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• The Devils say Nico Hischier is week-to-week after he was struck in the visor by a puck on Saturday. He has a sinus fracture and is in concussion protocol. [Devils]
• Rest in peace, Walter Gretzky. [PHT]
• Darryl Sutter is back behind the Flames’ bench after Geoff Ward was fired Thursday night. [PHT]
• Expectations are high in Montreal, which explains all the recent changes made by GM Marc Bergevin. [Sportsnet]
• Taylor Hall remains “open” to an extension with the Sabres. His days in Buffalo, however, may be coming to an end with the NHL trade deadline approaching. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]
• The IIHF Women’s World Championship, set to be played in Nova Scotia, has been pushed back to May. [Olympic Talk]
• A fractured wrist will put Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm out of the lineup for six weeks. [Ducks]
• What Darnell Nurse is as a defenseman is open to interpretation depending on which night you’re watching him patrol the Oilers’ blue line. [TSN]
• Good read on a road trip from hell for the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda. [ESPN]
• What’s behind Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s issues in the faceoff circle? [NBC Sports Washington]
• Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy is beginning to look like his old self on the blue line. [Empire Sports Media]
• Answering the question as to why Robin Lehner, injured since Feb. 11, is not on IR or LTIR. [Sin Bin Vegas]
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