Mike Halford

Gudas to have hearing for Zibanejad headshot (Video)


Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas will have a disciplinary hearing today for a hit to the head of Ottawa’s Mika Zibanejad last night, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced.

The incident occurred early in the third period of Philly’s 4-2 win. Gudas wasn’t penalized on the play, but Zibanejad exited and was held out for the remainder of the contest for precautionary reasons.

Following the game, Sens head coach Dave Cameron expressed his displeasure with the hit:

“What do I think about it? It’s a five-minute major,” Cameron continued, per the Ottawa Sun. “It’s right to the head.

“Do I think (it should be reviewed)? For sure, isn’t that what the league is about today, with no headshots?”

Gudas has a history with the Department of Player Safety. Last year, he avoided suspension but was giving a warning for a hit on Scottie Upshall.

Sens announce Michalek (broken finger) out indefinitely

Milan Michalek

Another bad injury break (pun possibly intended, depending on your pun appreciation) for Ottawa in last night’s 4-2 loss to the Flyers.

Veteran winger Milan Michalek suffered a broken right index finger and is out indefinitely, the club announced this morning. That puts Michalek on the shelf alongside goalie Andrew Hammond (concussion), forward Clarke MacArthur (concussion) and veteran d-man Chris Phillips (back).

Michalek, 30, was having a decent-yet-unspectacular campaign, with five goals and eight points through 24 games. That said, his TOI per game was up from last year (16:22 to 16:50).

The veteran Czech was on a line with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Alex Chiasson last night, so it’ll be interesting to see what Sens head coach Dave Cameron does in the wake of the broken finger.

Interesting, because Cameron could also be minus the services of another forward — Mika Zibanejad, who was hurt on a Radko Gudas hit last night.

Stars’ Demers hurt (upper body) in Tuesday’s loss to Calgary

Jason Demers, Justin St. Pierre

The Dallas Stars lost one of their key blueliners in last night’s shootout defeat to the Flames, as Jason Demers exited with an upper-body injury, and didn’t return.

Demers, who played just 12:23 before leaving, took his last shift late in the second period. It’s unclear exactly what the injury is, or how he got hurt.

The 27-year-old is a key cog on Dallas’ back end. He has four goals and 11 points through 22 games this season — second among Stars d-men in scoring, behind John Klingberg — and averages 20:30 TOI per night, third behind Klingberg and Alex Goligoski.

If Demers is hurt for any length of time, Dallas does have defensemen Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleksiak in reserve.

The Stars next play on Thursday in Vancouver, followed by a game the following night in Edmonton.

NHL on NBCSN: ‘Battle for New York’ on Rivalry Night

Rick Nash, Travis Hamonic, Jaroslav Halak

Tonight’s big Wednesday Rivalry game is a special one, as the two New York Teams — Manhattan’s Rangers and Brooklyn’s Islanders — will do battle at Barclays.

You can catch the game on NBCSN starting at 8 p.m. ET, or watch via NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

From the NBC Sports Group:

The Rangers and Islanders renew one of the fiercest rivalries in NHL history on Wednesday night, as the Blueshirts make their first-ever trip across the East River to face the Islanders in Brooklyn.

Last year, the Isles won three of five meetings against the Rangers to win the season series.

Both teams head into tonight’s action coming off wins — the Blueshirts beat the ‘Canes on Monday to snap a three-game losing streak, while the Isles bested the Avs to win their second straight.

More: New York, New York: Rangers snap slump, Isles win second straight


Preds’ Fisher hurt in win over Coyotes, doesn’t return

Mike Fisher

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher left Tuesday night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes with a lower-body injury and the team says he will not return.

At 7:56 of the second period, Arizona’s Martin Hanzal checked Fisher into the left boards inside the Coyotes zone. Fisher fell to the ice and his right skate came into contact with the boards after falling. The 35-year-old left the ice without putting any weight on his right leg.

The veteran has five goals and two assists in 23 games for the Predators.

Fisher is married to country music star Carrie Underwood.