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Penguins' Crosby to return soon; Malkin out awhile

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 6:49 PM / News

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby will return soon, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Monday.

Crosby missed the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game because of a lower-body injury sustained against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 10. Since that 2-1 win, Crosby has seven points (three goals), but he has been held scoreless in Pittsburgh's past two games, losses to the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks.

Johnston said Crosby has to wait a certain number of days until he can return after receiving an injection. Crosby has reached that number of days, according to Johnston, and will be available to return sometime shortly after the Penguins play the Winnipeg Jets at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.


Avalanche's Johnson out 3-8 weeks after knee surgery

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 6:20 PM / News

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson had knee surgery Monday and is expected to miss 3-8 weeks.

Johnson missed the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game and other festivities over the weekend. It would have been his first appearance.

Johnson is tied for first among NHL defensemen in scoring with a career-high 12 goals this season.


Wild assign Kuemper to AHL for conditioning stint

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 4:51 PM / News

The Wild has assigned goaltender Darcy Kuemper to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.

Kuemper, 24 (5/5/90), is 13-12-2 with a 2.62 goals-against average (GAA), a .904 SV% and three shutouts in 29 games with Minnesota this season. He stopped all 14 shots faced in a relief effort at Detroit on Jan. 20 after missing the previous seven games with a lower-body injury.


Blue Jackets goalie Bobrovsky to miss 4-6 weeks

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 4:27 PM / News

The Columbus Blue Jackets' hopes of returning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs just hit another roadblock with the announcement Monday that goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to miss 4-6 weeks because of a groin injury.

Bobrovsky was injured Jan. 21  against the Winnipeg Jets, an injury that initially kept him out of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game.

In 33 games this season, Bobrovsky is 16-15-2 with a 2.85 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.

The Blue Jackets, who have been beset by injuries all season, are 14 points behind the Boston Bruins for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot.

"I don't know how many (wins) we need, but we've got to get every one we can," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "... It starts [Tuesday against the Washington Capitals]. That has to be our approach."


Maple Leafs' Phaneuf out with upper-body injury

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 3:43 PM / News

Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf sustained an upper-body injury prior to the All-Star break and is week-to-week, interim coach Peter Horachek said Monday, according to the Maple Leafs website.

Phaneuf had played in all 48 games for Toronto this season. The 29-year-old defenseman has two goals, 22 points and 85 penalty minutes.


Fantasy All-Access: Islanders' Bailey warrants add

Matt Sitkoff - Contributor

Every Monday contributor Matt Sitkoff identifies waiver wire pickups, roster trends, schedule notes and a prospect to watch in fantasy hockey.

Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen was named the MVP of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, but what does that mean for his fantasy value for the rest of the season?

The last MVP in his home arena was Alexei Kovalev with the Montreal Canadiens in 2009. The rest of the 2008-09 season the Canadiens winger had 14 goals and 18 assists in 32 games. In 2011 Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp was MVP and followed that performance with eight goals and 17 assists in 25 games. The last All-Star Game played in Ottawa in 2012, the MVP was the New York Rangers' Marian Gaborik, who 16 goals and 21 assists in 35 games.


Kings, Penguins among 15 top stories in second half

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 3:33 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

COLUMBUS -- The 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus was fun, intriguing, exciting and entertaining, but it's over now. It's time to get back to work.

Teams are back at practice Monday and the games start up again Tuesday. Here are 15 storylines to follow as the 2014-15 NHL season hits its stretch drive:


Islanders' Okposo out because of upper-body injury

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 3:01 PM / News

New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo will miss approximately 6-8 weeks because of an upper-body injury, coach Jack Capuano told the Islanders website on Monday.

Okposo, who plays right wing on the Islanders' top line along with center John Tavares, is second on the Islanders with 44 points in 46 games and third with 14 goals.


Sharks sign Jevpalovs to entry-level contract

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Nikita Jevpalovs to an entry-level contract.

Jevpalovs, 20, has recorded 71 points (38-33=71) and 24 penalty minutes in 45 games with Blainville-Boisbriand of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The Armada's alternate captain currently ranks 2nd in the league in goals and 4th in points in his third QMJHL season. His nine game-winning goals lead the league, while he ranks 6th in power play goals (13).

"Nikita is a big-bodied forward who has a good combination of size and scoring ability," said Wilson. "He has represented his country numerous times and impressed against some of the world's top young talent and we're excited to add a young forward with his skill set to our organization."


Sabres' Zadorov suspended for missing practice

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 2:57 PM / News

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will suspend defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who missed today's practice, for failure to report to the team on time following the NHL All-Star break.

"We anticipate Nikita joining the team at some point during this week's western road trip," said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray.

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