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Jeff Carter Will Practice, May Be Available To Play

via Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

The Philadelphia Flyers could be getting their leading goal scorer back for the final two games of the regular season.

Jeff Carter, who suffered a fracture in his left foot on March 21 against Atlanta, has been cleared to return to practice following an MRI in Philadelphia on Wednesday morning. Carter, who leads the team in goals (33) and is tied with Mike Richards for the most points (60), could be available to play in the Flyers’ home-and-home with the New York Rangers. Philadelphia is at Madison Square Garden on Friday night and hosts its division rival on Sunday afternoon at the Wachovia Center..

“Jeff had his MRI this morning and he is healing up nicely,” said general manager Paul Holmgren. “He completed his off-ice rehab and conditioning today and will practice with the team [Thursday].”

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Crosby Has The Most Scoring Potential According To Shanahan

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Provided Sidney Crosby continues to go to the net to score his goals, former NHL goal-scoring great Brendan Shanahan believes over time the Pittsburgh captain could eventually surpass Alex Ovechkin as this generation’s greatest goal scorer.

After Tuesday’s showdown at Pittsburgh, Ovechkin has scored 267 goals in 394 games, while Crosby has 180 in 368 games.

“To me, Sid shows the most potential to keep scoring like this throughout his career because he gets more of his around the net,” Shanahan told NHL.com. “Just like any coach will tell you, if you want to score goals (the area around the net) is the area to go to. It’s great to have the ability to score from the perimeter, but if you want to do it for 20 years you have to get down there. It’s like the little black dress; it never goes out of style.”


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Bettman Will Make All-Star Game Announcement In Raleigh Tomorrow

via Javier Serna of the News & Observer,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will host a press conference regarding future NHL All-Star Games in Raleigh on Thursday, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said in a phone interview Wednesday.

Rutherford would not confirm that the Hurricanes had actually been awarded the 2011 All-Star Game, and noted that the league had opened up the application process for the next three All-Star Games.

But the Hurricanes had bid for the 2011 All-Star Game in January

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No Time To Relax In Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

...there also remains something disturbing about the play of the Canucks’ leaders as they prepare for the playoffs. Other teams — i.e. those who’ve won something — might be able to relax down the stretch without their fans going into a panic.

The Canucks, sadly, just haven’t earned that right.

Prior to Daniel’s goal, for example, the Sedins’ contributions had been uneven. Daniel got a gift when Salo’s shot from the point took a bizarre ricochet off the boards and right to the Canucks winger in the Avs’ crease. But, until the tying goal, they were largely ineffectual. Just prior to Daniel’s game-tying goal, the twins were booed off the ice after a series of turnovers during the man-advantage.

OK, they came back when it counted. But Henrik now has three assists in his last four games while he’s been battling Alex Ovechkin for the NHL scoring lead. The plain fact is Hank is now judged by a different standard — the standard which is applied to the game’s very best. And right now he isn’t measuring up.


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Biron Would Be A Good Fit In Montreal

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette at Faceoff.com,

If the Canadiens decide to shed one of their young goaltenders during the offseason, there’s a veteran goaltender who just might jump at the idea of serving as a backup/mentor to whichever goaltender remains with the team.

We’re talking about the Islanders’ Marty Biron, who is making the most of a discouraging season with a strong finish. He is 7-1-2 in his last nine starts after posting a 4-3 shootout win over the Canadiens last night.

There’s a certain amount of self-interest when media folks talk about having Biron in your home city. That’s because the 32-year-old native of Lac St. Charles is one of the best interviews in the league in either of Canada’s official languages.


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Penguins Still Looking For The ‘On’ Switch

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

...the Capitals again twitch-slapped the Penguins, 6-3, this time, meaning Ovechkin’s team swept the four-game season series, a possibility-turned-reality the Penguins had agreed in advance and by consensus was not terribly important.

And they’ll stick to that story until it is terribly important.

“It’s disappointing, but we’ve got to look forward, look at our mistakes and learn from them,” said Penguins center Jordan Staal, a minus-2 in 211/2 frustrating minutes.

Staal was, for the record, one of the minority in the room who felt that going 0 for 10 against New Jersey and Washington this season could have lasting deleterious effects. The Penguins’ abstract ability to flip the switch, as it were, once the playoffs start, did not become any less of a topic as a result of this encounter.

“It’s not something that just happens,” Staal cautioned in a quiet dressing room. “We need to find a solid way to play hockey and we haven’t done that yet. A lot of the problems are in the defensive zone. There have been a lot of breakdowns there. That’s where we’ve got to start playing a more solid game.”


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Dennis Seidenberg Out Up To 8 Weeks

via a Kevin Allen tweet,

Boston D Dennis Seidenberg will be out 8 weeks after successful surgery to repair lacerated tendon in his left forearm.

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Langenbrunner Still Silent

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

The captain clammed up. And after the Devils’ 3-0 victory over the Thrashers last night, he was nowhere to be found.

A mystery has developed around Jamie Langenbrunner, a week before the playoffs and in the wake of being “rested” by coach Jacques Lemaire on Saturday in Carolina….

Langenbrunner sat out for the first time this season in Saturday’s 4-0 victory in Raleigh for what Lemaire said was rest. Lemaire seemed stunned at the Langenbrunner mystery.

“I don’t know,” Lemaire said of what’s bothering Langenbrunner. “Maybe it’s personal. I don’t know. I don’t think he was in a bad mood.”

Of Saturday’s rest, Lemaire said, “I thought he needed rest.”



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A Train Wreck In Philly?

via Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The Chairman of the Great Indoors, Ed Snider, will avert his gaze from the wretched Sixers and focus on the equally unwatchable Flyers. And unlike the basketball team that absolutely had no chance to make the NBA playoffs, some deep thinkers actually picked the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup.

Until last night, they were in danger of sliding off the NHL playoff bubble, where any team that can skate and chew caribou jerky at the same time gets in. Maybe it’s time for Snider to stop handing out rewards for deeds accomplished more than a generation ago and start assigning some accountability to the perps responsible for the current uberunderachieving mess. Watching a Flyers game has become an evening-eating equivalent of a train wreck in super-slow-motion. If it wasn’t for hi-def, you would opt for the train wreck.

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Morning Line

This is a mess in Calgary, and suddenly both teams in Alberta, the Oilers and Flames, have hit hard times. The Sutters might think they can patch things and get back into the playoffs next spring, but as currently constructed, this is a team without a present or a future.

The Oilers, likely with the top pick in the June draft, have a bushel of bad contracts. So their return to competitiveness won’t be easy, either.

-Damien Cox of The Spin, where you can read more on Calgary.

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