National Hockey League roundup

Tue Oct 7, 2014 7:19pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is hoping to play in Thursday night's season opener against the Anaheim Ducks after missing more than two weeks of preseason camp with an undisclosed injury.

Malkin said it's a minor problem and gave himself a 50/50 chance of playing in the first game. The former NHL MVP skated with the team for the first time Tuesday.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets will be missing two more players because of injuries for their opener on Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

Coach Todd Richards said Tuesday that center Brandon Dubinsky was placed on injured reserve with a lower body injury. Defenseman Ryan Murray is still recovering from minor offseason surgery and also is on injured reserve.

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The New Jersey Devils signed forward Jordin Tootoo to a one-year, one-way contract on Tuesday.

Tootoo joined the Devils for a tryout this fall after the Detroit Red Wings bought out the final year of a three-year, $5.7 million contract.

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Feb 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) during practice the day before a Stadium Series hockey game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports