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: Erik Haula, who suffered a broken jaw at the World Championships in Belarus in May, is back to full strength at the start of training camp, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Analysis: Erik Haula looks set to center the Wild's third line. Huala had a strong showing in the playoffs with four goals and seven points in 11 games and looks set to build on that performance with a set job in the NHL this season.
News: Andre Burakovsky scored the only goal in the Capitals' 1-0 over Buffalo on Sunday night. Analysis: Andre Burakovsky scored a nice wrist shot from the face-off circle, and continued to build on his impressive offseason. While Burakovsky is likely destined for AHL Hershey for the balance of the season, the 19-year-old Swede has impressed his coaches throughout the summer. With the leg injury to Tom Wilson and Burakovsky's emerging skills as a potential scoring line center, Burakovsky might be able to secure a roster spot if he keeps this level of play throughout preseason. Keep an eye on him, as Burakovsky has some burgeoning sleeper potential in single-season leagues, and is a must own in keeper leagues.
News: Joel Ward had an assist and two PIM's in 17:25 of ice time during the Capitals' 1-0 win over Buffalo on Sunday. Analysis: Joel Ward played with Jason Chimera and rookie Andre Burakovsky at even-strength. Like Chimera, Ward had a banner year last season. Although the two have great chemistry, it wouldn't be surprising to see his production regress some this season. Keep an eye on him, but he's probably only worth drafting in deeper leagues.
News: Jason Chimera assisted on the only goal of the Capitals' 1-0 victory over Buffalo. Analysis: Jason Chimera played on a line with Joel Ward and rookie Andre Burakovsky during even-strength shifts. Although he has great chemistry with Ward, Chimera's career-high production last season is likely an anomaly at this stage in his career. He's worth keeping an eye on, but don't be surprised if his production declines this season.
News: Milan Lucic (wrist) did not play in Sunday's scrimmage, the Bruins' official site reports. Analysis: Milan Lucic is playing is safe following offseason wrist surgery and while he is able to practice, he hasn't been cleared yet for games just yet.
News: Chad LaRose, who signed an AHL contract in July, is recovering from a quadriceps injury, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: Chad LaRose missed all of last season and nearly left the game for good, but is attempting to make a comeback this year with the Charlotte Checkers. He originally suffered the injury roughly eight weeks ago in training, but returned to the ice this week skating with Canes assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour. He hopes to be ready for when the Checkers' training camp opens later this month.
News: Ryan Murray (knee) was able to skate in practice Sunday, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Ryan Murray skated as part of the non-contact group, but this is still good news for his recovery. It appears that he is progressing well, and should be ready well before the regular season.
News: P.A. Parenteau scored a goal in Sunday's intra-squad scrimmage Sunday, Hockey Inside Out reports. Analysis: It was the second straight scrimmage that P.A. Parenteau has found the net; he scored twice Saturday. Head coach Michel Therrien has not indicated where he sees a best fit for Parenteau, but the right winger appears headed for a top-6 role.