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    Bruce Cassidy fears defenseman Brandon Carlo could miss significant time after being taken off the ice on a stretcher with a left leg injury.Cassidy said Sunday that the swelling hasn’t gone down enough to make a definitive diagnosis Detroit Red Wings Hats Womens , but added ”it’s probably not going to be good news.” Carlo was hurt Saturday when he landed awkwardly on his leg in the third period of a 5-1 win over Florida .”You feel awful,” Torey Krug said of his defensive partner. ”It’s a tough break, but I know he’s got a lot of support and a lot of good people around him.”The short-handed Bruins did get defenseman Zdeno Chara back for Sunday’s game at Philadelphia after a nine-game absence because of an upper-body injury. Chara was paired with Nick Holden, who moved to the right side.Krug played with Adam McQuaid.Center Riley Nash didn’t travel a day after needing more than 40 stitches in his ear, head and neck after getting hit with a puck during the game against the Panthers. He could rejoin the team for games in Tampa Bay and Florida this week.Cassidy said defenseman Charlie McAvoy skated Sunday morning and could return Tuesday. He’s been sidelined 14 games with a sprained left knee ligament.The Bruins also are hoping forward Rick Nash (upper body) could return this week.Despite a long list of injuries all season, the Bruins entered Sunday atop the Eastern Conference with 109 points.”When you think you’re finally maybe turning the corner Custom Detroit Red Wings Jerseys , but I guess this is just how we’re going to be,” Cassidy said. ”It’s become a bit of our fight song, so to speak.”— The bad news for the Nashville Predators: They have lost 10 straight games on the road, eight of them in regulation.The good news: Their first two games after the Christmas break are at Bridgestone Arena, including Thursday night’s visit from the Dallas Stars.The better news: Some desperately needed help might be on the way sooner instead of later.Article continues below …It appears that All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban and right winger Viktor Arvidsson could be back after extended absences. Subban has missed the last 19 games with an upper-body injury and Arvidsson has been sidelined since a slash broke his thumb Nov. 10 in a 5-4 overtime win at Dallas.“We’re not in the position to rest guys,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said to the Tennessean last week when asked if the team would wait to bring injured players back until after Christmas. “Guys will play when they are ready. We can’t afford the luxury of resting guys.”With their depth stretched beyond its considerable max by a series of injuries that have also claimed Filip Forsberg and Colton Sissons www.islandersfanproshop.com , the Predators are 9-10-2 over their last 21 games. They went 0-3-1 on last week’s road trip, losing to three of the NHL’s worst teams in Ottawa, Chicago and Philadelphia along the way.Yet Nashville is still 22-13-2, good for second place in the Central Division and third in the Western Conference. It is only four points behind Winnipeg in the Central and only three points off the pace of last season, when it won the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time with 117 points.To a man, the Predators are hopeful the break results in a return to the win column.“Hopefully New York Islanders T-Shirts Womens , we come back hungrier and rested, maybe a bit healthier than we are now and go from there,” defenseman Ryan Ellis said.The Stars (18-16-3) were in position to go into the holiday break with momentum, but couldn’t build on a 1-0 second period lead Sunday night and fell 3-1 to the New York Islanders at American Airlines Arena.Aiming to win consecutive games for the first time since early December, Dallas instead lost for the sixth time in eight games, all in regulation. First-year coach Jim Montgomery wasn’t quite willing to use playing on back-to-back nights as an excuse.“Guys were tired tonight New York Islanders Hoodies Womens , but a lot of other teams have similar schedules and they find ways to win hockey games,” he said. “It’s a mindset of pushing the envelope and wanting to make plays, wanting to be a difference-maker.”Their recent skid aside, the Stars remain in fourth place in the Central, tied for the Western’s last playoff spot with Edmonton. The problem lately has been an offense that was once explosive, but has slid to 24th in the league with 99 goals in 37 matches.Slow starts have also plagued Dallas. Its 18 goals in first periods rank last in the league.“As a group New York Islanders Hats Womens , we don’t prepare well enough,” Montgomery said. “I don’t have, obviously, my finger on it. I hope it would be better.”

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