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Approaching The Trade Deadline - Eastern Conference Teams

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Exactly seven weeks remain until the NHL’s trade deadline, so here is a look at each Eastern Conference team’s needs, wants and wishes:


Top priority: Versatile, left-shooting defenceman

Scoop: The Bruins are the East’s wild card. With just three regulation losses (18-3-4) since mid-November, GM Don Sweeney seems destined to add. The question is: How big of a splash will he make? As solid as Matt Grzelcyk has been this season, a well-rounded blueliner who can chew up minutes (big or small) in key situations just might do the trick. Paging Ian Cole.


Top priority: Maximize lottery odds


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Questioning The Chicago Blackhawks

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

Thieves or stiffs? How best to describe the Blackhawks’ effort against the dreaded Red Wings at the United Center on Sunday?

First, don’t call it an effort. That’s why thieves fits. The players ripped off the fans and the organ-I-zation with a heartless approach not seen since then-coach Denis Savard demanded that they “commit to the Indian.’’

Then again, stiffs also works for the way they refused to deliver a professional product against an inferior opponent.

I don’t want to hear about early vacation ahead of their five-day break. The Hawks had a bad opponent coming off a bad game the day before, and they blew it. The Hawks had a day off following a big win over a conference playoff team, finally, for the first time in a month, and they gagged, losing to a team that came in with nine fewer points. That’s what stiffs do. They get shut out at home 4-0 by the aged Red Wings after all that. A joke. Pathetic.


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Winning Streak Hits Seven For The Calgary Flames

from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,

On New Year’s Eve, the Flames began a win streak that, after Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, has extended to seven games and elevated them to second in the Pacific Division with a 25-16-4 record.

They have not lost in 2018.

And after a four-game road trip that ended on a high note as the Flames headed into their mandated NHL break, they are officially the hottest team in the 31-team loop the eighth-best team in the NHL.

“This is kind of where we started last year when we went on that run,” said Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan, referring to the team’s 10-game win streak that started of 2016-17before the 2017 NHL All-Star break. “You know what, these guys always had it in them. I always thought they could get on a little run here. Eight or nine games before this started, we started playing pretty good hockey but we weren’t getting the results … you’ve gotta be happy for the guys.”  

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Morning Line- Terry Jones

The most important thing with the games that remain when the Oilers return (and return again after the All-Star Break) will be for everybody to go forward convinced this still can become the Stanley Cup contender they were supposed to be this season.

-Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun where you can read more on the Edmonton Oilers at their break.

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Ken Holland To Vancouver?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks might be headed for a five-day break but the Monday morning musings and meditations on the world of sports never rests.

• The media, like nature, abhors a vacuum and the longer Jim Benning’s contractual situation goes unresolved, the louder the conjecture will grow about his future.

As of this writing, the most popular scenario is Detroit GM Ken Holland, who’s also on the last year of his deal, moving to Vancouver as the hockey overlord in a restructured organization. That would leave a role for Benning in player personnel. It would also add that thing which has been missing from the Canucks’ front office since Trevor Linden and Benning were hired: the experienced voice of an executive with championship experience.

Now, we can argue the relative merits of this move from now until doomsday but if the Canucks continue to hover around 28th-place in the NHL change would appear to be inevitable. This has become less about the plan and more about consumer confidence in the brand. Bringing in Holland would go a long way toward calming the masses.

The problem — and this wouldn’t be a Canucks’ story if there wasn’t  a problem — is the native of Vernon might be at the top of the wish list for the new Seattle franchise. But barring a dramatic turnaround in the next couple of months, it appears the status quo is no longer an option for the Canucks.

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Stats On The Coach’s Challenges

148 Coach’s Challenges | 92 upheld | 56 overturned

· 90 for goalie interference | 58 upheld | 32 overturned (27 to “no goal” / 5 to “goal”)

· 13 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 11 upheld | 2 overturned

· 34 for offside | 14 upheld | 20 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 11 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 9 upheld | 2 overturned (all to “no goal”)

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NHL Short Notes

NHL Morning Skate

Home Team in Caps

Detroit 4, CHICAGO 0
Calgary 4, CAROLINA 1
PITTSBURGH 5, NY Rangers 2
Vancouver 3, MINNESOTA 2 (OT)

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Video- Andrew Cogliano Suspended Two Games For Interference

Here is the explanation.


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Afternoon Line- Mark Lazerus

...while the desperation in the standings is blatantly obvious, the desperation on the ice is too often nowhere to be found. And on Sunday afternoon, with a home game, with a lousy opponent, and with a five-day bye week offering no excuse not to “empty the tank,” in Jonathan Toews’ words, the Hawks sleepwalked through a putrid 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

The Red Wings showed up on Sunday morning. The Hawks looked like they were already in Mexico. And they no longer have that luxury.

-Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times where you can read more on the Blackhawks.

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DoPS Hearing Today For Andrew Cogliano

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added 11:27am, video below too...

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