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  1. Red Wings aim to lock up Holmstrom and Lidstrom

    Mar 17, 2010, 9:34 PM EDT

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    It’s very rare these days to see a player stay their entire career with one team. With the salary cap and free agency, it’s tough for teams to hold on to the players they’ve drafted. The Detroit Red Wings are confident they can keep not one bet two of their franchise players, as Nicklas Lidstrom…

  2. Crawford to start in net tonight for Hawks

    Mar 17, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

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    The Chicago Blackhawks will be giving Corey Crawford a chance after all. The goaltender who was called up on an emergency basis because of Cristobal Huet’s flu will start tonight in net against the Anaheim Ducks. From Chris Kuc of Chicago Breaking Sports – “I just have to come in and play my game and…

  3. Capitals don't really need Ovechkin after all.

    Mar 17, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I know that everyone — well, everyone in Washington — is upset about Alex Ovechkin being forced to miss two games after being suspended by the evil Colin Campbell. I don’t think the Capitals have anything to worry about after destroying the Florida Panthers 7-3. I know that beating Florida isn’t exactly a great accomplishment,…

  4. Senators facing historic collapse

    Mar 17, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    You would think that the Ottawa Senators would at least try to break out of the slump they currently find themselves in. At this point, you could almost classify this ‘slump’ as a full blown collapse. The Senators have won just one game since the Olympic break, and most likely would be winless if they…

  5. Goal of the night: Mike Ribeiro & Steve Ott

    Mar 17, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

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    I know there’s a lot of Stars stuff this morning, but you can’t deny there were some great plays made in that game. And I’m a sucker for any goal scored while falling down.

  6. Save of the Night: Kari Lehtonen

    Mar 17, 2010, 6:45 AM EDT

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    Kari Lehtonen’s return to near-top form was great to watch. Here are some of his best saves:

  7. Kari Lehtonen's big night gives Stars hope

    Mar 17, 2010, 1:30 AM EDT

    Before I came to Pro Hockey Talk, I covered the Dallas Stars on a daily basis for Defending Big D. When the Stars traded for Kari Lehtonen, I sat down to watch nearly every game Lehtonen played in last spring, before his back injury knocked him out of the NHL for nearly a year. It…

  8. The PHT Nightcap – Tuesday, March 16

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap: Assist of the Night: Marty…

  9. Michael Leighton leaves game with ankle sprain

    Mar 16, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    The Philadelphia Flyers tried to score some goaltending depth at the trade deadline, but found the asking price too high went it turned out they were the only team actually looking a starting netminder. They rested their playoff hopes on Michael Leighton, who has performed well enough in 26 games this season. Well enough, at…

  10. From dorm rooms to the NHL

    Mar 16, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    Casey Wellman is having a pretty good day today, I imagine. Yesterday he was a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts, living the college dream of frat parties (responsibly of course), mid-terms, activist rallies and college co-eds. Today, he’s an NHL player. The Minnesota Wild signed Wellman, a center, a two-year contract today, according to…

  11. Chicago turns to AHL goaltender for help?

    Mar 16, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

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    With no one else to turn to, the Chicago Blackhawks have recalled goaltender Corey Crawford from the Rockford IceHogs, the team announced today. It’s obvious at this point that Chicago’s goaltending issues have a good chance of holding them back in the playoffs. Now Crawford will get his shot with the Blackhawks, as he tries…

  12. Ryan Miller deserves MVP recognition

    Mar 16, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

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    Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck has a great post this afternoon on who the front runners for the NHL MVP award are, based on statistical analysis of which players in NHL have positively impacted their team the most. He uses 5-on-5 impact, power play impact, penalty kill impact and penalty +/- for a ‘total…

  13. Jonathan Cheechoo: Searching for a new start

    Mar 16, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Four years ago, in just his third full NHL season, Jonathan Cheechoo led the league with 56 goals. He was on the verge of superstardom, and it seemed the entire hockey community was ready to embrace him as the next great player the NHL had to offer. Yet ever since that magical season it’s been…

  14. Senators go for new look to bust out of slump

    Mar 16, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

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    If it’s not working, might as well shake things up. The Ottawa Senators, sinking and flailing in the midst of a post-Olympics slump, will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight with a bit of a new look tonight. The changes were made a bit by necessity, but coach Cory Clouston is hoping some different…

  15. Steve Downie fined $1,000 for Crosby slew-foot

    Mar 16, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    For every penalty; turn, turn, turn…. For every injury; turn, turn, turn…. For every bad hit, the wheel of justice turns, turns, turns…. It’s not everyday that I defend and then condemn the same person within an hour. But here I am, doing just that. Thanks, Colin Campbell. A day after the NHL suspended Alex…

  16. Alex Ovechkin's 'apology'

    Mar 16, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    I didn’t expect Alex Ovechkin to say he was completely at fault for what what happened with Brian Campbell, but I can’t believe how everyone in Washington, D.C. seems to be completely mystified for why he was suspended. Ted Leonsis can’t understand it, Bruce Boudreau can’t believe it and now A.O. himself is a bit…

  17. Modano has emergency appendectomy

    Mar 15, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    Whatever they’re giving the hockey players in Friso, Texas is apparently not very good for the appendix. Just a month after Steve Ott had to undergo and emergency appendectomy, Mike Modano has had to have the same surgery. Per the Dallas Stars, Modano had surgery today and will be out indefinitely. Hopefully, we haven’t seen…

  18. Helm angry about (another) blind side hit

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Hey, did you guys hear about the latest controversy surrounding hits to the head and late hits and boarding and intent to injure and the NHL’s double standard for punishments and the inconsistencies from one hit to another hit? — Takes breath — Well, here’s another piece of kindling to throw into the fire that’s…

  19. Ovechkin suspended two games by NHL

    Mar 15, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post is reporting that the NHL has suspended Alex Ovechkin two games for his hit on Brian Campbell in yesterday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. I am of a split mind on this decision. First, this is what the NHL should have done from the very beginning. Ovechkin has had…

  20. Waddell: No coaching change this season

    Mar 15, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Not every decision Don Waddell has made has been a good one. He’s in a tough situation in Atlanta, but his inability to hold on to his top players has to be alarming. He certainly tried his best with Ilya Kovalchuk, and not every situation was his fault. His decision to not make a coaching…

  21. Stars looking for answer in net

    Mar 15, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    In spite of Marc Crawford’s steadfast optimism that the Dallas Stars should continue fighting for a playoff spot, their season is most likely 14 games from being over. The Stars would need to get 23 out of a possible 28 points just to have a legitimate shot at the playoffs, and if you’ve seen the…

  22. Illegal is illegal, regardless of injury

    Mar 15, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    With the hockey world still awaiting news of Ovechkin’s suspension, it seems that everyone is weighing in with their opinion on the legality of hits and whether a suspension is worthy and why is Ovechkin getting punished while Matt Cooke got off without one. Well, here’s my take on this whole mess. The NHL takes…

  23. NHL aims to implement new rule this season

    Mar 15, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Things are starting to heat up now. With the NHL under fire from all directions regarding illegal hits, head shots and suspensions — or lack thereof — it appears the league is working to get a new rule in place this season that would deem all blindside hits illegal. From TSN’s Darren Dreger: The NHL…

  24. Malkin day-to-day; x-rays negative

    Mar 15, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Everyone can rest easy now. Evgeni Malkin’s x-ray came back negative, and he is now listed as day-to-day. From the Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins received good news on Monday in regards to the recent injury to star forward Evgeni Malkin. The defending Art Ross and Conn Smythe champion suffered an undisclosed injury after being hit…

  25. Devils' power play reason for concern

    Mar 15, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

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    Every team has weaknesses and every team has points they’ve focused on to improve. As the playoffs draw near, coaches will start harping on the smallest details as they work to improve their team. With the Devils just 2-3-0 in their last five games, coach Jacques Lemaire is not happy with the power play. “Teams…

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