The Arizona Coyotes' preseason finale on Friday will be very important for four young forwards attempting to make the regular-season roster.
The Coyotes website said Thursday, "At this point it appears prospects Max Domi, Anthony Duclair, Matthias Plachta and Dylan Strome are competing directly for two jobs. Then again, perhaps a third will make the team and a veteran may find himself elsewhere on Monday."
DeKeyser wore an immobilizing boot on his left foot Thursday and walked on crutches as he made his way to the team bus in downtown Pittsburgh, according to the Red Wings website, which said he had further testing and an MRI after returning to Detroit.
Muzzin sustained an upper-body injury in a preseason game against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday. He has missed four full-team practices, the Orange County Register reported, but has skated and performed shooting drills three days in a row.
Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara skated Thursday prior to the start of practice, the fourth straight day he's been on the ice for conditioning and drills.
The veteran defenseman has been day-to-day because of an upper-body injury sustained during a preseason game against the New York Rangers on Sept. 24.
"Today was better than it was yesterday," Chara said Thursday in comments tweeted by the Bruins. "I'm hoping that tomorrow is better than today. If it keeps improving, we'll see where it's going to be next week. As of right now, trying to obviously skate on my own and be in a situation where I can jump in with the team."
Porter was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the ninth round (No. 282) of the 2003 NHL Draft and played 173 games over parts of six seasons with the St. Louis Blues before coming to training camp with the Flyers. He had a goal in their 4-2 preseason loss to the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.
"I'm really excited," Porter told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "In the summer, Minnesota was the team I was really interested in signing with. I can't wait to get started and I'm really looking forward to the opportunity."
Lehtera had surgery on his right ankle Aug. 4 and the expectation was he would need 6-8 weeks to recover.
"I think I'm good to go," Lehtera said Wednesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "For sure I want to play one game before the season starts and tomorrow is the last one. I feel good about it. I didn't believe when I had the surgery I would get even one game in."
It's an incredible feeling just to see it go in and see the Joe go pretty crazy. Ever since the introduction there, I was kind of feeling the nerves, and to put that one home, I started to feel comfortable and I thought my play started to pick up.
— Nineteen-year-old Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin after scoring a goal in his NHL debut
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