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Laich doesn't care to miss practices, let alone games. He has never missed this many games in a row during his NHL career. It's clear that being out of the locker room at game time is wearing on him, even more so than dealing with the physical pain.
Green, who appeared to suffer the injury late in Thursday night's victory at the Tampa Bay Lightning, skated just 15 minutes Saturday and was not on the ice for Sunday's morning skate at Madison Square Garden. Asked about a time frame for Green, coach Adam Oates said he didn't know but was hopeful the No. 1 defenseman would miss just the Rangers game.
He got chances with the Washington Capitals, including last season, but now Aucoin isn't just a call-up. Claimed off waivers by the Islanders, he has three goals and an assist in six games this year and is starting to show the kind of offense he can provide at the NHL level if given the chance.
For one night, the soundtrack of the NHL lockout included goal horns, cheers and the unmistakable sound of hockey. More than two dozen players stepped onto the ice for the Operation Hat Trick charity game, as collective bargaining negotiations were pushed aside for a few hours.
Donald Fehr drew a crowd of reporters at last year's NHL All-Star Game with a potential lockout already a hot topic. His reputation had preceded him.
Nicklas Backstrom insisted he wasn't thinking about making plans in the event of a potential NHL lockout. But Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin made it clear he has.
As the NHL and its players association trade proposals and barbs back and forth in the process of negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement, John Carlson skates. The Washington Capitals defenseman is doing what hockey players often do best: Thinking about hockey.
George McPhee flashes a deft poker face often, not willing to share his plans for the Washington Capitals before he makes a big move. That could be the case this offseason, or the general manager could be calmly blunt about not wanting to spend a lot of money in free agency.