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Isles’ Martin suspended one game for ‘reckless’ knee on Daley


New York forward Matt Martin has been suspended one game for kneeing Dallas’ Trevor Daley on Tuesday night, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety has announced.

“Martin ensures contact with Daley by leaning out with his leg, a part of the body with which he cannot deliver legally deliver a check,” the DoPS explained. “His knee catches Daly, resulting in a significant injury.

“While we accept Martin’s assertion that the check was not malicious in nature, it was reckless.”

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Martin will now miss the Islanders’ next game — on Thursday in Nashville — and is eligible to return on Saturday for a tilt in Florida. He’ll also forfeit $5,376.34 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Wings clear Zetterberg (upper body) to face Rangers


Henrik Zetterberg is set to play for the first time in four games tonight when the Red Wings host the Rangers on NBCSN’s Rivalry Night.

Zetterberg, who suffered an upper-body injury after taking a punch from Dallas captain Jamie Benn on Feb. 21, looks as though he’ll return on a line with Justin Abdelkader and newcomer Erik Cole, acquired from the Stars over the weekend.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of effect the Red Wings captain (and leading assist man) has on Cole, who’s enjoying a pretty solid goalscoring campaign. The 36-year-old winger has 18 through 57 games this year, good for a 0.32 goals-per-game average — his highest since netting 35 with Montreal during the 2011-12 campaign.

“I think Cole’s a right winger who plays with pace, can take the puck to the net and is having a good year this year,” coach Mike Babcock said, per CBS Detroit. “Looks to me to have some size and some ability to be heavy on it.”

Fresh off signing extension, Ducks’ Jackman (lower body) out 4-6 weeks

Eventful last few weeks for Anaheim grinder Tim Jackman.

After signing a contract extension with the club on Feb. 19, the Ducks announced today that Jackman would miss the next 4-6 weeks with a lower-body ailment.

Jackman was hurt early in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Dallas after colliding awkwardly with Stars forward Ales Hemsky:

Prior to the injury, Jackman had five goals and seven points while averaging 8:29 TOI in 52 games this season. The Ducks rewarded Jackman for that output — and for his toughness, as the club’s fighting majors leader (with eight) — with a one-year, $700,000 deal.

Video: Isles’ Martin to face hearing for ‘stupid’ knee-on-knee hit


Islanders forward Matt Martin will face a disciplinary hearing for this hit on Dallas’ Trevor Daley from Tuesday night, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety has announced:

Martin was given a five-minute kneeing major for the hit, and was tossed from the contest. Daley is expected to miss “weeks” with an injury, per Stars head coach Lindy Ruff, who was none too please with Martin’s actions.

“That’s a suspension,” Ruff fumed, per the Dallas Morning-News. “It’s another stupid hit that makes you just shake your head.  We’ve already lost our best forward [Tyler Seguin] and now we’ve lost probably our best defenseman for a period of time on a play that just wasn’t necessary.”

Martin has been suspended previously — once for charging, once for his role in a fight — but since those incidents occurred more than four years ago, he’s not viewed as a repeat offender under terms of the CBA.

NHL on NBCSN: Reloaded Red Wings, Rangers set to battle tonight


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Detroit Red Wings host the New York Rangers at Joe Louis Arena at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

At this stage of the season, the Red Wings and Rangers have all-but secured a postseason berth and have their eyes on the playoffs. They were both active buyers in the lead up to the trade deadline with the Rangers adding defenseman Keith Yandle and forward James Sheppard while the Red Wings have welcomed blueliner Marek Zidlicky and winger Erik Cole to their ranks. Part of these final weeks of the regular season will be about integrating their new talent and getting into a playoff mindset, but they also have more immediate goals in mind.

Thanks to the parity in the conference, just about any team that makes the playoffs in the east will have a legitimate shot of going all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. With the competition that tight, every little edge counts and both the Red Wings and Rangers have a chance to make life much easier for themselves in April and beyond by successfully securing the Atlantic and Metropolitan Division titles respectively.

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The Rangers are in a far better position to take their division going into this game. They’re just one point behind the leading Islanders despite having played in three fewer games. At the same time, the Rangers have to look over their shoulder as Pittsburgh has been surging lately and is just three points shy of overtaking them, making it still entirely conceivable that New York will not only miss out on first place, but also fail to secure the home ice advantage in the first round.

By getting Yandle, the Rangers arguably made the biggest splash in the trade market, so that gives them an advantage over their competition. Coming from Arizona, Yandle is thrilled to be part of a winning team.

“If you just look at the back end out, the Rangers are as strong as any team,” Yandle, who has been paired with Kevin Klein, said. “They are fast up front, have tons of speed and skill, and the goaltending is best in the league. I can’t find a weak flaw in the lineup so it’s pretty cool to be a part of it.”

Detroit’s in a more difficult position as it currently ranks third with 81 points behind Tampa Bay (84) and Montreal (87) in the Atlantic. However, the Red Wings have played in four less games than the Lightning and two fewer than the Canadiens, so they’re not entirely out of the race yet.

Cole and Zidlicky are projected to make their Red Wings’ debut tonight, but the big news out of Detroit is that Henrik Zetterberg (concussion) might be ready to return after skating with the team on Tuesday, per the team’s website. If the practice lines yesterday prove to be accurate, then Zetterberg will play alongside Cole and Justin Abdelkader, while Tomas Jurco, Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar will form the other top-two line. Cole’s addition has also given the Red Wings the luxury of moving Gustav Nyquist to the third line. That provides them the depth needed to compete in a lengthy playoff run or, more immediately, take on New York tonight.