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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.

NHL on NBCSN: Wild need two points from NHL-leading Preds


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Nashville Predators host the Minnesota Wild at the Bridgestone Arena at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

Under normal circumstances, losing a single game against any team — even the lowly Edmonton Oilers — after winning 11 of 13 wouldn’t be an issue, but it is for the Minnesota Wild. Their midseason struggles combined with the increasingly competitive nature of the Western Conference Wild Card race has put Minnesota in a situation where it can’t afford to absorb many more setbacks.

So while a loss against the NHL-leading Nashville Predators would be understandable, it would also be ill-timed. The Wild should consequently have no trouble finding motivation tonight, but it will still be an uphill battle given Nashville’s near complete dominance at home. The Predators have a 26-3-1 record at the Bridgestone Arena while the Wild are mediocre 14-14-2 on the road.

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As has consistently been the case since he was acquired from Arizona, the Wild will likely lean on goaltender Devan Dubnyk. However, he’ll be backed by another reinforcement in forward Sean Bergenheim. The Wild acquired him from the Florida Panthers on Tuesday along with a 2016 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2016 third-round selection.

Bergenheim spent six straight games in the press box before the trade and only averaged 14:09 minutes per contest even when he did play, but Minnesota is betting that he can bounce back if given the chance.

“I’m pretty happy with how I’ve played this season in the role I’ve been given,” Bergenheim told the Star Tribune. “But I know there’s a lot more energy in me to play a better role.

“I want to bring energy, I want to bring forechecking, I want to bring pressure in the offensive zone. I want to get the pucks to the net, get myself to the net, and hopefully score some goals. I think in that sense I can help the team.”

Jason Pominville will be another Minnesota forward to keep an eye on. He’s second on the team with 41 points in 60 contests, but he’s been held off the scoresheet for six straight contests and has finished without a point in 11 of his last 14 games. The Wild have excelled lately even without his normal offensive production, but at some point they’re going to need him to step up if they want to maintain their recent pace.

Given how effective Nashville has been, tonight might be the night Minnesota needs Pominville to bounce back.

‘It’s not my cup of tea, this rental world,’ says Ducks GM


Bob Murray sounds like a guy that was pleased to see Blockbuster go under.

Following Tuesday’s “hockey deal” — the Ducks sent Devante Smith-Pelly to Montreal in exchange for Jiri Sekac — the Anaheim GM voiced his displeasure with the current state of the trade market.

“There’s a lot of talking going on, but it’s all about rentals, for Pete’s sake,” Murray said, per the Los Angeles Times. “It’s gone from a third-round pick for a rental, someone you might have for three months; now it’s a second- or first-rounder and a prospect.”

While Murray’s candor is enjoyable (more so if you envision him shaking his fist at the trade deadline), there’s definitely some posturing at play. For starters, the rental market hasn’t proven to be that expensive yet — on Tuesday, Minnesota acquired a pretty useful forward in Sean Bergenheim from Florida for a third-round pick — and, less than two weeks ago, Winnipeg and Buffalo combined to orchestrate one of the biggest blockbusters in recent memory where most of the principles (Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, Tyler Myers) were building blocks, not rentals.

(You can also circle back to the Smith-Pelly-for-Sekac trade that Murray completed, which was a true “hockey deal.”)

Of course, we’ve seen comments like these from Murray and GMs before, and they do occasionally prove to be somewhat effective. By bemoaning not just the quality of rental players, but also the asking price, the GM gives himself an out in the event he can’t make anything significant happen at the deadline (which is usually followed by something along the lines of “we weren’t going to mortgage the future.”)

It’s also worth remembering that Murray has history of posturing. After failing to land a big ticket at last year’s deadline (while picking up a cheap rental in Stephane Robidas, it should be mentioned), he expressed confusion and dismay about not getting a deal done despite having a pair of high draft picks in play — the old “I was ready to make a deal, they weren’t” narrative.

Anyway, back to the present. In light of this rentals-only market, Murray could end up having to wait ’til the offseason to make a big move, much like last year with the Ryan Kesler acquisition at the draft. The Ducks are clamoring for defensive help but it sure doesn’t look like there’s a ton available heading into Monday’s deadline — and, posturing or not, Murray sure doesn’t sound enamored with the idea of paying big for a rental.

“I’m not doing that here,” he explained. “It’s not my cup of tea, this rental world.”

Report: Alex Petrovic avoids discipline after injuring Patrick Kane


Official confirmation hasn’t surfaced regarding Patrick Kane, leaving many to speculate about scary thoughts such as the Chicago Blackhawks star missing 10+ weeks. The guy who injured him won’t have to nervously await a call from the NHL, however.

Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic won’t face a fine or suspension for his controversial cross-check on Kane, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.

Ultimately, the 22-year-old only received a two-minute penalty for the play (along with a sudden lack of popularity in Chicago):

Petrovic has never been suspended at the NHL level.

Blackhawks’ Kane ‘could miss some time’ after injury against the Panthers (Updated)


Showtime could be sidelined.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, in a three-way tie for top spot in the league in points, left Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers and did not return after getting shoved from behind awkwardly into the boards in the first period.

Kane could now be out of the Chicago lineup but it’s not known for how long. The Blackhawks defeated the Panthers 3-2 in the shootout.

According to multiple reports, Quenneville told reporters Kane “could miss some time” and the club would know more about his status on Wednesday, as per Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago.

Alex Petrovic received a minor penalty for cross checking on the play.

The loss of Kane for any prolonged period of time could be big for the Blackhawks, who entered this game losers of three in a row and third in the Central Division.

“You can’t replace the guy. You’d be lying if you said you could. He’s just irreplaceable,” Kris Versteeg told Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

“You get ticked off when the best player in the league gets hit like that. People play a lot of money to watch Patrick Kane play,” added Versteeg.