NHL Training Camp Buzz: Ovechkin predicted pre-season debut


Welcome to Buzz for NHL training 2022-23. Training camp is underway for all 32 teams and NHL.com has you covered with the latest news.

Washington Capitals

Alex Ovechkin He is expected to play for the first time this pre-season when the Capitals play the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Ovechkin is among the 13 forwards on Washington’s provisional list for the game, along with Evgeny KuznetsovAnd the TJ O’Shea And the Lars ElerAll of them are looking forward to playing for the first time this season as well.

Ovechkin, who hasn’t played in his first two preseason games at the Capitals, is starting his 18th season in the NHL. The 37-year-old scored 50 goals last season for the ninth time, NHL record hook Shared by Wayne Gretzky and Mike Posey.

Goalkeeper Darcy Comber His pre-season capital is expected to start emerging after signing a five-year contract worth $26.5 million ($5.25 million average annual value) on July 13. – Tom Guletti

New Jersey Devils

Nico Hescher Doubtful early in the regular season due to hamstring strain.

New Jersey opens the season at the Philadelphia Flyers on October 13.

“I really can’t answer [if Hischier will play the opener]”I’d say ‘yes,’” said trainer Lindy Ruff, “but there’s no guarantee that’s possible. I think it’s something that we hope will happen in the big picture.”

“He does not limp. He is very optimistic. I am optimistic. I will remain cautious [his availability]. “

The Devils center was limited to 6:24 icy time in their 2-1 pre-season win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday due to cramping and missed a 4-1 pre-season win against the New York Islanders on Tuesday and a 5-2 pre-season win at the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Hisshere scored his highest in the National Hockey League in goals (21), assists (39) and points (60) in 70 games last season. – Mike J. Morell

Philadelphia Flyers

Carter Hart He is expected to play in the season opener against the New Jersey Devils on October 13.

The goalkeeper sustained a lower body injury on Sunday but was skating and was cleared of Friday’s no contact practice.

“I’ll be ready,” Hart said. “More than being more careful than anything, making sure I’m 100 percent. It’s a long year. I think that’s kind of with everyone now, making sure everyone is healthy and totally ready to go on opening night.”

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

“I feel better,” he said. “The last few days I’ve been feeling better on the ice. I hope to play here one of the last few [preseason] matches before the start of the regular season. It would definitely be nice to get into a game here.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve played an actual hockey game myself. So it would definitely be nice to have at least one game here.” – Adam Kimmelman

Anaheim Dax

Trevor Zegras Upper body injury is evaluated and it is not clear how long a duck can be sidelined forward.

Zagras was injured during the second period of the Ducks’ 3-1 pre-season win over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday.

“We’ll be sending him in for a more in-depth look and hopefully we’ll have those results by morning,” Ducks coach Dallas Aikins said Thursday. “So we’re in a waiting pattern on that.”

Zegras ranked second among NHL rookies with 61 points (23 goals and 38 assists) in 75 games last season.

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

Dallas stars

Thai Delandria The stars are expected to be out for two weeks due to a broken finger.

The 22-year-old forward picked up the injury in the second period of a 5-2 pre-season loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. Dellandrea scored a short-term goal before the injury.

“He took a shot in his hand. Looks like he’s broken,” Dallas coach Peter DeBoer said on Thursday. “It doesn’t look serious, no surgery or anything like that. So two weeks later. It broke like the tip of your finger. I hope it takes two to three weeks.”

Delandria was named by Dallas with the 13th selection in the 2018 NHL Draft, and earned 50 points (23 goals, 27 assists) in 68 games for the Texans in the NHL last season. He played one National Hockey League game last season, but in 2020-21 he had five points (three goals, two assists) in 26 games.

“He did really well and he did what we asked of him, which is to block a shot and play hard,” Debore said. “That’s how you should play the game. If you’re going to get injured, obviously two or three weeks from now is the best time. I loved his game tonight, and he had a good camp.”

The stars open the season at the Nashville Predators on October 13th.


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