GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 23:  Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Florida Panthers in action during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 23, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Panthers 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Pre-game reading: Jaromir Jagr to attend All-Star weekend as one of NHL’s top 100

Jaromir Jagr was not voted into the NHL All-Star game this year, and even though he will not be playing in the game he will still be in Los Angeles this weekend to take part in the NHL’s celebration of the top-100 players of all time. The league will be unveiling the final 67 players of its top-100 on Friday night, and Jagr, currently the NHL’s second leading all-time goal scorer and third all-time leading point producer, is certainly among that group (honestly, he is probably among the top-10 at this point). The event will be hosted by actor Jon Hamm. Jagr’s teammate, Vincent Trocheck with 18 goals and 15 assists in 49 games this season, will represent the Panthers in the game. [Miami Herald]

— St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko, currently the NHL’s eighth leading scorer, has not scored a goal in eight games. That is his longest goal scoring drought of the season and he is starting to get a little frustrated by some of the poor shooting luck he is experiencing lately. “My whole life, it frustrates me if the puck doesn’t go in,” Tarasenko said recently via the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “I think this year I’ve hit as many posts as I hit in my whole life. I mean post-and-out and crossbars. But as long as you look straight ahead of you and don’t put your head down, as long as you work hard and help your team as much as you can, it will come back.” He will have a chance to snap out of that goal scoring drought on Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild. [Post Dispatch]

— After being acquired in a trade from the San Jose Sharks earlier this week Tommy Wingels is going to be in the lineup for the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night when they host the Calgary Flames. In 37 games this season he has five goals and three assists. [TSN Steve Lloyd]

— Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau would like to see Mikko Koivu get a little bit more recognition for the Selke Trophy this season as one of the NHL’s best defensive forwards.

— With Evgeni Malkin sidelined for the time being due to a lower body injury the Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled center Carter Rowney from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Rowney, 27, has yet to play in an NHL game in his career. He has been in the Penguins organization since the 2013-14 season and spent time in the ECHL (Wheeling Nailers) and AHL. In 24 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season he has 10 goals and 11 assists, and has 47 goals in 189 career games at the AHL level. [Pittsburgh Penguins]

— After missing the past two games veteran defenseman Jason Garrison will be back in the lineup for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night when they take on the Florida Panthers. In 45 games this season the 32-year-old Garrison has just one goal and five assists for a Lightning team that is trying to get back into the playoff race in the Eastern Conference. [Tampa Bay Times]

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WATCH LIVE: Capitals at Flyers – Wednesday Night Rivalry

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 21: Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals checks Brandon Manning #23 of the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center on December 21, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The latest edition of “Wednesday Night Rivalry” on NBCSN features the Washington Capitals visiting the Philadelphia Flyers.

Both teams have been stumbling a bit here and there. The Flyers only have three wins since Jan. 31, though one of them came in their last game on Sunday. The Capitals lost both games since returning from their bye week.

The cost of struggles are easier for Washington to stomach, naturally. They’d rather make their Metropolitan Division lead insurmountable, but even so, they’re at least three points ahead of everyone else and have played the same or fewer games as their divisional peers.

The Flyers, on the other hand, are fighting for their playoff lives. Right now they’re on the outside looking in.

So both teams want this one, but the desperation level is higher for Philly. We’ll see how that impacts the game on NBCSN tonight. You can also watch online and via the NBC Sports App.

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Pre-game reading: NHLers sound off on poor ice conditions

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— Up top, Danny Briere recalls that famous line brawl between the Flyers and Penguins in the 2012 playoffs. The two Pennsylvania rivals meet again Saturday, outdoors at Heinz Field.

— It has not been a good year for NHL ice, and a number of players are starting to get fed up. For example, Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk, who said, “It’s been awful. I don’t know what it is. Even in our building this year. I thought it was really good [when we came] back for World Cup and right after that for the first little bit. But the last little bit, it’s been so bad. The puck’s all over the place.” Guess we know how he’ll be filling out his survey. (ESPN)

— The days leading up to the trade deadline can be pretty stressful for players who may get moved. And if they do get moved, the days after can be pretty tough, too. “I saw my daughters four days out of three months when I went to Pittsburgh,” said Hurricanes forward Lee Stempniak, who’s been dealt three straight years at the deadline. “When I was traded to Winnipeg, I didn’t see my daughters for the two months or more I was there because of the schedule.” (The News & Observer)

— On the 2017 NHL draft, which may not have the star power of the last two drafts, but will still have some pretty good players available. Especially centers. (USA Today)

— San Jose’s Brent Burns is trying to become only the second defenseman in NHL history to win a scoring title. With 64 points, Burns is only three points back of Connor McDavid for the league lead, with Sidney Crosby in the mix as well. Bobby Orr won the Art Ross Trophy twice, the last time in 1974-75 when he piled up 135 points in 80 games for the Boston Bruins.  (Canadian Press)

— Another Shark, Joe Thornton, is just two assists from 1,000 in the NHL. Only 12 players have accomplished that, with Wayne Gretzky’s 1,963 helpers leading the way. Joe Sakic’s 1,016 are the closest to Thornton’s 998. (The Mercury News)

Enjoy the games!

Bolts rule out Callahan indefinitely following second hip surgery

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Tampa Bay forward Ryan Callahan, who’s only played 18 games this year while recovering from offseason hip surgery, has undergone a follow-up procedure and will be sidelined indefinitely.

The Bolts made the announcement on Wednesday, just hours after a big 4-1 win over Edmonton. Callahan wasn’t in the lineup to face the Oilers — he hasn’t played since early January, when he skated just under 15 minutes in a loss to Philly.

The nature of this ailment has to be concerning.

Callahan, who turns 32 next month, is in the third of a six-year, $34.8 million deal with a $5.8M average annual cap hit. And this lingering hip problem comes on the heels of a disappointing ’15-16 campaign, in which Callahan scored just 10 goals and 28 points — the lowest marks since his rookie campaign.

As such, Tampa Bay is now bracing for an immediate future without a huge part of its leadership group. Captain Steve Stamkos has resumed skating, but there’s no set date for his return from major knee surgery.

Callahan, who’s been an alternate captain in each of the last three seasons, won’t be playing anytime soon either.

 

Kadri ‘not worried’ after Chiarot predicts revenge for big hit (Video)

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Toronto forward Nazem Kadri drew the ire of Jets d-man Ben Chiarot on Tuesday night for a big — albeit questionable — hit in the Leafs’ OT win.

Chiarot was visibly displeased following the game and alluded to getting even.

“It’s not the right time or place to chase him down, but there will be a time down the line,” he said, per Sportsnet. “Might not be this year, might not be next year.

“But there will be a time where the shoe will be on the other foot.”

Today, Kadri responded.

“I’m not worried at all,” Kadri said, per TSN. “I’ll be here for hopefully a few years. But like I said, if that was one of my teammates getting hit like that, I probably wouldn’t be too happy, so I expect that kind of reaction.”

Kadri’s hit, which went unpenalized, drew the ire of Chiarot’s head coach as well. Jets bench boss Paul Maurice was also visibly displeased following the game.

“He’s six inches in the air when he makes contact,” Maurice said, per Sportsnet. “In my mind, from the rear view, the first thing that moves on Benny is the helmet. Didn’t like it.”

Kadri’s been involved in a few high-profile collisions this season. He pasted Sabres captain Brian Gionta in a game earlier this month, and avoided suspension for a controversial hit on Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin back in November.