NHL Short Cuts

1. PHANEUF MAY BE BACK ON THURSDAY

The inconsistent Toronto Maple Leafs might get some much-needed help on Thursday as it’s been reported that captain Dion Phaneuf could be back from his leg injury. Phaneuf, who has struggled this season with only four assists and a -6 in 11 games has been out since injuring his leg during a November 2 game against the Ottawa Senators. Phaneuf who needed surgery has seen his Leafs struggle by winning only five of the 15 games he has missed. According to Coach Ron Wilson, a decision won’t be made until after the morning skate as the Leafs prepare to play the Philadelphia Flyers.

2. HOSSA ON INJURED RESERVE

Chicago Blackhawks management and fans alike received some bad news on Wednesday when it was announced that veteran scoring forward Marian Hossa was placed on injured reserve. This season Hossa, who is 31 years-old has scored 8 goals and 18 points in 21 games before suffering the injury at the end of November when during practice he accidentally crashed into defenceman Nick Boynton. It’s speculated that he will miss three weeks which is the same amount of time their other scoring forward Patrick Kane will miss due to injuries.

3. PENGUINS WIN 11TH IN A ROW

Sidney Crosby continues to show why he is the best player in the NHL as he scored two goals and extended his points streak to 17 games in beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2. Crosby, who now has 50 points has scored two or more goals in four of the past six games and his team has gone 12-0-1 since November 10. Meanwhile Crosby has scored 20 goals and 15 assists during his point streak. Despite it only being December Penguin fans were chanting loudly MVP throughout the game.

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