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NHL Training Camp Buzz: Zegras dealing with upper-body injury

Hischier out at least 10 days for Devils; Dellandrea sustains broken finger for Stars

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Anaheim Ducks

Trevor Zegras is being evaluated for an upper-body injury and it is unclear how long the forward could be sidelined.

Zegras was injured in the second period of the Ducks' 3-1 preseason win against the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday.

"We're sending him for a more in-depth look and hopefully we will have those results by the morning," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said Thursday. "So we're in a holding pattern on that."

Zegras was second among NHL rookies with 61 points (23 goals, 38 assists) in 75 games last season.

The Ducks open the regular season against the Seattle Kraken on Oct. 12.

 

New Jersey Devils

Nico Hischier has a hamstring strain and will be reevaluated in 10 days, Devils coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday.

The center was limited to 6:24 of ice time in a 2-1 preseason win at the Montreal Canadiens on Monday because of cramping and missed a 4-1 preseason win against the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

The Devils open the regular season at the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 13.

Hischier set NHL career highs in goals (21), assists (39) and points (60) in 70 games last season.

Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood was expected to play against the New York Rangers on Thursday but left practice early with an illness. If he is unavailable, Vitek Vanecek will play.

 

Dallas Stars

Ty Dellandrea is expected to be out a couple of weeks for the Stars because of a broken finger.

The 22-year-old forward sustained the injury in the second period of a 5-2 preseason loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. Dellandrea scored a short-handed goal prior to the injury.

"He blocked a shot in the hand. Looks like he's got something broken," Dallas coach Peter DeBoer said. "Doesn't look like it's serious. No surgery or anything like that. So, a couple of weeks out. It's broken like the tip of your finger type thing. I'm hoping it's like 2-3 weeks."

Selected by Dallas with the No. 13 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, Dellandrea had 50 points (23 goals, 27 assists) in 68 games with Texas of the American Hockey League last season. He played in 26 NHL games during the 2020-21 season, getting five points (three goals, two assists).

"He's put a good showing in, and he got injured doing what we asked him to do, which is block a shot and playing hard," DeBoer said. "That's how you have to play the game. If you're going to get injured, now's the better time than obviously two or three weeks from now. I liked his game tonight, and he's had a good camp."

 

Pittsburgh Penguins

Kasperi Kapanen returned from an undisclosed illness to practice with the Penguins on Thursday.

The forward said he has improved but still isn't 100 percent.

"I'm moving in the right direction," Kapanen said. "I still don't feel good out there, kind of not doing anything for three days, being sick and whatnot. But it was a good first step today. Hopefully I'll just feel better tomorrow."

Kapanen missed a 6-2 preseason loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday and did not practice Wednesday. He first felt the illness while playing a 3-2 preseason overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.

On Thursday, Kapanen was at right wing with center Radim Zohorna and left wing Danton Heinen. He had been on the third line with center Jeff Carter through the first three days of training camp.

Carter skated before practice, but left before the Penguins took the ice. He is day to day with an upper-body injury suffered midway through a scrimmage Saturday.

Teddy Blueger, who replaced Carter at center on the third line, also was absent after sustaining an upper-body injury early in practice Wednesday. Sullivan said he is day to day.

Kapanen and Carter could produce a dynamic third line when healthy, Kapanen said.

"Me and him, I think our skating ability, especially, we take care of stuff in our own end," Kapanen said. "We kind of go on the attack. Those counter attacks, I think we can get a lot of damage done." -- Wes Crosby

 

Toronto Maple Leafs

Jordie Benn and Carl Dahlstrom each was injured during the Toronto Maple Leafs' 3-0 preseason win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

Benn left the game in the first period with a groin injury; Dahlstrom was cross-checked by Rem Pitlick along the boards in the first and sustained a shoulder injury.

Coach Sheldon Keefe said Thursday that Benn and Dahlstrom were still undergoing testing after saying Wednesday they were "expected to miss some time." -- Dave McCarthy

 

Philadelphia Flyers

Sean Couturier will not need surgery for an upper-body injury but remains week to week, the Flyers said Wednesday.

The center has not taken part in training camp, which began Sept. 22, because of the injury, which the team announced three days earlier.

Couturier didn't play after Dec. 18 last season and had back surgery Feb. 11. He said Sept. 12 that it had been about two weeks since doctors had cleared him to be a full participant in training camp.

"I feel good," Couturier said that day. "I had a long recovery. [It] took longer than I thought, a lot of ups and downs, but now I'm feeling good and ready to go. Excited to get going again."

The Flyers open the regular season against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 13 . -- Adam Kimelman 

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