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NHL notes: Ville Leino sidelined

Ville Leino will be out several weeks because of a lower-body injury. (REUTERS/Doug Benz)

Ville Leino will be out several weeks because of a lower-body injury. (REUTERS/Doug Benz)

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Ville Leino, who seemed to be hitting his stride after a poor start with the Buffalo Sabres, will be out several weeks because of a lower-body injury.

Leino was injured Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators.

The 28-year-old centre has just three goals and seven assists in 29 games -- a big disappointment to the Sabres after he signed a six-year, $27-million contract during the off-season. But he did collect five of those points during the past seven games.

He joins an injury list that includes forwards Brad Boyes, Nathan Gerbe, Jochen Hecht and Corey Tropp, as well as defenceman Tyler Myers. Forward Patrick Kaleta is close to returning. The injuries have been a factor in the Sabres being on a 3-5-3 run.

'DON'T BLAME ME'

Boston Bruins forward David Krejci isn't happy about being blamed for Sidney Crosby's latest head injury.

Crosby singled out an elbow to the head by Krejci as the reason why he's not playing. But Krejci insists he didn't mean to catch Crosby in the noggin and, well, lay off, people.

"It kind of sucks that people want to blame me" Krejci said on CSNNE.com. "It wasn't intentional. Anyone that watches the replay knows that it was just bad luck. If you watch the video you know I didn't do anything wrong."

The elbow did appear to be accidental but, with Crosby being Crosby, Krejci's plea will likely go unheard by most.

GREEN DAY

Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green will not need surgery to correct a groin issue that has kept him out of the lineup since Nov. 11.

"No, they ruled that out," Capitals general manager George McPhee told CSNWashington.com. "It's not worse than we already knew and he has been making progress. We're just trying to expedite things. We'll know more based on the treatments he's getting."

Green saw a specialist Monday but the Caps still don't have a timetable for his return. He will, however, join the team before Saturday's game against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.

Green, who has three goals and three assists on the season, has missed 21 of the last 22 games.

JEFF SKINNER CONCUSSED

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner has been diagnosed with a concussion and is out indefinitely.

Hurricanes defenceman Joni Pitkanen also has a concussion, general manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday.

Skinner leads the Hurricanes in points, with 12 goals and 12 assists, while Pitkanen has three goals and nine assists.

Carolina also called up goaltender Justin Peters from Charlotte of the AHL and sent goalie Mike Murphy to the minor-league team. Peters is 6-6-1 with a 2.49 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 20 games with Charlotte.

GIROUX PHILLY'S BEST

Injured Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux was named Philly's 2011 pro athlete of the year Wednesday.

The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association will honour Giroux at its annual Sports Award Dinner Jan. 30. Past winners include Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard, Brian Dawkins and Bernard Hopkins.

Giroux led the Flyers in scoring last season and was atop the NHL's scoring leaderboard when he was knocked out of the lineup by a concussion earlier this week.

BRIEFLY

The Montreal Canadiens called up forward Michael Blunden from Hamilton of the AHL. Blunden has played eight games with the Canadiens this season but is still looking for his first point ... The Winnipeg Jets sent defenceman Arturs Kulda to St. John's of the AHL. The 23-year-old Latvian played nine games with the Jets after being called up in mid-November ... Jets blueliner Zach Bogosian won't be suspended for a nasty hit on Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard Tuesday. Bouchard was left with a broken nose and cut lip after being driven into the boards from behind, a play that earned Bogosian a major penalty ... Cory Schneider will get the start in goal for the Vancouver Canucks Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes, ending Roberto Luongo's streak of consecutive starts at five. Schneider's last start came Dec. 1 against Nashville.


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