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Preseason Buzz: Gibson injured in Ducks win against Coyotes

Little leaves Jets game; Perry to miss opener with Stars @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 news for Sunday:


Gibson leaves Ducks game

John Gibson did not return for the start of the third period with the Anaheim Ducks in a 2-1 preseason win against the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center on Saturday. The goalie made 19 saves before being replaced by Ryan Miller. 

"The thing on [Gibson] after the third period seemed more precautionary," coach Dallas Eakins told the Orange County Register. "It's an exhibition game. I don't foresee that being anything, but those guys (Gibson and the Ducks' medical staff) are all back there (in the dressing room) in a meeting."

The Ducks finished the preseason 4-1-1 and open the regular season against the Coyotes at Honda Center on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV).


Little injured in Wild's preseason finale

Bryan Little sustained an upper-body injury during the first period of the Winnipeg Jets' 5-4 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday and did not return.

The forward left the game following a hit by Minnesota's Luke Kunin at 4:28 of the first period. The Jets did not have an update after the game.

"That was a [bad] hit … I didn't like it at all," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "He knows where his head is when he's coming through, or stay on your feet and there's no problems."

Mark Scheifele was a late scratch with a sore back, but Maurice said it's not expected to affect the first-line center's availability for Winnipeg's season opener at the New York Rangers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, TSN3, NHL.TV).

"His back tightened up in practice yesterday," Maurice said, "so we kicked him out and said you're not playing."

Jessi Pierce


Perry to miss season opener for Stars

Corey Perry will be out two more weeks for the Dallas Stars and will not play in the season opener against the Boston Bruins at American Airlines Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; SN360, FS-SW, NESN, NHL.TV), coach Jim Montgomery told the Stars website.

The forward said he broke a small bone in his left foot days before the start of training camp Sept. 13. He did not play in any preseason games.


Paquette, Johnson leave Lightning game with injuries

Cedric Paquette and Tyler Johnson were injured in the first period of the Tampa Bay Lightning's preseason finale against the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Paquette, a forward, left the arena with his right arm in a sling after the 1-0 shootout loss. He was injured on a hit by Florida defenseman Riley Stillman in the first period.

Johnson did not return to the bench during the game, and Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the forward's status for the season opener against the Panthers at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-F, NHL.TV) was not known.

"[Cedric is] definitely going to get checked out in a little bit here," Cooper said. "[Johnson] was a little bit more for precaution. We'll have more of an update tomorrow, but Cedric is going to be a little bit of a battle if he's going to be available right away."

The Lightning are already thin at center with Brayden Point not expected to play until late October as he recovers from offseason hip surgery.

Forwards Alexander Volkov, Carter Verhaeghe, Gemel Smith, Danick Martel and Luke Witkowski are in a battle for two roster spots, but with Point's recovery and Pauqette's injury, there could be more opportunities available.

"Let's wait the next couple of days and see what happens," Cooper said. "We lost a couple of guys tonight, so we've got to see where our numbers are and who can play."

Corey Long


Seider assigned to AHL by Red Wings 

Moritz Seider was among 10 players assigned by the Detroit Red Wings to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

The 18-year-old defenseman was the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. He had two assists and was plus-2 in five preseason games.

Forwards Turner Elson, Matt Puempel, Michael Rasmussen and Dominic Turgeon; defensemen Joe Hicketts, Brian Lashoff and Dylan McIlrath; and goalies Calvin Pickard and Filip Larsson were also sent to Grand Rapids.

The Red Wings open the regular-season against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, FS-D, NHL.TV).

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: The #RedWings today assigned F Turner Elson, Matt Puempel, Michael Rasmussen and Dominic Turgeon; D Joe Hicketts, Brian Lashoff, Dylan McIlrath and Moritz Seider; and G Filip Larsson and Calvin Pickard to the AHL���s @griffinshockey.

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