The slumping Carolina Hurricanes put 30-year-old forward Chad LaRose on injured reserve with a concussion Wednesday.
LaRose hasn’t played since March 2 as a result of the injury. The Hurricanes also called up defenseman Brett Bellemore from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.
The call-up of Bellemore coincides with an injury to defenseman Justin Faulk, who suffered a second-degree sprain of his MCL Tuesday and is expected to be out of the lineup for two-to-four weeks.
The Hurricanes are still trying to digest a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers, who, with 22 points, sit at the bottom of the National Hockey League standings.
At the heart of the Hurricanes’ struggles is an uninspired power play, which, at 13.1 per cent, is ranked 29th in the league. Only the Buffalo Sabres, at 12 per cent, are worse on the man-advantage.
And their lack of success in that department has hindered a team now in a fight for the division.
“The biggest thing is when it’s not gaining momentum for your team, it’s hurting you. If our power play is not moving and getting momentum for our team, it makes it tough for everyone to keep going.”
Over the years, the Chicago Blackhawks have been forced to let some important players leave to keep their core together, which ultimately meant parting ways with Patrick Sharp.
The talented winger now wears a Dallas Stars jersey, so Blackhawks fans must face the reality of watching Sharp ply his trade for a formidable Central Division opponent.
Even if that might feel awkward, Blackhawks fans gave Sharp (and Johnny Oduya) a warm reception in Chicago on Thursday.
CSNChicago.com provides video of that ovation, which you can see in the clip above.
The Stars currently lead the Blackhawks 4-2, thanks in large part to Patrick … Eaves.
Death, taxes and Alex Ovechkin winning the Maurice Richard Trophy.
OK, the third thing on that list isn’t technically inevitable. It just feels that way lately in the NHL.
It’s unclear if the Washington Capitals can hold on against the Minnesota Wild, but we know for certain that Ovechkin already has a hat trick, the 14th of his high-scoring career.
This propels Ovechkin to the goals lead as of this writing, as he already has 34. As impressive as Patrick Kane has been, No. 8 is heating up, and may just edge No. 88 if Ovechkin can remain healthy.
One has to feel a little sympathy for the struggling Wild. They played well but lost against the Dallas Stars earlier this week and now must deal with Ovechkin and the just-as-hot Capitals.
Rugged Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas may get in trouble with the league once again.
At least, it will be that way if Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma has his way regarding Gudas’ five-minute charging major hit on Daniel Catenacci.
“I think there’s no question it’s head hit,” Bylsma said, according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl. ” … I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”
As far as the injury portion of possible suspension considerations go:
Marcus Foligno‘s analysis of Gudas was … well just check it out.
The Flyers ended up winning 5-1. Gudas was a busy man overall, racking up 17 penalty minutes.
Regular Selke winner Patrice Bergeron can do it all on the ice, it seems. Apparently that means he’ll even drop the gloves.
That was the unlikely scene during Thursday’s Boston Bruins – Winnipeg Jets skirmish, as Bergeron fought fellow finesse forward Blake Wheeler.
Perhaps unusual feisty behavior was just in the air, as Tyler Myers squared off with Matt Beleskey.
(Not as unlikely, but still.)