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CHARLOTTE, N. Saquon Barkley Jersey .C. -- Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has been ruled out for Sundays game against the Atlanta Falcons. Panthers coach Ron Rivera made the announcement following Fridays practice, adding that running back Jonathan Stewart (knee) and defensive tackle Colin Cole (calf) will not play either. Smith sprained his left knee during Carolinas 17-13 win over New Orleans last Sunday. The win assured the Panthers a playoff spot, but this weeks game looms even larger. Carolina (11-4) can wrap up the NFC South division title and a first-round bye by beating the Falcons. "Steve has actually improved a lot," Rivera said. "In Steves way he basically said if I had to I would play this weekend. He probably couldnt, but he would try." Rivera, however, said the team doesnt want to risk losing Smith for the playoffs. "Not a chance," Rivera said. "Its about going forward. This game is very important and we know it. But there are other things ahead, too." Rivera said if the Panthers dont win the NFC South and secure a first-round bye, he expects Smith would be ready to play next Sunday in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Smith leads the team with 67 receptions for 774 yards and five touchdowns. Ted Ginn Jr. is expected to start at wide receiver for Smith, but Domenik Hixon will see increased action. Falcons coach Mike Smith acknowledged earlier in the week his team will probably alter how it defends the Panthers if Smith doesnt play. "Steve Smith is one of the most competitive, not just wide receivers, football players that Ive been fortunate enough or, weve been fortunate enough, to compete against," Smith said. "He brings a lot of energy. He brings a lot of passion to the way he plays the game. You do defend a little bit differently when Steve Smith is in the game based on where hes aligned and what the down and distance is, because to me hes one of the marquis wide receivers still in the NFL." Rivera said hes interested to see what Brandon LaFell will do as Carolinas primary wide receiver. LaFell is third on the team in receptions with 49 for 627 yards and five touchdowns. "Brandon has done nothing but take strides and get better as a football player," Rivera said. "And it will also be good to see as far as Ted Ginn is concerned and Domenik Hixon. These three guys have done some really good things for us. It will help us gauge where were at." The Panthers are also expected to lean heavily on tight end Greg Olsen, who has 64 receptions for 747 yards and four touchdowns. NOTES: Safety Robert Lester was added to the injury report Friday as questionable after getting his ankle stepped on at practice. Will Hernandez Giants Jersey . Notes on Bergeron, Marchand, Gorges, Vanek, Gaborik, Doughty, Hiller and more. BRUINS STORM BACK TO TAKE GAME TWO The Boston Bruins rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring four unanswered goals, to win Game Two, 5-3 over the Montreal Canadiens. Will Hernandez Jersey .Y. -- In a span of three days, Shabazz Napier and Connecticut knocked out both Philadelphia schools in the NCAA tournament. http://www.nygiantsfanatic.com/ . Miralem Pjanic dribbled through the defence to score an extraordinary goal in the 43rd minute at the Stadio Olimpico and Gervinho added another from a rebound in the 65th for Romas ninth straight victory — ending Milans five-match winning streak.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Vancouver Canucks will aim for revenge against the Colorado Avalanche when the clubs meet in Tuesdays battle at the Pepsi Center. Listen to all the action on TSN 1040 at 4pm pt. The Canucks did not fare well when they faced the Avalanche in Denver earlier this season, dropping a 7-3 decision for their most lopsided loss of 2014-15. Jarome Iginla recorded two goals and an assist for Colorado in the meeting on Oct. 24 and the Avs outshot Vancouver by a 48-29 margin. It was the third straight overall victory in this series for the Avalanche and their third consecutive home win over the Canucks. Colorado, however, has won only once since slamming Vancouver last month, posting a 1-1-3 mark in its last five outings. The Canucks, meanwhile, followed the loss with four straight victories before having that streak halted in Sundays home test against Nashville. The Predators recorded a 3-1 win in Vancouver on Sunday behind a two-goal performance from Filip Forsberg. Pekka Rinne also made 26 saves in the triumph. The game was tied 1-1 before the Predators scored twice in the third. Alex Edler had the lone goal for Vancouver, while Eddie Lack stopped 30 shots in defeat. We had some chances, just didnt shoot the puck, Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa left Sundays game and did not return after getting struck in the right eye with a puck during the first period. However, Bieksa is considered day-to-day and could play tonight. Fourth-line forward Tom Sestito also was injured on Sunday and could be out for a week, while Alexanndre Burrows is serving the final part of a three-game suspension tonight. Kyle Lauletta Jersey. Those absences will allow 19-year-old rookie Bo Horvat, the ninth overall pick of the 2013 draft, to make his NHL debut on Tuesday. Vancouver hopes to return to the win column when it begins a four-game road trip on Tuesday. The Canucks own identical 4-2-0 records this season at home and on the road. The Avalanche have lost two straight, dropping a pair of 3-2 decisions over the weekend. Colorado lost in a shootout Saturday in St. Louis before opening a three-game homestand with Sundays regulation defeat versus Anaheim. Colorado led Sundays tilt 2-1 after 20 minutes, but Anaheims Hampus Lindholm and Cam Fowler tallied in the second period to give the Ducks the lead for good. Anaheim outshot the Avs by a 33-18 margin in the game. Nathan MacKinnon and Dennis Everberg tallied for the Avalanche, while Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves in defeat. We were just not sustaining any pressure, Colorado center John Mitchell said. Colorado fell to 2-2-2 at the Pepsi Center after Sundays setback, losing for the second time in its past three home games. Canucks (16PTS) at Avalanche (11PTS) - 9PM COL is 1-0-0 vs VAN this season, winning at home COL has won 3 straight at home vs VAN COL (3-5-5): 2-3-5 past 10 games, 25/25 on PK last 6 games MacKinnon (4G, 1A) 3 game PT streak Career game 999 for Stuart tonight Iginla (2G, 1A) vs VAN this season VAN (8-4-0): 4-2-0 on road, 2/18 on PP 3 or more GF in 5 of 6 road games 3GA or less in 5 straight games D Sedin (1G, 1A) vs COL this season Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Stitched Jerseys ' ' '

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