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Video- The Best Action From Last Night In The NHL

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A bit over three minutes to watch.


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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps

Minnesota 5, NY ISLANDERS 3

Washington 3, BUFFALO 2

Boston 2, CALGARY 1 (OT)

NASHVILLE 5, Ottawa 2

Los Angeles 3, CHICAGO 1

Anaheim 2, VEGAS 0

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Team USA Advances To The Quarter-Finals

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USA 5, Slovaki 1

USA will face the Czech Republic Tuesday night at 10:10pm ET.


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Lottery Thoughts For The New York Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

With Henrik Lundqvist, a seventh-round selection in 2000, and Brian Leetch, ninth-overall in 1986, as exceptions over the past four decades, the Blueshirts have had to trade for franchise players, and just about always when it has been too late to matter.

But this season that went irretrievably wrong within days of the calendar flipping to 2018 could be the one to put the Rangers into position to change the cycle.

Because, with lottery luck that was absent in 2004 when the Blueshirts entered the Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes as one of four teams with the best (6.25 percent) chance to claim the grand prize before somehow leaving with the 16th-overall selection, a continued deep dive could set up the franchise with at least a top-three selection for the first time since it was called the amateur draft.


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Who Won The Trade?

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from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Considering that Philadelphia was very clearly dealing from a position of weakness, they paid a very reasonable price to fill a suddenly gaping hole in their lineup.

From Detroit’s perspective, maybe the goalie trade market isn’t offering much, but this would sure seem to indicate that the team just wasn’t sold on Mrazek as having any kind of future value. It’s not like they have great options in the organization and 33-year-old Howard has a contract that expires after next season.

For those reasons, the trade does seem like a win for the Flyers, who paid a reasonable price to address a position of need.


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Mrazek Traded To Philadelphia

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added 10:10pm,



added 10:44pm, conditions added in the comment section.

Detroit release is below...

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Avs Down Two More Defensemen

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from Callie Parmele of ColoradoAvalanche.com,

The Colorado Avalanche finished its contest against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday without defensemen Erik Johnson and Anton Lindholm as both rear guards suffered upper-body injuries in the contest. There is not a timetable on when they could return to action.

"They are both out indefinitely. I don't have a timeline on it," head coach Jared Bednar said after the team's optional practice at Family Sports Center on Monday. 

Johnson and Lindholm join rear guard Mark Barberio on injured reserve. Barberio has been recovering from a lower-body ailment since Jan. 25.


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All Mark Lazarus (NBC Sports Chairman)

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from Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated,

As he has done with this column at at multiple Olympics around the halfway point, NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus addressed some questions viewers have have had regarding NBC’s coverage of the PyeongChang Games....

SI: How much has hockey viewership been hurt by the NHL players not being there?

Lazarus: A bit. It is early in the men’s tournament and we have not seen the big games yet but we are off roughly in the high 20s or low 30s. It has been affected. The [broadcast] windows are pretty similar so it is close to an apples to apples comparison. Listen, I think it is bad for hockey everywhere. Our numbers are off and if you look at the RSN numbers for every NHL team over this week-long period, at least when I looked at it, all but two teams were off versus a year ago in this window. So it is not good for anybody’s hockey ratings.

more on the Olympics

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Evening Line- Brian Lawton

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From the Dub: Neutral Zone

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

The Portland Winterhawks are currently on a seven day break, which is virtually unheard of except for the end-of-year holiday break. That meant no games this weekend. What's a local fan to do? It's an excellent time to catch up with the competition. And maybe brush up on WHL alumni making the headlines, including Mathew Barzal and Dominic Turgeon. There was plenty of action out there in the WHL this week. Now is the perfect time to keep the enemy closer. 

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