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Petrovic: Chicago will ‘probably seek revenge’ for Kane injury tonight


The Chicago Blackhawks won’t have to wait long to see Alex Petrovic, the Florida defenseman who’s hit broke Patrick Kane’s collarbone on Tuesday night.

The Panthers and ‘Hawks meet again tonight in Florida, and Petrovic sounds like he knows what’s coming.

“Tonight, obviously, [the Blackhawks] are going to come out hard and probably seek revenge or whatnot,” he said, per TSN. “It’s unfortunate that it happened.”

Petrovic, who was given a cross-checking minor on the play but received no supplemental discipline, said he reached out to teammates (and ex-‘Hawks) Jimmy Hayes and Brian Campbell to try and reach out to Kane, who underwent surgery yesterday and will miss the next 12 weeks of action.

But that apology might not appease Chicago.

Noted pugilist Dan Carcillo, who last played in Sunday’s 6-2 loss to Boston, could draw back into the lineup for tonight’s affair. The ‘Hawks aren’t scrappers by nature — just 13 team fighting majors this year, third-lowest in the NHL — and outside of Carcillo, the only players with multiple fights are Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw, with two each.

Petrovic, listed at 6-foot-4, 206 pounds, has some experience dropping the gloves. He fought 10 times during his final year of junior (with WHL Red Deer) and has scrapped four times this year between the AHL and NHL.

Expect Ekblad to shatter Florida’s rookie D records

Aaron Ekblad

For a first overall pick, Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad’s rookie season has been quite under-the-radar, especially considering how well it’s gone.

As the Sun-Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov points out, Ekblad tops all rookie defensemen in 2014-15 with five goals, 14 assists and 19 points (while his 22:05 time on ice average comes in second), but it’s not just that. He already owns the Panthers’ franchise record for rookie defensemen with those 14 assists and should shatter Ed Jovanovski’s rookie blueliner points mark pretty soon (Jovocop collected 21 in 1995-96).

By just about any metric, the 18-year-old seems like he’s beyond his years. Only Brian Campbell boasts better possession stats among Florida defensemen, and “Soupy” actually gets slightly cushier zone starts. If you want to talk about blueliners who defy conventional wisdom that it takes years to develop defensemen at the NHL level, you could do worse than to point to Ekblad’s remarkably quick growth.

Roberto Luongo raved about Ekblad’s quick learning to Yahoo earlier this month.

“He doesn’t play like an 18-year-old,” Luongo said. “He plays like he’s been in the league 18 years.”

Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant simply said “we trusted him from Day 1.”

The 2015 Calder Trophy race looks like a pretty crowded field so far, especially if Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg can even approach his current pace over an 82-game season. If nothing else, Ekblad’s made the Panthers look very smart – and maybe a little lucky – in grabbing him with the top pick.

Just imagine if this is merely the tip of the iceberg, too.

(H/T to Rotoworld.)

Sens’ Ryan not ruling out Tuesday’s game vs. Islanders

Bobby Ryan

Senators forward Bobby Ryan wouldn’t rule himself out for Tuesday night when Ottawa visits the New York Islanders.

Ryan missed Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning due to a broken finger.

The 27-year-old said he suffered the injury during his first shift of the second period in Friday night’s 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers.

Ryan took slashes from both Brian Campbell and Tomas Fleischmann towards the end of his shift.

“It hurt. It’s a broken finger right? We knew it was going to hurt,” said Ryan following Monday’s practice. “It was a matter of trying to see how comfortable we could get (the finger) so I could do more than just stick handle and float shots in there.

“There’s some optimistic signs if we can continue to get progress on it maybe we can get there, but the end game is to play as quick as possible, if it’s tomorrow, who knows?”

Ryan, who is in his second season with the Senators, has five goals and 13 points in his first 21 games this season.

Given the fact that he wasn’t interested in getting involved physically during Monday’s practice, it’s hard to see Ryan suiting up Tuesday.

“I tried to stay away from some conflict out there in the corners and stuff cause I didn’t even want to lift a stick,” he said. “That’s one of the things, if you’re going to put guys in a position where they’re going to have to cover for you all night, you don’t want to do that.

“You’d rather miss a couple games, get back to where you’re comfortable going into those situations.”

Along with the Senators training staff, Ryan has re-worked a glove to give him added protection.

“You can’t break it any worse, that was what was said to me,” he said. “This issue is just how comfortable I can get to where I can play through the pain.”

The Senators conclude their home-and-home with the Islanders in Ottawa on Thursday night.