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Training Camp Buzz: Hughes, Subban in lineup for Devils preseason game

Bergeron skates in no-contact jersey with Bruins; Marner expected to play for Maple Leafs on Tuesday @NHLdotcom

Welcome to the 2019 preseason! Camps are open, preseason games have begun and it's 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 training camp news for Monday:

Hughes, Subban in lineup for Devils preseason opener 

Jack Hughes and P.K. Subban are expected to be in the lineup when the New Jersey Devils open their preseason with a split-squad game against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center. Forward Wayne Simmonds will not play because of a lower-body injury sustained in a scrimmage Sunday. 

Hughes, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, will likely start at center on a line with left wing Nikita Gusev. Miles Wood and Joey Anderson will split time on the right side. 

Subban, acquired in a trade with the Nashville Predators on June 21, was paired on defense with Sami Vatanen during the morning skate. 

Simmonds signed as a free agent July 1. 

Mike G. Morreale


Bergeron skates in no-contact jersey with Bruins

Patrice Bergeron took part in his first full practice with the Boston Bruins.

Bergeron, who is rehabilitating a groin injury sustained during the Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes last season, wore a red, no-contact jersey. Previously he'd only skated in a small group with skills coach Kim Brandvold since the start of training camp last Thursday.

"It was great to be back with the group and starting to get the rhythm back, I guess, slowly," Bergeron said.

Bergeron is day to day and will decide with the Bruins medical staff what the next step will be, including whether he'll continue to wear the red jersey.

"I know tomorrow is off for me and everyone else," he said. "So that was the whole point was for me to have a good skate today, take tomorrow off and make sure I felt good on Wednesday and go from there. I'm not sure if I'm keeping that jersey on for the rest of the week, but there's a good chance probably that it's going to stay on for a little bit and slowly ramp things up."

Matt Kalman


Marner expected to be in Maple Leafs lineup on Tuesday

Mitchell Marner is expected to be in the lineup when the Toronto Maple Leafs open the preseason against the Ottawa Senators at Mile One Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland, on Tuesday (5:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, TSN4, TSN5).

Marner, who had been a restricted free agent, agreed to terms with the Maple Leafs on a six-year, $65.3 million contract Friday. He'll play on a line with John Tavares and Kasperi Kapanen, who replaces Zach Hyman at left wing.

Hyman had knee surgery in April and is expected to miss the first 15 games of the regular season.

Michael Neuvirth was not on the ice for Maple Leafs, dealing with an undisclosed health issue. The veteran goalie was brought to camp on a professional tryout contract (PTO) to compete with Michael Hutchinson for the backup spot behind Frederik Andersen. 

"He wasn't feeling well bodywise (Sunday) and they kept him off today," coach Mike Babcock said. "Obviously it's not ideal for him. If he wants to battle for a job he's obviously got to be in a decision to do that. But he's also got to be healthy too."

Mike Zeisberger


Cozens in lineup for Sabres

Dylan Cozens will make his NHL preseason debut when the Buffalo Sabres play the Pittsburgh Penguins at Pegula Ice Arena on the campus of Penn State University.

Cozens, the No. 7 pick in the 2019 draft, will center a line with Tage Thompson at right wing and Remi Elie on the left.

After watching him in the Prospects Challenge earlier this month, Sabres coach Ralph Krueger knows what he wants to see from Cozzens. 

"What we're looking for is simplicity," Krueger said. "I thought in the rookie camp at times he was trying to be a difference-maker every time on the ice. He doesn't have that pressure here. We'd like to see him execute within the principles and keep it nice and simple and have fun."

Heather Engel


McMichael to make debut for Capitals

Connor McMichael will make his preseason debut when the Washington Capitals host the Chicago Blackhawks at Capital One Arena (7 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, NBCSCH+). McMichael, the No. 25 pick in the 2019 draft, is expected to play center a line with Chandler Stephenson and Damien Riat.

With Evgeny Kuznetsov suspended for the first three regular-season games because of inappropriate conduct, Washington needs someone to temporarily play center on the third line while Lars Eller moves up to take Kuznetsov's spot on the second line. Capitals coach Todd Reirden didn't rule out McMichael as an option.

"He made some really good plays in the scrimmage (Sunday) and he's got the ability," Reirden said. 

Also scheduled to make his NHL preseason debut is forward Joe Snively, who was signed as an undrafted free agent after completing his senior season at Yale.

Tom Gulitti

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