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 Posted: Tue Nov 1st, 2016 08:02 pm
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Ales Hemsky may not play for the rest of the regular season.

The Dallas Stars forward will miss five-to-six months after having surgery to repair a labral tear in his hip Monday morning, Stars general manager Jim Nill announced.

Hemsky suffered the injury at the World Cup of Hockey and only played in one of the Stars' first eight games.

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Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews can downplay it all they want, but their first career NHL showdown carries plenty of swagger with it.

The two 19-year-olds were linemates for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey in September, so you'd better believe there will be plenty of pride on the line when the last two first-overall draft picks go head to head on Tuesday night as McDavid's Edmonton Oilers meet Matthews' Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

"Oh, 100 percent there will be,'' their World Cup linemate, Mark Scheifele, told ESPN.com on Saturday. "You could even tell what happened with Patrik Laine and Matthews when they played. You see them both downplay it -- 'It's just a regular hockey game' -- but at the end of the day, both of them want to prove to everyone that they're the big shot. Obviously it's not the No. 1 thing on their mind, but all pro athletes have that extra gear. They want to be that clutch player who comes through in the crunch. There will be more on the line for them Tuesday.''

Scheifele seems to be in the middle of it all these days. He rode shotgun with Matthews and McDavid on Team North America and now has the sensational Finnish rookie Laine on his wing in Winnipeg.

"I've played with all of them. I've got the dirt on all of them,'' joked the talented Winnipeg Jets center during a phone conversation.

"It is a weird feeling. I'm 23 years old, and I feel like I have to take care of the kids,'' Scheifele added with a laugh.

Laine, 18, electrified the Winnipeg crowd with a hat trick in that Oct. 19 win over Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs -- the opening NHL chapter in what will be a forever debate between the top two picks of last June's draft. The Calder Trophy likely will have one of their names engraved on it next June.

The McDavid-Matthews narrative will also continue to have juice. Both are franchise centers for whom organizations tried to move mountains, just for the chance to land them in the lottery. The Leafs fell short of doing so in the spring of 2015 and lost out on McDavid before hitting the jackpot last spring to claim the top draft spot and the right to choose Matthews. So it's understandable that the two players will always be compared with one another.

Scheifele showed his own moxie by meshing very well with both franchise players in September.

"Connor can pretty much do it all. He can score, he can set guys up, he's got unbelievable speed, he plays good D in the D-zone," Scheifele said. "Auston is a great guy down low, holds on to the puck really well. He's a very methodical player. I'm a pretty simple guy. I get pucks in, I hold the puck down low, I get to open areas and try to be a consistent player every night. I think that's why I was able to play with those guys because they knew what they were getting out of me each and every night. With guys of that skill level, it makes it easy to find open hole, you're going to get chances. It was really exciting to play to play with those two guys.''

At one point last week, Matthews' 10 points led the NHL in scoring. He has gone three consecutive games since then without a point, but you know that's not going to last. Now McDavid has taken the NHL scoring lead, with 12 points in nine games (he's tied with Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers).

"The most exciting to me is just how much better they get every single night," Scheifele said of McDavid and Matthews. "They're pretty special, but they're getting better every night, which is the scary thing.''

Scheifele faced McDavid in the Heritage Classic on Oct. 23, so he has already played against both of his World Cup linemates.

"I gave Connor a cross-check after one draw, because he beat me. He skated by me and said, 'Scheif, that hurt,''' chuckled Scheifele, who knows McDavid well, as they both work out together during the summer in the Toronto area. "I only took one or two draws against Auston. I didn't get to play against him as much. But they were both awesome to play against. You watch the skill level, it's pretty crazy just to see what they're doing now.''

Scheifele figured those McDavid-Matthews draws on Tuesday night will be entertaining.

"I'm sure they'll be ribbing each other at some faceoffs," Scheifele said. "It'll be a fun game to watch for sure.''

It has been that kind of early season for the NHL, as the next wave of generational stars -- McDavid, Matthews, Laine, Johnny Gaudreau, Dylan Larkin et al. -- puts its stamp on the game. It's a heady time for franchise-altering youth in the NHL.


"It's crazy the amount of young guys coming into the league doing unbelievable things," said Scheifele, who is playing in his fourth NHL season. "It just shows where the game of hockey is going. I know Connor works on his game more than anyone. He's the guy shooting pucks at his house, on the ice doing extra things, working on faceoffs, whatever it is, he's a guy trying to get better and better each and every day. That's what makes all these young kids so special. They all want to get better. They don't care about the fact they made the NHL already. They want to be the best player. They want to be that next Sidney Crosby.

"I think that's why these kids are all making those waves.''

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild center Zac Dalpe will miss the next four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee.

Dalpe was hurt Saturday in Minnesota's 4-0 win over Dallas. The Wild placed Dalpe on long-term injured reserve on Tuesday after what the team called a successful operation, performed by Dr. Joel Boyd. Dalpe, who turned 27 on Tuesday, has one goal and two assists in nine games.

The Wild recalled forwards Christoph Bertschy, Tyler Graovac and Jordan Schroeder from their AHL affiliate in Iowa before hosting Buffalo on Tuesday.

Bertschy and Graovac played on Saturday against Dallas before being sent back briefly. Schroeder will make his season debut. He's played in 51 games for the Wild over the last two years.

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The Ottawa Senators have acquired goalie Mike Condon from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2017, Ottawa confirmed Wednesday.

As a rookie last season, the undrafted Condon filled the cratering void left by Carey Price when the Montreal Canadiens superstar went down with injury.

He made 51 starts for Montreal, authoring a .903 save percentage.

Condon's only appearance for Pittsburgh came in relief of Marc-Andre Fleury. He stopped all seven shots he faced, and didn't factor in the decision in a loss to the Nashville Predators.

The Senators' goaltending situation remains fluid with Andrew Hammond out with a lower-body injury and starter Craig Anderson needing the flexibility to be with his wife, who last week was diagnosed with cancer.

Condon provides the club with capable insurance, and likely means they'll continue carrying three goaltenders.

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Auston Matthews' popularity is second to none.

More people bought the Toronto Maple Leafs' rookie sensation's jersey than that of any other player in the month of October, the NHL announced Tuesday night.

Here's the full list:

RANK     PLAYER


1          Auston Matthews
2          Sidney Crosby
3          Connor McDavid
4          Patrick Kane
5         Jonathan Toews
6         Henrik Lundqvist
7         Claude Giroux
8         P.K. Subban
9         Alex Ovechkin
10       Anze Kopitar


Matthews' feat is especially impressive considering his jersey wasn't even available for two whole days after his historic four-goal NHL debut Oct. 12 against the Ottawa Senators.

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Scoring is suddenly a lost art for the Vancouver Canucks.

The Ottawa Senators defeated Willie Desjardins' club 1-0 on Thursday night, handing the Canucks their seventh consecutive loss.

It was the fourth time in the last five games and second time in as many nights that Vancouver failed to register a single goal.

The Canucks lost 3-0 to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night, following a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Washington Capitals last Saturday. The scorless drought began with losses to the Senators and the Edmonton Oilers last week.

Vancouver became the first team in NHL history to open a season with three straight wins while never leading in regulation.

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Wow- was watching my Dead Wings lose another one, this time vs. the Jets, when I heard the out of town scoreboard- 8-0 Columbus beating Montreal....WOW, I went to my computer this morning to find the final was 10-0!!

I feel bad for that backup Montoya, looks like he didn't get any support at all!

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chrob61 wrote: Wow- was watching my Dead Wings lose another one, this time vs. the Jets, when I heard the out of town scoreboard- 8-0 Columbus beating Montreal....WOW, I went to my computer this morning to find the final was 10-0!!

I feel bad for that backup Montoya, looks like he didn't get any support at all!
Was watching my Jets beat your Dead Wings(odd goals in that game) and was periodically flipping back and forth between that and the Habs game and stopped after the first few goals as it just looked awful.

Saw the highlights(or lowlights if you will, afterwards) and from what I saw and read on a Habs discussion board the players should be ashamed for basically abandoning Montoya like that.   I get that the Habs have a back to back and Price will play tonight at home but at the very least Montoya should have been pulled for the third period.  He'll be damaged goods for the next while and if something happens to Price again the Habs will be fucked.  



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Angelic Assassin wrote: chrob61 wrote: Wow- was watching my Dead Wings lose another one, this time vs. the Jets, when I heard the out of town scoreboard- 8-0 Columbus beating Montreal....WOW, I went to my computer this morning to find the final was 10-0!!

I feel bad for that backup Montoya, looks like he didn't get any support at all!
Was watching my Jets beat your Dead Wings(odd goals in that game) and was periodically flipping back and forth between that and the Habs game and stopped after the first few goals as it just looked awful.

Saw the highlights(or lowlights if you will, afterwards) and from what I saw and read on a Habs discussion board the players should be ashamed for basically abandoning Montoya like that.   I get that the Habs have a back to back and Price will play tonight at home but at the very least Montoya should have been pulled for the third period.  He'll be damaged goods for the next while and if something happens to Price again the Habs will be fucked.  

I'm thinking back to that final Patrick Roy game with the Habs vs. the Red Wings, how they left him hang out to dry.....

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chrob61 wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: chrob61 wrote: Wow- was watching my Dead Wings lose another one, this time vs. the Jets, when I heard the out of town scoreboard- 8-0 Columbus beating Montreal....WOW, I went to my computer this morning to find the final was 10-0!!

I feel bad for that backup Montoya, looks like he didn't get any support at all!
Was watching my Jets beat your Dead Wings(odd goals in that game) and was periodically flipping back and forth between that and the Habs game and stopped after the first few goals as it just looked awful.

Saw the highlights(or lowlights if you will, afterwards) and from what I saw and read on a Habs discussion board the players should be ashamed for basically abandoning Montoya like that.   I get that the Habs have a back to back and Price will play tonight at home but at the very least Montoya should have been pulled for the third period.  He'll be damaged goods for the next while and if something happens to Price again the Habs will be fucked.  

I'm thinking back to that final Patrick Roy game with the Habs vs. the Red Wings, how they left him hang out to dry.....
I loved Patrick Roy as a Habs G. but admittedly he was a head case and it was only a matter of time for that to happen.  I swear sometimes teams just plan this shit.  Maybe Montoya's banging some teammates wife.



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Troubles continue to mount in Brooklyn.

The New York Islanders will now be without defenseman Travis Hamonic for the next four-to-six weeks with an upper-body injury, the team announced Sunday.

Hamonic, who leads the Islanders in average ice time per contest over the last two seasons, was injured in the first period of Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

New York will have to file some paperwork to dress a complete roster Monday night versus the Vancouver Canucks, as the club has only been carrying six healthy defensemen.

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The Calgary Flames are probably never going to beat the Ducks in Anaheim again.

With a 4-1 loss in SoCal, the Flames set a record they didn't want to set:

PUT IT IN THE RECORD BOOKS! The #NHLDucks beat Calgary for the 24th consecutive time on home ice, breaking the @NHL record! #LetsGoDucks

— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) November 7, 2016
The Flames' last win in Anaheim was in 2004.

The Flames previously shared the record with the Penguins who lost 23 straight in Philadelphia from Feb. 17, 1980 until Jan. 29, 1987

— Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh) November 7, 2016
Calgary wraps up its four-game road trip with a 1-3 record, and was outscored 18-5.

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The stalemate is over.

The Winnipeg Jets have re-signed defenseman Jacob Trouba to a two-year, $6-million deal. The contract carries base salaries of $2.5 million this season and $3.5 million in 2017-18.

The two sides met Nov. 4 in Detroit, with Trouba's agent - Kurt Overhardt - calling the scenario "status quo" as recently as Monday.

Trouba, who'd requested a trade prior to the start of the regular season, had until Dec. 1 to agree to terms on a new contract, lest he be forced to sit out the entire NHL season.

His issue was a lack of opportunity on his natural right side, a position that has opened up - for the time being, at least - due to an injury to Tyler Myers that recently landed him on injured reserve.

At the same time, however, there exists the possibility of a sign-and-trade, with the prorated first year of Trouba's new deal serving as an enticingly low cap hit for a player of his potential.

Important to remember -- Jacob Trouba is now eligible to sign an extension on this contract as soon as July 1.

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 7, 2016
For Trouba, he's now able to take the ice, where he belongs.

In 81 games for the Jets last season, he recorded six goals and 15 assists while averaging over 22 minutes per night.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without defenseman Seth Jones for three weeks after he suffered a hairline fracture in his foot during Saturday's game at St. Louis, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has announced.

The details of the injury are not for the faint of heart.

Berglund's skate blade cut through Jones' skate - the laces and tongue - and cut his foot, fractured a bone. #CBJ #StLBlues

— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) November 7, 2016
Jones did not remove his skate for fear of his foot swelling so bad he couldn't put it back in. #hockeyplayers #CBJ

— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) November 7, 2016
By end of game, #CBJ Jones said there was blood seeping through his laces.

— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) November 7, 2016
Jones, 22, has been solid for the Blue Jackets so far this season, recording three goals, three assists, and 15 shots through 10 games while leading the team in ice time (17th in NHL).

The injury comes with the Blue Jackets having posted a winning record of 5-3-2, and sitting one point back of a wild-card spot with the fewest games played league-wide.

Based on the three-week timeline, Jones is likely to miss the next ten games.

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The Vancouver Canucks exploded for another two goals Monday night in Brooklyn, but they weren't enough to end a losing streak that's now hit nine games.

The good news: Vancouver's scored five goals over its last two games. When you're averaging 1.69 goals a game, 2.50 is something to call home about.

The bad news: Vancouver's in Manhattan on Tuesday to face the New York Rangers, who score at a rate the Canucks can't even dream about.

Here are the Rangers' goal totals over their past five games:

5


5


5


5


6




Math is hard, but that's 26 Rangers goals. The Canucks have scored 22 times all season, in 13 games, and only 12 times during their nine-game slide. Vancouver's co-leading scorers Henrik Sedin, Jannik Hansen (injured), and Brandon Sutter have six points. New York boasts 14 players with six points or more.

It isn't easy being Willie Desjardins right now. The Canucks head coach has it rough, and even after a power-play goal Monday, the team has only converted four of 41 chances.

It gets even worse: Vancouver's winless away from home at 0-4-2, while the Rangers are 8-1 at Madison Square Garden.

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