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Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson (33) checks Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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Hobbled Panthers now need to worry about Huberdeau

Injuries were already an issue for the Florida Panthers heading on tonight’s game, as their big line was diluted thanks to Aleksander Barkov‘s absence.

Now they may be down two-thirds of that big three (keep your head on a swivel, Jaromir Jagr), as Jonathan Huberdeau was shaken up after taking a significant check from Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba.

 

Here’s video of that unfortunate fall:

One added concern is that it sounds like Huberdeau was at least getting tested for a concussion:

Mere moments after this was posted, it was confirmed that his night is over thanks to an upper-body injury:

Not good.

Dylan Larkin is out sick for the Red Wings tonight

Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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The Detroit Red Wings will be without impressive rookie scorer Dylan Larkin on Saturday, as the speedy forward is dealing with an illness.

Larkin did not participate in Detroit’s morning skate either thanks to whatever is ailing him. This may be a poorly timed issue, too, as the Red Wings also play against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Here’s the lineup the Red Wings are rolling with against the Ottawa Senators now that Larkin’s on the shelf:

No Claude Giroux tonight, and P.K. Subban may be why

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The Philadelphia Flyers announced that captain Claude Giroux won’t play against the Toronto Maple Leafs because of an upper-body injury.

That day-to-day issue probably happened because of a hit by Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, as the Courier-Post’s Dave Isaac points out.

(You can watch that hit in the video above.)

The Flyers note that Giroux had a 99-game “ironman” streak going into tonight’s contest against the Maple Leafs. Philly’s next game is against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, so we’ll see if this time off might be enough for the star forward.

Jaromir Jagr joins select group with first goal at age 44

Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) reacts after a play during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Tired of hearing about Jaromir Jagr making history or hitting milestones that are obscure or impressive (or both)? Well, you might want to sit the next months/couple years out, then. He keeps climbing the ranks.

In Thursday’s case, it leaned a little toward the obscure, although it’s still really cool.

Jagr scored his first goal at age 44 on Thursday, becoming only the fourth NHL player to accomplish such a feat. He joined luminaries Gordie Howe, Chris Chelios and Doug Harvey with this tally:

He’s in a strong position to score the most goals at 44 years old (and maybe beyond), too, by the way:

Want a less age-specific take? With his 740th career goal, Jagr is just one tally short of tying Brett Hull for third all-time:

In other words, don’t be surprised if Jagr hits an even bigger milestone in the near future, health permitting.

Note: The San Jose Sharks ended up beating Jagr’s Florida Panthers 2-1 via a shootout.

Torchetti passes: Wild win third in a row under new coach

Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) reaches for the loose puck during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers in an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Yes, the Minnesota Wild still find themselves outside of the Western Conference playoff picture.

And, yes, it’s easy to poke holes in three straight wins when you put them in a context of beating some rather vulnerable opponents.

Quibbles like those don’t really matter that much, at least not right now. Not when the Wild are 3-for-3 under John Torchetti, acing a three-game road trip after Thursday’s 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers.

They made a little bit of history, too, and not the “overly specific and kind of meaningless” sort of stuff:

That’s pretty cool, if not maybe a minor indictment on the franchise’s longer reputation as a defense-first (second and third) outfit.

That refreshed feeling might be almost as important as the on-ice improvements:

(And so on.)

Those quotes are quite an improvement from the “Not much else to say …”-type depressing reactions Wild players were providing toward the last days of the Mike Yeo era.

The schedule really has been conducive to a hot start for Torchetti, though. The real test starts this weekend, as they face the Blackhawks on Sunday, the Islanders on Tuesday, the scrappy Flyers on Thursday and then finish the month with games against the Capitals and Panthers.

In other words, this is promising for the Wild, but check back to see if everyone’s as excited when March begins.