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Ice chips: On tendons, temps, and other tidbits

CALGARY -- Taking a quick look around the Internet:

---Want to learn more about Derek Roy's injury?  Here's a good article I found on quad tendon tears. The reference to blunt trauma is clearly exactly what happened to Roy when he was checked Thursday night.

---It appears concern is growing about the weather in Pittsburgh for Saturday's Winter Classic between the Penguins and Capitals. The temperatures could approach 50 and it might even be raining. I'm no mad scientist but that doesn't sound like the kind of weather you need to keep ice going.

This is, of course, the most heavily promoted of the four Classics and the NHL certainly doesn't want a one-day postponement to Sunday where it would be going head-to-head with the NFL. Latest word has the NHL pondering a start time of 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. Saturday to get away from rain and ensure colder temperatures.

---If you want to keep an eye on the rink construction at Heinz Field, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a link to's Webcam.

---After missing eight games, South Buffalo's Patrick Kane could be ready to get back in the Blackhawks' lineup Tuesday against the Blues.

---Maybe the Senators were getting a good chuckle over the Sabres' misfortune with Roy. Now they have their own. Jason Spezza is out perhaps as long as six weeks with a shoulder injury after being checked Sunday by Pittsburgh's Kris Letang. I don't think either Ottawa or Buffalo have nearly enough offense without their top center and that, of course, is hardly deep analysis. It's up to either team to prove me wrong.

---Mike Harrington



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John Vogl

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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