Sources: Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's drug policy
On March 30, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director Mathieu Schneider will be in Beijing, announcing that the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings will play two preseason games in China in September. First, because the NHL never puts its product in emerging non-hockey markets like this. Since Bettman became commissioner, the NHL has played games in London, Helsinki, Klagenfurt (Austria), Innsbruck (Austria), Stockholm, Salzburg (Austria), Berlin, Bern, Bratislava (Slovakia), Gothenburg (Sweden), Prague, Tampere (Finland), Zurich, Linköping (Sweden), Karlstad (Sweden), Mannheim (Germany), Belfast, Saint Petersburg, Liberec (Czech Republic), Malmö (Sweden), Riga, Zug (Switzerland) and Hamburg.
For the second time since taking over as head coach, Mike Yeo has lost the services Paul Stastny. This time, though, Yeo was caught off guard. “It may sound misleading, but it was a completely separate injury that kept him out of (Tuesday’s) game and one that we believed would have him possibly in the lineup for us tonight,” Yeo told the Post-Dispatch of Stastny’s lower-body ailment, which will keep him out week-to-week. “We were surprised to hear that this came about yesterday. “Believe me, I was probably more surprised than all the fans out there. So it’s a difficult one, but one that we’ll have to overcome.” Stastny was limited to less than four minutes of ice time during Tuesday’s 4-2 win
Since he broke into the NHL in 2009, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has skated nearly 4,500 minutes with Patrice Bergeron at even strength. The two wingers that logged the most time next to Bergeron and Marchand are still in the league, but no longer on the Bruins' roster: Tyler Seguin and Reilly Smith.