Training Camp Buzz: Byfield to be evaluated by Kings for injury


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Los Angeles Kings

Quinton Byfield will be evaluated Wednesday for a lower-body injury. The center left early in the third period of a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.

“He’ll get evaluated tomorrow, and that’s the simple answer right now,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said Tuesday. “They’ve looked at it. He’s obviously got a lower-body injury. I don’t know to what extent.”

The Kings have two preseason games remaining, at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday and at home against the Ducks on Saturday. They open the regular season at home against the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 14. — Dan Greenspan

New Jersey Devils

Jack Hughes was a full participant at practice Wednesday. The center is day to day with an undisclosed injury and skated on his own Tuesday.

Though Hughes won’t play at the New York Rangers on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, MSG+), Devils coach Lindy Ruff said he is questionable for the preseason finale at home against the New York Islanders on Thursday.

“Obviously we have a lot of practice time coming up, but it was good to see him back on the ice,” Ruff said Tuesday. “I don’t anticipate he will play [Wednesday], but I can’t rule out at home.”

Hughes was injured during the second period of a 2-1 overtime win against the Islanders in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Oct. 2 when he was cross-checked by New York forward Ross Johnston. He played one more shift before going to the locker room and not returning. — Mike G. Morreale

Colorado Avalanche

Pavel Francouz left a 7-4 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday with 10:11 remaining in the second period because of a lower-body injury.

The goalie was playing his second preseason game after ending the 2019-20 season on injured reserve with hip and knee injuries sustained during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and missing all last season. Francouz had offseason surgery and is the projected backup to Darcy Kuemper.

“I don’t know the severity of it,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “I can tell you it’s lower body, nothing related to the hip surgeries he had. He’ll get evaluated again [Wednesday] and then they’ll look at it. It usually takes a day or two to figure it out.”

Jonas Johansson made 13 saves in relief.

Florida Panthers

Noel Acciari left in the third period of a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday with an apparent upper-body injury the forward sustained during a multiplayer scrum.  

“It didn’t seem good,” coach Joel Quenneville told the Panthers website. “We’re going to say right now that he’s probably out a little bit.”

Florida begins the regular season at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 14.

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