NHL News: Player News and Updates for 9/24/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 24, 2014
Now that the exhibition games are off and running, it really feels like the 2014-15 NHL season is just around the corner. We’ve got plenty of hot topics to visit with this morning, so let’s keep it going by checking out some of the notable players and headlines out there right now. Here’s the latest.
Wild winger Justin Fontaine sat out practice yesterday due to a groin injury--the same ailment that caused him to miss the team’s preseason opener on Monday. That said, there seems to be some optimism regarding his condition--he shouldn’t be out too much longer.
In a related situation, center Kyle Brodziak didn’t practice yesterday, either. He’s got a back injury and is questionable for tomorrow’s matchup against the Penguins.
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Speaking of the Penguins, let’s check in on a couple of their players. Sidney Crosby was able to skate once again yesterday, which seems to suggest that he’s healthy and good to go for the season.
Left winger Chris Kunitz was able to practice yesterday as well, which should alleviate some of the fears fans had after he sat out Monday’s preseason opener.
On the “bad news” side, center Evgeni Malkin didn’t practice yesterday due to an undisclosed injury. He suffered the ailment before camp started, and according to reports the team is simply easing him along. There’s no major concern here just yet, but we’re sure the Pens would like to get him on the ice at some point before the season starts.
It’s looking like Pavel Datsyuk will be off the ice for at least a week, following a shoulder injury that he sustained against Pittsburgh. He was scheduled for an MRI yesterday.
Sources close to the team are reporting Bruins winger Brad Marchand as looking very sharp during camp so far. He reportedly focused in on his conditioning this off-season, and it’s already paying off with his speed, strength and quickness.
Marchand is coming off a 53-point season last year, and the early money is on him surpassing those totals in 2014-15.
NHL Daily Schedule: The league action will be picking back up again on Wednesday, October 8. Let’s check out the schedule for that evening and see what we can expect on opening.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:30 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins
10:00 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames
San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings
NHL Off-Season Schedule: Let’s keep our hockey fix going with a look at the remaining 2014 off-season calendar. There’s been quite a bit of action keeping us occupied so far, and we’ve still got more to look forward to.
Mid-September: Training camps begin
October 8: First games of the 2014-15 NHL season
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