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COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Artem Anisimov on Injured Reserve as a result of a torn triceps muscle suffered in last Saturday’s game at Nashville, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The injury is expected to sideline Anisimov for two to three months.
Anisimov, who missed seven games earlier this season due to an upper body injury, has recorded two goals and four assists for six points with four penalty minutes in 16 games this season. The Yaroslavl, Russia native has posted 81-90-171 with 122 penalty minutes in 376 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and New York Rangers.
"We're competitive. We want to be the elite guys. We want to be looked at to change hockey games. In the last little bit here, we haven't been doing that. [We] take that on our shoulders, wanted to show the group."
-Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks on himself and Corey Perry. More on the Ducks from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.
from Erik Erlendsson o fhe Tampa Tribune,
Now that he’s back in the lineup, it’s difficult not to think Tampa Bay will be even better, which is quite a possibility for a team that enters tonight’s game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in a six-way tie for the most points in the league with 34.
Hedman fractured a finger at Vancouver on Oct. 18, the fifth game of the season, and had surgery to insert pins two days later. Including the game Hedman left, Tampa Bay was 13-5-1 without him.
Hedman returned on Saturday against Ottawa, logging 19 minutes and 55 seconds of ice time and looking as if he never missed a beat. He had three shots on goal, two hits, two blocked shots and was a plus-2.
“He was commanding out there, with and without the puck,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said of Hedman’s first game in six weeks. “It’s great to have him back. It takes a lot of relief off other guys who play big minutes on our team. I’m sure when he gets his legs more, he’ll play more. But in the second and third (periods), he was outstanding.’’
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
Their 11-10-4 record puts them on pace to end up with 85 points after reaching 111 last season. If the playoffs began right now, San Jose would be on the outside looking in for the first time since 2003.
The fan base has responded by failing to fill the SAP Center for five of nine home games after a streak of 205 sellouts. Yes, the building has been close to capacity, but when a Saturday night rivalry matchup with the Anaheim Ducks doesn't draw a full house, it's more serious....
So what are the problems?
- Depth, both up front and on the blue line. This isn't a new issue, but the concern is heightened because of the results. In their 10 regulation losses, the Sharks have scored 15 goals -- 13 of them by four guys: Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns....
- While the Sharks' top players have carried the bulk of the offense, only Thornton and Pavelski have been consistent. Patrick Marleau and Couture have hit extended dry spells along the way, though both are starting to pick up their scoring of late.
- Despite what players have said publicly, there is evidence that Thornton and Marleau did not take kindly to last summer's comments by Wilson that were seen as hints for them to waive their no-trade clauses and move on just six months after signing three-year contract extensions....
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
They’re now fifth in the chase for a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, allowing Toronto, Florida and Washington to all leapfrog past them in the past couple of weeks.
For all the Senators fans laughing when Nashville spanked Toronto 9-2 on Nov. 18, the Maple Leafs have since strung together a 4-0 record.
The Senators, meanwhile, are licking their wounds following their lost weekend here, which included a 4-1 defeat to Tampa Bay Saturday and a 3-2 loss to Florida Friday.
And what’s staring them in the face? An away-and-home series against the New York Islanders, who have just completed an 11-3-0 November to remember. That will be followed by a trip to face Metro Division-leading Pittsburgh Saturday and a home game against Pacific Division leading Vancouver Sunday.
Johan Franzen's skate caught the face of Alex Burrows who did return to the bench after going for repairs.
from Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona,
Among the most glaring and disturbing of the Coyotes' deficiencies in a 3-0 loss to Calgary on Saturday was the noticeable difference in speed between the teams....
"I'd like to think that our pace wasn't good enough," he said. "In this game, if you played slow you didn't play very well and we had too many players that played slow."
Unfortunately for the Coyotes, they've looked slower than many opponents this season, and that trend began on opening night when the Winnipeg Jets skated circles around them.
With 24 games providing a healthy sample size for evaluation, that issue could signal a continuation of the gradual youth movement that is already underway in Glendale with the call-ups of forwards Tobias Rieder, Brendan Shinnimin and defenseman Brandon Gormley.
"When you take a hard look at where you're at relative to the competition and when you take a look at what's happening around the league, I think that's where we need to take this team," GM Don Maloney said.
Jim Fox with a zinger at the end of the video and Bob Miller is not impressed.
After having his skills questioned, Marc-Andre Fleury turned to an uncommon method to improve his game.
Christine Simpson with the report...
SIX-WAY TIE FOR TOP SPOT IN THE NHL
The Nashville Predators (16-5-2, 34 points), New York Islanders (17-7-0, 34 points), Pittsburgh Penguins (16-5-2, 34 points), St. Louis Blues (16-6-2, 34 points) and Tampa Bay Lightning (16-6-2, 34 points) all recorded wins on Saturday night to pull even with the Montreal Canadiens (16-7-2, 34 points) for the most standings points in the NHL.
RANGERS, SABRES SWEEP HOME-AND-HOME SETS…
Both the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres swept their home-and-home series with the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens respectively.
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