NHL Buzz: Hischier out for Devils opener against Flyers

New Jersey Devils

Nico Hescher He will not play with the Devils in their season opener at the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, HULU, SN NOW) due to a hamstring strain.

The center participated in the morning skating and afterwards stayed on overtime, but said he did not feel comfortable enough to play.

“I felt really good there, just not where I want to be,” Hescher said. “I’m aiming for Saturday (against the Detroit Red Wings). I’m a little frustrated, obviously, because that was my big goal, to be ready for the day. But I just have to listen to my body and not want to risk any more injuries.”

Hescher was limited to 6:24 ice time in the 2-1 pre-season win over the Montreal Canadiens on September 26 due to cramping and did not play in any of his remaining pre-season games.

He scored his highest level in the National Hockey League in goals (21) and assists (39) and points (60) in 70 games last season. – Adam Kimmelman

Philadelphia Flyers

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

The striker has been day by day since September 25 due to an upper body injury. He did not play any games before the season.

Atkinson was on the ice for practice on Wednesday but was not involved in the rush streak. Coach John Tortorella said earlier in the week that he is optimistic Atkinson will train fully on Wednesday and play Thursday.

defenseman Rasmus Restollinen He will not play after being out of training early Wednesday.

“He’s not ready for that, we’re going day by day,” Tortorella said Thursday. “It just stayed put. It practically didn’t happen yesterday, it just got left out all over the camp.”

straight ahead Joel Farabi will play. He underwent surgery to replace the artificial disc in the cervical region on June 24. He was expected to need 3-4 months to recover but was approved to contact him on October 7.

“It definitely feels good,” Faribe said. “Maybe early in the summer I didn’t think I’d play the first game, but to be here now, I’m just so excited to be back with the guys. I think opening night is a really special night of the season so I’m really looking forward to it.” – Adam Kimmelman

Columbus blue jackets

Patrick LinThe status of the Blue Jackets’ opening game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday (7 p.m. ET; BSOH, BSSUN, ESPN+, SN NOW) is unknown.

“We’ll find out something later this afternoon,” coach Brad Larsen said after practice on Thursday.

Lane appeared to suffer an upper body injury in a season opener 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes when he got caught between a defensive man Britt Pesci and boards. He finished his game with 13:14 left in the second period. The coaching staff looked forward to the bench before going into the locker room and not coming back.

Lynn scored 11 seconds into the second minute to give Columbus a 1-0 lead. He did not train on Thursday, but was seen talking to staff on the bench.

Justin Danforth She replaced Laine in the top line Thursday with Johnny Goudro And the Bon Jenner.

“I think it’s a good opportunity,” Danforth said. “I played with these guys today and hopefully we can build some chemistry and get some connections.”

Goalkeeper Elvis Marslikins He trained and said he should be available Friday after not traveling to Carolina due to illness other than COVID-19. – Craig Mears

Buffalo Saber

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

The striker wore his regular training jersey Tuesday after he wore the contactless jersey on Monday. Okposo, who was named Sabers captain on Saturday, sustained an upper body injury in a pre-season match against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 4.

“Yes, it won’t be denied. It’s good,” coach Don Granato said. “He’s been acquitted. I’m relieved about that. I have more information than I was talking to him yesterday. It’s clear from the way he’s competing in practice, that he’s ready to go.” – Heather Engel

Pittsburgh penguins

Teddy Blogger He will not play the Penguins against the Arizona Coyote (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, BSAZ, ESPN+, SN NOW) due to an upper body injury.

The striker trained in a contactless jersey on Wednesday and Thursday after being the only player missing from Monday’s nightly training session. Blueger falls day in and day out after his injury at training camp on September 28.

“Teddy won’t be available tonight,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “He skated this morning. You guys may have seen that. His situation hasn’t changed. He’s still day in and day out. But he won’t be playing tonight.”

Blueger said it would be hard to describe what he’s been through as a direct setback.

“It was very frustrating,” Blogger said Wednesday. “Sometimes, that’s how it goes. You just have to stick with it and take it day in and day out. Take small improvements as they come up.”

Blueger first joined the Penguins for an optional morning skate game on Friday, when coach Mike Sullivan said they would like him to fully engage him in at least one practice before the season opener Thursday. He didn’t make any contact again on Sunday before he missed Monday’s latest practice.

Ryan Boehling He is expected to take Blueger’s place in the fourth line with the left winger Brooke McGinn And the right wing Josh Archibald. – Wes Crosby

Boston Bruins

Anton Strallmann They signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Bruins on Wednesday but he wasn’t available for the inaugural season, a 5-2 win at the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

“We’re trying to get things done faster on his visa,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said. “So, he’s ineligible until we get that… (I love) the way he thinks about the game, the way he makes decisions so quickly to get pucks off our end and the balance he has in the offensive blue line.”

The 36-year-old defender had 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 74 games for the Arizona Coyotes last season and signed a professional trial contract with Boston on September 24. Strallman was with the Bruins in Washington.

“I am happy with my camp, and I really appreciate that they loved what they saw,” he said.

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

“I know I’m at the end of my career, and as the year and the year went by, I was looking for a chance to go deeper and have a chance to win,” Strallman said. “I think this team has a lot of those components that you need. Very happy that it worked, and I’m excited.”

Boston opened the season without men in defense Matt Gerzelec (shoulder) and Charlie McAvoy (shoulder). Grzelcyk is back in training, but McAvoy is expected to be out until at least late November. – Harvey Valentine

New York Rangers

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

The forward was injured in the first period of their season-opening 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday when he hit the board before. Victor Hedman. He left the game and did not return.

Kravtsov did not ski Wednesday and will not play at the Minnesota Wild on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; BSN, BSWI, MSG, ESPN+, SN NOW) or the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. It will be re-evaluated next week.

straight ahead Sami Place (Upper body) Participate in practice on Wednesday in a contactless jersey.

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