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Video- Concussion Talk Surrounds Auston Matthews

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Take Mike Babcock’s word that Auston Matthews is really on this three-game trip with the Maple Leafs.

But the head coach is not saying much else about the absent Matthews, his suspected head injury and when he might play again.

The leading scorer wasn’t available here Tuesday against the Flyers, the second game he’s missed after a collision with teammate Morgan Rielly on Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Babcock, the only coach in the organization allowed to talk about Matthews’ condition, danced around the sensitive topic Tuesday morning when asked if Matthews will make it back Thursday in Minnesota or Friday in Detroit.

“I think he’s playing (soon), he’s day-to-day,” Babcock began. “So I think he’s playing every day. Day-to-day is normally 10 days (often the case when the team medical staff overrules the coach’s enthusiasm for fast-tracking injuries), but we’ll go day-to-day.

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Below, watch Elliotte Friedman say no with a clip of the collision Matthews had...

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Remembering Zarley Zalapski

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

Thirty years ago in Moscow, Dave King remembers being gobsmacked by a beyond-his-years performance by teenage blueliner Zarley Zalapski at the 1987 Izvestia Cup.

Back in Russia to prepare for the latest instalment of what is now known as the Channel One Cup, King was reminiscing about that feat Tuesday after hearing the tragic news of Zalapski’s death.

Zalapski skated for Canada at the 1988 Winter Olympics, returned to the Saddledome for a five-season stint with the NHL’s Flames and called Calgary home after his playing days.

He was 49 when he died.

According to a Globalnews.ca report, the family has stated Zalapski died Sunday after suffering complications from a viral infection.

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Buffalo Sabres Win, Ottawa Senators Lose

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

We've reached the Chicken vs. the Egg portion of the program when it comes to Sabres games in KeyBank Center.

The fans make no noise, numbed to silence by the abhorrent cold in the downtown arena and the lack of excitement on the ice. The players get no push from the crowd to help them get off to a rousing start or through rough patches of a game.

You can't blame the paying customers anymore. They're in complete prove-it mode here after too many years of empty promises.

Then a funny thing happened in the second period Tuesday night against Ottawa: The Sabres started making plays and the fans started making noise.

Amazing how that works.

Just when we've all become obssessed with NFL wild-card tiebreakers, the Sabres have quietly put together a 2-0-2 stretch that's their best of the season after Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Senators.

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Below, Bruce Garrioch on the Senators and watch the game highlights....

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Morning Line- Kent Wilson On The Calgary Flames

Enter Houston.

Eric Francis' recent article on the Flames' potential flight to Houston is a study in leverage seeking. It presents the relocation threat as not merely credible but inevitable and throws in a variety of common rhetorical flourishes for good measure.

Selling and moving the Flames would be far from easy. Calgary is a top-10 NHL market, with a long history of grassroots support, a high concentration of corporate offices, and a large GDP. The Flames have made it past the second round twice in the last two decades but currently sit eighth in average NHL attendance this year.  It would require a vote from the NHL Board of Governors to move a team out of one of the strongest markets in the league in favour of somewhere relatively unknown (and instead of one of the many other franchises that are currently struggling).

-Kent Wilson of The Athletic, read more (paid subscription).

thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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Videos- Bad Goal Of The Night, Ouch Deflection And A Stuck Door

Vegas lost in a shootout.

 

 

Below, puck off the post, hits ref in the head and someone open the darn door.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Suffered An Embarrassing Home Loss

from Steve Gorten of the Columbus Dispatch,

Tortorella walked into his postgame news conference and up to the podium after the 7-2 loss to the Oilers, spoke roughly four sentences and walked out.

“There’s no sense in me even trying to answer questions about this game,” Tortorella said. “Sorry about that. Have a good night.”

“We just weren’t ready to go,” Foligno said. “They fed it to us. It was a disappointing game, sloppy. No execution, no nothing. It wasn’t us.”

Inside the Jackets’ dressing room, players tried to make sense of a game in which they surrendered a season high in goals. Four came in the second period, and the most painful was Mark Letestu’s short-handed breakaway score less than a second before intermission and just nine seconds after the Jackets got a power play.

The home fans responded by booing their team, which had won six of its past seven at Nationwide Arena and 10 of 13 overall, off the ice.

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Below, watch Tortorella's statement and game highlights....

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Video- The Best From The NHL Games Played Last Night

Just south of 5 minutes long.

 

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Video- Mike Babcock Gives The Linesman An Earful

Babcock did not like the puck drop leading directly to a Flyers goal.

 

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the likelihood of the Senators trading Erik Karlsson, Ottawa's need of recouping draft picks, the latest on Evander Kane potentially being moved, and injuries to a pair of Team Canada WJC returnees.

Watch at TSN.

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Evening Line- Pierre LeBrun

No question the priority remains for the Sens to try and sign Karlsson to a long-term deal as soon as possible this July, a year before his contract expires.

One way or another, his situation has to be ironed out by then, you cannot in a Canadian market allow a player of Karlsson’s superstar level enter next season in a walk year and expect that the ensuing mayhem surrounding that uncertainty won’t sink your team’s season.

-Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. Read more (paid subscription) on Karlsson plus the Blues looking for help up front.

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