News: Gregory Campbell
(core) has yet to skate during main camp.
Analysis: Gregory Campbell
has been limited since the beginning of camp and is still hampered by the injury as the preseason begins. His condition is improving on a daily basis, but the Bruins have not provided much in the way of an estimated return date. The hope is that Campbell can get back on the ice within the next two weeks before the start of the regular season.
Pens' Malkin (Undisclosed) Not Practicing Tuesday
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News: Evgeni Malkin
(undisclosed) did not practice Tuesday, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review reports.
The Penguins continue to bring Evgeni Malkin
along slowly as he recovers from an undisclosed injury suffered prior to training camp. He did not play in Monday's preseason opener, and it remains to be seen when he'll return to the ice. Pittsburgh certainly won't rush its star back, but the hope is that he'll be able to see some exhibition action prior to the regular season opener October 9 against the Ducks. At this point, there is no concern that the injury will sideline Malkin long-term.
News: Sidney Crosby
was on the ice for Tuesday's practice, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Sidney Crosby
also skated Monday, and his presence Tuesday offers further credence to the notion that he's fully healthy.
Wings' Datsyuk (Shoulder) Will Undergo MRI
, C, DET
News: Pavel Datsyuk
(shoulder) will undergo an MRI but said he expects to miss at least a week, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Pavel Datsyuk
suffered a shoulder injury during Monday's preseason opener against Pittsburgh, in which he recorded a goal and an assist. The 36-year-old is yet to undergo an MRI but indicated that he likely won't skate for at least a week. More will be known following the MRI, but for now it appears as though he'll miss a good chunk of the preseason.
Wild's Brodziak (Back) Not Practicing Tuesday
, C, MIN
News: Kyle Brodziak
(back) is not practicing Tuesday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Kyle Brodziak
continues to recover from a back ailment that's kept him out of action for the past three days. He missed the team's preseason opener against the Jets on Monday and his status is up in the air for Thursday's contest against Pittsburgh.
Wings' Helm Breaks Nose Monday
, C, DET
News: Darren Helm
took a stick to the face and suffered a broken nose in Monday's preseason tilt, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Darren Helm
isn't expected to miss any regular season time, but this is just another setback for the oft-injured winger. Hopefully this will not affect his game heading into the season.
Kings' Stoll May See Limited Action In Preseason
, C, LA
News: Jarret Stoll
(hip) may only play in one preseason game due to his recovery from hip surgery on June 24, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The veteran Jarret Stoll
doesn't figure to need much preseason game action in order to get ready for the regular season. He's been a full participant in training camp thus far, but may not be up to game speed until the final week of camp.
Flames' Backlund More Injured Than Thought
, C, CGY
News: Mikael Backlund
's abdominal strain is worse than originally thought, Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald reports.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund
was originally expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, but head coach Bob Hartley stated Monday that he's worried about Backlund's status. The team hasn't given any sort of timetable for the center's return, so keep an eye out for an update in the next few days.
Healthy Bolland Set To Man Third Line For Florida
, C, FLA
News: Dave Bolland
(ankle) is expected to center the Panthers' third line this season, Harvey Fialkow of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
The five-year, $27.5 million contract the Panthers gave Dave Bolland
in the offseason seems like a steep overpay for a third-liner, especially for a player coming off a significant ankle injury. The Panthers have more talent on the wing than most believe, but the move from Toronto to South Florida likely won't dramatically jumpstart his production. That being said, he has shown the capability of producing around 40 points in the past, so a decent buy-low window could exist for him late in deep-league drafts.
Devils' Zajac To Center Jagr, Cammalleri
, C, NJ
News: Travis Zajac
is slated to serve as the Devils' No. 1 center this season, with Michael Cammalleri and Jaromir Jagr flanking him on either side, NHL.com reports.
Both Travis Zajac
and Jagr showed excellent continuity in their first season together, but unreliable offense on the left side too often forced the Devils to rely on the defense to win games. While Cammalleri represents an upgrade over the options the Devils trotted out at left wing, his presence is unlikely to vault Zajac much higher than the 50-point level. Zajac is a useful two-way player for the Devils, but lacks the offensive creativity of most No. 1 centers, making him comparably weaker to his peers in most fantasy categories. Still, he'll probably average around 20 minutes of ice time and compile around 15 to 20 goals and 30 assists, giving him some value as a depth forward in certain leagues.