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Hurricanes' Jordan Staal hurts right leg

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal was walking on crutches and will require further tests to determine the severity of a right leg injury sustained in a preseason game at Buffalo on Tuesday night.

Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said he didn't have an update from doctors after Staal had initial tests taken immediately following the 2-0 loss.

"I'm concerned for sure. He's a big piece of what we're going to do moving forward," Peters said. "Hopefully we catch a break here."


Bettman: No plans for NHL expansion

TORONTO (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league has no immediate plans to expand and adjust its unbalanced conference alignment.

"What most people say to me is, well, there's 16 teams in the East, 14 in the West. What's wrong with you? Can't you count?" Bettman said at a Canadian Club luncheon. "And I say, `Yes, I can count, but I also can tell time and we finally have all 16 teams in the Eastern Time Zone in the right place.'


Pens G Fleury enters final year of deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) Of all the things that happened during a tumultuous offseason for the Pittsburgh Penguins, shoring up goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for the long term was not one of them.

Fleury is entering the final season of a seven-year, $35 million contract. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer if he is not re-signed.


Lightning rookie Drouin out 3-4 weeks

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin will miss three to four weeks due to a right thumb injury.

The team announced Tuesday that the third overall pick in the 2013 draft has a slight fracture of the thumb, which Drouin says occurred when he fell to the ice during practice Thursday.


Jackets make 42 saves, blank Penguins

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Sergei Bobrovsky and Oscar Dansk combined to make 42 saves, and the Columbus Blue Jackets topped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-0 in a preseason game on Tuesday night.

Bobrovsky played the first two periods and finished with 30 saves. Dansk made 12 in relief.


Capitals unveil Winter Classic uniforms

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis' lobbying for a Winter Classic in his NHL team's home city began with an email sent to Commissioner Gary Bettman the moment the league's first New Year's Day game was played in 2008.

"The first emails I see any morning, on any typical day, are from Ted on any of a variety of subjects but he has been both persistent and passionate in pursuit of this event," Bettman said at Nationals Park on Tuesday, when the Capitals unveiled the uniforms they'll wear when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 1. "We're thrilled to be fulfilling his wish."


Sabres' Enroth stops 34, blanks Carolina

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jhonas Enroth stopped 34 shots, and Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis both had a goal and assist in the Buffalo Sabres' 2-0 preseason win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

The Hurricanes sustained a potential blow in the third period when veteran center Jordan Staal was helped off the ice, unable to put weight on his right leg. Staal was hurt with 6:35 left after being checked into the boards by defenseman Josh Gorges.


Linesman Nowak hurt in Preds-Tampa game

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) NHL linesman Tim Nowak has left the preseason game between the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning due to an injury.

Nowak needed assistance from trainers to walk to the locker room after being hurt with 26 seconds left in the second period of Tuesday night's game. He appeared to have trouble putting weight on his leg.


Bettman: NHL proactive on off-ice issues

TORONTO (AP) Amid the NFL's domestic violence scandals, Gary Bettman says the NHL has been proactive about off-ice conduct.

Speaking at The Canadian Club of Toronto, the NHL commissioner did not specifically address football's problems but said hockey has tried to stay ahead of similar issues by educating players. Bettman added that sports can be a "vehicle for positive social change."


Kings, Coyotes split split-squad games

LOS ANGELES (AP) Nick Shore scored in the fourth round of the shootout, and the Los Angeles Kings opened the preseason with a 4-3 split-squad victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night.

Marian Gaborik scored two goals on assists from Anze Kopitar for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who suited up at Staples Center for the first time since winning their second NHL title in three seasons.

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