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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini speaks during a news conference on a winter storm forecast January 21, 2016 at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland. A winter snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with prediction of up to 30Ó of snow for the DC area.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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NHL postpones Ducks-Caps game due to severe snowstorm

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From the league:

Today’s game between the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals at Verizon Center, NHL Game No. 704, has been postponed due to the severe snowstorm impacting the Washington, D.C., area.

A makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.

A decision regarding Sunday’s Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals game at Verizon Center, NHL Game No. 720, will be announced Saturday morning.

This decision comes after the NHL had already bumped up the start time of the Ducks-Caps game to 5 p.m. ET.

Per CNN, D.C. has issued a blizzard warning, with estimations of winds reaching speeds of 60 mph, and some areas projected to receive “over two feet of fresh snow.”

Washington could see the most. Starting Friday afternoon and into Saturday night, up to 30 inches could fall in the nation’s capital.

Report: Tanev’s younger brother garnering serious NHL interest

during the first period of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championship semifinals at TD Garden on April 9, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Here’s a name to keep an eye on as we get closer and closer to the collegiate free agent period:

Brandon Tanev.

If the surname’s familiar, that’s because Brandon — currently starring at Providence College — is the younger brother of Vancouver defenseman Chris Tanev, who himself was an undrafted college free agent from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Per TSN, “as many as a dozen” NHL clubs have shown interest in the 24-year-old Brandon, who scored the game-winning goal in Providence’s win over Boston College in last year’s Frozen Four championship game.

This year, Brandon, a forward, has eight goals and 18 points in 22 games, emerging as one of the Friars’ top scorers.

It’s not surprising clubs are keeping tabs on Brandon, given the success his older brother’s had at the NHL level.

After a brief stint at R.I.T, Chris emerged as one of Vancouver’s top blueliners and, last March, signed a five-year, $22.25 million extension with the club, one that will keep him with the Canucks through 2020.

Detroit waives Andersson

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For the second time this season, the Red Wings have waived a player with over 200 games of NHL experience.

On Friday, Detroit exposed forward Joakim Andersson to waivers, the club announced. Andersson, 26, has appeared in 25 games this season, scoring one goal and three points while averaging just 9:22 TOI per game — down significantly from the ’13-14 campaign, when he posted a career-high 17 points and averaged nearly 14 minutes per night.

On a one-year, $815,000 deal, Andersson has been in and out of the Detroit lineup this season, spending plenty of time in the press box as a healthy scratch.

Should he clear waivers, he’ll be off to Detroit’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, where he’d join the other 200-game NHL veteran waived earlier this season — defenseman Jakub Kindl.

 

 

Ailing Isles D gets Hamonic back tonight

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02:  Travis Hamonic #3 of the New York Islanders of skates against the New York Rangers at the Barclays Center on December 2, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 2-1 in the shootout.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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On Sunday, the New York Islanders were forced to play one of their thinnest bluelines of the year in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Canucks.

Tonight, that blueline will be much deeper.

Travis Hamonic will return from a four-game absence when the Isles take on the Senators in Ottawa, the club confirmed on Friday morning. It’s a welcome return for New York, as Hamonic plays nearly 24 minutes a night, and is coming off a career-high 33 points in ’14-15.

The 25-year-old, who’s been in the headlines this year because of his trade request, hasn’t played since suffering a lower-body injury against the Capitals on Jan. 7.

That injury put Hamonic on the shelf next to fellow blueliners Johnny Boychuk and Adam Pelech, forcing head coach Jack Capuano to ice a defense comprised of Nick Leddy, Thomas Hickey, Marek Zidlicky, Brian Strait, Scott Mayfield and Calvin de Haan against Vancouver.

Leddy and Hickey both played over 25 minutes, while de Haan clocked in at 23:40.

Mayfield will be the one to come out of the lineup for Hamonic.

Related: Isles’ D takes another hit as Pelech (upper body) reportedly done for year

Panthers scratch Pirri amid trade rumblings

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Some interesting stuff out of Florida this morning — Brandon Pirri, one of just eight Panthers to have appeared in all 46 games this year, is going to be a healthy scratch tonight when the Cats host the Blackhawks at BB&T.

The development is interesting in light of what TSN senior correspondent Gary Lawless tweeted minutes prior to the announcement:

Per the Miami Herald, head coach Gerard Gallant shot down the trade angle, saying the move was designed so Pirri could “bounce back.”

There could be something to Gallant’s remarks.

Pirri is pointless in his last six games, though his TOI is hardly reflective — he played 14:44 against Edmonton on Monday, his highest total of the month, and responded by firing a team-high five shots on goal.

It’s also curious that Gallant would scratch Pirri for a game against Chicago, the organization that drafted him in 2009 and gave him his NHL debut one year later.

On the year Pirri has nine goals and 21 points, sitting seventh on the team in scoring. He’s coming off a strong ’14-15 campaign in which he finished second on the Panthers with 22 goals, two back of team leader Nick Bjugstad.