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Chicago/Florida Trade

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Illegal Check To The Head Hearing For Jacob MacDonald Today


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NHL Network Coverage For Trade Deadline Day

April 8, 2021 – NHL Network™ today announced it will air nine consecutive hours of live NHL Trade Deadline™ coverage on Monday, April 12NHL Tonight™ will begin the coverage at 10 a.m. ET, followed by a simulcast of Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at 12 p.m. ET, and concluding with a five-hour NHL Tonight™ at 2 p.m. ET. Live reports, updates and analysis from hosts Jamison Coyle and Tony Luftman, insider Elliotte Friedman, and analysts Bruce BoudreauStu GrimsonE.J. HradekBrian Lawton and Kevin Weekes will be featured throughout the day. Trade Deadline content will be highlighted across NHL Network’s social media platforms on Monday, including clips from NHL Tonight.

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The Frozen Four Starts Today

from Chris Peters of Hockey Sense,

Against all odds, the season is going to come to a relatively natural conclusion in the most unnatural of seasons (we expect). The semifinals for the 2021 Men’s Frozen Four are set for Thursday in Pittsburgh, with Minnesota State taking on St. Cloud State in the early game at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and UMass meeting two-time defending national champion Minnesota Duluth in the night cap with a 9 p.m. ET puck drop, also on ESPN2. The championship will be decided Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Thanks to the support of my paying subscribers, I’ll be in the building for the Men’s Frozen Four as I take my first out-of-town trip since starting this new venture. I plan to provide on-site coverage with analysis of each semifinal and the championship game. After that, it’s complete focus on the 2021 NHL Draft and tracking already-drafted prospects currently playing in junior, Europe and the AHL. My spring draft rankings are coming out this week, too. So, for those that have not yet signed up, if you’d like to support independent sports media and receive my instant, on-site Frozen Four coverage, draft rankings and more in your email inbox (or at least have access to read on the site), consider a subscription today. Thanks again to all of those who have already signed up, allowing me a chance to get to another Men’s Frozen Four.


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Zdeno Chara Could Have Helped The Bruins This Season

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins need help in a few places, true of most of their playoff-bound brethren, and left-side defense is among their glaring soft spots.

Which is to say, gee, a guy like Zdeno Chara would be a good fit over there right about now, ya know?

Big Z’s not coming back, folks, so erase that from your Monday trade deadline wish list. Right now, as far as the first-place Capitals are concerned, he’s the most valuable Washington monument in town.

The Trencin Tower of Power will be on the job against the Bruins Thursday night, 99 days since abruptly bidding Boston adieu as a free agent, and paired most of the night with Nick Jensen as the Capitals’ top penalty-killing tandem....

Remember, it came down to role, profile, and above all, need, general manager Don Sweeney, et al, convinced that newbies Jeremy Lauzon and Jakub Zboril needed Chara’s ice time to find footing in their NHL careers. All of that, they felt, was a more pressing need than finding Chara bona fide minutes and keeping him happy in a meaningful insurance/coaching role in what portended to be — and has since proven — a demanding, compressed 56-game season.

To their credit, Lauzon and Zboril have been OK, about on par with where Chara stood upon landing on the Islanders’ blue line as a 20-year-old, back when size alone was a work permit in the NHL.

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Playoff Bubble Hockey Or Not

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Is the bubble coming back for the playoffs?

Players and team owners may not want it to. But after seeing what’s happened to the Vancouver Canucks in the past week, I don’t see how the league avoids it.

There’s far too much at stake.

We’re three months into the season and, while vaccination rates continue to rise, we’re still seeing players regularly added to the COVID-protocol list. We’re still seeing games postponed. We’re still seeing major disruptions.

For the most part, the NHL has rolled with the punches. But rescheduling games in the regular season is one thing. Trying to do so in the playoffs is another.

If the COVID-19 outbreak in Vancouver has showed us anything, it’s that the NHL is one outbreak away from jeopardizing the season. One player testing positive can easily multiply into 18 players in a matter of days. It’s difficult enough when that happens in the middle of a season. But try to imagine that happening in the middle of a playoff series.

What happens if Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl had to miss multiple games? What happens if it’s a starting goalie like Connor Hellebuyck? What happens if an entire team has to be shut down?

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Jack Campbell Is 10-0 This Season

from Kristen Shilton of TSN,

Jack Campbell has entered the Maple Leafs’ record books.

The goaltender extended his winning streak to 10 games in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Montreal, passing Felix Potvin (1993), Jacques Plante (1970-71) and John Ross Roach (1925) to set a new franchise mark.

Campbell’s 32-save showing against the Canadiens was the kind of clutch performance Toronto has come to expect from him this season, and was especially needed on a night that began with some uncertainty surrounding forward William Nylander.

The Leafs announced prior to puck drop that Nylander was being held out for precautionary reasons because of exposure to a potentially positive COVID-19 case in a close contact outside the team. Nylander was said to be isolating and would be reevaluated on Thursday pending further test results....

“He passes off a lot of attention to his teammates and credit to his teammates, but I think it's important to give Jack his moment here,” said coach Sheldon Keefe. “He’s been through a lot, and worked extremely hard to put himself in a position to play like this and get these results. He deserves everything that has come his way. Our team is thrilled for him and clearly played hard for him in that third period.”...

Campbell was mauled when the final buzzer sounded to signal his feat was accomplished. He shared a jubilant exchange with Mitch Marner in particular, where Marner emphatically counted to 10 on his fingers to rhyme off each of Campbell’s victories. It was a moment the netminder said he’ll never forget, but true to form he shrugged off any individual accolades. 

“We must be playing well,” Campbell said of winning 10 straight starts.

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Late Evening Line- Stan Fischler



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A Statement Game For The Minnesota Wild

from Michael Russo of The Athletic,

If you get Wild score notifications sent to your cellphone, your battery probably went belly-up Wednesday night just like the Colorado Avalanche’s 15-game point streak.

Three weeks after having their spirit, psyche and overall game ripped to shreds during consecutive one-sided losses in Denver, two nights after responding poorly in the first of a two-game set against their biggest nemesis, the Wild responded the right way and pulled off a statement win by blowing out the Avs 8-3 at Xcel Energy Center.

One regulation loss in a 16-game span probably won’t spook or damage the Avalanche, but the victory could be a real confidence booster for the Wild. Finishing the eight-game season series with an emphatic third win at least reminded the 20 players inside their locker room that they can beat that team just in case they run into them when it matters in the postseason.

The path to the Stanley Cup very possibly could go through Colorado, and the Wild are well aware of that.

“The whole game, we really wanted to win,” said Kevin Fiala, who notched his first career hat trick and had a career-high four points. “We did everything to win, and I feel we deserved it. It was a huge game for us. We really came at this game, and we wanted to just win the game and maybe give a little statement and show them that, ‘We can play against you guys’ if we’re gonna meet them in the playoffs.”

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Highlights of the Wil 8-3 win can be viewed below.

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NHL Short Notes


Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl became the first set of teammates to each collect 20 points against one opponent in a single season in 35 years.

* Toronto’s Jack Campbell became the first goaltender in Maple Leafs history, and second in the NHL this season, to string together 10 consecutive wins.

* The Wild matched a franchise record for goals in a game en route to halting the Avalanche’s 15-game point streak.

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