Landeskog, who appeared to take a shoulder to the head, limped toward the dressing room and missed the rest of the first period before returning for the second. He ended up playing 16:23 in that game and spoke to the media afterward.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The heated rivalry between the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks rarely needs any extra fuel to spark a fire, but there is plenty of it going into their first meeting of the season Friday.
It will be the first time the teams have played each other since March 21, when Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith hit Canucks forward Daniel Sedin with an elbow to the head, earning a five-game suspension. Sedin sustained a concussion and missed almost a month, and in his absence the Canucks lost the first three games of their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series to the Los Angeles Kings.
Sedin and Keith both downplayed the incident Friday morning.
"I don't get angry that much," Sedin said, while insisting several times a win was all that mattered Friday. "It was more disappointment, so that's the only feeling I have. From what I heard he is a great guy and I still believe he is a good guy, that's not going to change. I think when the rivalry gets that heated players maybe do things they shouldn't do, and that was probably the case."
The waiver wire is an ever-changing medium that gives fantasy owners a chance to bolster their rosters at any time. Last Friday, Michael Grabner led the list of key names for owners to consider, but as we close in on the two-week mark since the season began, there an entirely new batch of trending players to take note of.
-Often overlooked because he's situated amongst an array of emerging young forwards in Edmonton, Gagner has made an early statement from a fantasy standpoint with eight points, 10 PIMs and 19 SOG in seven games. The 23-year-old has also logged nearly four minutes per game with the man advantage, displaying proficiency in those situations (5 PPP) for a power-play unit that sports the NHL's third-best conversion percentage (31.4). The dual-eligible forward has been the trendiest fantasy player in the League over the past two days in Yahoo! leagues (over 5,000 adds during that span), so be sure to snatch him while you still can.
Weise missed practice Thursday with a stiff neck but said he felt good enough to play after taking part in the morning skate.
Scratched: Jamal Mayers
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said backup goaltender Ray Emery will start Saturday in Calgary for just the second time this season. Quenneville wouldn't confirm whether Bollig or Mayers would play on the fourth line Friday, but Mayers stayed out for a hard skate long after his teammates left in the morning, as did Rozsival, who is close to coming back from a knee injury.
It would make sense given the back-to-back situation with the rival Los Angeles Kings coming to Honda Center on Saturday. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau split Fasth and Hiller in the Ducks' first back-to-back sequence.
Boudreau certainly didn't tip his hand when asked about his goalie philosophy.
"Sometimes you can overthink it," Boudreau said. "Sometimes it's statistical in how goalies have done against teams in the past. There's a lot of little factors that go into it, and then you come up with a decision."
Oleksiak is a player the Stars are counting on for the present and the future. The 14th pick of the 2011 NHL Draft had 23 points and a plus-12 rating in 43 games with the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Texas Stars, and earlier Friday he was named the AHL's Rookie of the Month for January.
Roussel, an undrafted free agent signed over the summer, had 19 points and a team-high 103 penlty minutes in 41 AHL games.
Scratches: Mark Borowiecki
Illness: Guillaume Latendresse (flu)
Injured: Jason Spezza
The Senators are beginning to deal with the reality of playing a couple months without center Jason Spezza, who is out after surgery to fix a herniated disc in his back.
"Jason is one of those special players in the League that can make something out of nothing," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "We don't have someone like that to go in there, but we certainly feel very confident about the depth of our team to play with four lines and to play with tempo."
While Spezza's offense will be missed, MacLean said he expects to learn more about his forward group in Spezza's absence.
"We're actually excited by the fact that it's a great opportunity, not only for individuals, but for the team, to play," he said. "It's not necessarily who's out, but who's in. Let's come and play hard. They're not going to wait for us. We're really more concerned about the players who are available to play."
Guillaume Latendresse, who has the flu, is expected to miss Friday's game at Carolina and Sunday's game at Montreal.
The game marks the third time during this five-game homestand that the Lightning have caught a team on the back end of back-to-back games. The Jets lost 6-3 to the Florida Panthers in Sunrise on Thursday night.
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You could feel it. You could feel that they were going after each other and trying to win the game for their team.