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Nick Foligno is on IR with an upper-body injury.
added 3:33pm, DoPS with the video explanation below, why no discipline...
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
There was a scary moment at 5:08 of the third period, when Carolina’s Brad Malone delivered a blindside hit to the right side of Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno’s head.
Foligno’s head snap-twisted grotesquely, and he fell to the ice and laid mosly still on his stomach for about 30 seconds. He took a knee while being observed by trainer Mike Vogt, and left the ice under his own power. He did not return.
Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said he did not have an injury update to provide on Foligno, but Foligno walked out of the dressing room and toward the team plane shortly after the game.
more on the 4-1 Columbus loss to the Carolina Hurricanes...
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
What if Eric Staal is traded by the Carolina Hurricanes this season?
What if he doesn’t re-sign with the organization and his days with the Canes come to an end after 12 seasons?
“That uncertainty has been a little bit of a topic,” Jordan Staal said this week. “It’s obviously out of our control but it’s hard not to talk about scenarios.
“It’s unfortunate, but we know if we play consistently well things will go well and will go the way we want it to. We both love it here and we want to play here, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”
Eric Staal, the team captain since January 2010, is in the final year of a long-term contract and is the Canes’ highest-paid player at $9.5 million. There is a no-trade clause in the contract and Staal said again this week that he’d like to stay with an organization that drafted him in 2003.
Canes general manager Ron Francis said Thursday that he talked with Rick Curran, who represents Eric and Jordan Staal, in mid-December and that the decision was made to push back negotiations until the middle of January. Both sides say the length of a new contract and the financial terms have not been proposed.
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Their 2-1 loss to Carolina — one of the ever-shrinking number of teams behind them in the Eastern Conference standings — Saturday night at Consol Energy Center stretched their winless streak to 0-4-1 and left the Penguins stranded far outside the top eight teams in the conference.
If the season ended today — and it would be completely understandable if the Penguins wished it would — they would fail to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
The issue isn’t their willingness to work or compete, at least most of the time, but their consistent inability to generate goals. Consider this: Although Hurricanes left winger Jeff Skinner didn’t get a goal Saturday night, he has scored six in the past five games.
So have the Penguins.
And while coach Mike Sullivan said, “I see signs of improvement in a lot of areas,” their record isn’t one of them. They are 0-4 since Sullivan replaced Mike Johnston as coach eight days ago and have slipped to 15-14-3.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” defenseman Brian Dumoulin said. “We just have to keep going forward.”
Watch the game highlights below...
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
“I call it not being a pro. We had four days off. We should have expected to come out and play one of our best games of the year and we didn’t. You have to be able to use those breaks and use them the right way and show up to play come game time. I didn’t think we did a very good job of that tonight.”
- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf
STAT OF THE NIGHT
- The Ducks have either been shut out or scored one goal in 14 of their 29 games.
Below, watch Bruce Boudreau post-game...
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The long-awaited and much-anticipated dialogue on the future of Eric Staal as a Carolina Hurricane took place yesterday.
That’s not to say there was a decision or resolution of any kind.
Carolina general manager Ron Francis and Staal's agent Rick Curran did talk on the phone on Tuesday, but basically deferred all matters relating to Staal's future to the new year.
Neither Francis nor Curran wanted to comment publicly, other than to indicate no doors have been opened or closed on either side and there's no timetable beyond "talking again sometime in the new year."
In a nutshell, the Staal situation appears as basic as this: Does he stay or does he go?
All we know with any certainty at this point is we'll be waiting weeks, if not months, for a definitive answer.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
“You can’t expect to win games if you give up three goals,” said Therrien, whose team has lost three of its last four games by identical 3-2 scores.
This game should have been a gimme with the best team in the Eastern Conference facing one of the worst.
In some areas, the Canadiens did enough to win. They had a healthy edge on the shot clock, which was also the case in their 3-2 loss to Washington on Thursday night, and Therrien could have just as easily summed up the team’s recent woes by saying: “You can’t win if you only score two goals.”
There were other areas in which the Canadiens did not do well.
The Canadiens won only 42 per cent of their faceoffs and this failure was most evident in the third period. The Canadiens won seven faceoffs and lost 20.
Game highlights are below...
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
Looking to shake up a team that’s last in the NHL with 20 points, Canes coach Bill Peters is making changes for Saturday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Into the lineup will go forwards Phil Di Giuseppe and Brock McGinn along with defenseman Jaccob Slavin, all called up Friday from the Charlotte Checkers (AHL). Out of the lineup will come forwards Kris Versteeg and Riley Nash.
Slavin replaces Ryan Murphy, who was reassigned Friday to the Checkers. Michal Jordan again will be a healthy extra.
“It’s my decision, for sure. We need a different look,” Peters said after the morning skate at Raleigh Center Ice. “We weren’t very happy with our effort the other night and we need to be better. So we’re making some lineup changes and make as many as we could — three guys in and three guys out.”
Asked if sitting Versteeg and Nash would send a message to the team, Peters said, “To the individual, to the team, to the organization, everybody. We need more, we need better. We need better and more consistent compete and we’re going to look for ways to find it and be solution-based.”
from Stan Fischler at The Hockey News,
No matter how you shake it Sidney Crosby has become a curious subject for study in Pittsburgh. His slow scoring start was enough to raise eyebrows through the season’s first quarter although Sid seems to be back on track. What’s troublesome are reports of a feud with his former landlord and boss Mario Lemieux. That has created more negative vibes than the Penguins need.
The captain remains an untouchable, but it seems more and more likely that Evgeni Malkin will be GM Jim Rutherford’s best chip to play in the trading sweepstakes. The deal I can see — Malkin to Carolina for Eric Staal.
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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
You know all that talk about the Edmonton Oilers being “visually better” on the ice this season? Well, in Carolina, the visuals weren’t pretty.
They are what it says they are in the standings, certainly with their no-show against the Hurricanes Wednesday.
They looked, numbingly, like cellar-dwellers in the 30th-precinct of the National Hockey League. You can talk yourself blue in the face about Jordan Staal’s hoper from behind the net that pinballed off the left skate of Griffin Reinhart and past goalie Anders Nilsson with 16 seconds left in the first period. Or the Justin Faulk pass to Jeff Skinner that ricocheted off his skate-boot and past Nilsson.
Or, the one-in-a-million chain of events 2-1/2 minutes into the second frame as linesman Matt MacPherson stumbled off a faceoff at centre-ice, and trying not to do a face-plant, reached for a lifeline. He grabbed Oilers winger Nail Yakupov, and Yakupov’s left leg bent awkwardly. Not a good play by the zebra, in hindsight, dragging down an unsuspecting player in a scrum.
While Yakupov never returned, he might not be as badly hurt as it looked on TV replay according to folks around the Oilers locker-room.
And that’s certainly not why the Oilers took a knee, losing 4-1 to the Hurricanes.
Watch the Yakupov injury below...
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