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Video- Highlights From The Two NHL Games Played On Monday Night

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Bang For The Buck At The Trade Deadline

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from ESPN,

Which trade-deadline rental would provide the best bang for the buck in the playoffs?

Craig Custance: Put me down for Kevin Shattenkirk because if you trade for the St. Louis Blues defenseman, you get a head start on the rest of league in getting a chance to sign the best unrestricted free-agent defenseman on the market to a contract extension. That's extra bang for your buck and additional value for teams that would be looking at Shattenkirk as a solution on defense beyond this season. The problem is that teams are going to have to pay a premium to land him.

For general managers not interested in paying the steep asking price and looking for a cheaper alternative, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith could end up being a sneaky-good addition. He's a strong skater, can contribute offense and is still young enough that he could be auditioning for a spot on your defense too.

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Video- Vincent Trochek’s Goal With 4.6 Ticks Left Gives The Panthers 5 Consecutive Wins

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As you can see, Jake Allen had a tough time picking up the puck.



Below is a video of the goal....

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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps
Florida 2, ST. LOUIS 1
ARIZONA 3, Anaheim 2
Vincent Trocheck scored the go-ahead goal with 4.6 seconds remaining in regulation as the Panthers concluded their road trip with a 5-0-0 record. Elias notes that Florida swept a road trip of at least five games for the first time in the franchise’s 24-year history.

* Trocheck scored his second game-winning goal of the season (also Nov. 3 vs. NJD) and extended his point streak to six contests (3-5—8). Per Elias, Trocheck (59:55) scored the latest game-winning goal in franchise history, besting the mark set by Kristian Huselius (59:46) on March 28, 2002 at OTT (4-3 W).

* At 28-20-10 (66 points), the Panthers passed the idle Maple Leafs (27-20-11, 65 points) and Bruins (30-23-6, 66 points) to move into third place in the Atlantic Division.

James Reimer (26 saves) has earned wins in his past five decisions and improved to 8-1-1 in his last 10 overall dating to Dec. 31 (2.01 GAA, .933 SV%).

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Prospect news: Hronek 1+3 in Saginaw Spirit win; Walleye to sell playoff tickets Friday

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Of prospect-related note:

In the OHL, Filip Hronek had a goal and 3 assists on 6 shots as his Saginaw Spirit won 6-5 over the Sarnia Sting;

Givani Smith took 4 shots and a penalty in the Guelph Storm's 5-1 loss to Flint;

Jordan Sambrook finished at +1 with 2 shots in the Erie Otters' 4-3 win over Oshawa;


And in the ECHL, it's good to be the Toledo Walleye: their record is so good that the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe reports that the ECHL-leading Toledo Walleye are going to start selling playoff tickets on Friday, February 24th.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Islanders set-up; on Larkin’s ice time, Howard and Nyquist

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The Detroit Red Wings will wrap up a slate of 3 games in 4 nights when they face the New York Islanders on Tuesday evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/MSG+ 2/97.1 FM).

The Red Wings will be looking to earn their third straight win on Tuesday, while the Islanders, who defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-4 on Sunday, will be looking to open a massive 9-game road trip with their second straight win.

The Islanders have alternated wins and losses over the past 6 games, splitting a Saturday-Sunday set of games against New Jersey, but they're still 10-4-and-2 under Doug Weight's tenure as interim head coach.

After taking part in an optional practice on Monday (with several injured players in tow) Newsday's Arthur Staple duly noted that the 27-21-10 Islanders, who are battling for a Wild Card spot, have been awful on the road:

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Nikita Zadorov Injured In Practice Today And Is Done For The Season

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from Ryan Boulding of ColoradoAvalanche.com,

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov left Monday's practice after colliding with forward Mikko Rantanen during one of the on-ice exercises and is out for the remainder of the regular season with a fractured ankle, the team announced.

The incident occurred when Zadorov became entwined with Rantanen during a drill.

"He got tangled up with Mikko," head coach Jared Bednar said after practice. "He actually fell on top of Mikko, but his leg got trapped underneath Mikko and he fell awkwardly."

While Zadorov's status is a tough blow for the club, the Avalanche appears closer to getting two other players back in the mix.


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Winning = Wings’ morale improving, they’re defending ‘the streak’ one game at a time

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DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji spoke with Mike Green, Thomas Vanek and Jimmy Howard regarding the Wings' winning weekend and its effects on team morale:

In all honesty, the Wings' success this past weekend in beating Washington and Pittsburgh, didn't 'shock the Hockey World,' but it did provide the Wings with a confidence boost, which was needed as Detroit goes down the home stretch of their schedule.

"It's huge," defenseman Mike Green said. "More importantly, we're really playing good hockey. If we can continue that after the break here and finishing with the game tomorrow night, we'll go on a run, we'll create some points and we'll put ourselves in a good position. Right now we're playing good and we need to continue."

After Tuesday, the Wings will have their five-day break and return to action February 28 at Vancouver.

"I think there's a sense of confidence that's risen in the last little bit," Green said. "I think really details and guys are really competing. I think one of the biggest things in sitting out the last two games was our forecheck and staying above guys. We're a really playing a patient game and it's cause for some chaos and confusion in the other team's zone and we've gotten a lot of chances. If we continue that we'll be good."

Forward Thomas Vanek echoed Green, but he knows that two games is not the elixir that magically catapults the Wings squarely into the playoffs.

"It certainly feels good," Vanek said. "Like I said before, the big picture is not pretty so I think the message is just play game-by-game. This group has a lot of character, so that's good, so there's nothing to worry about on that side. We're going to come out and play hard and try and win games."

And as for the playoff streak?

"It does mean a lot to all of us in here," Howard said. "We've seen the guys before us, the efforts that they put into to make this organization what it is today. A lot of hard work and hours away from the rink too. It does mean a lot but at the same time I think everyone isn't like, 'The streak, streak!' Right now it's just going out there playing one game at a time and giving ourselves a chance."

Wakiji continues...

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Video- Jacob Trouba Suspended Two Games

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Here is the NHL explanation...


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The Calgary Flames Get Michael Stone From Arizona

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