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Morning Flurries: an Avalanche of bad news

The Avalanche lose Erik Johnson to suspension, the Canucks lose another player to injury, and the Lightning could lose Tyler Johnson in the offseason

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Colorado Avalanche Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

I hate to be the bearer of bad news. (No, really, I hate it).

This evening, though, the Avalanche found out that the league is out to get them top pairing defenseman Erik Johnson won’t go unpunished after a boneheaded move in the team’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning this week.

The good news is that he’ll only be out for two games.

The bad news, of course, is that he’ll be out for two games. [Mile High Hockey]

Speaking of bad news... while the Denver Pioneers had a great first game against Dartmouth, blanking their rivals, they didn’t fare so well in the second game of the series. You can find your full recap here. [MHH]

Another Western Conference team may have had a worse night, of course:

Brock Boeser has been the rookie wonder of the NHL this year, single-handedly dragging the Vancouver Canucks up from the bottom of the standings.

No word yet on the severity of his injury, but it certainly didn’t look good Monday night - and in his absence, the Canucks allowed five goals to drop a 6-1 decision to the Calgary Flames.

The Tampa Bay Lightning still have Tyler Johnson on their roster, but how long can they afford it? A look at whether or not they should trade him while they can. [Raw Charge]

After years of playing hockey together, the Broadhurst brothers are together in Cleveland. Here’s a look at how they both got there (and all the times they’ve played together in the past) [Jackets Cannon]

Here’s a fun story on Cale Makar and his upcoming journey with Team Canada. [Elite Prospects]

Finally, we all need answers: