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Preseason Buzz: Crosby expected to play remaining two games for Penguins

Bruins center Bergeron hoping to debut; goalie Lehner leaves Blackhawks practice with injury @NHLdotcom

Welcome to the 2019 preseason! This is a busy time, with rookies looking to make a name for themselves and veterans looking to lock down roster spots. Each day, we will have all the updates of note right here.

Here is the preseason news for Tuesday:

Crosby set to start his preseason

Sidney Crosby expects to make his preseason debut when the Pittsburgh Penguins play the Detroit Red Wings at PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET).

The center, who has missed games in an attempt to manage his workload leading up to the regular season, said he believes he'll also play in the Penguins' preseason finale against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

"I usually play in three games. I'll probably end up playing two," Crosby said. "It's not that big of a difference."

Crosby did not practice with the non game group Saturday or Sunday, when the Penguins played back-to-back days against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Red Wings.  

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby skated on his own those days and wasn't injured.  

"There's not much to get into," Crosby said. "I think it's just trying to manage the time that we have. Camp is pretty intense, especially the first few days. I think, after that, I just tried to make the most of the time we have in between these exhibition games."

Wes Crosby


Bergeron hopeful, Krejci to be re-evaluated for Bruins

Patrice Bergeron (groin) said he hopes to play his first preseason game when the Bruins host the Blackhawks on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NHLN, NESNplus, NHL.TV).

"It's a fair assessment," Bergeron said. "I'm slowly feeling better on the ice and more comfortable. I'd like to be in Saturday for sure. If things go according to plan, I think it will be my first game, probably."

Tweet from @NHLBruins: 🎥 Patrice Bergeron on potentially making his preseason debut on Saturday: "I think so. That���s a fair assessment...things are advancing and looking good."

David Krejci (lower body) will be re-evaluated Wednesday, coach Bruce Cassidy said.

The forward left his preseason debut Monday after he had one shot on goal in 1:55 of ice time in a 4-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"Again, we don't think right now it's anything serious, but we're going to take our time with it for sure, make sure he's ready to go next week," Cassidy said.

Tweet from @NHLBruins: 🎥 Bruce Cassidy provides the latest update on David Krejci and the status of the roster at this point in training camp:

Boston opens the regular season at the Dallas Stars on Oct. 3.


Lehner leaves practice with injury

Robin Lehner left practice for the Chicago Blackhawks with an injury.

"I don't think it's a serious thing, but obviously serious enough that he had to leave," coach Jeremy Colliton said of the goalie.

Blackhawks forwards Kirby Dach (concussion protocol) and John Quenneville (right hip) skated on their own before practice. Dach has skated two consecutive days and three times since Friday after he was injured at the 2019 NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan on Sept. 10.

Quenneville skated for the first time since Sept. 17.

"Certainly, I think both of those guys are getting closer to potentially skating with us," Colliton said. "That's a long way away from playing with us, but we'll see how it goes."

Tracey Myers


Palmieri practices, won't play Wednesday

Kyle Palmieri returned to practice for the New Jersey Devils after sitting out Monday with a lower-body injury.

The forward will not play against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NESNplus, NHL.TV).

"[Palmieri] had a good maintenance day yesterday and a day off," coach John Hynes said. "He practiced full today and we'll just keep upping his workload throughout the week, so all good there."

The Devils end their preseason at the Blue Jackets on Friday.

Mike G. Morreale


Johnson practices full contact, plans to play opener with Avalanche

Erik Johnson, who underwent shoulder surgery in May, took part in a full contact practice Tuesday with the Colorado Avalanche and expects to be ready for the Oct. 3 regular-season opener against the Calgary Flames at Pepsi Center.

"It's been a long battle throughout the last few months, but I'm really excited to get back, back to (being) myself and just ready to play," said Johnson, who previously skated with a non-contact jersey. "It took a little extra time to make sure it was going good, and I feel awesome now."

The 31-year-old defenseman expects to make his preseason debut Saturday against the Dallas Stars.

"It should be all systems go for Saturday and for the opener," he said. "Practice gets you ready so much and then the game speed takes over, timing and everything like that, so it's always good to get back into a game, no matter if it's preseason. I'm excited to get back at it."

Rick Sadowski


Price dealing with bruised hand

Carey Price did not play for the Montreal Canadiens in a 3-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bell Centre on Monday because of a bruised left hand. 

Coach Claude Julien said after the game that the injury to the goalie's glove hand isn't anything serious.

"When he went to see the doctor, the doctor said for precautionary reasons we're going to keep him out for a few days," Julien said. "So that's all it is, so you should see him back on the ice hopefully before the end of this week."


Neuvirth released by Maple Leafs

Michal Neuvirth was released from his professional tryout contract by the Maple Leafs.

The 31-year old goalie was removed from the roster for the game Monday at the Canadiens after not participating in the morning skate. He missed the start of training camp with an undisclosed injury before making his preseason debut Saturday by making 20 saves in 40 minutes of a 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Michael Hutchinson made 38 saves in the Maple Leafs' 3-0 victory against the Canadiens, strengthening his bid to back up Frederik Andersen.

"[Hutchinson] is a good kid, [Hutchinson] works real hard. I thought he played well last night," coach Mike Babcock said. 

"The biggest thing is we just have to work together to make sure we have a real stable backup and we're in a position where we can start him at any time and not worry about it and know you have an opportunity to win. That's the biggest challenge is you've got to win games. The division is real right, some teams have gotten better, we know there a challenge there so we need good goaltending."

Mike Zeisberger, Dave McCarthy

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