News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links from around the NHL - March 11th, 2013

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Malkin is injured after getting hit.

Evgeni Malkin has been forced back out of the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup, just three games after returning from a concussion.

Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma said the Penguins star will not play against the New York Islanders in Sunday night's home game.

The reigning NHL MVP had just returned to the lineup after missing four games with a concussion last month.

Another article about fighting in the NHL.

According to HockeyFights.com, there have been 187 fights in the first 337 games this year. The number of fights per game is up 11% from last season but is also down 3% from three seasons ago.

Still, about 40% of games feature at least one fight, so fans are likely to see a bloody nose more than a breakaway goal. Those odds increase when watching the Maple Leafs, who lead the league with 24 fighting majors and had four players (McLaren, Colton Orr, Mark Fraser and Mike Brown, who was traded to Edmonton earlier this week) ranked in the top 10 for fighting.

The Colorado Avalanche stopped the Chicago Blackhawks and their no-loss-in-regulation-streak.

The best start in NHL history is over.

The Chicago Blackhawks finally left the ice without a point.

The Blackhawks were stunned 6-2 by the struggling Colorado Avalanche on Friday night. It was their first loss in regulation and ended a remarkable run in which they earned at least one point in their first 24 games, an NHL record.

Matt Duchene scored four points and Ryan O’Reilly got his first goal since his contract dispute was resolved more than a week ago. O’Reilly assisted on another goal in a four-goal onslaught in the second period that turned a 1-1 tie into a laugher.

The Jets want to host an outdoors game.

The 2013 Winter Classic was supposed to have the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium, but it was postponed due to the lockout. It will be played on Jan. 1, 2014.

There have been rumblings about Winnipeg hosting an outdoor game ever since the Atlanta Thrashers moved to the Manitoba capital in May 2011 and became the Jets. Investors Group Field was supposed to be ready for the 2012 CFL season, but its opening was delayed by a year.

The big question will be who should the Jets host in an outdoor game?

Their closest rival at that time will likely be the Minnesota Wild, assuming NHL realignment finally takes place, although both Heritage Classics have featured two Canadian squads.

Florida Panthers will be sellers.

The 'For Sale' sign has been hung outside the BB&T Center.

Two league executives told QMI Agency that Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon is willing to listen to all offers because his club is virtually eliminated from the playoff race with only three weeks left to the April 3 trade deadline.

Six points out of the No. 8 spot heading into Sunday's visit by the Montreal Canadiens, the goal for Florida now is to try to move a few contracts and see if the club can set the course for next year after the Panthers fell back.

American airlines will allow hockey sticks as carry-ons again.

Box-cutters and razor blades are still out, but the all-Canadian hockey stick will now be allowed into American airline cabins for the first time since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The announcement by the Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday is sure to make Canadian hockey players envious given hockey sticks aren’t allowed in cabins north of the border.

Transport Canada considers hockey sticks "blunt objects" that could be used to cause serious injury, and has no immediate plans to rethink that classification.

The U.S., apparently, shares no such concerns. As of April 25th, American hockey players can haul their sticks aboard under new rules announced Tuesday by John Pistole, head of the TSA, at a travel security conference in New York.

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