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The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - December 18th, 2013

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Tom Wilson hit Brayden Schenn from behind and both had to leave to game.

Brayden Schenn staggered to his skates almost immediately after taking a massive hit in the corner on Tuesday night, but he collapsed equally as fast.

With 4:43 left in the second period, the Philadelphia Flyers forward then tried to get up again. Keeled over in visible pain, Schenn dropped to the ice again and lay there face down as the trainer came over to his assistance.

Schenn was the victim of a vicious hit from behind from Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson — one that sent the forward's head smashing into the boards at an awkward angle — that will almost certainly draw the attention of Brendan Shanahan and the National Hockey League.

Still looking for some Christmas ideas? What about one of these hockey books?

This will be remembered as the Christmas that everyone from the Prime Minister to a pop musician took pen to paper and chronicled the great game.

It must have had something to do with the hockey world being dark with the lockout this time last year.

Some fan re-affirmation was in order and a long slate of authors stepped into the breech. The results are another strong list of entries in the Sun’s annual holiday hockey book review.

Curl up with one or more of these and pass the hot cocoa.

Bad news for the Blue Jackets. Jared Boll is expected to miss three months.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without Jared Boll until at least mid-March.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced Tuesday the 27-year-old winger has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive Nov. 22, and is expected to miss three to four months of action.

Boll had surgery Monday to repair a torn tendon in his ankle.

The Avalanche have made the 30 Thoughts.

16. The Colorado Avalanche laid waste to Dallas, 6-2 on Monday night, days after one competing exec said: "Thank God their defence isn't there yet because their forwards are outstanding and they're getting good goaltending." He added the Avalanche play with incredible tempo and are doing a great job of easing the pressure on their blue-line by quickly getting the puck out of their zone and down the ice.