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#9 Turns 87 Tomorrow

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Last week, he went out with some people close to him, including his son, who is in the Hockey Hall of Fame, for a pastime Howe carried with him from his childhood in Saskatchewan.

He went fishing.

"I was down there last week," said Mark Howe, the director of pro scouting for the Red Wings, whose career as a defenseman put him in the Hall of Fame in Toronto with his father.

"We took him out catfishing a couple of days on a couple of ponds and did some walks and everyday things. Overall, he did pretty well."...

"My brother Murray and I were there last week," Howe said. "I had four days with him. He did pretty well when I was there.

"This week, my brother Marty's down there, and he struggled a little bit more this week. But I guess he's doing a little bit better today."

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The story by Kruppa was probably meant for tomorrow, which is Gordie Howe's 87th birthday.

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The Playoff Battle In The Western Conference

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

We’re coming down to it in the West, with the Los Angeles Kings and three Western Canadian teams vying for a total of three playoff spots between the four clubs. (The Sportsnet election desk has awarded the first wildcard spot to Minnesota).

Heading into tonight’s action, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Los Angeles are grouped within three points of each other. Calgary has the easiest remaining strength of schedule by a few percentage points, but the Flames also have the heaviest road schedule, playing four of their last six games away from the Saddledome.

Vancouver has a two-point cushion and a game in hand on Calgary, while the Jets are going to feel either very nervous or super confident on Wednesday morning, after their home game against the New York Rangers Tuesday night.

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The Boston Bruins Need More ‘Fight’

from Michael Felger of CSNNE,

Fighting is down across the NHL, and the B's have been all too willing to go with the flow. I don't think that's a good thing.

According to the folks at hockeyfights.com, the Bruins rank 14th in the NHL with 26 fights. And for those of us who have watched most of them, calling some of these altercations actual "fights" is being kind. It's safe to say the B's are at a soft 26.

Anyway, that's way down from last year, when the B's had 46 fighting majors. And that's down from the year before, when the B's had 32 fights over 48 games (a pace of 55 over an 82-game schedule). And that was down from the 61 they put up in 2011-12.

I'm not good at numbers, but I'm sensing a trend. It's gotten so bad that Montreal fights more than the Bruins. 

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Injuries Hit The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

The Lightning blueline was delivered another big blow Monday as veteran defenseman Jason Garrison will be out 3-4 weeks with an upper-body injury, coach Jon Cooper said this morning.

Garrison, who suffered the injury early in Saturday's game, had gone back to Tampa to get re-evaluated Sunday. That means Garrison could miss the first round of the playoffs.

But that's not all.

Cooper said All-Star center Tyler Johnson is out tonight - and is day-to-day - with an upper body injury, defenseman Andrej Sustr is out 1-2 weeks with an upper body injury. The most amazing thing is that center Cedric Paquette, who looked to suffer a serious left leg injury Saturday, skated in today's practice and is a game-time decision.

Every team deals with injuries, but this is just awful timing for Tampa Bay, which enters tonight's showdown in Montreal just three points behind the Canadiens for the Atlantic Division lead.

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Conference Trends

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

What to watch for

Detroit's net presence: The Detroit Red Wings’ crease is becoming more and more intriguing with both Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek struggling through some rough outings of late. Coach Mike Babcock handed the keys to Mrazek over the weekend after Howard gave up three goals on 10 shots to San Jose on Thursday, but Mrazek was yanked during a shaky performance Sunday in which he surrendered four goals on 11 shots to the New York Islanders. Who will it be between the pipes for the Wings when the playoffs begin? Stay tuned.

Red rising: With a game in hand on the Islanders and the Penguins hobbled heading into this week’s action, can the Washington Capitals make a push for one of the top three spots in the Metropolitan Division? Doing so could be a major factor in being able to avoid a tougher first-round matchup.

Panthers-Bruins: The Cats and B's will square off twice before the end of the season in games with major playoff implications for both teams. One of those matches is slated for Tuesday, when the Panthers travel to Boston looking to make up some ground on their wild card foe. Florida trails the Bruins by four points for that last wild card spot, but the Panthers finish up the season with a five-game home-stand. Things could get really interesting.

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Stop The Tanking

from Jonathan Wllis of Sportsnet,

At the 2012 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, PhD candidate Adam Gold presented a simple solution. Instead of relying on a lottery that actually serves to diminish the value of games late in the season, Gold proposed that draft order should be determined by total points recorded after a club is eliminated from the post-season.

“In a way, the season ends once teams can no longer win a championship, yet fans are still asked to pay a premium to go and see their favourite teams perform,” Gold said. “In an attempt to inspire fans, to maintain interest, passion and optimism in their favourite teams while still giving the worst teams that need the most help the best picks to get the best players, I respectfully propose that draft order should be determined based on how teams perform after becoming mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.”

A bad team would have a longer time period to rack up points, while teams on the playoff bubble might have just one or two games.

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Video- Kris Versteeg’s Goal

via Hometown Hockey,

On October 25, Kris Versteeg scored a goal.  It wasn’t a game winner or a highlight reel play or a career milestone… just another NHL goal like dozens scored that night throughout the league. But to Rochelle and Sara Knapp of Missoula, Montana, it wasn’t just another goal: it was the fulfilment of a promise Kris made to them only hours earlier in memory of Rochelle’s late mother, who died of cancer.

 

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (March 30, 2015) – Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson and Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O’Reilly have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 29.

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The Ottawa Senators Are Slumping At A Bad Time

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

What a difference a week makes.

Last Monday, the Ottawa Senators beat the San Jose Sharks and climbed past the Boston Bruins and into the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The confidence was at an all-time high. The city was alive with a buzz that is usually only reserved for the playoffs.

But as we sit here today, the Senators – and their fan base – appear to be an emotionally fragile group. Three consecutive losses will tend to do that.

So what happened to the uber-confident Senators who went on one of the greatest runs in franchise history? There are a few theories floating around as to why Ottawa's playoff bubble has burst. The answer probably lies with a combination of all five of these answers, but here's a look at the top reasons why the Senators have probably lost three games in a row – and their mojo at the same time:

1. Fatigue

The Senators look like a shell of the team that stormed back with four third-period goals against San Jose last Monday for a convincing 5-2 victory. In the three games since, Ottawa has looked tired, flat and tentative – and that's being as polite as possible.

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NHL Short Notes

BLACKHAWKS, FLAMES CLIMB IN DIVISION RACES
Both the Blackhawks and Flames won on Sunday to climb into third place in their respective divisions:
 

 
Jonathan Toews scored the tiebreaking goal with 30.8 seconds remaining in regulation to help the Blackhawks snap a two-game skid overall and pick up their seventh consecutive road victory over the Jets/Thrashers dating to Dec. 11, 2005 (including a 4-0-0 mark in Winnipeg).
 
* Toews, a Winnipeg native, has 5-7—12 in 11 games against the Jets since the franchise relocated to his hometown in 2011-12. He ranks second on the Blackhawks with 25-37—62 this season, including five game-winning goals.
 
* Behind 3-2 after 40 minutes, Patrick Sharp scored the tying goal early in the third period. Brad Richards and Andrew Shaw supplied the other goals.

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