The Anaheim Ducks have announced they will be without leading goal-scorer Corey Perry for 3-4 weeks after he sustained a knee sprain.
It’s yet another in a long list of injuries for the Ducks, who have been bitten hard by the injury bug this season. With off-season signing Dany Heatley already on the shelf, the Ducks are going to need to find some help to boost their offense. Read more
Getting Brandon Dubinsky back for their game tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers is almost as good news for the Columbus Blue Jackets as it is for teams like the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks that the salary cap is projected to go up to $73 million next season.
The presence of Dubinsky, who hasn’t played a game all season because of surgery to repair four tears in his abdomen and groin, will be an enormous boon to a Columbus Jackets team that is in need of an enormous boon. And we’re not talking about Jenner. At 6-foot-2 and 208, he’s already pretty enormous and thankfully, he’s one of the players who is healthy and productive at the moment for the Blue Jackets with a goal in each of his past three games. Read more
The Chicago Blackhawks are playing so well lately that Patrick Sharp was demoted to third-line duty. His indiscretion? Well, he got injured a month ago and the Blackhawks can’t find a place for him on their top two lines at the moment.
Sharp is lucky he can find a place at all when the Blackhawks visit the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night. The Blackhawks have won six straight and nine of their past 10 and are beginning to look like the Stanley Cup champion we picked them to be at the beginning of this season. It should come as no surprise that the Blackhawks are the top team in thn.com’s weekly Power Rankings. (Last week’s ranking in parentheses.)
On a night when Martin Brodeur was stopping pucks for someone other than the New Jersey Devils for the first time in his Hall of Fame career, the man who drafted him almost a quarter century ago was feeling equal measures of happiness and wistfulness.
“Certainly you have mixed feelings,” Lou Lamoriello told thn.com during the first intermission of his team’s 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night. “But I understand. Marty and I have talked about it quite a bit. He’s been skating at our rink for the last month and this was something he wanted to do.” Read more
The list of NHL players stricken with the mumps continues to grow, and you can add Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter to that list.
Suter, who has been a giant for the Wild since coming to the team in 2012-13, could reportedly miss Friday’s game when Minnesota takes on the Anaheim Ducks. Wild defensemen Jonas Brodin, Keith Ballard, Christian Folin and Marco Scandella have been sidelined with the ailment, not to mention other NHLers such as Corey Perry, Francois Beauchemin, and Tanner Glass. Read more
It’d be hard to imagine a season in which there have been stranger injuries than 2014-15. Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford’s lower body injury simply adds to that list.
Crawford missed practice Tuesday with what was reported to be a lower body injury. On Wednesday, coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks starting goaltender would be sidelined for at least two weeks, possibly longer.
Shortly after Quenneville revealed the severity of the goaltenders injury, Crawford spoke to the media, saying that the injury was sustained while at a concert. Read more
We all know that, at age 42, Devils right winger Jaromir Jagr is a marvel of nature – especially once it dawns on you that he was durable enough last season to play all 82 games for New Jersey. However, after a more-than-questionable hit from Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo Tuesday night, Jagr may be sidelined – and Bortuzzo definitely ought to be, courtesy of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
The two players had been having some intense 1-on-1 battles leading up to the incident, which took place late in the second period at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. But it’s undeniable Bortuzzo’s hit was late, and that the Pens defender’s principal point of contact was his elbow meeting Jagr’s head:
The NHL has seen a number of players this season suffer frightening run-ins with the skate blade of an opponent, and Vancouver right winger Alex Burrows was added to the list Sunday after narrowly avoiding being catastrophically injured by Detroit’s Johan Franzen.
The 33-year-old Burrows was in the Canucks’ zone and knocked down directly in front of goalie Ryan Miller in the second period when Franzen‘s right leg kicked back and up, arching underneath Burrows’ visor and cutting him just below his left eye: