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Home Team in Caps
BOSTON 2, Carolina 1 (SO)
BUFFALO 4, NY Rangers 3
PITTSBURGH 6, Dallas 2
NY Islanders 3, WASHINGTON 0
Philadelphia 3, OTTAWA 2 (OT)
Florida 2, DETROIT 1 (OT)
ST. LOUIS 5, Tampa Bay 4
Edmonton 6, WINNIPEG 3
CHICAGO 4, New Jersey 3 (OT)
Columbus 3, COLORADO 2
Los Angeles 4, ARIZONA 3
Anaheim 3, VANCOUVER 1
Vladimir Tarasenko (3-1—4) scored the third hat trick of his NHL career and equaled a career high with four points to help the Blues extend their home point streak to 11 games (9-0-2), including six straight wins.

* Tarasenko has earned at least one point in 11 of his last 13 games (9-9—18) and ranks third in League scoring with 13-14—27 this season (24 GP).

* Jake Allen (22 saves) picked up his career-high seventh consecutive victory, posting a 2.24 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in those contests.

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Soccer Or Hockey?

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Panthers wrap-up and prospect news

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The Detroit Red Wings' 2-1 OT loss to the Florida Panthers was an incredibly frustrating one. The Wings couldn't keep their first-period momentum after losing Justin Abdelkader to a lower-body injury...

And Detroit just struggled with penalties (6 is too many), struggled with puck management and struggled with shot differential as per usual against a Panthers team that seems to have Detroit's number.

The Panthers were positively thrilled to give interim coach Tom Rowe his first win in a building that they hope to have bade farewell to, as they told the Miami Herald's George Richards:

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Red Wings-Panthers quick take: one damn point

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The Detroit Red Wings faced off against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, with the Wings hoping to earn their first win in 3 tries against the Panthers.

The Red Wings were able to earn a point against the Panthers, which is progress, but the Wings also lost a point against the Panthers, losing 2-1 in OT thanks to...

The wheels falling off after Justin Abdelkader got hurt. For whatever reason, the Wings never seemed to regain their dominance after Abdelkader left with a lower-body injury, and for whatever reason, the Wings' penalty-kills sapped enough energy from them that the half-a-dozen Panthers PP's didn't score but did damage nonetheless.

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Wings lose Abdelkader to a lower-body injury

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On a seemingly innocent play, the Red Wings lost Justin Abdelkader to a lower-body injury against the Florida Panthers:

The Free Press's Helene St. James took note of the latest injury:

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A Rising Scorer

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One player who is clearly rising as an offensive player is Brandon Saad of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Last season he had a career best 31 goals and 53 points and this season he is on pace to beat that easily.  He has 17 points in his 21 games to date.  What makes this number more impressive is the fact that he has scored all of those points at even strength.  When he gets power play time, he plays on the second unit in Columbus. 

Saad is the even strength scoring leader in Columbus.  Only four players in the league have more even strength points so far this season.  They are Connor McDavid, Nikita Kucherov, Mark Schiefele and Schiefele's linemate Nikolaj Ehlers.  That is a lofty group for Saad to be behind. 

It is only a matter of time before Columbus begins to give Saad more power play time and when that happens look for his point total to take off.  Brandon Saad is clearly a scorer on the rise.

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night Candidate

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Henrik Lundqvist...


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The TSN Insiders Tonight

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from TSN,

Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have more on the NHL keeping a close eye on the rematch between the Maple Leafs and Canucks, the Coyotes offering the Flames Anthony Duclair for Dougie Hamilton, the Senators exploring the market for a versatile winger and the possibility of the Canucks and Kings playing an exhibition game in China.

everyone can watch here...

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Griffins install LED lighting system

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Griffins, who recalled Matt Caito from Toledo today:


The Grand Rapids Griffins’ fans and players are benefiting from a dramatic improvement this season to Van Andel Arena.

During the offseason, Van Andel Arena replaced its original metal-halide lighting system, which was installed when the arena opened in 1996, with the state-of-the-art LED lighting system from Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting -- the same company whose fixtures illuminated Super Bowl XLIX and the 2016 NHL All-Star Game.

“We’ve seen firsthand how Eaton’s Ephesus sports LED lighting system can improve visibility for both players and fans,” said Tim Gortsema, president of the Griffins. “The implementation of this industry-leading system by Van Andel Arena is consistent with our goal to provide a world-class experience for our players and fans.”

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Evening news: Game-Day Previews; on Mantha and Ekblad, back-ups and John Scott…Ott?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video:

2. WXYZ's Brad Galli spoke with Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad and Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha:

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