Justin Abdelkader scored twice in the third period to help the Detroit Red Wings rally for a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
The family says the 86-year-old Howe is showing some signs of improvement, but there is a long road to recovery ahead.
Andre Burakovsky and Joel Ward will join Alex Ovechkin on the first unit, with Nicklas Backstrom dropping to the second line. For now, anyway.
Wilson appeared in two games with the Hershey Bears while working his way back from a fractured bone in his left ankle. The 20-year-old, who was one of three rookies in the NHL to play in all 82 games last season, said he feels good and is ready to play when called upon.
Team doctor Dharmesh Vyas says there is an “85 percent chance” the tumor is cancerous but added the 20-year-old Maatta will not need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. He is expected to make a full recovery.