Author: Cam Tucker

Sekera reportedly not expected to return during regular season, as Kings cling to playoff spot


It appears the L.A. Kings could be without defenseman Andrej Sekera for the remainder of the regular season as they look to lock down a post-season berth.

According to a report from Lisa Dillman of the L.A. Times, Sekera is not expected to return to the Kings lineup during the regular season due to injury.

The 28-year-old blue liner was hurt during a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. It was reported this week there was speculation the injury he sustained wasn’t minor, either.

That could be a big loss, considering the Kings paid a heavy price for Sekera, a pending unrestricted free agent who L.A. acquired just prior to the trade deadline for a first-round draft pick and prospect Roland McKeown.

That first-round pick could be in the 2015 draft, provided the Kings make the playoffs.

Since joining the Kings, Sekera had four points in 16 games.

Change of plans: Bennett to join Calgary Flames


Sam Bennett is actually going to the NHL.

The Calgary Flames announced Friday that Bennett, the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft, has been recalled to the big club after a brief time in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kingston Frontenacs, where he put up 24 points in 11 regular season games, and three points in four playoff games.

It was initially reported that Bennett was getting called up to the Flames’ AHL affiliate in Adirondack.

“It’s pretty surreal right now. I’m sure when I’m out there and around the team, it will feel a lot more real,” said Bennett, as per the club’s Twitter account.

“This is a dream. This is what I have wanted since I was four years old,” he added.

“Everyone knows what we think of Sam — he’s going to be an important part of our team,” said Flames GM Brad Treliving, as per the Calgary Herald. “But as I told him — and I want to be emphatic — we’re not expecting him to ride in on any horses to save the day. This is not an S.O.S.

“I caution everyone … he’s an 18-year-old player, a young guy who’s yet to play an NHL regular-season game. The expectation here, we have to keep realistic. I don’t want to quell the excitement — hey, we should be excited about Sam — but let’s all keep it in perspective.”

Still just 18 years old, Bennett was with the Flames in training camp, but missed a large portion of this season due to major shoulder surgery that came with a timeline of four to six months.

The Flames are on the road to face the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. It’s another big game, as Calgary looks to inch closer to a playoff berth in what has been a surprise season for that club.

With four games remaining on their schedule, the Flames have 91 points, which is just one ahead of the L.A. Kings — the final Wild Card team in the West — and the Winnipeg Jets.

Video: Sharks thump Avalanche to keep playoff hopes alive


The San Jose Sharks are still alive in the Western Conference playoff hunt. Just barely, yes, but they’re still alive.

After both the Sharks and visiting Colorado Avalanche struggled to generate anything offensively through the first half of Wednesday’s game, San Jose erupted for four goals — two of them into an empty net — in the third period for a 5-1 victory.

The win gives San Jose 85 points, five back of the Winnipeg Jets for that final Wild Card spot in the West. In order to get into the post-season, the Sharks would have to jump over two different teams, including the L.A. Kings, in their final five games.

Even tough guy John Scott got into the act for San Jose, scoring an empty net goal for his third of the season, which sets a new single-season career best for him.

There was a scary scene in the third period, when San Jose defenseman Scott Hannan took a puck to the face and rushed off the ice, straight toward the Sharks dressing room, clutching the left side of his face.

Video: Sharks’ Hannan struck in the face with the puck


San Jose Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan took a puck to the face in the third period and rushed off the ice toward the dressing room.

The incident occurred just to the left of the San Jose net on a clearing attempt. Hannan, 36, went straight to the dressing room holding the left side of his face.

Ducks clinch Pacific Division title

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It’s official now.

The Anaheim Ducks will go into the Stanley Cup playoffs as the Pacific Division champs for a third consecutive year. The Ducks secured the title with a dominant 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

Next on their list of accomplishments would be the Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s top team during the regular season. With 107 points, they lead that race with three games remaining on their schedule.

The Ducks jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and secured the win with a penalty shot goal from Andrew Cogliano early in the third period. Corey Perry scored his 33rd goal of the season in the win, recording his 600th career point.

Ryan Kesler was scratched from the Ducks lineup.


The move was expected because Kesler is healing from what is believed to be an arm injury. He participated in the morning skate but Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn’t say if Kesler would play against the Oilers at Honda Center.