VANCOUVER -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who entered play Saturday leading all NHL defensemen with seven points (three goals), left midway through the second period of a 4-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury and did not return.
The Lightning will likely play the remainder of their five-game road trip, which continues Monday at the Edmonton Oilers, without Hedman; he is returning to Tampa for further evaluation.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny will not play Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks because of an upper-body injury he sustained during his first shift against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.
Stastny, who leads the Blues in scoring with four points in the first three games, was hit by Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal along the boards at center ice and then by Mikkel Boedker in the St. Louis zone. He headed back to the locker room to be evaluated after his shift ended and did not return to the game.
Hitchcock described Stastny as day-to-day.
Minnesota’s Darcy Kuemper established a new franchise record for longest individual shutout streak and three veteran goaltenders – Vancouver’s Ryan Miller, Florida’s Roberto Luongo and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne– posted shutouts on a night highlighted by goaltending performances.
* After not surrendering a goal through Minnesota’s first two games, Kuemper had his season-long shutout streak snapped at 4:02 of the third period versus Anaheim. His stretch of 163:46 is the longest individual single-season shutout streak in Wild history (he was off the ice for 0:16 in MIN's opening two games). The team shutout streak of 164:02 fell short of the franchise record (169:20) by just 5:18.
* Kuemper stopped the first 66 shots he faced this season and 70 of 72 overall for a 0.67 goals-against average and .972 save percentage. At age 24, he became the youngest goaltender in NHL history to post shutouts in each of his team’s first two games of a season.
NASHVILLE -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Friday the 2016 NHL All-Star weekend will be hosted by the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena, on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, 2016.
The 2016 All-Star Game will be the first the Nashville has hosted. The Predators hosted the 2003 NHL Draft, an event that was well-received throughout the League. The NHL is confident that an All-Star Game in Nashville will garner a similar reception.
"There is no doubt that putting our game center stage here in Nashville is going to be great for the NHL and for Nashville," Bettman said.
The Predators are looking forward to putting Bridgestone Arena and the city of Nashville on display for the world to see. The Predators are trying to set the bar high for the fans to make the 2016 NHL All-Star weekend an experience they never will forget.
Mueller, 28, had one goal and two assists for the Rangers in three preseason games for the Rangers. He had a goal in Hartford's season-opener Oct. 12.
He had eight shots on goal and a minus-2 rating in nine games with the Dallas Stars last season.
Bertuzzi, 19, is in his fourth season with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League and has tallied five points in six games to start the 2014-15 season. Named an alternate captain on Guelph this season, the wing helped the Storm capture the OHL Championship last season and advance to the Memorial Cup championship game.
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis skated on his own Friday, several hours after being removed from the ice on a stretcher during the Penguins game Thursday against the Dallas Stars.
Dupuis spent about 20 minutes on the ice Friday, shooting pucks while wearing a helmet. He was injured with 6:58 remaining in the second period of Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss Thursday. He was knocked down in front of the Dallas net by Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski, and while on the ice he was hit in the head by a Kris Letang shot.
He was treated by doctors on the ice and then placed on a stretcher. As he was leaving the ice he gave a thumbs-up to the crowd.
Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Dupuis had sustained some numbness in his arm but that the feeling returned after the game. He said Friday that Dupuis had been cleared to play by the medical staff and that they were performing precautionary tests on the ice.
"He looked fine this morning," Johnston said. "He did skate on a little bit on his own … [The medical staff] wanted to see him out there on the ice, get his heart rate up a little bit as well. So he got the shot on the back of the neck, and I think when Letang was shooting there that he took a little bit off of the shot because he saw Pascal go down.
"But all signs are real positive this morning."
NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils forward Martin Havlat is day-to-day with lacerations on his face stemming from a collision with a referee in the Devils' game Thursday against the Washington Capitals, the Devils said. Havlat did not sustain any structural damage.
Havlat had cuts on his nose and above his mouth after he went face-first into referee Darcy Burchell's elbow late in the second period of the Devils' 6-2 loss against the Capitals. The incident happened after he was pushed toward the end boards by Washington forward Jason Chimera.
Cumiskey, 27, appeared in 45 games for MODO of the Swedish Hockey League last season, recording 28 points (4G, 24A). The Abbotsford, B.C. native has tallied 35 points (9G, 26A) in 132 career NHL games.
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