Habs focused on being better defensively tonight against the Sabres
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Toronto Maple Leafs
Goaltender Petr Mrazek is expected to make his regular-season debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs in Thursday's matchup against the Ottawa Senators.
Mrazek, 29, played 12 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, posting a 6-2-3 record with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.
Goaltender Samuel Montembeault will make his regular-season debut for the Canadiens as the team plays the second half of a back-to-back Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Montembeault was claimed off waivers on Oct. 2 from the Florida Panthers. In 25 career NHL starts, the 24-year-old has a 9-8-3 record with a 3.20 goals-against-average and an .892 save percentage.
The Becancour, Quebec native made one start for the Habs in the preseason, stopping 38 of 44 shots in a loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Senators have recalled goaltender Filip Gustavsson and assigned defenceman Erik Brannstrom to the AHL's Belleville Senators.
Defenceman Michael Stone remains absent from Flames' practice. Forwards Tyler Pitlick and Brad Richardson are also not skating with the main group.
Here are the lines from Flames' practice:
Forward Alexander Radulov is on the ice at Stars practice and skating on a line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.
Radulov played just 11 games in 2020-21, with his last game coming on Mar. 18. He registered four goals and eight assists in his abbreviated season.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenceman Andrej Sustr from the AHL's Syracuse Crunch. the team announced on Thursday.
The 30-year-old played 41 games with the KHL's Kunlun Red Star last season, recording five assists. In 323 career NHL games with the Lightning and Anaheim Ducks, Sustr has scored 10 goals and recorded 63 points.
Below are the lines during the Buffalo Sabres' morning skate ahead of Thursday's game against the Canadiens.
According to head coach Don Granato, goaltender Craig Anderson will get the start.
Forward Zack MacEwen has been granted non-roster status by the NHL pending approval of his US Visa application. He was claimed off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.
Patrick Brown has been placed on the COVID-19 protocol list while Rasmus Ristolainen is DTD with an upper-body injury.
The team has recalled Jackson Cates, Nick Seeler, and Max Willman from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL.
Here are the lines from the Predators morning skate:
St. Louis Blues
Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist will start the regular season on injured reserve as he continues to recover from a torn ACL. He has been out since last March but has been skating with the team during a bonding trip to Vail, Colo.
"He's progressing like we thought he would," Blues head coach Craig Berube said recently. "He's on a good timetable I think. He's working hard, doing a lot of good work in the gym. He's out there getting some skating in with the team, (but) he can't do every drill.
"I'm not going to put a timetable on Sunny, it's a little too early for that in my opinion," Berube added. "So we'll just keep hammering away at him and keep working him until he feels like he's ready to perform."
Sundqvist has four goals and five assists in 28 games last season.
The Blackhawks have activated defenceman Alec Regula (lower back) off injured reserve and assigned him to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.
Regula has not recorded a point in three career NHL games.