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Dallas Stars Activate Valeri Nichushkin

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FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has activated forward Valeri Nichushkin from injured reserve and loaned him to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL), on a conditioning assignment. 

Nichushkin, 20, has missed the last 59 games after having hip surgery. Additionally, he missed seven games from Oct. 14 - 28 with a hip injury.  He has skated in four games this season for Dallas, posting zero points and two shots.  He also appeared in two games for Texas on a conditioning assignment from Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 and registered an assist. 

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Notes From The Games Last Night

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Florida's finisher, the Jets have a hot goaltender, Landeskog, lineup news and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Brandon Pirri - The Panthers centre scored a pair of goals in a 4-1 win at Toronto. Pirri has 11 goals in the past 13 games and has 20 goals and two assists for the season.

Ondrej Pavelec - The Jets goaltender stopped 39 of 41 shots in a 5-2 win vs. Montreal. It's quite a turnaround. From 2011-2012 through 2013-2014, there were 29 goaltenders that played at least 100 games, and Pavelec's .904 save percentage ranked 29th.

However, since the beginning of March, Pavelec's .963 save percentage is best in the league (minimum 240 minutes).

Gabriel Landeskog - Colorado's captain is finishing strong, even the Avalanche push for the playoffs is an uphill battle. He tallied a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win at Vancouver, and has 23 points (12 G, 11 A) in the past 20 games.

ZEROES

John Tavares - Along with linemate Kyle Okposo, the Islanders' first liners had trouble against Los Angeles' first unit, on the ice for all three Kings goals against and managing possession in the low-to-mid-30s when facing their most common matchup against Anze Kopitar (35.7%) and Justin Williams (32.1%).

read on at TSN...

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The LA Kings Are Winning On Their Eastern Swing

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from Craig Custance of ESPN,

We always refer to the trip Eastern Conference teams make through Los Angeles, San Jose and Anaheim as the "California gauntlet", but the swing through the New York metro area isn't exactly a cake walk for Western teams. Cory Schneider has been an absolute wall for the Devils, while the New York Islanders and New York Rangers are high-end playoff teams.

That's what makes the Los Angeles Kings' march through that portion of their schedule so impressive. They beat the Devils, Rangers and Islanders by a combined score of 10-5 over the last week. The winning goal over the Islanders on Thursday night was vintage Kings: the trio of Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams put in a dominant shift in the offensive zone that led to Kopitar scoring the game-winner.

If they keep this up, the reigning champs may not only make the playoffs, but could end up earning home ice in the first round.

read on for Strang on the Senators, LeBrun on the Panthers and more...

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The Sabres Lose, Or Did They Win?

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

There was an overtime winner scored Thursday night in First Niagara Center that sent tons of folks home happy. It was accompanied by loud cheers with fans leaping out of their seats, many with arms in the air.

One thing was missing: The goal horn. That’s because the goal wasn’t scored by the Sabres.

It came from Arizona’s Sam Gagner and gave the Coyotes a 4-3 win over Buffalo in a game played through what has to rate as one of the most awkward atmospheres in franchise history.

In the bizarro world of Tankapalooza 2015, Thursday’s defeat rates as a major victory in the turtle race for 30th overall in the NHL. The Coyotes moved six points ahead of Buffalo in 29th place. Buffalo has a game in hand but only eight games left, including Monday’s rematch in Glendale, Ariz.

It looks like a huge deficit for Buffalo to overcome. The fact is, however, the masses’ obsession with Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel means they want no part of it getting wiped out.

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The Slumping New York Islanders

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from Stephen Lorenzo of the NY Daily News,

With just three wins in the Islanders’ last 12 games and no home wins in March, one must seriously wonder if it’s time for the Isles to press the panic button.

The Isles dropped another game at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, this one, 3-2, to the Kings. A poor clearing effort by the entire team − particularly Kyle Okposo − led to a late third period Anze Kopitar goal to seal it for Los Angeles. The Isles have now dropped six straight at home.

“We can’t sit back at this point in the season and be happy (about) where we are. We haven’t done anything,” Travis Hamonic said. “There are teams right behind us. I don’t know who won tonight, but there’s teams right behind us and we’ve got to realize what’s at stake.”...

“Clearly we have to be a lot better, starting with myself,” said John Tavares, who played one of his worst games of the season. “I know that I have not played close to my best the last couple of games, certainly tonight.”

read on

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The Numbers On Alex Ovechkin

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from lJay Palansky of the Toronto Star,

To be fair, Ovechkin has had a good season and there really aren’t any forwards that have stepped up and separated themselves from the pack. Still, giving Ovechkin the MVP would be a travesty.

Mainstream analysts see that Ovechkin’s 47 goals leads the league by 7, he has a +/- of +11 — which looks positively stellar compared to the disastrous -35 he put up last year — and that the Capitals are going to make the playoffs. That’s all they need to know.

To them I say it’s time to look beyond goals. Ovechkin’s offensive numbers actually aren’t particularly impressive. In 5-on-5 play, he’s 90th in the league in points per 60 minutes. Plus, Ovechkin has only 26 assists, a microscopic 14 of which are 5-on-5. Since 1970, the fewest assists by a forward to win MVP in a full season was 45 — and that was by Brett Hull in 1990-91, when he potted 86 goals. Even adjusting for the overall decrease in scoring in the league since 1991, Ovechkin’s season isn’t in the same universe,

The love from some in the analytics community is more unexpected. Their argument focuses primarily on Ovechkin’s solid shot attempt differential of 54.5 per cent. They then apply some magic analytics pixie dust by disregarding Ovechkin’s actual goal differential to calculate what the Capitals’ “expected” goals for and against when Ovechkin is on the ice would be if Ovechkin’s linemates and goalies had a “league-average shooting and goaltending,” rather than the considerably below-average shooting and save percentages they actually have.

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The Winnipeg Jets Are Closing In On Post-Season Play

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from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

They have not wilted. No fade and no quit. And if they can manage to get into the post-season, the Winnipeg Jets just might prove to be a tough out.

With each passing day, the Jets appear to be getting stronger. They've won six of seven, they're getting brilliant goaltending and, little by little, they're getting healthy.

After 75 games, it appears they will need three more wins to achieve their first goal. After that, well, they say anything can happen.

There's reason to believe with the way the Jets are constructed, this won't be a team that reaches the playoffs only to be swept away in short order.

Big, fast and willing to bang, the Jets will be inexperienced but built with some of the characteristics needed to win in the post-season.

Their offence comes from hard work and not flash. The blue-line has size and mobility. And right now, at this most crucial of junctures, they are getting outstanding goaltending.

Last night's 5-2 bouncing of the visiting Montreal Canadiens gave the Jets 90 points on the season. They're knocking at the door. Soon they'll be pounding at the door. And maybe, just maybe, in the immortal but slightly sanitized words of Bum Phillips, they'll kick the son of a gun in.

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Mike Babcock Talk

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via Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

- "We had 'D' that didn't box out and wasn't ready to go from the start."

"We'll come in here tomorrow, and we'll get it fixed.

"The outcome is: We can't keep it out of our net. So, until we get that fixed, nothing else. We're going to get that fixed tomorrow.

"You guys have a good night."

- "I agree with you," Babcock said when it was asserted Howard looked uneasy. "It's one of those things.

"Obviously, it didn't go the way he wanted.

"He's a proud guy. We gave him the opportunity to bounce back. He didn't do that."

- I didn't like the second goal that went in on him," Babcock said of a goal by Logan Couture that went under Mrazek's blocker arm, next to his ribs, and in.

"They can't chicken wing it. Couture's shot is a great shot. That can't happen to you."

- "We're going to get regrouped tomorrow, and I guarantee we'll be back and ready to go."

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The Latest On The Las Vegas Ticket Drive

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

"There will be a formal announcement soon," is how prospective NHL owner Bill Foley responded when asked if his group is moving closer to expansion to Las Vegas.

Foley won't divulge specifics, but says he hopes to be in position to make the announcement in a month.

"We're really pleased with how it's going," Foley told TSN.   "Now we want to expand our base to ensure the support we have is as widespread as possible."

Sources familiar with this process suggest the corporate sector, including the many casinos in Las Vegas represent the next phase of the ticket drive and overall market study.

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Video- Claude Julien Wanted Goalie Interference On Corey Perry’s Game-Tying Goal

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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

The Bruins had their closers on the ice with Chris Kelly, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg playing in the final minute, but Corey Perry managed to tip a Ryan Getzlaf shot past Tuukka Rask for the game-tying score with 38.5 seconds remaining.

That led to the Getzlaf overtime game-winner in the 3-2 loss for the Black and Gold at TD Garden and a closer look at Perry’s third-period score for the game-tying goal. Both Perry and Matt Beleskey made “incidental contact” with Rask in the crease just before the game-tying redirection, and either player could have been called out on it.

Julien wanted a call at that crucial point in the game, but that isn't meant to be for this year's team.

“[It’s] really disappointing that the goal was allowed. There was, no doubt, goalie interference there and that’s why they talk about reviewing those kinds of goals and coaches’ challenges,” said Julien. “You can’t allow those kinds of goals. This was a big point we lost tonight on a missed call. Those are the things that are hard to swallow right now.”

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