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Video: Elias nets his 400th career goal


Patrik Elias became the 91st player in NHL history to reach the 400-goal mark with his seventh goal of the season on Friday night.

Elias gave the Devils a 2-0 lead early in the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

As the Toronto Sun’s Lance Hornby notes, it was Elias’ 16th career goal against the Leafs.

Last month Elias joined the 1,000 point club with a three-point night against the Buffalo Sabres.

Lightning acquire Ashton and Broll from the Leafs


The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired forwards Carter Ashton and David Broll from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick at the 2016 NHL Draft.

The deal frees up two contract spots for the Leafs, who were at the maximum of 50.

Ashton appeared in seven games for the Leafs this season registering a minus-3 rating. The 23-year-old was also suspended 20 games earlier this season after testing positive for a banned substance.

Originally a first-round pick (29th overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009, Ashton was dealt to the Leafs in February 2012 for defenseman Keith Aulie.

In 12 American Hockey League games this season, Ashton has four goals and eight points with the Toronto Marlies.

Broll has split this season between the Marlies and the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears. The 22-year-old appeared in five NHL games with the Leafs last season registering an assist.

Both players will likely report to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

Goalie nods: Caps set to give Grubauer season debut


All the latest from the blue paint…

Interesting times in D.C.

Curious situation in Washington — after Braden Holtby stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 2-1 win over Ottawa last night, the Caps look like they’re turning to Philipp Grubauer, not Justin Peters, in the second of a back-to-back tonight against Anaheim.

Grubauer, who has spent all of this season in AHL Hershey, hasn’t played in the NHL since March of last season but has shown well in the past — posting a .925 save percentage and 2.38 GAA last year.

Peters, meanwhile, has struggled in his first year in Washington, going 2-5-1 with a 3.58 GAA and .870 save percentage. The 28-year-old has only played twice since the calendar turned to 2015, allowing five goals on 26 shots in a loss to Dallas and four goals on 40 shots in a loss to the Blues on Sunday.

As for Anaheim, no word yet on who gets the start tonight.


Leafs at Devils: James Reimer vs. Cory Schneider

Blues at Blue Jackets: Brian Elliott vs. Curtis McElhinney

‘Hawks at Jets: Corey Crawford vs. Michael Hutchinson

Pens at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.

Bruins’ second D pair of Seidenberg-McQuaid is an issue


From CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty, writing about the Bruins’ 3-2 loss to the Rangers last night:

The soft spot in the B’s defense picked on Wednesday night was the pairing of Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid. The duo relies on rugged physicality to make up for a lack of foot speed as Boston’s middle defensive pairing, but it wasn’t working vs. the Rangers as they finished minus-2 in the loss, and were routinely on their heels vs. speedy Rangers forwards like Nash, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin among others.

McQuaid, of course, has been asked to do a lot more since Johnny Boychuk was traded to the Islanders. The 28-year-old has been playing 18 or 19 minutes a game this season, whereas he averaged 13:02 during the 2011 playoffs and 14:47 in the 2013 postseason.

This isn’t meant to pick on McQuaid. He’s just no Boychuk. The Kings are experiencing similar issues without Slava Voynov playing the right side on the second pair, with Alec Martinez being asked to do more.

And just like that’s a challenge for GM Dean Lombardi in Los Angeles, it’s a challenge for Peter Chiarelli in Boston. The Bruins don’t have a ton of cap space; that’s why they traded Boychuk in the first place. And they’ll be hesitant to give up significant assets for a rental (like, say, Cody Franson) they may not be able to re-sign.

Holland: We don’t need a right-shot defenseman for the power play anymore


Ken Holland is right — there has been “a lot of talk about” the Red Wings “looking for a right-shot defenseman.”

For example, yesterday on PHT, when we listed three candidates — Mike Green, Jeff Petry, and Cody Franson — that could feasibly interest Holland.

Tyler Myers is another right-shot d-man that’s come up in Wings-related rumors.

But in a radio interview today on TSN 1040 (per Nichols on Hockey), Holland clarified that the Wings’ needs have changed since the summer when they were looking for a right shot to help the power play.

“As we speak today, I think we’re No. 1 in the league on the power play,” said Holland. “Mike Babcock puts out four forwards on each unit. Danny DeKeyser, a defenseman, on one unit. [Niklas] Kronwall on another unit.”

Which is to say, giving up assets to bring in a power-play expert like Green may not be something the Wings are dying to do.

That being said, if he can, Holland would still like to add a right-shot defenseman prior to the March 2 deadline.

It just has to be the “right right-shot defenseman.”

Whoever that may be.