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Stars Of The Week

 NEW YORK (April 6, 2015) -- Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond, Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno and have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending April 5.

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Weekly Trends

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

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Pittsburgh Penguins: The Pens' playoff chances never seemed to be in peril despite a multitude of injuries during season, but the team is now clinging for dear life to a wild-card spot in the East. The Pens are currently tied with the Detroit Red Wings with 95 points, though Pittsburgh has one more non-shootout win than the Wings. But beyond the Wings, the Pens still have plenty to worry about, with an inspired Ottawa team -- that they face on Tuesday – trailing by just three points.

The Detroit Red Wings' depth: The good news is that the Red Wings got back Pavel Datsyuk on Saturday versus Minnesota after the veteran star missed the previous two games with a lower-body injury. The bad news is that the team’s giant 3-2 win against the Wild resulted in the loss of one of their most effective forwards in Justin Abdelkader, who missed Sunday’s match with a hand injury. Hopefully for the Wings, Abdelkader will return swiftly, as the team is already ailing without Tomas Jurco and veteran Erik Cole, both of whom are sidelined with upper-body injuries. Things have gotten dire quickly for Detroit following Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Capitals; the Red Wings have dropped to the second wild-card spot in the East.

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Strang on the Western Conference...

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NHL Short Notes

CAPITALS CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH
Braden Holtby made 35 saves to backstop the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. This victory combined with the Ottawa Senators loss in a shootout to the Toronto Maple Leafs enabled the Capitals to clinch a berth in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Washington reached the postseason for the 25th time in franchise history and for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.

* The Capitals improved to 44-25-11 (99 points) this season and moved past the idle New York Islanders into second place in the Metropolitan Division standings.
 

 
* The Capitals have earned points in five straight games (4-0-1) and have also earned points in seven of their last eight road games (6-1-1).

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The Playoff Races And Remaining Games

 

Western Conference is below...

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Video- Wrapping Up The First Year Of Hometown Hockey

from Hometown Hockey where you can watch more highlights from the first year...

 

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The Ottawa Senators Sure Could Have Used The Additional Point

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

Boy, did the Ottawa Senators leave a valuable point on the table in the team's 3-2 shootout loss to the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night.

Ottawa heads into the final week of action trailing three teams -- the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins -- by just two points, and all three have three games remaining on the schedule. And although the Bruins were the primary target for these surprising Sens, the Penguins may be the team to chase down considering Ottawa and Pittsburgh square off Tuesday night in a game that is rife with playoff implications.

That's a make-or-break match for the Senators, and they'll have to come better prepared than they were on Sunday against a Leafs team whose season is long over.

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Video- Tom Wilson Okay After Blocking A Shot With His Head

 

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The Finance Man

from Geoff Kirbyson of Canadian Lawyer,

Jim Rossiter isn’t afraid to get his elbows up with some of the most important figures in the NHL and if he doesn’t get his nose dirty, he knows he’s not doing his job.

Fourth-line enforcer for the Winnipeg Jets? The job description sure sounds like it, but the Toronto-based hockey wars veteran has never lined up for a single professional face-off. Instead, he’s the team leader of Dentons’ sports group, overseeing a global crew that works on buying and selling teams, financing them, and developing, building, and financing the venues they play in.

Rossiter began his career as a tax lawyer but once he got pulled into a tax-flavoured financing for the Ottawa Senators in 2000 — he represented Lehman Brothers — he was hooked.

A quick check of Rossiter’s career statistics shows assists on more than a dozen acquisitions and/or financings of NHL teams in the U.S. and Canada, amounting to more than $1.6 billion worth of deals. They include the financing of the Edmonton Oilers and its arena, Rexall Place, and similar work for the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers, and Arizona Coyotes. He doesn’t score every time, however. Another 10 or so hockey deals that he acted on got away. You win some, you lose some.

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Video- NHL Highlights In Slow Motion

Four minutes of slow motion action from the past week in the NHL.

 

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Tanking Talk Could End Tonight

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

This is the night it can mercifully be over. All of it.

The Tank talk. The fan-on-fan and media-on-media barking. The social media sniping. The late nights at the television or computer screens watching horrific performances from the Arizona Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers.

Same for the crowds at First Niagara Center openly chanting and cheering for the visiting team, leaving the Buffalo Sabres sullenly shaking their heads in the dressing room about a phenomenon almost never seen in professional sports.

The masses will almost certainly be partaking in that distasteful practice for the fourth straight home game when the Carolina Hurricanes take the ice against the Sabres here Monday. But at this point, 79 games into a lost season, it’s hard to argue.

With one more regulation loss, the Sabres will clinch 30th place in the NHL’s overall standing for the second straight year.

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