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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.

In Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg made his long-awaited return to the ice this morning, but he’s still not close to game action.

The best-case scenario for Zetterberg’s return is still late in this series, although the second round is more likely. That timetable could move up if the Red Wings can steal serve by winning one of two in Boston.

In Tampa Bay, winger Ondrej Palat missed today’s skate after being injured in Wednesday night’s 5-4 OT loss to the Canadiens, but goalie Ben Bishop was on hand in full gear.

Anders Lindback will start for the Lightning in Game 2 and, from the sounds of things, may have to carry the Bolts for the duration of the series. Palat sounds like a game-time decision.

In Boston, the Bruins are facing the possibility of being short a couple of key veterans for Friday’s opener against Detroit.

Andrei Meszaros will be fine in a limited role on the blue line and rookie Justin Florek impressed with his physical play during a brief call-up. Jordan Caron though is a significant downgrade.

In Anaheim, the Ducks have announced that Ryan Getzlaf suffered a deep facial laceration from blocking a Tyler Seguin slap shot. He received “numerous” stitches, but x-rays were negative. He’s expected to play in Game 2 on Friday night.

  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • NHL suspends Mike Rupp of Minnesota Wild four games for Oshie head shot

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    By Allan Muir

    It didn’t take long for the NHL’s new chief disciplinarian to make his mark.

    Appointed to fill the void created by the departure of Brendan Shanahan to the Maple Leafs earlier Friday, Stephane Quintal made a good call in handing Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp a four-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis forward T.J. Oshie on Thursday night.

    The suspension includes the Wild’s final regular-season game and their first three playoff games. Considering what Rupp brings to the table, it might have been more punitive to make him skate a regular shift in those games, but you know these things work.

    It was a pretty clear-cut case for Quintal and his staff. Not only was the hit late, but Oshie’s head was the primary point of contact. As the league’s Patrick Burke points out in the video, Rupp was obligated to hit him cleanly and within a reasonable amount of time after Oshie dished off the puck. Since Rupp did neither, there wasn’t a lot of latitude for leniency here.

    The one bright spot for Rupp: he sacrifices just one game’s salary ($7,692.31) to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund because players are only paid through the end of the regular season.

    Nice job here by the new crew. I hate to have to retire “Shanabanned,” but as long as the boys in New York dole out the discipline appropriately, we’re ready to make that sacrifice.

    Captain Quintal, the NHL’s new chief disciplinarian takes over:

  • Published On Apr 11, 2014
  • Blues’ David Backes nets hat trick in offensive showcase against Maple Leafs

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    David Backes led the Blues' barrage of goals against Toronto, scoring three of the five. (Graig Abel/Getty Images)

    David Backes led the Blues’ barrage of goals against Toronto, scoring three of their five. (Graig Abel/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    The Maple Leafs were under siege on Tuesday night in Toronto as the visiting Blues pumped 49 shots at netminder Jonathan Bernier en route to a 5-3 win.

    The Blues came out and unloaded 23 in the first period, two fewer shots than the Leafs’ total for in the entire game, as T.J. Oshie and David Backes scored. In the second period, the St. Louis outshot the Leafs, 13-7.

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  • Published On Mar 25, 2014
  • Top Line: Pressure getting to Ovechkin; T.J. Oshie fun facts; more links

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    Alex Ovechkin of Team Russia at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

    Alex Ovechkin, Russia’s centerpiece star, has only one goal and one assist through four games. (David E. Klutho/SI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Russians advanced on Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Norway, but is the Olympic spotlight too bright for Alex Ovechkin? Expected to lead his team to glory, he’s been struggling under the pressure.

    • Because America cannot get enough of T.J. Oshie, here are 10 things you maybe didn’t know about the Olympic hero.

    • It appears that Jonathan Quick will have to make the save next time. The IIHF is changing the rule that bailed out the Americans in Saturday’s thrilling 3-2 shootout victory over Team Russia.

    • Meet Sidney Crosby and Shea Weber, ping pong hustlers.

    • A little of the killer instinct that Crosby shows with a paddle would go a long way for Sid right about now.

    • Team Canada coach Mike Babcock has named his starting goalie for the must-win quarterfinal match on Wednesday. And the netminder is well prepared for this responsibility.

    • Team Canada ran some new lines in practice this morning. Will this be the magic formula that Babcock has been searching for?

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  • Published On Feb 18, 2014
  • Russians blame loss to Team USA on ref, protest at American embassy

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    Russia fans protest

    Fans protest hockey referee Brad Meier outside the U.S. embassy in Russia. (Voroshirin Dmitriy, Young Guards/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    For all their differences, hockey fans around the world share one core belief: the officials are out to get their team.

    That usually leads to catcalls at the rink and disparaging remarks online, but a Russian protest of referee Brad Meier took that sense of persecution to a whole new level.

    Russian hockey journalist Igor Eronko tweeted a photo this morning of an anti-Meier protest sign being held up by picketers at the American Embassy in Moscow. Eronko said that the message roughly translated as Meier needs glasses, “but more rude.” Read More…

  • Published On Feb 17, 2014
  • Top Line: Sochi hockey playoff schedule set; the trouble with Crosby; more links

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    (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

    Shootout hero T.J. Oshie’s tenacity made him a great fit for Team USA.  (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Here are the start times for Tuesday’s play-in games and Wednesday’s quarterfinals in Sochi. Not sure who the genius was that scheduled the games for Canada and the U.S. at the same time, but there’s a special place in hell waiting for him.

    • Healthy, set in goal and scoring in bunches, Team USA heads into Wednesday’s medal round ready to take on the world.

    • With Russia a mess and Canada still trying to figure itself out, Team USA has every reason to like its chances heading into the medal round.

    • Bob Kravitz writes that the buzz keeps building around T.J. Oshie. Can’t say I agree with the oft-repeated contention that the Blues’ buzzsaw was selected primarily because of his shootout skills, though. The pace and tenacity he brings to the game makes him an ideal depth player for this sort of tournament, and would have made him an easy pick no matter what. The shootout skills? Icing on the cake.

    • Sidney Crosby has seemed rather ordinary through Canada’s first three games, in large part because he hasn’t yet found wingers with whom he’s comfortable. So why is it so hard to play with Sid?

    • Chris Johnston reminds us that Crosby’s impact can’t be measured on the score sheet alone.

    • Mike Babcock was a little testy in the aftermath of Sunday’s win over Finland. Trust me, Canada. He’s more frustrated than you are.

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  • Published On Feb 17, 2014
  • NHL playoffs: Kings stun Blues with 4-3 comeback victory, even series at 2-2

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    If Anze Kopitar builds on Monday’s goal and raises his game, the Kings might recover. (Chris Williams/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    It wasn’t long into Game 4 before the Los Angeles Kings felt the boots of the St. Louis Blues pressing down hard on their throats. After allowing two goals in the first five minutes, the defending champs faced the likelihood of a 3-1 series deficit and a return to the road, where they have lost eight straight.

    But it turned out that adversity suited them. With nearly a full game to play, they found another gear and took the game to a level that the Blues couldn’t match. And for the first time in the series, L.A.’s offense finally got on track, powering two comebacks in a thrilling 4-3 win that sends the series back to St. Louis knotted at two games apiece.

    Here are some quick observations from the series-tying win for the Kings:

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  • Published On May 07, 2013