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Knee surgery to sideline Maple Leafs' Lupul

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 2:01 PM / News

NHL.com

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul will require knee surgery that will sideline him at least three weeks.

Lupul returned to the lineup Saturday after missing one game due to injury, but left after two periods. He has 22 goals and 44 points in 69 games this season.

"He is going to have surgery done on his knee," coach Randy Carlyle said. "It's a meniscus procedure and will be done arthroscopically. It will be three weeks to a month recovery."

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Gorges expecting return to Canadiens lineup

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 1:59 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges took part in his first full practice with his teammates Monday since breaking his hand and said afterward he expects to be in uniform Wednesday when the Canadiens face the Chicago Blackhawks on the road.

"We'll have to get final word from the doctor," Gorges said, "but as far as I know I'm cleared and ready to go."

Gorges has missed the past 15 games with a broken left hand, the result of blocking a Mason Raymond slap shot in a 4-3 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 1. Gorges played two more games with the injury before he and the team decided surgery was the best course of action.

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Blue Jackets' Umberger sidelined at least two weeks

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 1:26 PM / News

NHL.com

Columbus Blue Jackets forward RJ Umberger is out "probably at least a couple of weeks" with an upper-body injury, according to coach Todd Richards.

The news was first reported Monday by Columbus Dispatch writer Shawn Mitchell.

If the timeline on the injury is accurate, Umberger won't return this season unless the Blue Jackets qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They have four games remaining, and currently lead the New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs by three points and the Washington Capitals by four points for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Green won't travel on Capitals' road trip

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 12:16 PM / News

NHL.com

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green will not travel with the team on its upcoming two-game road trip due to an upper-body injury sustained Saturday against the New York Islanders, coach Adam Oates told reporters Monday.

Green, who has nine goals and 38 points in 70 games this season, didn't play in the final two periods Saturday.

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Hall, Varlamov, Pacioretty named 'Stars' of week

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK – Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov and Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending April 6.

FIRST STAR – TAYLOR HALL, LW, EDMONTON OILERS

Hall led all players with seven assists and nine points, finding the scoresheet in four consecutive games to help the Oilers (28-42-9, 65 points) pick up a pair of wins. He matched a season high with 1-3—4 in a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks April 1. Hall then collected an assist in each of the next two games: a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks April 2 and a 3-2 shootout victory over the Phoenix Coyotes April 4.

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Penguins to play without Crosby, Kunitz, others

Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 7:18 PM / News

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

Sidney Crosby
Center - PIT
GOALS: 36 | ASST: 66 | PTS: 102
SOG: 253 | +/-: 16

DENVER -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will keep center Sidney Crosby, left wing Chris Kunitz and two defensemen, Olli Maatta and Brooks Orpik, out of the lineup Sunday against the Colorado Avalanche because of various injuries.

It's the first game Crosby (upper body) will miss this season; he has 102 points (36 goals, 66 assists) in 78 games.

Kunitz and Orpik are out with lower-body injuries, while Maata sustained an upper-body injury.

"They're injuries that every one of the players has been playing with," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told reporters. "It wasn't prudent to [have them play] in back-to-back games. Every player offers resistance [to sitting]. Every player wants to play every game, be in every game."

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Blackhawks' Kane, Toews on road to recovery

Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 5:40 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- They're still out for the remaining three games of the regular season, but Chicago Blackhawks forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are on the mend.

Kane, who's out with a lower-body injury, started skating on his own this past weekend in Chicago. Toews, who has missed three games with an upper-body injury, isn't scheduled to get back on the ice for individual work until later this week.

"[Saturday] and today, and he did very well," Quenneville said of Kane's on-ice work. "We're in no hurry [with Toews]. We want to give him a break. I would say towards later in the week.

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'Coach's decision' to scratch Blackhawks' Saad

Sunday, 04.06.2014 / 5:29 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Joel Quenneville did not mince too many words Sunday when asked why he decided to make 21-year old forward Brandon Saad a healthy scratch against the St. Louis Blues.

"Coach's decision," he said following a 4-2 victory at United Center. "We like tough decisions and we welcome them. This wasn't a tough one, so we're looking for tougher ones as we go along here. When we put the lineup together, we want consistency and to play the right way. That's what we're looking for."

Saad, who's been on the second line at left wing, took part in the pregame warm-up, but did not participate in line rushes. That was the first sign that he might be in street clothes during the game.

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Penguins' Maatta sidelined by upper-body injury

Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 11:16 PM / News

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, according to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.

He was a late scratch for the Penguins' 4-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Maatta is second among Penguins defensemen in goals (nine) and points (29). He is plus-9 in 75 games.


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Jets' Byfuglien leaves game with upper-body injury

Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 9:22 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien left the game Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs with an upper-body injury and will not return.

Byfuglien's final shift ended with 4:55 remaining in the second period. He finished the game with 11:04 of ice time, three shots on goal, and no points.

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