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Video- Nathan MacKinnon Injured Last Night

via the CP at Sportsnet,

MacKinnon was hurt after taking a hit in the corner from Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler with about six minutes left in the second period.

The 22-year-old, whose helmet popped off as a result of the collision, skated slowly to the Colorado bench and appeared to be favouring his left shoulder.

MacKinnon was briefly attended to by a trainer before heading to the locker-room.

"I really don’t know a timeline. It’s upper-body," said Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar. "I don’t know if it’s day-to-day or not. I’ll have to talk to the trainers. We’ll probably know more (Wednesday)."


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Paul Ranger’s Personal Story

via TSN,

In 2009, Lightning defenceman Paul Ranger vanished from the NHL. The reason for his departure was a mystery. Darren Dreger sits down with Paul in this revealing and deeply personal TSN Original.

Watch at TSN and well worth the 14 minutes you will spend watching.

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NHL Short Notes

NHL Morning Skate


Home Team in Caps

Anaheim 3, BOSTON 1

New Jersey 3, BUFFALO 1

Florida 4, NY ISLANDERS 1

PITTSBURGH 5, San Jose 2

CAROLINA 2, Ottawa 1

Minnesota 3, COLUMBUS 2 (SO)

ST. LOUIS 3, Montreal 1

Chicago 2, NASHVILLE 1

WINNIPEG 3, Tampa Bay 1

Los Angeles 3, DALLAS 0

Vegas 4, CALGARY 2

VANCOUVER 4, Colorado 3 (OT)

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The Vancouver Canucks Want To Re-Sign Erik Gudbranson

from Ian MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson is off the trade market. For now.

General manager Jim Benning confirmed to Sportsnet today that he will try to sign the 26-year-old to a contract extension ahead of the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline. But if contract talks fail in the next couple of weeks, the Canucks will trade Gudbranson rather than lose him as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

“He’s a physical, stay-at-home defenceman who helps us,” Benning said. “We have other defencemen who are more puck-moving guys, but we don’t have anyone else with Gudbranson’s style of play.


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Evening Line- Roman Polak

“The young guys, they have so much speed and skill. I have to say, it looks good . . . It’s all about the fans. If the fans want to bring the old stuff back, if they want more fighting and big guys, it’s going to come back. But now, the fans want the speed hockey, the skill hockey. And who blames them? It looks good.”

-Roman Polak of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star has more on a feature about toughness in the game.

I don't agree with Polak at all, fighting is going away year by year.

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Video- Hockey Insider Elliotte Friedman

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman joins David Amber to discuss the injury to Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba, the injury to San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton and the controversy surrounding Seth Jones playing despite missing the NHL All-Star Game.


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The TSN Insiders Tonight

via TSN,

With the Sedin brothers in the final year of their contract, what does their future hold? Will the Canucks deal away Erik Gudbranson as a rental? What are the chances the Canadiens deal away Max Pacioretty? The Insiders discuss these and more with the trade deadline less than a month away.

Plus goaltender interference discussed.

Watch at TSN.

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Afternoon Line- Erik Karlsson

“We’ve been overthinking things for a long time now. We do have a good group of guys in here, good individual players in here and we know we can be a good team. We do have to relax a little bit and just play the game of hockey that we know we can, instead of (trying) to do the right thing all the time.”

-Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators.  Ken Warren of the Ottawa Sun has more including Karlsson on his contract.

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Victor Hedman A Game Time Decision Tonight

from Roger Mooney at the Tampa Bay Times,

Victor Hedman returned to the ice with his team during today’s morning skate. He did not wear the red “no contact” jersey and he was reunited with Jake Dotchin on the top defensive pairing.

All were indications that Hedman, who suffered a lower body injury three weeks ago, is ready to return to the lineup.

Coach Jon Cooper said Hedman will be a game-time decision tonight when the Lightning resume the schedule against the Jets at the Bell MTS Place.“It’s been encouraging, so we’ll see what happens,” Cooper said.


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Fan Friendly Move By The New Carolina Hurricanes Owner

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Carolina Hurricanes fans attending Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators will have an interesting offer: sit in the lower bowl or possibly the suites at PNC Arena.

New Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon has put a priority on filling the lower level for games, saying it provides a better game atmosphere and hopefully more of a home-ice advantage for the Canes. Add in the suites and there are 12,038 seats to fill.

For Tuesday’s game, those who have seats in the upper deck will be invited to take an assigned a seat in in the lower bowl, or placed in suites if there’s an overflow. That could mean the owner’s suite, if needed, Dundon said.

“I want the lower bowl to be energetic and packed,” Dundon said in an interview. “It’s obvious it’s sort of a playoff push now.


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