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Cory Schneider, David Clarkson

Clarkson hurt versus Sharks, to be re-evaluated today


Even a good night for Columbus can’t be without a bit of adversity.

The Blue Jackets, who put together arguably their best performance of the season Tuesday with a 5-2 win in San Jose, lost the services of veteran forward David Clarkson after an awkward collision with Sharks alternate captain Joe Thornton.

More, from the club:

Clarkson was back-checking and tracking Thornton up the ice when they got tangled up at the Columbus blue line. Clarkson fell to the ice and spun toward the boards, and was in visible discomfort as he skated back to the bench.

A few minutes later, he headed down the tunnel to the Blue Jackets dressing room and did not return.

Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella did not have much of an update post game, but he did confirm Clarkson left the game due to injury.

Clarkson, acquired from Toronto last season, has had little health luck since joining the Jackets. He’s missed time already this season with a lower-body injury and, last season, suffered a season-ending torn oblique in March.

The 31-year-old has spent this year in a bottom-six forward role, scoring one point in eight games while averaging just under 10 minutes per night.

If he’s to miss any time, it’s likely Rene Bourque or Alexander Wenneberg would draw back in. Columbus next plays on Thursday in Los Angeles, then Friday in Anaheim.

After ‘healthy scratch,’ Flyers send Medvedev (upper body) back to Philly

Evgeny Medvedev, Travis Zajac

Strange development in the midst of Philly’s Western Canada road swing — just one day after making Evgeny Medvedev a healthy scratch in a 4-1 loss to the Canucks, the Flyers sent the veteran Russian back to Philly with an upper-body injury.

More, from the club:

[Flyers GM] Ron  Hextall added that the club will know more once he is examined tomorrow by team doctors.

Medvedev missed last night’s game in Vancouver after appearing in the first 10 games of the season for the Flyers, as well as five out of a possible six preseason games where he recorded a goal and four assists.

We noted yesterday that Medvedev’s scratch was a bit of a surprise, given he was a lineup fixture since the beginning of the year (and, despite relatively modest production, had fairly good possession metrics).

Unless the Flyers are looking to rack up frequent flier miles, going back to Philly essentially ends Medvedev’s road trip. That means he’ll miss tonight’s game in Edmonton, Thursday’s tilt in Calgary and Saturday’s finale in Winnipeg.

Related: Hakstol: ‘We’re not happy. These aren’t easy times’

Video: Who did it better — Brassard or O’Reilly?

Plenty of new looks in latest installment of PHT Face Off — Brough shaved his beard, I wore plaid and Jenna played tiebreaker in deciding who had the better backhand assist:

Derick Brassard, setting up Mats Zuccarello’s second goal in a hat-trick performance against the Leafs,


Ryan O'Reilly, who assisted on Nicolas Deslaurier’s insurance marker in a win over Philly.

Let us know who you thought did it better in the comments section, or vote in the poll.

Sabres don’t expect Bogosian back soon, or early return for Lehner

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Buffalo’s allowing 2.92 goals against per game — ninth-most in the NHL this season — and, as such, would probably love to have their starting netminder and top defenseman in the lineup.

But it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen in the near future.

Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played at all this season due to a lower-body injury, and Robin Lehner — still sidelined with a high ankle sprain — aren’t close to getting back into action, Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News.

Of the two, Bogosian is the more surprising development.

Lehner was supposed to miss 6-10 weeks with his injury, and it’s only been four. Byslma shot down the idea of an early return, saying the Swedish ‘tender is “working really hard, but he’s not close yet to getting back on the ice.”

Bylsma then told the News he didn’t expect Bogosian to be out this long, and doesn’t “have a good answer” as to when the 25-year-old will be back. The next step for Bogosian will be practicing fully with teammates, something he’s yet to do.

Bylsma also mentioned Bogosian’s comeback has been slow, as the injury forced him to miss a significant chunk of training camp.

‘Long-term project’ Zadorov healthy scratched for second straight game

Chris Wagner, Nikita Zadorov

Last month, Nikita Zadorov was dubbed “top-four material on the Avs’ blue line” by the Denver Post.

How times have changed.

Tonight, Zadorov will be parked in the press box for the second straight game when the Avs host the Flames at the Pepsi Center, per head coach Patrick Roy.

What’s more, Roy took the interesting approach of explaining where Zadorov stands within the organization:

It’s a curious comment, to say the least.

Zadorov was one of the key pieces acquired in the Ryan O'Reilly trade with Buffalo. He’s a 6-foot-5, 220-pound specimen with pedigree, having been selected 16th overall in 2013.

While there were bumps in the road during his time as a Sabre — like his suspension for returning to the club late after last year’s All-Star break — there was also promise.

Zadorov scored 15 points in 60 games for Buffalo last season and, as the Post mentioned, looked to be a fixture for Colorado in the early parts of the year, getting over 21 minutes of ice time in two of the first three games.

He also played all 10 games to start the season, making Roy’s “long-term project” line ring a little hollow.

With Zadorov out, the Avs will roll tonight with a defensive unit comprised of Erik Johnson, Francois Beauchemin, Tyson Barrie, Nick Holden, Brad Stuart and Brandon Gormley, who’ll replace Nate Guenin.