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Video- If You Took A Night Off From Hockey Tonight Carolina/Toronto

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This is what you missed.

A 42 year-old emergency goalie, David Ayres, became the oldest goalie to win a game in his debut.

 

 

added 10:50pm, Watch from in the Canes room below.

added 11:05pm, Below, watch Craig Button on the Leafs.

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Video- Evening Line - David Ayres

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added 10:12pm, Below, Ayres speaks with Fox Sports Carolinas.

added 11:19pm, Below, Ayres in post-game media scrum.

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Video- Saturday Headlines And Kelly Hrudey On David Ayres In Goal

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The panel discussed Toronto's defense, the emergency goalie David Ayres and mentioned numerous names and possible trades.

videos via Sportsnet,

 

 

Below, watch Hrudey on emergency goalie Ayres.

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Video- In Goal For The Carolina Hurricanes Is

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Detroit Players Trying To Stay Focused

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from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

For the veteran Green, it's not his first rodeo so he just goes about his business as normal.

"After being through it many times, it's obviously an odd experience but if you play for a long time, you get used to it," Green said after Saturday's practice at the BELFOR Training Center. "It's part of the business. Obviously with the relationships, it makes it difficult.

"For me, no, it's not a distraction. I mean, you worry about day to day in this league. Obviously, anything can happen but it's not something I stew over too much."

Forward Luke Glendening says focusing on the immediate task at hand -- Sunday's game against Calgary -- is the only thing to do.

"You can only control what you can control, so you just got o show up and keep doing your job to the best of your ability," Glendening said. "You're here until they tell you something different, so that's the way you got to approach it."

For Wings coach Jeff Blashill, he knows this time of year can be tricky.

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One Man’s Opinion

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- If the world was a perfect place, Henrik Lundqvist would be traded to Colorado on Monday and go on to lead the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup.

It would be his only Stanley Cup win.

If only the world was just a little more perfect …

Odds are, Lundqvist isn’t going anywhere and his final days with the New York Rangers will play out rather uncomfortably, just as they are playing out now.

- Best player in the NHL nobody talks enough about: Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers. He’s fourth in scoring, first in even-strength scoring, first in plus-minus among forwards. He’d be a Hart Trophy favourite if he played for a team heading to the playoffs.

- Years ago coaches would privately wonder if Phil Kessel’s lack of training would eventually catch up to his immense skill. Kessel is 32 and playing this season like he’s at the end. He scored 82 and 92 points the last two seasons in Pittsburgh. He has 35 this season and has two years left on his contract … Kessel was drafted by Boston, 5th overall in 2006. After taking Milan Lucic in the second round, the Bruins selected this undersized winger in the third round. His name: Brad Marchand. Has anyone ever had a better draft than that?

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Topics Of The Day

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Well, just seven more years to go for the Sabres on that Jeff Skinner contract at $9 million per. And is this the summer in Buffalo that ownership/upper management takes at peek at a possible boffo return for Jack Eichel, who will have six years at $10 million per remaining on his contract after the 23-year-old captain’s sixth straight playoff miss since joining the NHL as the second-overall behind Connor McDavid in 2015? Or is the player who will request a move?

- So in New Jersey, how much of it was, A) Cory Schneider; B) John Hynes; C) Taylor Hall?

- Finally, once again, presenting Jere-ME Roenick, another one who just never got it — not when he acted as an enemy within as an NHLPA union member through the 2004-05 lockout, not when he got the gig at NBC, not when he posts on social media.

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The Wings Practiced Today

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Trade Deadline Approaching

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings’ top trade chip is forward Andreas Athanasiou, whose explosive speed and soft hands would be a positive addition to any forward corps. Athanasiou scored 30 goals last season, but he has only 10 goals among 24 points in 46 games this season, and his trade value is also tarnished by an NHL-worst minus-45 rating. Yzerman may be better off holding onto Athanasiou for now.

On defense, veterans Mike Green and Trevor Daley are both pending unrestricted free agents. Neither would fetch much – think conditional mid-round pick – but neither fits into the Wings’ plans beyond this season, so if an offer materializes, Yzerman may accept. Green, 34, has been productive on good teams and Daley, 36, is a mobile puck carrier and two-time Stanley champion.

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier has been outstanding since mid-December, posting a .927 save percentage and 2.38 goals-against average in his last 19 appearances, but if the Wings trade him, they would have to sign two NHL-tested goaltenders in the offseason.

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Video- 700 For Alex Ovechkin

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Oveckin becomes the 8th NHL player to reach 700 goals.

 

 

added 3:20pm, below, via the NHL PR department...

added 3:26pm, extended video below...

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