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John Tavares is out sick again tonight, this time vs. Buffalo


John Tavares must be suffering from a pretty significant bug right now.

After missing Saturday’s eventual shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders’ captain will also sit out Sunday’s contest against the Buffalo Sabres.

Maybe it’s just a matter of an ill-timed illness, although when you consider how … not-so-forthcoming NHL teams can be with injury information, you never know.

Overall, it’s a long season, so giving their workhorse a breather might be the wise move.

Perhaps Islanders fans should be a little more concerned if Tavares cannot play on Tuesday, either (although some sicknesses are tougher to kick than others).

Dale Weise scores hat trick (!) as Habs humble Flames


The Montreal Canadiens bounced back from a two-game losing streak in a big way on Friday, to the dismay of the cracking Calgary Flames.

Granted, it wasn’t just about the usual suspects tonight.

Instead, Dale Weise – yes, that Dale Weise – was the headliner, grabbing a hat trick as the Habs pummeled the Flames 6-2.

Check out the trio of goals, the first of his career, in the video above. (Tonight also marked Mats Zuccarello‘s first hat trick, which you can witness here.)

Time to stock up

If tonight’s game wasn’t rewarding enough for Habs fans, their November schedule should produce plenty of smiles.

Their next four games come at home, along with seven of eight in Montreal. They only play four road contests through Dec. 3.

In other words … it’s a really good time for Montreal to be on a roll.

Marian Hossa suffers seemingly minor injury in Chicago loss

Marian Hossa

Friday was at times an evening of bad news for the Chicago Blackhawks, though not really major stuff.

Andrew Desjardins may or may not get suspended for his hit on Justin Fontaine.

The Blackhawks fell in a high-scoring affair to the Minnesota Wild, and that 5-4 outcome came in regulation to boot.

Sometimes such negative news comes in threes, so also note that Marian Hossa left the contest in the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Again, this falls into the “likely not a big deal” category, at least according to early reports.

It’s not obvious how, exactly, he got hurt in this one (though if you noticed, feel free to share the cause in the comments).

Marchand spoils big night by boarding Kulikov


The Boston Bruins seem to be getting their games together, and Brad Marchand was a big part of their continued success on Friday.

Unfortunately for him – and maybe Dmitry Kulikov more than anyone else – Marchand marred a great two-goal performance with the boarding hit that got him tossed late from Boston’s 3-1 win against the Florida Panthers.

You can see the hit via the video above.

Marchand was whistled with a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct for that questionable hit.

Do you think he deserves a suspension and/or fine to go along with that punishment?

Andrew Desjardins on Justin Fontaine: suspension-worthy?


It’s a busy Friday, and that means we’ll have at least a few suspension debates to sift through.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild have engaged in a high-scoring affair, yet the largest debate may come from an Andrew Desjardins hit on Justin Fontaine.

Call it “knee-to-knee” or just “leg-to-leg,” but either way Fontaine seems shaken up by it.

No video of it just yet, but Stephanie “My Regular Face” has the GIFs as you might expect. Decide for yourself:

From at least one account, there might not be a suspension.

What do you think, though?

Update: Video added.

Minnesota managed a 5-4 win, by the way.