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We have five NHL games on the schedule tonight plus a few alternatives too...

from Sam Cosentino of Sportsnet,

Friday Night Hockey makes its way back to Kingston for an OHL tilt pitting the Erie Otters up against the Kingston Frontenacs. It’s also a match-up of world junior gold medalists Connor McDavid and Lawson Crouse.

Erie’s win-streak came to an end on Thursday when they dropped a 6-5 decision to the Peterborough Petes. The Otters have still won six of their past seven. The high-scoring trio of Connor McDavid, Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat got a boost when Remi Elie and Jake Marchment were brought in from Belleville to add depth to an already potent lineup.

continued and this game will be on the NHL Network US starting at 7:00pm ET tonight.

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DETROIT – Olympia Entertainment has announced that tonight’s “Duel in the D” between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University at Joe Louis Arena is sold out. College hockey fans can catch all the action of tonight’s game between the inter-state rivals on FOX Sports Detroit at 7:30 p.m.

Michigan and Michigan State have met at least once per season at Joe Louis Arena since 1990, with the Wolverines holding the series advantage at The Joe with a 14-9-4 record. 

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San Jose Sharks’ Burns Offering Experiences to Benefit Military Families

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by Mike Shackil,

In this day and age, we hear constantly about how athletes are breaking the rules and doing the wrong things. While there are plenty of athletes doing the wrong things, there are plenty of athletes who are also doing great charitable work in their communities. Sports figures such as Jim Valvano, Peyton Manning, and Walter Payton have set the standard for athletes and their charitable work.

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Xavier Ouellet Back To Grand Rapids, Alexey Marchenko Recalled

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added 1:19pm, via Khan tweet,

Holland the moves aren't a reflection of Ouellet's play. They want to see what Marchenko can do.

added 1:43pm, via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

General manager Ken Holland didn't rule out Ouellet, who has played very well, being recalled in time for next week's trip to Denver and Arizona. Ouellet told the Free Press that he'd been given the OK to bring his father on the trip, but Holland said he hadn't approved that.

Last year, the Wings traded Calle Jarnkrok at the deadline without having gotten a good look at him with the Wings. This year, there's more emphasis on seeing more of the prospects, with the possibility that Mitch Callahan could also be called up over the coming month.

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Brian Lashoff On Waivers

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NHL Short Notes

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PAQUETTE POWERS LIGHTNING BACK INTO FIRST PLACE . . .
Rookie Cedric Paquette recorded his first career hat trick to lead the Lightning to their franchise-record ninth consecutive victory at Amalie Arena dating to Dec. 11.
 
* At 31-15-4 (66 points), the Lightning leapfrogged the Red Wings (28-12-9, 65 points) to move back into first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.
 
* The Lightning improved to 20-4-1 this season at Amalie Arena. Their 20 home wins and 41 home points pace the NHL.
 
* At 21 years old, Elias says Paquette became the fifth player in Lightning history – and second this season (also Nikita Kucherov on Oct. 28 vs. ARI) – to register a hat trick before his 22nd birthday. The others: Steven Stamkos (5x), Chris Gratton and Jason Wiemer.

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Playoff Feel In Two Games Last Night

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from Craig Custance of ESPN,

There were two games on the schedule last night that definitely felt more like games in April than late January.

The first was in the East, where the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers played to a scoreless tie until a late Max Pacioretty shot finally beat Henrik Lundqvist in the third period. It wasn't a great goal for Lundqvist to allow, but until that moment the goalies were perfect and the tightness of the game was a reminder of just how entertaining another playoff series between these two teams would be.

In the West, watching the St. Louis Blues battle back against the Nashville Predators definitely looked like another matchup we might see in the spring. The Blues won in a shootout, and there was nothing cooler than seeing the dads celebrate their sons in the stands when Brian Elliott pushed aside a James Neal shootout attempt to seal the win. After the All-Star break, the games definitely take on a different flavor. You can tell the playoffs are starting to creep into the minds of these players.

read on for reports on the Ducks, Bruins and Lightning...

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Buffalo Sabres Scouting Grand Rapids Griffins

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via Nichols On Hockey,

Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Friday morning.

On what he’s working on for Saturday:

“A lot of the teams are finishing up their scouting meetings. I understand that Buffalo has been scouting Grand Rapids, which is Detroit’s American Hockey League team, quite a bit. So who knows what’s going on there. But a few people who have been through and around Grand Rapids have been saying they’ve seen a lot of Buffalo guys there. In the past, the Sabres and Red Wings have kind of been linked on talks, so you never know what that’s about.”

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A Lot Of Red In Tampa

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from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

With 8:01 left in the first period of Thursday night's Lightning-Red Wings showdown, a puck with eyes found its way into the net to tie the score, and a loud roar vibrated through the building.

But here's the strange thing: The goal wasn't scored by the Lightning, and this wasn't Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. This was Amalie Arena, home of the Lightning. On Thursday night, the Lightning had a time-share with the Red Wings.

As has become something of a tradition, Red Wing fans invaded Tampa Bay, turning Hockey Bay into a suburb of Hockeytown. A normal sea of blue had become flooded with red.

"It (ticks) me off," said Brad Fountain, a 47-year-old Lightning partial season-ticket holder from Palm Harbor. "This is our home. This is our building. I hate those fans who come here from other teams."

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Time For The “Shana-Plan” In Toronto

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from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

Ten games into the Peter Horachek era, the Maple Leafs have one win. They’re averaging a meagre 1.4 goals a game.

And after Thursday night’s 3-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes, they should have zero delusions about the reality of another squandered season. Fifty games into the campaign, Toronto’s NHLers find themselves 10 points removed from the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot. Going back to 1993-94, when the NHL moved to a conference-based playoff format, no team has overcome a double-digit deficit this late in an 82-game season to earn a berth in the Stanley Cup tournament.

Given the Leafs’ current list of problems — they only can’t score a goal and also can’t stop enough — it’s difficult to imagine them becoming the first.

Brendan Shanahan, in other words, can feel free to unveil the Shana-plan. Everything that’s done from this day forward should be about building for the seasons ahead, not the season at hand, even if more than three agonizing months lie ahead before the local heroes can count themselves free to take the ceremonial playoff-time fishing trip.

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Mike Babcock After The Wings 5-1 Loss To The Lightning

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I thought we had good attention to detail. I thought we played good," Babcock said. "I thought that might have been our best first period in a while. The puck just went in the net tonight.

"Let's be honest. It was in the net every time they shot it and so you're down by, not quite a touchdown, but a chunk right off the get-go."

Petr Mrazek experienced his worst NHL game, surrendering three goals on 15 shots and getting pulled after two periods.

He had played extremely well in spot starts this season and in the first three games after Jimmy Howard injured his groin on Jan. 10. But the 22-year-old has faltered of late, allowing 16 goals in his past four starts, getting pulled twice.

"You got to give him credit. He's a kid who's 10-4-1," Babcock said. "He's our third goalie. When they (Howard, Jonas Gustavsson) got hurt he still had great moxie. He's got NHL moxie. He's still got to work at his skill level."

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Below, watch Babcock post-game...

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