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Injuries Hit The Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without right wing Cam Atkinson and center Alexander Wennberg for the next several weeks due to injuries suffered in games last week, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Wennberg suffered a back injury on December 21 at Pittsburgh, while Atkinson suffered a fractured foot on December 23 vs. Philadelphia. Both players are expected to be sidelined four to six weeks.

Atkinson, who has led the Blue Jackets in scoring in each of the past two seasons, has recorded six goals and seven assists for 13 points with 10 penalty minutes and an "even" plus/minus rating 32 games in 2017-18. A year ago, he made his All-Star Game debut and tallied a career-high 35-27-62, 22 penalty minutes and was +13 in 82 games.

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Video- Manny Legace Proved the Doubters Wrong

At the World Junior Championship in 1992.


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Spending Some Time In The Penalty Box

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicagto Sun-Times,

“You [expletive] ogre! Go back to your swamp! Go back to your swamp, you [expletive] ogre!” Hartman hollered, a smile creeping across his face.

Reaves, who has spent several hundred minutes in penalty boxes and has heard just about everything, could only laugh and spit out some nonsense. Something colorful, to be sure.

“I don’t have planned chirps,” Reaves, now with the Penguins, said a year later. “I’m off the top of my head. I like to keep it new, keep it fresh. I’m talkative in there. I can’t tell you my chirps because they come to me right away. But they’re good. If you had me miked up for a year, you’d have some good material. I don’t know if you’d be able to play a lot of it, though. You’d have to put it on HBO late at night.”

A standard penalty box is about 8 feet wide, with a simple flat bench on which to sit. It’s surrounded on three sides by glass — to protect penalized players and the penalty-box attendants from stray pucks in front of them and drunken fans behind them. But at many NHL rinks, there’s no glass in between the boxes, just two sets of boards.


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Don Cherry Has His Game Back

from Curtis Rush at the New York Times,

Don Cherry, who can be as loud as the jackets he wears during his weekly “Coach’s Corner” segments on “Hockey Night in Canada,” was worried a year ago that he was losing his edge.

He was at risk of becoming a dinosaur, droning on about hockey’s best pugilists when the N.H.L. was turning toward more skill and speed.

After careful introspection, and inspiration from his wife, Cherry, 83, has roared back to being Canada’s Lion in Winter and hockey’s most outspoken voice, well into his fourth decade as a broadcaster.

“Everyone on television knows more about hockey than me,” Cherry said. “But they don’t know hockey. There’s a difference. They know all the stats, they know all the players, the whole deal. But I can pick out things no one else picks out.”

Cherry put himself in precarious positions as a player and as a broadcaster for his uncompromising opinions, making it a practice to thumb his nose at authority.


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The World Junior Championship Starts Today

The NHL Network with their schedule for the tournament and TSN has everything you need to know too.

Today's games:

Russia vs. Czech Republic at 12:00pm ET

Sweden vs. Belarus 2:00pm

Finland vs. Canada 4:00pm

USA vs. Denmark 8:00pm

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Top 17 Moments From The NHL In 2017

from Nichlolas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Here are 17 moments, in chronological order, even better than those:

Matthews ends a Classic

Jan. 1, Exhibition Stadium, Toronto

The 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic was meant to commemorate the past, the start of a yearlong celebration of the League's first century. The rink sat in the middle of a giant "100." The first 33 of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian were unveiled.

But who scored the overtime goal that gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-4 victory over another Original Six team, the Detroit Red Wings? The future. A rookie born in California, raised in Arizona and taken with the No. 1 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft. Center Auston Matthews.

read on

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Video- Most Of You Are Probably Moving A Little Slow Today

This won't help much, but the NHL players are moving slow too in this video from the past week in the NHL.


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Points To Ponder

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Trade winds

It wouldn't be surprising if trade talk involving Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green heats up in the next month....

January isn't a hot month for trades -- five were made last year, none that were impactful -- but it's a hot month for trade talk.

Penguins, Blackhawks under pressure

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks have combined to win the Stanley Cup three seasons in a row, four times in the past five seasons and six times in the past nine seasons. They're both in jeopardy of missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season.

The Penguins are seventh in the Metropolitan Division, three points behind the fifth-place New York Islanders, who currently occupy the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. They are eight points behind the first-place New Jersey Devils.

The Blackhawks are fifth in the Central Division, which features the top three teams (St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets) separated by two points, and the next three teams, the Dallas Stars, Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild, separated by four points.

eight more

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KK Video- “Let Earth Receive Her King”

This ends the Christmas videos over the last 16 hours.

See you tomorrow morning.

Joy to the World.


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KK Video- Sting Performs I Saw Three Ships

One of my favorites.


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