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Ever Since Matt Duchene Was Traded

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from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Defenseman Erik Johnson says the Avalanche began to gel in November during their weeklong trip to Sweden, which began immediately after Colorado traded disgruntled center Matt Duchene to Ottawa.

“We came together pretty early,” Johnson said from the United Center, where the Avs on Tuesday night solidified their Western Conference wild-card playoff standing with a 5-1 victory over Chicago.  “The trip to Sweden helped us out a lot. We had a lot of fun together and got to know one another. It kind of took us a little while to hit our stride, but we’re a team that really gets along on and off the ice and we have fun coming to the rink together.”

Johnson never mentioned Duchene’s name in the one-on-one interview, and it’s possible the Avs’ rise shortly after the trade is only coincidence. But, the Avs were 8-6-0 when they traded Duchene, and are now 40-25-8 with nine regular-season games left.


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A Bad Season For The Edmonton Oilers

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Full disclosure: This prognosticator picked the Oilers to win the Stanley Cup in October.

Based on last year’s playoff run, a young team one win from the Western Conference final armed with seemed like as good a bet as any. Instead, they are in the draft lottery hunt for the 11th time in 12 seasons.

What happened to the Edmonton Oilers?

This season’s failure is too layered and too complex to place blame on any one individual or any one symptom. It is a confluence of poor construction and poor execution.

For a stretch in 2018, the Oilers simultaneously ranked 31st in save percentage, power play and penalty kill. Those three key areas alone are enough to sink a season.

carried a .903 save percentage into the New Year. He could not deliver key saves, especially early in the season, especially on home ice.

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The 4th Line And The Wings Won’t Quit

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The line has a nice mix of size and skill. Svechnikov (6-foot-3, 212 pounds) plays in dirty areas and is heavy on the puck. Frk (6-1, 205) has an incredibly hard shot, and he makes nice short plays along the wall. Glendening (5-11, 192) is a good face-off guy and all-around responsible defensively.

“They’ve played well together, and then Glennie gives them a great veteran presence,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s probably our best defensive player, and so with two younger players, in Svech’s case still learning some of the system stuff, I think Glennie can really help them. He gives them a stabilizing force, gives me lots of trust to play the line — any time Glennie is on the ice, there is way more trust.”

Adding Svechnikov to the mix could boost Frk’s production. He had eight goals of his 11 goals his first 23 games of the season.

“It gives them another guy that we think has offensive talent,” Blashill said. “Between that and his time on the power play, hopefully that can help Marty produce at a higher rate.”


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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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Big Games Tonight

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from NHL.com,

Here is a look at the NHL Standings and everything else that could impact the playoff picture.

Eight games on the Thursday schedule will have a direct impact on the races in each conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-F, NHL.TV) -- Two of the hottest teams in the League meet with plenty at stake. The Blue Jackets have won nine in a row and are in third place in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins, but only one point ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers, who hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Panthers are 11-2-1 in their past 14 games and trail the New Jersey Devils by one point for the second wild card in the East with two games in hand. 

Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche (9 p.m. ET; ALT, FS-W, NHL.TV) -- The Kings and Avalanche each are trying to hold onto a playoff spot; Los Angeles holds the second wild card in the West, one point behind Colorado, which holds the first wild card, and two points ahead of the St. Louis Blues. The Kings are also one point behind the Anaheim Ducks for third place in the Pacific and four points behind the San Jose Sharks for second in the division. The Avalanche can move into third place in the Central Division with a win. 

more games...

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Detroit’s Morning Skate Before Facing The Washington Capitals

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via Ansar Khan tweet,

Jimmy Howard in starter’s net at #RedWings morning skate. Face @Capitals tonight at 7:30 on NBC Sports Network.

George Malik reports the skate is optional.

Will update post if needed.

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Video- Weird Things Happen In The NHL

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Almost 13 minutes of weird stuff.


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Video- Phil Housley After A Loss To The Arizona Coyotes

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via Mike Harrington tweets,

Steam coming out of Housley’s ears after this one. As well it should be.

Housley unhappy after strong effort vs. NSH: "We can't handle any success. By the way, we lost that game 4-0 so you'd think you'd come out gangbusters to start. It was a very meaningful game in that you're in last place. That's what's hard to swallow. Just unacceptable." 



Below, watch the game highlights from Buffalo's 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

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Stan Bowman On The Chicago Blackhawks

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Craig Custance of The Athletic talked with a few general managers at the GM Meetings, this from Stan Bowman,

Bowman points out that last year’s team probably wasn’t as good as the record indicated, over-reliant on Crawford and the beneficiary of overtime wins. “This year, we’re not even getting to overtime,” Bowman said. His sense is that the team is the opposite – better than the record shows, although still frustrating coaching and management with its ability to find ways to lose. “We need our best players to play better. There’s no question,” Bowman said. “Our top players are all having their worst years all at the same time. That’s not a recipe for success. The question is, why? It’s not one thing. It’s not like there’s one thing — ‘Aha, I found it, let’s go fix that.’ Why are these guys not playing like they’ve always played? That’s a fair question.”

more (paid subscription) from Bowman and other GMs.

from Jeff Arnold of the New York Times,

Reminders of the past hang chronologically in the United Center rafters, where the Chicago Blackhawks’ Indian head logo is displayed on banners bookending the six white flags saluting the team’s Stanley Cup championships.

A new banner will not be added this season, which has produced fewer victories and points than any other since the last time the Blackhawks failed to qualify for the N.H.L. playoffs, a decade ago....

The combination of lost talent, injuries and less production from top-line players has taken its toll on the Blackhawks (30-35-9), who sit in last place in the Central Division. Bowman accepts the hand Chicago has been dealt and refuses to consider what could have been had the Blackhawks been able to remain healthy and maintain the level of excellence that has made Chicago a playoff staple for the better part of the past 10 years.

“The league doesn’t stop when good players get hurt, and other teams go through it too, and you have to find a way to overcome,” Bowman said in a telephone interview.


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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps

Arizona 4, BUFFALO 1

PITTSBURGH 5, Montreal 3

ST. LOUIS 2, Boston 1 (OT)

Anaheim 4, CALGARY 0

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GIF- Brayden Schenn 2 Minutes For Charging

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added 10:07am 3/22/18, Video is below...

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