Erik Cole will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's regular season opener.
Cole chose to visit his family in Raleigh, N.C. on Sunday, but his flight back on Monday was delayed so he was late for practice. Patrick Eaves will get a chance to play on the second line, with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky, in Cole's place. However, Cole may return to the second unit when he returns. "I think Erik has had a good preseason, he's missed some great opportunities, but he's skated well and played well," said coach Lindy Ruff. "I've told him that I think pulling him out hurts us, because of where we were playing him, but at the same time I have a team to run, and everybody has to respect that there's rules and you have to be places."
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 03:27:00 PM