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NHL training camp buzz: Ovechkin likely to make preseason debut

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Washington Capitals

Alex Ovechkin He’s set to play for the first time this preseason when the Capitals play the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Ovechkin is one of his 13 forwards listed on Washington’s interim roster. Evgeny Kuznetsov, TJ Oshie When lars erroreach looking to play for the first time this preseason.

After missing the first two games of the Capitals’ preseason, Ovechkin is entering his 18th NHL season. The 37-year-old scored his 50th goal last season, his ninth. tie NHL records Shared by Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossey.

goalie Darcy Kemper He is expected to make his preseason debut with the Capitals after signing a five-year, $26.5 million deal (an average of $5.25 million a year) on July 13. — Tom Gritti

new jersey devils

Nico Hisie Regular season start in doubt due to hamstring strain.

New Jersey kicks off the season on October 13 with the Philadelphia Flyers.

“I really can’t answer [if Hischier will play the opener]Coach Lindy Ruff said. I think that’s probably what we hope to see happen in the big picture.

“He’s not limping. He’s very optimistic. I’m optimistic. Stay vigilant.” [his availability].”

The Devils Center was limited to 6:24 ice time due to cramps in Monday’s 2-1 preseason win over the Montreal Canadiens, and Tuesday’s 4-1 preseason win over the New York Islanders and Missed out on a 5-2 preseason win over the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Hisiar had NHL career-high goals (21), assists (39) and points (60) in 70 games last season. – Mike G. Moreale

Philadelphia Flyers

carter hart He is scheduled to play in the season opener against the New Jersey Devils on October 13.

The goalie suffered a lower body injury on Sunday but is skating and was allowed to practice without contact on Friday.

“I’m ready,” Hart said. “The most important thing is to be vigilant and make sure we are 100%. It has been a long year. And I think you are.”

Hart said he would like to play in one of the Flyers’ final three preseason games, Saturday’s Boston Bruins, Sunday’s New York Islanders and Oct. 4 at home against the Islanders. His final nine games of last season due to a lower body injury he sustained on April 12.

“I feel better,” he said. “I feel good on the ice these last few days and I hope to play one of these days here. [preseason] A game before the start of the regular season. It would definitely be nice to attend a game here.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve played a real hockey game myself, so if I can attend at least one game here, it’s definitely great.” — Adam Kimmelman

chicago blackhawks

connor murphy I missed practice on Friday due to back pain.

The defense will not appear in Saturday’s preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings (8:30 PM ET; NHLN, NBCSCH) and will be in Milwaukee on Sunday (7:30 PM ET; NHLN, NBCSCH). He may also miss the scheduled game against the Minnesota Wild. , BSN).

Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson said, “I think I have more tension in my back. “I’m not sure. I wasn’t here last year to know exactly what went wrong. But it’s just a precautionary measure.” He’s a veteran guy and doesn’t have to play every game, but we’ll definitely see him in the finals (Wild on October 6th, St. Bruce) to get him ready for the season.”

Murphy missed practice Wednesday for maintenance day and the Blackhawks were off Thursday.

Last season, he appeared in 57 games for Chicago, scoring 10 goals (4 goals and 6 assists). — Tracy Myers

vegas golden nights

Mark Stone will make his preseason debut against the San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena. For him, the captain of the Golden Knights, last season saw him score 30 goals (9 goals, 21 assists), while he was forced to retire on May 19 to repair a back injury that kept him out of 37 games. It will be his first match since he underwent lumbar discectomy on the day.

“I think we’re all[excited]right? But let’s be honest, he’s number one,” Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy said Friday. I’m sure he’s more excited than all of us because this will be the last one for him.

Stone has been practicing with the Golden Knights this week, sometimes wearing a red no-contact jersey.

“It was nice to get the scrimmage today,” he said Thursday. It was a normal shift job. Step by step. It was another step in the right direction… Make sure you do things other than play games I feel pretty comfortable moving forward.” — Paul Delos Santos

arizona coyote

Jonas Johansson We were billed with an exemption from the Colorado Avalanche.

The goalie is 3-4-1, averaging 4.81 goals and a .852 save percentage in 11 games (8 starts) with the Avalanche and the Florida Panthers last season.

Selected by the Buffalo Sabers in the 3rd round (61st) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Johansson has gone 9-13-4 in 32 games (26 starts) for the Sabers, Avalanche and Panthers, with a 3.42 GAA and a save percentage of 3.42. It was .883. .

Johansson could start season as backup Karel Weimerka.

Anaheim Ducks

Trevor Zeglas has been assessed for an upper body injury, and it is unclear how long the Ducks forward can be sidelined.

Zeglas was injured during the second preseason period of Wednesday’s 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes in the Ducks.

Ducks head coach Dallas Ekins said Thursday, “We’ve sent him out for a more detailed investigation and hopefully have the results by morning.”So we’re in a holding pattern on that. increase.”

Zeglas scored 61 points (23 goals and 38 assists) in 75 games last season, ranking second among NHL rookies.

The Ducks start the regular season on October 12th against the Seattle Kraken.

Dallas Stars

Thai Delandrea Due to a broken finger, I will be out for the Stars for a few weeks.

The 22-year-old forward was injured in the second preseason period of Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Delandrea scored a short-handed goal before being injured.

“He blocked a hand shot. Looks like he broke something,” Dallas coach Peter DeBoer said Thursday. “It doesn’t seem to be serious and I haven’t had surgery or anything. It will be over in two to three weeks. It’s broken like the tip of a finger. I hope it’s in two to three weeks.”

Dallas’ 13th pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, Delandrea scored 50 points (23 goals and 27 assists) in 68 games for Texas in the American Hockey League last season. He played in one game in the NHL last season, but in the 2020-21 season, he scored five goals (three goals and two assists) in 26 games.

“He played well and he did what we wanted him to do with his injuries, which was blocking shots and playing hard,” DeBoer said. “That’s how you play the game. If you’re going to get hurt, it’s a better time now than a couple of weeks from now. I liked his game tonight and he had a good camp.”

The Stars will open the season on October 13 with the Nashville Predators.