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Avs Down Two More Defensemen

from Callie Parmele of ColoradoAvalanche.com,

The Colorado Avalanche finished its contest against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday without defensemen Erik Johnson and Anton Lindholm as both rear guards suffered upper-body injuries in the contest. There is not a timetable on when they could return to action.

"They are both out indefinitely. I don't have a timeline on it," head coach Jared Bednar said after the team's optional practice at Family Sports Center on Monday. 

Johnson and Lindholm join rear guard Mark Barberio on injured reserve. Barberio has been recovering from a lower-body ailment since Jan. 25.


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All Mark Lazarus (NBC Sports Chairman)

from Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated,

As he has done with this column at at multiple Olympics around the halfway point, NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus addressed some questions viewers have have had regarding NBC’s coverage of the PyeongChang Games....

SI: How much has hockey viewership been hurt by the NHL players not being there?

Lazarus: A bit. It is early in the men’s tournament and we have not seen the big games yet but we are off roughly in the high 20s or low 30s. It has been affected. The [broadcast] windows are pretty similar so it is close to an apples to apples comparison. Listen, I think it is bad for hockey everywhere. Our numbers are off and if you look at the RSN numbers for every NHL team over this week-long period, at least when I looked at it, all but two teams were off versus a year ago in this window. So it is not good for anybody’s hockey ratings.

more on the Olympics

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Evening Line- Brian Lawton

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The Chicago Blackhawks On The Incident From Saturday

from Eric Lear of ChicagoBlackhawks.com,

The Blackhawks organization, Head Coach Joel Quenneville and forward Anthony Duclair responded to Saturday night's incident at the United Center involving a few attendees making hurtful comments to Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly.

The Blackhawks have contacted the offending individuals and notified them that they are no longer welcome at Blackhawks home games.

"Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks," the organization said.

"Totally unacceptable in our game, in any sport and in society," Quenneville said. "We have to learn from something like that. (It) can't happen. I talked to (Capitals coach Barry Trotz) yesterday, apologized to the organization and the player, Devante. We're sorry about what happened and let's learn from it."


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Late Night And Early Morning Olympic Hockey Games

All times are ET.

USA vs, Slovakia at 10:10pm tonight, winner will play Czech Republic

Slovenia vs. Norway at 2:40am Tuesday, winner plays OAR

Finland vs. Korea at 7:10am Tuesday, winner plays Canada

Switzerland vs. Germany at 7:10am Tuesday, winner plays Sweden

If you want to plan ahead, Woman's Final USA vs. Canada will be at 11:10pm ET on Wednesday night.

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The Anaheim Ducks Avoided Vegas For As Long As They Could

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register (Sunday edition),

Instead of flying Sunday evening, the Ducks will head to Vegas on Monday and scrap their morning skate. It isn’t unheard of – they’ve flown on game days in the past – but it is rarely done. This one was a touchy topic, with Carlyle not addressing it directly and Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf saying, “You’d have to talk to the boss.”

The boss, in this case, is Ducks general manager Bob Murray. The Ducks went to Vegas in the first week of December and had a different plan then, playing in Nashville on a Saturday night and staying until Monday before flying that afternoon to Nevada for a Tuesday night game.

“It is what it is,” Getzlaf said. “They put the plan in place. That’s Bob’s call. A situation like this, Bob made the call. That’s what he wanted to do and we just live with it. If we win, he’s a genius. If we don’t, then it didn’t work.

“It’s the same as anything else. It’s a results-based business. That’s what he felt was best to prepare us for the game tomorrow.”


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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Feb. 19, 2018) – New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier, Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta and Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 18.

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Video- Take Advantage Of A Slow Monday

It won't be a slow one next Monday, trade deadline day will make sure of that.


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More Than Just A Game For The Olympic Athletes From Russia

from Grant Robertson of the Globe and Mail,

After being battered, manhandled, shut out and generally embarrassed by a team of hockey players from Russia over the weekend, a few shell-shocked American players struggled to explain what had just happened. "I don't really have words for it," forward Ryan Stoa said....

But one man knew exactly what he'd just seen. Leaning against a wall in the bowels of the Gangneung Hockey Centre after the game, a wry smile on his face, Igor Larionov recognized it. The former Soviet and NHL star needed just two words to describe what transpired on the ice.

"Foreign affairs," Mr. Larionov said with a laugh. "Let's put it that way."

Hockey wasn't supposed to matter at these Olympics because the NHL isn't here....

But then, the Russians played the Americans and suddenly it was the 1980s again. It was NHL-fast, it was dirty and it was inspired. But it was a certain kind of inspired that international hockey hasn't seen in while. Anyone who thinks there aren't a few games at these Olympics that matter more than others hasn't been reading the headlines.

"We're talking about sports. But next to sports goes politics," said Mr. Larionov, a veteran of the Soviet "Big Red Machine" that was as much a demonstration of Russian hockey prowess in the 1980s as it was an expression of Kremlin ideology.

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A Disappointing Loss By The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, which is like having Batman, Superman and a rotund Robin. Give them a coach who knows what he’s doing, and they’re going to contend for the Stanley Cup on an annual basis. In fact, they do just that.

The Blue Jackets have one elite offensive player in Artemi Panarin. They have two terrific, young defensemen in Seth Jones and Zach Werenski, and they have a world-class goaltender in Sergei Bobrovsky. They can be a playoff team if they score enough — and to score enough, they need contributions from up and down their lineup.

Sunday evening, the Penguins beat the Blue Jackets 5-2 in front of a sellout crowd of 19,100 in Nationwide Arena. The Pens were playing the second night of a back-to-back, on the road, and Crosby, Malkin and Kessel combined for one assist. They still enjoyed themselves immensely.

The Penguins got five points from their third line, and another six from their defensive corps. They won with depth, which isn’t supposed to be one of their strengths. They won with emotion and determination, which are supposed to be hallmarks of the Blue Jackets. They made Bobrovsky look shaky, and it was like the playoffs all over again.


Game highlights are below...

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