The Chicago Blackhawks’ worst nightmare came to pass on Tuesday evening, as Patrick Kane was sent crashing into the boards, labored off the ice and did not return. News came Wednesday that the Blackhawks have placed the NHL’s leading scorer on the long-term injured reserve, which likely means his regular season is through.
With Kane’s injury, the Blackhawks lose their current leader in goals and assists, one of the most dynamic offensive players in the sport and the type of game breaking talent that the team could use down the stretch.
Where does Chicago go from here? Can the team succeed with the loss of Kane, and what will the impact be on the lineup? Read more
There is no doubt that the Western Conference playoff race is going to be a dogfight down the stretch, particularly since a couple of elite teams are still vying for a foothold. The Vancouver Canucks are in a good place right now, holding down second place in the Pacific, but with starter Ryan Miller out weeks with a lower body injury, the crease is now property of Eddie Lack.
Chicago Blackhawks fans were holding their breath Tuesday after star winger Patrick Kane was injured on a controversial play involving Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic and had to leave the game.
Kane, Chicago’s leading scorer this season – and the man tied with Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom as the league’s top point-getter entering Tuesday’s action – entered the night tied for the NHL lead in points with 64, but the 26-year-old was hurt in the first period after Petrovic gave him a push from behind and he fell awkwardly into the boards: (video via SomeHockeyVideos) Read more
The Boston Bruins received some unfortunate news Monday – key veteran David Krejci will miss the next 4-to-6 weeks with a knee injury – and it could be the small catastrophe that triggers major change within the organization.
Krejci suffered a partially-torn medial collateral ligament Feb. 20 against the St. Louis Blues that could keep the 28-year-old sidelined until April – and by that point, the inconsistent Bruins could have been overtaken by one or both of the Florida Panthers or Philadelphia Flyers for the final wild card berth in the Eastern Conference. If the Bruins fail to make the playoffs one year after finishing with the NHL’s best regular-season record, there will be significant alterations to the roster and management team of GM Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli. Read more
For the Chicago Blackhawks, it appears the worst thing about Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins wasn’t the score. Coach Joel Quenneville announced this afternoon the team will be without Johnny Oduya for at least, “a couple of weeks.”
In Sunday’s game, Oduya skated only one shift – 1:14 just minutes into the first period – before leaving the ice. He did not return to the game.
Oduya, 33, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this season and has been heavily relied upon by the Blackhawks this season, averaging more than 20 minutes per game and nearly two minutes per outing on the league’s second-best penalty kill.
The Canucks are in a dogfight for a playoff berth, and are battling division rivals Calgary, San Jose and Los Angeles – as well as Winnipeg and the hard-charging Minnesota Wild – to make it back to the post-season after missing out in 2013-14. And although they beat the New York Islanders Sunday night, they lost star goalie Ryan Miller to an injury that may seriously impact the rest of his season – and the odds of Vancouver making the playoffs.
Miller was playing well for the visiting team in the second period when teammate Jannik Hansen barrelled into him and appeared to injure his right leg: Read more
New York Islanders forward Mikhail Grabovski has a long history of head injuries over the course of his eight NHL seasons, and he had another incident to add to the list Thursday after absorbing a massive check from Nashville winger Eric Nystrom.
The Isles had a 1-0 lead approaching the midway point of the first period at Nassau Coliseum when Grabovski grabbed the puck deep in his own zone and took it to the top of the circle with his head down. That’s when Nystrom laid into him: (video via Somehockeyvideos) Read more
There was a scary scene during the Thursday night contest between the KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and CSKA Moscow.
Early in the second period, Yaroslavl forward Vladislav Kartayev was breaking down the left wing boards on a 2-on-1 with teammate Yegor Korshkov, when he cut toward the net to take a shot and tripped over the body of Kirill Vorobyov. Kartayev lost his footing, crashed into the post back first and was left writhing in pain on the ice. Read more