The Tampa Bay Lightning anticipate that the NHL realignment will make it harder for them to make the playoffs. Turner Batten argued it will also mean that “any success the Lightning endures from now on will not be swept under the rug with regards to the national spotlight.” (Lightning.nhl.com)
With Robyn Regehr inked, the Los Angeles Kings might opt to let defenseman Rob Scuderi walk as an unrestricted free agent. (LA Kings Insider)
Reebok-CCM has inked equipment deals with top 2013 Draft prospects Seth Jones, Nate MacKinnon, and Jonathan Drouin. (Ottawa Citizen)
Valtteri Filppula will need six-to-eight weeks to recover from his high-ankle sprain. He’s scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. (Detroit News)
As far as Kings coach Darryl Sutter is concerned, every team prepared well in advance for the possibility of facing the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs. (LA Kings Insider)
Wild must overcome Alex Ovechkin’s 14th career hat trick
Dion Phaneuf‘s first home game as a member of the Ottawa Senators is going more smoothly than his debut did on Wednesday.
Ottawa fell 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings last night, and they need another goal to tie up the Colorado Avalanche. Still, Phaneuf’s making a bigger impact on Thursday, collecting two assists … his first two points in a Sens’ sweater.
You can see his crowd-pleasing first helper above.
Here’s his second assist for good measure:
Update: The Avalanche held on, taking a 4-3 edge. Even so, Phaneuf’s getting a warm welcome in his new hockey city.
Phaneuf on the Ottawa crowd reaction: "It gave me chills."