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Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 12:52 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Penguins' Crosby, Kunitz practice; Kapanen to debut

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and forward Chris Kunitz each practiced Tuesday.

It was Crosby's first practice since Friday, the opening day of training camp, when he wasn't scheduled to skate due to an unspecified injury.

Crosby said Tuesday the reason he didn't practice the past few days wasn't because he had a setback, but because he is taking things day-to-day.

Crosby skated with players who will not be participating in the Penguins' preseason game Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kunitz, also out with an unspecified injury, skated with a group of injured Penguins and later returned to the ice to practice with Crosby and others not in the lineup Tuesday.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 12:22 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Lightning's Drouin out 3-4 weeks with thumb fracture

The Tampa Bay Lightning confirmed reports that forward Jonathan Drouin will be out 3-4 weeks with a fracture in his right thumb.

The Lightning had held Drouin out of training camp activities over the weekend because of what the team said was an upper-body injury.

Drouin got bumped during drills Thursday and fell on his hand, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Drouin didn't think the injury was that bad originally, but told the Lightning about it Friday after their skate.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 11:34 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Sabres' Reinhart, Lemieux excited for home debuts

Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart makes his First Niagara Center debut Tuesday, and the second pick of the 2014 NHL Draft couldn't be more thrilled.

Reinhart played his first NHL preseason game Sunday as the Sabres lost 1-0 to the Washington Capitals. He saw nearly 17 minutes of ice time and won 60 percent of his faceoffs. He had one hit, one blocked shot and one takeaway. Reinhart did not record a shot on goal and was on the ice for the only goal of the game, scored by the Capitals' Andre Burakovsky.

"I felt more comfortable as the last game went on, and I'm really excited for [Tuesday]," Reinhart said.

He's not the only new face on the Sabres feeling some butterflies. Coach Ted Nolan announced 2014 second-round pick (No. 31) Brendan Lemieux and free-agent signings Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges also would play Tuesday against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. Nolan said Gionta, Gorges and Matt Moulson will be the alternate captains for the game. The Sabres have not had a captain since Steve Ott was traded to the St. Louis Blues in February.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.23.2014 / 11:18 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Canucks, Capitals

NHL Live turns its attention to the Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals on Tuesday, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek taking you from 5-7 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

Eddie Olczyk makes his season debut appearance on the show live from Chicago, where the Chicago Blackhawks will host the Detroit Red Wings as one of nine games on the Tuesday schedule.

NHL Network analyst Craig Button also joins the show to talk rookies and prospects for the 2014-15 season.

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 8:15 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Sabres' Foligno eager to test shoulder

Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno was hampered for most of last season by a shoulder injury. He's hoping offseason surgery and a summer of rehab will put him at full strength for the 2014-15 season.

Foligno told the Sabres website he's eager to test the shoulder in game action.

"I'd like to say I'm stronger than I was before, but you can only really know that until you get into a game situation," he said. "It feels good to get some bumps out there and starting working with the guys and get physical again."

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 7:55 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Defenseman Wesley among Hurricanes roster cuts

The Carolina Hurricanes returned seven players to their respective junior clubs.

Among the cuts were goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic, selected in the second round (No. 37) of the 2014 NHL Draft, and defenseman Josh Wesley (fourth round, 2014), whose father Glen played 20 seasons in the NHL and won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006.

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 5:55 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Boudreau intrigued by Ducks' center depth

Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was a guest on the season premiere of NHL Live to discuss what's ahead for his team entering the 2013-14 season.

The Ducks open the regular season Oct. 9 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center.

"The biggest thing is getting everybody on the right page system wise," said Boudreau, 111-55-22 since taking over as Ducks coach in 2011-12. "In today's world I think there's very, very few people that come to camp out of shape, so they're ready to go at the drop of the puck. We've been working pretty hard on our systems all week."

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 4:58 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live welcomes Ducks coach Boudreau

Hockey is back and so is NHL Live, which kicks off another season Monday at 5 p.m. ET from the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York City.

NHL training camps are under way, and Steve Mears and EJ Hradek will commence their daily season previews with a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger also joins the show with the latest news from around the League, including the status of unsigned restricted free agents.

The Anaheim Ducks are among the projected top contenders for the Stanley Cup. NHL Live welcomes coach Bruce Boudreau to discuss what's ahead for a recalibrated Ducks team that bulked up at center with the addition of Ryan Kesler.

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 4:40 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Flames' Bennett practices, Backlund remains out

Calgary Flames center Sam Bennett, the fourth player taken in the 2014 NHL Draft, skated during a practice session Monday. It was his first time on the ice with the main group at training camp.

Bennett, No. 8 on's Top 60 prospect ranking, had been out with a groin injury.

The 18-year-old forward said the injury likely was a result of him pushing too hard too early in the season.

"I think it's just probably a little overuse," he told the team's website. "I've got a good program now that I'm definitely going to be aware of my groin."

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 4:34 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Red Wings' DeKeyser hopes bigger gets him better

The Detroit Red Wings told defenseman Danny DeKeyser they wanted to him to get bigger and stronger during the summer, and he responded by adding five pounds. The hope is the extra weight makes him stronger and better equipped to handle forechecking forwards in the Detroit zone.

DeKeyser, who's 6-foot-3, said his weight is up to 195 pounds.

"It's just kind of eating nonstop for me," he told the Detroit Free Press. "Every time I can get a protein shake or get some food in me, that's what I've got to do."
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