THE INJURY WATCH: The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without Marian Gaborik for anywhere from four to six weeks with a sprained left knee. Gaborik was an instant hit after coming over to the Blue Jackets from the Rangers last year, but after a fast start, he’d slowed considerably – one assist in eight games before his injury – and had slipped to fourth on the team in scoring when he went out. Gaborik’s absence means more playing time for, among others, Ryan Johansen, who is maturing into the player the Jackets thought could be a difference maker when they took him fourth overall a few years back. Johansen had two more points in Sunday’s win over the Ottawa Senators and except for their game against Montreal two nights ago, has been at 18 minutes or more for every game thus far in November . The slumping Avalanche aren’t close to getting Alex Tanguay back from a knee injury either. Tanguay who had nine points in his first 13 games this season, was an integral part of the second line.
QUOTABLE (1): Subban, asked about the heavy minutes Ryan Suter is playing for the Minnesota Wild, said it’s sometimes easier to do that because you play a simpler game: “When you’re maybe not playing as much it’s tougher because you know that you have to try to make those plays to try and create something. When you know you’re going to be out there, you don’t force anything, you keep the game simple, the game comes to you because you’re always out there.
“I can guarantee you that if you’re rushing the puck all the time you’re not going to be playing 35 minutes a night in the NHL.”
QUOTABLE (2): Tyler Seguin is thriving away from the spotlight in Boston, where he was a young kid playing mostly on a veteran team. In Dallas, he says: “It’s a breath of fresh air to be able to go the rink, play hockey, and then go about my business away from the rink, whether it’s just walking around a mall or whatever. That’s been a different adjustment, but I’ve enjoyed it. I definitely hang out with a lot more guys away from the rink, I still have some of my best friends in Boston, people I talk to every single day and players . . . the thing in Boston is, you could only go to the guys’ houses for dinner so many times! You want to hang out, go to the movies, whatever, and here you can do that a little bit more.”
AND FINALLY: You think last year might have been rough for Cory Schneider, sharing the net in Vancouver with Roberto Luongo, and dealing with questions about who starts, night after night? This year, in his new home with the New Jersey Devils, Schneider is splitting time in goal again, this time with future Hall Of Famer Martin Brodeur. Both are playing well, but only Brodeur is winning regularly. That’s because, for reasons unknown, the Devils simply cannot give Schneider any goal support. He is 1-5-3 on the season in nine games, and has surrendered just 18 goals. The problem is, New Jersey has only scored 10 times in his nine starts. Following a 2-0 loss to L.A. Friday, which included an empty netter, Devils’ coach Peter DeBoer noted Schneider “can’t do more than what he’s doing.”
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