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Puck Headlines: Preds' Shane O'Brien suspended; Stamkos injured?

Greg Wyshynski
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Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

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• Thank the Hockey Gods that Getty Images installed a camera on the Florida Panthers' bench so we can get a urologist's view of Rostislav Olesz(notes).

Steven Stamkos(notes) has zero goals in six games, and coach Guy Boucher let it slip that the superstar has been playing with an undisclosed injury, which he called a "some parts of the body injury." He's allegedly doing better now. Oh, and Stamkos called it, "nothing major, nothing that's going to keep me from playing a game. Honestly, it's the bumps and bruises I go through every year." [Lightning Strikes]

• Per Josh Cooper of the Tennessean, Nashville Predators defenseman Shane O'Brien(notes) has been suspended for two games [@JoshuaCooper, and some context from On the Forecheck] UPDATE: Via Leahy, video of the incident.

• Two bold fixes for the Washington Capitals' power play: Less Alex Ovechkin(notes) and Mike Green(notes), more John Carlson(notes). [Capitals Insider]

• Say, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, can we have an update on Sidney Crosby's(notes) recovery from a concussion? "We are not going to give daily updates on Sidney Crosby. He needs to be symptom-free to move forward." Well OK then. [Pensburgh]

• John Tortorella on Marc Staal's(notes) slash that followed his crotch'ing by Alex Burrows: "If I'm Marc Staal, I'd retaliate, too. ... I'd break his ankle for something like that. It's ridiculous." [NY Times]

• Adam Proteau surveys the goaltending market, putting Evgeni Nabokov(notes), Tomas Vokoun(notes) and J.S. Giguere at the top of his list of available keepers. [THN]

Great find by Kukla: The son of former NBA player Popeye Jones is a "16-year-old seen as a surefire NHL prospect." [Star]

• Down Goes Brown on the do's and don'ts for GMs on the hot seat. "DO NOT: Make a trade just for the sake of making a trade. ... DO: Be sure to remind every reporter you speak to that you don't intend to make a trade just for the sake of making a trade. Several times a day, if possible. Until the end of time." [DGB]

• Quisp asks: Is there really anything preventing a goalie from laying out a player attempting a spin-o-rama in the shootout? [Jewels From the Crown]

The Alex Ovechkin shift flowchart. Good stuff. [Rock The Red]

• Little line juggle from the Dallas Stars: "Stars coach Marc Crawford said today he'll continue using Jamie Benn(notes) centering for Steve Ott(notes) and Adam Burish(notes) with Jamie Langenbrunner(notes) on the right wing for Mike Ribeiro(notes) and Brenden Morrow(notes)." [Stars Blog]

• The Ottawa Senators go back to Brian Elliott(notes) for the Calgary Flames on Friday night, after Robin Leher's wild win against the Islanders. [Slam]

• Great piece by one of our favorite scribes, Ian Walker, on the Washington Capitals' Karl Alzner(notes). [Vancouver Sun]

• The Minnesota Wild placed Patrick O'Sullivan(notes) on waivers, drawing this comment from coach Todd Richards: "It's the same, no different than what we've talked about in the past. He can do some good things with the puck, but in the hard areas, we need more of that on a consistent basis." [Star Tribune]

• Good bit about the Chicago Blackhawks' prospect pipeline and playoff chances: "It may cost the Hawks some money by burning a year off their Entry Level Contracts, but Bowman knows they are his best option without a trade. The Hawks need to make the playoffs. The amount of lost buzz and revenue if the Hawks don't qualify for this post season will pale in a comparison to losing a year off of a couple of ELC's." [HI]

• Jan. 15: Bill Lindsay night at the Florida Panthers' rink. Quite a legacy they have down there. [Panthers]

• You probably didn't know Vince Vaughn was on "NHL Overtime" on Thursday night, which is a shame. Here he is on his favorite Chicago Blackhawks player.

• The Edmonton Oilers say they've not received a single offer for Sheldon Souray(notes) of the Hershey Bears. [Edmonton Journal]

Tampa Bay Lightning Coach Guy Boucher struggles to make his team care about a cupcake on the schedule like the New Jersey Devils. [Puck Update]

• Really interesting post about NHL video games and stats: "Now you might be asking yourself what the hell video games have to do with stats analysis, but the connections are not as convoluted as you might think. NHL video games, particularly the EA versions, have had a profound effect on a generation of young hockey fans, beginning with the blockbuster NHL '94 and making major advancements in technology/format in the '99, '01, '04, and '08. While boxcar stats had always spoken to previous generations of young hockey followers, attribute ratings have brought a new element of understanding the game to recent generations, and have likely fostered a desire for concise explanations and expressions of player values and talent. At the same time, they might also be perpetuating some of the same things we've been resisting in the stats community." [Behind The Net]

• Nice piece on Steven Kampfer of the Boston Bruins, who has made an impact for the B's. [Boston Globe]

• Why Keith Yandle(notes) deserved to be an All-Star, had the All-Star game selections had all that much to do with half-season honors, which they sorta didn't. [Globe & Mail]

Finally, if you haven't seen it on Deadspin, a Penguins fan face-plants onto a van during a Winter Classic tailgate. It was behind the play, so the refs missed it.

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