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Posted On Tuesday, 10.06.2015 / 9:04 AM

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Penguins' Dupuis out a month with lower-body injury

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will miss 4-5 weeks with a lower-body injury that is not related to his blood clot from last season, the Penguins announced Tuesday.

Dupuis left practice Sunday and did not skate Monday. Coach Mike Johnston told the Penguins website Dupuis had a slight injury and was kept off the ice as a precaution.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 8:32 PM

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Condition of Stars' Benn for opener a 'mystery'

The condition of Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn is unclear heading into the season opener, coach Lindy Ruff said Monday.

Benn and forward Ales Hemsky, who each had hip surgery this offseason, did not practice Monday. Ruff was asked if either would be 100 percent for the game Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"That is the great mystery," Ruff told the Stars website. "I don't know quite where we are at. I don't know that they know where they are at. They are obviously getting better, but they are still missing practices. Part of this is to make sure that we don't have a setback. We are trying to do the right thing, and the right thing is they miss quite bit of practice time, and they miss quite a bit of game time."

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 8:15 PM

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Ducks' Silfverberg sits out practice after Torres hit

Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg did not practice Monday, two days after being hit in a preseason game by San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres.

The incident occurred at 12:45 of the first period. The NHL Department of Player Safety announced Monday that Torres has been suspended 41 games for an illegal check to the head and interference.

Silfverberg was kept out of the remainder of the game for precautionary reasons.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 6:18 PM

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Forward Dylan Larkin makes Red Wings roster

DETROIT -- Forward Dylan Larkin will be in the Detroit Red Wings' opening-night lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.

"Yeah, I think it's awesome being here, but it would be a dream come true," Larkin said Saturday before learning Monday he made the team. "It's something that I want and it's something that I've worked for my whole life and I dreamed of. So it would be really special."

Detroit usually brings its prospects along slowly, with at least a season or two in the American Hockey League. But Larkin, a 19-year-old who is from the Detroit suburb of Waterford, Mich., forced his way onto the roster in training camp, helped in part by injuries to Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm.

"If a young guy makes our team better and is going to have the opportunity to play enough minutes to make our team better, then he was going to be on the team, whether that was him or somebody else," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Monday. "We feel like he's earned a chance to play in a top-nine type of role, which is going to give him minutes to be successful. So, as a result, we made a decision to put him on the team."

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 4:37 PM

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Flames name goalie Ramo opening night starter

The Calgary Flames on Monday named Karri Ramo to start their opening game Wednesday against theVancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome (10 p.m. ET; Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2).

Jonas Hiller will serve as the backup while Joni Ortio, who remains on the Flames roster, will be a healthy scratch.

"Sometimes you make decisions for the game and sometimes you make decisions for the business," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website. "Both come in the same bowl after a while. At the same time, it's our situation right now and that's fine. The guys are working hard and [goalie coach Jordan Sigalet] is handling them very well. It's our situation.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 3:43 PM

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Ducks reassign goalie Gibson, forward Ritchie to AHL

Goaltender John Gibson and left wing Nick Ritchie were among five players reassigned by the Anaheim Ducks to their American Hockey League affiliate in San Diego

Gibson, the 39th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, was 13-8-0 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .914 save percentage for the Ducks last season, and is 16-8-0 with a 2.45 GAA and .919 save percentage in 26 NHL games. He signed a three-year contract extension on Sept. 21.

Ritchie, the 10th pick in the 2014 draft, spent last season with Peterborough and Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League, totaling 29 goals and 62 points in 48 games. He had a goal in seven games to help Canada win a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 3:16 PM

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Lightning's Vasilevskiy aims for October return: report

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy told the Tampa Bay Times he's hoping to return by the end of October.

Vasilevskiy had vascular surgery to remove a blood clot from his left collarbone on Sept. 3. He worked out Monday before practice with goalie coach Frantz Jean, facing shots from close range.

"I'm feeling great, almost ready to go," Vasilevskiy said. "I can do almost everything I want. Every move."

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 2:44 PM

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Los Angeles forward King out for 'extended period'

Los Angeles Kings forward Dwight King is out after sustaining an injury blocking a shot in a preseason game Saturday, coach Darryl Sutter said Monday according to LA Kings Insider.

"[King's] going to be out for an extended period of time," Sutter said.

King, who was hurt in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche in Las Vegas, had 13 goals and 26 points in 81 games last season.

Defensemen Jake Muzzin and Matt Greene are doubtful for the season opener, Sutter said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 2:33 PM

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Avalanche release Glencross from tryout contract

Forward Curtis Glencross was released from his professional tryout contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, coach Patrick Roy said.

Glencross joined Colorado on a PTO on Sept. 28, one day after he was released from his PTO with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 2:29 PM

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Oilers to update captaincy later this week: Chiarelli

Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli told the Oilers website Monday there will be an announcement later this week regarding the captaincy for this season, according to the Oilers' website.

Andrew Ference was named Oilers captain on Sept. 29, 2013, prior to the start of his first season in Edmonton.

However, on Sept. 6 coach Todd McLellan told CHED-AM 630 that he wasn't sure if Ference would remain captain or if he would opt for someone else to hold the role.

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