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Oilers lose Petry and Lander vs. Bruins

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The Edmonton Oilers will finish tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins without the services of defenseman Jeff Petry and center Anton Lander.

Petry suffered a rib injury after being hit by an Adam McQuaid shot in the second period.

The club announced Lander suffered a shoulder injury in the middle frame.

Petry, who is set to become an unrestricted free-agent after this season, was rumored to be heading out of Edmonton prior to the March 2 trade deadline. The 27-year-old has 15 points in 57 games this season while averaging 21:11 in ice time a night.

Lander, 23, has split this season with the Oilers and AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons. In 21 games with the parent club Lander has four goals and 11 points.

Banged-up Bruin — Miller sent home with shoulder injury

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Winless in their last four, now the Boston Bruins have another problem — they’re down to just six healthy defenseman after Kevan Miller hurt his shoulder last night in Calgary.

Miller has reportedly been sent home for evaluation.

With three games remaining on their road trip (tomorrow in Edmonton, Friday in St. Louis, Sunday in Chicago), the B’s are expected to call up a defenseman (Zach Trotman?) from AHL Providence.

Against the Oilers, the Bruins’ could line up something like this on the back end:

Zdeno Chara — Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg — Adam McQuaid
Matt Bartkowski — Torey Krug

Related: Changes coming to Bruins’ defense?

Stars’ Roussel on suspension: ‘I have to take care of my stick’

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Antoine Roussel will miss tonight’s Dallas Stars’ game against the Florida Panthers serving the first of his two-game suspension.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety suspended Roussel for his crosscheck to the neck of Bruins’ defenseman Adam McQuaid on Tuesday night.

Roussel received a major penalty for cross checking and a game misconduct on the play.

“Of course, I have to take care of my stick,” Roussel told The Dallas Morning News. “I am just trying to protect myself. I didn’t want to fight.

“I blocked two shots before that with my right hand. My hand was numb, and I didn’t want to fight. … I tried to defend myself, and I am glad he didn’t get hurt.”

Roussel is eligible to return to the Stars’ lineup on Tuesday when Dallas visits St. Louis.

Roussel suspended two games for ‘proactive, not reactive’ cross check on McQuaid

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Dallas forward Antoine Roussel has been suspended two games for cross-checking Boston’s Adam McQuaid on Tuesday night, the NHL announced.

“Roussel’s cross-check can neither be classified as reflexive nor defensive. The players square off and face each other well in advance of Roussel’s stick striking McQuaid, and Roussel can see that McQuaid has dropped his stick,” the NHL’s Department of Player Safety explained. “What’s more, rather than simply raising his stick to block an anticipated blow from McQuaid, Roussel drives it forward and into McQuaid.

“This action is proactive, not reactive.”

The full video explanation:

As the video shows, Roussel’s history as a repeat offender played a role in this punishment. He was fined by the Department of Player Safety earlier this season for sucker-punching San Jose defenseman Justin Braun.

As a result of the suspension, Roussel will miss Dallas’ next two games — tonight versus Florida, Saturday in Colorado — and eligible to return for a Feb. 17 date in St. Louis against the Blues. He will also forfeit $21,505.38 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Stars’ Roussel to have disciplinary hearing for cross checking major

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Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Thursday.

Roussel was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Boston Bruins after he threw a vicious cross check on defenseman Adam McQuaid less than four minutes into the opening period.

source:  Earlier this season, Roussel was handed the maximum fine for a sucker punch on Justin Braun. He’s gained a reputation in the NHL since coming into the league two years ago, although he admitted in November he doesn’t care about that.