–Many would argue that the Metropolitan Division is the best in the league right now. Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of what each squad could look to acquire between now and the trade deadline. Interestingly enough, the Washington Capitals have the room to make a significant move if they want to. (NHL.com)
–The San Jose Sharks had a 4-1 lead over the Buffalo Sabres in the third period of last night’s game, but they let it slip away and eventually lost in OT. Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said the loss had him feeling like Falcons head coach Dan Quinn on Super Bowl Sunday. (CSN Bay Area)
–Boston University and Providence College both added female coaches to their staff last month. Brittany Miller was named BU’s director of hockey operations, while Theresa Feaster, who is Jay Feaster’s daughter, serves as Providence College’s coordinator of hockey operations. “I feel like every day I’m learning more,” Feaster said. “One of the rewarding parts of this job is you come to the rink every day and you know that you’re going to learn and you’re going to get better. I find that incredibly rewarding.” (New York Times)
—Ben Bishop has struggled in his contract year, but he was finally able to record his first shutout of the 2016-17 season in last night’s 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings. You can watch the highlights from that game by clicking the video at the top of the page.
–Sportsnet’s Sean McIndoe is hoping to spice up the trade deadline by creating (fake) betting odds for that day. For example, he set the over/under on the number of trades on March 1st at 21.5. He also set the odds for which Canadian team will make the highest number of trades between now and the deadline. (Sportsnet)
–Blue Jackets defenseman and Michigan native Zach Werenski played his final game at Joe Louis Arena last night. Before the game, Werenski wrote a letter to the rink he fell in love with. “I first played at The Joe when I was young. Like, really young. The Grosse Pointe Bulldogs were my squirt team when I was maybe nine years old, and we got the chance to play a game on the ice a few hours before the Red Wings played. There was nothing like it, and looking back on it now, it was so much better as a kid because I feel like I appreciated it more. I soaked up every second.” (BlueJackets.com)
–Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher played the role of flight attendant for his teammates. As you can tell from the video below, Stecher should probably just stick to hockey:
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Former NHL defenseman Zarley Zalapski has died at age 49, according to the Calgary Flames. No cause of death was given.
Zalapski, a native of Edmonton, played 637 NHL games for Calgary, Pittsburgh, Hartford, Montreal and Philadelphia from 1987 to 2000.
He was with the Flames from 1993 to 1998.
“We are proud that Zarley wore the Flames jersey, made Calgary his home following his playing career, represented our alumni executive and we will always remember him as a member of the Flames family,” Flames president and chief executive officer Ken King said Tuesday in a statement.
“This is a terrible loss of a man with great character who truly loved the game of hockey. We express our sincere condolences to the Zalapski family.”
Zalapski was a member of the Canadian team that finished fourth in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
He had 99 goals, 285 assists and 684 penalty minutes in the NHL. Zalapski was named to the all-rookie team in 1989 and participated in the NHL All-Star Game in 1993.
Zalapski played stints in Austria and Switzerland after his NHL career and appeared in 11 games for the United Hockey League’s Kalamazoo Wings in 2004-05.
He was the fourth overall pick by the Penguins in the 1986 entry draft.
Taylor Hall puts on a show as Devils end Kings’ winning streak
The New Jersey Devils put an end to the Los Angeles Kings’ eight-game winning streak on Tuesday night with a rather convincing 5-1 win.
The Devils dominated in pretty much every aspect of the game, limiting the Kings to just 17 shots on goal and scoring five goals against a team that had not allowed more than two goals (and never more than three) during its winning streak.
The star of the game for the Devils was most certainly forward Taylor Hall.
Hall continued what could be a career year with a pair of goals, including this highlight reel play in the second period that saw him force a turnover, split through the Kings’ defense (including Drew Doughty!), then beat Jonathan Quick with a backhander.
With that performance on Tuesday Hall is now up to 11 goals and 31 total points on the season.
His first year with the Devils wasn’t quite what he or the team wanted, but he has bounced back in a big way this season. His performance, along with the development of young players Nico Hischier, Will Butcher, and Jesper Bratt have the Devils back on track to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season.