NHL Buzz: Malkin skates ahead of Penguins’ practice
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Evgeni malkin skated for the first time this season on Monday.
The center wore a tracksuit on the ice about an hour before the Penguins’ practice. He is expected to be out for at least two months of the season after undergoing knee surgery on June 4.
âEvery time a player comes back on the ice I think it’s important,â said coach Mike Sullivan. âObviously he was wearing a tracksuit earlier today. It was his first step. He’s been working extremely hard off the ice, going through the rehabilitation process, but it’s definitely a milestone for him. “
Pittsburgh will be without a frontline center Sidney crosby and right wing Bryan Rust vs. the Dallas Stars at PPG Paints Arena Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, BSSW, ESPN +, NHL LIVE).
Crosby will miss his fourth straight game after undergoing wrist surgery on September 8. He did not train on Monday.
Rust is week-to-week with a lower-body injury sustained in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday. He didn’t play in a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.
Jeff Carter is currently in Crosby’s place on the front line with Danton Heinen replacing Rust on the right wing. Jake guentzel remains front row left winger.
Defender Mike Matheson resumed training on Monday and could play on Tuesday after missing the first three games with a lower body injury. Defender Mark Friedman suffered a lower body injury in practice which Sullivan said shouldn’t be significant. – Wes Crosby
Brock Boeser is set to make his season debut for the Canucks against the Buffalo Sabers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, MSG-B, ESPN +, NHL LIVE).
The forward has not played this season due to an undisclosed injury. He led Vancouver in goals (23) and points (49) in 56 games last season.
âHe’s had a good training,â said coach Travis Green on Monday. “I’m not sure how he feels after that. We’ll talk to the coaches, but I hope he’ll be there tomorrow.”
Boeser, who said the injury persisted during training camp, trained on a line with Elias Pettersson and Alex Chiasson.
âJust take it all one day at a time,â Boeser said. “The first step today was to finish training and I felt like I had a pretty good training session today, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”
Defender Travis Hamonic was placed on temporary leave due to a personal matter.
âWe have to care about the guys who are here and coach the guys who are here,â Green said. “But there’s the human side too, and we miss ‘Hammer’, we want him to come back and play, but we also want to make sure he’s okay.” –Kevin Woodley
Mike Hoffmann is scheduled to make his Habs debut against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN2, NBCSCA, ESPN +, NHL LIVE).
âThe training was good today, good to be back with the guys, go for it,â Hoffman said on Monday. “The body is feeling great and I think I should be good to go if the coach says so.”
The forward, who signed a three-year contract, was injured in the offseason before arriving in Montreal and did not attend training camp.
Hoffman skated on the third line with Adam brooks and Brendan Gallagher; Brooks took center stage Jake evans, who had a day of therapy.
“He’s a team guy and I think he proved it too,” said coach Dominique Ducharme. “Like if you go back to Ottawa, they went to the conference finals (2017) and he was playing with [Jean-Gabriel] Pageau and often against the best line on the other side. He is therefore able to play. He’s a hockey player, he can play 5 against 5, and he’s definitely going to help us on the power play. ” – Sean Farrell
Blake wheeler was placed in the NHL COVID-19 protocol on Monday.
The forward has collected an assist in two games this season.
The Jets will play at the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; BSN, BSWI, TSN3, ESPN +, NHL LIVE).
New York Rangers
Kaapo Kakko was placed on the injured list on Sunday with an upper body injury.
Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said he expects the forward to miss at least the remainder of his four-game road trip that continued against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. They will visit the Nashville Predators on Thursday and the Ottawa Senators on Saturday to conclude the trip.
The Rangers will be home for two games next week, hosting the Calgary Flames on October 25 and the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 29.
Kakko played 6:16 before the end of his last shift with 36 seconds left in the first period of a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. He was hit by the Canadiens defenseman Alexander Romanov at 13:49 from the first and hit Romanov seven seconds later.
Cheeky Ryan strome (NHL COVID-19 protocol) remains excluded.