Saturday night NHL news

1. SABRES ROY OUT FOR SEASON

The Buffalo Sabres chances of qualifying for the playoffs just got that much harder as their number one scorer Derek Roy tore his left quadriceps tendon. According to Sabres GM Darcy Regier this kind of injury takes approximately four to six months for recovery which means that the goal starved Sabres who are already eight points out of a playoff spot will have to make it without Roy who already has 10 goals and 35 points. The injury occurred during a 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers on December 23 when he was checked heavily into the boards by Panthers defenceman Dmitry Kulikov.

2. PARISE WON’T SKATE UNTIL MARCH

Unfortunately for New Jersey Devils management and fans alike they received some more bad news about their hockey club. In what was a season full of high expectations the Devils have suffered one setback after another. In the same week that their rookie coach John McLean was fired, the Devils who are currently 20 points out of a playoff spot announced that last year’s leading scorer Zach Parise might not be back this season. Coming off a 38 goal 82 point season this 26 year-old was ready to take that next step in his development until having to shut things down after only 12 games this year due to needing surgery on a torn meniscus in the right knee. The original plan was for him to be back in February but that has now changed. “I didn’t expect it to be this long, especially after he said how happy he was with it all so far, Parise said. It’s a long time to go without playing.” The prognosis is for Parise to start skating in March and possibly return before April.

3. LUCIC TO HAVE A HEARING

Boxing Day will be judgement day for Milan Lucic who will be going through a disciplinary hearing with the NHL for punching Atlanta Thrashers defenceman Freddy Meyer when both players were being contained by the officials. Lucic, who received a match penalty for his actions was originally hit by Meyer which set off fireworks between the two teams.

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