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* It was a night to remember for 37-year-old Joe Pavelski, who became the oldest NHL player with five points in a game since Teemu Selanne over 10 years ago.

Brad Marchand scored the fifth hat trick of his NHL career as the Bruins continued their winning ways since the calendar flipped to 2022. 

* Thursday is set to feature the return of Tuukka Rask on ESPN, Lou Lamoriello approaching Glen Sather on an all-time NHL list and three teams looking to reach 25 wins on the season.

 

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Video- Dave Tippett And Connor McDavid On Evander Kane

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via the YouTube page of TSN

Oilers head coach Dave Tippett and captain Connor McDavid discuss Edmonton's reported interest in adding Evander Kane and how the team would deal with the drama surrounding the talented winger.

 

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Video- A Sit Down With Chris Pronger

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

On this edition of the Big Picture, Chris Simpson sat down with Chris Pronger to reflect on his career, what he misses most about playing in the NHL, his jersey retirement in St. Louis, and more.

 

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Wild Card Hopes Fading

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings needed, and wanted, more in terms of success on this road trip through California.

With that dream of a wild-card playoff spot gradually slipping away, the Wings needed more than the two of a possible six points out of the three games in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose.

Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss in San Jose capped the winless (0-1-2) trip and put the Wings three points behind Boston — with the Bruins having five games in hand. The task for a young team such as the Wings will be difficult.

That's why earning more than just two points would have been beneficial for the Wings to stay closer to the Bruins. The fact the Wings didn't play their best during these three games also was aggravating.

"Obviously we had chances to get a couple of more points, like (Tuesday)," defenseman Nick Leddy said after the disheartening loss to the Sharks. "I wish I could have tied up his (Sharks forward Logan Couture) stick for a split second longer (possibly preventing the game-winning goal). But that's kind of how it goes. It's a long season. Every game we've shown good steps in areas.

"We just have to pull together."

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Getting Auston Matthews Home

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from Craig Morgan of Go PHNX,

If you are from Toronto and you just read that headline, you either laughed out loud or you suffered a panic attack. Those are the endpoints on the Maple Leafs fan spectrum, a truth that I discovered all too well when I conducted the most innocuous of Q&As with Matthews 2½ years ago, only to have Leafs nation implode.

I heard it on talk shows, I heard it on podcasts and I read it in print. Those who weren’t busy trashing or dismissing the Coyotes franchise for its myriad missteps over the years were genuinely concerned that Matthews had only signed a five-year extension with the Leafs earlier that year because his goal was to come home and wear the jersey of the team for which he grew up rooting; the jersey that his idols Danny Brière and Shane Doan had worn.

For the fearful, all roads led back to the same place.

Matthews would win a Cup or two in Toronto and then realize that he had nothing left to prove so he would return to his home state.

Matthews would not win a Cup with the Leafs and become so sick of Toronto’s suffocating fan support and withering media coverage that he would jump ship for his quiet, happy place.

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Player Cards Come Alive

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from Dom Luszczyszyn and Shayna Goldman of The Athletic ($$$),

Welcome to our NHL player cards page where you will find data visualizations for each relevant player on the Detroit Red Wings, stylized as hockey cards. Each card contains a player’s info, role, and salary as well as his stats — both basic and advanced, projected and actual — for an at-a-glance look at his value and ability.

Click here for more on how to read these cards, how the model works, or how market value is determined.

Below, see the Dylan Larkin card and here are more Detroit players.

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The Latest On Evander Kane

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via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

Hearing NHL has notified teams it is investigating process of Evander Kane crossing border from US into Canada on Dec. 29. (1/x)…

Kane tested positive for COVID on Dec. 21, and flew to Vancouver on the 29th. In termination notice from SJ, it was alleged he did not have proper medical clearance. NHL is now doing full investigation…(2/3)

This will likely prevent a Kane signing in the short term, as teams await the results.

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Video- Goals Of The Week

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A bit over four minutes to watch.

 

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Mid-Season Draft Rankings By Central Scouting Bureau

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NEW YORK (Jan. 12, 2022) – Shane Wright (Burlington, Ont.), a center from the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs, ranks No. 1 among North American skaters for the 2022 NHL Draft as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau today released its mid-season rankings. Wright can become the first Frontenacs player selected No. 1 overall in the NHL Draft and the first OHL player since Connor McDavid in 2015.

Wright has recorded 11-19—30 in 22 games with Kingston this season (1.36 P/GP). He was granted exceptional player status to enter the OHL early and was selected with the No. 1 pick by Kingston in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection before claiming Canadian Hockey League and OHL Rookie of the Year honors in 2019-20.

“Shane Wright is a strong stride skater who possesses elusive outside speed to beat defenders and quickness to evade checks or lead a rush,” said Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting. “He has elite hockey sense with vision, anticipation and composure and has proven that he can carry the load and lead the way when it’s needed in game situations. He has carried himself remarkably despite many disruptions and distractions endured the past year and a half.”

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Videos- The Talk After An OT Loss In San Jose

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

... They wrapped up their three-game trip Tuesday at SAP Center with a 3-2 loss in overtime to the San Jose Sharks, settling for two out of six points. Logan Couture score a minute into the extra time.

:"I thought we did a lot of good things," defenseman Nick Leddy said. :"This has always been a tough rink. They come hard. We had a pretty good start, then sat back a little bit....

"I thought we were taking the game to them early," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We gave up a 2-on-1 six or seven minutes into the period, and from there we didn’t play nearly as good. I just thought a whole bunch of individual players didn’t seem to have lots of gas. Didn’t have lots of energy. We didn’t seem to be very strong on the puck. We were fortunate to get a point."

Credit that point to Nedeljkovic, who made 37 saves.

"He gave us a chance to steal one for sure," Blashill said.

Seeking to ameliorate the turnaround of crossing three time zones ahead of having a game on the slate Thursday, the Wings were scheduled to fly home Wednesday, one week after arriving in southern California.

“It was nice to get out here, seeing some places, getting in the ocean as a team, too,” Seider said. “It was pretty cool experience.”

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Below watch Nick Leddy and Jeff Blashill (in one video) and the game highlights.

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