NHL Buzz: Voracek, Lindblom practice for Flyers after COVID-19 absence

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Philadelphia Flyers

Jakub Voracek, Oskar Lindblom and Scott Laughton practiced Friday for the first time since each of the forwards was placed on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list.

Voracek was removed from the protocol list Thursday; he had been on it since Feb. 11. Laughton and Lindblom have been on the protocol list since Feb. 12.

Forward Travis Konecny remains on the protocol list.

Philadelphia starts a two-game set at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNE, SNO, SNP, MSG-B, NBCSP, NHL.TV).

 

Pittsburgh Penguins

Jason Zucker will be out “longer-term” with a lower-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan said Thursday.

The forward was helped off the ice after crashing into the boards in front of the Pittsburgh bench 10:03 into the third period of a 3-2 overtime win against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

“Obviously he was frustrated with the injury and it was just kind of an unfortunate circumstance how he went into the boards,” Sullivan said. “… He’s a good pro, he understands the game and regardless of what kind of news we get, we know he’s going to work his tail off to get back as soon as he can.”

Zucker has seven points (four goals, three assists) in 17 games this season.

The Penguins next play at the New York Islanders on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV).

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