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Both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Los Angeles Kings can reminisce a bit about better times that happened not that long ago. Winning tonight could help one of them inch a little closer to those glory days.

Things aren’t as dire for the Kings.

At the moment, they have a loose grip on the first wild card spot out West, and games in hand are to their advantage. It’s not exactly a bullet-proof position, but all things considered, they’re surviving.

The Lightning must continue to wrestle with questions regarding their relevance, at least as far as the 2016-17 season goes. Their 52 points in 53 games isn’t catastrophic – look at the Avalanche and their 30 out West – it’s still bad enough that the Bolts are ranked last in the East.

Is it time to punt or should they keep fighting for the playoffs? Nights like these could make an impact on such decisions.

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    WATCH LIVE: Los Angeles Kings vs Anaheim Ducks

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    Adrian KempeAnze KopitarDustin Brown

    Tanner PearsonTrevor LewisTyler Toffoli

    Alex IafalloNick ShoreMarian Gaborik

    Kyle CliffordTorrey MitchellAndy Andreoff

    Derek ForbortDrew Doughty

    Jake MuzzinAlec Martinez

    Kevin Gravel– Christian Folin

    Starting Goalie: Darcy Kuemper

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    Anaheim Ducks

    Rickard RakellRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

    Andrew CoglianoRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg

    Nick RitchieAdam HenriqueOndrej Kase

    Chris WagnerAntoine VermetteJ.T. Brown

    Cam FowlerKevin Bieksa

    Hampus LindholmJosh Manson

    Francois BeaucheminBrandon Montour

    Starting Goalie: John Gibson

    Red Fisher, as told by those who knew him

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    Red Fisher is a mythical name in sports journalism.

    Fisher’s death on Friday at 91 sent shockwaves through the National Hockey League community, and stories upon stories — snippets of Fisher and his life — began circulation around the Internet, many on Twitter by those who worked alongside him and those who had the pleasure to speak with the man.

    Fisher’s life will be immortalized in print in the coming days. Michael Farber wrote this beautifully done piece for the Montreal Gazette already today. A must-read.

    Here’s what his contemporary’s are saying, those that revere him and the people who Fisher made an impact on in so many ways:

     

    Kraken? Totems? New domains raise interesting Seattle possibilities

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    It’s all in the name. A domain name.

    As DetroitHockey.net’s Clark Rasmussen points out, even though a Seattle franchise hasn’t been announced yet, it hasn’t stopped some interesting speculation as to what that team would be called if and when that announcement comes.

    The Seattle Kraken? Totems? Rainers? They’re all interesting (and perhaps potential) possibilities for what would be the NHL’s 32nd franchise.

    Rasmussen has been following the registration of domain names for websites that are cropping up over the past several weeks. Many, he says, are bought by “known domain speculators” looking to make a quick buck if their speculation turns out to be accurate.

    But Rasmussen stumbled upon something a little meatier on Thursday.

    “By my count, 38 domains representing 13 different possible names were registered under the name of Christina Song,” Rasmussen wrote on his blog. “Ms. Song, according to her LinkedIn profile, is General Counsel at Oak View Group, who won the bid to redevelop Seattle’s Key Arena on December 4. The domains were registered via an email address for a lawyer at Gibson Dunn. That firm assisted Oak View Group in the Key Arena bid process.”

    Rasmussen isn’t new to this. He did some great work in the lead up to the naming of the Vegas Golden Knights.

    Rasmussen is quick to point out that 13 names that were registered don’t necessarily mean one of them will be the chosen name for the new club.

    “The franchise hasn’t even been applied for,” he writes, noting that the ownership group hasn’t even been formed yet. “There is the distinct possibility that this is nothing. That said, someone so close to the process applying for so many related domains is worth noting.”

    Indeed.

    The names Rasmussen found were:

    Seattle Cougars
    Seattle Eagles
    Seattle Emeralds
    Seattle Evergreens
    Seattle Firebirds
    Seattle Kraken
    Seattle Rainiers
    Seattle Renegades
    Seattle Sea Lions
    Seattle Seals
    Seattle Sockeyes
    Seattle Totems
    Seattle Whales

    In an update to his original story later on Friday, Rasmussen identified 38 domains that were registered on Thursday for two years.

    They are:

    seattle-cougars.com
    seattlecougarshockey.com
    seattleeagles.com
    seattle-eagles.com
    seattleeagleshockey.com
    emeraldshockey.com
    seattle-emeralds.com
    seattleemeraldshockey.com
    evergreenshockey.com
    seattleevergreens.com
    seattle-evergreens.com
    seattleevergreenshockey.com
    firebirdshockey.com
    seattlefirebirds.com
    seattle-firebirds.com
    seattlefirebirdshockey.com
    seattle-kraken.com
    seattlekrakenhockey.com
    rainiershockey.com
    seattle-rainiers.com
    seattlerainiershockey.com
    seattlerenegades.com
    seattle-renegades.com
    seattlerenegadeshockey.com
    sealionshockey.com
    seattle-sealions.com
    seattle-sea-lions.com
    seattlesealionshockey.com
    seattleseals.com
    seattle-seals.com
    seattlesealshockey.com
    seattle-sockeyes.com
    seattlesockeyeshockey.com
    seattle-totems.com
    whaleshockey.com
    seattlewhales.com
    seattle-whales.com
    seattlewhaleshockey.com


    Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

    No suspensions, just fines for Dustin Brown, Evgeni Malkin

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    At least one things seems consistent when it comes to the NHL’s fines and suspensions: Dustin Brown sure has a knack for avoiding supplemental discipline.

    The hard-hitting Los Angeles Kings forward agitates and frustrates, and sometimes he hurts with polarizing hits. Yet, even with a resume full of debatable checks, Brown only has one suspension to his name.

    Many expected that toll to rise to two today after an ugly looking cross-check on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz, but that was not the case. Instead, the Department of Player Safety is only giving Brown a $10K fine.

    Evgeni Malkin was also fined $5K for spearing Brown (video isn’t available at the moment, but many claim that Malkin speared Brown in the groin).

    The Penguins ended up winning last night 3-1, adding to their recent upswing and extending the Kings’ losing streak to five games.

    You can see the Brown incident, which drew a match penalty, in the video above this post’s headline. Brown explained his side of the story, as you can see in this post, and maybe that hearing ended up going in his favor?

    “I’m going to close on him. He stumbles, toe picks. I don’t drive him into the wall or anything,” Brown said afterward via LA Kings Insider. “Also, closing on the play, at the most it’s probably a two, I think. I mean, who knows because of the protocol and all that, but it’s one of those plays where I’m going to close and he’s in an unfortunate spot.”

    The bright side is that Schultz at least seems OK.

    Even so, plenty of people are upset with this drawing a mere fine instead of forcing Brown to miss time, particularly in the backdrop of Andrew Cogliano seeing his ironman streak end thanks to a two-game suspension.

    This isn’t just a matter of Penguins fans griping, either, as Brown tends to draw wider ire from observers in moments like these.

    The Department of Player Safety is no stranger to handing out head-scratching rulings, but we’re no longer in the Brendan Shanahan days in which there would be more widespread explanations for decisions. The league seems responsive when it comes to complaints about spin-o-ramas and lengthy offside reviews, but when it comes to suspensions and fines, it seems like fans and media are still on for an uphill battle.

    James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.