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Loss Of Karlsson Is A Loss For The League

In the second period of last night’s regular season game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators, defenseman Erik Karlsson suffered a devastating injury.

 While making a play on the boards, Karlsson collided with Matt Cooke of the Penguins. In what is a routine play, Matt Cooke positions his body to gain leverage on Karlsson. In the event of the collision one can see Cooke’s leg lift into the air, roughly in line with the height of Karlsson’s calf. Once the two made contact on the boards, Cooke’s skate abruptly strikes downward, lacerating the Achilles Tendon of Karlsson.

Karlsson was in instant pain, as the clean cut instantly seve...

Let's talk about Concussions: Part I - understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

Sidney Crosby, Chris Pronger, Mark Savard, to name a few. There has recently been a plethora of concussions and head injuries in the NHL – and with some of the game’s biggest stars on the sidelines, officials and spectators are attempting to gain more insight into the mechanism of this form of head injury. I want to step outside the hockey realm for a moment, and talk about concussions from the point of view of a physician - information relevant to fans and athletes. 

A concussion is a subset of disease (yes, it is a disease) within the category of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and results from a traumatic blow that causes an...

JVR benefits from net presence

If James van Riemsdyk’s current projections are any indication, Brian Burke’s swan song may be a coup for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 23-year-old has eight goals and 10 points in 13 games thus far and has provided a net-front presence that’s been lacking on the Leafs for a while. Consider that the average distance of JVR’s goals is 14.9-feet (three came from rebounds in front of the net). If you’re curious, here are the distances of each goal he’s scored so far this season:


1 – 33-feet

2 – 9.5-feet

3 – 6.5-feet

4 – 19.4-feet

5 – 10-feet

6 – 9.5-feet

7 &ndas...

Isles Power Play Not Enough In Fifth Straight Loss

The New York Islanders went into tonight's game against the Carolina Hurricanes with the hopes of ending a four-game losing streak before heading back to Madison Square Garden on Thursday night for their Valentine's Day re-match with the New York Rangers. Despite ending their scoreless power play streak, the Islanders would add another tally to the loss column with a 6-4 defeat on home ice.

Frans Nielsen opened the scoring with a power play goal just 2:48 into the hockey game with assists coming from Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic. But former Islanders Tim Wallace would tie the game a little over mid-way through the first period, sending both teams to their respective locker rooms in a draw.

The middle frame would prove to be a wild one. John Tavares scored the Isles second power play goal after jumping on a rebound in front. Matt Moulson and Lubomir Visnovsky earned the helpers. But Canes forward Jeff Skinner would knot it up at two less than 30 seconds later with a snap shot in the high slot that Rick DiPietro never saw.

Will The Real Tampa Bay Lightning Team Please Stand Up


The first seven games for the Tampa Bay Lightning were a scoring fest. The Bolts netted 37 goals and went 6-1. Over the last four games, three on the road, the Bolts have scored just six goals and lost all four contests.

Tampa Bay is now 6-5 and leads the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets by one point in the Southeastern Division.

The best thing that happened on the Bolts first extended road trip of the season was the cancellation of their game versus the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. (Steven Stamkos photograph/Susan Ferlita)

On Sunday night the New York Hagelins trounced the Lightning 5-1. Carl Hagelin had t...

Where Does Okposo Belong?

Kyle Okposo spent a considerable amount of time on the Isles top unit last season alongside of John Tavares and Matt Moulson. Despite a very slow start that saw him sit in the press-box as a healthy scratch for multiple games, Okposo managed to reach the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career with a total of 24 on the year (Photo Credit: bridgetds/Flickr).

Okposo started this season with the same line-mates mentioned above but only scored three points in eight games and appeared to be struggling to keep up with his offensive counterparts. So last night head coach Jack Capuano shifted him back to the second line with Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner, two players that found chemistry with Okposo for the majority of last year.

Phaneuf's slump won't last

 

Dion Phaneuf is off to a slow start, registering a single assist in his first eight games, but there are several factors to consider when evaluating the captain’s game.

One of the most noticeable differences this season is Phaneuf’s ice-time—25:17 TOI/G last season to 27:53—, which may be excessive, but it is by no means the reason for his early season struggles. ...

A Late Devils Power Play Leads To A Shutout Loss For The Isles

The New York Islanders were looking to continue their winning ways against the New Jersey Devils today in a Super Bowl Sunday matinee but came up short, surrendering three late goals in the third period for a final score of 3-0.

Special teams would be a key factor in this game, as the Islanders had a handful of power play chances in the first period that they were unable to connect on. In the end, a charging penalty on Isles defenseman, Brian Strait would ultimately lead to all three goals scored by the Devils. Steven Bernier received a bouncing puck off an Adam Henrique shot and was easily able to roof it over a sprawled Evgeni Nabokov, who had 24 saves on the night. Adam Greene had the secondary assist.

Just over a minute later, Bernier would strike again, this time at even-strength with the assists coming from Ryan Carter and Stephen Gionta.

David Clarkson would add an empty netter, which also gave Greene another helper for the night.

Game Preview: Kings Vs Anaheim Ducks

Preview:

The Kings (2-2-2; 6 points) make the short trip to Anaheim to play the Ducks (4-1-1; 9 points) tonight at 7. The Ducks beat the Minnesota Wild last night,3-1, thanks to the Kyle Palmieri, Teemu Selanne, and Bobby Ryan line which generated all three goals. The Kings lost 2-1 to the Predators Thursday in a shootout and have gotten points their last four games.

It's been an unimpressive start by the Kings who have failed to score and create constant pressure. The Ducks are a formidable opponent with a self less, high powered offense but have holes on the defensive end that the Kings will have to exploit to win. A win against a local rival with a less than daunting pe...

Hammered Out: Isles Defenseman Sprains Ankle

Travis Hamonic, who has been one of the New York Islanders most steady defenseman thus far this season, left last night's game against the Winnipeg Jets wearing a boot to support one of his ankles.

According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, Hamonic has sprained one of his ankles and is expected to be out of the line-up tomorrow night when his team visits the Pittsburgh Penguins.