Thursday news around the NHL

1. BLACKHAWKS LOSE TOEWS TO INJURY

The Chicago Blackhawks must feel like they’re cursed as they can’t seem to dodge that dreaded injury bug. One day after getting scoring forwards Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa back from lengthy injuries the Hawks lost their captain Jonathan Toews to what is being described as an upper body injury. Toews, who has 15 goals and 33 points is expected to miss the next two weeks. “The tests that were done, I think we got a pretty good read on him,” coach Joel Quenneville said on Wednesday. “I think [Tuesday] night we had a pretty good idea, and he’s feeling OK [Wednesday]. That’s kind of where we are at.”

2. LEAFS SEND KADRI BACK DOWN

After being held scoreless in 17 games the Toronto Maple Leafs have decided to send their 2009 first round pick Nazem Kadri back down to the Toronto Marlies. Kadri who has scored and impressive five goals and 14 points with the Marlies will not play the first two games due to a two game suspension he earned back on November 11 against the Adirondack Phantoms. In his stay with the Leafs Kadri registered six assists.

3. Flyers Lose Shelley To Suspension

The Philadelphia Flyers will be without the services of their tough guy Jody Shelley who was suspended for a couple of games due to punching Vancouver Canucks Andrew Alberts during a scrum. Shelley, who has 83 penalty minutes was given a match penalty which automatically means a hearing with the league. On December 13 Shelley also got into toruble by the league when he was suspended also from two games due to a hit from behind on Boston Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid.

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