Hockey : NHL 2016/2017
Hjalmarsson to be re-evaluated
The Chicago Blackhawks lost defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to an upper-body injury against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. It's unclear what happened to cause the injury, but Hjalmarsson appeared to pull up lame during the end of his last shift of the game. Coach Joel Quenneville said Hjalmarsson will be re-evaluated on Friday.
Gibson misses game
Goalie John Gibson is missing the Anaheim Ducks' game against the Boston Bruins with a lower-body injury. The Ducks recalled Jhonas Enroth from their AHL affiliate in San Diego to back up Jonathan Bernier on Wednesday night. Gibson is 23-15-8 with a 2.24 goals-against average while starting 45 of the Ducks' first 61 games in his first season as their No. 1 starter. He has posted five shutouts and a .922 save percentage.
Erik Johnson nears return
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson is nearing a return after being sidelined since early December with a broken leg. Coach Jared Bednar said the Avalanche's top defenseman has been going through some of the contact drills in practice and "that's a positive sign." Johnson broke his leg while blocking a shot December 3 against Dallas. Forward Rene Bourque also is progressing after missing the past 14 games with a head injury.
Flames acquire Michael Stone from Coyotes
The Calgary Flames have acquired defenseman Michael Stone from the Arizona Coyotes for two draft picks. Stone has a goal and eight assists in 45 games with the Coyotes this season and will be counted on to help shore up Calgary's defense as it makes a playoff push. The 26-year-old Winnipeg native has 24 goals and 96 assists in 324 games with Arizona.
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Devils acquire Viktor Loov
The New Jersey Devils have acquired defenseman Viktor Loov from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Sergey Kalinin. The Devils announced the trade on Saturday. The 24-year-old Loov will report to Albany of the AHL. He had two assists in four NHL games last season. Kalinin, 25, has four points in 43 regular-season games with the Devils this season. He will report to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
Maatta out 6 weeks
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is out six weeks after undergoing surgery on his left hand. He injured the hand in the second period of Thursday night's 4-3 overtime victory against the Winnipeg Jets. Maatta has one goal and six assists in 54 games this season for Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh defenseman Justin Schultz also sat out the third period on Thursday with an injury. The Penguins bolstered their defensive depth by recalling Cameron Gaunce and Steve Oleksy from the American Hockey League.
Vermette suspended 10 games
Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette was suspended for 10 games without pay Thursday for slashing a linesman in apparent anger after a faceoff. Vermette slapped his stick against the back of linesman Shandor Alphonso's legs after losing a faceoff to Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu during the third period of the Ducks' 1-0 win Tuesday. Two days later, the NHL issued the automatic 10-game ban, but Vermette is expected to appeal the suspension.
Vermette facing lengthy ban
Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette is facing the likely prospect of a 10-game suspension from the NHL for slashing a linesman. Vermette slapped his stick against the back of linesman Shandor Alphonso's legs after losing a faceoff to Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu during the third period of the Ducks' 1-0 win Tuesday night. Vermette had a disciplinary conference call with the league and the players' union Wednesday, but the NHL didn't issue an immediate confirmation of what's expected to be an automatic 10-game suspension under league rules for applying physical force to an official without intent to injure.
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Blues place Stastny on IR
Forward Paul Stastny has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. The St. Louis Blues said the veteran was injured during the Blues' 2-1 overtime win on Feb. 9 in Toronto. The 31-year-old is tied for fourth on the team with 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 54 games. Stastny is in his third season with the Blues after being signed as a free agent in July 2014.
Malkin may return against Canucks
The Pittsburgh Penguins have weathered the absence of center Evgeni Malkin pretty well, earning 10 of a possible 14 points. Still, they are thrilled that Malkin is likely to return Tuesday when the Vancouver Canucks visit PPG Paints Arena. Malkin, who is recovering from a left leg injury, was expected to return Saturday at Arizona, but somewhat surprisingly was scratched before Pittsburgh's 4-3 overtime loss. Monday, however, Malkin was a full participant in practice, including his regular spot on the power play.
|6||Tampa B.||62||27-33 (60)|
|3||NY Ran.||80||39-21 (60)|
|5||NY Islan.||68||29-31 (60)|
|7||N. Jersey||60||25-35 (60)|
|4||St Louis||67||31-29 (60)|
|1||San Jose||77||35-25 (60)|
|5||LA Kings||62||29-31 (60)|
|23.2||Montreal - NY Islan.||0 : 3|
|23.2||Toronto - NY Ran.||1 : 2|
|23.2||Tampa B. - Calgary||2 : 3|
|23.2||Chicago - Arizona||6 : 3|
|23.2||Nashville - Colorado||4 : 2|
|23.2||LA Kings - Boston||1 : 4|
|22.2||Philadel. - Washing.||1 : 4|
|22.2||Florida - Edmonton||3 : 4|
|22.2||Anaheim - Boston||5 : 3|
|21.2||N. Jersey - Ottawa||1 : 2|
|21.2||NY Ran. - Montreal||2 : 3|
|21.2||Toronto - Winnipeg||5 : 4|
|21.2||Carolina - Pittsburgh||1 : 3|
|21.2||Tampa B. - Edmonton||4 : 1|
|21.2||Detroit - NY Islan.||1 : 3|
|home wins||56 %|
|away wins||44 %|
League format : Hockey : NHL 2016/2017
Each team will play 50 or 54 games within their conference, depending on whether they are in a seven or eight-team division, and two games (home and road) against each non-conference club. Two points are awarded for a win, one point for a loss in overtime or shootout, and no points for a loss in regulation time. At the end of the regular season, sixteen teams will qualify for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: the top three teams in each division, along with two wild-cards in each conference. All rounds of the NHL Playoffs will be best-of-7 games.