NHL Buzz: McAvoy could make his season debut for the Bruins on Thursday

NHL Buzz: McAvoy could make his season debut for the Bruins on Thursday

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Boston Bruins

Charlie McAvoy He will be playing within the week and the Bruins could be back as soon as Thursday against Calgary Flames, head coach Jim Montgomery said.

The defender led the post-practice period at Warrior Ice Arena on Wednesday and received hugs afterward, just as the forward Brad Marchand It was the day before he returned from his injury to play his first game of the season, on October 27.

However, neither McAvoy nor Montgomery has confirmed whether he will play against the Flames (7 p.m. ET; SN360, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, NESN, ESPN+, SN NOW).

“McAvoy checks a lot of boxes,” Montgomery said. “He’s getting close. He’ll be playing in a week, I think. I won’t confirm or deny [if he will play Thursday] Because there are boxes left to be checked.”

McAvoy has not played this season after undergoing arthroscopic left shoulder fixation on June 3. He was expected to miss six months, making his return weeks ahead of schedule.

“I’m fine,” McAvoy said. “We just keep stacking these boxes. We feel good about where we are and go one day at a time. … As far as checkmarks and things like that are concerned, just say we feel really good about where we are. We get excited.”

Boston on Wednesday put defenders Mike Riley on waivers with the intent of ceding him to Providence from the American Hockey League, indicating that McAvoy’s return is close. – Amali Benjamin, Staff Writer

Carolina Hurricanes

Frederic Andersen He has an undisclosed injury and will not wear clothes against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday.

You are Ranta will start and Peter Kochetkovwho was called up by Chicago from the American Hockey League on Tuesday, will be the reserve.

Andersen left training early on Tuesday and did not return. Hurricanes coach Rod Brende Amour did not provide an update after skiing over the Carolinas on Wednesday morning.

Andersen is 5-3-0 with 2.72 goals-to-average and 891 save percentages in eight games. He made 18 saves in a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.

Anderson suffered a MCL rupture last season on April 16 and missed the remainder of the season, including the Stanley Cup playoffs, when the Hurricanes lost to the New York Rangers in seven games in the second round of the Eastern Conference.

Raanta is 3-0-1 in four games this season with a 2.42 GAA and 0.905 savings percentage. Kochickov was 3-0 with a 2.42 GAA and 0.902 in three games last season. – Kurt Dusterberg

Philadelphia Flyers

Carter Hart He trained on Wednesday and could play against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; BSOH, NBCSP, ESPN+, SN NOW).

The goalkeeper missed the 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday due to illness. Felix Sandstrom He replaced him and made 27 balls in his first win in the National Hockey League.

“I feel a little better,” Hart said. “I feel a lot better than I did yesterday, that’s for sure.”

Hart 6-0-2 in eight games. His 0.946 save ratio ranked him second in the NHL and his 1.97 goal-for-average is third among goalkeepers who have played at least five games.

Coach John Tortorella said he wasn’t sure if Hart would travel with the Flyers, but Philadelphia sent the goalkeeper. samuel erson, who was called up from Lehigh Valley for the American Hockey League on Tuesday, returned to the AHL. defenseman Igor Zamulla He was called up from the AHL after he was dispatched on Tuesday. – Adam Kimmelman

Florida Panthers

Aaron Ekblad The Panthers are expected to return against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

The defender, who was put into injured reserve with a lower-body injury on October 19, will miss his 11th game in a row against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.

He left Eckblad in the second period of a 5-3 loss at the Boston Bruins on October 17. He has one goal in three games this season and 292 points (98 goals, 194 assists) in 557 regular season games since picking the Panthers. him with the #1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Matt Murray He was fully involved in practice on Wednesday for the first time since sustaining an adductor injury on October 15.

“It felt really good,” Murray said. “It was exciting to be back on the ice in a real training scenario, so it was so much fun.”

Murray has not said when he expects to return to the squad.

“I think now it’s kind of an everyday thing, look how I feel, I keep testing it and taking things day in and day out,” said the goalkeeper. “It’s definitely getting better every day.”

Murray allowed four goals on 23 shots in his only start of the season, losing 4-3 to the Montreal Canadiens on October 12. Toronto will train on Thursday before playing back-to-back games on Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins and on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Vancouver Canucks, all at home.

“In a lot of cases at least in my mind about how to start this thing, maybe it’s a little ahead of the schedule but I know because it’s progressed so fast at first, this weekend was kind of a couple of weeks ago,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. They are targeting as a target to work on as long as he keeps progressing well.” “We are on the right track here but we just have to make sure that we are smart about it and that Matt feels comfortable not so much from a physical point of view but also in terms of stopping the puck and being comfortable to play in a game that I prepare. After being absent for a long time.”

Goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov He is week to week after sustaining a knee injury in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins at the end of the second half after a rescue attempt. Brad MarchandThe penalty kick goal at 4:59 of the second half.

Samsonov 6-2-0 with 2.23 goals-to-average and 0.921 saves percentage in eight games.

Eric Calgren He started in goal against Vegas, allowing three goals from 17 shots, and Keith Petrozzelli Backup was. – Dave McCarthy

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