Detroit’s Miller bloodied, exits quickly after taking skate to face (Updated)

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Frightening scene in Detroit on Tuesday as veteran Red Wings forward Drew Miller exited tonight’s tilt against Ottawa after taking Mark Stone’s skate to the face:

Another angle, courtesy SB Nation:

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The incident occurred early in the first period with no score in the game. The Wings have yet to update on Miller’s status, or if he’ll be held out for the remainder of the game.

Miller, 31, has five goals and 13 points in 75 games this year for the Red Wings, and is one of only five players on the team to have suited up for every contest this season.

Update: From Yahoo’s Nick Cotsonika…

Goalie nods: Hamburglar goes for Ottawa

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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.

Elsewhere…

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

With Hedman questionable, Bolts recall ’12 1st-rounder Koekkoek

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The Tampa Bay Lightning could get a true defensive depth test tonight against Toronto.

Slater Koekkoek, the 10th overall pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has been recalled and could make his NHL debut this evening in place of Victor Hedman, who’s questionable after barely playing in the third period of Monday’s win over Montreal.

Should Hedman miss, he’d join fellow blueliners Jason Garrison and Braydon Coburn on the shelf. Garrison, who suffered an upper-body injury on a questionable hit from Detroit’ Justin Abdelakder over the weekend, is out 3-4 weeks; Coburn, who suffered a lower-body injury earlier this month, isn’t expected back until the playoffs at the earliest.

While those ailments have made for some tough times on defense, the Bolts have to be excited about Koekkoek’s arrival. The 21-year-old is enjoying a solid campaign with AHL Syracuse — 24 points in 66 games — and has some serious pedigree, the seventh d-man taken in first round absolutely loaded with quality defensemen (like Hampus Lindholm, Morgan Rielly, Jacob Trouba, Cody Ceci, Olli Maatta, Ryan Murray, Mathew Dumba and Derrick Pouliot.)

Andy or the Hamburglar? Sens mum on starting goalie

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The Ottawa Senators have seven games left in the regular season and, based on today’s development, that means about seven more questions of who’ll start in goal.

Another takeaway from today? Don’t expect many advance answers.

“Cameron” is, of course, Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron, who went with Craig Anderson in back-to-back losses this weekend against Toronto and Florida. The decision to start Anderson was made easier by the fact Andrew “the Hamburglar” Hammond was on the limp with a back injury but now, with Hammond declaring himself fit, the decision on who to start gets more complex.

The case for Anderson is based largely around the fact he’s got more experience and has played through playoff battles before (and the Sens are, to borrow a tired cliche, already in playoff mode.) He could hardly be blamed for only securing one of a possible four points this past weekend — the Toronto game was his first in 18 days, and he stopped 33 of 36 shots against Florida — even though people did blame him.

The case for Hammond? Well, I mean, his remarkable hot streak has been pretty well documented. It’s also worth noting that for a team that’s desperate for points, the Hamburglar has just one regulation loss in 17 appearances this season and, despite an ugly five-goal loss to the Rangers last Thursday, still boasts a 1.91 GAA and .938 save percentage.

The only thing for certain here is that we’ll soon know who’s starting in goal. The Sens take on Detroit at Joe Louis tomorrow, at which time Cameron will have to make his choice.

Jagr, Panthers keep pace in wild card race

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Jaromir Jagr scored twice, including the game winner, as the Florida Panthers doubled up the Ottawa Senators 4-2.

Jagr’s second of the night, and 15th of the season, moves him two points back of former teammate Ron Francis for fourth on the NHL’s all-time points list.

With the win, Florida moved four points back of the Boston Bruins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers trail the Senators by just one point.

Ottawa now trails Boston by three points.

“Everybody knows how important it was to win this game. It was Game 7 for us,” said Jagr. “We just have to get ready for the next Game 7 against Boston.”

Jagr’s agent met with Panthers’ GM Dale Talon on Saturday. The two sides appear interested in getting a deal done, but right now the focus is on the playoff race.

“Nobody really gives those kids any credit,” said Jagr of the young team in Florida. “How young they are, they’re so talented. They’re going to surprise the league in two years. They might win the cup the way and they’re going to get better and better. They don’t even have to do anything and they’re going to get better.”

Jussi Jokinen and Dave Bolland had the other Panthers goals while Dan Ellis made 25 saves for the win.

Florida has points in three straight games and five of their last six.

Senators captain Erik Karlsson scored his 20th of the season and Jean-Gabriel Pageau had the other for Ottawa. The Sens have lost three straight for the first time since Feb. 3-7.

Craig Anderson made his second straight start and made 33 saves in the loss.