Mike Halford

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Jared Coreau #31 of the Detroit Red Wings hits the ice trying to clear the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during an exhibition game at United Center on September 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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With Mrazek sick, Wings recall Coreau


Well, this isn’t what Detroit needed while fighting for its playoff life — Petr Mrazek has fallen ill, meaning the club’s been forced to recall goalie Jared Coreau from AHL Grand Rapids ahead of tonight’s game in Columbus.

Coreau, 24, is enjoying a terrific year with the Griffins, posting 29-10-2 record with a 2.15 GAA and .931 save percentage. An undrafted free agent out of Northern Michigan, the 6-foot-6 Coreau has worked his way up from the ECHL to become one of the better netminders — statistically speaking, anyway — in the American League.

And while that’s all well and good, it’s still not a great development for the Red Wings.

Detroit heads into tonight’s action on the outside of the playoff picture, sitting one point back of red-hot Philly for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. If Mrazek can’t go tonight against the Blue Jackets, the task of securing two very valuable points will fall to Jimmy Howard, who has just one win in his last 14 appearances.

Canada names Treliving, McPhee co-GMs for Worlds

Calgary Flames' new General Manager Brad Treliving speaks at a press conference after being introduced in Calgary, Alberta, on Monday, April 28, 2014. Treliving spent the past seven seasons as an assistant under general manager Don Maloney, helping guide the Phoenix Coyotes.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)
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Canada’s entry at the 2016 World Hockey Championships will be led by a management group with major NHL experience.

Calgary GM Brad Treliving and former Caps GM George McPhee will serve as co-general managers for the tournament, Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday.


McPhee was named special advisor to the general manager of the New York Islanders in September 2015. Prior to that, McPhee spent 17 seasons as general manager of the Washington Capitals, leading the team to the Presidents’ Trophy during the 2009-10 season, seven division championships, and the team’s first berth in the Stanley Cup Final in 1998.

Treliving makes his return to the Team Canada men’s worlds management group after serving as assistant general manager for the 2013-14 squad, and on the 2013 Spengler Cup management group.

Treliving will likely have his fair share of Flames to choose from, as the team is all but eliminated from playoff contention. The likes of Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan, Dougie Hamilton, T.J. Brodie and Sam Bennett could all be in the mix.

As for other Team Canada staff positions, Blues GM Doug Armstrong — who’s also the GM for Canada’s entry into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey — will serve as a senior advisor.

Longtime Hockey Canada staffer Scott Salmond will serve as VP of hockey ops.

Goalie nods: Surging Flyers start Neuvirth for first time in nearly two weeks

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) of the Czech Republic stops a shot from the Dallas Stars in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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The last time Michal Neuvirth played, the result wasn’t good — an ugly 4-0 home loss to the lowly Oilers, in which Neuvirth surrendered all four goals on 31 shots.

That happened on Mar. 3.

Now, 13 days later, Neuvirth is back in goal, under entirely different circumstances. Heading into tonight’s big game against the ‘Hawks, the playoff-charging Flyers have won four of five and collected nine of a possible 10 points — with Steve Mason as the starting netminder.

But since Mason beat the Red Wings last night and has started five straight, it’s Neuvy time.

Overall, the 27-year-old has enjoyed a solid first campaign in Philadelphia. Neuvirth is 16-8-4 on the year with a .925 save percentage and 2.29 GAA, and three shutouts. He’s been effective when called upon to carry a significant load — that aforementioned loss to the Oilers was Neuvirth’s eighth consecutive appearance — but has taken a back seat in March, as head coach Dave Hakstol has opted to ride Mason’s hot hand.

For Chicago, the struggling Corey Crawford gets a night off. Scott Darling will be in goal.


— After Mike Condon started three straight, including last night’s loss to Florida, Ben Scrivens is in goal for Montreal. The Sabres will counter with Robin Lehner.

— Good matchup in Edmonton tonight as Jake Allen and the Blues take on Cam Talbot and the Oilers.

Ondrej Pavelec goes for the Jets, who are in Calgary. Joni Ortio counters for the Flames.

— Vancouver continues to alternate starts between Jacob Markstrom and Ryan Miller. The former lost to the Jets on Tuesday, the latter will start tonight. For visiting Colorado, Semyon Varlamov is in net.

— Henrik Lunqdvist gets the night off as Antti Raanta starts for the Rangers in Anaheim. John Gibson goes for the Ducks.

After 11-game absence, O’Reilly back for Sabres tonight

Buffalo Sabres' Evander Kane (9) celebrates with teammate Ryan O'Reilly (90) after O'Reilly scored the winning goal during the overtime session of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Saturday Dec. 12, 2015 in Buffalo, N.Y. Buffalo won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Buffalo will get its lone All-Star back in the lineup tonight, as Ryan O’Reilly returns from an 11-game absence to face the Habs at First Niagara Center.

O’Reilly, who’s been out of the lineup since Feb. 19 with a foot ailment, is the Sabres’ leading scorer and one of head coach Dan Bylsma’s workhorses up front, averaging nearly 22 minutes per night.

The 25-year-old skated on a line with Evander Kane and Nicolas Deslauriers earlier this week.

The Sabres are no doubt pleased to have O’Reilly back in the mix. The club went 4-5-2 in his absence.

In what appears to be a related move, Buffalo has assigned forward Daniel Catenacci to the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

Daly: Teams can only lose one player per expansion team

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The big development from Wednesday’s GMs meetings in Boca Raton?

Expansion draft!

After NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters an expansion decision is expected prior to the draft in June, focus shifted to what an expansion draft would look like — the NHL’s first since Columbus and Minnesota partook in one 16 years ago.

While the specific rules have yet to be finalized, Daly shed some light on some important elements, specifically:

— Current NHL clubs can only lose a maximum of one player if the NHL expands by one team. If the NHL expands by two teams, current clubs can lose a maximum of two players. (Per TSN)

— No decision yet on how players with no-movement clauses will be handled. The expectation is they won’t be made available for selection. (Per Sportsnet)

— Prospects, first- and second-year professionals will be exempt from the draft. Those first- and second-year players can be in the NHL or AHL. (Per ESPN)

— Various models of protecting players were discussed, with multiple positional breakdowns. One included seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie. (Per TSN)

— All of those potential scenarios had a maximum of one goalie being protected. (Per ESPN)

Per TVA, NHL GMs will know prior to this year’s draft if expansion will occur for the ’17-18 season. If it’s not settled by then, no new team will play before the ’18-19 campaign.

More on this, from ESPN:

If the league hopes to expand for the 2017-18 season, [NHL commissioner Gary] Bettman wants to give general managers one full transactional year to prepare their rosters. Thus, an expansion announcement for that season would have to come before free agency opens this year on July 1.

“They should have a full year,” Bettman said. “We’re only getting close if we’re going for 2017-18; [it] doesn’t mean we have to do it by July; we could do it July 15, but it might be for 2018-19.”

It’s expected the NHL will expand by one team, the Bill Foley-led Las Vegas group. The other group current engaged in the expansion process, Quebecor’s Quebec City bid, sound as though it’s unlikely to go through at the same time.

Recently, former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney — currently serving as Quebecor’s chairman — conceded that Quebec City may have to wait for an expansion club, citing the struggling Canadian dollar.