Connor McDavid, Anze Kopitar among several players sidelined by injury, plus updates on Patrick Kane, Dustin Byfuglien, Mike Babcock and more.
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NHL.COM: Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid suffered an apparent injury to his left shoulder (conflicting reports claim it’s either a broken clavicle (collarbone) or torn left labrum) in the second period of his club’s 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. No word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined but his absence from the lineup is expected to be lengthy.
Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly is expected to miss 6-8 months after suffering a fractured left femur during the first period of his club’s 5-3 loss to the Dallas Stars.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings center Anze Kopitar left the game following the first period of his club’s 3-0 shutout of the St. Louis Blues. He was struck in the lower part of his face by an elbow or the butt-end of a stick from Blues’ forward Ryan Reaves. No word if Reaves might face supplemental discipline.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Evgeny Medvedev returned to Philadelphia on Tuesday to be examined by team doctors regarding an upper-body injury.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks winger Jiri Sekac (sprained right ankle) will miss the club’s next three games.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild will be without center Tyler Graovac for approximately six weeks (sports hernia surgery) and winger Justin Fontaine for 4-6 weeks to f a sprained knee ligament.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres have no timetable for the return of defenseman Zach Bogosian (lower body injury), who has yet to begin full on-ice workouts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No indication yet how long McDavid, the NHL rookie of the month for October 2015, will be sidelined, though it could be at least several weeks, perhaps longer, depending on the severity of his injury. That’s a big blow to the Oilers’ roster, as he and winger Nail Yakupov had developed a strong chemistry, providing the club with two solid scoring lines. No word yet how long Kopitar will be sidelined. He returned for several shifts following his injury but was out of the lineup from the second period onward.
CBS SPORTS: St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen has the early-season favorite for save of the year with a remarkable glove save on LA Kings center Anze Kopitar, robbing the latter of a sure goal.
Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin tallied his sixth hat trick, tying the franchise record held by Mike Modano, lifting his club to a 5-3 victory over his former team, the Boston Bruins.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: “The woman who accused Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane of raping her three months ago has told authorities she no longer wants to pursue a criminal case against the hockey star, a move that multiple sources say soon will lead to prosecutors closing the investigation.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane’s supporters will obviously feel vindicated by this news, while those who sided with his accuser will consider this another example of a rape victim succumbing to pressure to drop her charges, something which happens quite often in such cases. Regardless, this incident brought out the worst in many people on both sides, mainly unchecked misogyny and a rush to judgement of Kane before an investigation was completed.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was not fined or suspended for his questionable hit Sunday on Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher, who was unhurt on the play.
TSN.CA: Toronto Maple Leafs bench boss Mike Babcock was named coach of Team Canada for next year’s World Cup of Hockey.
TORONTO STAR: Former Maple Leafs enforcer Tie Domi is promoting his new book, “Shift Work.”