Training Camp Buzz: Patrick says hes ready to play in Flyers opener


Welcome to the 2020-21 NHL training camp buzz. Training camp is underway for all 31 teams and has you covered with all the latest news.


Philadelphia Flyers

Nolan Patrick said he’s ready to play for the first time in more than 21 months when the Flyers open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.

Patrick, the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, missed all of last season because of a migraine disorder and hasn’t played since April 2, 2019. He scored a goal and played center on a line with James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek during a scrimmage Sunday. 

“Made a couple mistakes out there, but my energy level felt good, thought our line created quite a few scoring chances,” Patrick said. “Lot of fun being back out there. I feel really good and I’ll be ready for Wednesday. 

“I’ve played with both of them quite a bit. Played with [Voracek] a lot. We read off each other, and they’re both very smart players. It’s easy to read off them. Thought we were making good plays tonight.” 

Coach Alain Vigneault said he thought Patrick got better as the scrimmage progressed. 

“I thought he did a lot of the right things on the ice,” Vigneault said. “Thought that line had some chemistry and some good moments. For him and for our team, that’s a step in the right direction.” — Adam Kimelman 


New Jersey Devils

Nico Hischier remains questionable to play in the season opener for the Devils while waiting for an update from doctors on his injured foot.

“Nico is progressing well. He is working out and the (walking) boot is off,” general manager Tom Fitzgerald said Sunday. “I’m not really sure when his next (doctor’s) appointment is. It’s coming up here for more imaging to see how far along the healing process is going. Once he gets the green light, then it’s just a matter of how comfortable it is in the (hockey) boot.

“We have a great equipment staff, so they’re going to make that transition as easy as possible for Nico. So really just waiting to see when that next appointment is.”

New Jersey is scheduled to open the season against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center on Thursday. Hischier has not practiced with the Devils during training camp but has been participating in off-ice workouts.

The forward said he was injured in December during an on-ice session in Switzerland. The No. 1 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, he scored 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 58 games last season and played in his first NHL All-Star Game. — Mike G. Morreale


Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks will resume training camp practices and workouts Monday after cancelling them Sunday “out of an abundance of caution due to potential exposure of COVID-19.”

The Canucks are the fourth NHL team in three days to have a practice impacted by COVID-19 concerns.

The Dallas Stars cancelled practice Friday, and the NHL later announced that six players and two staff members recently had tested positive for COVID-19. Their facilities are closed and their first two games of the 2020-21 NHL season, at the Florida Panthers on Jan. 14 and 15, have been postponed.

Also Friday, 19 players did not practice for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who said an unspecified number of players were sidelined “out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with NHL COVID-19 protocols.” Eighteen of those players returned Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins cancelled practice Saturday out of an abundance of caution due to potential exposure of COVID-19. They had an intrasquad scrimmage Sunday.

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