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Fedor Tyutin

Jackets’ Tyutin may miss opener with lower body injury

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The Columbus Blue Jackets may be without an important member of their blue line to start the season.

Defenseman Fedor Tyutin left practice yesterday bothered by what coach Todd Richards is calling a lower body injury. As Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch shares, it doesn’t sound serious.

“It’s nothing major,” Richards said. “It could be something that keeps him out on the weekend, but we won’t know more until later.”

Tyutin is an important player on the Blue Jackets defense, but fortunately for them they’ve got some depth to help out. 2012 second-overall pick Ryan Murray, Dalton Prout, Tim Erixon, and David Savard round out a group of younger guys filled with potential that could all benefit from Tyutin being out.

PHT Morning Skate: Avs fever has already struck

Ryan O'Reilly, Nathan MacKinnon
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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.

Colorado’s dominating 6-1 win over Anaheim last night already has the local columnists getting really, really excited about the team. Yes, the word “really” was doubly necessary there. (The Denver Post)

Editor’s Note: ProHockeyTalk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $3,000 Fantasy Hockey league tonight (Thursday). It’s just $10 to join and first prize is $600. Starts at 7pm ET. Here’s the link.

Toronto’s Mark Fraser apparently twisted his knee against Philadelphia. Could it be Morgan Rielly time in Saturday’s home opener for the Leafs? (TSN’s Mark Masters twitter)

Do you think Steven Stamkos is disappointed he wasn’t named captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning? Not a chance. He gives full marks to Martin St. Louis. (Lightning)

Sharks forward Logan Couture is chomping at the bit to get playing. (Mercury News)

Capitals writer Mike Vogel has a good read on the Caps’ core trying to win the Cup. (Dump ‘n Chase)

The start of the Devils’ season is a bit of a rough one. (The Star-Ledger)

Columbus’ Fedor Tyutin left practice and may miss the start of the season. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Parros update: Released from hospital, no fracture, CT scan negative

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Last night saw one of the scarier incidents in hockey as Montreal’s George Parros was taken off on a stretcher after hitting his head on the ice after fighting Toronto’s Colton Orr.  There is some good news to report, however.

The Canadiens say he’s out of the hospital but he does have a concussion. According to TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie, he doesn’t have any fractures and his CT scan came up negative.

The positive news is tempered by the fact he’s still injured with a concussion and the sight of him being carted off cast a pall on the excitement of opening night. For now, any good news on his condition is great to see after how frightening things appeared to be last night.

NHL on NBCSN: Red Wings begin Eastern Conference life against Sabres

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It’s Rivalry Night on NBCSN and the Detroit Red Wings will spark new battles in the Eastern Conference and will start tonight at home against the Buffalo Sabres at 8 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

The Detroit Red Wings have been wanting to be part of the Eastern Conference for some time and tonight they’ll begin finding out if it was worth the trouble finding out if the grass truly is greener on the other side of the fence. Dealing with the Buffalo Sabres provides a curious first test.

Buffalo enters the game with many fans and prognosticators not giving them much of a chance this season. They’ll also start the year as one of the youngest teams in the league. 2013 first-round pick Rasmus Ristolainen made the team and will get the job of trying to find a way to wrangle Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg in his first game. Good luck, kid.

Detroit’s cast of characters is almost exactly the same group as it was last year. One big difference is the addition of Daniel Alfredsson. While he’s sure to spark some heat when they play Ottawa, Alfie has killed the Sabres in his career scoring 42 of his 426 career goals against them, the most against any one team. Don’t think Sabres fans aren’t fully aware of that.

Related: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $4,000 Fantasy Hockey league tonight (Wednesday). It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $600. Starts at 7:30pm ET. Here’s the link.

Where things get most interesting is the battle in goal. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard showed last season he’s capable of being the kind of goalie the Red Wings need to be successful. His play against Anaheim and Chicago in the playoffs helped reassure fans things are just fine between the pipes.

Buffalo’s Ryan Miller has a bit of a different look at things this season. While he’s still the “man” for the Sabres, his future with the team is going to be a source of speculation all year as he’s in the final year of his contract and will be focus of rumors all season. He can help keep that talk going by playing out of his mind starting tonight against the high-powered Wings.

PHT Morning Skate: Jacob Trouba’s first impression a good one

Winnipeg Jets v Edmonton Oilers
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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.

Winnipeg rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba made one heck of a first impression last night. He had a goal and was on the ice in the waning moments as the Jets came back to beat Edmonton 5-4. (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Free Press)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $4,000 Fantasy Hockey league tonight (Wednesday). It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $600. Starts at 7:30pm ET. Here’s the link.

If you’re ripping Toronto’s Tyler Bozak on Twitter, make a note: He’s laughing at you for it. (Jonas Siegel via Twitter)

Rookie Peter Mrazek is back up in Detroit and ready to backup Jimmy Howard while Jonas Gustavsson is hurt. (Red Wings)

Excited about Florida’s young players like Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov? You might want to be. (Miami Herald)

John Tortorella regrets how his relationship with Brad Richards turned in New York. (ESPN-New York)

Finally, Travis Moen and Mark Fraser may have found another “loophole” to the helmet rule in fighting: Just going ahead and agreeing to take the added penalty no matter what. (HockeyFights)