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Report: Sens’ Phillips a healthy scratch vs. Boston

Chris Phillips will be a healthy scratch Saturday afternoon when the Ottawa Senators visit the Boston Bruins.

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Phillips’ scratch is a “coaches decision”.

The 36-year-old has two assists in 23 games this season to go along with a minus-2 rating while averaging over 22 minutes a night in ice time.

Phillips has been a minus in consecutive games and saw his ice time drop below 18 minutes for just the second time this season in Ottawa’s 5-3 loss to the Kings on Thursday night.

Patrick Wiercioch will replace Phillips in the lineup.

The asking price for Detroit to get Tyler Myers is reportedly…

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From Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, it’s…

…prospect Dylan Larkin, a roster player along the lines of a Riley Sheahan or Tomas Jurco, and a first-round pick. 

Debate among yourselves whether Myers is worth that. Assuming the report is accurate, GM Ken Holland has no doubt been debating it with his own people.

Personally? I’d like to hear what Mike Babcock thinks. The man who may or may not be back behind Detroit’s bench next season (he’s still undecided), has worked with some of the best defensemen to play the game. From the numerous years he coached Nicklas Lidstrom (a.k.a. the “Perfect Human”), to the pair of Olympics with Canada’s star-studded blue lines, is anyone more qualified to give an opinion on what makes a great d-man?

Because despite the tough times Myers has experienced since his Calder Trophy season in 2009-10, there are still some who believe he could be a dominant defenseman in the NHL. Remember, he’s still only 24. Zdeno Chara didn’t become the Zdeno Chara we know today until around that age, right after he was traded by the Islanders to the Senators.

At the very least, we know Babcock would like that Myers shoots right. It’s all the other stuff I’m curious about.

Report: No hearing for Seidenberg after Toews hit

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Boston blueliner Dennis Seidenberg won’t have a disciplinary hearing for his hit that forced Chicago’s Jonathan Toews from Thursday night’s game, per multiple sources:

The incident occurred midway through the second frame, with Seidenberg receiving a boarding minor on the play:

According to a subsequent report, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety was said to be reviewing the hit for possible supplementary discipline. Following the game, B’s head coach Claude Julien said some of the onus was on Toews to protect himself from the hit.

“A player’s job is to finish his check. So a player should know he’s going to be hit and I think it’s not about tonight, it’s about the whole league,” Julien said, per MetroWest Daily News. “I’m one of those guys that have really put a lot of pressure on people that look at those kind of things and say listen, it’s okay to take away those hits from behind when they’re warranted, but what about the other guy? Does he not have a responsibility?

“Certainly don’t like seeing those kinds of things, but this is where it’s important to take care of ourselves. So, I view that five-on-three we’re going to close a gap quickly and Dennis is a strong individual. So is he supposed to get weak because of that situation? Or he just plays to his strength. Again, I wasn’t happy. I looked at it and it could be arguable, but from my end of it, I think it’s what it is. Our guys need to finish their checks and sure, you’ve got to be careful, but I’m sure [Toews] knew [Seidenberg] was coming.”

Julien: ‘We need to educate our players to protect themselves better’

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The Blackhawks extended their win streak to eight games and rookie defenseman Klas Dahlbeck scored his first NHL goal; however, much of the discussion post-game surrounded Chicago’s Jonathan Toews.

The Blackhawks captain took a hit from behind midway through the second period courtesy Bruins’ defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.

Seidenberg received a minor penalty for boarding. Toews left the game soon after and did not return.

It has been reported the Department of Player Safety will review the incident.

Boston coach Claude Julien believes some of the onus is on Toews in that situation to be better prepared to receive a hit.

“I’ve been saying that for a long time, we need to educate our players to protect themselves better,” Julien said per WEEI.com. “We keep turning our backs, we keep trying to curl away.

“A player’s job is to finish his check and a player should know he’s going to be hit. It’s not about tonight, it’s about the whole league. I’m one of those guys who has put a lot of pressure on people who look at those kind of things and say, ‘It’s OK to take away those hits from hits from behind when they’re warranted. But what about the other guy? Does he not have a responsibility?’”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Toews is OK.

“He seemed all right,” said Quenneville. “It looks like he’s going to be all right.”

Seidenberg said he felt he had Toews’ right shoulder lined up.

“I would never want to hurt a guy. That’s the last thing on my mind,” he said. “If you go through the middle you have to have your head up, right? It was just unfortunate how (Toews) went into the boards. I thought I had his right shoulder but it just kind of happened and it just didn’t look that great.”

Toews teammates were not happy with the hit post-game.

“It was tough lose Johnny to a hit like that,” said Patrick Sharp. “Seidenberg has a reputation as a clean hockey player. He has a lot of respect. Having said that, we didn’t like that hit.”

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara made his return to the Boston lineup after suffering a knee injury Oct. 23 and played over 24 minutes.

Torey Krug and Reilly Smith had the Boston goals.

Ben Smith and Patrick Kane had the other Blackhawks goals.

The two teams meet for a second and final time in Chicago on Feb. 22.

Report: League to review Seidenberg hit on Toews

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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety will review Dennis Seidenberg’s hit from behind on Jonathan Toews.

The incident occurred midway through the second period.

Seidenberg received a minor penalty for boarding on the play.

Toews left the game soon after and did not return.