Teuvo Teravainen Day-to-day With Upper Body Injury – Yahoo Sports

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John Scott is not a nuclear deterrent and neither is any other enforcer – Yahoo Sports

Doesn’t sound like there’s need to panic, but the 20-year-old prospect will be sidelined for a little bit. The odds of Teuvo Teravainen making the Blackhawks out of training camp probably took a hit this weekend as the well-regarded prospect suffered a minor upper body injury on Saturday. It’s not considered serious and he’s being labeled as day-to-day, but after an impressive showing early on at camp, he’s not even taking the ice on Sunday. As ESPN Chicago’s Scott Powers reports, Teravainen played in the team’s scrimmages Saturday and did take a major hit from defenseman Cam Barker (damnit Cam, c’mon dude). He didn’t miss any shifts on the ice or mention the injury to reporters afterwards, but it’s possible he was simply working through the pain before the team decided to be more cautious. The Blackhawks have one more scrimmage on Monday before starting the preseason on Tuesday against the Red Wings . Teravainen was already considered something of a longshot to make the NHL team out of training camp, so this absence likely increases the possibility that he starts the season in Rockford. There’s been lots of good news out of the University of Notre Dame so far, but this certainly qualifies as a less-than-ideal development. Here’s to hoping Teravainen doesn’t suffer any setbacks and returns to the ice ASAP. More from sbnation.com: source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/teuvo-teravainen-day-day-upper-153410787.html

I’m okay with being excited about meaningless games – Yahoo Sports

None of the commonly accepted strategic purposes of fighting are substantiated by evidence. So dressing multiple players who have no value outside of their facepunching ability, particularly in a salary cap league where successful teams are getting the most out of their depth, seems counterproductive at best and a terrible allocation of resources at worst. While Scott suggested yesterday that he wouldn’t be in the league if he couldn’t play, there simply isn’t any evidence that he can do so effectively at the NHL level. Scott has scored two goals in 236 career games, a pitiful outputeven after accounting for his lack of ice time. His teams have consistently beenheavily outshot andoutscored with him on the ice. It would be bad enough if Scott was the only such player on the Sharks roster but the team also employs Mike Brown and Adam Burish , two others who bring nothing to the table outside of fisticuffs and ambiguously-defined “grit.” Brown in particular has actually been even worse than Scott in terms of on-ice shot and goal differential over his career while Burish has one goal and three points in 67 games with San Jose. Yet all three of these guys are virtually guaranteed roster spots while the likes of Tarasov, Freddie Hamilton , Chris Tierney and Tye McGinn are forced to duke it out for a place on the club. The sixteen teams that made the playoffs last season used their fourth lines (defined as the forwards who ranked 10th through 12th in average ice time) for an average of 10:47 a night. Either the Sharks are going to ice some combination of Scott, Brown and Burish for nearly 18% of every game, significantly reducing their time of possession and significantly increasing the odds of them getting scored on for a hefty chunk of minutes, or they’ll need to overtax their top players relative to other teams while the ones they’re chasing like the Ducks and Blackhawks roll fourth lines staffed with players they’re comfortable using for well over 11 minutes per game. It might seem silly to worry about who plays on the fourth line but, even apart from the obvious concern that injuries immediately turn fourth-liners into third-liners, it’s clear that the best teams in the league are getting valuable contributions from that lineup spot. Mike Richards centered Los Angeles’ fourth line in their run to the Cup last season while Chicago’s fourth line featured skilled players like Michael Frolik , Marcus Kruger and Dave Bolland the year prior. Even Brian Burke, champion of all that is truculent, recognized the league’s shift towards skilled fourth-liners and the gradual extinction of one-dimensional fightersmore than two years ago when he placed Colton Orr on waivers as general manager of the Maple Leafs . source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/john-scott-not-nuclear-deterrent-163002545.html

Sure, it’s an opportunity to watch hockey players without creeping around some beer league, but in terms of the actual return of the NHL to your life, the preseason is like entering the restaurant. It’s still gonna be a little while until you’re actually eating. But once you’re in, you can smell what’s coming, and unless you’re eating at an Olive Garden (or rooting for the Hurricanes ), that excitement is palpable. My father screamed a number of times at the television last night watching an all-important Bears-Jets Monday night game. I’ll probably do the same thing tonight, but for a meaningless affair between the Blackhawks and Red Wings . That’s just the kind of person I am, I suppose. So don’t be ashamed that you’re totally jacked up for the preseason. Sure, it might be silly, but if you really want to get all existential and start thinking about things, basically everything about life is silly. Being a sports fan, no doubt, is pretty high on my personal silly list. And if you’re a fan who can’t excited about a team as good as the Blackhawks, well, we’ll show you the door and have a good winter letting Jay Cutler destroy your soul. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/im-okay-being-excited-meaningless-155114962.html

Capitals unveil Winter Classic uniforms – DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Join the conversation on our Facebook page! Like us and tell us what stories matter to you. WASHINGTON (AP) With Alex Ovechkin wearing flip-flops and a borrowed pair of baseball pants on a warm start-of-autumn day, the Washington Capitals have unveiled the uniforms they’ll wear when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL’s Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Nationals Park. At a news conference Tuesday at the baseball stadium, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says he lobbied NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman from the moment the puck dropped for the first Winter Classic, in 2008. Leonsis says that “for hockey in Washington, D.C., it’s a big moment” to finally host the New Year’s Day game. Hockey nets and the outline of a rink were set up across the back of the dirt diamond and the shallow outfield grass where the NL East Nationals play their home games. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. source: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/26607681/capitals-unveil-winter-classic-uniforms


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