James O'Brien

Robby Fabbri, Mattias Janmark-Nylen

That stings: Blues put Fabbri on IR, recall Butler

The St. Louis Blues are being forced to shake off some early bumps and bruises (at least when they’re not causing them).

The team announced that Robby Fabbri was placed on IR while Chris Bulter was recalled from the AHL.

It’s a bummer about Fabbri, but not exactly a surprise. The Blues acknowledged that Fabbri suffered a concussion, and his timeline remains unclear.

Ken Hitchcock admitted to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Kevin Shattenkirk probably won’t play against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Calling up Butler makes plenty of sense with that in mind.

St. Louis is getting the job done so far early in 2015-16, yet these injuries keep expectations in check for a team with talent … but maybe a healthy portion of self-doubt.

Greene might be injured, but Kings aren’t saying much

Matt Greene, Boyd Gordon

Matt Greene isn’t exactly a star defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings, but with the way things are going, the sinking team needs all the help they can get.

It appears as though Greene may have aggravated … whatever it was that he hurt during the pre-season (which they weren’t forthcoming about then, either).

About the only thing reporters could squeeze out of Darryl Sutter is that the coach hopes Greene can practice soon, and again, it’s probably related to the mystery ailment that may or may not be an upper-body injury.

(Kudos to the Kings for making murky information like “upper-body injury” seem like a revelation.)

So, how do Kings fans feel about all of this?

One guess:

Listless in L.A.: Canucks exploit sinking Kings

Jonathan Quick, Chris Higgins, Drew Doughty

The Los Angeles Kings aren’t just losing through three games. They’re getting embarrassed on a nightly basis.

Vancouver didn’t really need to exert all that much effort in dropping the Kings to 0-3-0, as the Canucks cruised to a 3-0 win on Tuesday.

Los Angeles has now been outscored by a troubling combined score of 12-2, losing every game by at least three goals.

It’s more than reasonable to say “it’s just three games.” Still, the Kings may rue these losses as much any other surprise 0-3-0 team, as all three of these losses have come at home.

Just look at the team at the other end of the rink. The Vancouver Canucks are already seven standings points ahead of the Kings, as they’ve gone 3-0-1 despite playing three of their first four contests on the road.

Maybe that provides a modicum of solace for the Kings … perhaps the Canucks are more competitive than expected? Amid plenty of doubts, Ryan Miller continued a strong start to his season, earning his 36th career shutout.

One way or another, Los Angeles needs to wake up.

They’ll wrap up a five game-homestand by hosting the Minnesota Wild on Friday and Colorado Avalanche on Sunday. If they’re still at a goose egg then, they might look at this opening stretch as the run that torpedoed their hopeful rebound from last season’s debacle.

Misery loves company, so at least there’s this:

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

Kevin Shattenkirk

This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.