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Ben Scrivens, Marco Scandella

Wild’s Scandella to miss tonight’s game versus Winnipeg

Minnesota defenseman Marco Scandella will miss tonight’s game versus the Jets due to a family matter.

It’s hoped Scandella will be able to rejoin the team on its four-game road trip that starts Thursday in Carolina.

Scandella has two goals and three assists and has logged 20:01 per game in 13 contests this season.

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It’s a tough loss for the Wild. Scandella has been great lately, and he was the left-shot coach Mike Yeo and assistant coach Andrew Brunette play in the Zach Parise position (right circle, looking for one-timers and rebounds) on the power play.

Nate Prosser will take Scandella’s spot in the lineup and skate with Christian Folin.

Jason Zucker will reportedly take Scandella’s left-shot role on the PP.

GMs discuss ways to increase scoring, bigger nets not ruled out

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They say the first step is admitting you have a problem.

Today in Toronto, NHL general managers met and discussed ways to increase scoring.

Bigger nets have not been ruled out as a future solution, according to league executive Colin Campbell.

NHL teams are currently averaging 2.48 goals per game. That’s only slightly above the 2.46 level of 2003-04, the lowest-scoring season of the modern era.

Though Campbell didn’t rule out making the nets bigger in the future, it’s unlikely that such a move would be made anytime soon. Cutting down the goaltenders’ equipment is generally seen as a more realistic first step.

Related:

Mike Babcock wants bigger nets

Sidney Crosby wants goalie gear

Brian Burke doesn’t want bigger nets

Video: How to fix the All-Star Game

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It was reported last week that 3-on-3 hockey was being discussed as a possible replacement for the current All-Star Game format, a.k.a. shinny, a.k.a. hungover shinny.

Good idea? Bad idea?

Watch the video, then add your thoughts in the comments section.

The 2016 All-Star Game is Jan. 31 in Nashville.

To coach Sutter, Ehrhoff and Forbort are ‘the same guy’

Jonathan Quick, Christian Ehrhoff, Scott Hartnell
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Tonight at Staples Center, for the second game in a row, young Derek Forbort will take veteran Christian Ehrhoff‘s spot on the Kings’ third defense pairing.

Forbort, 23, played 14:06 Saturday and had an assist in the 4-1 win over Florida.

Ehrhoff was a healthy scratch. The 33-year-old is a team-worst minus-7, if you’re looking for reasons why.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter sees similarities between the two defensemen, even if their ages are quite different.

“Christian’s older, so you’ve got to manage his games and make sure he gets his pace and keeps his execution and his compete up, and same with Derek,” Sutter told L.A. Kings Insider. “He has to learn about pace, execution and compete. So maintaining that with Christian and getting Derek to be there certainly gives us the same guy.”

Which player emerges as Sutter’s preferred choice will be worth watching as the season progresses. Certainly, the Kings would love to see Forbort reach the potential they saw when they drafted him 15th overall in 2010. Ehrhoff, in contrast, is a pending unrestricted free agent that the club signed in August for a bargain $1.5 million cap hit.

The Kings host the Coyotes tonight.

Related: Kings’ Forbort will make NHL debut, last of ’10 first-rounders to do so

Keith cleared for contact, could play for ‘Hawks this weekend

Duncan Keith, Gary Bettman
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Duncan Keith has been cleared for contact and could make his return to the Blackhawks lineup this weekend.

Keith has not played since Oct. 17, soon after which he had knee surgery and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

The 32-year-old defenseman will take some contact tomorrow at practice, according to CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers.

The ‘Hawks are in St. Louis Saturday and host Calgary Sunday.