NHL Buzz: Backstrom, Oshie skate with Capitals, ‘nonetheless no timetables’

Washington Capitals

Forward Nicklas Backstrom joined the Capitals for his or her morning skate Saturday for the primary time since having resurfacing surgical procedure on his left hip June 15. Backstrom, who wore a no-contact jersey, has been skating on his personal with ahead Tom Wilson (torn anterior cruciate ligament in left knee) for greater than three weeks.

“It was good,” coach Peter Laviolette mentioned. “It’s a part of the method the place they do lots of stuff behind this wall after which they do stuff that we do not essentially see on the ice and so they progress and progress and that is the subsequent development is to get out with our guys and begin to transfer a bit bit. Real constructive to see that.”

It is unknown when Backstrom might be able to apply with Washington. Wilson has but to skate with the Capitals.

Forward TJ Oshiewho will miss his eleventh straight recreation with a lower-body harm when the Capitals host the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday (7 pm ET; NBCSWA, ALT, ESPN+, SN NOW), additionally participated within the morning skate in a no-contact jersey and will apply with the group Sunday.

Defenseman Dmitry Orlov was a full participant within the morning skate however will miss his seventh straight recreation with a lower-body harm.

“Still no timetables, but it surely’s good to see them on the market competing and battling a bit bit,” Laviolette mentioned of Oshie and Orlov. —Tom Gullitti

Philadelphia Flyers

Travis Konecny will not play in opposition to the Montreal Canadiens (7 pm ET; CITY, SNE, TVAS, NBSCP, ESPN+, SN NOW) due to an upper-body harm, and the ahead has been despatched again to Philadelphia for additional analysis.

Konecny ​​left the Flyers’ 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday with 4:13 remaining within the second interval after a collision with the Bruins ahead David Pastrnak.

Konecny ​​had his seven-game level streak finish within the recreation, however leads Philadelphia with 19 factors (seven objectives, 12 assists) in 17 video games.

Philadelphia has misplaced 5 straight (0-4-1). — Adam Kimelman

Tampa Bay Lightning

Zach Bogosian might make his season debut Saturday in opposition to the Nashville Predators (8 p.m. ET; BSSO, BSSUN, ESPN+, SN NOW).

The defenseman has missed the Lightning’s first 17 video games whereas recovering from offseason shoulder surgical procedure.

Bogosian hasn’t performed since June 26, when the Lightning misplaced in six video games to the Colorado Avalanche within the Stanley Cup Final.

“I believe it’s going to simply be a piece in progress, attempting to get your timing down, velocity,” Bogosian mentioned. “Practice is one factor, however recreation velocity and recreation form and all that kind of stuff is totally totally different. So [I’m] seeking to combine myself again within the lineup and [I’m] often not a man that tiptoes into issues, so I’ll attempt to go headfirst into it. I’m trying ahead to getting again on the market at any time when that’s.”

Bogosian mentioned he’ll speak to Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper earlier than a remaining choice is made on his availability in opposition to Nashville.

“He’s a veteran presence,” Cooper mentioned. “He’s been with us, he is gained with us. He is aware of his method round this league. He’s massive, [has] dimension, can skate. It’s all the time these first video games, you have to get these out of the best way. But I do know he is excited and we’re, too, to have him again.” — John Glennon

Montreal Canadiens

Mike Matheson will make his Canadiens debut in opposition to the Philadelphia Flyers (7 pm ET; CITY, SNE, TVAS, NBCSP, ESPN+, SN NOW).

The 28-year-old defender missed the primary 17 video games this season with a strained stomach muscle.

“I believe I labored actually onerous with the trainers to get up to now,” Matheson mentioned. “I really feel 100% and I’m assured in my preparation to be prepared for tonight.”

The native of Pointe-Claire, Que., was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a commerce for a defenseman Jeff Petry and ahead Ryan Poehling on July 16.

“It’s going to be particular, even a bit unusual,” Matheson mentioned. “I’m excited to play for the group I watched rising up.”

Defenseman Jordan Harris might be a wholesome scratch and miss his first recreation of the season. Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis expects Harris and fellow rookie defensemen Arber Xhekaj and Johnathan Kovacevic to have a rotation for the ultimate pair.

“They will not be popping out of the lineup generally as a result of they’re taking part in poorly, it is simply the scenario we’re in proper now,” St. Louis mentioned. — Sean Farrell

Boston Bruins

Jeremy Swayman will make his first begin since Nov. 1 when the Bruins host the Chicago Blackhawks (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, NESN, NBCSCH, SN NOW). The 23-year-old goalie was activated off injured reserve Wednesday after recovering from a lower-body harm.

Swayman stopped all 4 photographs he confronted in 14:06 earlier than exiting early in Boston’s 6-5 win in opposition to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 1. He backed up Linus Ullmark in a 4-1 win in opposition to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday after returning to the energetic roster.

“We seek the advice of the coaching employees on a regular basis,” coach Jim Montgomery mentioned about splitting time between the 2 goalies. “One factor I gotta say is the communication right here … the communication at each degree is unimaginable, top-down. It’s a well-oiled machine.”

Swayman is 2-1-0 with a 3.45 goals-against common and .878 save proportion in 4 video games (three begins) this season. — Joseph Pohoryles

Vegas Golden Knights

Nicolas Roy is uncertain when the Golden Knights go to the Edmonton Oilers (10 pm ET; CBC, SN, CITY, ATTSN-RM, ESPN+).

The ahead sustained a lower-body harm within the third interval of Vegas’ 4-1 win in opposition to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. He had one help in 15:14 of ice time however didn’t play after the 8:58 mark of the third interval.

“I do not imagine he will journey,” Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned Friday. “I’ll know higher tomorrow if he’ll meet us. I’d put him uncertain definitely for Edmonton.”

After they play Saturday, the Golden Knights will go to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

Cassidy mentioned he had not determined if middle Jake Leschyshyn or ahead Michael Amadio would substitute Roy within the lineup.

Buffalo Sabres

Eric Comrie is predicted to be out for a number of weeks with a lower-body harm.

The Sabers goalie was injured Wednesday in opposition to the Ottawa Senators when the Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Dahlin knocked Ottawa ahead Mathieu Joseph into Comrie at 9:43 of the second interval. Comrie stayed within the recreation and allowed a objective 14 seconds later earlier than leaving at 13:08.

An MRI revealed a difficulty that can maintain Comrie out for an prolonged stretch.

The Sabers recalled Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from Rochester of the American Hockey League on Thursday. He was 6-3-0 with a 3.07 goals-against common and .898 save proportion in 9 AHL video games.

Luukkonen was 2-5-2 with a 2.74 GAA and .917 save proportion in 9 NHL video games final season.

“I speak so much about confidence, and that, for certain, helps,” Luukkonen mentioned. “I sort of get that feeling from these video games that I’ve been in a position to do it earlier than, play effectively at this degree. It’s time to indicate it once more. But ultimately, final 12 months it would not matter in the event you do not play effectively this 12 months. So, I believe it is vital to indicate up effectively once more.”

Jack Quinn practiced Friday, and the ahead might be again Saturday when the Sabers go to the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 pm ET; CBC, SNO, SNP, MSG-B, ESPN+). He’s missed two video games with an undisclosed harm.

Zemgus Girgensons didn’t apply and might be reevaluated Monday. The ahead left the sport in opposition to Ottawa late within the second interval with an unspecified harm.

Matthias Samuelsson is nearer to returning after collaborating in a full apply Friday. The defenseman, who has missed 12 video games with a lower-body harm, skated on a pair with Henry Jokiharjuhowever coach Don Granato mentioned Friday they will not rush him again.

“I believe he is bought to get his reps and be ok with and assured the place he is at,” Granato mentioned. — Heather Engel

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