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It’s That Time Of Year, The Race To The Playoffs

East first, West is below.

 

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NHL Short Notes

THREE HARD LAPS

* The Golden Knights blanked the Oilers with first place in the Pacific Division standings on the line to strengthen their grip on top spot.

* It was another noteworthy night for countrymen Pavel Francouz (Plzen, Czech Republic) and Martin Kaut (Brno, Czech Republic), with the Avalanche improving to 4-0-0 since the latter made his NHL debut on Feb. 19.

* The Kings defeated the Penguins and improved to 3-1-1 in their last five games at STAPLES Center.

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Video- Welcome To The 700 Club Alex Ovechkin

Other players in the 700 goal club welcome Ovechkin.

 

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Jay Bouwmeester Won’t Play This Season With Long Term Decision Coming Later

from NHL.com,

Jay Bouwmeester is out the rest of the season for the St. Louis Blues.

The 36-year-old defenseman had a cardiac episode during a game against the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 11. He collapsed before he was revived with a defibrillator with 7:50 remaining in the first period. The game was postponed and rescheduled for March 11 at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET). It will follow the same 60-minute format of all regular-season games (including overtime/shootout as necessary) and begin with the score tied 1-1, as it was when the game was postponed.

"Jay and I have spoken over the last week or so and we both understand that he won't participate this year in the regular season or playoffs for us," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Wednesday. "We talked about longer term things that may or may not happen and both feel that it's February. You don't have to make long term decisions at this point. He's going to take time and again back in with his family and get around the team and he'll address those things as the summer progresses."

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Hockey Thoughts After The Trade Deadline

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- You can make trades after the deadline. A player can move and play for his new team — although he won’t be eligible for the post-season. Carolina needs goaltending, Toronto needs defence, Arizona needs scoring. Those organizations think unconventionally. I wonder.

- They lost in overtime Tuesday night in Anaheim, but Oilers fans were having a collective Twitter orgasm over the two-goal, six-point even-strength night for Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Ennis and Connor McDavid. Steve Yzerman tried for a first-rounder for Athanasiou, but Ken Holland held firm.

- I do believe the Islanders also had interest in Mikko Koivu, who preferred to stay put.

- One other Detroit player who had legit interest: Luke Glendening.

“(Yzerman) wasn’t making it easy,” one exec said.

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An Injured Jake Muzzin Is A Big Loss For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

To understand how quickly Jake Muzzin became part of the Toronto Maple Leafs fabric, it’s instructive to reflect on his uneasy beginning with the team.

"There’s no question about it: It’s not perfect, it’s what we got," former coach Mike Babcock said, infamously, on Muzzin’s first day with the Leafs a little more than a year ago. He was referencing the imbalance of left- and right-handed shots among the defence corps, but he just as easily could have been talking about how the defenceman felt amid the shock of his first NHL trade.

Those early days in Toronto were tough.

"I was living in a hotel with three dogs and a pregnant wife," Muzzin said recently. "Yeah, there was a lot of s––t going on."

Fast forward to the dark feeling hovering over the team after Wednesday’s announcement that the 31-year-old will be out approximately four weeks with a broken right hand.

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Peter Laviolette Named Head Coach For U.S. Men’s National Team

OLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Peter Laviolette (Franklin, Mass.), one of the most accomplished coaches in American hockey history and a two-time Olympian as a player, has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will participate in the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship it was announced today by USA Hockey. The event will take place in Zurich and Lausanne, Switzerland, from May 8-24.

“It’s great to have Peter as our head coach,” said Chris Drury, general manager of the 2020 U.S. Men’s National Team Team. “He brings significant international experience, both as a player and a coach, and his passion and desire to win align with our goal of bringing home the gold medal.”

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Bill Daly On The Emergency Goalie

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

The emergency backup goalie procedure for NHL games is expected to be discussed at the general managers meetings that begin next week, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Tuesday.

The emergency backup (EBUG) is in the spotlight again after David Ayres played for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 6-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. The 42-year-old, who drives the ice resurfacing machine at Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto and regularly practices with the Maple Leafs, was need to play at Scotiabank Arena after Hurricanes goalies James Reimer and Petr Mrazek were injured.

"I think it's a fair question," Deputy Commissioner Daly said during the first intermission between the Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets at Capital One Arena. "It's something we've given some consideration to over the years. As recently as last year, we discussed [it] with the general managers. It happens very, very rarely, but when it happens, it obviously raises everybody's attention to the issue and whether there are fixes that need to be made to that particular issue."

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Video- Hits Galore

Recent big, tough and hard hits in the NHL.

 

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Video- John Hayden Fined For A Cross Check

NEW YORK (Feb. 26, 2020) – New Jersey Devils forward John Hayden has been fined $2,016.13, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi during NHL Game No. 975 in Detroit on Tuesday, Feb. 25, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:14 of the third period. Hayden was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking.

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