Detroit Red Wings

Leafs’ Panik latest to be fined for diving


Toronto forward Richard Panik has become the seventh player to be fined for diving this season, the NHL announced on Thursday:

Panik was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 824 at Montreal on Feb. 14. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident during NHL Game No. 936 at Washington on Mar. 1.

Capitals defenseman Mike Green received a minor penalty for holding on the play, at 10:57 of the second period.

Here’s video of the incident against the Caps:

With that, Panik joins Islanders goalie Michal Neuvirth (fine occurred while with Buffalo), Montreal’s P.K. Subban, the Islanders’ Cal Clutterbuck, Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist, Florida’s Vincent Trocheck and Nashville’s James Neal as the seven players to be publicly outed as divers, under new rules put forth by the league this season.

Rangers take the positives out of OT loss to Red Wings


The New York Rangers were busy in the hours leading to the NHL trade deadline, selling future assets to land players — specifically Keith Yandle — who can make an impact right away, as they look to get back to the Stanley Cup Final.

And you can certainly debate this “all-in” mentality, weighing the cost of trying to go for it all now and selling prospects and draft picks — including a first-round selection — to do so.

But as of Wednesday, the Rangers, even without Henrik Lundqvist in goal, are challenging for the Metropolitan Division and could once again go on a long run in the post-season.

On Wednesday, they lost 2-1 in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings. Marek Zidlicky, making his debut for the Red Wings after being a trade deadline acquisition, scored on the power play for the win, with Derek Stepan in the penalty box for a hold.

The single point puts the Rangers in a tie with the rival New York Islanders for tops in the Metropolitan. They’re fighting, too, for top spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Rangers outshot the Red Wings 40-31, forcing Jimmy Howard to make 39 saves. In terms of puck possession, New York dominated for the most part, with 61 shot attempts compared to 50 for Detroit, according to

The Rangers decided to take the positives out of this one.

“I liked the way we played, especially in the second period,” Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault told “Unfortunately, we got a penalty late, and they were able to score in overtime.”

“…Play like this every night, we have a good chance of winning,” Mats Zuccarello told Andrew Gross of The Record.

There could be promising news on the horizon for New York’s goaltending situation, too. Cam Talbot, who has been solid since taking over the starting duties for an injured Lundqvist, could be back in the back-up role when the Swedish netminder comes back.

Lundqvist has been skating on his own and could return in 10 to 14 days, according to Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.

Goalie nods: Rotation over? Jets give Hutchinson fifth straight start


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No more timeshare in Winnipeg

Altering starts between Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson looks to have gone the way of the dodo, as Hutchinson will get his fifth straight — and seventh in the Jets’ last eight games — tonight against Ottawa.

Hutchinson is coming off three solid performances: 18 saves in a 5-2 win over L.A., allowing just one goal on 29 shots in a shootout loss to St. Louis and stopping 26 of 28 in a victory against Dallas. With the Jets in a playoff position and not wanting to give up any ground, it’s no surprise head coach Paul Maurice is leaning on Hutchinson, who’s 19-7-5 on the year with a .919 save percentage and 2.28 GAA.

For the Sens, Andrew Hammond will start — his seventh consecutive nod.


Rangers at Wings: Cam Talbot (probable) vs. Jimmy Howard

Pens at Avs: Nothing from either team yet.

Habs at Ducks: (Nothing from Montreal yet) vs. John Gibson

Babcock: Despite acquisition of Zidlicky, Wings are ‘going to make sure’ Marchenko keeps playing


Mike Babcock is excited at the potential for trade-deadline acquisition Marek Zidlicky to improve his Detroit Red Wings.

“Zidlicky’s going to play on the power play and play a regular shift, starting with [Brendan] Smith, and he’s going to run our power play with [Pavel] Datsyuk, and we’ll see kind of where it goes from there,” the coach said Tuesday, per CBS Detroit.

“Zidlicky, he’s a competitor, he can shoot the puck, he can make plays, he’s got good offensive skill. I think he’ll be a real addition. He made some plays in practice today that make you smile, which is positive.”

At the same time, Babcock wants to keep rookie Alexei Marchenko, the Wings’ only other right-shooting d-man, involved.

“We really like Marchenko,” Babcock said, per “Marchenko is a real good player and he has played very well for us. You can never have too many d-men at this time of the year. We wanted to make sure we had enough hands on deck. We’re going to make sure he’s playing.”

Marchenko is currently on injured reserve with an oblique strain, but shouldn’t be out too long.

His injury leaves the Wings with seven d-men on their active roster. Tonight versus the Rangers, Jakub Kindl is expected to be the healthy scratch.

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.”