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Kevin Shattenkirk of New York Rangers tears meniscus, out indefinitely

New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is set for surgery to repair a torn meniscus, the team announced Friday. He has been ruled out indefinitely. The Rangers did not reveal details of how the injury occurred. Shattenkirk played for 17 minutes in Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Shattenkirk, 28, has posted five goals and 18 assists this season, his first in New York after signing a four-year, $26.6 million contract during the offseason. Saturday’s matchup against the Colorado Avalanche will be his first missed game of the season….

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NHL aware of backlash over Kid Rock performing at All-Star Game, standing by decision

8:35 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The National Hockey League said Thursday that it’s aware of the backlash over Kid Rock performing at the 2018 All-Star Game in Tampa, saying that the decision to hire him was “purely based” on his entertainment value and history as a hockey fan. The 47-year-old singer has drawn attention in the last year for endorsing President Donald Trump, his history of displaying confederate flags at concerts, criticism of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protests during the national anthem and anti-transgender comments made during a concert. The…

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Philadelphia Flyers retire Hall of Fame center Eric Lindros’ No. 88

PHILADELPHIA — Nearly 17 years after a bitter breakup, the Philadelphia Flyers retired Eric Lindros‘ jersey on Thursday night in a stirring tribute to the Hall of Fame center. No. 88 was raised to the rafters of Wells Fargo Center, a facility Lindros helped open in 1996, before the Flyers played his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. “Very blessed that I could’ve played in Philadelphia,” Lindros said as the crowd roared. Combining size, skill and strength, the 6-foot-4 Lindros averaged a franchise-record 1.35 points per game in Philadelphia from 1992 to…

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Elias Says: January 18, 2018 – Elias Says

Thompson and Curry reign threes on the Bulls Klay Thompson made seven three-point field goals in a 38-point performance and Stephen Curry made six shots from beyond the arc while scoring 30 points in the Warriors’ win over the Bulls on Wednesday night. It’s the 12th time that Curry and Thompson each made at least six three-pointers in the same game since becoming teammates. Those are by far the most such games by a pair of teammates since the NBA instituted the three-point shot in 1979-80. In fact, only one…

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Charlotte Checkers of AHL hosts game without fans due to inclement weather

Hockey players are at home on ice, however, the same can’t always be said of hockey fans. The AHL’s Charlotte Checkers played host Wednesday to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at an empty Bojangles’ Coliseum thanks to inclement weather in the area. when the snow comes #BehindClosedDoors2 pic.twitter.com/QEFUOdIuYu — Charlotte Checkers (@CheckersHockey) January 17, 2018 “It was a little different, but give [Bridgeport] credit, because they came out flying and outshot us 14-4 in the first period,” Checkers coach Mike Vellucci said after Charlotte’s 4-3 win. “The game was so important…

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Boston honors Willie O’Ree, who broke NHL color barrier

BOSTON — Hockey pioneer Willie O’Ree was honored in Boston on Wednesday, the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Bruins forward breaking the NHL’s color barrier. At a news conference at the TD Garden before the Bruins game against the Montreal Canadiens, Mayor Marty Walsh declared Jan. 18, 2018, to be “Willie O’Ree Day”. O’Ree made his debut in 1958 during a 3-0 victory against the Canadiens at the Forum in Montreal. Willie O’Ree became the first black player in the NHL in 1958. AP Photo Walsh called O’Ree a…

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Nashville Predators place forward Viktor Arvidsson on injured reserve

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators have placed forward Viktor Arvidsson on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and recalled forward Frederick Gaudreau from the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals. The Predators made the move Tuesday afternoon. Arvidsson was helped off the ice Monday during practice, and The Tennessean reported that he tested himself during Tuesday morning’s skate. The forward ranks third on the Predators with 13 goals and fourth with 27 points. The Predators already have Filip Forsberg on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. Gaudreau has played 18 games with…

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Riley Scorgie is the best player in the world of the week

2:14 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN ESPN presents the best player in the world of the week. If there’s a player you’d like to nominate, from your local team to a high school team to your beer league, email us here. The Flames are, excuse the pun, scorching hot these days, and the play of Gaudreau is a big part of that. The winger had two goals and six assists in four games last week in helping Calgary to a seven-game winning streak. The streak has, not coincidentally, also featured a…

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Should character be a consideration in NHL suspensions?

Anaheim Ducks center Andrew Cogliano was suspended two games by the NHL department of player safety on Sunday, ending the fourth-longest consecutive games played streak in NHL history. His suspension raised questions about whether the department should take a player’s character into account when deciding his punishment. Morning Skate: Should there be a “good guy” exception for NHL suspensions? Greg Wyshynski: On Monday, after Cogliano gave an emotional interview during which he discussed the end of his steak, former NHL penalty-minute-magnet Tie Domi tweeted the following: Wow just saw replay…

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