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Evander Kane (knee) was on the ice for Wednesday's practice and he feels like he could play as soon as Thursday night.

"It felt good," said Kane, who wasn't wearing a no-contact jersey during the session. "Every day it's felt better and better. I feel I'm pretty close, if not there, and we'll see what the doctors have to say. I think I could play tomorrow but, unfortunately, it's not up to me. We'll see what happens, what the docs say and hopefully we get some good news and I'll be able to play. If not, hopefully it's the next game."
Oct 30 - 10:18 AM

Zach Bogosian (upper body) skated Wednesday and he's looking to be ready to play on Thursday night versus New Jersey.

"It felt good to be back on the ice," said Bogosian. "I'll just take it day by day and see where we're at (Thursday) morning. I hope (to be able to play against the Devils), but like I said it's day by day. I'll see how it reacts today and how it feels (Thursday) morning." He sat out Tuesday's game due to an upper-body injury.
Oct 30 - 10:10 AM

Alex Ovechkin doesn't seem too concerned about his career-high five-game pointless streak.

"It's kind of special when you do something out there, but I'm still getting chances but I didn't score," Ovechkin said. He added that he's feeling normal. Let's take a moment to acknowledge how impressive it is that Ovechkin has played in 688 career games and until now, he's never had a string of five of them without a point. We don't think it will be too much longer before he bounces back.
Oct 30 - 10:03 AM

David Warsofsky may get a chance to see power-play time with Boston.

He was called up, along with Joe Morrow, when Torey Krug got injured. Warsofsky is looking forward to making an impact when he gets a chance to play. "For me it's an opportunity," he said. "That's how I'm looking at it, just take advantage of it."
Oct 30 - 10:01 AM

Reilly Smith was bumped to the fourth line during Wednesday's practice.

He skated alongside Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille. Smith had two goals and one helper in his first five appearances, but he has one assist in his last six outings.
Oct 30 - 9:53 AM

Brad Marchand "tweaked something" at practice on Wednesday.

He left the session early as a result and it's unclear if he'll be available for Thursday night's match against Buffalo. Consider him questionable for now and we'll look to update his status later.
Oct 30 - 9:50 AM

Antti Niemi is tentatively projected to start on Thursday.

That's based on the fact that Niemi was the first goaltender off the ice during Wednesday's practice. He has a 2.66 GAA and .918 save percentage in seven games this season.
Oct 30 - 9:35 AM

Beau Bennett (lower body) might make his return within the next couple of weeks.

Bennett has a lot of potential, but he just can't catch a break. In addition to missing at least the first month of the 2013-14 campaign, he was limited to 21 contests in 2013-14. He'll be worth keeping an eye on once he's finally healthy.
Oct 30 - 9:32 AM

Vincent Lecavalier (foot) is doubtful for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay.

Lecavalier wanted to play in that contest, but Flyers coach Craig Berube had previously cautioned that it might not happen. Philadelphia might still surprise, but Lecavalier probably hasn't participated in enough one-on-one drills to warrant returning this soon.
Oct 30 - 9:30 AM

Steve Mason hasn't started in more than a week.

Mason was benched after starting the season with a 3.83 GAA and .878 save percentage in five games. Ray Emery's strong play by contrast has created a goaltending controversy in Philadelphia. Mason probably won't have to wait too much longer before he gets in his next start though.
Oct 30 - 9:28 AM

Travis Hamonic (upper body) took part in Wednesday's practice.

Hamonic wasn't ready to participate in contact drills though. He's doubtful for Thursday's game.
Oct 30 - 9:24 AM

Mike Kostka is expected to dress Saturday after John Moore was suspended.

Kostka has been stuck in the press box since Oct. 14. He's not bad offensively, so he might be a half-decent short-term pickup in standard leagues if you're desperate for a defenseman.
Oct 30 - 8:50 AM

Trevor Lewis (upper body) isn't sure if he'll be ready on Thursday.

Lewis suggested that caution was necessary to avoid potentially suffering a setback that might keep him out of the lineup for weeks. He hasn't played since Oct. 8.
Oct 30 - 8:44 AM

The Los Angeles Kings were able to summon David Van der Gulik despite their salary cap restraints.

The Kings were in an awkward position on Tuesday as Anze Kopitar was hurt, but they couldn't call up anyone to replace him because they lacked the cap space necessary to do so. That's due in large part to the fact that Slava Voynov is stuck on their roster and still counts against the cap even after the NHL decided to suspend him indefinitely. Los Angeles dressed just 19 players on Tuesday, which triggered a special clause in the CBA that allows a shorthanded team to make an emergency recall. Van der Gulik in particular was chosen in part because his cap hit meets the requirements necessary to be eligible to be recalled under that rule.
Oct 30 - 8:41 AM

Luke Gazdic (shoulder) will report to AHL Oklahoma City for a conditioning stint.

Gazdic is expected to spend two weeks in the minors. He's been recovering from shoulder surgery and this is likely his last step before returning to the Oilers' lineup.
Oct 30 - 8:35 AM


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