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THREE HARD LAPS

* For the seventh time in NHL history, 13 games were in action simultaneously Tuesday as twenty-six teams were playing at once for 24 minutes, from 9:07 p.m. ET to 9:31 p.m. ET.

Patric Hornqvist continued to make an impact for the Panthers, while former teammate and fellow two-time champion Justin Schultz also tallied a timely goal for his new club.

* Mikko Rantanen and Nikolaj Ehlers extended their lengthy goal streaks as the Avalanche and Jets earned wins in high-scoring games.

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COVID Precaution For The Coaching Staff Of The Vegas Golden Knights

added 6:57pm, VGK statement is below.

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A Lot Of Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Some things to keep an eye on: Anaheim is looking for scoring.

- Senators coach DJ Smith unloaded following that 7–1 defeat.

“We got some guys that are taking for granted positions in the NHL,” he said. “And we’ve got to give some other guys opportunity to see if they want to play a little harder than some of the guys that are playing now.”

I didn’t mind Smith leaving in Matt Murray; this is a long-term investment, and he needs to work on things. That probably gets Colin White back in the lineup, as he’s only played twice. Teams have called the Senators to see what their intentions are, but again, they’re not anxious to give up talented young players.

- Almost 27 years ago, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended Mike Keenan for 60 days and fined him $100,000 for signing a contract with St. Louis while coaching the Rangers in the playoffs. The Blues were fined $250,000, and Detroit (which also tried to get him) was fined $25,000. Even adjusted for inflation, John Chayka’s suspension, which amounts to 17 months through Dec. 31, looks very steep by comparison.

A couple of executives said they weren’t surprised Bettman would send a powerful message enforcing contracts because owners wouldn’t want their GMs following any precedent. But it’s hard to make true judgement without seeing the full ruling.

New Jersey asked for and received permission to speak to Chayka — a private plane was sent for the interview — so I’m really curious to read it. In a lot of ways, the next move is the Devils’.

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A Lot Of Hockey Will Be Played Tonight

At least 780 minutes of hockey will be played tonight in a span of roughly 4 1/2 hours.

13 games tonight, including all 8 teams in the East and West plus 6 in the Central.  Schedule is below.

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Alex Pietrangelo Meets His Old Team Tonight

from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Pietrangelo is wearing a new symbol on his chest this year. He’ll get to stare across the ice at his old one for the first time when the Knights host the Blues at 6 p.m. Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena. Thanks to the NHL’s new division-only schedule, it’ll be the first of eight meetings this season between the teams.

“I knew this day would come eventually,” Pietrangelo said. “I’ve been joking that I guess if you’re going to do it, just do it eight times in one year and get past it.”

Pietrangelo will forever be a Blues legend for what he accomplished in St. Louis. The former fourth overall pick in 2008 ranks highly on several of the team’s leaderboards, including fifth in games played (758), third in assists (341) and ninth in points (450)....

He’s felt more comfortable the last few games. Coach Pete DeBoer said Pietrangelo has adapted better than most players. His best game may have been Sunday in a 1-0 victory against the Arizona Coyotes. The defenseman was aggressive in the offensive zone, firing a team-high four shots on goal, and moved the puck well in the defensive zone.

The Knights had a 10-4 edge in scoring chances when he was on the ice at five-on-five.

“World-class player,” DeBoer said. “(He’s been) open minded and coachable to everything we’re talking about, which is the most impressive thing when you have a guy with his pedigree.”

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Report- If An NHL Team Needs Some Cash, The NHL May Have It For Them

from Mark J. Burns and Chris Smith of SportsBusiness Journal at Boston Business Journal,

The NHL has raised around $1 billion in new debt on the private placement market, and the league is using the capital to create a central facility from which each of its clubs can draw up to $30 million to address cash-flow issues, payroll costs and other operational expenses amid the coronavirus pandemic, sources have told Sports Business Journal, a sister publication of the Boston Business Journal.

The NHL and its teams stand to lose billions of dollars during the shortened, 56-game 2020-21 season, league Commissioner Gary Bettman told the media on Jan. 11. Still, the new debt financing that provides a potential injection of cash should ensure that all clubs are in a position to handle the financial difficulties.

The borrowing is secured against future league revenue, some sources said, including an expected increase to the amount of money owners will receive from player escrow due to the reduction in this year’s hockey-related revenue. The lenders could not be determined, but private placements are typically funded by large insurance companies and other institutional investors.

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Claude Giroux Knows The Philadelphia Flyers Must Pick Up Their Game

from Ed Barkowitz of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Claude Giroux understands the criticism. He’s about to become the Flyers’ all-time leader in games played by a team captain. He says it’s a great honor to pass Bobby Clarke, but knows it’s a hollow accomplishment since the Flyers haven’t done much in the postseason during his tenure.

“It’s very special. Clarkie is probably the best player ever to play in this organization,” Giroux said. “He’s been great for me. Early in my career, he helped me a lot. It feels great.”...

Giroux on Tuesday will play in his 611th game as Flyers captain. No forward in the NHL has played more regular-season minutes since 2012-13. Talking nine years here, so that’s impressive. He’s on a run of 321 consecutive games played, but just turned 33 and knows that the Flyers’ sluggish start (3-2-1) could mean another disappointment.

“We know we can play better. When you lose 6-1, you obviously know you’re not doing something right,” Giroux said, referring to the score of the Flyers’ two regulation losses. “We know we have a good team. We know we can win some hockey games.”

It’s getting late early, as Yogi Berra used to say. As it stands today, the Flyers would not be in the playoffs.

“We’ve had a couple games this year that we weren’t at out best. We weren’t playing the way we want to,” Giroux said. “We only have 56 games this year. We need to figure it out pretty quick here.”

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Nikolaj Ehlers Off To A Great Start For The Winnipeg Jets

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Throughout his first five seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, winger Nikolaj Ehlers always showed blazing speed, a strong understanding of the game and flashes of brilliance, but you always had the sense that there was something even more dynamic to come.

So far this season, Ehlers has taken all of his hockey attributes to a new level.

The 24-year-old from Denmark is playing his best hockey through six Jets games so far and it’s not just about his impressive offensive numbers — four goals and three assists.

Ehlers is showing tremendous confidence in handling the puck, in backing down defenders as he makes zone entries at high speed, in trying creative things to make passes, in diving to get his stick on pucks at both ends, in finding a scoring touch.

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NHL Short Notes

THREE HARD LAPS

* Tuesday is set to be the busiest night of the season to date with 26 teams in action and 13 puck drops between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET.

* #NHLStats says Happy 60th Birthday to Wayne Gretzky with a look at his legendary career.

Brandon Sutter joined his father and four of his uncles with his first career NHL hat trick Monday – the first of three head-to-head games between Vancouver and Ottawa over a four-day span.

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