James O'Brien

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Less bruised: Parayko returns to Blues lineup

Hey, the St. Louis Blues are starting to look a little healthier these days.

OK, it might be more accurate to say that some banged-up players are at least suiting up, but the end result is still similar for a team that’s really been forced to scrap this season.

Jori Lehtera is fighting through what’s likely serious discomfort, and now they’re getting hulking, hard-shooting defenseman Colton Parayko back against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

The Blues aren’t necessarily at full-strength at the moment, yet they’ve certainly seen worse so far in 2015-16.

Video: Alex Chiasson boards Scott Laughton, fights Sam Gagner


Philadelphia Flyers fans aren’t happy that Alex Chiasson avoided getting a boarding penalty on Saturday, and Flyers players don’t seem happy with Chiasson specifically.

You can see why in the video above, as Chiasson boarded Scott Laughton, prompting Sam Gagner to drop the gloves.

It’s too early to tell if this will cause problems for Laughton, but here are some observations about his situation.

Observers who aren’t a little Flyers-leaning seem to think Chiasson got away with one, too.

Should the Department of Player Safety look at this one?

Video: Assist gives Patrick Marleau 1,000 points

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No matter what happens regarding his trade-related future, Patrick Marleau will know this much: he scored at least 1,000 points as a member of the San Jose Sharks.

Marleau reached that milestone on Saturday, as he grabbed the secondary assist on a Brent Burns goal, which you can see in the video above.

That gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead against the Pittsburgh Penguins as they hope to stay hot during a so-far impressive road run.

Update: Speaking of milestones, Daniel Sedin grabbed his 900th point by assisting on his twin’s goal.

Like Marleau, Sedin didn’t wait to add more, as a goal gives him 901 as of this writing.

Logan Couture resumes skating for first time since surgery

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The San Jose Sharks are on a four-game winning streak – all during a big road trip – but that probably won’t stop them from missing Logan Couture.

There’s good news in that regard, as CSNBayArea.com reports that he skated for the first time since his Oct. 17 surgery for a broken fibula.

“It’s a real positive for us,” Sharks assistant Steve Spott said. “It’s nice to see him back on skates and it’s nice to see he’s got his gear back on. He’s taking part in meetings now with the team, and hopefully it’s sooner than later. It’s definitely a nice shot of adrenaline for us.”

Couture views his recovery as a day-by-day process, whatever that means in the grand scheme of things.

The Sharks wrap up their six-game road trip by visiting the Penguins tonight and the Blue Jackets on Sunday. They’re seeing the end of the tunnel on that long road, and it sounds like they’re getting a glimpse of it with their injured young star.

Caps send message to Burakovsky with healthy scratch

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Heading into the 2015-16 season, it seemed like Andre Burakovsky could make just as much of an impact as Evgeny Kuznetsov for the Washington Capitals.

That … hasn’t exactly happened.

For that reason, Barry Trotz hopes to get Burakovsky’s attention in the clearest way: a healthy scratch on Saturday.

CSNWashington.com has more.

“Sometimes you pull him out and he gets to reassess,” Trotz said. “There’s nothing that gets your message across like pulling a player out. A little more detail and a little more production and he should be fine.”

It seems like the young forward is struggling in ways both obvious and subtle.

With Burakovsky out, Justin Williams gets bumped to the second line (with Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson) while Stanislav Galiev gets to play against the Colorado Avalanche.

For more, check out that CSNWashington.com story.