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BUFFALO - The Chicago Blackhawks recently capped a three-game homestand with an emphatic win, and the defending Stanley Cup champions will try to keep rolling when they visit the Buffalo Sabres today. You can see all the action on TSN2 beginning at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. Chicago won two of three games during its stay at the United Center. The club began the homestand with a 5-1 win over Pittsburgh on March 1 and fell to Colorado on Tuesday before posting another blowout win in Thursdays tilt against Columbus. The Blackhawks slammed the visiting Blue Jackets by a 6-1 score. Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw both tallied twice to lead the way in the rout as Chicago picked up its 12th straight win over Columbus. Bryan Bickell and Brandon Bollig also hit the back of the net for the Blackhawks. Brent Seabrook and Marcus Kruger each collected two assists, while Corey Crawford stopped 22 shots. Chicago enters Sunday four points behind St. Louis for first place in the Central Division standings and the Blackhawks are just one point in front of Colorado for the last of the divisions three automatic playoff bids. The Blues play in Minnesota on Sunday while the Avalanche are idle. The Blackhawks are playing two straight on the road beginning with Sundays test. Chicago is 17-8-7 as the guest this season and will complete its brief swing with an important divisional tilt Wednesday against Colorado. Chicago recorded a 2-1 win over a visiting Sabres club back on Oct. 12. Buffalo native Patrick Kane scored the game-winner in that contest and he has compiled three goals and three assists in seven career games against his hometown team. The Blackhawks have won four straight and five of the last six meetings in this series. Buffalo is last in the NHL with only 46 points on the season, but the club has won its last three home games and is 12-17-5 as the host heading into Sundays game at First Niagara Center. The Sabres went 1-2-0 on a recent three-game road trip and dropped the finale of that swing Friday against the Florida Panthers. Buffalo was stymied by Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, who stopped all 25 shots in a 2-0 win for Florida. Although Buffalos offense couldnt get anything going, newly acquired goaltender Michal Neuvirth made a splash in his debut with 42 saves for the Sabres. Neuvirth was acquired at the trade deadline from the Washington Capitals. "I was very impressed," Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said of Neuvirth. "He was very calm. His rebound control was solid. He had great positioning all night." The Sabres are playing their next two games on home ice and will cap their brief stay in Western New York in Tuesdays tilt against Nashville. Buffalo forwards Zemgus Girgensons, Chris Stewart and Torrey Mitchell all missed Fridays game due to lower-body injuries and are questionable for tonights game. All three players were injured in Thursdays game against Tampa. Both Mitchell and Stewart were recently acquired in trades by the Sabres. Cory Conacher, another player picked up recently by Buffalo, has yet to play with the Sabres after being claimed off waivers from Ottawa. Conacher is dealing with immigration issues, but that issue could be settled in time for him to play Sunday for the Sabres. Cheap Soccer Jerseys China . He also had some help Monday night.Hibbert scored a season-high 29 points to help Indiana beat the Utah Jazz 97-86 Monday night, ending the Pacers six-game losing streak. Soccer Jerseys For Sale . In five games last month, Billings led all scorers with 11 goals, 27 assists and 38 points as the Rock posted a 2-3 record. http://www.cheapsoccerjerseys.co/. 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Discount Soccer Jerseys .com) - Matt Duchene picked up the deciding goal early in the third period and added an assist, as Colorado escaped with a 4-3 victory over Dallas at Pepsi Center.The National Hockey Leagues years-long investigation into concussions was a whitewash, and the leagues claims that players should have researched themselves the consequences of brain injuries is absurd, according to claims made by a group of former players in newly filed court documents. Three weeks ago, the NHL claimed in pleadings that the former players who are suing the league over how it handled concussions and head trauma injuries ought to have been able to put two and two together, thanks to newspaper and magazine stories and other news reports. Publicly available information related to concussions and their long-term effects, coupled with the events that had transpired – i.e., the players incurring head injuries – should have allowed (players) to put two and two together, the NHL said in its court documents filed in Minnesota. Now, the players are firing back. In newly filed documents obtained by TSN, lawyers for players including Joe Murphy, Bernie Nichols and Gary Leeman rubbish the NHLs claims, saying players had no knowledge of the medical literature, and no understanding of any need to go find it because they relied on the NHL for information about player health and safety. Whether players could have accessed information in the public sphere is a red herring, the players say in court filings. By representing that the NHL was the caretaker of player safety and was responsible for researching concussions... the NHL was telling players not to look for or believe what the NHL now says the players should have researched and understood. The players, whose claims have not been proven, allege that the NHL did not do enough to protect them from head injuries before it created a committee to study head trauma in 1997. Even after that, the players charge the committees findings were not adequately shared with players. For decades, NHL players who sustained in-game concussions or who lost consciousness were simply propped up, given smelling salts, and quickly returned to game-action, the players allege. While the NHL began its concussion study in 19997 and published its findings in 2011, It was not until July 23, 2013, that the NHL changed its concussion protocols to require a concussed player not return to the same game in which the concussion occurred.dddddddddddd The NHL players filed the suit in November 2013 after a group of nearly 4,500 former NFL players reached a settlement with the NFL over similar concussion-related complaints. The NFL players are expected to be paid about $1 billion, a lawyer working on the case told TSN. In its legal filings, the NHL says the court should dismiss the case because its taken too long for players to file their complaints. (The players) are not seeking recovery for acute injuries resulting from the individual hits, blows or instances of trauma inherent in hockey, the players pleadings say, adding that the injuries being sued for are the permanent degenerative brain diseases, or accumulated brain cell damage increasing the risk of such diseases, which arose and of which the plaintiffs became aware only after plaintiffs retired from the NHL. The NHL also has said the claim should be dismissed because health and safety issues fall under the purview of the leagues collective labour agreement with the NHLPA. The NHL said under terms of its CBA, that players have a responsibility to report injuries to their teams and submit themselves for examination. The CBA also addresses the rights of a player to receive his medical records, the NHL said in its legal filings. Players are clearly excluded from the NHLPA bargaining unit, the new court documents say, belying any argument that they are represented by a union who can initiate a grievance on their behalf... plaintiffs, as retired players and unrepresented by the NHLPA, could not initiate a grievance on their own behalf even if they wanted to. The judge overseeing the players lawsuit will hear oral arguments about the NHLs motion on Jan. 8 and will decide whether to dismiss the case by April. About 40 former NHL players have now signed up as named plaintiffs, compared to 4,500 in the NFL case. ' ' '