100 per cent sure where we're at with it with MRIs and doctors. We just want to make sure that we get it right but he won't play."

Norris had surgery on his left shoulder previously after sustaining an injury during the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The 22-year-old is third on the Senators in scoring with 26 points, including a team-leading 18 goals, through 36 games this season.

Norris was the second Senators forward injured in as many games after Drake Batherson was hit by Buffalo Sabres goaltender Aaron Dell on Tuesday night. Batherson, who was set to play in the All-Star Game, sustained a high ankle sprain and is expected to miss two months. Dell received a three-game suspension.

Ottawa recalled forward Mark Kastelic and defenceman Lassi Thomson from the taxi squad. Kastelic, a fifth-round pick from 2019, will make his NHL debut Saturday.

The All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 6 in Las Vegas.

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