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Blue Jackets' Boll has surgery, out 3-4 months

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 3:17 PM / News


Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll will be sidelined 3-4 months following surgery to repair a torn tendon in his ankle.

The surgery was performed Monday by Dr. Greg Berlet at OhioHealth's Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center.

"Our initial hope was that Jared would be able to return to the lineup with rest and rehabilitation, but it became apparent over the past few days that surgery was the best course of action," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We're disappointed for Jared as he has worked very hard and is an important part of our team, but we expect him to make a full recovery and hopefully return to the lineup later this season."


Predators continue search for consistent offense

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 3:05 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

The Nashville Predators' scoring issues, coach Barry Trotz said, are all relative.

"If you're giving up three and four goals a game and you're only scoring two, then scoring has to be better," he said. "If you're giving up one or two goals a game, then you don't need as many goals. It all depends on really where you're at.

"We need, I can say about the scoring, I need more from more guys up front."

Entering their game Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena against the Chicago Blackhawks, the NHL's highest scoring team at 3.64 goals per game, the Predators rank 22nd in the League in scoring at 2.33 goals per contest.

Underscoring just how much the season has proved to be one of feast or famine for the Predators, they are 16-3-2 when scoring more than one goal -- meaning that in 12 of their 33 games they have scored one goal or been shut out.


The Front Line: A look at the top 10 fantasy players

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

We see it every year. Early on in each season, there's plenty of shuffling among the top-10 fantasy rankings -- this goes for Yahoo league rankings and my rankings. I have to try and determine where I believe each player fits in with so few games accounted for. If a superstar gets off to a slow start (Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers), do I drop him significantly or leave him high in the ranks with expectations he will return to past seasons' form? If a player comes out of nowhere to perform at the level of a superstar (Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues), do I rank him among fantasy's elite?

These are the questions that are most difficult to answer during the first month of the season. However, we're nearly three months into the 2013-14 NHL season and trends have now turned into realities.

Giroux is no longer a roster detriment like he was in the first few weeks of the season, but he's still ranked 52nd in Yahoo leagues. That's certainly not what we expected and that's why he's ranked 26th in my latest set of top 100 forwards. Steen's hot streak has lasted all season and he's currently the 10th most valuable fantasy player in Yahoo leagues, leading him to earn a top-20 place in my ranks for how I expect him to perform from this point on.

We see cases like Giroux and Steen throughout the ranks, where players have earned their high ranking or have fallen significantly despite being an early draft pick back in September.

Throughout all this player shuffling, consistency has finally started to develop within my top-10 forward rankings.


Grzelcyk using last year's cut as added motivation

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 11:24 AM / 2014 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- The last thing United States National Junior Team general manager Jim Johannson told Matthew Grzelcyk before informing the young defenseman he would be the final cut prior to the start of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship was that he would get another shot this year.

At the time, it wasn't exactly what Grzelcyk wanted to hear. Particularly since he would now have to board a plane in Ufa, Russia, to make the long journey back to the United States.

"When you try out for a team, you want to make it, but seeing the guys they had last year didn't make it too disappointing," Grzelcyk told NHL.com. "But just to be invited to the camp was an honor in itself. It was tough to get that news kind of late, but what can you do. They won gold, so that was awesome to see those guys celebrating in the end.

"A lot of them are my best friends; I was so happy for them."


Daily Primer Dec. 17: Can Wild end Canucks' streak?

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


The Vancouver Canucks are on a roll. On Tuesday night, they'll be put to the test at the start of a three-game road trip.

The Canucks, who have won seven in a row, will visit the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center (8 p.m. ET, SNET-P, FS-N). The Wild are 13-3-2 at home this season and will play their only game in Minnesota over an eight-game stretch that takes them through the holiday break.


Blues' Schwartz plays big man's game in small body

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The NHL has developed a reputation as being a big man's league, and not just in the sense of its players' physical frames but by their backing it up with big play on the ice.

For St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz, being told he's too small is nothing new.

Listed at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Schwartz may be smaller in stature, but he's not afraid to play a big man's game, as Blues coach Ken Hitchcock likes to say.

Schwartz, who played at Colorado College for two seasons, has burst onto the scene for the Blues this season, particularly at the offensive end. Taken by the Blues with the 14th pick at the 2010 NHL Draft, Schwartz has eight goals and 14 assists through 31 games this season, his first full one in the NHL.


Canada willing to wait for suspended Reinhart

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 3:00 AM / In the Pipeline

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

TORONTO – Canadian national junior team coach Brent Sutter has absolute trust in Griffin Reinhart.

How far does that trust go? Far enough that he is comfortable playing a bit shorthanded on the blue line for the first three games of the upcoming World Junior Championship tournament, which begins Dec. 26 in Malmo, Sweden.

Reinhart, the star defenseman for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League, must serve the final three games of a four-game suspension delivered at last year's World Junior Championship for a high-sticking infraction committed against American forward Vincent Trocheck in the final preliminary game. Reinhart missed the semifinal, which Canada lost, and now must still serve the remainder of his ban.


Five Questions: Hawks' Quenneville in a good place

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville:

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville can take sole possession of fourth place on the NHL's all-time coaching wins list with a victory Tuesday against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

Quenneville is tied with Pat Quinn for fourth with 684 wins. He is eight shy of tying Dick Irvin for third place and 98 away from Al Arbour, who is in second place.


Blues' Backes leaves game vs. Senators with injury

Monday, 12.16.2013 / 9:40 PM / News

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- St. Louis Blues captain David Backes left the game against the Ottawa Senators on Monday during the second period with an upper-body injury.

Backes skated slowly off the ice and went to the dressing room with 2:49 left in the second after he collided with Ottawa's Colin Greening on an open-ice hit. He did not return.


Oilers' Potter suspended two games for boarding

Monday, 12.16.2013 / 5:58 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK -- Edmonton Oilers defenseman Corey Potter has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Bonino during NHL Game No. 504 in Anaheim on Sunday, Dec. 15, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 5:40 of the second period. Potter was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for checking from behind.

Based on his average annual salary, Potter will forfeit $7,948.72. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=512881&lang=en.

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It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday