Posted On Wednesday, 09.24.2014 / 12:55 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Canadiens' Sekac having impressive start to camp

The Montreal Canadiens have high hopes for Jiri Sekac, a 22-year-old undrafted free agent signed July 1.

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."

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.24.2014 / 12:10 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Wild's young defensemen pushing each other for spot

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."

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.24.2014 / 11:22 AM

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Lightning's Vasilevskiy impresses in debut

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.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.24.2014 / 11:16 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Bruins, Flames

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. writer Mike Morreale joins the show Wednesday to preview this matchup of future top prospects.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.24.2014 / 10:48 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Top prospect McDavid named captain of Erie Otters

Connor McDavid, expected to be one of the top two players picked at the 2015 NHL Draft, on Wednesday was named captain of his team, the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

"It's a tremendous honor to be named captain of this team," McDavid told the Otters website. "You look at some of the guys before me, and those guys, it's something that is pretty special to me."

Last season McDavid, 17, was fourth in the OHL with 99 points in 56 regular-season games. He also had one goal and four points in seven games for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship; he was the sixth 16-year-old to play for Canada in the tournament, following Sidney Crosby, Eric Lindros, Jason Spezza, Jay Bouwmeester and Wayne Gretzky.

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 8:45 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Red Wings' Datsyuk expects to miss a week

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk left the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night with a shoulder injury and was scheduled to have an MRI either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Datsyuk, who took a hit from Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi, doesn't believe the injury is serious. The Red Wings open the regular season on Oct. 9 against the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena.

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 5:53 PM

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Canadiens goalie Fucale returned to junior team

The Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday returned goaltender Zachary Fucale to his junior team, the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Fucale was a second-round pick (No. 36) at the 2013 NHL Draft, and the first goaltender selected. He is No. 57 on the Top 60 prospect ranking.

Last season Fucale led the QMJHL in wins (36), goals-against average (2.26), and was tied for second with six shutouts. He also had a 2.42 GAA and .902 save percentage in five games for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. Fucale has a chance to return as the starting goalie for Canada at the 2015 WJC, which will be played in Toronto and Montreal.

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 5:30 PM

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Kings defenseman Doughty takes part in full practice

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who sat out the first three days of training camp with an upper-body injury, took part in a full practice Tuesday.

He skated Monday with the players who did not play in the Kings' split-squad preseason games against the Arizona Coyotes, and offered a reassuring "good to go" after practice on Tuesday when asked about his status by L.A. Kings Insider.

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 2:48 PM

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Ryan on Senators roster for Wednesday game: report

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan, who left a training camp scrimmage Sunday after a collision with a teammate, is on the 25-man roster for their preseason game at home Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to a report by the Ottawa Sun.

It won't be confirmed until Wednesday whether Ryan plays, the report said.

The Senators and Maple Leafs will play split-squad games Wednesday, one in Ottawa and the other in Toronto.

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 12:59 PM

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Teravainen, Nordstrom day-to-day for Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks forwards Teuvo Teravainen and Joakim Nordstrom are day-to-day with upper-body injuries, coach Joel Quenneville said. Neither will play in Chicago's preseason game Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings at United Center.

"He could have played," Quenneville said of Teravainen.

Teravainen scored two goals during Blackhawks scrimmages Saturday at Notre Dame, but was injured following a hit from defenseman Cam Barker.

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