James O'Brien

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 09:  Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot against Brandon Gormley #46 of the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on December 9, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Another setback? No Letang for Penguins tonight


There are two uncomfortable possibilities for the Pittsburgh Penguins: either Kris Letang‘s previous injury issue is lingering or he suffered a new one on Saturday night.

Specific cause aside, Letang is being held out of tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets as a precautionary measure.

Apparently he didn’t feel too great this morning.

One specific moment of concern was a hit by Jarret Stoll, which may have left Letang stunned (but didn’t keep him from contributing to a 3-1 win against the Minnesota Wild).

The Score has a GIF of the hit here, which Stoll explained away to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo.

Russo reports that supplemental discipline is unlikely.

Either way, this continues a disturbing pattern for Letang, as he’s faced recurring issues, especially when it comes to concussions.

Report: Evander Kane is the subject of sexual assault allegations

HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20:  NHL player Evander Kane attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "We Are Your Friends" at TCL Chinese Theatre on August 20, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane is the subject of a sex offense investigation stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred at a Buffalo hotel on Sunday morning, according to the Buffalo News and other outlets.

WGR 550 cites sources “both inside and outside the Buffalo Police rank” that a 20-year-old woman is making the claim.

Note that Kane, 24, has not been charged with a crime at this time, but an investigation is reportedly in its early stages.

The Buffalo News reports that Kane is currently represented by attorney Paul J. Cambria, who also represented Patrick Kane.

The Buffalo Sabres released a statement regarding the matter, which the Buffalo News’ Tim Graham shared on Twitter:

“We take the allegation made today against Evander Kane very seriously. We are gathering facts (and have) been in touch with the NHL and Evander’s representatives. Until we have more information we will not have any additional comment.”

Kane’s agent Craig Oster has not yet responded to requests for comment from the Buffalo News as of this writing.

Evander Kane was not present at practice on Sunday morning for “personal reasons.”

For more details, read the original Buffalo News report.

The Sabres’ next game takes place in Buffalo against the Washington Capitals on Monday.

Blues – Stars is down a ref because of Texas weather

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For at least one night, the common angry fan refrain of “How did you miss that?” can be answered with “Well, the other guy would have seen it.”

The unusual tornado/storm weather in the Dallas area apparently kept referee Brad Meier (pictured) from traveling to Sunday’s St. Louis Blues – Dallas Stars game, according to multiple reporters.

Get your jokes ready …

There’s a chance he might just be late, though.

As someone who’s in the area during the holiday season, it indeed was a pretty frightening scene at times on Saturday. Some regions of the general Dallas area were devastated by tornadoes and other storms, which normally aren’t expected until the spring:

The Blues managed a shootout win against the Stars last night, so the two teams are set to close off a back-to-back set with this game.

You can see Kevin Shattenkirk save the day in overtime here.

Add this save to Cory Schneider’s MVP candidacy

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While the New Jersey Devils have enjoyed surprisingly strong work from a handful of scorers (including especially unexpected production from the likes of Lee Stempniak), Cory Schneider is still clearly the key to their success.

Devils GM Ray Shero even trumpeted Schneider’s MVP qualities a couple weeks ago.

Schneider couldn’t hold off the Carolina Hurricanes all night on Saturday as the Devils lost 3-1, but he added a highlight reel save to his 2015-16 collection.

You can watch him swipe a would-be goal from Kris Versteeg in the video above.

Bloody good: Hansen shakes off crash to win it for Canucks

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The “hockey players are tough” motif leaves quite a few people cringing, yet many examples also seem to make it more fun to follow the sport.

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen provided the latest example, as he shook off a bloody crash into the Edmonton Oilers’ net:

… To score the game-winning goal in overtime:

Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot deserves at least a few “tough points” for shaking off an earlier collision, by the way.