The GM said Horton will attempt to overcome the condition without surgery.
"It's about getting stronger and managing the pain by getting stronger in the core," Kekalainen told reporter Shawn Mitchell. "Then your back gets stronger and the pain will go away. [He] is the only person that really knows where he is at and how much pain there is involved. It's impossible for anybody else to know what he is going through right now."
"I'm really excited," Bennett said. "It's a game I've been waiting for for a really long time. I got to watch a few games and see what it’s like in the [Scotiabank Saddledome]. I'm just so excited for my first game.
"When I found out I was playing, I think it was early yesterday morning and the first thing I did was text my parents and all my friends: 'I'm playing [Thursday] so you guys better watch.' It's definitely exciting for me and my family, for sure."
New York Rangers center Derek Stepan said he feels lucky he was able to avoid surgery on his broken left fibula sustained during conditioning drills Wednesday.
"A little sore, but they said it will be sore for the next couple of days and then start the healing process from there," Stepan told BlueshirtsUnited.com. "They just said that we were pretty fortunate and that it's going to take some time to heal, and hopefully I'll be back as soon as possible."
Stepan will miss the next 4-6 weeks because of the injury.
Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux was back at practice Thursday morning, less than a week after sustaining a lower-body injury expected to keep him out most of the preseason.
According to NJ.com, Giroux joined his teammates about 20 minutes into their morning skate at the Flyers practice facility in Voorhees, N.J. Philadelphia plays the New Jersey Devils in a preseason game Thursday at Wells Fargo Center.
Giroux did some light skating and shooting but did not participate in any drills. After practice he joined the group of players who won't be in the lineup against the Devils on the second rink for extra skating.
"That was a pretty tough practice today," Giroux told NJ.com. "We did some battle drills and I felt good … better than I thought. Maybe [the injury] bothered me just a little bit, but other than that it was pretty good."
The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospect Game is Thursday at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Analyst Craig Button will join the show to preview the game that will air live on NHL Network at 7 p.m. ET.
Drouin isn't expected to be ready for the start of the 2014-15 season after sustaining a slight fracture in his right thumb in a training camp practice, but the organization is still trying to bring him up to speed while he's on the mend.
"I think it's just a little step, but there are many steps to come before I start shooting the way I want to," Drouin told the Lightning website.