Training Camp Buzz: Crosby, Guentzel out for Penguins opener


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Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel will not play for the Penguins when they open the regular season against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS). 

Crosby was a full participant in practice Monday after joining the Penguins for a morning skate Saturday. The center is not expected to play at least the first two games of the regular season after having wrist surgery Sept. 8, coach Mike Sullivan said. 

Guentzel, usually the first-line left wing, returned to practice Monday after being removed from the NHL COVID-19 protocol. He had been absent since being placed in protocol before a preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 3. 

Sullivan said Guentzel and forward Zach Aston-Reese, who was removed from the COVID protocol Saturday, would not play Tuesday.  

“From there, we’ll see how Zach and Jake progress coming off the COVID protocol stuff,” Sullivan said. 

Pittsburgh is also without second-line center Evgeni Malkin, who is expected to be out at least the first two months of the regular season after having knee surgery June 4. 

Crosby and Guentzel did not take line rushes Monday. Jeff Carter was in Crosby’s spot at first-line center with Danton Heinen at left wing. 

“We’ve still got an amazing group,” forward Kasperi Kapanen said. “It’s going to be a tough start, but I think our group’s up for it.” — Wes Crosby


Toronto Maple Leafs

Ilya Mikheyev is expected to be out eight weeks because of a broken thumb that will require surgery. 

The 27-year-old forward left in the first period of a 4-1 preseason victory Saturday against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday and did not return for the second. He was replaced by Michael Bunting on the wing with John Tavares and William Nylander.

The Maple Leafs also announced Monday that center Auston Matthews will be out for at the least the first three games of the season. Matthews had wrist surgery on Aug. 13. 

The Maple Leafs host the Montreal Canadiens in their season opener Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). — Mike Zeisberger 


New York Rangers

Ryan Reaves could be ready for the season opener at the Washington Capitals on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TNT). 

The forward practiced wearing a red, no-contact jersey Monday, five days after leaving a 6-2 preseason win against the New Jersey Devils with a lower-body injury. 

“Obviously him being out there and skating the full practice like he did, I would expect it, but it’s still day to day, so we want to see how he gets along after today,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “But I feel real good about the way he skated.”

Forwards Ryan Strome and Kevin Rooney each practiced in a regular jersey. Strome was injured after colliding with New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield in a preseason game Oct. 9. Rooney left with an apparent injury in the third following an altercation with Islanders forward Ross Johnston.

“No issues today,” Gallant said. “Unless the trainers tell me something different, we’ll just go on like they’re ready to play.”

Strome was one of six Rangers named an alternate captain with forwards Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Artemi Panarin and Barclay Goodrow, and defenseman Jacob Trouba. General manager Chris Drury said before training camp that the expectation was to name the 28th captain in Rangers history and first since Ryan McDonagh was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 26, 2018.

Gallant said he had subsequent discussions with Drury, the coaching staff and the players, and all agreed to start the season without a captain.  

“That’s what I feel very comfortable with our group,” Gallant said. “They’re all good leaders and I just feel very strongly with this group and me being with them for only a month that we’re taking the best direction and that’s going to help our team the most.” — Jon Lane 


Detroit Red Wings

Bobby Ryan was released from his professional tryout (PTO) with the Red Wings on Monday.

The 34-year-old forward scored four points (two goals, two assists) in six preseason games. 

Ryan scored 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 33 games with the Red Wings last season.

Detroit opens the season at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; BSSUN, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

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