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Flames roll without Hudler (illness) on Friday

The Calgary Flames are facing the Chicago Blackhawks without go-to veteran forward Jiri Hudler on Friday.

The team announced that he’s absent from tonight’s game because of an illness. There weren’t many details regarding his condition beyond that, including whether he’s likely to miss additional time beyond this contest.

The 31-year-old’s a solid winger for Calgary, although he has been a little quiet lately, being held to an assist in his past four games.

Habs chase Halak after one period


Carey Price probably was crossing his fingers that tonight’s game in Brooklyn would be low-scoring, but he’s not the goalie who was regretting the pace the most through one period.

Instead, that was New York Islanders netminder Jaroslav Halak, as he only made it through the opening frame. The Montreal Canadiens built a 3-1 lead through the first 20 minutes (it’s now 3-2), and that was enough for Jack Capuano to give him the hook.

This is subjective, of course, but the first two goals seemed the most bothersome. Check them out above (the first goal) and below (the second).

More bad injury luck for Columbus, including Goloubef being hospitalized


The Columbus Blue Jackets have managed to build a 3-0 lead against the Nashville Predators, but they’ll need to protect it with just two pairs of defensemen.

That’s because the Blue Jackets lost both Cody Goloubef and Fedor Tyutin to upper-body injuries that they won’t return from, according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline.

Goloubef’s situation may be the most troubling, as he’s been hospitalized, according to Fox Sports Ohio’s telecast.

Apparently Goloubef suffered a fractured jaw, you can see how in the video above.

Two beauties in two minutes by Blue Jackets

In the span of two minutes, the Columbus Blue Jackets built a 2-0 lead against the Nashville Predators, and they scored each tally with style.

Really, the bigger question is: which goal was prettier.

You can see the first of two above.

Kerby Rychel deserves most of the credit on that one, as he sent a sublime pass to Gregory Campbell to give Columbus a 1-0 lead.

Ryan Johansen may – or may not – have topped that display of talent, as he pulled out a lobotomizing move to make 2-0.

Watch below … and feel pity for Pekka Rinne/really anyone trying to stop Johansen when he’s rolling.

Byfuglien shot shakes up Wheeler at Jets practice

Screen from Sportsnet footage

Dustin Byfuglien‘s shot ranks among the scariest in the league, and that’s something that teammates need to be aware of almost as much as opponents.

Friday presented a disturbing sight for Winnipeg Jets fans, as Blake Wheeler was hurt by a Byfuglien shot in practice.

Sportsnet has video of the unfortunate moment, which you can watch here.

According to the Jets’ team page, head coach Paul Maurice described Wheeler as “coherent” but an update isn’t likely to surface until Saturday.

It’s been a bumpy ride for the Jets at times this season – to say the least – but Wheeler’s continued climb up the star forward ranks has been an obvious bright side for Winnipeg. Now they need to keep an eye on the health status for their crucial American scorer.