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Ice Chips: Leafs' Murray 'an option' to play this weekend

Matt Murray Toronto Maple Leafs Matt Murray - The Canadian Press

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Toronto Maple Leafs

Goaltender Matt Murray is taking part in the Maple Leafs' practice for the first time since suffering his adductor injury on Oct. 15. 

Murray said he felt good afterwards and is now considered day-to-day and head coach Sheldon Keefe said he "remains an option" to play this weekend.

Murray skated with the team on Tuesday and Keefe said last week Murray's return was "on the horizon."

"That's a big milestone for him to get through in his recovery," said Keefe Tuesday. "Physically he feels good and strong and it's just a matter of building him back up towards seeing pucks and shots from guys in a practice setting."

Murray has appeared in only one game with the Maple Leafs so far this season after coming over in an off-season trade with the Ottawa Senators. He was originally given a four-week timeline after suffering the injury.

Meanwhile, defenceman Calle Jarnkrok missed practice Wednesday with Keefe telling reporters he was under the weather.

Here were the lines at Wednesday's skate courtesy of TSN's Mark Masters:

Kerfoot - Matthews - Marner 
Robertson - Tavares - Nylander 
Aston-Reese - Kampf - Malgin 
Bunting - Engvall - Simmonds
Clifford (red sweater)

Rielly - Liljegren 
Brodie - Holl 
Giordano - Sandin 



Washington Capitals

Forward T.J. Oshie skated before the Capitals' morning skate on Wednesday. According to The Washington Post's Samantha Pell, this is the first time Oshie was seen skating since suffering his lower-body injury against the Nashville Predators on Oct. 29.

He is currently on the injured reserve list and has two goals and three assists in nine games so far this season.

Head coach Peter Laviolette told reporters after the session that Oshie is "progressing" but his injury status remains the same.

Meanwhile, Pell reports that defencemen John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov also skated before the Caps' session Wednesday. Neither seems likely to play against the Preds and Pell notes that could mean Alexander Alexeyev makes his NHL regular season debut Wednesday. 


Boston Bruins

Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now notes that defenceman Charlie McAvoy could be back sooner rather than later as fellow blueliner Mike Reilly was placed on waivers Wednesday.

The Bruins next play against the Flames on Thursday.

McAvoy has yet to make his season debut as he continues to recover from off-season shoulder surgery. 


Pittsburgh Penguins

Forward Jeff Carter will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Washington Capitals, the team announced.

Carter has not played since Oct. 29 against the Seattle Kraken because of a lower-body injury. In nine games so far this season, the 37-year-old has two goals and four assists for six points.

Meanwhile, the Pens announced Casey DeSmith will get the start in net against the Caps.

He is 0-3-1 this season with a 3.25 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in four games.


Ottawa Senators

Here were the Sens' lines at their skate on Wednesday:

Tkachuk Stützle Giroux
DeBrincat Brassard Batherson
Motte Pinto Gambrell
Kelly Kastelic Watson

Chabot JBD
Sanderson Hamonic
Brannstrom Holden
XXXX Zaitsev


Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres have assigned defenceman Jeremy Davies to the AHL's Rochester Americans, it was announced Wednesday.

The 25-year-old has not appeared in an NHL game yet this season after tallying two assists in six games for the Sabres last year. He does not have a point in seven AHL games this season.


Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have activated forward Ryan Suzuki and assigned him to the AHL's Chicago Wolves.

The 21-year-old has yet to appear in a game this season at either the NHL or AHL level as he recovered from an upper-body injury.

He had seven goals and seven assists in 14 AHL games a season ago. 


Colorado Avalanche

The Avs announced Tuesday they have recalled winger Sampo Ranta from the AHL's Colorado Eagles.

The 22-year-old has one goal and one assists so far this season in 10 AHL games.


Florida Panthers

Spencer Knight will get the start between the pipes Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes, according to head coach Paul Maurice.

Knight was between the pipes for Florida's most recent game, a 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday where he stopped 32 of 35 shots.

In five games so far this season, Knight is 4-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.63 and a save percentage of .903.