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Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo has long been penciled in as one of Team Canada’s goaltenders for the 2014 Winter Olympic games. Those plans may have to be rethought, however, as Luongo was injured on Saturday night when he was bumped by Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown.

Luongo is listed as day-to-day for now, which would indicate that the injury isn’t too serious. However, Luongo will be evaluated further on Monday and Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis hinted that the severity of Luongo’s injury might be greater than his current listing signals…

TSN reporter Farhan Lalji grimly suggested on Sunday night that Luongo may be dealing with a high-ankle sprain. If that’s the case – and we’ll know more later on in the day on Monday – that’s bad news for team Canada.

High-ankle sprains, when sustained by NHL goaltenders, have a tendency to linger. For example: Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson missed 18 games as a result of a high-ankle sprain last season, while Lightning netminder Anders Lindback missed 14. The Vancouver Canucks play 16 games before the start of the Olympic break. Read the rest of this entry »



Minnesota 1
NY Rangers 4 (Recap)

Winnipeg 1
Vancouver 2 (Recap)


Notable Numbers

* Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane scored 1 power-play goal against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night, a rare blemish for the remarkably spotless Vancouver penalty-kill. Making the feat even rarer: Kane scored his goal with Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev on the ice. The “goal against” brought Tanev’s on-ice four-on-five goal differential – and the 24-year-old defenseman has spent nearly 93 minutes playing in four-on-five situations this season – back to even.

* The Nashville Predators have released promising 19-year-old forward Filip Forsberg to the Swedish U20 men’s ice hockey team for the World Junior Hockey Championships. This year’s tournament will be Forsberg’s third, as the former first round pick won a gold medal at the 2012 tournament and captained the Swedish side to a silver medal in Ufa, Russia this past January.

* The Blackhawks have gone 7-1-2 without Corey Crawford and their incumbent starter is poised to return to the lineup shortly.

* Cam Talbot stopped 24 of 25 shots in a 4-1 Rangers victory over the Minnesota Wild. Might Talbot’s strong play earn him the start in back-to-back games (in favor of struggling perennial Vezina candidate Henrik Lundqvist)? Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t tipping his hand after the game

* The Minnesota Wild have seen their once strong underlying numbers go in the wrong direction over the past four or five weeks…

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