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2014 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship - Semifinals

Contract stalemate continues between Columbus, prized prospect Reilly


Doesn’t appear as though there’s been much progress on a deal between the Blue Jackets and star University of Minnesota defenseman Mike Reilly.

First, this report from the Columbus Dispatch:

Then this, from TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

“If he wants to, he can say I’m not going back for my final year [at Minnesota] and 30 days later or June 1st — whatever is later — he can declare himself an unrestricted free agent.

“Columbus thinks the world of this guy. He’s a Hobey Baker candidate, a mobile, puck-handling defenseman, but right now there’s no decision imminent on that front. What he’s going to do is finish his academic year at the University of Minnesota, so that means no decision on his future will be forthcoming until we get into May.”

Reilly, 21, was Columbus’ third-round pick (98th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. A two-time All-American, he became the first d-man in nearly 20 years to lead the Golden Gophers in scoring and, as McKenzie noted above, is highly coveted by the Blue Jackets.

More on that, from the Dispatch:

[Jackets GM Jarmo] Kekalainen and company have tried hard to woo him.

Last spring, they played host to him at Nationwide Arena for the two home playoff games against Pittsburgh. When the Blue Jackets played in St. Paul, Minn., on Jan. 19, Reilly watched the morning skate with Davidson and Kekalainen. Last week, when the Blue Jackets traded defenseman James Wisniewski, Kekalainen mentioned Reilly as a player who has a clearer path to an NHL job.

“Mike Reilly is having a great year in Minnesota,” Kekalainen said. “He’s a prospect we believe in, and he’ll be stepping into some big shoes with our organization. We look forward to getting him signed.”

Should Reilly balk on signing with Columbus and go unrestricted, he’d be following in the footsteps of Kevin Hayes and Justin Schultz, who spurned the Blackhawks and Ducks to sign with the Rangers and Oilers, respectively.

It’s also worth noting that Reilly’s dad, also named Mike, is a minority owner of the Minnesota Wild, which has led to speculation that the younger Reilly could opt to sign with his hometown team.

Goalie nods: Hamburglar goes for Ottawa

Andrew Hammond

All the latest from the blue paint…

Hammond over Anderson

Yesterday, the Ottawa Senators were mum on who’d start in goal for tonight’s key tilt against Detroit.

This morning, they made it official — Hamburglar gets the nod.

Andrew Hammond will return to the net for the first time since getting shellacked in a 5-1 loss to the Rangers last week; Craig Anderson, who started consecutive losses to Toronto and Florida over the weekend, will revert to backup status… for now.

It remains to be seen what head coach Dave Cameron will do for the remaining seven games of the regular season. Ottawa’s in a dogfight with Boston for the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and, at least for now, he’s going with Hammond, who has just one regulation loss in 17 appearances this season.

For Detroit, Petr Mrazek will start tonight — a decision that’s equally as compelling as the one in Ottawa. For more on that, click here.


Panthers at Bruins: Roberto Luongo vs. Tuukka Rask

‘Canes at Caps: Cam Ward vs. Braden Holtby

Devils at Jackets: Cory Schneider vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Bolts at Leafs: Andrei Vasilevskiy (probable) vs. James Reimer

Canucks at Preds: Eddie Lack (apparently) vs. Pekka Rinne

Rangers at Jets: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Rangers power play ‘not nearly good enough,’ says AV

New York Rangers v Buffalo Sabres

There’s a power outage in New York.

The Rangers, who’ve scored just twice on their last 33 power play opportunities, head into tonight’s game in Winnipeg looking to spark a man advantage unit that sits 21st overall in the NHL and hasn’t scored on the road since Mar. 4.

“It’s not nearly good enough, without a doubt,” head coach Alain Vigneault told the New York Post, after Sunday’s 0-for-5 PP outing versus Washington. “We’re going to take a look at some tape and make the adjustments we need to make.”

On paper, the Rangers should be dynamic. Dan Boyle, though clearly not the player he once was, has made a career out of quarterbacking power play units and Keith Yandle, who arrived from Arizona at the trade deadline, leads all NHL defensemen in PP assists.

Rick Nash once led the league in power play markers (with 19, during the 2003-04 campaign) and Chris Kreider has emerged as a good net-front presence with the man advantage, leading the Rangers with seven PPG.

So… what gives?

The Rangers can be accused of not shooting the puck enough. They have the 11th-fewest shots on goal with the man advantage this season (323) and, in the aforementioned game against Washington, could only manage four shots on goal in over seven minutes of power play time.

There’s also this explanation, from Derek Stepan.

“I think we need to simplify when we get out there,” he said. “We need to make sure we make the right plays and shoot the puck when we get a chance.”

Whatever the case, the Rangers will need to figure this and fast. An anemic man advantage can prove costly during the Stanley Cup playoffs, like last year — in the final, the Rangers went just 2-for-22 against the Kings.

Ovechkin, Chimera help Caps add to wild card lead

Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin and Jason Chimera each scored twice as the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers 5-2.

For the time being the Capitals trail the New York Islanders by just one point for the third seed in the Metropolitan Division. Washington also has a five-point lead on the first wild card seed in the Eastern Conference.

Marcus Johansson added an empty netter while Braden Holtby made 23 saves for the win.

One of Holtby’s bigger saves on the afternoon came midway through the first when he robbed Kevin Hayes.

With the pair of goals, Ovechkin now has a league-leading 49 on the season. He is one goal shy of his sixth career 50-goal season.

Chimera’s pair of goals snapped a 20-game drought.

Washington improves to 5-2-0 in their past seven games. New York has lost two straight in regulation for the first time since Jan. 27 and Jan. 29.

Eric Fehr and Brooks Laich each had two assists in the win.

New York, who got goals from Hayes and Derick Brassard, led 2-1 after the first period.

Cam Talbot made 26 saves in the loss.

Goalie Nods: Wings will start Mrazek for second straight day

Petr Mrazek

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Detroit sticks with Petr Mrazek

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard’s recent slump has been bad enough spark speculation about him potentially losing the starting job to 23-year-old netminder Mrazek. That debate only intensified after Mrazek posted a 23-save shutout against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Under these circumstances, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has decided to start Mrazek against the New York Islanders despite the lack of rest. The only other time Detroit attempted to start Mrazek on back-to-back days this season, he allowed three goals on seven shots to the Buffalo Sabres before being pulled just 13:37 minutes into the second game.

There’s no word yet on who the Islanders will counter with.


Capitals at Rangers: Braden Holtby vs. Cam Talbot

Panthers at Senators: Craig Anderson will start for Ottawa; Roberto Luongo is the probable goaltender for Florida.

Bruins at Hurricanes: Tuukka Rask is expected to be fine for today’s game after dealing with dehydration issues on Saturday, so there’s a fair chance he’ll be between the pipes for Boston. Carolina will likely go with Anton Khudobin after using Cam Ward on Saturday, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

Flames at Predators: Jonas Hiller is confirmed for Calgary while there’s a fair chance Nashville will counter with Pekka Rinne.

Ducks at Devils: It’s not know who Anaheim will start, but Cory Schneider will be in goal for New Jersey.

Sharks at Penguins: Alex Stalock vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Blackhawks at Jets: Corey Crawford vs. Ondrej Pavelec