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Caleb Jones is expected to be out approximately six weeks for the Blackhawks because of a left wrist strain.
The defenseman was acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on July 12 with a conditional pick in the 2022 NHL Draft for defenseman Duncan Keith and forward prospect Tim Soderlund. Jones scored two points (one goal, one assist) in three preseason games.
Chicago opens the regular season at the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 13.
Rasmus Dahlin and Victor Olofsson did not practice with the Sabres on Friday for the second straight day.
Dahlin, a defenseman, and Olofsson, a forward, each had a maintenance day because of a soft tissue injury. They will not play in Buffalo’s preseason finale against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
Forward JJ Peterka is day to day with a lower-body injury.
The Sabres open the regular season against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 14.
Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson each made his preseason debut for the Canucks on Thursday after signing a contract on Sunday.
Hughes, a 21-year-old defenseman, received a six-year, $47.1 million contract (average annual value $7.85 million). Pettersson, a 22-year-old center, got a three-year, $22 million contract (average annual value $7.35 million). Each was a restricted free agent.
Hughes had a goal and an assist, and Pettersson had an assist in a 3-2 loss at the Edmonton Oilers.
“I felt pretty good, to be honest,” Hughes said. “A little jitters at the start, just because we haven’t played in a while and it’s exciting to go out there and play in front of fans too, but I felt that I went into the game nicely, did what I need to do, got my feet going, made some plays. … Last season we had no preseason games, so I think I’m ahead of schedule almost right now.”
Pettersson did not play after March 2 last season because of a wrist injury.
“Obviously missing ‘Petey’ last year was huge,” Hughes said. “He’s one of the most dangerous guys in the League.”
The Canucks open the regular season at the Oilers on Oct. 13. — Kevin Woodley