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Blues' Schwartz out 12 weeks with fractured left ankle

Saturday, 10.24.2015 / 1:08 PM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz will be out at least 12 weeks after surgery to repair a fractured left ankle sustained at practice Friday.

Schwartz, who had four assists in seven games, was taking part in a warmup drill. He shot a puck and reached to get the rebound when he lost an edge and crashed into the net where goalie Brian Elliott was practicing.

Schwartz was transported to the Washington University Orthopedic Center, where he had surgery.

He will miss at least 41 games.

"I didn't think we anticipated the length of it," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said before the Blues played the New York Islanders on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; MSG+ 2, FS-MW). "Today is more of a scramble day. We'll just see what we got and then we'll really buckle down here over the weekend and prepare for how we're going to manufacture our lineup, so right now, it's kind of play this game as a sudden-death game, probably play a little shorter bench than we wanted to, and find out what looks like it sorts itself out."

Around the League notebook: Friday, Oct. 23

Saturday, 10.24.2015 / 9:38 AM / News

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Andrei Markov (1-4—5) had career-highs in assists and points to help the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Buffalo Sabres 7-2 and improve to 8-0-0, their best start in their 98-year NHL history. The Canadiens, who remain the only team without a loss of any kind this season, improved to 5-1-0 in their last six games at BUF dating to April 11, 2013.

Courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau:

* The Canadiens became the second team in NHL history to begin a season with eight consecutive victories, all in regulation. The other: BUF in 1975-76.

* The Canadiens won eight consecutive games in regulation for the first time since Oct. 24 to Nov. 11, 1992 (8-0-0).

* The Canadiens won their first five road games to begin a season for the first time in franchise history.

Kings place defenseman Greene on injured reserve

Friday, 10.23.2015 / 7:33 PM / News


The Los Angeles Kings have placed defenseman Matt Greene on injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 13, President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 32-year-old Greene (born May 13, 1983) is a 6-3, 229-pound native of Grand Ledge, Mich. has appeared in three games this season going scoreless with eight penalty minutes.

Greene has appeared in 589 regular-season games over 11 seasons in the NHL with Edmonton and Los Angeles posting 78 points (16-62=78) and 644 penalty minutes.

Blues' Pietrangelo devoted to cancer awareness

Friday, 10.23.2015 / 5:45 PM / Hockey Fights Cancer

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo recalled the day he was in the hospital with his childhood friend and the two were playing Pokemon.

Pietrangelo was 10; his friend Cosmo was 11.

As kids, they were supposed to be enjoying life without a worry in the world. But one day, Cosmo was gone; he succumbed to cancer, and Pietrangelo, who like many NHL players have stories to tell of experiences with the disease, was left to wonder why his friend was no longer around.

"That was the one thing I remember for some reason," Pietrangelo said. "We were playing Pokemon on the hospital TV. He was obviously sick at the time, but that was the one picture I still have in my mind 15 years later. That's the one picture I always replay in my mind.

Penguins split Crosby, Kessel at practice

Friday, 10.23.2015 / 5:37 PM / News


Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel were on separate lines at Pittsburgh Penguins practice on Friday.

Crosby centered a line with Pascal Dupuis and Patric Hornqvist, and Kessel was at wing with center Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Plotnikov.

"We'll see how everybody responds, and ultimately I think everybody's role doesn't really change based on who they're playing with," Crosby told the Penguins website. "Everyone knows what they need to do, but sometimes it takes a little bit of [change] to get everybody going and hopefully that will be the answer for us."

Stars' Demers suspended two games for elbowing

Friday, 10.23.2015 / 4:51 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK -- Dallas Stars defenseman Jason Demers has been suspended for two games, without pay, for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino during NHL Game No. 93 in Pittsburgh on Thursday, October 22, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 16:48 of the third period. Demers was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for elbowing.

LaFontaine to play part in honoring military hero

Friday, 10.23.2015 / 4:26 PM / News


Hockey Hall of Fame member Pat LaFontaine will play a part in remembering American hero, Lt. Michael P. Murphy, on Saturday during Military Appreciation Day at Twin Rinks at Eisenhower in East Meadow, N.Y.

LaFontaine will present Dan and Maureen Murphy, the parents of the Navy Seal, with a No. 16 jersey on the ice at approximately 4:45 p.m., prior to the opening faceoff of an Eastern Hockey League game between the New York Bobcats and New York Applecore.

Murphy was an ice hockey player from Long Island and one of the Navy Seals depicted in the 2013 film "Lone Survivor." Born in Smithtown, N.Y., and raised in Patchogue, N.Y., Murphy died at 29 in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. He wore jersey No. 16 when he played hockey, as did LaFontaine.

"It is my privilege to participate in this event honoring Lt. Michael P. Murphy and his family for the ultimate sacrifice they have made on behalf of our nation," LaFontaine said. "It will be a special moment paying tribute to a true hero who displayed valor and undaunted courage to defend our country."

Jimmy Roberts, five-time Cup champion, dies at 75

Friday, 10.23.2015 / 3:46 PM / News


Jimmy Roberts, a five-time Stanley Cup champion and the first skater taken by the St. Louis Blues in the 1967 NHL expansion draft, died of cancer Friday. He was 75.

Roberts, a defenseman, led the Blues to the Stanley Cup Final in each of their first three seasons. On April 4, 1967, Roberts scored the Blues' first Stanley Cup Playoff goal with 6:47 remaining in the third period to give them a 1-0 victory in Game 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers in a quarterfinal series the Blues won in seven games.

"The St. Louis Blues and the Blues Alumni organization are deeply saddened by the passing of the original Blue Jimmy Roberts," the Blues said in a statement. "Jimmy was the franchise's first-ever draft pick and was instrumental in building the foundation of Blues hockey as a player and upholding its tradition as an alumnus. His tireless contributions to St. Louis, the Blues and the game of hockey as a whole will forever live as an example for future generations to follow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Judy, and their two daughters."

Devils forward Stephen Gionta fined for spearing

Friday, 10.23.2015 / 2:59 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORKNew Jersey Devils forward Stephen Gionta has been fined $2,284.95, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for spearing Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki during NHL Game No. 94 in Ottawa on Thursday, October 22, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 18:18 of the second period. Gionta was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for spearing.

The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Blues' Schwartz injured, out Saturday vs. Islanders

Friday, 10.23.2015 / 2:15 PM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz injured his left leg during practice Friday and went to the hospital for evaluation, coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Schwartz has been ruled out for the Blues game Saturday against the New York Islanders (8 p.m. ET; MSG+ 2, FS-MW).

"You know what, we're not going to know until [Saturday] morning," Hitchcock said about the severity of Schwartz's injury. "We’ll get a further update, but we sent him to the hospital just to get a further evaluation, then we'll give you an exact update on timeframe [Saturday]."

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