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A topic of discussion at the next General Managers meetings in March will be a coach's challenge, according to RDS' Renaud Lavoie.

Lavoie, who credits a "reliable source," says the French-speaking coaches he polled would be in favor of this, which seems to only include goal-related plays. Two years ago Panthers general manager Dale Tallon put it on the table, with a few on board, but then-Leafs general manager Brian Burke convinced the rest to say no because it would prolong games. The suspect calls already this season have rekindled the the idea. "I'm in favor because there are jobs and millions of dollars at stake," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said.
Source: RDS.ca
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 10:07:00 PM

Ondrej Kase scored a goal in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild.

Kase's goal tied the game at two at the 6:12 mark of the third period. The Ducks forward then added another tally in the shootout to make sure that his team managed to survive another round before teammate Nick Ritchie added the game-winner. Kase finished the night with a team-high six shots on goal in 17:12 of ice time. He's now accumulated nine points in his last seven games. The 22-year-old is up to 16 goals and 30 points in 43 games this season. Corey Perry also found the back of the net for the Ducks in regulation.
Feb 17 - 5:08 PM

Michael Grabner scored a pair of goals in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Grabner's first-period goal cut New York's deficit to 2-1 at the time, while his second tally made it 5-3. The 30-year-old finished the game with three shots on goal in 15:27 of ice time. The Rangers forward is now up to 25 goals and six assists in 58 games this season. He's picked up five points in his last five games. There have been plenty of rumblings about the Rangers shopping Grabner ahead of the trade deadline, and performances like these will only enhance his value. Former Senator Mika Zibanejad also found the back of the net for the Rangers in the loss.
Feb 17 - 4:52 PM

Derick Brassard scored a goal and two assists in Saturday's 6-3 win over the New York Rangers.

Brassard definitely got the better of his old team this afternoon. He registered the primary assists on goals by Mark Stone (1-0) and Thomas Chabot (5-2). He also added a goal of his own late in the second period to give the Sens a 4-2 lead at the time. Brassard finished the game with a plus-2 rating and four shots on goal in 17:28 of ice time. The 30-year-old has picked up six points in his last four games. He's also scored in four consecutive games. He's up to 17 goals and 35 points in 55 games this season.
Feb 17 - 4:47 PM

Nathan MacKinnon (shoulder) will return to the Avalanche lineup on Sunday.

MacKinnon has missed the last eight games because of a shoulder injury, but he took part in Saturday's full practice with his teammates. The Avs forward was a legitimate MVP candidate before suffering the injury, so he'll be a welcomed addition to the lineup. MacKinnon has 24 goals and 61 points in 49 games this season. All fantasy owners must insert him back into their lineup starting tomorrow.
Feb 17 - 4:29 PM

Anze Kopitar will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Kopitar scored two goals in 4:04 in the second period to give the Kings 2-0 and 3-0 leads at the time. He finished the game with four shots on goal and two blocked shots in 22:39 of ice time. The 30-year-old has 25 goals and 63 points in 58 games this season. The Kings forward has picked up 10 points in his last seven outings. Michael Amadio also scored a pair of goals in Los Angeles' victory.
Feb 17 - 3:34 PM

Nathan MacKinnon (shoulder) is back at practice on Saturday.

He's also wearing a regular jersey, which would indicate that he's closing in on a return. MacKinnon has missed each of Colorado's last eight games. The Avalanche have him listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Edmonton Oilers. He has 24 goals and 61 points in 49 games this season. Whenever he returns, he'll be a must-start in all fantasy formats.
Feb 17 - 3:24 PM

Ryan Kesler (lower body) won't play in Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

Kesler clearly hasn't been himself on the ice, so the Ducks have decided to shut him down for this game. He has six goals and two assists in 22 games this season. Kesler is considered day-to-day for now.
Feb 17 - 1:56 PM

Mike Smith skated before his teammates practiced on Saturday.

That's a good sign considering it looked as if Smith sustained a rather serious groin injury last Sunday. It appears that the groin muscle strain is more on the mild side and that Smith may only need a week more to recover. Stay tuned for further updates.
Feb 17 - 1:40 PM

Mike Green (upper body) won't play in Saturday's game against the Nashville Predators.

Green is considered day-to-day at this point. He has six goals and 29 points in 56 games this season. With the trade deadline approaching, the Wings need to get him healthy as soon as possible.
Feb 17 - 1:37 PM

Juuse Saros is expected to get the start in Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings.

He was in the starter's crease during the morning skate, which would indicate that he'll be the one playing tonight. Saros has dropped each of his last three games (two in overtime). He has a 5-4-5 record with a 2.44 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage this season.
Feb 17 - 12:35 PM

Eddie Lack will be between the pipes for Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Lighting.

He has a 1-3-0 record with a 4.55 goals-against-average and a .833 save percentage this season. Lack hasn't won a game since Nov. 13.
Feb 17 - 12:18 PM




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