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Posts Tagged Sidney Crosby
Morning Hits: Sunday’s schedule, West scenarios, Hart nominees, Neilsen, Spezza, Avalanche and Canadiens
- Matt Pepin of the Boston Globe: Sunday’s schedule:
4:30 p.m.: Washington Capitals at New York Rangers Game 6
7 p.m.: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 7-x
7:30 p.m.: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 6
10 p.m.: Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks, Game 7-x
- Eric Stephens: “If Ducks win Sunday, it’s ANA-LA and SJ-CHI. If DET wins, it plays CHI and SJ faces LA.”
- Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares were named as candidates for the Hart Trophy.
- John Shannon: Sounding like there is progress being made between the IIHF, NHL, NHLPA regarding the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The major issues remaining appear to be “logistics in Sochi and cost of travel and insurance and who pays.” If/when an agreement is reached, the NHL will be shut down from February 8th to February 25th, 2014.
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders Frans Neilsen left Game 5 against the Penguins in the 3rd period and his status for Game 6 is unknown.
- Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: Sounds like there is a chance that Jason Spezzawill get back into the Senators lineup for round two. He’s been skating with the black aces/reserves.
“I think that over the weekend, probably, he’ll continue to work hard and we’ll see then.
“It’ll then be up to Jason and (coach) Paul (MacLean) to decide if he’s going to practise with the team or take a little longer.
“But there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”
- Colorado Avalanche: The Avalanche did some management restructuring. Josh Kroenke will be the teams president, replacing Pierre Lacroix, who will stay on as an advisor. Joe Sakic will be their Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and Greg Shermanwill remain as the general manager.
“Greg Sherman will work with Joe in managing the day-to-day business operations of the team as General Manager,” added Kroenke. “I know he is just as optimistic as Joe and I are about the future of our team.”
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett’s contract expires on June 30th and would be a home run hire by the Avalanche if they get the opportunity to talk to him. The uncertainty of the ownership situation has left the Coyotes coaching staff and general manager in limbo as they would all like to know where the team may be located before signing deals.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Michael Ryder will be one of the Canadiens top free agents heading into the offseason, but they may not be willing to match the money or term that others may offer. Colby Armstrong and Jeff Halpren will be UFAs. Halpren may be worth bringing back. RFAs include: Michael Blunden, Ryan White, Petteri Nokelainen and Gabriel Dumont.
- Josh Yohe: Sidney Crosby is officially out for tonight. Bob McKenzie: Crosby is close to returning. He’ll be a “game-time decision” until he returns.
- Randy Sportak: Roberto Luongo will start in net for the Canucks.
- James Mirtle: Bruins Nathan Horton is a game-time decision.
- Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Malkin-Neal Iginla-Jussi-Dupuis Morrow-Sutter-Cooke Glass-Adams-Bennett Jeffrey/Vitale-Crosby-Kennedy.
- Bruce Garrioch: Canadiens lines: Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta; Pacioretty-Desharnais-Bourque; Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher and Moen-White-Prust and Weber-Halpern-Armstrong. John Lu: Defensive pairings: Markov – Subban Gorges – Diaz Bouillon – Tinordi Kaberle – Drewiske
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins will start their series without Sidney Crosby and Brooks Orpik. Crosby still has not been cleared for contract.
“As soon as he says the word,” Crosby said. “As long as he feels confident I can take a hit, I’ll be confident as well. I’m not going to take any more time. If he says I can play, I will play.”
- Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom was injured during their pre-game warm up last, forcing Josh Harding to make his first NHL start in three months. While Backstrom was reaching for a puck, he rolled over in pain. The injury could be a groin or knee, coach Yeo is calling it a lower-body injury.
- Jeremy Rutherford: From Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr after last night’s game: ”It’s just a broken nose. I got lucky.”
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins Nathan Horton had missed the last five games with an upper-body injury, was back practicing on a line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci. If Horton is in, Carl Soderberg would be a likely scratch, along with Jay Pandolfo and Rich Peverley.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets Marian Gaborik is heading to Philadlephia to see an abdominal specialist. If he’s cleared by doctors, he’ll play for Slovakia in the World Championship.
“If it goes well, that (he) will not need surgery, Marian has the consent of (the Blue Jackets’) owner to launch at the World Cup,” Team Slovakia general manager Otta Sykora told the website. “It would, in the case of a positive report, mean that maybe on Thursday or by Friday morning, Marian could be in Helsinki.”
Injury notes and lines: Crosby, Staal, Clowe, Bozak, Pominville, Demers, Ward, Phillips, Rangers and Leafs
- Bob McKenzie: The Penguins likely won’t know until tomorrow afternoon if Sidney Crosby will be medically cleared to play on Wednesday.
- Steve Zipay: Rangers Marc Staal practiced today in a regular jersey. Derek Dorsett was in a non-contract jersey.
- Andrew Gross: Rangers Ryane Clowe and Brian Boyle did not practice today.
- Terry Koshan: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak was on the ice before practice with their strength coach. He was testing the shoulder and he doesn’t appear to be full strength. Maple Leafs: Coach Randy Carlyle said that Bozak remains day-to-day with an upper body injury.
- Michael Russo: Wild’s Jason Pomenville practiced today.
- Kevin Kurz: Sharks defenseman Jason Demers didn’t skate today and he won’t be in the lineup on Wednesday.
- Stephen Whyno: Capitals Joel Ward is improving. It’s still not known when Brooks Laich will resume skating.
- Bruce Garrioch: Thinks there should be no reason that Chris Phillips won’t be ready for Game 1.
- Andrew Gross: Rangers lines: Nash-Richards-Zuccarello Hagelin-Stepan-Callahan Kreider-Brassard-Pyatt Asham-Newbury-Powe.
- Dave Molinari and Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact and is expected to practice with the team today. He’s been out since March 30th after fracturing his jaw. He’s expected to meet with his medical people next week to determine when he can get back in the lineup. Being in the lineup for Game 1 hasn’t been ruled out. It’s looking like the Penguins could open up on Wednesday.
- Dave Molinari: There is still no timetable on Crosby’s return, but it won’t be before the playoffs start.
- Stephen Whyno: Capitals coach Adam Oates wouldn’t rule out Joel Ward returning on Saturday, but added that he needs a couple good practices.
- Andrew Gross: Ryane Clowe left last night’s game with a possible leg injury. Rangers won’t say if it’s lower or upper-body.
- John Hoven of the Mayor’s Manor: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on if he thought defenseman Willie Mitchell would be out the entire season:
“No. Quite frankly, this was basically just a meniscus, which are a dime-a-dozen now in sports. I don’t know. I’ve had so many discussions with doctors, just like Grey’s Anatomy here or something, but bottom line is…Part of it is the way he’s a little bit knock-kneed and the stress that puts on it combined with wear and tear, and then the meniscus. It doesn’t look good, you know? He tried twice. It reached a mark where he could push it, and then every time he pushed it, it was serious problems.”
Lombardi on if Mitchell’s injury is career threatening:
“It’s possible. It’s always a tough decision for athletes. You know, you have Kobe Bryant, who was playing bone-on-bone. But this could be serious repercussions on his normal life down the road. So that’s the hard thing for a player. Could he push it, maybe? And play through the swelling and everything for a year or two? Yeah. But with that said, he might have to go the rest of his life walking with a limp. And that’s a very difficult call for an athlete.”
Roster and Goalie Notes: Senators, Canes, Bruins, Pens, Leafs, Canucks, Devils, Caps, Panthers, Blues and Predators
- Darren Dreger: Senators confirm that Erik Karlsson will be in the lineup tonight. Sidney Crosby is having more dental work done today.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Alexander Semin has a concussion.
- Boston Bruins: Nathan Horton not on the ice today. Last update, still day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
- Will DePaoli: Penguins Paul Martin is with the team. Pittsburgh Penguins: Martin won’t play tonight, but is hopeful for Saturday. Penguins: Brooks Orpik (lower-body), Joe Vitale (lower-body) and Sidney Crosby (dental work), remained in Pittsburgh. James Neal and Martin are back to full practice, but won’t play tonight.
- Michael Traikos: Looking like both Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren won’t play tonight for the Maple Leafs. Chris Johnston: McLaren has some neck soreness.
- Farhan Lalji: Canucks Keith Ballard will play forward tonight.
- Andrew Gross: Jared Staal will be on a line with Jordan Staal and Tuomo Ruutu.
- Bruce Garrioch: Senators lines: Greening-Smith-Alfredsson; Michalek-Turris-Conacher; Condra-Zibanejad-Silfverberg; Latendresse-Pageau-Neil. Brent Wallace: Defensive pairings: Methot Karlsson; Gryba Phillips; Gonchar-Cowen.
- Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Henrique-Loktionov-Kovalchuk; Elias-Zajac-Clarkson; Zubrus-Josefson-Sullivan; Carter-Gionta-Kostopoulos.
- Randy Sportak: Flames lines: Cammalleri-Stajan-Stempniak; Baertschi-Backlund-Hudler; Byron-Horak-Cervenka; Reinhart-Jones-Jackman. Randy Sportak: Defensive pairing: Giordano-Wideman; Brodie-Cundari; Butler-Babchuk.
- Stephen Whyno: Michal Neuvirth will start in net for the Capitals.
- Steve Goldstein: Jacob Markstrom will start in net for the Panthers tonight.
- Lou Korac: Brian Elliott will start in net for the Blues, with Jaroslav Halak backing him up.
- Randy Sportak: Joey MacDonald will start in net for the Flames.
- Preds Radio: Chris Mason will start in net for the Predators.
- Mike Morreale: Johan Hedberg will start in net for the Devils.
- Shelly Anderson: Anderson is hearing Sidney Crosby’s jaw may not be healing fast enough for him to start playing before the playoffs.
- Stephen Whyno: Capitals Joel Ward didn’t skate again today. Adam Oates gave no update on his status.
- Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Ponikarovsky-Loktionov-Kovalchuk; Elias-Zajac-Clarkson; Zubrus-Josefson-Sullivan; Carter-Gionta-Bernier.
- David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, Lupuk-Kadri-Kulemin, McClement-Grabo-Komarov, MacArthur-Colborne-Frattin, McLaren-Hamilton-Orr.
- Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils. Rich Chere: Johan Hedberg will get the start for the Devils on Thursday against the Penguins.
- Michael Smith: Dan Ellis will start in net for the Hurricanes.
- George Richards: Jacob Markstrom will start in net for the Panthers.
- Adam Vingan: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.
- John Vogl: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Sabres.
- Joe Haggerty: Bruins Nathan Horton won’t travel with the team due to an upper-body injury he sustained in the fight with Jarome Iginla.
- Ian Mendes: Unlikely that Senators Erik Karlsson is in the lineup tonight.
- Will DePaoli: Penguins Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury won’t be in the Penguins lineup tonight. Pittsburgh Penguins: Letang has foot poisoning. Beau Bennett has an upper-body injury. Fleury’s wife is expecting. Sidney Crosby, James Neal, Paul Martin and Evgeni Malkin all skated today.
- Kirk Penton: Jets Evander Kane didn’t skate this morning.
- Joanne Ireland: Oilers Magnus Paajarvi was hit in the foot with a shot against the Avalanche, and won’t be in the lineup. Eric Belanger will be in the lineup. Ryan Whitney will also play.
- Jim Jamieson: Canucks lines: Sedins-Burrows; Higgins-Roy-Kesler; Weise-Ebbett-Kassian; Raymond-Lapierre-Hansen.
- Kevin Kurz: Sharks defensive pairings: Vlasic/Stuart, Hannan/Boyle, Irwin/Braun.
- Bruce Garrioch: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators tonight.
- John Vogl: Jhonas Enroth will start in net for the Sabres.
- Dave Molinari: Tomas Vokoun will start in net for the Penguins.
- Joanne Ireland: Nikolai Khabibulin will be in net for the Oilers.
- Jim Jamieson: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks.
- Eric Stephens: Viktor Fasth will start in net for the for the Ducks.
- Michael Russo: Niklas Backstrom will start in net for the Wild.
- Chris Kuc: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) is practicing with the team. Sidney Crosby, James Neal and Paul Martin have been skating with their strength coach. It is possible that none of the above players return to the lineup before the end of the regular season.
“There’s going to be no thought of rushing those players back to get an opportunity to play that game before the playoffs,” he said.
- Andy Strickland: Blues T.J. Oshie said he hopes to be able return for the first game of the playoffs.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom left last night’s game in the third period after taking a Mike Green slapshot off his left arm.
“It caught him in the arm,” Green said. “He’s all right but definitely gave him a bruise. So I hope everything’s okay with him.”
- Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp is out tonight. He hopes to be able to get into a few games before the playoffs start.
- Colleeen Kane (Chicago Tribune): Blackhawks Ray Emery is out tonight with a lower-body injury. He’s day-to-day.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche’s Semyon Varlamov and Milan Hejduk will return to the lineup tonight. Defenseman Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson are still out.
- Adrian Dater: Avalanche prospect Joey Hishon, who just returned after missing two years with a concussion, does have a head injury. They are not saying that it’s another concussion, just that it’s a head injury.
Injury Notes: Senators, Penguins, Laich, Antropov, Oshie, Anisimov, Cizikas, Gervais, Marchand and Bergeron
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Ian Mendes: Neither of Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson skated yesterday. A scheduled day off for Karlsson and Spezza worked out off-ice.
- Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Injured Penguins Paul Martin, Sidney Crosby and James Neal all skated before practice yesterday. Neal has been symptom free since Monday.
- Mark Masters: Capitals coach Adam Oates on Brooks Laich: “We want him to be pain free before he goes on the ice again so he’s working as hard as he can to become pain free.” At the moment, they are not considering surgery for Laich’s groin. There is no timetable for his return.
- Ken Wiebe: Jets coach Claude Noel said that Nik Antropov (lower-body) skated for the first time since suffering his injury. He’s day-to-day and could return this week.
- Jeremy Rutherford: Blues TJ Oshie has a stress fracture and had surgery yesterday. Timetable is unknown. Andy Strickland: Was told that a screw may have been needed to fix Oshie’s ankle. Jeremy Rutherford: Oshie is week-to-week.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov (concussion) is traveling with the team. He won’t play on Wednesday or Thursday, but hasn’t been ruled out for any games beyond that.
- B.D. Gallof: Islanders Casey Cizikas left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
- Flyers.NHL.com: Flyers Bruno Gervais had surgery last Thursday to repair a torn stomach muscle.
- Joe Haggerty: Bruins Brad Marchand has been “cleared for contact.” Patrice Bergeron’s return tonight is “highly probable.”
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Bill Hoppe: Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers broke his leg Thursday night and is out for the season.
- Paul Hendrick: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul isn’t cleared for contact yet. He might be ready to go next week. David Alter: Coach Randy Carlyle said he feels that Lupul has been cleared for contact. Still out day-to-day. David Alter: Carlyle thought that Lupul was cleared for contact, Lupul confirms that he hasn’t been yet. Jonas Siegel: Carlyle confirmed that Lupul did suffer a concussion.
- David Alter: Maple Leafs Mikhail Grabovski remained in New York and is being examined for gastro intestinal issues. Terry Koshan: Dave Poulin on Grabovski: “We just wanted to have things cleared up after his weight loss. He has been cleared to play.”
- Stephen Whyno: Capitals Martin Erat is feeling better and could play today.
- Sam Carchidi: Flyers Daniel Briere said he’s ready to go today.
- Michael Vega: Bruins Patrice Bergeron (concussion) took part in the optional skate yesterday.
“Bergy will travel with us,’’ Julien said. “He’s skating now and he’s skating with us and he’s better off to work out with us than to stay behind.’’
Claude Julien on if Bergeron will play on Saturday,
“I don’t think so. We’re certainly going to be cautious with him. He’s had a history [of concussions] and we’re not going to take a gamble with it.
“We’re being extremely careful with Bergy and we’re going by the protocol. Never will this organization risk a player’s health for any reason. But he felt pretty good this concussion was moderate, and from what I’ve been told, it’s had a zero [effect] on the major one that he’s had and a zero issue on his brain.’’
- Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Sidney Crosby hasn’t skated since breaking his jaw. He’s been cleared to fly and traveled with the team on their Florida trip. Kris Letang returned to the lineup after dealing with a broken toe and groin injury. The groin is the bigger concern. Defenseman Paul Martin (broken bone in hand) skated this week, but hasn’t stick-handled. He could be ready for the start of May when the playoff start.
- Howard Erskin: (FOX 29 TV / 94WIP Radio) Had been told that Sidney Crosby is likely out for the rest of the season with concussion symptoms. Bob McKenzie: Penguins GM Ray Shero: ”Sid suffered a broken jaw. Contrary to recent rumors there is no sign of any concussion symptoms or concussion at this time. We will continue to monitor things as we go forward but at this time we are dealing with a broken jaw.”
- Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: Leafs Joffrey Lupul left last night’s game after getting sandwiched by Flyers Jay Rosehill and Adam Hall. Lupul didn’t talk after the game. Coach Randy Carlyle said that Lupul felt “fine” and is “50-50″ for practicing today.
- James Murphy of ESPN: Bruins Chris Kelly skated yesterday morning and expects to return from a broken tibia soon.
“It’s been good,” Kelly said of the recovery process. “Obviously hard work but it’s been good. I never really had a timetable to be honest. It just depends on how you feel. Every day you come in and if you feel good you put pressure on a little more and if you feel worse, then you scale back. It’s felt better and better every day which is good. I’m trying to push myself as hard as I can go and I skated by myself for a few days and today was the first day with the guys so I’m just going to keep pushing it and pushing it until I’m back playing.”
Kelly will travel with team to Montreal and will continue skating with them.
- Ted Kulfan: Red Wings Damian Brunner looks to have a hip flexor and is not likely for tonight.
- Chris Nichols: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild’s Dany Heatley is out for an undetermined time and should be returning home today.