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NHL Playoffs injury updates: Oshie out, Zetterberg skating

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A couple of quick hits from today’s morning skates:

In St. Louis, coach Ken Hitchcock has confirmed that the Blues will be missing two top-six forwards for their opener against the Blackhawks

Vladimir Tarasenko took part in line drills, so he’s expected to be in the lineup, as is David Backes. But with the forwards ailing, the pressure is definitely on the St. Louis defense to clamp down on the odd-man rushes — and on goalie Ryan Miller to come up with the big stop.

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  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • St. Louis Blues forward David Backes day-to-day with lower-body injury

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    Backes has contributed 27 goals and 57 points to the Blues' cause this season. (Keith Gillett/Icon SMI)

    David Backes has contributed 27 goals and 57 points to the Blues’ cause this season. (Keith Gillett/Icon SMI)

    By Amy Lilek

    While the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche fight on the playoffs without the likes of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Matt Duchene, the St. Louis Blues have been luckier than their Central Division rivals. Most of their big guns are healthy. That might have changed on Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals.

    Captain David Backes is now day-to-day with a lower-body injury, according to Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. While no one knows exactly when or how Backes was hurt, it’s believed that he took a shot off his foot. Read More…


  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Nathan Horton leaves game vs. Coyotes with injury, history-making to follow?

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    Nathan Horton has been held to just 35 games in his first season in Columbus. (Gerry Broome/AP)

    Nathan Horton has been limited to just 35 games in his first season in Columbus. (Gerry Broome/AP)

    By Amy Lilek

    Nathan Horton has had a rough season battling injuries in his first season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He made his return to their lineup on Tuesday against the Phoenix Coyotes, but it may have come a bit too soon.

    It was announced during the second intermission that Horton would not return to the game after he re-aggravated the lower-body injury that has kept him out of action since March 29.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Roberto Luongo scratched from start against Flyers with upper-body injury

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    Roberto Luongo is 5-6-1 since being traded back to the Panthers this season. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

    Roberto Luongo is 5-6-1 since being traded back to the Panthers this season. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

    By Amy Lilek

    Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo was a late scratch for their game against the Philadelphia Flyers due to an upper-body injury.

    Luongo was scheduled to get the start and he led the Panthers onto the ice for warm-ups, but it was announced he would not play shortly before game time. No more information was given at the time. Luongo was dressed and on the Florida bench as the game got underway.

    Luongo sustained an upper-body injury during a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 27. He missed three games, but had started the Panthers’ last two games.

    Back-up goalie Dan Ellis took Luongo’s place in net.


  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • GIF: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop leaves game vs. Leafs with upper-body injury

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    By Darian Somers

    Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop left Tuesday’s game with an apparent arm injury after falling to the ice trying to make a save about five minutes into the first period.

    Bishop had to be helped off the ice and was replaced by Anders Lindback.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Flyers’ Zac Rinaldo gets match penalty for hit on Sabres’ Chad Ruhwedel

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    By Darian Somers

    Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo received a match penalty for a hit on Buffalo’s Chad Ruhwedel 4:29 into the third period on Sunday.

    The infraction occurred when Rinaldo came across the ice and dropped his shoulder, making contact with Ruhwedel’s head. From one angle, it appears that Rinaldo jumped into the hit that sent Ruhwedel spinning to the ice. The Sabres’ defenseman left the ice under his own power and did not return to the game.

    According to Buffalo News beat writer Mike Harrington, Ruhwedel suffered a concussion.
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  • Published On Apr 06, 2014
  • AHLer takes puck to the mouth, tweets out selfie before heading to hospital

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    By Nick Stoico

    Note: the image linked above and the video below are graphic. Avoid if you are at all squeamish.

    Losing teeth is almost synonymous with the game of hockey. Ask someone to draw a picture of a player and more than likely the cartoonish puck slapper will be missing a couple of chiclets.

    Well, forward Mitch Callahan of the Detroit Red Wing’s AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins may now be the poster boy after he was hit in the mouth by a teammate’s shot on Wednesday.

    Callahan was setting a screen in front of the net when defenseman Ryan Sproul uncorked a slap shot from the point. The puck nailed Callahan in the jaw, causing him to drop to his knees while blood dripped onto the ice. He left under his own power and posted a picture of the immediate aftermath on his Twitter account.

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  • Published On Apr 03, 2014
  • Jarome Iginla out of Bruins’ lineup with ‘lower-body injury’

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    Jarome Iginla was named the NHL's First Star of the Month for March after tallying 13 goals and 17 points. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

    Jarome Iginla was the NHL’s First Star of the Month for March after tallying 13 goals and 17 points. (Chris O’Meara/AP)

    By Nick Stoico

    The Boston Bruins were without forward Jarome Iginla on Wednesday night in Detroit after he suffered a “lower-body injury” according to the team. Jordan Caron took his slot in the lineup.

    Iginla recorded 17 points in March (13 goals, four assists) en route to winning the NHL’s First Star of the Month and helping the Bruins clinch the Atlantic Division.

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2014
  • Jonathan Toews of Chicago Blackhawks to miss rest of NHL regular season

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    By Allan Muir

    Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get worse for the stumbling Blackhawks, coach Joel Quenneville announced on Wednesday that captain Jonathan Toews will miss the rest of the regular season as a result of an upper-body injury suffered during Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Penguins.

    Toews was hurt when he was slammed into the boards by Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik. Toews left the ice holding his arm and did not return to the game.

    Quenneville alleviated the gloom by saying that he expected Toews to be “100 percent” for the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but his absence will cause problems down the stretch. The Hawks are locked in a tight battle with the Avalanche for home-ice advantage in their first-round matchup. Chicago is currently in third-place in the Central Division, and trails Colorado by three points with just six games remaining.

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2014
  • Matt Duchene of Colorado Avalanche out four weeks with injury

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    Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche

    Matt Duchene, who leads the Avalanche with 70 points, won’t return until the playoffs. (Michael Martin/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Despite a solid 3-2 win over the Sharks, the Avalanche took a couple of lumps on Saturday night. Center Ryan O’Reilly lost his bid to make it through the entire season penalty-free when he was called for, of all things, playing with a broken stick. (Come on, stripes, it was a bogus call and you know it.) And first-line center Matt Duchene skated all of one shift before he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn and was forced him to leave the game.

    As it turns out, the Duchene incident will have an impact going forward.

    Colorado announced at practice on Monday morning that Duchene, the club’s leading scorer, will miss approximately four weeks with a knee injury. With the playoffs two weeks away and a postseason date with the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks all but booked, it’s not exactly the most fortuitous timing.

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  • Published On Mar 31, 2014


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