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Video: Ryan White rearranges Matt Martin’s nose in fight

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There might not be a whole lot of fight-only enforcers out there, but that doesn’t mean the NHL lacks tough guys. Sometimes we get a reminder in the form of a gnarly fight.

Ryan White of the Philadelphia Flyers provided the latest reminder on Thursday night, as one would assume he broke New York Islanders’ forward Matt Martin’s nose in this bout:

The two fought before almost three years ago, according to Hockey Fights. That was Martin’s eighth fight of 2014-15 while it was White’s first at the NHL level (he also had one in the AHL).

Martin was out to play in the second period despite that broken nose.

WATCH LIVE: Red Wings at Avalanche

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It’s not at the same level it once was, but it’s likely a healthy amount of hockey fans find their ears still perking up when the Colorado Avalanche host the Detroit Red Wings.

The latest matchup takes place on Thursday. You can watch it on NBCSN and stream it thanks to NBC Sports Live Extra.

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Kimmo Timonen says he’ll skate on Friday

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Philadelphia Flyers fans experienced some unexpected moments regarding their defense mere moments apart on Thursday night.

Most importantly, Kimmo Timonen announced that he’ll resume skating on Friday after eight months of uncertainty related to blood clot issues:

In less important but still startling developments, Nick Schultz (of all people) scored a 1-0 goal for the Flyers.

Circling back to Timonen, CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio reports that a press conference will be held regarding Timonen’s future during the first intermission of tonight’s game against the New York Islanders. We’ll keep an eye out for what that entails, naturally.

Update: The Flyers addressed the situation during that first intermission.

GM Ron Hextall apparently said that the risk isn’t severe for the 39-year-old.

Hmm: Jets place Evander Kane on IR

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The latest development in the Evander Kane saga has the Winnipeg Jets placing the winger on injured reserve.

The team didn’t share what exactly is ailing him, but TSN’s Ryan Rishaug points out that the IR assignment is retroactive to Feb. 2.

The Winnipeg Free-Press’ Gary Lawless reports that Kane has been nursing an injury all season long. An ailment sidelined him from Dec. 27 to January 10 (resulting in his first trip to the IR in 2014-15).

Head coach Paul Maurice noted that the 23-year-old was unable to practice today because he was seeing a doctor:

It sounds like surgery is at least a possibility for the young forward:

The Jets face the Blackhawks in Chicago on Friday and then host the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. The power forward will miss at least those contests with his IR assignment.

As has been noted, the team is facing plenty of issues, it just happens to be that Kane’s rumored problems draw the biggest headlines.

(For more on his reported incident with Dustin Byfuglien, click here.)

The Jets recalled Patrice Cormier from the AHL in Kane’s absence.

Crosby, Penguins aren’t used to scoring woes like these

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The bad news is that Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins have really hit a brick wall scoring-wise lately.

One might argue that the good news is that these problems are cropping up in February instead of, say, April or May.

That doesn’t take away from the plain fact that things haven’t been going well for the star player or his team, at least offensively.

Crosby, 27, only has one assist in his last five games. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review points out that Crosby is averaging career-lows in points per game (1.13) and goals per contest (.33) and has failed to score a point in 19 out of 46 games this season. To give you some perspective, Crosby averages .48 goals per game and 1.38 points per contest in his NHL career.

It’s probably harsh to beat up on Crosby for still averaging a point every contest, but the Penguins are built around top-end offense, even with a renewed emphasis on depth.

The Tribune-Review also points out that Pittsburgh’s 2.9 goals per game is its worst average since drafting Crosby. He told the newspaper that it’s not all bad to hit some bumps in the road, though.

“A little bit of adversity isn’t a bad thing,” Crosby said. “We need to handle things the right way. This will be a big trip for us. We need to be consistent.

Injuries have certainly been a factor, but let’s face it: this team has had to roll with those punches for years now. Things have been troubling since the winter holidays, as they’re now 6-8-4 since Dec. 22. The more immediate struggles are most glaring (they’ve only scored two goals in their last three games), yet overall the Penguins are searching for answers.

They face a big test, which Crosby alluded to in that quote. They begin a three-game road trip through Western Canada by facing the Oilers in Edmonton tonight and also play five of their next six away from Pittsburgh.

In other words, it’s good that Crosby is welcoming some adversity, because it looks the Penguins will face some more.