Hall to play first game for Devils in 10 months
Taylor Hall will play his first game since December when the New Jersey Devils host the New York Rangers (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG, MSG+).
The forward, who hasn't played since Dec. 23, 2018, took rushes on the first line with Jack Hughes and Kyle Palmieri during the morning skate. Hall missed the final 47 games last season and had arthroscopic surgery in February to remove fragments from his left knee.
"It's always fun to play the Rangers," Hall said after the skate.
Coach John Hynes said Hall could play two or three preseason games. New Jersey has three games remaining after Friday.
Panarin day to day with groin strain for Rangers
Artemi Panarin didn't practice with the New York Rangers because of a mild groin strain and won't play in either of the Rangers' preseason games this weekend, coach David Quinn said.
"This is day to day and nothing to really be alarmed about," Quinn said. "He's a lot better today."
The forward sustained the injury in a 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. He scored a power-play goal but left the game in the second period and didn't return. The Rangers didn't practice Thursday.
The Rangers play at the Devils on Friday and at the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBCSP+, MSG).
"No real concern," general manager Jeff Gorton said of Panarin. "I'm pretty comfortable that he's going to be fine."
Boeser eager for preseason debut with Canucks
Brock Boeser will make his preseason debut with the Vancouver Canucks against the Los Angeles Kings in Salt Lake City on Saturday (9 p.m. ET; NHLN [joined in progress], PRIME).
The forward missed training camp and two preseason games before signing a three-year, $17.625 million contract with the Canucks as a restricted free agent Monday. He practiced for the first time Wednesday.
"I had a couple hard days of practices, and I'm really excited to get out there with the guys and see what I can do," Boeser said. "I know last preseason I didn't have the greatest preseason, so I'm hoping I can get out there and make some plays and maybe score a couple goals."
Boeser said he expects to play on the top power-play unit and on a new top line with Elias Pettersson and free agent addition Micheal Ferland, who missed practice because of illness.
"I saw the chemistry they had the first weekend and I am excited to play with them," Boeser said.
Dach on ice for first time since start of Blackhawks camp
Kirby Dach, who has been in the NHL concussion protocol, skated on his own before Chicago Blackhawks practice.
The 18-year-old center was on the ice for the first time since training camp began. The No. 3 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft skated and took shots for more than a half hour with Blackhawks assistant strength and conditioning coach/physical therapist Patrick Becker.
"Yeah, [it's] good that he could get out there," Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said. "We're not going to get too excited about it, but it's not a bad thing. So we'll just see how the next little while plays out."
Dach was injured Sept. 10 in Chicago's final game at the 2019 NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.
When asked if Dach is still in the running to make the team, Colliton said, "He was never out of the running. He's here. But we want to get him available first, and then we'll think about those things."
O'Reilly set to make preseason debut for Blues
Ryan O'Reilly will play his first game of the preseason when the St. Louis Blues play at the Winnipeg Jets (8 p.m. ET; TSN3).
The center, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy voted as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, is among several Blues each making his preseason debut, including defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, forward David Perron and goalie Jake Allen, who will start.
Allen, who will back up No. 1 goalie Jordan Binnington this season, is expected to play the first two periods before Ville Husso takes over for the third.
Oskar Sundqvist returned to the ice after missing practice Thursday because of an upper-body injury. Coach Craig Berube said the center "tweaked something" toward the end of practice Wednesday.
"He's good. He felt good," Berube said. "It's a good sign."
Binnington (maintenance day) also returned to practice.
Poehling, McCarron sidelined for Canadiens
Ryan Poehling will be out indefinitely for the Montreal Canadiens because of a concussion.
The 20-year-old center, selected with the No. 20 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, was hoping to find a spot on the Canadiens' fourth line out of training camp.
Poehling was injured Wednesday during a 4-3 win against the Florida Panthers in the Kraft Hockeyville Canada 2019 game at K.C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst, New Brunswick. He assisted on the winning goal by Alex Belzile at 13:57 of the third period.
"The symptoms weren't there until the next morning," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said, "and that happens in concussions, so as soon as we saw those, we took the adequate measures to deal with it."
Forward Michael McCarron will be out approximately six weeks because of a groin injury. He was not projected to make Montreal's roster to open the season.
Neuvirth getting look with Maple Leafs
Michal Neuvirth will make his preseason debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs when they play at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SN, MSG-B).
The goalie, in training camp on a professional tryout contract, is expected to start and play two periods. He was held out of Toronto's first two preseason games because of an undisclosed injury but said the issue is behind him following a full practice.
"I had a little setback, but it's good now and I'm feeling better," Neuvirth said. "It was tough missing a couple practices, but I tried to stay positive, focus on myself, on my body."
Neuvirth is competing with Michael Hutchinson for the backup role behind Frederik Andersen.
"He had to get himself healthy and feeling good, you have to get feeling good as a goalie," coach Mike Babcock said. "The second thing is then you have to get some game action. We have a job [available] there so we're going to watch."