With a six-point lead atop the Pacific Division, Los Angeles is all but certain to end up in the post-season. Really, the only concern was whether or not the Kings could stay healthy en route to the playoffs. It appears the Kings have hit their first bump in that road Friday night against the New York Rangers.
Late in the first period, Marian Gaborik was backchecking while Rangers center Dominic Moore attempted to chip the puck into the Kings’ zone. In an attempt to stay onside, Moore slowed up which resulted in Gaborik colliding knee-on-knee with Moore. Gaborik was spilled to the ice and remained down for a few moments before skating gingerly off the ice: Read more
Anaheim Ducks winger Chris Stewart is a tough customer. No one would question that. The only problem for Stewart is Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout is just as tough, and he can pack one solid punch. Stewart may have found that out the hard way.
During Thursday night’s tilt between the Ducks and Blue Jackets, Prout and Stewart got into a tussle as the second period came to a close. The fight, which lasted about 30 seconds, saw both combatants land a number of good shots, but you can see Stewart start saying something to Prout after he lands a solid shot around the 36-second mark. The fight broke up shortly thereafter and both men headed off the ice: Read more
The Calgary Flames eked out a 6-5 shootout win Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks, but they suffered a loss that wasn’t shown on the scoreboard. In the final minutes of the third period, goaltender Karri Ramo had his leg trapped between the post and an oncoming Joonas Donskoi, and now the Flames netminder could be on the shelf for a while.
Ramo had to be taken off the ice and Jonas Hiller came into the contest to help seal the victory in a shootout. Following the win, though, Calgary coach Bob Hartley said things aren’t looking great for Ramo and had already ruled the 29-year-old out of action Friday in Arizona.
“It doesn’t look very good for Karri Ramo right now,” Hartley said, via CalgaryFlames.com. “We’ll have more probably tomorrow or the next couple of days.” Read more
Canadiens netminder Carey Price has been out of the lineup since Nov. 27, but he doesn’t appear any closer to returning. The 28-year-old netminder has been working to get back since mid-January and has been participating in light skates while recovering from an undisclosed lower-body injury.
However, according to La Presse’s Richard Labbe, fans in Montreal shouldn’t be counting on Price to return any time soon — or at all during the regular season. Labbe reported Friday morning that the Canadiens are no longer expecting Price to return to the ice before the regular season concludes, meaning if Montreal is to make the post-season, they’re going to have to do so without their all-world netminder.
While the specifics of Price’s injury have never been revealed, Labbe reported Price is battling through an MCL injury in his right knee. Price hasn’t gone under the knife to repair the injury, but Labbe added that surgery has only been ruled out “for now at least.” Read more
It feels like Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas flirts with supplemental discipline once a month these days. It’s hardly a coincidence, as he deliberately plays on the edge every night. It’s what makes him a tough brick of a man to play against, and it’s also what has him courting significant trouble so often.
He was suspended in December for a hit to the head of Mika Zibanejad but has also landed on the right side of the law after several other incidents this season, including a blow to the head of Viktor Stalberg in October and a hit on Lucas Lessio that got Gudas ejected but not suspended for clipping a couple weeks ago.
The latest Gudas incident: this huge blow on rookie Buffalo Sabres center Daniel Catenacci Thursday night. Behold:
Detroit’s 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators may have moved the Red Wings into sole possession second place in the Atlantic Division, but Tampa Bay and Boston are nipping at their heels. And fending off the Lightning and Bruins isn’t going to be easy without the services of defenseman Danny DeKeyser.
DeKeyser, 25, went down hard after blocking a blast from Ottawa Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf Wednesday night. The shot block, which appeared to catch DeKeyser on the outside of the right knee, resulted in him needing help off the ice from the training staff and teammate Justin Abdelkader, but it appeared for a brief moment that DeKeyser would be all right after he returned to the ice midway through the frame.
However, after a short, 10-second shift, DeKeyser left the ice once again and did not return. There was some fear it could have been a break DeKeyser was attempting to fight through, but, post-game, coach Jeff Blashill delivered the news that DeKeyser will be out day-to-day with a bruise. Read more
Coyotes center Joe Vitale had to battle his way into the Arizona lineup after being a healthy scratch in four consecutive games to start the season, but after little more than six minutes of ice time Oct. 17 in his first game of the campaign — which included a fight against Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller — Vitale’s season appears to be over.
According to AZCentral’s Sarah McLellan, Vitale will miss the remainder of the season with “concussion-related issues.” Coyotes GM told McLellan that Vitale hasn’t shown much progress in his recovery from a concussion that was sustained from the fight against Miller.
Beyond the concussion he suffered while fighting Vitale, the 30-year-old also fractured his orbital bone. Read more
The hit from Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was crisp and clean. The ensuing throat slash from the victim, Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri, was a bit vulgar, enough to warrant a review from the NHL’s hockey operations department, but relatively harmless.
Quite concerning, however, were Kadri’s post-game comments about the incident.
“I think I said ‘(You’re) done,’ ” Kadri told reporters. “But, like I said, the whole situation was a bit fuzzy.”
Kadri added the incident was “something I don’t really remember doing. I was kind of in and out after the hit.”
We have ourselves a problem.