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NHL notes: Close shave for Filppula

Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula fights for the puck with Bruins defenceman Dennis Seidenberg at...

Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula fights for the puck with Bruins defenceman Dennis Seidenberg at TD Garden in Boston, Mass., Nov. 25, 2011. (Elsa/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 9:07 PM ET

Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula looks to have avoided serious injury after having his leg cut by a skate blade during Sunday's loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Filppula was cut just above the skate boot after getting tangled up with Avalanche forward David Jones during the first period. He was taken to a hospital in Denver and had the cut stitched.

Reports Monday indicated that Filppula might be available for Tuesday's game in St. Louis, although he didn't practice for precautionary reasons.

"I feel OK; it's a little sore," Filppula told MLive.com."It wasn't that wide of a cut but it was deep. We're working on a skate, trying to get the pressure away from it. I feel fine other than that ... I can walk normally, so that's obviously a good thing."

COYOTES WAIVE O'SULLIVAN

Phoenix Coyotes winger Patrick O'Sullivan was placed on waivers Monday.

In 17 games this season, he has two goals and added an assist.

O'Sullivan, 26, has played 328 career games with the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild and Coyotes, getting 58 goals and 102 assists.

MAXWELL WAIVED AGAIN

Anaheim Ducks centre Ben Maxwell was placed on waivers Monday.

The 23-year-old has one assist in 10 games this season. The Ducks claimed him off waivers Nov. 10 from the Winnipeg Jets.

Maxwell has one goal and two assists in 43 career games with the Montreal Canadiens, Atlanta Thrashers, Jets and Ducks.

TOAST TO MOULSON

New York Islanders forward Matt Moulson, Colorado Avalanche centre Ryan O'Reilly and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick were the NHL's three stars for the week ending Sunday.

In three games, Moulson had six goals, including four Saturday against the Dallas Stars.

O'Reilly had seven points in four games, wrapping up the week with two goals Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings

Quick earned his league-leading fourth shutout of the season, while allowing just one goal in two games.

U.S. CALLS ON CHLERS

Nine players from Canadian Hockey League teams are on the preliminary roster for the U.S. national junior team.

Forwards Emerson Etem (Medicine Hat), J.T. Miller (Plymouth), Shane Prince (Ottawa), Brandon Saad (Saginaw) and Austin Watson (Peterborough), defencemen Austin Levi (Plymouth) and Jarred Tinordi (London), and goalies Jack Campbell (Sault Ste. Marie) and John Gibson (Kitchener) were among the 29 players named to the U.S. team's camp roster. Etem and Campbell both played on the gold-medal winning team at the 2011 world junior tournament in Buffalo.

The Americans will determine a final 22-player roster after a training camp Dec. 17-23 in Camrose, Alta., that includes exhibition games against Russia, Switzerland and Slovakia.

The world juniors kick off Dec. 26 in Calgary and Edmonton.

HEARING HELD

Nashville Predators forward Jordin Tootoo had a telephone hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan Monday.

Any additional discipline Tootoo receives for his hit on Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller during Saturday's game will be announced Tuesday, according to TSN. Tootoo was given a major penalty for charging on the play.

Another disciplinary hearing, this one with Dallas Stars defenceman Mark Fistric, will be held Tuesday. Fistric is facing further punishment for a head hit on New York Islanders forward Nino Niederreiter Saturday. Niederreiter has a concussion and is out indefinitely.

BRIEFLY

Nikita Filatov was a healthy scratch for the second game in a row Monday night as the Ottawa Senators were home to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Filatov said he's not thinking about joining CSKA Moscow but admitted there could be another conversation with GM Bryan Murray if he doesn't get in the Sens lineup soon ... Tomas Plekanec was excused from Montreal Canadiens practice Monday to be with his family -- his wife, Lucy, gave birth to a son Sunday ... Vancouver Canucks winger Aaron Volpatti is out for the season with a shoulder injury that needs surgery. He missed Sunday's game after scoring his first goal of the season Thursday ... Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov had arthroscopic surgery to remove debris in his right knee. Markov, who hasn't played since early last season due to knee woes, is expected to be out another four to six weeks ... With Chris Higgins ruled out for Tuesday's game against Colorado due to a staph infection in his foot, the Canucks called up winger Victor Oreskovich from Chicago of the AHL. The 25-year-old has one goal and four assists in 11 games with the minor-league team.


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