NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire joined NHL Live to discuss the injuries sustained by New York Rangers center Derek Stepan, Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal and Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk.
Stepan sustained a non-displaced fractured fibula during an on-ice workout Wednesday and will miss 4-6 weeks. Though the Rangers have questions at the center position, McGuire endorsed Boston College product Kevin Hayes as one player who could step up.
"He's a tremendous talent," McGuire said. "He's got major, major upside, which is a positive thing for their group."
"Just fell awkwardly and was told to take [the equipment] off," Couture said. "If it was a regular-season game I probably would have been back out there, but this time of year just make sure everything’s fine."
According to Northjersey.com, Stepan was taking part in a full-rink sprint drill, but shortly after pushing off and trying to get up to speed, he fell to his knees. After sliding to a stop, Stepan was attended to on the ice and then helped off by teammates Mats Zuccarello and Martin St. Louis.
Stepan had not been on the ice since Saturday because of a foot contusion sustained blocking a Dan Girardi shot during an informal skate Sept. 9. Vigneault said Stepan had X-rays taken immediately after he was hit, again Sunday and then again before skating Wednesday, and all came back negative.
"[Stepan] had been feeling real good the last 48 hours," Vigneault said. "He took the third X-ray, everything looked normal, he was good to go and then he stepped on the ice."
Teravainen scored two goals during Blackhawks scrimmages Saturday at Notre Dame, but was injured following a hit from defenseman Cam Barker.
"I think it’s no problem to miss a couple days," Teravainen said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "There's a lot of days left here to show what I got."
The game will be Ryan's first since groin surgery in March.
Sekac had a solid preseason debut Tuesday, scoring a goal in a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins.
"He does a lot of good things out there," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told the team's website. "He's excellent with the puck. He works extremely hard and he's in terrific shape. We really like the way he competes. There are a lot of good things that really stand out about his play. We're starting a new stage of training camp with these preseason games. We'll give him every opportunity to prove himself."
Some friendly competition is bringing out the best in three young defenseman bidding to make the Minnesota Wild roster.
Matt Dumba, Christian Folin and Gustav Olofsson may be vying for one spot on the blue line -- the Wild have five returnees expected to hold down spots -- but they're using that as motivation to not only push themselves but each other to get better.
"We have a really good competitive situation," Folin said. "We're all good friends and are trying to push each other. It's a win-win situation because we’re pushing each other to get better every day."
The Tampa Bay Lightning were happy to open the preseason Tuesday with a 4-2 win against theNashville Predators. But the real highlight was the successful North American debut of goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
The 19th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft will play his first season in North America in 2014-15, most likely as the starter with the Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.
Vasilevskiy stopped 28 of 30 shots in the victory, including 12 in the third period as the Lightning rallied from a 2-1 deficit.
NHL Live with Bill Pidto and Dave Maloney, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, continues to get fans ready for the 2014-15 season with previews of all 30 NHL teams -- on Wednesday, we turn our attention to the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames.
In addition, NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire will be on hand to analyze the season to come.
The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospect Game will take place Thursday at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo and be televised on NHL Network. NHL.com writer Mike Morreale joins the show Wednesday to preview this matchup of future top prospects.
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He stuck his neck out there for us. I don't know what's wrong with him, but you see he was in pain. But he went back in there. He's a tough guy. You've got to give him credit for helping the boys out.