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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- The NHL has submitted to the NHLPA a revised Draft Lottery odds system for 2018. In 2016-17, the 30th-place team had an 18 per cent chance. If approved, whoever finishes 31st would be at 18.5 per cent. It was 20 prior to 2017.

- There were GMs who thought there would be a change to the offside rule, especially since Colin Campbell favoured it. One reason it didn’t happen was worry that camera angles were not clear enough to show if a skate truly was off the ice. That would’ve been a total gong show. You don’t want to walk from one problem to another.

- Carolina’s interim GM, Don Waddell, departed the meetings early to go back to home base. That left many of his brethren wondering exactly what is going on with the search. I think the honest answer is: not even Tom Dundon is sure. There are a few issues here. Tops among them, as Nick Kypreos and I mentioned last week, are authority and salary. From what I understand, one of the things that drove a wedge between Dundon and Ron Francis was that if the owner had a question about coaching strategy or something that happened during the game, he’d call Bill Peters directly. Francis didn’t like that, and most GMs wouldn’t either....

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Video- Great News From Eddie Olczyk

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Barry Trotz Could Be A Coaching Candidate For Thee Wings

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

If the Capitals do not do well in the playoffs in the Eastern Conference in the last year of his four-year contract, Trotz may be available to the Wings, if they decide Blashill’s ministrations have not been enough to improve the club through the first three years of his four-year contract.

Throughout their 92-year history, the seven men who have coached the Red Wings for four or more years had a .500 winning percentage or better, in the regular season.

Chronologically: Jack Adams, .512 (1927-1947); Tommy Ivan, .653 (1947-1954); Jimmy Skinner, .591 (1954-1958); Sid Abel, .501 (1958-1968 and 1969-70); Jacques Demers, .502 (1986-1990); Scotty Bowman .655 (1993-2002); and Mike Babcock, .649 (2005-2015).

The Red Wings entered play last night with Blashill, in his third season, right at .500, 101-101-35.

Trotz, a familiar sight behind the visitors’ bench in Detroit during his 15 seasons as head coach of the Predators, established a reputation for getting a lot out of players, in part, through a disciplined approach to defensive play.


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Video- It’s Early, But Cam Ward Wins Bad Goal Of The Night

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Can't recall witnessing this before.


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Rivalry Night! Bring On The Traditional Rivals: The Caps

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At home, at the rocking LCA.

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Neck Surgery For Mike Green

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Detroit, MI…The Detroit Red Wings today announced that defenseman Mike Green will undergo surgery on his cervical spine and will miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season.  Green missed seven games from Feb. 17-28 with the injury but returned to the Detroit lineup on March 2 at Winnipeg.  He re-aggravated the injury during the team’s practice on March 21 at Little Caesars Arena.  The procedure is scheduled for April 5 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and will be performed by Dr. Frank Cammisa.  A minimum two months of recovery time is expected.

Green, 32, has appeared in 65 games for the Red Wings this season.  He leads all Detroit defensemen in assists (25) and points (33), while ranking second among blueliners with eight goals.   

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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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added 5:33pm, Caps game day preview below too, Wings talk starts at the 2:11 mark.

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. 

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