Ray Emery G PHI 16 Hrs
Emery has been nursing a lower-body injury the past few days, but will start in goal for the Flyers in Tuesday's preseason tilt with the Rangers, Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com reports.
It's assumed that Emery was dealing with a groin ailment sustained during his outing last week against the Capitals, but he was cleared for a return to the crease after feeling fine during morning skate. Brought back by the Flyers on a one-year, $1 million contract in July, Emery will once again serve as Steve Mason's backup. The Flyers showed no hesitation to roll with Steve Mason on a near-every game basis by the second half of last season, so expect Emery to see one of the smaller workloads among backup goalies in 2014-15.
Raphael Diaz D CGY 16 Hrs
Diaz has collected three assists in four appearances for the Flames during exhibition play.
Diaz, who signed a professional tryout offer with the Flames prior to camp, has turned heads with his offensive production thus far in camp, putting himself in the conversation for a 23-man roster spot. The 28-year-old bounced between three different organizations last season, but has shown some offensive upside at times during his career. If he ends up making the roster, Diaz could be utilized as a third-pairing player.
Rickard Rakell RW ANA 16 Hrs
Rakell is viewed as the favorite to claim the Ducks' No. 3 center job before training camp ends, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
The 21-year-old Rakell is battling another young Swede (William Karlsson) for those duties, but seems to have the inside track, thanks to the 18 games he logged with the Ducks last season. With Saku Koivu announcing his retirement in the offseason, Rakell prepared for an appointment to the third line by adding 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason. He's adapted well to the added responsibility thus far in training camp, but the strong play of Karlsson has kept the competition between the two centers closer than what was initially thought. If Rakell is able to stave off Rakell and win the gig, the Ducks' quality depth on the wing could potentially aid him to a 30-point season.
William Karlsson C ANA 16 Hrs
Karlsson is competing with Rickard Rakell for the Ducks' No. 3 center gig, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
By virtue of his greater (albeit light) NHL experience, Rakell is the presumptive favorite to win the job, but Karlsson has made some noise in the preseason, most notably in Sunday's contest against the Kings. He banged a shot off the post in that game and assisted on an Emerson Etem goal, perhaps narrowing the gap in the competition in the process. Karlsson, 21, made the jump from the Swedish Elite League to North America late last season, tallying two goals and seven assists in nine contests for AHL Norfolk.
Kyle Palmieri RW ANA 16 Hrs
Palmieri (ankle) skated for the second straight day Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Palmieri is expected to miss the remainder of the preseason while he recovers from the ankle injury, but the team isn't yet ruling him out for the Oct. 9 regular season opener. He'll attempt to increase his activity over the next few days, after which the Ducks should offer more clarity on a possible return date.
Evgeni Malkin C PIT 17 Hrs
Malkin (undisclosed), who hasn't been cleared to work out, will need to "follow a progression" to get back on the ice, according to coach Mike Johnston.
It's possible that Malkin could still start the season in Pittsburgh's lineup if he's able to join the team for its final four practices, which start this weekend, but right now there's no reason to believe he's close to practicing. Johnston said Malkin sustained the injury after returning from Russia over the summer. Keep an eye on when the centerman is able to practice -- that will help set the stage for his return.
Patrick Sharp LW CHI 17 Hrs
Sharp is penciled in to serve as the Blackhawks' top line left wing, CSNChicago.com's Tracey Myers reports.
Though he's coming off a career-best season in which he netted 34 goals and 78 points, Sharp's stock heading into the upcoming campaign seems to be trending downward nonetheless, after he lost out on ice time to Brandon Saad in the playoffs and was dogged by trade rumors over the summer. While the Blackhawks' window to deal him has probably closed at this point, Sharp probably doesn't have much more room for improvement as he enters his age-33 season. He'll still be a potent scorer and deliver an excellent plus/minus rating for one of hockey's most talent teams; just don't overpay for last season's numbers.
Sam Reinhart C BUF 17 Hrs
Reinhart is believed to be trailing Mikhail Grigorenko in their competition for one of the team's available center jobs, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Coach Ted Nolan said that both Reinhart and Grigorenko will play in the Sabres' remaining two exhibitions as the team looks to narrow its roster down to 23 men, but with no points in any of his previous preseason appearances, Reinhart needs to make up some ground. Unless he unexpectedly picks up his production in the next week, a demotion back to juniors seems likely. If that ends up being the case, it could be a while before the Sabres consider bringing their No. 2 overall pick back to the big club.
Johan Larsson LW BUF 17 Hrs
Coach Ted Nolan said Larsson (upper body) is expected to miss about 10 days, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Larsson was the recipient of an elbow to the face in Sunday's game against the Maple Leafs, with many speculating that he may be suffering from a concussion. The Sabres have said that he'll report to AHL Rochester once he returns to full health.
Eric Nystrom LW NAS 17 Hrs
Nystrom skated primarily on the Preds' fourth line during Monday's 3-0 preseason loss to Columbus. He saw 15:13 worth of ice time and had just a single shot on goal.
Nystrom was a pleasant surprise last season, his first as a Predator after spending the previous two campaigns in Dallas. He scored 15 goals as a checking line winger, just one shy of his career high, and added six assists. If these preseason games are any indication, he will probably fill a similar role for the Preds this year.