The PHT Nightcap – Friday, April 9

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:

Video: Modano’s emotional night in Big D: If you’re not moved by this, you’re a monster.

NHL playoffs update: Rangers knocking on the door: But would they kick it in later in the evening?

Hornqvist expected to be ready for playoffs: The Preds are going to need Horny for the playoffs.

The case for Sidney Crosby for the Hart Trophy: Yeah, cause that should be tough to make.

Ponikarovsky hit on Bailey: Suspension-worthy?: I’m thinking it might be…

Poll: Who should win the Hart Trophy?

Nick Lidstrom should not retire this year: Yes, he’s playing as good as ever. Seriously.

Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin top list of young scorers: Also, water still wet.

Shootout-happy season benefits Coyotes most: Hello potential playoff storyline.

Alexei Ponikarovsky suspended 2 games: See… Told you it might be.

Capitals don’t need to name a No. 1 goalie: Jose & Semyon sounds like a Vegas act anyway.

My insane (but awesome) shootout solution: James lures you to his padded room with genius.

Quick hits: Jeff Carter might be back tonight: All that and much, much more.

Tyler Myers’ Calder Trophy argument: The debate rages on.

North Dakota Fighting Sioux no more: Political correctness run amok once again.

Coyotes inch closer to sale: Ice Edge steps to the plate first…

Blackhawks’ price of success: Supply and demand rears its ugly head again.

Blake Geoffrion wins Hobey Baker: Wisconsin’s best brings home the hardware.

Coyotes with more than one bidder: …and Glendale Hockey jumps in as well.

NHL Draft lottery preparation guide: It’s not the ping pong party you thought it was.

NHL playoffs update: Just win baby: The Rangers kicked the door in; Chaos ensues.

Matt Duchene hurt vs. Chicago: Potentially tough blow for the youthful Avs in the playoffs.

Race for the Rocket: Ovechkin first to 50: And how will Sid and Steven answer?

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    Video: Dylan Larkin adds to his rookie goals lead

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    So far, the 2015-16 crop of rookies is living up to the hype, if not exceeding it. Connor McDavid‘s unfortunate injury hasn’t even derailed this year’s crop.

    The Detroit Red Wings are watching their own blue chip blossom, as Dylan Larkin is making an instant impact.

    No. 71 scored his 10th goal of the season against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, fattening his rookie goals lead.

    He still needs five points to match rookie points leader Artemi Panarin, though.

    Latest report leaves Carey Price’s injury timeline fuzzy

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    There’s one thing we seem to know about Carey Price‘s injury situation: he first got hurt stepping on a puck on Oct. 29, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

    Contrary to earlier reports about him missing about a month, it sounds like his window of recovery is still up in the air (which, to be fair, could mean that he’ll still miss about a month when it’s all said and done).

    ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Price underwent testing with Montreal’s team doctor on Saturday and is expected to go through more; we may not know more about his expected injury timeline until early this coming week.

    So, basically, Price’s situation is fuzzier than his mustache right now.

    Leg injuries can be tricky anyway, so we shouldn’t be too surprised that there are mixed signals regarding Price, and this may remain a fluid situation for some time.

    (But we’ll hopefully know more soon enough.)

    Lightning lament life as a .500 team

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning have plenty of time to rise above mediocrity, yet it still must be deserving to finish at .500 for two straight months.

    After last night’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders, that’s exactly where they find themselves:

    Record at the end of October: 5-5-2

    Record at the end of November: 11-11-3

    As of this writing, the Lightning found themselves on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. It all stands as a pretty tough thing for the reigning Eastern Conference champs to swallow.

    The uncomfortable-yet-vital question is: can the Lightning break out of this funk?

    Looking at their schedule, it won’t be easy, at least not right away.

    They crawl through California during a three-game road trip to start December, and they also face six of eight on the road from Dec. 2 – 18.

    The Lightning soak up home dates to finish 2015 after that, but what damage will be done by then?

    Frankly, the Bolts will need to dig deep to break this pattern. If nothing else, they’ve fought with their backs against the wall before.

    Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby


    Sometimes a suspension will shame a player, or at least inspire him to change the way he plays.

    That apparently won’t happen regarding Brandon Dubinsky‘s one-game timeout session for cross-checking Sidney Crosby.

    Dubinsky told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch that he won’t alter his style, whether it’s against Crosby or someone else.

    “Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”

    In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.

    One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.

    Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?

    Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).