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Quick to miss at least another month, says Kings GM

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Jonathan Quick’s Grade 2 groin strain will reportedly keep him out until Christmas.

On Wednesday, Kings GM Dean Lombardi delivered the news to Sportsnet’s Fan 590, saying that his starting netminder will miss at least another month after injuring himself in a 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo on Nov. 12.

According to the Sports Injury Clinic, a Grade 2 strain is a “moderate” tear that can vary in severity — anywhere from 10 to 90 percent — which explains the difficulty in trying to pinpoint rehab time. The LA Times reported Quick wouldn’t require surgery and suggested “the best early estimate, with an emphasis on the word estimate, would be in the neighborhood of four to six weeks,” regarding a return to action.

It appears the six week estimate was accurate.

If there’s a positive here, it’s that Quick doesn’t have a history of groin issues, like many other NHL goalies. The 27-year-old has actually been remarkably healthy throughout his NHL career, appearing in 72 games during the 2009-10 season and 69 during the Cup-winning ’11-12 campaign.

The other positive? The play of backup Ben Scrivens, the NHL’s reigning first star of the week. Scrivens is 5-1-1 this season with a 1.35 GAA and .949 save percentage and has more than capably filled in for Quick — who, as Brough wrote last week, wasn’t exactly lighting it up prior to getting hurt:

Here’s the thing: Quick hasn’t even been that good this season. His .905 save percentage is right down the near bottom of the regular-starters list. You could even argue the Kings had been winning in spite of the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient.

Related: No shutout for Scrivens, but Kings win again

Watch the Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp tribute video

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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.

Wild must overcome Alex Ovechkin’s 14th career hat trick

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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.

Bylsma believes league will look at Gudas’ hit on Catenacci

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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.

Fight video: Patrice Bergeron vs. Blake Wheeler (seriously)

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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.)