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Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg
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Detroit to keep ‘Eurotwins’ Datsyuk, Zetterberg together on same line


The Red Wings will stick with the tried-and-true duo of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg after the pair played well together in Saturday win over the Islanders, head coach Jeff Blashill confirmed.

More, from the Detroit Free Press:

“They did a good job,” Blashill said. “What did we call them – Eurotwins? I thought there were moments when you saw that, where they played off each other well.

“I told them this isn’t going to be a short-term thing, and I don’t know what long-term means, but we’ve got a good home stand here, let’s see if they can feed off each other. “

Blashill even used the the line, which had Justin Abdelkader on the right wing, against the Islanders top offensive threat, John Tavares.

“It was hard ice for them, but they did a good job,” Blashill said.

Detroit’s lack of offense has been a central theme this season, with Datsyuk recently imploring the team to score more goals. In yesterday’s 5-1 win, Datsyuk finished with a pair of helpers while Zetterberg fired two shots on goal.

Related: Wings not willing to sacrifice defense to generate more offense

‘Hawks send towering d-man Svedberg back to AHL


Chicago sent blueliner Viktor Svedberg back to AHL Rockford on Sunday, the club announced.

Svedberg — who goes 6-foot-8, 234 pounds — was recalled from the IceHogs a few days ago with veteran d-man Michal Roszival dealing with an injury. The 24-year-old Swede has made an impact with the ‘Hawks this year, scoring three points in 16 games, but has struggled to stick consistently at the NHL level.

That said, he did make one appearance during this most recent recall. Svedberg played just under 14 minutes in a 2-1 win over Colorado last Tuesday, registering an assist.

Svedberg has appeared in 30 games for Rockford this season.

WATCH LIVE: Flyers at Caps (Also: No hearing for Simmonds, who will play)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 22:  Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his game winning goal in the shootout against the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center on March 22, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Capitals 2-1 in the shootout.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Today, the Philadelphia Flyers invade Verizon for a Super Bowl matinee against the Capitals. You can catch the game on NBC (12 p.m. ET), or you can watch live online using NBC Sports’ Live Extra.


Some notes to pass your way:

— Per an NHL spokesman, there will be no disciplinary hearing for Wayne Simmonds after getting ejected from yesterday’s game against the Rangers for punching Ryan McDonagh.

Per the AP, the NHL has not rescinded Simmonds’ match penalty.

Steve Mason starts in goal for Philly, while the Caps counter with Braden Holtby.

Some relevant linkage for today’s affair:

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Ovechkin beats Devils in shootout

Forsberg’s three points push Predators past Sharks, 6-2

at SAP Center on October 28, 2015 in San Jose, California.
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NASVHILLE, Tenn. (AP) Recent call-up Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, Filip Forsberg had a goal and two assists and the Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 6-2 on Saturday night.

Pekka Rinne made 28 saves and James Neal, Calle Jarnkrok and Shea Weber also scored to help Nashville end a three-game home losing streak.

Joe Thornton and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks. Their 17-8-2 road record is the best in the Western Conference, and the Sharks fell to 9-2-2 in their last 13 games.

Rinne, a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, regained his form after allowing six goals in a loss Thursday night to Philadelphia.

Arvidsson was recalled from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Monday.

San Jose goalie Martin Jones allowed five goals on 29 shots. He was 8-1-1 in his previous 10 starts and has an NHL-best 15-5-2 road record.

The Sharks dominated early and took eight of the game’s first nine shots, but Rinne stopped them all.

Nashville scored on its third shot when Neal fired a slap shot from the low slot past Jones 13:12 in. Neal leads the Predators with 19 goals.

Jarnkrok’s wrist shot from the mid-slot bounced over Jones’ glove and in for a 2-0 lead at 6:26 of the second period.

Johansen assisted on the play, giving him 14 points in 13 games since arriving in a trade with Columbus on Jan. 6.

Jarnkrok also scored in a 6-3 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday, giving him nine goals on the season.

Thornton cut Nashville’s lead in half when he swatted a loose puck in the crease into the net at 15:41 of the second period.

Nashville responded quickly when Arvidsson roofed a wrist shot that beat Jones glove side at 17:01 of the second period.

Forsberg’s short-handed goal built Nashville’s lead to 4-1 at 6:51 of the third period. He beat Jones with a wrist shot to the far post. Forsberg now has 101 career points.

Arvidsson scored his second goal on a 2-on-1 breakaway, deking Jones before sliding a backhander past him to give the Predators a 5-1 lead at 8:44 of the third period.

Couture’s slap shot narrowed the deficit to 5-2 at 13:37 of the third period.

Weber got an empty-net goal with 4:37 left.

Notes: Predators center Mike Ribeiro played in his 1,000th career game, becoming the 22nd active NHL player and 300th ever to reach the milestone. He was Montreal’s second-round pick in the 1998 draft. … Nine of the Sharks’ first 11 games after the All-Star break are on the road. … San Jose RW Joel Ward, 35, played three seasons for Nashville from 2008-11 early in his career. … Sharks right wing Joe Pavelski entered with eight game-winning goals, tied with Chicago’s Jonathan Toews for the most in the NHL.

Goalie nods: Coyotes stick with struggling Domingue, who has to ‘clean up some of his stuff’

Arizona Coyotes' Louis Domingue waves to the crowd after the Coyotes' NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. Domingue earned his first NHL shutout as the Coyotes won 1-0. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Louis Domingue‘s last two outings have been messy — so Arizona is hoping the third will be much, much cleaner.

“[Domingue] has got to clean up some of his stuff,” is what Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said following Tuesday’s ugly 6-2 loss to the Kings, a game in which Domingue was hooked after allowing five goals on 25 shots — and, for the second game in a row, a goal from center ice.

The Kings debacle came after Domingue was torched for another five goals on 25 shots in a loss to Winnipeg, one that featured Dustin Byfuglien scoring from the red line. These two disastrous outings were pretty surprising, considering Domingue has been terrific for the Coyotes this year, and captured January’s rookie of the month award.

Domingue’s life isn’t getting any easier, though, as he has a tough assignment tonight in the Chicago Blackhawks. The ‘Hawks will start Corey Crawford in goal.


Tuukka Rask starts for Boston in Buffalo (Jonas Gustavsson, cleared to play after a heart issue, will back up). For the Sabres, it’s former Bruin Chad Johnson in goal.

Devan Dubnyk, hooked after allowing five goals in Brooklyn in his last outing, is back in goal for the Wild as they take on the Rangers at MSG. New York counters with Henrik Lundqvist.

Jaroslav Halak takes on Braden Holtby as the Isles visit Washington.

Keith Kinkaid will give Cory Schneider the night off as the Devils invade Toronto. The Leafs will continue to roll with James Reimer.

Cam Talbot, coming off a 36-save win over Columbus, goes for the Oilers. Craig Anderson‘s in for Ottawa.

Jimmy Howard will make a rare start for the Red Wings, though it was a bit predictable given Petr Mrazek played in last night’s loss to Tampa Bay. The Panthers will give Roberto Luongo the nod.

Steve Mason will make his 30th start of the year tonight for the Flyers as they take on the Preds at Bridgestone. Nashville looks as though it’ll start Pekka Rinne.

Brian Elliott, coming off a 1-0 shutout of the Preds, is back in goal for the host Blues. Martin Jones will be in for San Jose.

Calvin Pickard starts again as the Avs host the Stars in Colorado. Looks like Dallas will go with Antti Niemi.

Joonas Korpisalo‘s in for Columbus as John Tortorella makes his return to Vancouver. Ryan Miller goes for the Canucks.

— No confirmations out of L.A. yet, but it looks like the goalies for the latest installment of the Freeway Faceoff are Anaheim’s John Gibson, and the Kings’ Jonathan Quick.