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Talbot, Scheifele, Burns named NHL’s three stars of the week

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Edmonton’s Cam Talbot, Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele and San Jose’s Brent Burns have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Mar. 6, the league announced on Monday.

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Talbot went 3-0-0 with a 0.65 goals-against average, .981 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Oilers (26-35-7, 59 points) to three wins in four contests.

Scheifele led the NHL with six goals in four games (6-1—7) to power the Jets (27-33-5, 59 points) to three out of a possible eight standings points.

Burns paced all defensemen with 3-3—6 in three games to guide the Sharks (35-23-6, 76 points) to a pair of wins.

What a turnaround from Talbot who, back in early December, called his season “extremely frustrating.” He’d lost the No. 1 gig to Anders Nilsson, his numbers were unimpressive and there were serious questions about whether Edmonton would re-up with him for next season.

Then, things changed.

Talbot went on a run, won back the starting gig and, in mid-January, scored a three-year, $12.5M extension. Nilsson was eventually traded to St. Louis and now, thanks to his run of solid play, Talbot’s overall numbers on the year are climbing back to respectability.

Most notable is his .919 save percentage, which is just .07 off last year’s total in New York (Talbot finished seventh in Vezina voting last year, don’t forget).

Sens lose Borowiecki to ‘long-term’ MCL tear (Video)

Sitting six points out of a playoff spot with just 15 games to play, Ottawa will need a miracle run — much like last season — to qualify for the postseason.

And now, the Sens will have to do it without one of their most rugged rearguards.

On Monday, Mark Borowiecki announced he’d be out “long-term” with a torn MCL, suffered after banging into the boards following a bump from Tampa Bay’s Matt Carle last week.

Per the Ottawa Sun, the tear won’t require surgery.

Borowiecki, 26, had been a pretty regular fixture in the Sens lineup this season. He’s one of just three blueliners to have appeared in 60 games — Erik Karlsson and Cody Ceci are the others — and while he’s not much on offense, he did average more than 14 minutes per night and led the team in hits.

With Borowiecki out, Ottawa rolled with a six-man defensive unit of Karlsson, Ceci, Marc Methot, Dion Phaneuf, Mike Kostka and Chris Wideman in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Dallas.

Jackets re-sign towering blueliner Yevenko

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Columbus liked what it saw of Oleg Yevenko in the AHL this year.

So, the Jackets are bringing him back for another.

On Monday, the club announced that Yevenko has been re-signed to a one-year, two-way deal after appearing in 48 games with AHL Lake Erie this season.

Yevenko, 25, is best known for his size: 6-foot-7, 230 pounds.

He’s a former UMass-Ahmerst product that played for his native Belarus at the 2015 World Hockey Championships. After his time in school, Yevenko briefly caught on with the Flames’ AHL affiliate in Adirondack last year, before moving to the Columbus organization.

Yevenko has one goal and three assists this season for the Monsters.

Goalie nods: Treutle makes first NHL start for Coyotes

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Niklas Treutle, the former German League standout signed by Arizona last summer, will make his first-ever NHL start tonight as the Coyotes host the Ducks in Glendale.

Treutle, 24, made his NHL debut last month with a 10-minute relief appearance after Louis Domingue got the hook against the Blues.

The Coyotes are coming off a disastrous road trip that ended with a 6-0 whipping in Pittsburgh, so it’s not surprising they’ll rest Domingue — a rookie that’s been pressed into starting duties this year with injuries to Mike Smith and Anders Lindback — and give Treutle a look.

Unfortunately for Treutle, his first start comes against a red-hot Ducks team that’s surged up the Pacific Division standings. They’ll start Frederik Andersen in goal.

Elsewhere…

— After Corey Crawford beat the Red Wings last night, Scott Darling gets the start against Boston. Tuukka Rask is likely for the B’s.

— It’s Jonas Hiller versus the in-form Robin Lehner as the Flames take on the Sabres in Buffalo.

Michal Neuvirth, who appears to be Philly’s No. 1 netminder at the moment, starts again tonight against the visiting Oilers. Cam Talbot starts for Edmonton.

— Marquee matchup brewing in Pittsburgh, as Henrik Lundqvist will go for the Rangers. The Pens are expected to give Marc-Andre Fleury the nod.

— After Jonathan Bernier lost in Washington last night, Garret Sparks starts for the Leafs. Devan Dubnyk is likely for the visiting Wild.

Craig Anderson‘s still hurt, so Andrew Hammond will make the start tonight against Tampa Bay. The Bolts, as per usual, are going with Ben Bishop, who on Wednesday was named to Team USA for the World Cup of Hockey.

— The Isles will give Jaroslav Halak the night off, and give Thomas Greiss the nod. The host Jets will go with Michael Hutchinson.

— Speaking of nights off, Cory Schneider gets one as the Devils will start Keith Kinkaid in Nashville. Pekka Rinne is likely for the Preds.

Calvin Pickard gets the start tonight, after the Avs parked struggling No. 1 netminder Seymon Varlamov. Veteran Roberto Luongo goes for the visiting Panthers.

Martin Jones versus Ryan Miller as the Sharks take on the Canucks in Vancouver.

Ben Scrivens versus Jonathan Quick as the Habs take on Kings in L.A.

After 13-game absence, Brodin (broken foot) back for Wild

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The Minnesota Wild will get a key blueline piece back tonight when they take on the Maple Leafs.

Jonas Brodin, who’s missed the last 13 games with a broken foot, will draw back into the lineup for the first time since Feb. 4.

Minnesota heads into tonight’s action holding the final wild card spot in the Western Conference, yet even on points (68) with ninth-place Colorado. So, needless to say, Brodin’s return comes at a crucial time of the season.

“I did a lot of rehab, and workouts, and I’ve been on the ice a couple of times here,” Brodin said, per the Wild website. “I feel I’m in good shape, and I’m ready to get back.”

Prior to getting hurt, Brodin had six points through 50 games and was averaging over 20 minutes per night. It’s expected he’ll be paired with rookie Mike Reilly tonight.