Nashville Predators

Wings’ Helm (upper body) will not return vs. Preds

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The Detroit Red Wings have lost forward Darren Helm for the remainder of this afternoon’s game in Nashville.

Helm took a hit from Preds’ defenseman Seth Jones midway through the first period.

The team is calling it an upper body injury.

As Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press notes, it was in Nashville that Helm suffered a bad skate cut to his forearm during the 2012 playoffs.

Helm has 13 goals and 29 points in 61 games this season while averaging 15:26 in ice time.

Video: Predators, Wild exchange high-skill goals

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The Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators can really clamp things down when they’re on task, yet the two teams are showing that they also boast the skill to score impressive goals.

Thursday featured a nice stretch of second-period tallies, as Craig Smith made his 20th goal one of those rare efforts:

While it wasn’t as exciting as Smith’s effort, Nino Niederreiter answered nicely, scoring his 20th as well in impressive fashion just a little more than a minute later:

The Wild carry a 3-2 lead into the third period. You can watch the game on NBCSN and also stream it via the link below:

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WATCH LIVE: Wild at Predators on NBCSN

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The mainstream hockey public might not be fully aware of how impressive the Nashville Predators have been this season, but Thursday is a chance to see Pekka Rinne & Co. in action.

The Minnesota Wild hope to spoil that impression and improve their playoff odds in the process. You can see this game – which is especially significant for Minnesota – on NBCSN but also by streaming via NBC Sports Live Extra.

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Want more on this game? Read this preview from earlier today.

Goalie nods: Zepp starts fourth straight as Flyers push for playoffs

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Zepp goes for Flyers

Philly will turn to Rob Zepp for the fourth straight game when it takes on the Leafs in Toronto this evening.

Zepp, 33, has fared reasonably well in his first-ever NHL campaign. He’s posted a 5-2-0 record, though his GAA (2.80) and save percentage (.893) leave something to be desired.

At the same time, the Flyers need wins right now — they head into tonight’s action four points back of Boston for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference — and Zepp has provided those; he’s won two of his last three starts, which included impressive victories against the NHL-leading Predators and Washington, who currently holds the east’s other wild card.

For Toronto, Jonathan Bernier will be in goal.

Elsewhere…

Canucks at Sabres: Eddie Lack vs. Michal Neuvirth (more here)

Coyotes at Rangers: Mike Smith vs. Cam Talbot

Habs at Jackets: Carey Price vs. Curtis McElhinney

Hawks at Panthers: (No word on a Chicago starter yet) vs. Roberto Luongo

Blues at Jets: Brian Elliott vs. Michael Hutchinson

Wild at Preds: (Devan Dubnyk likely) vs. Pekka Rinne

Sens at Kings: (No word on an Ottawa starter yet) vs. Jonathan Quick

Wings at Sharks: (No word on a Detroit starter yet vs. Antti Niemi

Video: Neuvirth becomes first goalie to be fined for diving

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Buffalo’s Michal Neuvirth has become the sixth player — and first goalie — to be fined for diving this season, the NHL announced on Wednesday:

Neuvirth was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 251 vs. Toronto on Nov. 15. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident during NHL Game No. 886 vs. Nashville on Feb. 22.

Predators forward Mike Santorelli received a minor penalty for interference on the goaltender on the play, at 2:23 of the second period.

The incident involving Santorelli that led to the fine:

With that, Neuvirth joins Montreal’s P.K. Subban, the Islanders’ Cal Clutterbuck, Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist, Florida’s Vincent Trocheck and Nashville’s James Neal as the six players to be publicly outed as divers, under new rules put forth by the league this season.