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Winnipeg Jets right wing Chris Thorburn (22) keeps the puck from Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
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After blowing lead, Suter admits Wild are a ‘fragile team’

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Is blowing a 2-0 lead a “new way” for the Minnesota Wild to lose?

Probably not, but that feeling of frustration lingers, as the New York Rangers stormed back from that deficit to grab a 4-2 win on Thursday.

Minnesota generated that 2-0 lead in the first period, a quick start that possibly angered Rangers head coach Alain Vingeault. The Rangers responded in the middle frame in particular, producing a 14-7 shot advantage and tying things up. As you can see, New York managed four unanswered goals to flip the script.

To little surprise, things are glum for the Wild.

… And you can’t help but wonder if their captain will absorb some of the heat.

In an eyebrow-raising comment, Ryan Suter admits that the Wild are “a fragile team.”

Yikes. Those are the kind of quotes that make you wonder about job security and panic trades.

The West wild card race is unforgiving, to say the least, and Minnesota really can’t afford many more nights like these.

More on Minnesota’s malaise

Mike Yeo said they’re finding different ways to lose

Why this slump could be worse than previous lulls

Another Jaromir Jagr milestone: His 1,100th assist

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Jaromir Jagr keeps climbing his way up the all-time scoring ranks, recording milestone after milestone.

The latest one is impressive, too. By setting up Brandon Pirri‘s tip-in goal, Jagr now has 1,100 assists. He’s just the sixth player to cross that barrier in NHL history.

Jagr still has another big step possibly in reach this season, depending upon how well he plays. This was the 1,837th point of Jagr’s career, leaving him just 13 points behind Gordie Howe for third all-time.

1. Wayne Gretzky – 2,857 points
2. Mark Messier – 1,887 points
3. Howe – 1,850 points
4. Jagr – 1,837 points (and counting).

 

Justin Schultz returns to Oilers’ lineup

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It may be too late for a playoff run, but the Edmonton Oilers could at least be in a position to finish the season on a strong note.

The reason is simple enough: they’re getting injured players back in February. Connor McDavid is the obvious headliner, but another noteworthy Oiler is back on Thursday, as defenseman Justin Schultz returns to the lineup.

Again, it’s not an addition on the same level. Despite coming in to Edmonton with hype of his own, Schultz has produced mixed results … maybe at best.

Still, it gives you a better idea of a full-strength version of the 2015-16 Edmonton Oilers, even if noteworthy omissions remain.

Here are the full lineup tweaks for Edmonton’s game against the Ottawa Senators:

WATCH LIVE: New York Islanders at Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, celebrates his goal with teammates in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Washington. The Capitals won 5-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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There’s a popular Washington Capitals blogged titled Russian Machine Never Breaks for a reason: Alex Ovechkin rarely misses a game. Even with a physical style that sometimes gets him in trouble.

We only get so many chances to watch the unparalleled sniper after he’s received about a week of rest in the middle of a season, so it should be interesting to see how he fares against the New York Islanders on Thursday.

You can watch the game on NBCSN and also stream it via the link below.

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PHT Morning Skate: Could Byfuglien beef up the Kings?

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Los Angeles Kings are already a tough team to deal with. Imagine if they add Dustin Byfuglien to their beefy bunch. (TSN’s Insiders)

In case you didn’t notice, Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo seem like they’re on pretty good terms these days. (Puck Daddy)

Johnny Gaudreau elbowed in on “Johnny Football,” now he might join Marshawn Lynch in being linked with Skittles. (Sportsnet)

These 30 players could spice up the 2017 NHL All-Star Game. (The Hockey News)

Yeah, that Connor McDavid goal was something else. Here’s a collection of people raving about it. (TSN’s BarDown)

A retrospective on Shayne Corson’s career. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

P.A. Parenteau scored the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first overtime goal of 2015-16 last night. Feast your eyes on it: