Author: Matt Reitz

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Taylor Hall takes skate to the face in warm-ups


The Edmonton Oilers have had their share of injury problems this season, but this one has to take the cake. While skating in warm-ups before their game in Columbus tonight, Taylor Hall fell and was cut in the face by teammate Corey Potter’s skate. According to a team spokesman, Hall “fell and a teammate tried to avoid him and his skate cut him.”

In the aftermath, Hall took a deep cut above the eye and according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, “may require more extensive repairs.” In this case, “extensive repairs” consisted of 30 stitches for the Oilers winger. Initial reports said that Hall was sent to the hospital, but later it was clarified that he was being attended to by the Oilers medical staff at Nationwide Arena.

For anyone wondering how he could be cut around the eye while he wears a visor, he was not wearing a helmet during the warm-ups.

The injury means the Oilers were forced to start the game without Hall, superstar rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Jordan Eberle tonight. For those keeping track at home, that means the Oilers are without 45 goals and 64 assists between those three productive forwards.

Then again, the Oilers were able to rack up a pair of goals as they raced out to a 2-0 lead through the first period of action…

Update (10:04pm EST): …and after scoring the first two goals of the game, the Oilers watched Columbus rattle off four straight goals for the 4-2 win.

PHT Morning Skate: Darryl wins Sutter Bowl I

Darryl Sutter

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Even though Darryl Sutter kept downplaying the “Sutter Bowl,” the Kings players said that they could tell there was a little something extra on the line against the Flames. (LA Times)

Sutter wasn’t the only one making a return to Calgary. In his first game back, newly acquired Michael Cammalleri reminded everyone that he still knows how to puck the puck in the net—and halfway through the game, he was reunited with a familiar linemate. (Calgary Herald)

Remember Angelo Esposito? Well, now he’s a member of the Stars. No, not the Dallas Stars… the Texas Stars. (Dallas Morning News)

Should Tampa trade for a goaltender? Erik Erlendsson says that Lightning fans should get used to the idea of a Roloson/Garon tandem for the rest of the season. (Tampa Tribune)

Every young team undergoing a complete rebuild would like to think that they will be as successful as the Chicago Blackhawks model. So with that in mind, are the Edmonton Oilers on the right track? (Cult of Hockey)

The Ottawa Senators should send the Coyotes a “thank you” card. Since acquiring Kyle Turris, the Sens have earned 22 out of a possible 26 points. (Ottawa Sun)

Speed makes the NHL game one of the best spectator sports in the world. But it also makes it one of the most dangerous. (Star Tribune)

Last night, Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins was the recipient of a hit that is sure to be reviewed by the league office. He says he feels fine, but head coach Todd McLellan had some strong feelings after the game. (CSN Bay Area)

It only took 12 years and 580 NHL games, but Evgeni Nabokov became the 26th member of the 300 win club with his win over the Buffalo Sabres. (Islanders Official)

Speaking of the Islanders/Sabres game, check out this scrap between Matt Martin and Joe Finley. Both men earned every bit of their five minute escape to the penalty box. (NHL)

Wild captain Mikko Koivu leaves with upper body injury

Chicago Blackhawks v Minnesota Wild

Mikko Koivu was forced to leave the game earlier after he was rocked by a Vladimir Sobotka check less than eight minutes into the game against the St. Louis Blues. The Minnesota Wild announced in the first period that his return was questionable and that he’d suffered an “upper body injury.” It didn’t take long for the status update to be amended to “will not return” for tonight’s game.

For a little more detail on the injury, Wild beat writer Michael Russo described the aftermath of the hit. He said Koivu “immediately cradled his arm close to his body and skated to the bench like it was his shoulder.”

We’ll eagerly await an update that offers more than upper-body injury.

For the Wild, this is just the latest in injury in a season that has seen way too much action in the trainer’s room. Minnesota has already seen forwards Devin Setoguchi, Guillaume Latendresse, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard sidelined for extended periods this season—the latter two players still out indefinitely with concussions. The last thing they need is their best center and leader to miss any time as they frantically look to right the ship after a recent 2-7-1 stretch.

Good thing the Wild were able to get the season started on the right foot. Despite the recent struggles, the Wild are still right in the middle of the pack for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. If the beginning of the season proved anything, it was that this team has the potential to be dangerous when they have all of their guns healthy.