Carter Hart resumed training with the Flyers on Saturday after the goalkeeper missed two days and a scrum on Thursday.
“I feel great,” Hart said on Saturday. “I’ve been taking things a little more carefully these past two days. I sped it up for the past two days. Feel really good right now. The plan is to be ready for Tuesday. ”
The Flyers face the Pittsburgh Penguins in an exhibition game at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, central Eastern Conference city, Tuesday (4 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSP +, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV) .
Philadelphia will face the Boston Bruins (August 2), Washington Capitals (August 6) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (August 8) in the Stanley Cup round robin game.
Hart left a scrum on July 21 earlier, but declined to comment on his problem.
“Even more precaution,” he said. “Take things with caution. Prevention is better than cure. ”
Hart stayed off the ice Wednesday but faced shots after a scrum on Thursday. The Flyers were gone on Friday.
“The reason we didn’t put him in training… is because it was a scrum and he hadn’t skated for two days,” coach Alain Vigneault said Thursday. “We thought it was smarter… to take him out on his own and let him take a good number of hits and see how he feels.” He’s out and he feels really good. ”
Hart was 24-13-3 with a 2.42 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and one shutout in 43 games (40 starts) before the NHL season ended on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. The 21-year-old was the youngest goalie in the league to play at least 20 games this season. – Adam Kimelman
Brett Pesce is part of the Hurricanes’ roster for the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the New York Rangers, but the defenseman will not travel with Carolina to Toronto on Sunday.
Pesce, still in rehabilitation after a shoulder operation he had undergone in early March, did not attend any training camp with the Hurricanes.
« [Pesce] will not fly with us. He’s not here yet. Not quite up to the task, ”said Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour. »We definitely put it on [the Qualifiers roster]. I hope we will see it at some point. If we are talking about Brett Pesce, things are going in the right direction. ”
Defender Dougie Hamilton and forward Martin Necas were unfit to practice on Saturday.
Hamilton hasn’t trained since Wednesday, when he left the ice early and visibly uncomfortable. He missed the last 21 games of the regular season while recovering from a fractured left fibula, an injury he sustained on Jan. 16. He was in good health at the start of training camp.
Brind’Amour said that Necas “did something” by skating on Saturday and that’s why he didn’t practice, and said he didn’t think it was serious.
The Hurricanes (38-25-5, .596 percentage points) will enter the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. They will face the No.11 seed Rangers (37-28-5, .564) in one of four best-of-five series in Toronto, the eastern central city. The first game will take place on August 1.
Carolina will face the Washington Capitals in an exhibition game at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday (4 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FS-CR). – Dan Rosen
Capitals of Washington
Ilya Samsonov will be out for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Playoffs due to an undisclosed injury.
The goaltender, injured before the opening of training camp, will not travel to Toronto for the playoffs and will remain in Washington for further treatment. He should be ready for the 2020-21 season.
As part of the NHL’s return-to-play plan, a team is not permitted to disclose information about a player’s injury or illness.
The Capitals open the round robin against the Lightning (Aug. 3), Flyers (Aug.6) and Bruins (Aug. 9) in Toronto. Washington has an exhibition game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday (4 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FS-CR, NHL.TV).
Flames de Calgary
Coach Geoff Ward said the Flames will continue to assess Cam Talbot and David Rittich before naming a starting goalie for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Calgary (36-27-7, .564 percentage points) will enter the playoffs as the number 8 seed in the Western Conference. They will face the ninth seed, the Winnipeg Jets, in one of four best-of-five series in Edmonton, the central western city. The first game will take place on August 1.
The Flames will have an exhibition game against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, NHL.TV), as their goaltending assessment is expected to continue.
“I think it’s important to see both guys under live ammunition and see where they’re at,” Ward said after a scrum on Friday. “An exhibition game against an NHL roster is going to be a little different from a scrum, so I think we want to give both guys a chance to stay in there and see where they’re at. ”
Calgary expects to bring four goalies to Edmonton: Talbot, Rittich, Jon Gillies and Artem Zagidulin.
“We were happy with the way the goalies played,” Ward said. “Our assessment process is ongoing. We will see going into this last exhibition match. I think we have the opportunity to play a few guys. I don’t think we will necessarily name a starting goalie to play in this game. We still have one game to play and we will continue to deal. ”
Rittich was 24-17-6 with a 2.97 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and two shutouts in 48 games this season. Talbot was 12-10-1 with a 2.63 GAA, .919 save percentage and two shutouts in 26 games (22 starts). – Aaron Vickers
Coach Rick Tocchet said the Coyotes would likely use Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta, in the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Nashville Predators.
“What’s going on, the way the format is and what’s been pitched to us, I think if you want to go all the way you need two keepers,” Tocchet told The Associated Press on Friday. “And they’re going to play, I think. ”
Kuemper and Raanta are in good health after every missed part of the season due to a lower body injury. Kuemper was 16-11-2 with a 2.22 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and two shutouts in 29 games. Raanta was 15-14-3 with a GAA of 2.63, save percentage of .921 and two shutouts in 33 games (32 starts).
The Coyotes (33-29-8, .529 percentage points), the No. 11 seed in the Western Conference, will face the Predators (35-26-8, .565), the No. 11 seed ° 6. The first game of the best-of-5 series will take place in Edmonton on August 2nd. Arizona has an exhibition game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; NHLN, FS-A +, NHL.TV).
With the first three games scheduled in four days, Tocchet said Arizona could have an advantage with Kuemper and Raanta rested and healthy.
“I’m not entirely sure you can just run a goalie to the end and win a Stanley Cup,” Tocchet said. “I’m not saying some goalkeepers can’t do it, but in this format it will be difficult. We’re lucky, as I said, to have that option and not to have that drop in a way. ” – John Kreiser
Aaron Ekblad missed a second straight practice Friday, but the defenseman is expected to be in the lineup when the Panthers face the New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“He will be ready to go [for real games]“Said coach Joel Quenneville.
Quenneville said Ekblad had been at the Panthers’ training facility the past few days but had not skated.
“We’ll see how he goes over the next few days,” Quenneville said.
The Panthers and Islanders play the first game of their best-of-5 series in Toronto on August 1. Florida have an exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday (12 p.m. ET; NHLN, FS-F, SUN, NHL.TV)).
With Ekblad lacking in practice, Mark Pysyk took his place on a pair of defenders with MacKenzie Weegar, although Quenneville has said Pysyk will play forward against the Islanders.
Aleksi Saarela, who had not skated on any of the first four lines of the camp, was part of the top line with center Alexandre Barkov and forward Evgenii Dadonov.
Ekblad has scored 41 points (five goals, 36 assists) in 67 games this season. – Alain Poupart