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NHL Buzz: Oshie, Orlov could play for Capitals in season opener

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Washington Capitals

Forward TJ Oshie (upper body) and defense Dmitry Orlov (lower body) is optimistic about being ready to play in the Capitals’ regular-season opener Wednesday against the Boston Bruins after practice Sunday. He did not play in Washington’s preseason finale against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

“That night was a little scary,” said Oshie, who was injured when he was checked on the board by Red Wings forward Joe Belleno. But when I woke up in the morning, I felt so much better than I expected, but I still had to go through every step with[athletic trainer Jason Sarvas]and I was going to put it in nowhere. No, but I feel great today.”

Orlov tweaked something against the Red Wings and felt stiff the next day, so the Capitals locked him out of practice for two days.

“I feel good now,” said Orlov. “I’m feeling pretty much normal and have a few more days to get ready for the first big game of the season.” Tom Gritti

boston bruins

forward Nick Foligno When Chris Wagner defense man Mike Riley exempted on Sunday.

Foligno scored 13 points (two goals and 11 assists) in 64 regular-season games with the Bruins last season and had one assist in seven Stanley Cup playoff games. A 15-year NHL veteran, he scored 499 points (205 goals, 295 points) in 1,021 regular season games and 24 points (9 goals, 295 points) in 62 postseason games with the Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Toronto Maple Leafs. 15 assists). and Bruins. Blue, a former captain of his Jackets, signed with Boston on July 28, 2021 to a two-year, $7.6 million ($3.8 million average annual salary) contract.

Riley scored 17 points (four goals and 13 assists) in 70 regular-season games and appeared in five playoff games with the Bruins last season. He was acquired from the Ottawa Senators on April 11, 2021 and signed a three-year contract with Boston on July 27, 2021.

Wagner appeared in one regular-season game and three playoff games last season for Boston, and scored five goals (two goals and three assists) in 41 games for Providence of the American Hockey League. The 31-year-old has played 359 of his NHL games with the Ducks, Colorado, Anaheim, the Avalanche, the New York Islanders, and the Bruins, and could become an unlimited free agent at the end of this season. There is a nature.

Philadelphia Flyers

Sean Couturier He will not appear in Thursday’s season opener against the New Jersey Devils.

The center has been under review weekly as he suffered an upper body injury before training camp began.

“I haven’t spoken to the trainers. I’m not exactly sure where they are on that.

The couturier skated alone for about 40 minutes. He has been skating since last weekend, but Sunday was the first time he was allowed to shoot pucks and stick handles, he said.

“It’s getting better and better every day,” he said. “Back on the ice, it’s a step in the right direction….we’re making gradual progress.

“Really every day. They’re evaluating me every day. See how I’m doing, how I’m progressing. My goal is to be 100% when I come back. and you don’t have to deal with anything all year round.”

Couturier hasn’t played since December 18 last season and underwent season-ending back surgery on February 11. He said he was fully cleared for training camp in the first week of September. — Adam Kimmelman

toronto maple leafs

John TavaresOn September 24, he suffered a diagonal injury during a preseason game in a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

The injury is expected to keep the center out for at least three weeks and could mean he misses Wednesday’s regular-season opener against the Montreal Canadiens.

“We want to be ready for Wednesday, but we have to look at the big picture. Six nights, four games, 82 grinds,” Tavares said. “I keep going through checkpoints every day, getting feedback and evaluating where I am every day.”

Jake Mazin When Pierre Engval Each made their preseason debuts Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. Muzzin he played 17:31 and Engvall his 14:49 he won 5-1. Neither made any sense.

Defenseman Mazin manages back discomfort during training camp.He returned to full practice on September 29 after missing the first week of training camp. He is expected to skate in a pairing with Justin Hall.

Forward Engvall is recovering from a leg injury sustained in the offseason. Alexander Carfoot and right wing Jaan Krok Road.– Dave McCarthy

st louis blues

Vladimir Tarasenko It was in the lineup for the Blues’ preseason finale against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. He had assists and played in 14:23.

The forward did not play in Thursday’s 7-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets after missing time due to illness earlier in the week.

Forward Ivan BarbashevAlso in the lineup, who was dealing with a lower body injury, scored two goals.Forward Logan Browndid not play with an upper body injury. — Lou Colac

vancouver canucks

block voser He returned to practice on Sunday for the first time since he underwent hand surgery on September 26 and was able to return to the season opener at the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

Voser was originally expected to miss three to four weeks and three to seven games, but within a week of the surgery he was back skating and stickhandling, and shot while wearing a non-contact jersey during practice on Sunday. was

“He was happy to be there. His legs are fine,” said coach Bruce Boudreau. “The rest of his body needs to be ready and cleared to play Wednesday. I hope you get it.”

Voser started training camp centered on the right side of the top line JT mirror When Tanner Pearsonscored 46 goals (23 goals and 23 assists) in 71 games last season. The 25-year-old skated his fourth line primarily on the left wing Dakota Joshua and center Nils Amann on sunday.

Forward connor garlandHe didn’t practice Sunday after suffering an injury during the second preseason victory in Friday’s 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes.Not even top defense Quinn Hughesdid not face the Coyotes, but Boudreau said both had maintenance days.

“They will both be on ice [Monday]said Boudreau. — Kevin Woodley