NHL Buzz: Jets cancel practice out of COVID-19 caution

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Winnipeg Jets

The Jets canceled their practice scheduled for Saturday. 

They said the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution due to potential exposure of COVID-19” and information about their schedule Sunday would come at later time. 

The Jets are scheduled to play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, SNO, TSN3, NHL.TV). They opened their season with a 4-3 win in overtime against the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

 

Philadelphia Flyers

Sean Couturier will have an MRI on his shoulder Saturday.

The Flyers center was injured early in the first period of a 5-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Philadelphia on Friday. He left the game after playing 45 seconds.

“I’ll know more in the next couple of days,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. “That’s all I have as far as an update for you right now.”

Couturier won the Selke Trophy voted as the best defensive forward in the NHL last season, when he scored 59 points (22 goals, 37 assists) and was plus-21 in 69 games.

The Flyers, who outscored the Penguins 11-5 in two wins to open the season, next play Monday when they host the Buffalo Sabres.

 

Detroit Red Wings

Bobby Ryan is expected to make his Detroit Red Wings debut against the Carolina Hurricanes at Little Caesars Arena (7 p.m. ET; FS-D+, FS-CR, NHL.TV).

The forward, who agreed to a one-year contract Oct. 9, did not play in a season-opening 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes at home Thursday because of an undisclosed injury sustained during training camp.

Coach Jeff Blashill said the Red Wings likely would spot Ryan in at 5-on-5 so he can get his legs under him. They hope he can help most on the power play. Detroit went 0-for-2 in the opener.

“I’m just happy to be back in whatever role that they give me,” said Ryan, who is entering his 14th NHL season “After missing the most important week of training camp, I’ll play wherever. It doesn’t bother me.” — Nicholas J. Cotsonika

 

Edmonton Oilers

Mike Smith was placed on long-term injured reserve Friday.

The Oilers did not disclose the goalie’s injury.

Smith was expected to start against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday but was scratched for an undisclosed reason. Mikko Koskinen played instead, making 38 saves in a 5-2 win, and was backed up by Stuart Skinner, who was called up from the taxi squad.

After placing Smith on injured reserve, Edmonton recalled Olivier Rodrigue to the taxi squad. He was playing in Austria and will have to complete quarantine before joining the Oilers.

Smith was 19-12-6 with a 2.95 goals-against average and .911 save percentage last season, his first with the Oilers. The 38-year-old signed a one-year contract Oct. 10 and backed up Koskinen in a season-opening 5-3 loss to Vancouver on Wednesday.

The Oilers host the Montreal Candiens at Rogers Place on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, TVAS, CITY, SNE, SNW, SNP, NHL.TV).

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