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NHL Buzz: Hiskia out in Devils opener against Flyers

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Nico Hisie Due to a hamstring strain, he won’t be playing for the Devils in Thursday’s season opener (7pm ET, ESPN+, HULU, SN NOW) at the Philadelphia Flyers.

Center attended the morning skating and stayed on for extra work, but said he didn’t feel comfortable enough to play.

“I felt pretty good, not where I wanted to be,” Histier said. “I’m aiming for Saturday[against the Detroit Red Wings]. Of course, that was my big goal and I was ready for today, so I’m a little frustrated. I’m not risking any more injuries. I don’t want to

Hisiar was restricted to 6:24 ice time due to a cramp in a 2-1 preseason win over the Montreal Canadiens on September 26 and did not play in the rest of the preseason games. .

He had NHL career-high goals (21), assists (39) and points (60) in 70 games last season. — Adam Kimmelman

Philadelphia Flyers

Cam Atkinson will not play for the Flyers in Thursday’s season opener against the New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, HULU, SN NOW).

The forward has been playing every day since September 25 due to an upper body injury. He didn’t play a preseason game.

Atkinson was on the ice for Wednesday’s practice but did not participate in the line rush. Coach John Tortorella said earlier in the week he was optimistic that Atkinson would practice in full Wednesday and play Thursday.

defense man Rasmus Ristrainen I don’t play after practice on Wednesday morning.

“He’s not ready yet, so we’re going to do it every day,” Tortorella said Thursday. “It dragged on. It didn’t happen yesterday in practice.

Forward Joel Faraby Play. He had artificial disc replacement surgery in his neck on June 24th. Recovery was expected to take him three to four months, but he was cleared for contact on October 7.

“It definitely feels good,” said Faleby. “Maybe at the beginning of the summer, I didn’t think I’d be playing Game 1, but now that I’m here I’m really excited to be back with everyone. I think it’s going to be a really special night, so I’m really, really looking forward to it.” — Adam Kimmelman

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Patrick LaingThe status of the Blue Jackets’ home opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday (7 PM ET; BSOH, BSSUN, ESPN+, SN NOW) is unknown.

“We’ll find something in the late afternoon,” manager Brad Larsen said after Thursday’s practice.

Laing appears to have injured his upper body after being caught in the defense during the season opener in a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Brett Peche and board. He finished his shift with 13:14 left in the second period. The forward was seen by training staff on the bench before going to the locker room and did not return.

Rain scored 11 seconds to give Columbus a 1–0 lead. He didn’t practice on Thursday, but was seen talking to the staff on the bench.

Justin Danforth thursday top line rain Johnny Gaudreau When boone jenner.

“I think it’s a good opportunity,” said Danforth. “I played with them today and hopefully we can build chemistry and build a connection.”

goalie Elvis Melzrikins After practicing and not traveling to Carolina due to illness other than COVID-19, he said he should be available on Friday. — Craig Mertz

buffalo sabers

Kyle Okposo Allowed to play in the season opener against the Ottawa Senators (7pm ET, MSG-B, TSN5, RDS, ESPN+, SN NOW).

The forward donned the no-contact jersey on Monday before donning his regular practice jersey on Tuesday. I injured my upper body in the match.

“Yeah, he’s not denied. He’s good,” said coach Don Granat. “He’s cleared. I’m happy with that. I have more information than when I told you yesterday. It’s clear from the way he competes in practice, he’s ready to go. .”– Heather Engel

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teddy brueger Due to an upper body injury, he will not play the Penguins game against the Arizona Coyotes (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, BSAZ, ESPN+, SN NOW).

The forward practiced in the no-contact jersey on Wednesday and Thursday after being the only player to miss from Monday night’s practice. .

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said, “Teddy won’t be available tonight.” He skated this morning. But he’s not playing tonight.”

Brueger said it would be difficult to describe what he experienced as a simple setback.

“It’s pretty frustrating,” Brueger said Wednesday. “Sometimes it’s like that. You just have to stick with it and do it every day. Embrace any small improvements.”

Brueger first joined the Penguins in an optional morning skate on Friday when coach Mike Sullivan told him he wanted full contact in at least one practice before Thursday’s season opener. He was not heard from again on Sunday before missing Monday’s latest practice.

Ryan Pauling Expected to take Brueger’s seat in the 4th row center on the left field Brock McGuinn and right wing Josh Archibald. — Wes Crosby

boston bruins

Anton Stralman He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Bruins on Wednesday, but missed Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals to open the season.

“He’s trying to get things done faster with his visa,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said. ‘s mindset about the game, his quick determination to take the puck out of our end and his composure on the aggressive blue line.”

The 36-year-old defenseman scored 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) in 74 games for the Arizona Coyotes last season before signing a professional tryout deal with Boston on September 24.

“I’m happy with my camp. I really appreciate that they liked what they saw,” he said.

Stralman has 293 points (63 goals, 230 assists) in 930 regular-season games over 15 NHL seasons.

“I know you’re at the end of your career. Year after year, you’re digging deeper and looking for opportunities to win,” Stralman said. I’m sure there’s a lot going on there, and I’m very happy that it worked out. I’m excited.”

Boston opened the season without a defense Matt Guzelczyk (shoulder) and Charlie McAvoy (shoulder). Grzelcyk has returned to practice, but McAvoy expects him to be out until at least late November. — Harvey Valentine

new york rangers

Vitaly Kravtsov Due to an upper body injury, he did not travel with the Rangers on their two-game road trip.

The forward scored in the first period of Tuesday’s 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the season opener. Victor HedmanHe left the game and never returned.

Kravtsov didn’t skate Wednesday, nor will he compete in the Minnesota Wild on Thursday (8pm ET; BSN, BSWI, MSG, ESPN+, SN NOW) or the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. He will be re-evaluated next week.

Forward Sammy Brace (upper body) I participated in Wednesday’s practice with a non-contact jersey.