News: Derek Stepan (foot) is not expected to play in Monday's pre-season game against the Devils, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports. Analysis: Derek Stepan bruised his foot blocking a shot during practice Sunday. He'll probably miss Monday's pre-season game, but the injury shouldn't affect his status for the regular season.
News: Lars Eller (lower body) is on the training camp injured list, Renaud Lavoie of Journal de Montreal reports. Analysis: Lars Eller didn't skate Monday for the second straight day after being hit by teammate Alexei Emelin during Saturday's scrimmage. Eller signed a four-year, $14 million deal to remain with the Canadiens over the summer, and is expected to start the season as the team's third line center.
News: Tim Erixon left Sunday's exhibition game against the Hurricanes in the third period after blocking a shot, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Jackets' assistant coach Craig Hartsburg, who was behind the bench for the split-squad game, thinks the injury is just a minor leg bruise, so Tim Erixon shouldn't miss much time. Unless the injury proves to be serious, he'll still likely to break camp as the club's seventh defenseman.
News: Boone Jenner scored a goal and an assist with a plus-2 ratings as the Blue Jackets downed the Blues 4-3 on Sunday. Analysis: He also won four of six faceoffs, and looked more than capable of anchoring one of the Jackets' top lines. If Boone Jenner sticks at center this season, he could end up being the biggest winner of the club's current contract impasse with Ryan Johansen.
News: Bobby Ryan will sit out Monday's pre-season games for precautionary reasons, the Ottawa Sun reports. Analysis: Bobby Ryan collided with linemate Kyle Turris during the second period of a team scrimmage Sunday, and did not return to the ice. He was able to skate Monday morning, but will sit out the Sens pre-season games as a precaution. Team doctors want to make sure he doesn't experience any delayed concussion symptoms, so they're just playing it safe with the star winger for now. Ryan isn't expected to miss any significant time at this point.
News: Mark Visentin suffered a lower body injury during Sunday's training camp scrimmage. Analysis: Mark Visentin was helped off of the ice, so it's possible the injury is something fairly serious, but it's too early to tell, as the report did not provide definitive details. Another update should be forthcoming once Visentin is evaluated by the team's medical staff.
News: Nathan Lieuwen will start and possibly play the whole game in their preseason opener Sunday against Washington. Analysis: The Sabres are dressing their two AHL goalies with Nathan Lieuwen and Andrey Makarov. Lieuwen, a sixth-round pick, usurped the starting job from Matt Hackett in Rochester last year until a concussion shut Lieuwen down for the season, paving the way for Makarov to finish as Rochester's starter in the playoffs. Lieuwen finished his AHL season with a .922 save percentage and 17 wins in 32 appearances. Interesting to hear that head coach Ted Nolan will likely play Lieuwen the whole game, sending the message loud and clear that each goalie will get a fair shot and a fair look. It's open season in the organization right now as Lieuwen and Makarov vie for the starting job in Rochester while Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth battle for the big league gig.
News: Jon Merrill (head) will not play Monday against the Rangers in the Devils' preseason opener after suffering a slight head injury Saturday. Analysis: Jon Merrill collided with Ruslan Fedotenko on Saturday and appeared woozy. He will not play Monday simply as a precaution and will likely be limited in the coming week.
News: Cory Schneider will not play in Monday's preseason opener against the Rangers. Analysis: Schenider's job as New Jersey's No. 1 netminder is massively secure, but the team needs to figure out who will be their backup netminder this season. That contest is between Scott Wedgewood, Keith Kinkaid and Maxime Clermont, two of whom will begin the season in the AHL. Schenider had some of the best peripheral statistics among NHL starting goaltenders last season despite just 16 wins in 45 games. He's a safe option after the netminders who will pile up wins are snagged.
News: Mike Cammalleri has been playing left wing on the team's top line alongside Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr, the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti reports. Analysis: Mike Cammalleri will be expected to challenge the 30-goal plateau and could have a decent shot if he is able to develop chemistry with Zajac and Jagr. The veteran sniper can also play center, but the Devils are starting him off on the wing where he will be expected to shoot often. Cammalleri had 26 goals in 63 games last year for Calgary, a season that saw him battle various nagging injuries.