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Eric Staal captains Canada’s World Championships team


Despite his brother Jordan being added to the mix and Alexander Semin’s productive first season with the team, Carolina Hurricanes star Eric Staal finds himself outside of the NHL playoffs again. There’s a sliver lining, though: he’ll still captain a high-level team in May.

Staal was named the captain of Canada’s entry into the 2013 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships on Thursday, according to the CBC’s Tim Wharnsby.

In case you’re wondering, here’s Team Canada’s roster for the tournament (which takes place May 3-19 in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland):

Goalies: Michael Garnett, Devan Dubnyk and Mike Smith
Defense: Stephane Robidas, Brendan Dillon, T.J. Brodie, Justin Schultz, Luke Schenn, Jay Harrison and Brian Campbell
Forwards: Taylor Hall, Matt Duchene, Jordan Staal, Eric Staal, Jordan Eberle, Andrew Ladd, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read, Claude Giroux, Jeff Skinner, Ryan O’Reilly and Steven Stamkos

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: All that’s been announced about Silfverberg is that he’s under evaluation and will not return.