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Oilers dodge bullet even if RNH doesn’t dodge blade


Falling behind 6-3 in just the second period – as the Edmonton Oilers have done against the Washington Capitals tonight – can get a team feeling sorry for themselves.

The Oilers are getting a bit of luck on Friday, nonetheless, as their frequently fragile former No. 1 pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had quite the scare.

As you can see via the GIF below, John Carlson‘s skate blade clipped RNH, sending Nugent-Hopkins off to get stitched up.

Edmonton tweeted that he’s seemingly OK, so breathe a sigh of relief, Oilers fans.

Mike Green suffers upper-body injury, may not return

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The Detroit Red Wings haven’t seen a ton of the often-offensively potent version of Mike Green yet.

Unfortunately, they may become acquainted with the oft-injured edition.

Green is doubtful to return to Friday’s game against the Calgary Flames thanks to an upper-body injury, according to the Red Wings.

MLive.com’s Ansar Khan believes that he was hurt thanks to a hit by Josh Jooris. You can see the exchange (with Green responding) in the video above.

Right, even without Price: Habs go 8-0

Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher, Andrei Markov

This just in: the Montreal Canadiens aren’t just about Carey Price.

To really hammer that point home, the Habs became just the second team to start a season with eight straight regular season wins … and they won this last one with Price taking a siesta.

Instead, little-known backup Mike Condon grabbed his second win in 2015-16, stopping 34 out of 36 shots.

It wasn’t close, either, as the Canadiens trounced the Sabres by a score of 7-2 in Buffalo.

It was a big night for a number of Canadiens, with Tomas Plekanec (three assists), P.K. Subban (also a trio of helpers) and Andrei Markov (one goal, four assists) maybe standing out the most.

Amusingly enough, the Sabres franchise pulled that off before, albeit 40 years ago.

If you remove the caveat of kicking off a season, it’s still a special run for a special franchise.

Jimmy Roberts, the original St. Louis Blue, passes away at 75

The St. Louis Blues released the following statement regarding Jimmy Roberts, who died of cancer at age 75:

“The St. Louis Blues and the Blues Alumni organization are deeply saddened by the passing of the original Blue Jimmy Roberts. Jimmy was the franchise’s first-ever draft pick and was instrumental in building the foundation of Blues hockey as a player and upholding its tradition as an alumnus. His tireless contributions to St. Louis, the Blues and the game of hockey as a whole will forever live as an example for future generations to follow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Judy, and their two daughters.”

Roberts was obviously a huge part of the Blues organization, yet he also enjoyed success elsewhere.

He won five Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens, and as you can see from the video above, also made an impact as a coach.

The hockey world mourned his loss on Friday. Here are some remembrances.

No Brian Boyle for Bolts on Friday

Brian Boyle

The Winnipeg Jets can be a real handful to deal with – especially when big Dustin Byfuglien gets rolling (just ask Jay Bouwmeester) – so the Tampa Bay Lightning might miss Brian Boyle a bit more than usual.

The hulking center is out with … well, the Lightning aren’t even saying which half of his body is hurt.

Boyle is considered day-to-day with that undisclosed injury.

If the day-to-day label didn’t make it clear (and sometimes that doesn’t), it appears as though this is a mostly minor issue for Boyle.

This is what the Lightning’s forward lines look like to start things off.