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Mikko Koivu Out With Cracked Fibula

via the Pioneer Press,

Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu has a cracked left fibula, non-displaced, and will miss about a week of action, a team spokesperson said Saturday night.

Koivu was injured when he was slashed by Vancouver’s Mattias Ohlund late in the the third period of the Wild’s 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ohlund was given a five-minute major. There was no word Saturday night on any possible discipline being handed out to Ohlund by the NHL.

added 10:16pm, You can watch the two-handed slash by Ohlund…

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  Tags: mattias+ohlund, mikko+koivu, minnisota+wild, vancouver+canucks

Ference Out With Sprained Knee

from the CP via TSN,

Just as defenceman Aaron Ward returned from a concussion, blue-liner Andrew Ference was sidelined for a second time this month - this time with a sprained knee.

Ference returned from an upper body injury for the Bruins’ 5-2 victory over Toronto on Thursday night, only to suffer a brand new injury.

more on the Bruins…

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  Tags: andrew+ference, boston+bruins, injury

Nastiness Between Minnesota & Vancouver

From Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,

If Mattias Ohlund is suspended, it would happen before tomorrow because Vancouver has a game.

It’ll be an interesting decision. After seeing the replay again more closely well after game, one wonders if league disciplinarian Colin Campbell will take into account Ohlund was reacting to Koivu’s attempted elbow.

I would think he would want to suspend him to perhaps keep Wednesdays rematch more civil and to also keep Ohlund safe.

Also, ill tell you what, after looking at Marian Gaborik’s elbow on Ryan Kesler again, he’s lucky he didn’t get a major. It was a leap at Kesler’s head.

more…

*More on this situation written by myself earlier today.

*Additional info on possible suspension time for Ohlund on Jason Botchford’s blog at The Province

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  Tags: marian+gaborik, mattias+ohlund, minnesota+wild, suspensions, vancouver+canucks

A MSM Blogger

from Bruce MacLeaod at Red Wings Corner,

I started reading blogs a couple of years ago and it’s gotten to the point that I can’t remember the last day that I made it through without tasting at least one blog.
My peers look at bloggers as non-journalists … and believe it or not, that’s a slam. They point out that very few bloggers have primary information, instead being so removed from the dressing room that they act as collection houses of information first posted by beat reporters. Commentary thus becomes the only unique part of the blog. My beat-writer peers fear that their blogs will have fewer hits (yes, we speak the language) because that information can be found on other sites.

read on

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Devils In A Funk

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

If ever Lou Lamoriello and his rookie coach Brent Sutter had a challenge on their hands, they do now, TODAY, Saturday, as they take on the Flyers this evening in Philadelphia.

Following a pair of home losses to the Rangers and then Islanders, New Jersey has a team that struggles to score goals at even strength and is egregiously futile when they have a man advantage.

On top of it all, they seem to lack overall zip over a 60-minute period, and remarkably, invariably suffer a bad break.

continued

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  Tags: brent+sutter, lou+lamoriello, new+jersey+devils, philadelphia+flyers

Calgary’s Fortunes Depend on Kiprusoff and Iginla

From George Johnson at ESPN,

Iginla, the unquestioned emotional push behind the Flames, is thriving, while Kiprusoff, arguably the most spectacular goaltender in the game over the past three seasons, is nose-diving.

So the spirit is willing, but the flash has been weak.

As Iginla and Kiprusoff go, so go the Flames. And, right now, Calgary finds itself stuck on a treadmill to mediocrity, a game below .500 and a disquieting 1-5 stretch in what could hardly be described as a November to remember.

They’ve both been making headlines for altogether different reasons.

more…

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  Tags: calgary+flames, jarome+iginla, mikka+kiprusoff

Toews & Kane Hitting a Wall

From Len Ziehm a the Chicago Sun-Times,

Toews was a minus-3 in a 4-2 loss at Columbus on Wednesday. The next night, he was a minus-2 in a 5-4 overtime loss at Nashville and won only one of 11 faceoffs.  He was disconsolate in the locker room afterward. His teammates tried to cheer him up, but Toews wasn’t buying it.

‘‘They’d say that statistics don’t always represent how you’ve been playing, but I was on the ice for five goals-against, so obviously there’s something I’m not doing right,’’ Toews said.

On Friday he went through a video session with assistant coach Ryan Stewart designed to correct his recent mistakes, then got hit in the head with puck in practice at Joe Louis Arena. He’s now sporting a big lump and cut near his right eye, and tonight his line will play against fearsome Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

Welcome to the NHL, kid.

more… including some comments on Patrick Kane’s recent struggles as well

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, detroit+red+wings, jonathan+toews, patrick+kane

Fernandez Has a Plan

From Kevin Dupont at the Boston Globe,

It wasn’t the answer Manny Fernandez wanted.

“No, it wasn’t,” said the Bruins’ injured netminder yesterday, his knee woes making him a spectator for most of this season. “But at least we’ve reached a decision. We have a plan, and now we’ll go from here.”

The plan, in a nutshell: 1. get back on skates immediately; 2. build up leg strength through on-ice workouts and off-ice rehab; 3. hope for the best.

All of that, which Fernandez plans to begin as early as tomorrow in a late-morning workout, is in lieu of surgery.

continued…

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  Tags: boston+bruins, goalies, injuries, manny+fernandez

Defense Creating Offense in Tampa

From the Tampa Tribune,

It took Lightning defensemen 36 games last season to reach double figures in goals scored. It took them half as long, 18 games, to reach 10 goals collectively this season.

And that’s with 20-goal scorer Dan Boyle (left wrist surgery) out for all but four games.

What’s happened, with Boyle out of the picture, is that Coach John Tortorella’s blue liners have begun to become more conscious of trying to help scoring opportunities when they’re available.

“If you’re asking your forwards to play on the other side of the puck defensively,” Tortorella said Friday, “we ask our defensemen to play on the other side of the puck, offensively. We feel like we have the people. It’s just a matter of willingness to get up the ice and make it happen.”

continued…

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  Tags: john+tortorella, tampa+bay+lightning

The Battle Of…?

from the Toronto Star,

They are the games that get fans talking. The ones circled on the calendar as soon as the schedule comes out. The game that proves your team is – once and for all – better than your team’s bitter rival, until at least the two meet again.

Like when the Leafs face the Ottawa Senators in the Battle of Ontario or when Calgary faces their provincial rivals in Edmonton.

If you could pit one rivalry against another, which one would come out on top?

continued

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  Tags: calgary+flames, edmonton+oilers, ottawa+senators, rivalries, toronto+maple+leafs

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