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Buffalo Sabres newly acquired forward Tage Thompson

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The Anaheim Ducks are hoping to have center Ryan Getzlaf back in the lineup when they play the New York Islanders at Honda Center on Wednesday.Getzlaf has missed the past four games with a groin injury Adidas Chris Bigras Jersey , but the team captain skated three days in a row before practicing with the top line on Tuesday.“(Monday) was a day I pushed it pretty hard from a skating standpoint, and it reacted well,” Getzlaf told reporters after practice Tuesday. “I skated with the guys (Tuesday), which was a more of an up-tempo, little more of that push and pull, those kinds of things, reactionary stuff, and so we’ll see how it reacts (Wednesday).”Article continues below ...Getzlaf, 33, was one of the top two-point scorers the past six seasons for Anaheim.The Ducks (4-1-1) could be without their leading point scorer this season, however.Jakob Silfverberg left in the second period Sunday after he was struck in the left hand with the puck while trying to block a shot against the St. Louis Blues. He did not return in the 3-2 victory. Silfverberg scored earlier in the game, giving him three goals and four assists in the first six games.The Ducks also lost right wing Carter Rowney to an upper-body injury during a 5-3 loss at the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Anaheim was already without Getzlaf, Patrick Eaves (shoulder), Ondrej Kase (concussion) and Corey Perry (knee surgery).The club recalled forwards Joseph Blandisi and Chase De Leo from San Diego on Tuesday.“It seems like the injuries keep piling up Adidas Fredrik Claesson Jersey ,” Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano told the Orange County Register.The Islanders (2-2-0) have been in Southern California since Sunday. They last played Saturday night in a 5-2 loss at the Nashville Predators, who have defeated New York in both meetings this season.The Islanders are hopeful to have fourth-line center Casey Cizikas back in the lineup after he missed the most recent Nashville game with a lower-body injury.Cizikas, who has never scored more than nine goals in his previous seven seasons in New York, practiced on a line with Ross Johnston and Leo Komarov on Tuesday. Cizikas had been with Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin, who reunited this season after Martin spent the past two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs.Cizikas, Clutterbuck and Martin played three seasons together starting in 2013-14 and helped the Islanders to a first-round win against the Florida Panthers in 2016, their only playoff series win since 1993.Islanders coach Barry Trotz, who won the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals last season, also moved Andrew Ladd onto a line with Mathew Barzal and Josh Bailey, and put Anthony Beauvillier with Valtteri Filppula and Clutterbuck.“We need to be a little more thorough through our lines,” Trotz told the team web site after practice Tuesday. “Having a little bit of identity for each line and making sure they’re productive.”In the last meeting between these teams on Dec. 21 in New York, Anaheim defenseman Hampus Lindholm completed his first career hat trick with an overtime goal in a 5-4 win. BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) As the son of a journeyman hockey player and eventual coach, Buffalo Sabres newly acquired forward Tage Thompson became accustomed to never staying put in one place for too long.”I’m not sure the amount of states I’ve lived in Adidas Brett Howden Jersey ,” Thompson said Monday, in recalling how he attended nine schools by the time he began his junior year at a high school in Michigan.”Almost a new school every year,” he added. ”So, I’ve moved around quite a bit.”His father is Brent Thompson, who is the coach of Bridgeport in the American Hockey League. His career included numerous stops from playing for the AHL’s Hershey Bears in Pennsylvania to coaching the ECHL’s Alaska Aces.It’s been a similar life of travel for the 20-year-old Thompson in the two years since being selected by the Blues in the first round of the draft following his freshman college year at UConn.Upon splitting last season between St. Louis and the Blues’ AHL Affiliate in San Antonio, Texas, Thompson is headed to Buffalo. He was acquired along with two veteran teammates and two draft picks on Sunday, in a deal that sent center Ryan O’Reilly to St. Louis.Perhaps, now, Thompson can finally get a chance to settle down.”I feel like I’ve been living out of a suitcase, honestly,” he said. ”I really do hope Buffalo’s it.”The Sabres are counting on it after Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Buffalo insisted Thompson be included in the trade. The Sabres also acquired centers Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka, as well as a conditional 2019 first-round pick and a 2021 second-rounder.At just over 6 feet and 205 pounds, Thompson had three goals and nine assists in 41 games as an NHL rookie last season Adidas Dylan DeMelo Jersey , while playing a limited role on a veteran-laden team.In Buffalo, he’ll get a shot to earn a spot on one of the top two lines on a team rebuilding through youth.”What we see in Tage is a kid who has a great shot, great size, and a really good reach on the ice,” GM Jason Botterill said. ”I think he’s a player that’s going to be able to step into our lineup and grow with our young centermen.”Thompson can’t wait, and recalled how he was with his father when Armstrong called to inform him of the trade.Once the shock wore off, the two discussed the opportunities the Sabres present.”The more we sat and thought about it, we felt it’s a great fit for me,” Thompson said. ”It’s going to be exactly what I’ve been looking for as far as an opportunity to go in and play a lot and produce, and help the team win.”—

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