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Training Camp Day 2: Sights and Sounds

News and notes from the second day of training camp.

by @NHLFlyers /

Day two saw a flip of the groups in terms of times and it was a quick turn around for yesterday's afternoon group who had the morning session today. 

Although that time frame is very different from the normal grind of the regular season, it's certainly nothing new to some veterans in camp, who see the key is to take care of your body to be ready for the next day.

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"It's something that we're used to getting up and doing things in the morning, so yesterday was kind of strange where you're waiting around and coming in the afternoon," said Nick Schultz. "This morning its nice to get up, get moving, have breakfast and get out there and it's something we're a little more accustomed to during the year. So even with the quick turnaround it's nice to get out there." -Nick Schultz

What Day 2 did bring was a little more repetition and competition since line combinations and pairings stayed the same. Its something that could make the transition to preseason games a little easier with a lot of players in camp.

"You get used to the guys when you're doing line drills and stuff out there and you see how they do certain stuff out there. I'm not sure if that's how the scrimmages or exhibition games are going to be, but if you're playing in them you kind of know what the other two are doing and can feed off one another." -Matt Read  

Following the first session, some players took time out of their day to greet a few lucky season ticket holders. Schultz, Michael Raffl, Scott Laughton and Michael Del Zotto hand delivered season tickets to fans, giving out a few autographs and taking pictures.

Today's practices had a much more competitive nature to them compared to Day 1 of camp. It was something that not only the players enjoyed but done by design from head coach Dave Hakstol.

"The Players, they love competing. Those are pure competition drills and our guys did a good job in those areas today," said Hakstol at the end of the day. "Today there was a little more battle in practice than there was yesterday, but there was also some subtle details mixed into almost each of the drills, but there was definitely more battles in there today with tight spaces, which is what it comes down to in a lot of game situations." -Dave Hakstol

That will translate very well heading into tomorrow. The third day of camp will see the player still in their groups, but merge for a scrimmage beginning approximately 11 a.m.

Radko Gudas is getting back to his usual self. The defenseman felt good out on the ice during a day of battling, which is a big part of his game.

"This is where the fun starts," said Gudas. "Everyone wants to get into that game-like situation and everybody is trying their hardest so I'm just trying to get game ready fast."

Gudas was unsure if he would be appearing in the lineup for the first couple of preseason games, but noted that he is getting better every day and will have a better feel for things after tomorrow's scrimmage.



Groups 1 and 2 will take to the ice at the same time (10:20 a.m.), although they will be separated by the two rinks at the practice facility. They will then merge for a scrimmage (11 a.m.) before breaking for the day and preparing for their split squad preseason games on Monday.

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