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 Posted: Fri Dec 2nd, 2016 03:48 am
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The New Jersey Devils' offense will get a major boost in time for their game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Taylor Hall will return to the lineup for Thursday's contest, head coach John Hynes confirmed to Andrew Gross of The Record.

The dynamic forward missed eight games with a knee injury he suffered last month.

He's back ahead of schedule, beating the original recovery timetable of three-to-four weeks from Nov. 16, when he had surgery on his left knee.

Hall collected five goals and 12 points in 14 games before sustaining the injury.

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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski was named rookie of the month for November, the NHL announced Thursday.

The 19-year-old leads all rookie blue-liners and all Blue Jackets rearguards with 16 points in 21 games.

Werenski notched 10 of those points in 14 games last month.

He ranks second in average time on ice among rookies (22:06) behind Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (22:19).

Werenski is the fourth player in Blue Jackets history to be named rookie of the month, joining goaltender Steve Mason (Nov. and Dec. 2008), center Derick Brassard (Oct. 2008), and winger Rick Nash (Nov. 2002).

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The Detroit Red Wings are experiencing more than their fair share of injuries this season.

The latest victim is Justin Abdelkader, who will miss two-to-four weeks with a slight MCL sprain, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reported Friday.

He joins the following players who have already been placed on injured reserve:

G Jimmy Howard - Groin
D Brendan Smith - Knee
D Alexey Marchenko - Upper body
F Darren Helm - Shoulder
F Andreas Athanasiou - Knee
F Tyler Bertuzzi - Foot

Heading into the month of December - prior to the injury Abdelkader suffered Thursday - Detroit had already experienced the most man games lost due to injury in 2016-17 so far.

Abdelkader, who's in the first season of a seven-year, $29.75-million contract, has recorded four goals and four assists in 22 games.

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Jaromir Jagr continues to scale.

The ageless, mullet-wearing winger with the Florida Panthers suited up in his 1,653rd career game Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena, passing Mark Recchi for fourth all time.

Gordie Howe, Mark Messier, and Ron Francis are the only players with more.

Jagr sits 114 games behind Howe for the most games played in NHL history. If he hangs around for one more year, and remains healthy and able past the age of 46, Jagr has a chance to finish his career with the most all time.

As for his next rung that he'll take, Jagr requires eights points to surpass Mark Messier for the second-most behind Wayne Gretzky. He entered his 1,653rd game with 1,880 points for his career.

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Jonathan Toews will be off skates for a few days.

Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday that Toews' back injury is "not getting better," reports the Chicago Tribune's Chris Hine.

Toews will miss his sixth straight game Sunday, and the Blackhawks will assess his status in the middle of next week.

The Blackhawks can afford to be patient with Toews, as the club is playing solid hockey, leading the Central Division with 35 points.

No. 19 has clearly been slowed by the injury, with only four goals and 12 points in 21 games. He's shooting 7.4 percent, and that's notable because Toews has never shot lower than 12.4 percent, and has scored 20 or more goals in each season of his remarkable career.

Chicago is home to Arizona, the Rangers, and Dallas next week, so Toews will be rehabbing at home.
Chicago is home to Arizona, the Rangers, and Dallas next week, so Toews will be rehabbing at home.

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Buffalo Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges will be out of the lineup for the long term.

He's out "weeks" with a non-displaced fracture in his foot, head coach Dan Bylsma told reporters Sunday.

Gorges was hurt blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers, and missed Saturday's loss to the Boston Bruins.

The veteran ranks fifth on the Sabres in average time on ice, and has just a single point in 23 games.

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Anders Nilsson is a lot more than a Buffalo Sabres goaltender.

The 26-year-old is enjoying a strong season - he has a .934 save percentage in eight games and seven starts - but he's making headlines for sporting a pride flag in support of the LGBT community on the back of his helmet.

Nilsson spoke about the flag with The Buffalo News' John Vogl, saying gay friends and witnessing their struggle was the impetus behind the decision.

"Life hasn't been easy for them growing up," Nilsson said. "It's time that hockey starts to pay some attention to that.

"This summer, I thought, why not be the first goalie to put (the pride flag) on the helmet and raise some awareness?"

anders nilsson has a pride flag on his mask :,) pic.twitter.com/iQ6Ma7nuY1

— destiny (@mqrner) December 4, 2016
Nilsson was the recipient of very high praise from Wade Davis, a former NFL player who came out after his playing career was over and who now serves as director of the You Can Play organization.

"Anders Nilsson is courageous beyond the understanding of many," Davis said. "He is taking a risk on multiple fronts and is standing up for something that he believes in, knowing the backlash that could come his way. He's my hero."

Nilsson said a lot's been done by You Can Play, hockey, and by the sports world in recent years, but much work needs to be done. With the flag on his helmet, he's doing his small part to keep progress moving forward.

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Henrik Zetterberg's recent roll has carried him beyond Pavel Datsyuk.

While extending his goal streak to three games in a win over the New York Islanders on Sunday, Zetterberg passed his long-time teammate on the Detroit Red Wings' all-time goal-scoring list with the 315th of this career.

He now ranks alone in seventh on the all-time list after entering the season tied with Brendan Shanahan for eighth.

Somewhat surprisingly, Zetterberg surpassed Datsyuk in fewer games, though the two late-round steals that epitomize what made the Red Wings great for so many years share a near-identical per-game scoring rate.

Zetterberg is 63 points behind the recent NHL retiree on the club's all-time points list. He made his debut with the Red Wings one season after Datsyuk's arrival.

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Connor McDavid wasn't pleased about missing part of Sunday's overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild.

After the Edmonton Oilers center tripped over a stick and banged his face on the ice, he was pulled from the contest after the designated concussion spotter deemed it necessary to put him through the head injury assessment test.


"I was pretty shocked, to be honest," he told reporters after the game. "I hit my mouth on the ice. You reach up and grab your mouth when you get hit in the mouth. It's a pretty normal thing. Obviously the spotter thought he knew how I was feeling and pulled me off.

"Sh--ty time of the game too, I guess, where it's little bit a partial five-on-three and going into a power play after late in the second period where if you capitalize it could change the game."

He added that the concussion spotter was simply doing his job looking out for the players' well-being according to league guidelines. The test took about 20 minutes, and McDavid, still clearly frustrated with the night's events, said the it was "a bit of a process and inconvenient."

He was able to return in the third period and was denied a great chance to give his team the lead late in regulation, finishing the game with four shots in 20:38 of ice time.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs appear to be in search of a new backup goalie.

Jhonas Enroth has been placed on waivers, and head coach Mike Babcock cited poor performance as the impetus for the decision.

Babcock on Enroth: "Lou met with him today. Obviously, wasn't going good enough. We're just in a situation where we're making a change."

— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) December 5, 2016
Enroth appeared in six games and made four starts for the Maple Leafs, posting a record of 0-3-1 with a save percentage of .872. He signed a one-year, $750,000 deal with the club in the offseason.

There's no word yet on who will serve as Frederik Andersen's backup for Wednesday's game against Minnesota. Karri Ramo has been practicing with the team, while Antoine Bibeau has been carrying the load at the AHL level.

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Alex Galchenyuk will be out indefinitely after undergoing tests on a lower-body injury suffered during Sunday's game in Los Angeles, the Montreal Canadiens have announced.

The initial tests took place in St. Louis, and Galchenyuk will be further evaluated in Montreal on Wednesday, at which time his status will be updated.

Galchenyuk leads the Canadiens in goals (nine) and total points (23) despite ranking fourth in ice time among forwards, and has emerged as a key piece for a club sitting first in the Atlantic Division.

Montreal next plays Tuesday against St. Louis, meaning Galchenyuk will miss one game, at the very least.

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Former NHL forward Marek Svatos' death has been ruled a drug overdose by a Colorado coroner's office.

From Tom McGhee of the Denver Post:

Former Colorado Avalanche winger Marek Svatos had codeine, morphine, and an anti-anxiety medication in his system when he died of combined drug intoxication last month, the Douglas County Coroner’s Office said Monday.

He had a history of heroin use and had gone through drug rehabilitation, according to the coroner’s report. He also had suspected depression, prior suicidal ideation, and “recent life stressors.”

“Drug paraphernalia was found at the scene,” the report said.

The Slovakia native was found dead at age 34 on Nov. 5 in a community outside Denver.

Svatos appeared in 344 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators, and Ottawa Senators, recording 100 goals and 172 points.

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The Vancouver Canucks are apparently establishing new lows when it comes to ticket demand on the secondary market.

"I didn't think it would get any lower than the Mike Keenan years - that's when they moved Trevor (Linden) out and brought in (Mark) Messier," Kingsley Bailey, the manager of local broker Vancouver Ticket, told Postmedia's Stephanie Ip.

Bailey said demand for resale Canucks tickets this season is at an "all-time low," or the lowest it's been since the late 1990s.

"It's got to the point where some ticket holders - they don't even want to go but they don't want to lose their priority number," he said. "So some of my season-ticket holders who were selling partial seasons are now selling me full seasons."

Canucks COO Jeff Stipec told Yip that the season-ticket renewal rate for 2016-17 plummeted to just over 80 percent, down from 97 percent in 2011.

Vancouver sits second-last in the paltry Pacific Division, and the Canucks have the fifth-worst record in the league at 11-12-2 through 25 games.

Things seemed similarly grim in the fall of 2014, when Bailey said there was "no demand" for Canucks resale tickets. The club missed the postseason in 2013-14 after five consecutive playoff runs, which included a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2011.

After being eliminated by the Calgary Flames in the first round of the 2015 playoffs, Vancouver missed the postseason again last spring and doesn't appear likely to be playoff-bound in 2017.

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Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsett will undergo cervical fusion surgery to repair disc degeneration in his neck, general manager Jim Benning announced Monday.

The club isn't providing a timeline due to the nature of the procedure, but TSN's Darren Dreger reports Dorsett won't be back this season.

The Canucks expect him to recover fully and eventually resume playing, however.

He's been dealing with the condition for "five or six years," according to head coach Willie Desjardins.

"The decision to perform surgery was made after a thorough review of our options, including non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation," Benning said.

"Derek, our Canucks medical team, and Dr. (Robert) Watkins believe that surgery offers the best outcome both for his career and long-term health. Derek is an important member of our team and we are optimistic for a full recovery."

Dorsett, who hasn't played since Nov. 17, ended the Canucks' goalless streak of just under 160 minutes when he scored against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 5.

He's collected four points and racked up 33 penalty minutes in 14 games.

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Forgive Jack Eichel for feeling a lot older than 20.

The focal point of the Buffalo Sabres' offense tweaked his ankle Monday night, and while that's expected after his high ankle sprain, it was revealed Tuesday morning that the forward's also nursing a sore hip, according to Sportsnet's John Shannon.

"I'm fine," Eichel said of his ankle, The Buffalo News' John Vogl reports. "I'm good. Going through an injury like this, you know it's going to come back and bother you at times, but it's fine now."

Eichel will be in the lineup Tuesday night against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, and he downplayed the hype around the top two picks in the 2015 draft meeting for the second time in their careers.

"You guys are obviously going to make it look like it's Eichel-McDavid, that whole thing, but it's a team game," he said. "It's always been a team game."

Eichel's got three goals and one assist in four games this season, and has scored in every game he's played against the Oilers. (He's played one game.)

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