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Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 4:40 PM

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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

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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."
Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 4:31 PM

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Devils' Zajac excited to work with Jagr, Cammalleri

New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac, who produced his highest point total in four seasons working alongside right wing Jaromir Jagr on the top line in 2013-14, should get another boost this season with the addition of left wing Mike Cammalleri.

The trio will likely be playing together in New Jersey's preseason opener against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 4:26 PM

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Lightning's Stamkos feeling good after return to ice

After he was held out Sunday because of a scheduled off day, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos returned to the ice Monday to skate with Ondrej Palat and Ryan Callahan in the team's second Blue vs. White intrasquad scrimmage.

Stamkos had a shot on goal during the scrimmage. Lightning coach Jon Cooper was encouraged with what he saw from the Lightning captain, who missed 45 games last season with a broken tibia.

"There's no sense to put more burden than he has to have," Cooper told the Lightning website. "We're really happy with where he's at. Clearly, he's got much more jump, confidence than he ever had during that last stretch of the year when he came back after the injury."

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 3:53 PM

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Lightning's Drouin could miss at least another week

Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin could miss at least another week with an upper-body injury, coach Jon Cooper said Monday.

Cooper said Drouin skated on his own before the rest of the team hit the ice. He said Drouin was scheduled for further medical evaluation later Monday.

"You'll have a much clearer indication, as will we, to find out where he's at," Cooper said. "Because I don't know if he saw much progress. We'll find out when he sees the doc."

Posted On Monday, 09.22.2014 / 3:52 PM

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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.

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