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Video: Blackhawks rookie Motte leaves game after crashing heavily into the boards (Updated)

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Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Tyler Motte left Sunday’s game against the Dallas Stars, and it was later announced he wouldn’t return.

Motte fell awkwardly into the boards after getting tangled up with Radek Faksa while chasing the puck in the Dallas zone.

In 12 games with Chicago, Motte, the University of Michigan product, has three goals and six points.

Updated: Per CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers, head coach Joel Quenneville said Motte suffered a lower-body injury and he “might miss some games.”

Oilers win in Detroit, now face McDavid vs. Crosby match-up to conclude road trip

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 13:  Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates his first career NHL goal against the Dallas Stars in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 13, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Edmonton Oilers didn’t get off to the best start on this five-game Eastern Conference swing.

But despite playing in a back-to-back situation with travel this weekend, the Oilers have managed to salvage this road trip with wins over the New York Islanders and, on Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings. That’s now five of a possible eight points so far, following a shake-up of the lines from head coach Todd McLellan.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the winner, burying a nice pass from — who else? — Connor McDavid in the final seconds of the second period, as the Oilers left Detroit with a 2-1 victory.

That now sets up an intriguing match-up to end this trip.

The Oilers will face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

It’s McDavid versus Sidney Crosby, which follows last week’s highly anticipated match-up of McDavid vs. Auston Matthews.

For the Oilers, this may provide an indication of their potential this season. They’re off to a great start, opening up a considerable lead already in the Pacific Division, with a 9-3-1 record and seven wins in their last 10 games.

Meanwhile, the Penguins are an early contender in the Metropolitan Division, coming off their Stanley Cup victory in June.

Oh, and Crosby has been lighting it up of late, with a six-game point streak and at least two points in four of those games.

This game isn’t just about two incredibly skilled players, including one challenging to be the best in the game. That’s not to say McDavid vs. Crosby isn’t a juicy storyline.

But after 10 years of losing, the Oilers are making an early case that they could potentially be a playoff team next spring.

That should enhance the experience of seeing two of the game’s best players going head to head.

Lightning recall Conacher, who shot down rumors of a return to Switzerland

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 07:  Cory Conacher #89 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in action against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 7, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Lightning 4-2.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday recalled forward Cory Conacher from Syracuse in the American Hockey League.

The move to bring up the productive minor league forward comes with Jonathan Drouin still out day-to-day, per Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

Drouin hasn’t played since Tuesday, when he was on the receiving end of a massive hit from Calvin de Haan.

The Lightning play the Florida Panthers on Monday, although it has yet to be determined if Conacher will enter into the lineup.

Meanwhile, Conacher has recently shot down rumors linking him to a possible return to Switzerland.

Conacher, 26, played last season in Switzerland with Bern SC. However, with hopes of returning to the NHL, he signed a one-year, one-way deal with the Lightning this past summer.

Per Syracuse.com, it was reported that HC Lugano is apparently interested in Conacher.

“I haven’t talked to anyone from Lugano. They like to talk and start rumors,” he told Syracuse.com. “I’m sure at some point throughout the year they’ll reach out. But as of right now, I haven’t had any contact with anyone in Switzerland, other than the fact that I keep updated with some of the guys in Bern.

“You always have to keep your options open. But right now, my mindset’s with Tampa. If I wanted to listen right now, I’d be in Switzerland. I’m doing everything I can to get back up there (Tampa Bay). I think, down the stretch, when either injuries happen or they need guys up, I’m going to be the guy that steps in and helps them win.”

In seven games this season with the Syracuse Crunch, Conacher has eight points.

A case of the Blues: Varlamov gets the hook in St. Louis

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, takes a drink during a time out against the Arizona Coyotes in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 7, 2016, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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The struggles continue for the Colorado Avalanche.

After hanging on for a shutout win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, the Avalanche went into St. Louis on Sunday, fell behind early and things continued to get worse from there.

Semyon Varlamov gave up five goals on 25 shots and was replaced in net by Calvin Pickard to begin the third period, with the Blues opening up a four-goal lead late in the middle period.

Pickard made 32 saves the night before for the shutout.

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Potential No. 1 overall pick Nolan Patrick (upper-body injury) to miss Canada-Russia series

KELOWNA, CANADA - OCTOBER 25: Rourke Chartier #14 of Kelowna Rockets faces off against Nolan Patrick #19 of Brandon Wheat Kings during the first period on October 25, 2014 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
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An upper-body injury has restricted Nolan Patrick to just six games in the Western Hockey League season, and now the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft will miss the upcoming Canada-Russia series, per NHL.com.

In those six games with the Brandon Wheat Kings, the 18-year-old Patrick has four goals and nine points, however he’s been out of the lineup for almost a month, with his last game back on Oct. 11.

Minus Patrick, the WHL select team will face Russia on Monday and Tuesday.

Russia will play six games against WHL, OHL and QMJHL select teams, from Nov. 7-17.

After 41 goals and 102 points last season, Patrick began the 2016-17 campaign as the top prospect for next year’s draft, headlining Central Scouting’s list of players to watch.

It’s been a difficult few months for the young center due to injury.

In the summer, Patrick underwent sports hernia surgery, which kept him out of Team Canada’s world junior summer development camp.