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NHL training camp buzz: Day-to-day Zegras for Ducks

ByJanice K. Merrill

Oct 2, 2022

Welcome to the 2022-23 NHL training camp buzz. Training camp is underway for all 32 teams and NHL.com keeps you up to date with the latest news.

Anaheim Ducks

Trevor Zegras is day to day with an upper body injury.

Zegras was on the ice briefly for morning practice Sunday but did not play in a 2-1 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

He was injured in the second period of a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Sept. 28 when he was tagged by the Coyotes forward. Jan Jenik in the center of the ice. He briefly stayed on the ice before being helped into the locker room.

Jenik was not penalized for the game.

Zegras, 21, was second among NHL rookies with 61 points (23 goals, 38 assists) in 75 games last season.

The Ducks end the preseason with two more games against the Kings on Tuesday and Saturday. They open the regular season on October 12 against the Seattle Kraken at the Honda Center. –Dan Arritt

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning returned home Sunday and practiced at Amalie Arena after moving training camp to Nashville for several days due to Hurricane Ian.

Coach Jon Cooper said practice was the first day of the second half of camp. The list was reduced by nine players on Sunday with 29 remaining excluding the injured striker Antoine Cirelli and defender Zach Bogosyan.

“We have Nashville to thank for everything they’ve done, opening their doors to us so we can have a training camp there,” Cooper said. “Now it’s time to really focus. We’re back here. We were supposed to go to Napoli and now we’re not, for obvious reasons.”

The Lightning will hold the remaining practices at the TGH IcePlex in Brandon, Fla. They have two preseason games left, Thursday against the Florida Panthers and Saturday at home against the Panthers.

“We’re missing guys, we’ve got a ton of new guys and [to see] where everyone fits in…it takes games to do that,” Cooper said. “The lines [Sunday] probably won’t be the same as at the end of the week.”

Cooper said it was good to get back to playing hockey, but hard not to think about the areas of Florida that were damaged by Ian. The southwestern part of the state, about 75 miles south of Tampa, was hardest hit.

“It’s heartbreaking to see what’s happening just south of us, what could have happened to us, and what actually happened there,” Cooper said. “It’s always on everyone’s mind, but we have to find a way to focus on our job. We’re going to do everything we can on the ice to help everyone and off the ice as well. .” –Corey Long

Chicago Blackhawks

Boris Katchouk is out 4-6 weeks with a left ankle sprain.

The forward was injured in a 3-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Katchouk had one goal in 21 games with the Blackhawks last season.

Forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury; he scored three goals in 27 games for Chicago last season.

The Blackhawks will play their regular season opener Oct. 12 at the Colorado Avalanche.

Philadelphia Flyers

Carter Hart expects to play the first game of the season against the Devils.

The keeper suffered a lower-body injury on Sunday but skated and was cleared for non-contact practice on Friday.

Hart is not on the roster for the Flyers’ preseason game against the New York Islanders on Sunday. He didn’t play in a 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

“I’ll be ready,” Hart said. “Just more careful than anything, making sure I’m 100%. It’s been a long year. I think that’s kind of the case for everyone right now, making sure everyone everyone is in perfect health and ready to participate in the opening night.”

Hart missed the final nine games of last season with a lower-body injury sustained April 12.

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

“It’s been a long time since we’ve played a real hockey game, for me, so it would definitely be nice to have at least one game here.” –Adam Kimelman

Tweet from @NHLAdamK: The roster the Flyers will travel with to play the Islanders tonight. John Tortorella expected to be behind the bench for the first time. pic.twitter.com/TBEvfb6d7D

New Jersey Devils

Nico Hischier is questionable for the start of the regular season on October 13 at the Philadelphia Flyers due to a sprained hamstring.

“I really can’t answer [if Hischier will play the opener]”, Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “I would say ‘yes,’ but there’s no guarantee it’s possible. I think that’s something that we probably hope, on the whole, to see happen.

“He’s not limping. He’s very optimistic. I’m optimistic. I’m going to stay on my toes [his availability].”

The center was limited to 6:24 of ice time in a 2-1 preseason win over the Montreal Canadiens on Sept. 26 due to cramps and missed a 4-1 preseason win over the Islanders New York the next day and a 5-2 preseason win at the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Hischier set NHL career highs in goals (21), assists (39) and points (60) in 70 games last season. –Mike G. Morreale