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Sports log: Hybrid icing approved to start season

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Hybrid icing will be in effect for the start of the NHL regular season after it was approved by the players Monday. The NHLPA gave the go-ahead for the rule change that makes icing a race to an imaginary line across the faceoff dots instead of the puck, which was given a trial run during the preseason. The goal is to prevent serious injuries, such as the one that sidelined Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen for the entire season. Pitkanen broke his left heel bone in eight places on an icing touch-up in April. It’s a similar injury to the one suffered by former Capitals forward Pat Peake, whose career ended not too long after. ‘‘After testing hybrid icing during the preseason games, the players participated in a survey and a majority of teams supported this rule change in an effort to make the game safer,’’ NHLPA special assistant to the executive director Mathieu Schneider said in a statement . . . Injured Sabres forward Marcus Foligno did not practice with the team and coach Ron Rolston said it’s unlikely he’ll play in Wednesday’s season opener in Detroit. Foligno sustained an upper-body injury on Sept. 22 against Toronto. He skated on his own prior to the team’s Monday practice. He scored five goals and had 13 assists for Buffalo last season . . . Nashville signed forward Simon Moser to a one-year entry-level contract. The 24-year-old has spent the last five seasons with Langnau of the Swiss Elite League. He had 56 goals, 54 assists, and 179 penalty minutes in 232 games.

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