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Daniel Sedin wraps up 2010-11 Art Ross Trophy with 104 points

The NHL probably cannot officially announce Daniel Sedin as the leading scorer for the 2010-11 season just yet. After all, with five games going on tomorrow, Jonathan Toews could technically score 29 points to hit the 105-point mark, I guess.

Hopefully you’re aware that such an event isn’t within the realm of reason — the Detroit Red Wings would need to leave their net open for the entire game for that to be slightly feasible — so let’s just say that “The Shooting Sedin” wrapped up the Art Ross Trophy during the Vancouver Canucks’ overtime win against the Calgary Flames tonight. Daniel’s two assists give him 104 points on the season, allowing him to follow his brother Henrik, the 2009-10 Art Ross winner.*

Daniel Sedin beat out Martin St. Louis (99 points), Corey Perry (98) and his brother Henrik (94) for the scoring title. While Perry will be the only NHL player to reach the 50-goal plateau this season, it looks like Daniel will finish the campaign as the only 100-point producer.

The Associated Press points out that Daniel’s 104 points is the lowest leading total since St. Louis scored 94 to win it in the 2003-04 season. If you’re a little worried that those numbers are a sign that the NHL is slipping back into the bad habits of the Dead Puck Era, then you’re not alone.

Offense-related worries aside, the Sedin twins have accomplished quite the amazing feat. It seems like the two brothers keep rotating sides in the “Which twin is better?” debate. Overall, it’s easy to spot the real winner: the Canucks.

Of course, all this talk of Daniel’s 41-goal, 63 assist season forces the focus back to the Hart Trophy debate. Surely we’ll get into his credentials, along with the arguments for St. Louis (too easily forgotten), Corey Perry (in everyone’s face) and plenty of other candidates in the future.

While that trophy’s voting process is as subjective as the piece of hardware is coveted, there’s no debating an award like the Art Ross. For the second year in a row, the Art Ross will stay under the Sedin roof.

The question is: what other pieces of hardware might Daniel (and the Canucks) end up nabbing once June 22nd rolls around?

* – Henrik Sedin scored 112 points in 2009-10.

Fight video: Someone other than Evander Kane beats up Alex Petrovic

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Bummed out on this holiday? Look on the bright side: at least you’re not as sore as Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic likely is right now.

Not long after suffering three defeats at the hands/fists of Evander Kane, Petrovic likely lost another bout to Nashville Predators tough guy Anthony Bitetto.

(Note: some might consider this more of a draw, for what it’s worth. You can watch that latest fight in the video above.)

Hey, at least Bitetto didn’t taunt Petrovic after their fight …

It was a rough night for the Panthers overall, as they suffered a gruesome injury or two and fell to the Predators by a score of 5-0.

Outdoor game rumors: Jets host Oilers, Red Wings at Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings face off during the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Love is in the air on Valentine’s Day, and so are rumors about hockey fans bundling up for outdoor games next season.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman went over two possible outdoor matchups coming for 2016-17 during Saturday’s Headlines segment.

A smart move for a potential game in Winnipeg: Imagine the Jets hosting a game in Winnipeg in February? Ilya Bryzgalov almost turned off his TV in protest.

Instead, Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports that the Jets are likely to host the Edmonton Oilers in October. That would be a smart logistical move, as long as it isn’t too hot.

(Also, playing it then would hopefully increase the odds of the mainstream sporting public seeing Connor McDavid in an outdoor game.)

Toronto’s turn: Friedman reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs are likely to host the Detroit Red Wings in the 2017 Winter Classic (or at least an outdoor game), almost certainly on New Year’s Day 2017.

The two teams combined for a great Winter Classic at Ann Arbor in 2014, so that could be a fun time.

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Keep in mind these are reports (and well-placed ones at that) rather than official announcements for the NHL. These things could always change.

Related: Could the Penguins host the Flyers outdoors next season, too?

Ducks likely to recall Khudobin after Gibson injury

Chicago Blackhawks' Richard Panik (14), of Slovakia, collides with Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Chicago. Anaheim won 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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“Costly victories” may have been one of the themes of Saturday night, as some teams paired impressive wins with worrisome injuries.

The good news is that, in each case, it appears that the early word is optimistic about those players (Tyler Seguin got stitched up in the Stars’ win, for example).

The Anaheim Ducks are reportedly readying to recall Anton Khudobin on Sunday after John Gibson suffered an upper-body injury during a collision with Chicago Blackhawks forward Richard Panik.

Again, so far the hope/expectation is that this might not be a major issue:

The pessimistic take would be to wonder “Uh oh, is the Ducks goalie carousel starting again?”

Frederik Andersen has seen some runs as Anaheim’s No. 1 guy, so maybe this issue is a reminder that the Ducks may be better off keeping both Gibson and Andersen around … at least while they can.

Stars end Capitals’ winning streak, pass Blackhawks for West lead

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For two periods, the Dallas Stars seemed to say, “Are you sure the Washington Capitals are the best team in the NHL?”

They chased Braden Holtby and built a 4-0 lead through those first 40 minutes, and that was enough … but barely. The Stars beat the Capitals 4-3 on Saturday, which accomplished the following:

  • Dallas ended Washington’s winning streak at five games. The Stars have now won three straight.
  • This win slides the Stars ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks for first place in the highly competitive Central Division. While both teams sit at 77 standings points, Dallas holds three games in hand.
  • By passing Chicago, the Stars now lead the Western Conference as a whole.

Impressive stuff. Some might even call it a statement game, although others may hold that nail-biting ending against them (possibly arguing that the Stars’ flaws may come back to haunt them in the playoffs).

Dallas’ biggest concern likely has little to do with doubters. Instead, they must monitor the statuses of forwards Tyler Seguin and Cody Eakin.

Long story short, the Stars are red-hot, yet bigger challenges likely lie ahead.