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PHT Morning Skate: Where Ducks hold mini-training camp

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Buffalo Sabres have a new coach, but the result was the same Thursday night. (NBC Sports)

23-year-old New Jersey Devils prospect Mattias Tedenby remains in the hospital a week after his face was sliced by a skate blade during an AHL contest. (New Jersey Online)

New York Islanders defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky and Mark Streit disagree on whether the team’s struggling with the man advantage. (New York Newsday)

The 5-7-3 Calgary Flames made a few roster changes on Thursday. Among other things, they have summoned 23-year-old forward Akim Aliu. They might also get Sven Baertschi (hip flexor) back on Saturday. (Calgary Sun)

The Anaheim Ducks are enjoying a rare five-day gap in their schedule, so they’re holding a mini-training camp. On Thursday they had over an hour of skating so intense that it made Teemu Selanne feel his age — and then some. (Orange County Register)

Edmonton Oilers forward Lennart Petrell (head) might return on Saturday. (Edmonton Journal)

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has handed 19-year-old Ross Johnston a 15-game suspension for his two-handed swing of his stick that resulted in 17-year-old QMJHL rookie Brian Lovell suffering a broken jaw. (Calgary Sun)

A look at the evolution of 25-year-old James Neal and what he’s meant to a Pittsburgh Penguins team that already had some major stars prior to his arrival. (Penguins.nhl.com)

Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.



Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible: