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So things are really going well for the St. Louis Blues.
Now, more super terrific news: David Backes and T.J. Oshie are both out of the lineup. With concussions.
"Backes is concussed, out ... Oshie is concussed, out," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said, via STLToday.com. "Oshie has something else going, plus the concussion. We're not sure whether it's the bacterial (infection)."
Backes hit his head on the ice after taking a hit from Trevor Daley of the Dallas Stars in Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime win.
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At this point, 40 players are on pace for 80 points. Let's assume that it's not 1984 and this won't happen. In some cases, this won't even be close. Here are some current point-per-game players as October comes to an end, who will be lucky to get 55 points this campaign:
Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets - Foligno's upside is very similar to his dad's. And although Mike had an 80-point season, that happened in the 80s - an era in which 70-point players were considered fourth-line checkers. Adjust for the era and Nick is probably going to be a 55-point player. When he returns from his "stinger," his numbers will start to slow when Boone Jenner and the rest of the walking wounded get back.
Tanner Pearson, Los Angeles Kings - Nobody's doubting that Pearson is going to have an amazing year. Just not 80-point amazing. Without the chemistry with Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli, he was probably destined for 40 points. With those guys, Pearson should clear 50 and possibly 55.Fri, Oct 314:00 PM PDTToronto at ColumbusPreview Game
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The Nashville Predators have a player out of the lineup. He's not going on long-term injured reserve; then again, he doesn't count against their salary cap anyway.
“We’re not sending him down to Milwaukee for conditioning,” said vice president of marketing Danny Shaklan.
The ‘him’ they refer to is the Predators Day One mascot Gnash. The furry creature – or the guy in the suit – suffered a broken leg during offseason training and has been on the shelf from doing normal mascot duties for 6-8 weeks.
“Believe it or not I pack on a few pounds in the offseason and I try to get down to my playing weight by opening night,” Gnash said through his official spokeswoman, Alexis Witman. “I honestly love my job and watching someone else do it is extremely difficult.”
While the Predators could have easily put another guy in the suit and most casual fans probably wouldn’t have known the difference, the person who plays "Gnash," who refuses to identify himself publicly, nixed the idea, and said he wanted to stick around and help game presentation as much as he could.Fri, Oct 316:00 PM PDTNashville at CalgaryPreview Game
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When a player is seriously injured during a hockey game, it’s tradition for both teammates and opponents to tap their sticks on the ice in a salute to the fallen comrade.
Jack Jablonski was that player in Dec. 2011, when an accidental check from behind left him paralyzed. Since then, he’s inspired awareness for spinal cord injury research, ranging from fundraising to a celebrity prom date.
On Saturday, Nov. 1, Jablonski and his organization, the “Bel13ve In Miracles Foundation,” are holding “A Night To Bel13ve” at the Minnesota Wild’s game vs. the Dallas Stars (nee North Stars). There’s going to be an in-game presentation featuring Miracle On Ice players, as well as something that will reach beyond the walls of the arena:
A global stick-tap.
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John Moore of the New York Rangers wassuspended five games by the NHL on Wednesday for his second illegal hit to the head in the span of 12 games, which doesn’t just make him a repeat offender but a borderline serial one.
Why five games? It’s sorta the going rate for illegal hits to the head that result in injuries. Ryan White on Kent Huskins in April 2013. Deryk Engelland, also a repeat offender, got five for a hit on Justin Abdelkader in Dec. 2013. Zac Rinaldo and Mike Rupp both got four-gamers for hits last April.
But Larry Brooks of the NY Post has another theory: The NHL went five because six would have earned an appeal from the NHLPA. From the Post:
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No. 1 Star: Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings forward was an offensive force in their 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals, scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals and assisting on Gustav Nyquist’s opening goal. That included this awesome individual effort in the third:
No. 2 Star: Craig Smith, Nashville Predators
Smith opened and closed the scoring for the Preds in their 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Roman Josi assisted on both goals.
No. 3 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Rinne shut the door against the Oilers with 26 saves and his sixth win of the season, although the crossbar bailed him out at least once.
Honorable Mention: Taylor Beck and Shea Weber had the other Predators goals. … Taylor Hall scored his sixth for the Oilers. … Pavel Datsyuk scored the clincher for the Red Wings. … Evgeni Kuznetsov scored a slick goal for this first of the season. … Henrik Zetterberg was a plus-3.
Did You Know? Alex Ovechkin didn’t have a point for his fifth straight game, the longest drought of this NHL career.
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“Listen shooter, I'm not gonna [expletive] you, all right? I don't give a good [expletive] what you know, or don't know, but I'm gonna torture you anyway, regardless. Not to make a save. It's amusing, to me, to torture a shooter. You can say move you want cause I've seen it all before. All you can do is pray for a five-hole, which you ain't gonna get. Now, you ever listen to K-Billy's 'Super Sounds of the Seventies' weekend? It's my personal favorite.” – Frederik Andersen, probably ...
It doesn’t get much cooler than the dialogue from Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” and it doesn’t get much cooler than honoring that pivotal film with a goalie mask.
Frederik Anderson of the Anaheim Ducks has done just that, thanks to artist Dave Gunnarsson. And not only does he have the “Reservoir Ducks” featured – including the black tie on the front of the mask – he specifically features Michael Madsen’s “Mr. Blonde.”
With a duck holding a straight razor. Near the ear, of course.Thu, Oct 305:00 PM PDTAnaheim at St. LouisPreview Game
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The Arizona Coyotes face the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, and Mike Smith will tend goal for them.
Normally, this wouldn’t be news: He’s the starter, after all. But he’s also been terrible this season: 2-4-0, with a 4.29 GAA and an .858 save percentage. At even strength, even worse: .855 save percentage. This includes the 7-3 drubbing from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
“Smitty had an average night. Again. And we didn’t play that well in front of him,” said Coach Dave Tippett.
Tippett’s defended Smith throughout the team’s struggles, and he has a point: The Coyotes have inexplicably been sloppy in defensive coverage this season. Players like Oliver Ekman-Larsson have made some downright amateurish mistakes, which Tippett chalks up to trying to do too much to pull the team out of its slump.
“He’d certainly like to make a few more stops, but we have to clean up some of the stuff in front of him. We’re missing assignments, just plain and simple. Giving up opportunities we shouldn’t be giving,” he said.
“You start pressing. Overdoing things, instead of getting in a rhythm.”Thu, Oct 304:30 PM PDTPhiladelphia at Tampa BayPreview Game
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John Moore of the New York Rangers accepted the NHL Department of Player Safety’s invitation to plead his case in person for his hit on Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula Monday night. Stephane Quintal and his crew listened, and the verdict is that he’ll be sitting for five games.
Take it away, Patrick Burke:
Moore will lose $51,859.75 in salary for the five-game suspension. You’ll also note the five-game ban is juuuuuuust enough of a punishment so that Moore and the NHLPA can’t appeal.
Haula sat out Tuesday’s win in Boston as a precautionary measure. The Wild said he hadn’t been diagnosed with a concussion, but wanted to be careful with how they handled him.
You hear Burke pointing that Moore is a repeat offender. He was given a two-game ban 12 games ago for a hit on Dale Weise of the Montreal Canadiens during the Eastern Conference Final -- an eerily similar hit.Thu, Oct 305:00 PM PDTSan Jose at MinnesotaPreview Game