Dallas Stars' Jason Spezza (90) celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators with teammate Brett Ritchie (25) during second period NHL hockey action, in Ottawa on Sunday, March 6, 2016. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Video: Jason Spezza comes back to haunt his former team

Coming into Sunday’s game against Ottawa, Stars forward Jason Spezza had scored at least one goal against every NHL team except one…the Senators.

Spezza spent parts of 11 seasons with the Senators from 2002-03 to 2013-14.

With his team trailing 1-0 in the second period, Spezza was finally able to cross the final team off his list.

Antoine Roussel added the game-winning goal in the third period.

Oilers to bid on 2020 World Cup of Hockey

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With NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirming the next World Cup of Hockey will take place in 2020, potential cities are already lining bids to host.

One of the first to publicly declare interest?


More, from the Journal:

That’s the word from Oilers Entertainment Group CEO Bob Nicholson, who said he has already informed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly of the Oilers’ interest in staging the eight-team event, which is being held this year in Toronto.

“The year will be right in our wheelhouse,” Nicholson said of 2020. “In 2019, the whole Ice District is finished.

“And when you look at what they’re trying to do in Toronto, they’re trying to create a tournament and festival. Well, there is no better festival site than here in Edmonton. With Rogers Place, the top arena in North America, the Winter Garden and Ice District, these types of events are made for this district and the arena.”

The Ice District, as described on the project’s website, is “Canada’s largest mixed-use sports and entertainment district,” currently taking shape in Edmonton. It’s a $2.5 billion project that will feature Rogers Place — soon to be the new home of the Oilers — along with two office towers, condominiums, a movie theater and a hotel.

Spearheaded by Oilers owner Darryl Katz, the Ice District promises to be a massive development for bot the city and organization. Katz’ recent sale of Rexall Health confirmed one of his primary focuses moving forward was the Ice District, and all it entails.

From the Globe:

Katz, 54, has made no secret that his current focus is far away from the world of neighbourhood drugstores and Medicentres, and is laser-trained on the building of Canada’s largest mixed-use sports and entertainment district.

“There’s a change in the focus of his business operations, now that he’s become heavily involved in the real estate development and entertainment component in and around a new arena development here,” says Dan Mason, a University of Alberta professor of sport management, who consulted for the city on the arena project.

“There’s a new landscape for the operations of professional sport franchises, and in many respects, they’re seen as a piece of a bigger puzzle,” he said.

Nicholson said there’s no definitive timeline for the 2020 World Cup bidding process.

Voracek: Flyers’ playoff hopes rest on ‘these next six games’

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According to the website Sports Club Stats, the Philadelphia Flyers still have an 18.1 percent chance of making the playoffs.

But according to winger Jakub Voracek, if they don’t take advantage of their next six games — all of them at home, with most of them against non-playoff opponents — it’ll pretty much be over.

“We’ve got to make at least 10 points out of these next six games,” Voracek said, per NHL.com.

“This is going to define if we’re going to make the playoffs or not; this home stand.”

The Flyers host the Wild tonight, followed by visits from the Coyotes, Flames, Oilers, Blue Jackets and Lightning.

So 5-1-0 is a possibility.

Or maybe it’s 4-0-2.

Adding to the current challenge, however, is the absence of captain Claude Giroux. He’ll miss his third straight game tonight and remains day-to-day with what’s believed to be a concussion.

Obviously, if the Flyers are going to take a run at qualifying for the postseason, it would help to have their leading scorer in the lineup. Because there’s nothing coming in the form of deadline additions; GM Ron Hextall confirmed that yesterday.

To make the playoffs, it’s estimated the Flyers will need to go in the neighborhood of 14-7-2 in their final 23 games.


Therrien insists he has a ‘very good relationship’ with Subban

Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien, right, shares a laugh with P.K. Subban during a practice Monday, April 13, 2015 in Brossard, Quebec. The Canadiens will face the Ottawa Senators in game one of the first round of NHL playoffs on Wednesday. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Two days after blaming P.K. Subban for a loss to Colorado, Montreal coach Michel Therrien insisted he has a “very good relationship” with the Canadiens’ star defenseman.

Therrien even called Subban a “lovable guy,” while maintaining that his remarks were never about the player, they were solely about the play.

“I would’ve said that about any player making that play at that time of the game,” Therrien told reporters today, per TSN.ca. “We’re very aware we have an exceptional athlete. We’re happy to have him. It’s our job to continue working with him.”

There does, however, continue to be a disconnect between what the coach thought about the play and what the player thought. Unlike Therrien, Subban did not consider it overly risky.

“I was in a strong position,” he said, per Sportsnet’s Eric Engels. “I wasn’t in a weak position. If I don’t lose my edge there, I think I probably bump the guy and put it down the wall.”

As an outsider, it’s impossible to say what the relationship between Therrien and Subban is really like. Likewise, it’s impossible to say if GM Marc Bergevin would really consider trading the 26-year-old.

But even an outsider can see, quite clearly, that this is a team in crisis. The Canadiens started the season 18-4-2. Since then, they’ve gone 9-23-2 and have fallen eight points out of a playoff spot.

According to Sports Club Stats, the Habs — who are unlikely to get Carey Price back — would need to go in the neighborhood of 16-6-2 in their final 24 games to give themselves a shot at the postseason.

Failing that, well, let’s just say April’s exit interviews could be interesting.

WATCH LIVE: Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings

The New York Islanders and Washington Capitals are near the end of their competitive game, but that won’t end a strong night of hockey on NBCSN.

Nope, you’re getting a doubleheader on Thursday, and it ends with a battle of California as the Los Angeles Kings host the Anaheim Ducks.

You can watch these bitter neighbors on TV and also via the link below.