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


Washington Capitals

Forward T.J. Oshie (higher physique) and defenseman Dmitry Orlov (decrease physique) are constructive about being in a position to play in the Capitals regular-season opener towards the Boston Bruins on Wednesday after training Sunday. Each didn’t play in Washington’s preseason finale towards the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday after being injured towards the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

“That night, it was a little scary,” mentioned Oshie, who used to be injured when he used to be checked into the forums by means of Red Wings ahead Joe Veleno. “We didn’t know how it was going to feel in the morning and woke up in the morning and it felt a lot better than we expected. I still got to go through all the steps with (athletic trainer Jason Serbus), so I’m not going insert myself anywhere, but I felt really good today.”

Orlov mentioned he tweaked one thing towards the Red Wings and felt stiff the following day, so the Capitals held him off form for two days.

“Right now, I feel good,” Orlov mentioned. “It feels normal almost and I’ve got a couple more days to feel more ready and get prepared for the first big game of the season.” — Tom Gulitti


Boston Bruins

Forwards Nick Foligno and Chris Wagner and defenseman Mike Reilly had been put on waivers Sunday.

Foligno had 13 issues (two objectives, 11 assists) in 64 regular-season video games and one help in seven Stanley Cup Playoff video games with the Bruins closing season. A fifteen-year NHL veteran, he has 499 issues (205 objectives, 295 issues) in 1,021 regular-season video games and 24 issues (9 objectives, 15 assists) in 62 postseason video games with the Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Bruins. A former captain of the Blue Jackets, he signed a two-year, $7.6 million contract (moderate annual worth $3.8 million) with Boston on July 28, 2021.

Reilly had 17 issues (4 objectives, 13 assists) in 70 regular-season video games and performed in 5 playoff video games with the Bruins closing season. Acquired from the Ottawa Senators on April 11, 2021, he signed a three-year contract with Boston on July 27, 2021.

Wagner performed in one regular-season recreation and 3 playoff video games with Boston closing season and had 5 issues (two objectives, 3 assists) in 41 video games with Providence of the American Hockey League. The 31-year-old has performed 359 NHL video games with Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders and Bruins and can also be an unrestricted unfastened agent on the finish of this season.


Philadelphia Flyers

Sean Couturier is not going to play in the season opener towards the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

The middle has been regarded as week to week as a result of an upper-body harm sustained ahead of coaching camp began.

“I haven’t talked to the trainers, I’m not exactly sure where they’re at with that,” trainer John Tortorella mentioned Sunday. “It’s certainly not going to be opening night. What it comes down to in days or weeks, I’m not sure.”

Couturier skated on his personal for about 40 mins. He’s been skating for the reason that finish of closing week, however mentioned Sunday used to be the primary time he used to be allowed to shoot pucks and stick-handle.

“Just getting better and better every day,” he mentioned. “Back on the ice so that’s a step in the right direction. … We’re going gradually, every day doing a little more and see how it responds every day and how it goes.

“Really daily. They’re more or less comparing me on a daily basis, see how I’m going, see how I growth. The objective is truly to be one hundred pc after I come again and now not must maintain the rest all 12 months.”

Couturier didn’t play last season after Dec. 18, and had season-ending back surgery Feb. 11. He said he had been fully cleared for training camp the first week of September. — Adam Kimelman


Toronto Maple Leafs

John Tavares, who sustained an oblique injury in a 4-1 preseason win against the Ottawa Senators on Sept. 24, took part in practice on Saturday with the Maple Leafs non-game group.

The injury was expected to keep the center out a minimum of three weeks, meaning he could miss the regular-season opener against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

“I would like to be in a position to head for Wednesday, however it’s important to take a look at the massive image, 4 video games in six nights and we’ve an 82-game grind,” Tavares said. “Continue to hit my checkpoints daily, get the comments and we will assess on a daily basis the place I’m at.”

Jake Muzzin and Pierre Engvall each made his preseason debut against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Muzzin played 17:31 and Engvall 14:49 in the 5-1 win. Neither had a point.

Muzzin, a defenseman, has been managing back discomfort during training camp. He returned to full practice on Sept. 29 after missing the first week of training camp. He is expected to skate on a pairing with Justin Holl.

Engvall, a forward, has been recovering from a foot injury sustained in the offseason. He expected to play left wing on a line with center Alexander Kerfoot and right wing Calle Jarnkrok. — Dave McCarthy


St. Louis Blues

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

The forward did not play in a 7-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday after missing time with an illness earlier in the week.

Forward Ivan Barbashev, who had been dealing with a lower-body injury, was also in the lineup and scored two goals. Forward Logan Brown, who has an upper-body injury, did not play. — Lou Korac


Vancouver Canucks

Brock Boeser practiced Sunday for the first time since surgery on his hand Sept. 26 and the forward could return for the season opener Wednesday at the Edmonton Oilers.

Boeser was originally expected to miss 3-4 weeks and 3-7 games but resumed skating and stickhandling within a week of surgery and was shooting during practice Sunday while wearing a non-contact jersey.

“He used to be glad to be in the market. His legs are tremendous,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We simply were given to get the remainder of his physique in a position and with a bit of luck he’ll get permission to play on Wednesday.”

Boeser, who opened training camp on right wing of a top line with center J.T. Miller and Tanner Pearson, had 46 points (23 goals, 23 assists) in 71 games last season. The 25-year-old skated primarily on a fourth line with left wing Dakota Joshua and middle Nils Aman on Sunday.

Forward Conor Garland, who left in the second period of a 4-0 preseason win against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday with an undisclosed injury, did not practice Sunday. Neither did top defenseman Quinn Hughes, who did not play against the Coyotes, but Boudreau said both were having maintenance days.

“They’ll each be at the ice [Monday],” Boudreau mentioned. — Kevin Woodley

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