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Jordan Staal grimaces after suffering a broken leg.

Jordan Staal grimaces after suffering a broken leg.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes lost center Jordan Staal to a broken right leg during a preseason loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word yet how long Staal will be sidelined but this is a serious blow for the Hurricanes, losing their best two-way forward.

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk will undergo an MRI today on his right shoulder, which he injured during a preseason game against Pittsburgh. Wings forward Darren Helm also suffered a broken nose.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Datsyuk claims his shoulder doesn’t feel too bad, which may be a promising sign. The last thing the Wings need is for one of their top veterans to begin the season on the sideline. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (upper-body injury) is awaiting medical clearance to rejoin his teammates, while goalie Jonathan Quick continues to progress well in his recovery from offseason wrist surgery. The Anaheim Ducks, meanwhile, will be looking toward younger players to fill the gaps left by retired veterans Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu.

CSNPHILLY.COM: With Kimmo Timonen (blood clots) sidelined indefinitely, the Flyers will look toward Mark Streit to anchor their power play this season.

TWINCITIES.COM: Young Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund is looking forward for more success this season.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward Patrik Berglund hopes his improved conditioning will translate into on-ice dividends this season.

NJ.COM: Unsigned Scott Gomez hopes to secure a roster spot with the Devils, who invited him to training camp on a tryout basis.

THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin will miss three-four weeks with a slight fracture in his right thumb.

THE WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals unveil their Winter Classic jerseys.

SPORTSNET.CA: The World Cup of Hockey will reportedly take place from September 15 to October 1 2016.

MIAMI HERALD: Panthers ownership expects smaller crowds this season.