Scott Cullen takes a look at the stories from November 8th through November 14th in the NHL, including an injury to the games top prospect, the Hall of Fame class, Las Vegas, mumps and more. Jarome Iginla Jersey . WHY ARE YOU FIGHTING? The top prospect in the 2015 NHL Draft, Connor McDavid engaged in a fight this week, officially the second scrap of his OHL career and, in the process, suffered a broken hand that will keep him out of action for five-to-six weeks. There was, in some places, immediate outcry that the premier prospect in the sport, considered a generational talent, would bother fighting at all because, essentially, its beneath him. Then, there was justification for his decision to drop the gloves, because he endures so much abuse as the primary target for every opposing player. A couple things to consider: McDavid, while an out-of-this-world talent, is not the first star player to get extra attention from opponents. Its often part of having the puck as often as one does as a superstar player. Secondly, the player McDavid fought was Bryson Cianfrone, a 5-foot-8 forward who had zero penalty minutes this season prior to the fight, so its not like he was some thug on skates. But, sometimes, 17-year-olds (and even older) make spur-of-the-moment decisions that arent ideal. Yet, it likely wouldnt have posed a problem for McDavid if he hadnt cracked his hand on the glass when he missed Cianfrone with a punch. Do that in the middle of the ice and its likely that nothing noteworthy happens, but a punch against the glass knocks the best prospect out, with his return slated to be right around the time the World Junior Hockey Championship starts. Its a relatively minor inconvenience for McDavid, who wont lose draft stock once hes recovered from the injury, but if hes not able to play for Canada in the World Juniors, well, that would be a hit to a roster that will be without an injured Sam Bennett as well as other juniors still skating in the NHL as rookies (Anthony Duclair, Curtis Lazar, Bo Horvat, Jonathan Drouin and Aaron Ekblad). THE HALL BECKONS The annual recognition of the best the game has to offer summons Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Pat Burns and referee Bill McCreary to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Blake was a physical force, a hard-hitting, hard-shooting 6-foot-4 defenceman who led all blueliners in goals from 1990-2010. playing 1270 games for the Kings, Avalanche and Sharks, winning a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001 and a Norris Trophy as the leagues best defenceman, in 1998. He was a three-time Olympian for Canada, winning gold at Salt Lake in 2002. Forsbergs career was cut short by injuries, ultimately by foot and ankle problems that forced him to the sidelines at a time when he was still better than a point-per-game scorer. From the time he arrived in the league, in 1994-1995, through 2007-2008 (excluding a two-game stint with the Avalanche in 2010-2011), Forsberg ranked second in points per game, behind only Jaromir Jagr. He was the leagues MVP in 2003, won Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001, and Olympic Gold at both ends of his career, in 1994 and 2006. Style points werent his thing, unless you liked a goaltender who would head butt the puck out of the air, or drop his stick so that he could pick up the disc with his blocker hand, but there has not been a goaltender as dominant by comparison to his peers. A six-time Vezina Trophy winner, Hasek was named league MVP twice and won Olympic Gold in 1998. In his peak years, from 1993-94 through 1998-99, there wasnt another goaltender in his class. Modano entered the league as a first overall pick, in 1988, and never finished higher than eighth in the NHL scoring race, but evolved into a premier all-around centre, winning a Stanley Cup in 1999, the World Cup of Hockey in 1996, and scoring 1359 points in 1459 games. From 1991-92 through 2002-03, Modano scored at least 75 points 10 times, tied with Jagr as the only two players with more than eight such seasons. Considering the lockout season of 1994-95 in that span, Modano was good for 75 points in 10 of 11 full seasons in that time and the one season that he didnt was 1997-98, when he played only 52 games and had 59 points. Its a travesty that Burns wasnt honoured before now, but a three-time Jack Adams winner as the leagues best coach and 2003 Stanley Cup winner has more than enough on his resume to warrant inclusion. His career winning percentage (.573) ranks behind only Scotty Bowman, Joel Quenneville and Ken Hitchcock, among coaches with at least 1,000 games behind the bench.. McCreary was a standout official of the era, seemingly doing all the big games, more than 2,000 regular-season and playoff games combined, including a record 44 Stanley Cup Final games. VEGAS, BABY A report in the New York Post says that the NHL has chosen owners for a prospective expansion team in Sin City. Las Vegas has long been on the list of potential locations for a new NHL teams, though it appeared to be running behind the likes of Seattle or Quebec City. Now, it may well be the frontrunner. As exciting as it might be for visiting teams and hockey writers, its fair to wonder if Las Vegas is a viable long-term market for the NHL. Sure, casinos can give out tickets to anyone willing to drop money at the tables, and there have been minor league teams there, but is there a lasting, sustainable fan base prepared to pay NHL prices? I have no idea if it will work, but think it will be fun to see them try. NHLers WITH MUMPS This seems like a story that should be from a century ago, like a reason why the Stanley Cup Final would be cancelled, but suddenly NHLers are missing games because of the mumps. Anaheim Ducks star winger Corey Perry and defenceman Francois Beauchemin have contracted a disease that is usually not an issue for those that have been vaccinated and its possibly an issue for the Minnesota Wild, who are without defencemen Jonas Brodin and Marco Scandella, with both suspected to have mumps as well. BIG CAT The top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Aaron Ekblad, entered the league already built like a man, at 6-foot-3, 216 pounds, but hes made a surprisingly smooth transition to the NHL game as an 18-year-old. Hes played more than 20 minutes in 12 of 14 games this year, averaging 21:38, and has six points (1 G,5 A) in the past five games. Hes being sheltered in his usage, starting 55.2% of his shifts in the offensive zone, but has positive possession (54.5% Corsi) stats too. Rare is the defenceman who can step into the league straight from the draft, let alone have any kind of effectiveness. Usually, its a year to take some lumps and learn on the job, like Drew Doughty in 2008-2009. Other rookie defencemen to make the jump to the NHL immediately following the draft, since 2000, include: Cam Fowler, Zach Bogosian, Victor Hedman, Adam Larsson, Seth Jones, Dmitry Kulikov, Jay Bouwmeester, Luke Schenn and Luca Sbisa. They arent all stars, but Ekblads early returns are certainly looking positive for a Panthers team that could use some bright lights. TO THE RAFTERS The Montreal Canadiens are going to run out of numbers some day, but until that day comes, they can honour franchise greats by raising their numbers to the rafters. The latest honouree is Guy Lapointe, a six-time Stanley Cup winner who was a cornerstone of the Montreal defence in the 1970s, part of the Big Three with Larry Robinson and Serge Savard. From 1970 through 1979, Bobby Orr and Brad Park were the only defencemen with more points than Lapointes 516, and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993. BOSTON BEATDOWN Things had been going along just fine for Boston without injured defenceman Zdeno Chara, rolling to a 6-1 record in his absence, but back-to-back divisional games on the road brought the Bruins back to earth in a hurry. The Bruins lost 6-1 in Toronto Wednesday, then followed up by losing 5-1 in Montreal Thursday, getting outscored 11-2 and outshot 67-48 over the course of two games. The last time the Bruins lost back-to-back games by a combined nine-goal margin? A March 2012 trip to Florida, when they lost 6-1 at Tampa Bay and 6-2 at Florida. The Bruins emerged from those two losses to go 9-2-1 over the last 12 games of the regular season. FREE-FALLIN Theres an obvious reason for the Columbus Blue Jackets slide, to nine straight losses but, injuries or not, this is creating a hole that is going to be difficult to climb out of this season. They will get healthier, and activating goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky off the injured list today should be the biggest difference-maker, since Curtis McElhinney has a 3.76 goals against average and .887 save percentage in seven games this season, but the Blue Jackets are already 11 points behind a wild card spot and that math gets difficult in a hurry. Its too bad, because Columbus looked quite promising in their playoff appearance last season, but sometimes the road to being a contender comes with a few bumps along the way and this years absurd run of early-season injuries is serving as one huge pothole. CAREER IN JEOPARDY While Columbus long injured list is going to get smaller in time, one of the names might be there for a while. Right winger Nathan Horton has scored 202 goals in 626 career games and won a Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011, but the 29-year-old faces the prospect of never playing again if his back doesnt improve. Hes in debilitating pain and the one way to relieve that pain would be to have spinal fusion surgery that would end his career. Its understandably hard for Horton to imagine being done at 29, but if hes having trouble functioning in his day-to-day life, it may take a miracle to resurrect his hockey career. BRYAN MURRAY Dont miss this amazing story, told by cancer survivor Michael Farber, about Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray, who has Stage 4 cancer. There is no cure at this point for me, Murray told TSN on Thursday. The word is that well keep doing chemo and hopefully reduce the tumours and the effect and Ill get some time out of that. Karri Ramo Jersey . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings (3) - Early goal against was on the power play. Eddie Lack Jersey . The Marlies surrendered two power-play goals and failed to score on six man-advantage opportunities en route to a 4-1 defeat in American Hockey League action on Saturday. http://www.jerseyofficialhockeyflames.com/brandon-bollig-hockey-jersey/ . - In about six minutes, the Memphis Grizzlies had allowed their 23-point lead to be cut to seven.ATLANTA - For Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, it was a rare chance to celebrate.They didnt pass it up.Bryant scored 28 points and the Lakers held on for just their second win, beating the Atlanta Hawks 114-109 on Tuesday night.A locker room that has been solemn most of the season was a lot more raucous this time.Man, oh man, thats a lot better, Jeremy Lin said. Its been a rough start to the season.Bryants biggest shot came with 1:11 remaining, when he backed in against Thabo Sefolosha and made a fadeaway jumper despite being fouled. Bryant slapped hands with a fan on the front row and completed the three-point play, giving the Lakers a 108-102 lead.Its been tough, Bryant said. But you find beauty in the process.The Hawks had a chance to force overtime after the Lakers (2-9) failed to put it away at the line. But Los Angeles smothered long-range threat Kyle Korver, leaving Pero Antic to take an open 3-pointer. It clanked off the rim and the Lakers gobbled up the loose ball to seal the victory.Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 29 points.Carlos Boozer added 20 points for the Lakers. Nick Young, coming back from a thumb injury, had 17 in his first game of the season.Jeff Teague scored 23 for the Hawks, who lost for the first time at home.In the first half, the Lakers hardly looked like a team that had lost nine of its first 10 games, putting up a season high for points in a half while racing to a 67-52 lead. Bryant scored 19 points and Boozer chipped in with 18 as Los Angeles shot 61 per cent (27 of 44) and outrebounded the Hawks 22-15.Games are not won in the first quarter, Korver said. But they can be lost in the first quarter. Weve got to do better at the start of the game. Weve got to bring more energy, bring more juice.The Hawks started the second half with a 13-0 run but never made it all the way back from the eaarly deficit. Matt Bartkowski Jersey. . Down the stretch, the Lakers made enough plays to snap a four-game losing streak.Even after Bryant missed a wild one from the corner, Jordan Hill snatched away the offensive rebound and laid it back in to put Los Angeles ahead 111-106 with 17.7 seconds remaining.The only thing that gave Atlanta hope was the Lakers woes at the foul line. They missed three of five at one point in the closing seconds.But Antic, left all alone outside the arc, couldnt make the tying 3.Its basically an easy shot, he said. I usually make that shot.___SWAGGER RETURNSAfter missing the first 10 games while recovering from a torn ligament in his left thumb, Young provided the spark the Lakers so desperately needed. Its just like the swagger factor, Young quipped. It just rubs off on everybody.NO BOUNCEBACKAfter falling behind by 43 points in their last game, a 127-94 blowout at Cleveland, the Hawks got off to another sluggish start. I thought we would come out with more energy, Millsap said. But that was not the case. We dug ourselves a hole and paid for it.TIP-INSLakers: Bryant now had 32,001 points. Hes fourth in the career standings, with Michael Jordan (32,292) next in his sights. Its a lot of work over 19 years, Bryant said. ... The Lakers biggest lead was 17 points. ... Wayne Ellington missed his fifth straight game since the death of his father, who was fatally shot on Nov. 9. He could rejoin the team for its game Friday at Dallas, coach Byron Scott said.Hawks: Atlanta dropped to 4-1 at Philips Arena. ... DeMarre Carroll missed his fourth straight game with a strained groin. ... Antic finished 2 of 9 from the field, while another backup, Mike Scott, was 3 of 11.UP NEXTLakers: At Houston on Wednesday.Hawks: Host Detroit on Friday.___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963Cheap JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys ChinaCheap Jerseys ChinaWholesale Authentic JerseysCheap Jerseys 2018Cheap Jerseys 2019NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '