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Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 3:52 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Ducks' Ritchie, Heatley prepare for preseason debuts

Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Ritchie is looking forward to making his preseason debut Monday against the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Ritchie, a first-round selection (No. 10) of the Ducks in the 2014 NHL Draft and No. 35 on's ranking of the Top 60 prospects in the League, will likely begin the game on left wing alongside Emerson Etem and Rickard Rakell.

"It's my first game, and I guess there would be nerves," Ritchie told the Ducks website. "It's just like any other game. It's hockey. It should be fun, and it's going to be cool. We've got some great players playing, so it's going to be cool following them on the ice, working hard and having a good game."

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 3:17 PM

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Diaz makes good first impression with Flames

Raphael Diaz's attempt to break training camp with the Calgary Flames is off to a good start. He had five shots on goal, a takeaway and four blocked shots in a team-high 23:27 of ice time in the Flames' 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

"He played very good," associate coach Jacques Cloutier told the Flames website. "He was under control. He moved the puck extremely well. A very simple game, but very effective."

Diaz, 28, has played for three teams in four NHL seasons, most recently with the New York Rangers. He has six goals and 45 points with a minus-5 rating in 145 NHL games, and was invited to Flames camp on a professional tryout.

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 1:37 PM

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Stars defenseman Gonchar out with ear laceration

Dallas Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar will miss his team's preseason opener against the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center on Monday with an ear laceration, according to coach Lindy Ruff.

Gonchar sustained the injury after getting hit in the ear during a scrimmage Sunday.

"He's just going to miss a couple of days," Ruff said. "It's a severe laceration of his ear."

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 1:26 PM

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Jets ready to see if hard work has paid off

The Winnipeg Jets talked before training camp started about being in better shape this season in order to push the pace during games.

They get the chance to put that into practice Monday when they play their preseason opener against the Minnesota Wild.

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 12:34 PM

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Blues' Fabbri hoping to create tough decisions

St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri, the 21st pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, will make his preseason debut Monday against the Dallas Stars.

He said his goal remains the same as it has since training camp started, to make the Blues' decision on whether to keep him or return him to his junior team as difficult as possible.

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 12:09 PM

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Rangers' Stepan day-to-day with foot contusion

New York Rangers center Derek Stepan remains day-to-day with a foot contusion sustained while blocking a shot. He was held off the ice Monday prior to the Rangers' preseason opener against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden.

"It's a day-to-day thing, nothing serious," coach Alain Vigneault told the Rangers website.

X-rays of Stepan taken on Saturday were negative, according to

Posted On Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 9:54 PM

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Lightning won't 'rush' Stamkos: report

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos did not play in a scrimmage Sunday and is questionable to participate Monday, according to Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the plan is to take it easy with Stamkos, who broke his leg in a game against the Boston Bruins last November and had a procedure last month to remove a screw in his surgically repaired right tibia bone.

Posted On Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 9:34 PM

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Kings' Stoll won't play vs. Coyotes: report

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll, who had hip surgery during the offseason, did not practice Sunday and will not play against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday, according to Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register.

Hammond reported Stoll sat out Sunday by design. He also isn't expected to play against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday or next Sunday.

Posted On Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 5:35 PM

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Ryan leaves Senators scrimmage after collision

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan left a training camp scrimmage Sunday in the second period following a collision with center Kyle Turris behind the net. He was kept off the ice for precautionary reasons and will not play in either of the Senators' preseason games Monday against the New York Islanders in St. John's, Newfoundland, according to the Ottawa Sun.

"It was a broken play," Ryan told the Senators website. "[Turris] was circling one way behind the net and I was circling the other. I think we both had a pretty good head of steam and never saw each other; just took it right in the chin a little bit. It's alarming, I guess, is the right word for it. They were very, very cautious with it and just said let's calm things down right away."

"When I talked to everybody real quickly they said it wasn't worth it to go back out in those conditions. Let's just call it a day and re-evaluate [Monday]."

Posted On Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 5:20 PM

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Penguins practice without Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz

The Pittsburgh Penguins practiced Sunday without centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and left wing Chris Kunitz. All three were out with undisclosed injuries.

Crosby also did not participate Saturday, when the Penguins practiced and scrimmaged. Malkin has yet to take the ice during training camp.

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