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Frans Nielsen In Tonight, Gustav Nyquist Out

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added 4:17pm, Below, watch Jeff Blashill before the puck drops tonight.

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Filip Zadina Heating Up

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from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

Filip Zadina appears to be hitting his stride.

The Detroit Red Wings prospect scored eight seconds into overtime Saturday to give the Grand Rapids Griffins an improbable 3-2 comeback win in overtime against the San Antonio Spurs at Van Andel Arena.

The goal was his fourth in four games, the longest streak by a member of the Griffins this season. It was his second game-winner.


FYI, the Wings did not have a skate today, puck drops just after 6:00pm ET tonight.

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Sour ‘Grapes’

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from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

The Carolina Hurricanes have attracted a lot of attention with their postgame palooza after wins at PNC Arena. On Friday, after a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, Warren Foegele connected on a “walkout homer” off Dougie Hamilton that touched off a wild celebration at “home plate” with his teammates after he touched all the “bases.”

That also touched off a diatribe from Don Cherry, the bombastic one on Hockey Night in Canada and the Craig Sager wanna-be with his fluorescent haberdashery. Cherry, never at a loss for words, called the Canes “jerks” and criticized coach Rod Brind’Amour, who he called a “straight shooter” and captain Justin Williams for letting it go on.

About the only thing Cherry got right was when he said, “This is the National Hockey League.” The rest was nonsense. To each their own. On with the show.

continue for more on the Hurricanes...

If you missed Coach's Corner last night, watch it here.

added 10:56am,


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Video- Bloopers Ahead

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From the past week in the NHL.


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Vladimir Tarasenko Leading The Charge For The St. Louis Blues

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from Lou Korac at NHL.com,

A change in Vladimir Tarasenko's mindset has translated into a change of fortune for the St. Louis Blues.

Known for his offensive abilities since joining the NHL for the 2012-13 season, Tarasenko has played more of a 200-foot game during the past three months.

It's helped the Blues to an nine-game winning streak, their longest since winning nine straight in 2002-03. They can set the record when they visit the Minnesota Wild on Sunday in a nationally televised game as part of NBC's Hockey Day in America coverage (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN).

The Blues were last in the NHL on Jan. 2 with 34 points in 37 games. They are 30-22-5 and in third place in the Central Division with 65 points, five ahead of the Wild, who hold the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference and have played one more game.

"The atmosphere is unreal," Tarasenko said. "I'm proud to be here right now. We enjoy our time together. I say this all the time, but it's true right now."

It has been a stunning turnaround in St. Louis, one epitomized by Tarasenko's success.

"He's got confidence in that stick, whatever stick he's got, he's made the most of it," said Blues goalie Jake Allen, a teammate of Tarasenko's since 2012. "He's scoring at key times, which is even more impressive. He's really doing his job and he's got confidence in his stick. When he does that, he's tough to stop."


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The Inconsistent Pittsburgh Penguins

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from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

We’re 58 games into their season and they have nearly lost as many as they have won. I have no idea what to think about them or expect from them. I think they are good enough to win the Stanley Cup, but I’m not sure they’re good enough to make the playoffs. At this point, I won’t be surprised if either happens.

It was more of the same Saturday afternoon Uptown at PPG Paints Arena.

After beating the Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers fairly easily earlier in the week for a modest two-game winning streak that led us to believe more wins would be ahead, the Penguins stepped up in class and were outclassed for much of the day by the loaded Calgary Flames in a 5-4 loss.

A 5-2 deficit after two periods produced a too-little, too-late finish.

So much for that winning streak.

The Penguins’ inconsistency is maddening.

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NBC Sports Studio Coverage Of Hockey Day In America Originates From Campus Martius Park

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Hockey Day in America Examines Hockey’s Impact and Influence Across U.S. Through Feature Stories and Profiles

Studio Coverage On-Site From Hockeytown at The Rink at Campus Martius Park in Downtown Detroit

HDIA Begins with Rangers-Penguins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, Followed by Blues-Wild at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC

NBCSN’s Coverage Begins at 6 p.m. ET with Flyers-Red Wings

STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC Sports celebrates Hockey Day in America this Sunday with an NHL tripleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features which explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.

Game one of the tripleheader features Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, followed by a Central Division battle between Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues vs. Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Hockey Day in America coverage shifts to NBCSN at 6 p.m. ET, when Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings host Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers.

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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps

PHILADELPHIA 6, Detroit 5 (OT)
Calgary 5, PITTSBURGH 4
St. Louis 3, COLORADO 0
TAMPA BAY 3, Montreal 0
NY ISLANDERS 5, Edmonton 2
Ottawa 4, WINNIPEG 3 (OT)
ARIZONA 2, Toronto 0
CAROLINA 3, Dallas 0
Columbus 5, CHICAGO 2
VEGAS 5, Nashville 1
SAN JOSE 3, Vancouver 2
Boston 4, LOS ANGELES 2


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Video- Another Carolina Hurricanes Home Win

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They are now in a wild card spot and they celebrate with the limbo.


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Video- Grand Rapids Griffins Win In OT

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Frk scores late to tie it, Zadina wins it in OT.

Watch the highlights below.

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