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Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 3:32 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Penguins' Crosby to make preseason debut

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is scheduled to play in his first preseason game Wednesday when the Penguins play the Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). The Penguins announced their lineup on their website early Wednesday.

It will be Crosby's first game since the Penguins were eliminated by the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.

Crosby missed time early in training camp with an undisclosed injury unrelated to the right wrist issues he had treatment for during the summer. He had been expected to play Monday against the Minnesota Wild but was pulled from the lineup to attend the funeral of his grandmother.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 2:34 PM

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Capitals could start season with two rookie centers

The Washington Capitals could start the season with two rookie centers, coach Barry Trotz told

The Capitals have Evgeny Kuznetsov on the second line and Andre Burakovsky on the third line. Kuznetsov is No. 3 on's Top 60 prospect list for the 2014-15 season; Burakovsky is No. 14.

"I don't have any problem with them starting [at center]," Trotz said Wednesday before boarding a flight to Buffalo for the Capitals' preseason game Wednesday at the Buffalo Sabres. "They’re both high-level talents. The biggest thing is going to be patience, to let young guys do what they’re capable of doing. I can be patient.

"I think we have enough quality people around them and with the teaching they're getting on a daily basis from the coaches here, they're going to adjust fine. In the long run they're going to get better and better as they play more and more."

Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 2:19 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Vanek, Shaw and E.J.'s Top 30 on NHL Live

Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek and Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw will be guests Wednesday on NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and NHL on NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk will also join the show, and co-host E.J. Hradek will start his countdown of his 30 most impactful players this season.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 2:09 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Blue Jackets' Jenner to miss five weeks

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner will miss approximately five weeks after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a broken hand, the team announced.

Jenner was injured when he was struck in the hand by a puck in practice Sunday.

The Blue Jackets open the regular season Oct. 9 at the Buffalo Sabres. If Jenner is out five weeks, he'll miss Columbus' first 12 games, returning Nov. 7 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 10:55 PM

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Penguins unsure when Malkin can practice: report

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has not been cleared to practice and may not be by the weekend, coach Mike Johnston told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Tuesday.

Malkin, who had 72 points (23 goals, 49 assists) in 60 games last season, has yet to participate in Pittsburgh's training camp because of an undisclosed injury. The Penguins have four scheduled practices before they open the regular season Oct. 9 against the Anaheim Ducks at Consol Energy Center.

"As far as I know, he hasn't been cleared to work out," Johnston told the newspaper. "Once he's cleared to work out, it will be a progression to get on the ice."

Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 8:39 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Wings' Zetterberg: 'Important week' for Alfredsson

Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg has talked to injured forward Daniel Alfredsson and said Tuesday he is hopeful Alfredssson is able to play this season.

"[He] says he feels better and I think this week will be an important week, and hopefully he will be with us next week," Zetterberg told the Red Wings website. "I think it was a wise decision for him to really take the time now and do his rehab and really give it a last shot. Hopefully it will work."

Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 8:28 PM

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Drouin aims for Lightning opening night lineup

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin is aiming to be in the lineup for the start of the regular season, he told the Lightning website Tuesday.

Drouin sustained a slight fracture in his right thumb in a training camp practice Sept. 18 and was projected to miss 3-4 weeks. The Lightning open the regular season Oct. 9 against the Florida Panthers, which would be exactly three weeks after the injury occurred

Drouin said Tuesday he's feeling better but experiencing some pain but his goal is to be ready to face the Panthers.

"We're going in the right direction," Drouin said. "I think there's a couple more weeks [rehab] left, and I'm sure I'll be fine by then. Progress has been really good."

Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 5:13 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Stars loan defenseman Julius Honka to AHL

The Dallas Stars on Tuesday loaned defenseman Julius Honka, the No. 14 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, to Texas of the AHL.

Honka, 18, had 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists) in 62 regular-season games for Swift Current of the Western Hockey League last season, his first in North America, and was tied for third on the team with two goals in six postseason games. Honka also helped Finland win a gold medal at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship with four points in seven games.

The Stars signed Honka to a three-year, entry-level contract in July.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 4:17 PM

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Steen to make preseason debut for Blues

Forward Alexander Steen will make his preseason debut Tuesday when the St. Louis Blues play the Carolina Hurricanes at Scottrade Center.

Steen sat out the Blues' first two games and was held out of the next two for precautionary reasons following a minor injury sustained during a scrimmage.

"I'm looking forward to it, very much so," Steen told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "You always need a few games. It's completely different to practicing, and the regular-season games are completely different to the exhibition games, so you need these to kind of ramp up. The exhibition games are usually a little sloppier, but usually high-paced, so you tend to find your timing quickly."

Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:20 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Stars goalie Lehtonen 'pretty good' after concussion

Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday that Kari Lehtonen was doing "pretty good" one day after the goaltender sustained a concussion in the third period of the Stars' 5-4 preseason win against the Florida Panthers.

Lehtonen will sit out the Stars' preseason finale Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning at American Airlines Center, but is expected to be ready for Dallas' season opener Oct. 9 at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"To me, Kari seems pretty good today," Ruff told the Stars website. "I am not a doctor and I don't play one on TV, but I think we are basically out of the woods in that situation. Just have to give the mandatory couple of days."

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