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Petr Mrazek drops fourth straight game 03-07-2018
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Petr Mrazek allowed four goals on 27 shots in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flyers were up 2-1 in the second period, but they allowed the Penguins to score the next four goals. The loss extended the Flyers' losing streak to four games. Mrazek has been between the pipes for each of those games. He now owns a 11-10-4 record with a 2.94 goals-against-average and a .905 save percentage this season.
Tristan Jarry wins third straight decision 03-07-2018
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Tristan Jarry turned aside 26 of 28 shots in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers had a 2-1 lead early in the second frame, but the Penguins managed to score four unanswered goals. Jarry has now rattled off three straight victories. He owns a 13-5-2 record with a 2.66 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage this season. Jarry will continue to serve as the starting netminder until Matt Murray (concussion) returns to the lineup.
Jakub Voracek scores in loss to Penguins 03-07-2018
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Jakub Voracek scored a goal in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Voracek tied the game at one at the 2:07 mark of the second frame. Travis Konecny gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead less than four minutes later. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, the Pens managed to score the next four goals. The 28-year-old has 15 goals and 72 points in 67 games this season. He's racked up three points in his last three games.
Evgeni Malkin keeps rolling in win over PHI 03-07-2018
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Evgeni Malkin picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Malkin registered the primary helper on Phil Kessel's power-play goal at the 18:35 mark of the first period. The Pens forward then added an empty-netter in the final two minutes of the game. Malkin finished the night with two penalty minutes and three shots on goal in 18:48 of ice time. The 31-year-old has accumulated an incredible 35 points in his last 18 games. He's up to 38 goals and 84 points in 64 contests. He trails Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov by just two points in the race for the Art Ross Trophy. Jamie Oleksiak and Conor Sheary (twice) also found the back of the net for the Penguins. The win allowed Pittsburgh to jump into first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Flames chase Chad Johnson from net on WED 03-07-2018
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Chad Johnson was pulled in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames. Johnson was yanked from the crease after he allowed four goals on 22 shots in just over 26 minutes of action. Robin Lehner, who entered the game in relief, gave up one more goal on 19 shots. Johnson owns a 7-11-3 record with a 3.29 goals-against-average and a .896 save percentage this season. His three-game winning streak is officially over.
David Rittich almost shuts out Sabres on WED 03-07-2018
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David Rittich turned aside 25 of 26 shots in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Rittich nearly picked up a shutout tonight, but he eventually gave up a goal to Sabres defender Casey Nelson with just 18 seconds remaining in regulation. The victory puts an end to the Flames netminder's personal four-game losing streak. He has a 7-5-3 record with a 2.96 goals-against-average and a .904 save percentage this season.
Casey Nelson scores in blowout loss to Flames 03-07-2018
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Casey Nelson found the back of the net in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames. It looked like the Sabres were going to be shut out on Wednesday, but Nelson got the them on the board with just 18 seconds remaining in regulation. The 25-year-old has two goals and seven points in 23 games this season. Jason Pominville and Scott Wilson registered the helpers on Buffalo's only goal.
Sam Bennett picks up 1G, 1A in win over BUF 03-07-2018
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Sam Bennett picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Bennett gave the Flames a 1-0 lead just 5:35 into the game. He also registered the primary assist on Mark Jankowski's goal which came exactly three minutes later. Bennett finished the game with a plus-1 rating, three shots on goal and three hits in 13:53 of ice time. The 21-year-old had just one goal in his last 10 games heading into tonight's contest. He's up to 10 goals and 25 points in 68 games this season. Bennett is still young, so he can still reach his full potential, but he hasn't lived up to the hype since he was selected fourth overall in 2014. Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan and Dougie Hamilton also scored for the Flames.
Ron Francis no longer Hurricanes GM 03-07-2018
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The Carolina Hurricanes have made Ron Francis their president of hockey operations.
Francis had been serving as the team's general manager, but he's lost that title. The Hurricanes' release also mentioned that the team will be conducting a search for a new GM, "who will report directly to (Tom) Dundon." That's a unique way of saying that it's time to go in a different direction. "Since I took control of the team, I've had a good chance to be around and assess the operations," said Dundon. "There are a lot of good people working in the organization, but I feel that a change in direction is needed when it comes to hockey personnel decisions. Ron is a smart and talented hockey man. I am glad that he will continue to be a part of the team, serving in this new role."
Dale Weise scratched vs. PIT on Wednesday 03-07-2018
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Dale Weise will be a healthy scratch in Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The 29-year-old has four goals, four assists and a minus-7 rating in 45 games this season. This will be the third straight game he watches from the press box. Taylor Leier, Matt Read and Johnny Oduya will also serve as a healthy scratch.
Carter Rowney scratched vs. Flyers on WED 03-07-2018
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Carter Rowney will be a healthy scratch in Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
Rowney has two goals, two assists and a minus-13 rating this season. The 28-year-old has now been scratched in three consecutive games. Matt Hunwick will also watch the game from the press box.
Chris Stewart scratched vs. BUF on Wednesday 03-07-2018
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Chris Stewart will be a healthy scratch in Wednesday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.
This will be the third consecutive game he watches from the press box. The 30-year-old has nine goals and 13 points in 49 games with Minnesota and Calgary this season. Tanner Glass, Nick Shore and Matt Bartkowski are also expected to watch the game from the press box.
Daniel O'Regan scratched vs. CGY on WED 03-07-2018
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Daniel O'Regan will be a healthy scratch in Wednesday's game against the Calgary Flames.

Buffalo Sabres on Twitter
The forward was acquired from the Sharks in the trade involving Evander Kane. He has no goals and four assists in 19 games this season. Justin Falk and Josh Gorges will also watch the game from the press box. None of these three players will have any fantasy value going forward.
David Rittich expected to start vs. Sabres 03-07-2018
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David Rittich is expected to get the start in Wednesday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Calgary Flames on Twitter
He has a 6-5-3 record with a 3.11 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage this season. Rittich has lost each of his last four decisions.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is dealing with fatigue 03-07-2018
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Andrei Vasilevskiy admitted that he's been feeling fatigue lately.

Tampa Bay Times
Vasilevskiy has already established a new career-high with 54 starts in his first full season as a starter, though he did serve in that capacity for a good chunk of 2016-17. "Tiredness is something that I probably never faced before," Vasilevskiy said. "I mean, 50-plus games. When you play in 20-plus games, it's like you think, 'Oh, I'm good, I can play 60-plus.' But now when I'm on 50-plus, I'm like, 'That's tough.' So that's why sometimes I'm probably not as sharp, like probably the first half of the season. That's why I have to adjust and be on the top of my game." That might explain why Vasilevskiy has a 3.16 GAA and .911 save percentage in 14 contests since the All-Star Game after looking like a major contender for the Vezina Trophy in the first half of the season. Perhaps he'll get a bit more time off to keep him fresh going into the playoffs.
Joakim Nordstrom (UBI) is good to return 03-07-2018
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Joakim Nordstrom (upper body) will be available on Thursday.

Michael Smith on Twitter
Nordstrom missed four straight games. He has two goals and four points in 62 contests in 2017-18.
Scott Darling is expected to start Thursday 03-07-2018
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Scott Darling will be the Hurricanes' starter on Thursday.

Michael Smith on Twitter
Cam Ward was yanked on Tuesday after allowing four goals on 13 shots, so Darling will get an opportunity. Darling has struggled this season with a 3.09 GAA and .889 save percentage in 35 games.
Tomas Hyka heads to the AHL 03-07-2018
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Tomas Hyka has been sent to the minors.

Sinbin.Vegas on Twitter
Hyka has a goal and an assist in six games with Vegas. At the AHL level, he's scored 13 goals and 34 points in 35 contests.
Detroit promotes Evgeny Svechnikov 03-07-2018
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Evgeny Svechnikov has been summoned by the Detroit Red Wings.

Helene St. James on Twitter
Svechnikov has 22 points and 56 penalty minutes in 52 AHL games this season. He was called up because Frans Nielsen will be out for at least two games with an upper-body injury.
Frans Nielsen will miss at least two games 03-07-2018
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Frans Nielsen (upper body) has been ruled out for Thursday and Friday's games.

Helene St. James on Twitter
Nielsen will be re-evaluated next week. He left Tuesday's game after being struck high by David Backes. The NHL announced that Backes has been suspended for three games.
NHL suspends David Backes for three games 03-07-2018
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The NHL has handed David Backes a three-game suspension.
Backes is being punished for a high, late hit on Red Wings' Frans Nielsen on Wednesday. Nielsen sustained an upper-body injury and was forced to leave the game as a result. Backes didn't have a suspension history prior to this incident. He'll be eligible to return on March 13.
Darcy Kuemper will get the nod on Wednesday 03-07-2018
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Darcy Kuemper will start for Arizona on Wednesday.
Kuemper is searching for his first win since being acquired by Arizona. He has a 3.53 GAA and .889 save percentage in two starts with the Coyotes.
Montreal signs Will Bitten to an ELC 03-07-2018
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Will Bitten has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
Bitten has 19 goals and 61 points in 58 OHL games this season. Montreal took him with the 70th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Montreal inks Michael Pezzetta to an ELC 03-07-2018
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Michael Pezzetta has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Montreal.
Pezzetta was taken with the 160th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He has 22 goals and 50 points in 58 OHL contests in 2017-18.
Canucks will start Jacob Markstrom Wednesday 03-07-2018
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Jacob Markstrom will be the Canucks' starter on Wednesday. on Twitter
Markstrom stopped 31 of 34 shots to earn a 4-3 overtime win against the Islanders Monday night. He has an 18-21-6 record, 2.79 GAA and .909 save percentage in 49 games in 2017-18.
Jean-Francois Berube will start on Thursday 03-07-2018
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Jean-Francois Berube will start on Thursday.

Mark Lazerus on Twitter
Berube earned another start after stopping 33 of 34 shots in a 2-1 win against Colorado on Tuesday. He has a 3.10 GAA and .907 save percentage in five games this season.
Craig Anderson is expected to start Thursday 03-07-2018
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Craig Anderson will play between the pipes on Thursday. on Twitter
Anderson will be going for his third straight win. He has a 19-20-5 record, 3.26 GAA, and .901 save percentage in 48 contests this season.
Wayne Simmonds (UBI) will return on Wednesday 03-07-2018
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Wayne Simmonds (upper body) confirmed that he will make his return on Wednesday.

Adam Kimelman on Twitter
It will be Simmonds' first game since Feb. 18. He has 20 goals, 37 points, and 55 penalty minutes in 59 contests in 2017-18.
Buffalo calls up Daniel O'Regan 03-07-2018
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The Buffalo Sabres have called up Daniel O'Regan.

Buffalo News
O'Regan had three assists in 19 games with San Jose before being acquired by Buffalo as part of the Evander Kane trade. Although Buffalo decided to summon him ahead of Wednesday's game, he won't draw into the lineup tonight. "He just got into our organization," coach Phil Housley said. "I could see him getting some games in the future here, but I think he's just a really good, solid prospect for us right now, and he's going to get an opportunity."
Canadiens assign Zach Fucale to minors 03-07-2018
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The Montreal Canadiens have assigned Zach Fucale to the minors.
Fucale was with the Canadiens on an emergency basis because Antti Niemi was unavailable for last night's game against the Devils. It sounds like Niemi's fine, so there's no need for Montreal to carry three goaltenders on their roster.
Auston Matthews unlikely to play on Saturday 03-07-2018
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Auston Matthews (shoulder) probably won't be available for Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Mark Masters on Twitter
Matthews has already missed five games because of the injury and it's unclear when he'll be available to return to the Maple Leafs lineup. The positive news is that he skated again Wednesday and participated in part of practice in a non-contact role.
Reilly Smith hurt in loss to Columbus 03-07-2018
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Reilly Smith (undisclosed) was hurt in Tuesday's game against Columbus.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Smith was on the receiving end of a hit in the final minute of the second period and left the ice holding his left side. He did not play in the third frame and coach Gerard Gallant did not have an update on his status after the contest. We may learn more on Wednesday.
Scheifele injury not related to previous one 03-07-2018
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Winnipeg expects to know more about Mark Scheifele's upper-body injury on Wednesday.

Winnipeg Sun
Cameras reportedly caught him mouthing the words "collarbone" and "hard to breathe" to the Jets medical staff when he was heading to the locker room. "We're hopeful. It has nothing to do with his previous injury, so that's the positive," said coach Paul Maurice. "Well I mean he was pretty stiff there, we'll know more tomorrow. That's the best I can do." Scheifele missed 16 games earlier this season with a suspected shoulder injury.
Tristan Jarry to start against Flyers on WED 03-07-2018
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Tristan Jarry will get the start in Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Pens Inside Scoop on Twitter
Jarry has won back-to-back games coming into tonight's clash with the Flyers. He has a 12-5-2 record with a 2.69 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage this season. Jarry will continue serving as the starting netminder while Matt Murray is out.
Petr Mrazek to start against Pens on WED 03-07-2018
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Petr Mrazek will get the nod in Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Adam Kimelman on Twitter
Mrazek has dropped each of his last three decisions. He has an 11-9-4 record with a 2.90 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage this season.
Chad Johnson will start against Flames on WED 03-07-2018
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Chad Johnson will get the start in Wednesday's game against the Calgary Flames.

Paul Hamilton on Twitter
Johnson has won three straight games and five of his last six. He has a 7-10-3 record with a 3.17 goals-against-average and a .898 save percentage this season.
Pavel Zacha (UBI) injured on Tuesday night 03-07-2018
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Pavel Zacha suffered an upper-body injury in Tuesday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Amanda Stein on Twitter
Zacha didn't take a shift in the third period of last night's game. He's not on the ice for Wednesday's practice and he's expected to be re-evaluated tomorrow. We'll consider him day-to-day at this point.
Joel Edmundson (arm) nears return to lineup 03-07-2018
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Joel Edmundson (arm) was a full participant at Tuesday's practice.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Just wake up in the morning and see how I feel," said Edmundson. "We'll just take it day by day. Over the next week, we'll see how I feel. There's no rush, but I definitely want to get back out there and I want to help the team out." A potential return to the lineup could be just around the corner, as he appears to be ahead of schedule. He still has to build some strength back up though. Edmundston suffered a compound fracture of his forearm back on Feb. 8.
Colorado takes Jonathan Bernier off IR 03-07-2018
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Jonathan Bernier (head) was taken off injured reserve for Tuesday's game.

CapFriendly Transactions on Twitter
Bernier was expected to be available to return and he backed up Semyon Varlamov in Colorado's 2-1 overtime loss to Chicago He could be back in the crease as soon as Thursday against Columbus if the Avalanche want to give Varlamov a break.
Mikko Koivu riding a 5-game point spree 03-07-2018
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Mikko Koivu stretched his point streak to five straight games on Tuesday night. Koivu earned a pair of assists in a 6-2 win over Carolina. He has three goals and four assists during his point spree. It's largely been a disappointing campaign for Koivu after he amassed 58 points in 60 games last year, but he appears to be finishing on a high note.
David Backes will face a hearing Wednesday 03-07-2018
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David Backes will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Wednesday for interference on Detroit's Frans Nielsen.

NHL Player Safety on Twitter
The incident occurred in Tuesday's game and it knocked Nielsen out of the match with an upper-body injury.
Corey Crawford remains 'status quo' 03-07-2018
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Corey Crawford (head) remains "status quo," according to coach Joel Quenneville.

Chicago Sun-Times
Crawford has been sidelined since Dec. 23. The Blackhawks bench boss said it's doubtful that Crawford will be back on the ice in the next few days. It is looking more and more likely that he won't play again this season, but that shouldn't come as a surprise.
J.T. Miller clicks with Gourde and Point 03-07-2018
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J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 OT win over Florida.

Tampa Bay Times
The trio of Miller, Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point combined for four goals and two helpers in the contest. Miller has two goals and five points in four games with the Lightning since he was acquired from the Rangers.
Mike Reilly has 4 points in 4 games with MTL 03-07-2018
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Mike Reilly has earned four assists in four games with the Canadiens. Reilly has picked up two helpers in two of Montreal's last three games, including Tuesday's 6-4 loss to New Jersey. He also had two shots and two hits in 21:49 of ice time
Brendan Gallagher scores 24th goal Tuesday 03-07-2018
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Brendan Gallagher potted his 24th goal of the season Tuesday in a 6-4 loss to New Jersey.

Montreal Gazette
That ties the career-high Gallagher set in 2014-15. He needs six more points in the last 16 games to match the personal best he established that year. Gallagher has three goals and two assists during a four-game point streak. If he keeps producing like this then he could hit the 50-point plateau for the first time at the NHL level.
Keith Yandle tops point total from last year 03-07-2018
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Keith Yandle has four assists over a three-game point streak. Yandle earned two helpers in Tuesday's 5-4 OT loss to Tampa Bay. He also had four shots on goal and one block. Yandle had five goals and 41 points in 82 games last year and he already has six goals and 42 points through 64 matches in 2017-18.
Dadonov posts 4th straight multi-point effort 03-07-2018
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Evgenii Dadonov has produced two points in each of his last four outings. Dadonov had two assists in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Tampa Bay. The 28-year-old winger has 20 goals and 49 points in 56 games this season. He has been a great addition to Florida's top-six forward group and has spent most of 2017-18 alongside Aleksander Barkov.
Aleksander Barkov has a 7-game point streak 03-07-2018
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Aleksander Barkov extended his point streak to seven straight games on Tuesday night.

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Barkov helped set up goals by Nick Bjugstad and Vincent Trocheck (power play) in the third period to get Tuesday's game to overtime. However, Florida came up short in a 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay. Barkov has five goals and seven assists during his recent scoring spree.
Braden Holtby's stuck in a horrid slump 03-07-2018
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Braden Holtby has been pulled in three of his last four games.

NBC Sports Washington
Holtby has struggled mightily over his last eight games with a 1-5-2 record and .854 save percentage over that stretch. That's pushed him down to a 3.03 GAA and .907 save percentage in 48 starts this season. Holtby was one of the league's top goaltenders over the previous three campaigns, but his recent struggles have led to questions over whether Philipp Grubauer should get a bigger role.
Canucks summon Reid Boucher 03-07-2018
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Reid Boucher has been called up by the Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver Province
Boucher might spend the rest of the campaign with Vancouver given that Brock Boeser (back) is unlikely to return before the end of the season. Boucher has 25 goals and 46 points in 45 AHL contests, but he's projected to play on Vancouver's fourth line on Wednesday.
Jonathan Cheechoo hangs up his skates 03-07-2018
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Jonathan Cheechoo has announced the end of his playing career.

NBC Sports Bay Area
Cheechoo's career was an interesting one to say the least. At his height in the NHL, he scored 56 goals and 93 points in 82 contests in 2005-06 and that goal total is still the Sharks' record for a single season. However, he declined rapidly after that, to 37 goals in 2006-07, 23 markers in 2007-08, and then just 12 goals in his final season with San Jose back in 2008-09. Still not even 30-years-old, Cheechoo tried to turn things around in Ottawa, but it didn't work out. He hasn't played in the NHL since 2010, but he went to the KHL in 2013-14 and proved to be effective in that league for four seasons. The Sharks plan to recognize his career on March 24 before the puck drops in a game against Calgary.
Sami Vatanen extends point streak to 4 games 03-07-2018
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Sami Vatanen is on a four-game point streak.

The Bergen Record
Vatanen registered two assists in a 6-4 win against Montreal on Tuesday. He's up to three goals and 28 points in 58 contests, including 24 points in 43 games since joining New Jersey.
Will Butcher snaps his scoring drought 03-07-2018
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Will Butcher has ended his 11-game point drought.

The Bergen Record
Butcher recorded a pair of assists in a 6-4 win over Montreal Tuesday night. It's not surprising to see a young player be less consistent than their veteran counterparts. He's still having a great rookie campaign overall with two goals and 32 points in 66 contests.
Patrick Maroon nets his first goal with NJD 03-07-2018
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Patrick Maroon scored his first goal as a member of the Devils on Tuesday.

The Bergen Record
Maroon has been a solid contributor so far with a goal and four points in four contests with New Jersey. The Devils acquired him from Edmonton in exchange for a third-round pick and prospect J.D. Dudek.
Brian Boyle has 20 points in 54 games 03-07-2018
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Brian Boyle scored a goal and registered an assist in the Devils' 6-4 win against Montreal on Tuesday.

The Bergen Record
That gives Boyle 12 goals and 20 points in 54 contests this season. This is the fourth straight campaign that's he's reached the 20-point milestone. He wasn't able to start the campaign until Nov. 1 after being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. He's gone on to have a great campaign and appeared in the All-Star Game.
Tyler Bertuzzi registers two helpers Tuesday 03-07-2018
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Tyler Bertuzzi had two assists in Tuesday's 6-5 OT loss to the Boston Bruins.

Detroit Free Press
Bertuzzi helped set up goals by Anthony Mantha and Martin Frk in the match. He has produced four assists in four games since moving up to a line with Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou.
Ristolainen has heated up after slow start 03-07-2018
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Rasmus Ristolainen has amassed 22 points in the last 28 games.

Buffalo News
Ristolainen had a big game Monday against Toronto with two helpers, five penalty minutes, four hits, five blocks and a plus-3 rating. He has rebounded nicely following a sluggish start to the season.
David Pastrnak collects three assists vs. DET 03-07-2018
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David Pastrnak contributed three assists in a 6-5 overtime victory versus Detroit on Tuesday night. Pastrnak assisted on two of Brad Marchand's three goals in the contest and he helped set up two power-play markers by the Bruins. He also finished with five shots on goal in the match. Pastrnak has a career-high 38 assists this season and he has accounted for 61 points through 64 appearances.
Riley Nash earns two helpers Tuesday 03-07-2018
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Riley Nash contributed two assists in Tuesday's 6-5 overtime win against Detroit. Nash had a hand in two of Brad Marchand's three goals in the contest, including the game winner in the extra session. Nash has generated two goals and four helpers in four games since he was elevated to Boston's top line after Patrice Bergeron came out of the lineup with a fractured foot.
Torey Krug records 2G, 2A Tuesday night 03-07-2018
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Torey Krug notched two goals and two assists in a 6-5 OT win over Detroit on Tuesday night.

Boston Herald
Krug has 13 goals on the year and needs just one more to match the personal best he set back in 2013-14. He has produced 47 points in 60 games, including three markers and six helpers during a four-game point streak.
Zach Werenski has gotten to the 30-point mark 03-07-2018
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Zach Werenski reached the 30-point milestone on Tuesday.

Columbus Dispatch
Werenski got there by scoring the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win against Vegas. That was the sophomore's 13th goal of the season, which puts him in a three-way tie for third place among defensemen. That's pretty impressive given that he endured a 25-game goal drought that was snapped on March 2.
Pierre-Luc Dubois gets three points Tuesday 03-07-2018
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Pierre-Luc Dubois scored a goal and registered two assists in a 4-1 victory over Vegas on Tuesday.

Columbus Dispatch
It was the first three-point game of Dubois' career. The rookie forward has 15 goals and 35 points in 67 contests this season. He's tied for 10th place in the rookie scoring race.
Jeff Skinner records his 40th point of 17-18 03-07-2018
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Jeff Skinner has reached the 40-point milestone.

Raleigh News & Observer
Skinner got there by registering an assist on Tuesday in his 67 game of the season. Unfortunately, he's also now gone seven contests without finding the back of the net as he remains stuck at 20 goals. Skinner has surpassed the 30-goal milestone on three separate occasions and finished 2016-17 with 37 markers, but it looks like 2017-18 will be recorded as a down season. That said, goals have a tendency to come in bunches and Skinner might have at least one more big hot streak left in him this campaign. The Hurricanes could certainly use it as they attempt to claw their way into the playoffs.
Mike Smith has been frustrated with injury 03-07-2018
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Mike Smith (lower body) said there's been a lot of frustration with his injury.

Calgary Sun
Smith hasn't been able to play since Feb. 11 due to his injury. ""It's been an injury that I haven't had before, a very unique injury," Smith said. "When you haven't gone through it, it's hard to know exactly when is the right time to start skating, to start moving, to start practicing. That's been the hardest thing. If it was something that I've been through before, it would be easy to say, 'It's going to be this long and I should be ready to go.' But this one has been a little bit unique, so it's been challenging, for sure." Smith did practice with the Flames on Tuesday, which is obviously a great sign. We don't know when he'll return, but if he's healthy enough to practice then perhaps it will be in the not too distant future.
Hampus Lindholm ties his career-high in goals 03-07-2018
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Hampus Lindholm scored a goal in Anaheim's 4-0 win against Washington on Tuesday.

Orange County Register
That was Lindholm's 10th goal in 54 contests this season. This is the second time the blueliner has managed to score 10 markers in a campaign and his next goal would set a new career-high. He also has 24 points, though that's still well below his personal best of 34.
Jakob Silfverberg hits the 30-point mark 03-07-2018
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Jakob Silfverberg has reached the 30-point milestone.

Orange County Register
This is the fourth straight campaign that he's gotten at least 30 points. Still, 2017-18 has been a bit of a disappointment given that he wasn't able to build off his 49-point showing last season. He's not much of an offensive force and likely never will be, but he is a solid part of the Ducks' supporting cast.
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Matthew Grzelcyk returned to action on Tuesday March 6.
Josh Manson picks up a pair of assists 03-07-2018
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Josh Manson went for two assists and a plus-1 rating in Tuesday's 4-0 victory against Washington while adding four hits and two blocked shots. Manson is normally known for tossing his body around, stepping in front of shots while also inflicting thunderous hits. The offense is a bonus for fantasy owners. The rearguard is a must-have for those in pools reward blocked shots (84) and hits (138). Next up will be a trip to Nashville on Thursday for what should be a physical game.
Ryan Getzlaf helps out twice in home win 03-07-2018
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Ryan Getzlaf picked up a pair of assists with a plus-1 rating, one blocked shot, a minor penalty and three hits Tuesday against the Capitals. Getzlaf managed seven goals with 28 assists through his first 36 games, which isn't awful production. But he has hit another gear lately, going for two goals with 10 assists and a plus-6 rating across the past six outings. Next up is a trip to Nashville. He hasn't faced them yet this season due to injury, but Getzlaf has posted six goals and 14 points with a plus-8 rating across his past 12 meetings with the Predators.
Adam Henrique posts goal, assist in win 03-07-2018
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Adam Henrique scored a power-play goal while adding an assist in Tuesday's 4-0 victory against Washington. Henrique notched his 20th goal of the season, giving him three consecutive 20-goal campaigns. He has also reached the mark four times in his seven-year NHL career. Henrique is currently on pace to tie his career high of 51 points set during his rookie season of 2011-12. He has at least one point in three of the past four games, and will look for another Thursday in Nashville.
Rickard Rakell extends goal streak to four 03-07-2018
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Rickard Rakell picked up a goal, an assist and a plus-1 rating in Tuesday's 4-0 victory against the Capitals. Rakell has lit the lamp in four consecutive outings, posting six goals with eight points and a plus-5 rating over the impressive stretch. Next up is a trip to Nashville on Thursday. The All-Star had a power-play assist in the first and only meeting over the season on Nov. 3 in Anaheim.
Braden Holtby doesn't stick around for long 03-07-2018
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Braden Holtby allowed three goals on just nine shots before he was pulled early in the second period Tuesday in Anaheim. A goal by All-Star Rickard Rakell at 5:37 of the second period was all head coach Barry Trotz needed to see, as he summoned Philipp Grubauer from the bench. The backup ended up stopping all eight of the shots he faced in his 33:07 of ice time. The road trip continues Thursday in Los Angeles and it wouldn't be surprising to see Grubauer rewarded with a start after his solid performance.
John Gibson stops 36 shots, blanks Capitals 03-07-2018
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John Gibson turned aside all 36 shots he faced in Tuesday's 4-0 victory against the Capitals, posting his second shutout of the season. Gibson picked up his 14th shutout of his career, improving to 8-1-1 since the All-Star break. He is also 15-4-2 across his past 21 decisions, while going 9-1-1 in his past 12 starts in front of the home fans. He has re-emerged as a bona fide No. 1 backstop in all fantasy pools. Next up will be a trip to the Music City to take on the Predators after the Ducks wrapped up a 3-0-1 homestand.
Taylor Hall's point streak hits 26 games 03-07-2018
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Taylor Hall picked up two assists in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Hall registered the primary assists on power-play goals by Travis Zajac (4-0) and Patrick Maroon (5-1). The Devils forward extended his impressive point streak to 26 games in the process. He continues to amaze the hockey world. Hall is up to 30 goals and 74 points in 62 games this season. His former team, the Edmonton Oilers, could sure use him right now. Not only is the 26-year-old a must-start in all fantasy leagues, he's also firmly in the running for the Hart Trophy in 2017-18.
Cam Ward pulled in ugly loss to Wild on TUE 03-07-2018
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Cam Ward allowed was pulled during Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Ward gave up four goals on 13 shots in just over one period of action. Scott Darling, who entered the game in relief of Ward, allowed two more goals on 18 shots in the loss. The defeat drops Ward's record to 19-11-4 on the season. He'll go into his next game with a 2.70 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage.
Dubnyk wins for 6th time in last 7 games 03-07-2018
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Devan Dubnyk allowed two goals on 31 shots in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Dubnyk blanked the Hurricanes for most of the game, but he ended up allowing two goals in the third period when the game was already in hand. The Wild netminder has now rattled off six wins in his last seven games. He has a 29-12-5 record with a 2.60 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage this season.
Derek Ryan scores in ugly loss to Minnesota 03-07-2018
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Derek Ryan found the back of the net in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Ryan's power-play tally late in the third period proved to be the last goal of the game, but it was too late for the 'Canes to make a comeback. Ryan has now scored two goals in his last three games. He has 13 goals and 29 points in 65 games this season. Phil Di Giuseppe scored the other goal for Carolina on Tuesday night.
Eric Staal scores twice in win over 'Canes 03-07-2018
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Eric Staal scored a pair of goals in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Staal's first goal gave the Wild a 1-0 lead at the 4:35 mark of the first period, while his second tally made it 5-0 for Minnesota early in the second (they scored four goals in the first four minutes of the second frame). The veteran finished the night with a plus-1 rating and five shots on goal in 16:25 of ice time. The 33-year-old has been incredible for the Wild this season, as he's posted an impressive 36 goals and 67 points in 67 games this season. Staal has 15 points in his last nine contests. Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Daniel Winnik and Matt Cullen also scored for Minnesota.
Brandon Saad posts helper in overtime win 03-07-2018
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Brandon Saad posted an assist with a plus-1 rating, two blocked shots and a hit across 20:30 of ice time Tuesday against the Avalanche. Saad is having a dismal season in his second go-around with the Blackhawks. He is currently on pace for just 38 points, which would be his lowest across any full NHL season. He also sits with a minus-2 rating, and if he were to finish below zero it would be the first time in six NHL seasons he winds up in the negative.