Morning Skate: Wednesday, Dec. 26

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Dec. 26

Pierre Lebrun with a solid list of 10 things the NHL could do to win back fans when the interminable lockout is finally over. Love the idea of free agency beginning right after the NHL Draft in June.

An epic line brawl in junior hockey taking place while Miley Cyrus Party in the USA is blaring within the arena. Thats as American as Apple Pie and Bald Eagles.

Nick Cotsonika has the top 5 NHL stories of 2012 in what represents the beginning of a slew of year-ending stories that will flood the web with nothing else to write about.

There once was a time when the NHL ruled on Christmas. Its been a long time, though, as the NBA has ruled on Dec. 25 for quite some time.

Could the Phoenix Coyotes actually turn a profit by not playing a single NHL game this season? That is one of the sad truths of this NHL lockout.

Edmonton Oilers wunderkind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins dominates in Team Canadas first game in the World Junior tournament.

Could the Stanley Cup be awarded to an amateur team this season if the NHL regular season never gets started?

For something different: CSNNE.com has put together a Whos Who list of 20 athletes under the age of 25 years old that are making a name for themselves in Boston. Check it out.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: What's going on between Patriots, Butler?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: What's going on between Patriots, Butler?

0:41 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith discuss what’s going on between the Patriots and Malcolm Butler after Bill Belichick praised Jonathan Jones and Eric Rowe but didn’t have much to say on Butler.

5:39 - John Farrell thinks David Price out of the bullpen can be similar to Andrew Miller with the Indians last year in the playoffs. Our panel on BST break it down.

10:35 - Curran, Holley, Smith, and Phil Perry talk about the NFL ratings being down and why that continues to be.

15:15 - Evan Drellich joins BST after the Red Sox win to explain why Drew Pomeranz could be even more threatening, how good the bullpen actually is, and the offense not driving in runs.

Krug, Forbacka Karlsson suffer upper body injuries vs. Red Wings

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Krug, Forbacka Karlsson suffer upper body injuries vs. Red Wings

BOSTON – The Bruins ended Tuesday night’s preseason home date with another feel-good victory over the Red Wings, but it may have come at a cost.

Both Torey Krug and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson were injured in the second period of the B’s 4-2 win over the Red Wings at TD Garden, and didn’t return to the game. Krug was hit in the face with a puck in the defensive zone during the second period, and quickly exited the ice with Bruins trainer Don DelNegro after the impact of the puck hitting his face initially took his feet out from under him.  

“[Krug] clearly didn’t finish the game, and took a shot up in the facial area,” said Bruce Cassidy of Krug, who had a couple of shots on net in 9:10 of ice time while largely playing with Charlie McAvoy in an offensive-minded pairing. “We’ll probably have an update tomorrow.”

Forbacka Karlsson took a hard tumble into the end boards in the game’s middle period, and never returned after serving up the primary assist on Danton Heinen’s goal earlier in that very same period. JFK tried to return to Tuesday night’s win over the Red Wings, according to Cassidy, but was kept out of the game with an upper body injury that has his status as questionable moving forward.

“He went into the boards late in the second. He’s day-to-day, upper body. I think wanted to – he did come back and try [to return to the game],” said Cassidy of JFK, who put up an assist and a plus-1 rating in 8:37 of ice time before leaving the game. “I don’t think it’s serious, but I can’t speculate. We’ll get another update tomorrow. It didn’t look good, but I don’t think it’s as bad as it looked. We’ll know more [about JFK] tomorrow.”

It certainly sounds like both Krug and JFK could miss a day or two of practice moving forward after the injury wear-and-tear of preseason action, but the hope is that the Black and Gold won’t be missing a couple of key performers for anything more than that.  

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