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Scott Hartnell resumes practice, could play Thursday after meeting cardiologist

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Between the second and third periods of an exhibition against the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers Scott Hartnell dealt with “a very scary situation.” Hartnell noticed a twitch in his right arm, a sign that he might have been dealing with an elevated heart rate. That condition took an alarming amount of time to subside, prompting the Flyers to hold Hartnell out of the final frame of that game on Friday.

Although Hartnell underwent initial tests that came up negative, the Flyers were concerned enough to send him to a cardiologist on Tuesday. (Hartnell deflected questions about his heart rate, describing his layoff as a “maintenance day” utilized to shake off soreness.)

Thankfully, the news is good: Hartnell passed Tuesday’s test as well, according to QMI Agency. In fact, Hartnell was reportedly able to practice today and might even suit up for the Flyers in their preseason match with the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

Let’s hope this is the last we hear about heart problems for the 29 year old forward, as hilarious as “Heartnell” puns might be.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?