With the NHL preseason well underway and the regular season poised to begin on Oct. 4 we will begin to offer stories from around the NHL that catch our eye here at Murphy’s Hockey Law.
Top NHL News of the Day
-Sam Wener of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covers 10 questions facing the Pittsburgh Penguins as the regular season opener approaches. Some of the biggest questions for Pittsburgh fans: What can we expect from Kris Letang after neck surgery ended his 2016-17 season? How will Jake Guentzel build on his 16G, 17A regular season performance from last season? Who will play on Malkin’s left wing?
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Jason Mackey tweeted this morning from Pittsburgh’s skate that these were the power play units currently taking reps (and also noted Shultz was working with the PP1 unit).
Penguins PP1: Crosby, Malkin, Guentzel, Kessel and Letang
Penguins PP2: McKegg, Rust, Sheary, Dumoulin and Schultz
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) September 27, 2017
-Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago examines the tough decisions on the horizon for the Chicago Blackhawks. Young players such as John Hayden and Alex DeBrincat give the Blackhawks a lot to think about with just two preseason games to go.
-Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun thinks captain Erik Karlsson will be ready for the Oct. 5 season opener:
Karlsson a full participant in practice, laughing, having fun, skating well. Smart money still says he plays in opener Oct. 5 #Sens
— Don Brennan (@SunDoniB) September 27, 2017
In early September Karlsson told Sportsnet:
“I think I’ll be back in October sometime. Whether it’s October 4 or if it’s October 24, I’m not sure. We’re not sure. But it’s coming along and we haven’t run into anything unexpectedly from my rehab, so it’s all going according to the way we set it up to go.” (via Emily Sadler/Sportsnet)
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