By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports
We’ve hit the mid-point of the NHL season with the league’s week-long All-Star break starting Thursday. As some players break from the regular season to play in the All-Star game on Jan. 31, the Washington Capitals sit atop the Eastern Conference, while the Chicago Blackhawks lead the West.
Check out the latest NHL news and rumors below.
• Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman has been suspended indefinitely for hitting linesman Don Henderson, the league announced Thursday. Wideman will have a hearing with the NHL after the All-Star break.
• Henderson had to spend the night in the hospital following Wideman's hit, reports Sportsnet’s Eric Francis.
• Enforcer John Scott wrote on The Players Tribune that the NHL tried to talk him out of playing in the All-Star game. Scott was elected by fans while he was a member of the Arizona Coyotes earlier this season, but was later traded to Montreal and immediately sent to the AHL.
• Fans seem to be supporting Scott through this ordeal as the NHL Shop has already sold out of All-Star shirts bearing his name, reports Yahoo! Sports.