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Robbed of Bob: Bobrovsky reportedly out about three weeks


Here’s the update that Columbus Blue Jackets fans were fearing: Sergei Bobrovsky will miss about three weeks with a lower-body injury, according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline.

This is an estimation, but that would probably mean that we won’t see “Bob” until early 2016, although these timelines aren’t always ironclad.

Bobrovsky was injured during Tuesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Columbus has already made adjustments with Bob out, as they recalled Joonas Korpisalo.

Even with signs of improvement, the Blue Jackets are currently the worst team in the NHL with 24 points in 29 games played (three other teams have 24 points but games in hand). It would be surprising if Columbus made any big moves considering the hole they find themselves in, but you never know.

Well, at least Radim Vrbata wasn’t easy to play against for Canucks

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For at least one night, the Vancouver Canucks weren’t that easy to play against … or at least Radim Vrbata was tough to stop.

He generated his first hat trick as a member of the Canucks on Monday, powering a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres.

In the process, the Canucks ended an odious five-game losing streak that prompted captain Henrik Sedin to say that he’d love to play against Vancouver in its current state.

Does one win against a franchise that’s still finding itself in Buffalo really erase that? Nah, but it still must have been a relief to end the skid, especially with Ryan Miller beating his old cronies.

And, hey, as of this moment they’d be a playoff team, so it’s not all bad for the Canucks.

Channeling Forsberg? Mitchell scores OT-winner for Avs


On a night where fans and the Colorado Avalanche celebrated the days of Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy, someone did something those icons never had a chance to do.

That would be scoring a goal in the still-quite-new 3-on-3 OT format.

John Mitchell did so for the Avalanche in a 2-1 OT win against the Minnesota Wild that may have been a little lacking in electricity otherwise. (You don’t see a ton of games where both teams combine for just 40 shots on goal.)

Still, that bit of 3-on-3 was fun and allowed fans to go home happy.

A lot of the word boring floating around …

Then again, the Avs legends on hand for the 20th Anniversary Team celebration probably experienced a few nights like that in the meat of “The Dead Puck Era.”

Report: Mike Richards’ case postponed again, now to January

Mike Richards

Mike Richards would like to resume his NHL career, but his legal issues are standing in the way, so that all remains on hold.

For the second time, his hearing regarding a charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) was pushed back, now to sometime in January, according to Global News.

The previous postponement happened back in September, with Tuesday standing as the date. More may be known tomorrow.

Look back at the Richards situation

The contract termination kicked in during the summer, including the NHLPA filing a grievance on Richards’ behalf. NHL teams were not pleased with the settlement that Richards and the Kings eventually hashed out.

Now we’re basically in the “legal limbo” stage before we find out if a team may be interested in signing Richards to a contract or at least giving him a tryout.

More F-bombs between officials and players (this time: James Neal)

James Neal

Brad Marchand wasn’t the only guy on the ice during Nashville’s eventual 3-2 win vs. Boston who had a “reputation.”

It seems like Predators winger James Neal is developing the same sort of permanent record among league officials, as he didn’t just draw an embellishment penalty … he apparently also received a couple words you can’t say on TV.

The NESN broadcast’s live mics caught the “exchange.” Listen in with headphones, as these are NSFW and would require “ear muffs” for the young ones at home.

(It’s likely that notorious official Tim Peel may have been supplying the colorful language.)

Neal must be on some sort of watch list, as he also received an embellishment penalty on Dec. 3, and there were many who believed that he didn’t deserve that call …

Not enough zebras vs. players fun? Read all about the conversation(s) between Derick Brassard and Tim Peel here.

Read more about Nashville’s win and Roman Josi‘s big night in this post.