(Sports Network) - One of the highlights in the NHLs yearly schedule comes when Sidney Crosby makes his annual trip to Western Canada, but injury will prevent one of the leagues brightest stars from taking to the Rogers Arena ice on opening night. Blank Chelsea Jersey UK
. Dealing with their own injuries, the Vancouver Canucks wont mind Crosby sitting this one out as the Stanley Cup runner-ups open up the 2011-12 season against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby has not played since January due to a concussion and will open the season on injured reserve as his return date is still up in the air. He did travel with the team but is not likely to play on the swing. "Im looking forward to getting on the road and starting the season," Crosby said. "Im happy to be out there and when the time comes Ill make sure Im ready, but to be honest, Im just happy to be out there and working hard. For a long time I wasnt able to do that, so its just nice to be out there and going hard." The Penguins will try to get their season off on the right foot without their captain and were able to register 106 points a season ago despite Crosby playing in just 41 games. That point total was the clubs highest since a 119-point campaign in 1992-93, but the absence of both Crosby and Evgeni Malkin due to a knee injury led to Pittsburgh being eliminated by Tampa Bay in the opening round of the postseason. While Crosby remains out, Malkin will be back in a Penguins uniform for the first time since suffering his season-ending injury on Feb. 4. Hell try to boost an offense that was still led by Crosbys 66 points despite the center missing half the season. Defenseman Kris Letang was Pittsburghs next-highest scorer with 50 points and Chris Kunitzs 23 goals ranked second to Crosbys 32. Pittsburgh will also have center Jordan Staal tonight after his 2010-11 debut was delayed until the Winter Classic because of injury, while the club is also hoping for bigger things this year from James Neal. Acquired from Dallas last February, Neal only had six points in 20 games after the trade. Blueliner Brooks Orpik, meanwhile, is questionable due to hernia surgery. The Penguins also added veteran winger Steve Sullivan this offseason, but their early success could depend on goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who put the club on his shoulders last year by going 36-20-5 with a career-best 2.32 goals-against average in 65 games. Pittsburgh, which will also visit Calgary and Edmonton over the weekend, will face a Vancouver squad tonight that is playing for the first time since its Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Canucks captured the Presidents Trophy last year with a league-high 117 points, but couldnt win one last home game versus the Bruins. Roberto Luongo opens the season in net for the Canucks with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He earned a Vezina Trophy nomination with a 38-15-7 regular- season mark and 2.11 GAA before posting four shutouts in the playoffs, but was also lifted twice during the finals and gave up 20 goals in the seven games. Luongo will be missing some key pieces in front of him. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff departed the club this offseason to sign a 10-year deal with Buffalo, while reigning Selke Trophy winner Ryan Kesler will miss the first month or so of the season due to offseason hip surgery. Kesler notched a career-high 41 goals last year and returned to practice for the first time on Wednesday, but wont rush himself back before hes ready. "I love to compete and I love to win," said Kesler. "When youve got to be patient like this its definitely tough for me, but I know whats best is to be patient, listen to my body, listen to my hip and once I feel comfortable enough out there to play a game, Im going to." Vancouver will also open the season minus Mason Raymond because of a broken vertebra suffered during last years Stanley Cup Finals, but do return a potent 1-2 punch in twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin, with the former set to skate in his 500th straight regular-season game tonight. Team captain Henrik won the Hart and Art Ross Trophies with 112 points in 2009-10, and he added 94 points (19 goals, 75 assists) last season, while Daniel set career highs with 41 goals and 63 assists a year ago to capture his own Art Ross Trophy. However, the duo was held to five points versus the Bruins in the Cup Finals. With Kesler out, Cody Hodgson is expected to hold the role of second-line centerman for the Canucks. The 10th overall pick of the 2008 draft had two points in eight regular-season games last year. Vancouver will hit the road for four in a row following tonights game and had a two-game series win streak over Pittsburgh snapped with last seasons loss in the Steel City. The Canucks have still won three of their last four at home against the Penguins, including a 6-2 win on Jan. 16, 2010 in which Henrik Sedin logged a goal and two assists. Kyle Walker Jersey UK
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. - Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford hit clutch 3-pointers in the final minute and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 101-97 Friday night for their first victory of the preseason. MILWAUKEE -- Golden State forward David Lee is making his presence felt and giving a team with many weapons another dimension. His play of late has reached All-Star calibre, Warriors coach Mark Jackson insisted after watching Lee lead Golden State to its 10th consecutive win Tuesday night, the Warriors longest streak since the 1975-76 season and one short of the franchise record of 11 wins in a row during the 1971-72 campaign. Fresh off of being named the Western Conference Player of the Week, Lee dominated around the basket, scoring 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting and grabbing 18 rebounds to spark the Warriors to a 101-80 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. "Ive said all along that (Stephen) Curry is an All-Star, theres no question about that. But the way that David Lee has played the last 15 ball games, hes an All-Star," Jackson said. "He has separated himself." Lee hit his first nine shots from the field and recorded his 21st double-double of the season. "Im trying to be more aggressive and I think our team needs me to be more aggressive in the paint," Lee said. "We have so many guys that are good jump shooters, we need somebody around the rim thats going to attack the basket. Its all about taking what the defence gives us. Most importantly, I think our team is playing more consistent basketball." Curry contributed 15 points for the Warriors despite connecting on just 5 of 18 shots. Klay Thompson also scored 15 points, on 6-of-18 shooting. "Were not built offensively, were built defensively," Jackson said. "You can have off nights offensively and still win ball games. We defended at a high level and when you do that good things happen." Golden State centre Andrew Bogut, who had 12 rebounds and eight points, said he and Lee stress the importance of rebounding each time they take the court. Golden State outrebounded Milwaukee 54 to 37. "We set a goal, David and myself, to win the rebound battle," Bogut said. The Warriors played their sixth game of a seven-city road trip that concludes Wednesday night in Brooklyn. Golden State is trying to become the first team in NBA history to go undefeated on a road trip of seven or more games. "Its this close so were going to chase history," Jackson said. "My guys have paid the price and Im incredibly proud of them." Golden State led by just two at the half against the Buckss, who have the NBAs worst record. Nick Powell Jersey UK
. The Warriors broke open the game with a 23-7 run to start the third quarter, highlighted by a step-back 3-pointer from the corner by Curry. Later in the quarter, Curry hit an acrobatic reverse layup while being fouled, extending Golden States lead to 19. The Warriors led 79-68 heading into the fourth. A 3 by O.J. Mayo cut Golden States margin to eight to start the fourth, but the Warriors quickly built the lead back to double digits and cruised to victory. The Warriors led by as many as 22 late in the fourth. Ersan Ilyasova had 20 points and Brandon Knight 18 for the Bucks. "(The Warriors) have a lot of weapons and can beat you in a number of ways," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. "I thought we did some good things, but we didnt do it for the duration of the game. We had too many breakdowns, too many lapses and our margin for error is very small." Drew said he implored his team to play with high energy to start the second half, to no avail. "We came out and were flat-lined. They got on a good run and we just couldnt overcome the deficit," Drew said. Energetic play needs to be a team goal, Knight said. "It has to be all five guys that are on the court," he said. "We have to have everybody playing with as much energy as we can." Milwaukee grabbed a 30-28 lead after the first quarter, sparked by Knights 10 points. Golden State opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run and went on to a 50-48 lead at the half. Golden State shot 55 per cent from the field in the half, despite connecting on only 4 of 14 3-point attempts. Knight had 13 first-half points for the Bucks and Ilyasova added 12. NOTES: Ilyasova sank his first 3-point attempt of the game. He entered having misfired on 20 consecutive 3s. . Bogut, a No. 1 overall pick of the Bucks in 2005, played his first game in Milwaukee since a March 2012 trade that sent him to Golden State. ... Drew said peace returned to the locker room following a dustup between teammates Larry Sanders and Gary Neal after Saturdays blowout loss at Phoenix. "Were back in love with one another. Its a very emotional game and tempers do flare," Drew said. "The most important thing is that there is no snowball effect. We make it an isolated incident." . Draymond Green returned to the Golden State lineup after injuring his ankle early in Sundays win over Washington. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China
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