The Hockey News Daily Dish: April 2

Yesterday at

Sam McCaig runs down his list of Calder candidates, in his blog.

NHLFA president Jim Boone writes about Hockey Night in Canada on U.S. television.

In his blog, Ken Campbell examines how the Southeast race is coming down to the wire.

In the Ask Adam mailbag: Does Adam have a change of heart on certain aspects of the game?

The Hot List features Steve Mason of the Kitchener Rangers as the major junior and NCAA playoffs are in full swing.

Alex Ovechkin remains at the top of Campbellnomics.

Yesterday’s Action…

New Jersey 2, New York Islanders 1 (OT) (story/highlights)
– Patrik Elias had a goal and an assist and Martin Brodeur made 21 saves.

Carolina 1, Washington 4 (story/highlights)
– Sergei Fedorov had two assists and Cristobal Huet made 21 saves.

Florida 3, Atlanta 2 (story/highlights)
– David Booth scored the winner and Craig Anderson made 31 saves.

Montreal 3, Ottawa 0 (story/highlights)
– Alexei Kovalev had two points and Carey Price earned a 32-save shutout.

Nashville 4, St. Louis 3 (OT) (story/highlights)
– Brandon Bochenski had two points and Rich Peverley scored the overtime-winner.

Buffalo 4, Toronto 3 (SO) (story/highlights)
– Maxim Afinogenov had an assist and scored the shootout-winner, while Ryan Miller made 19 saves.

Calgary 3, Edmonton 2 (story/highlights)
– Dion Phaneuf and Matt Lombardi had two assists each, while Miikka Kiprusoff turned aside 28 shots.

Colorado 4, Vancouver 2 (story/highlights)
– Peter Forsberg had a goal and an assist and Jose Theodore made 27 saves.

Los Angeles 2, San Jose 5 (story/highlights)
– Brian Campbell and Patrick Marleau each had two points and Evgeni Nabokov made 16 saves.

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News and Views…

Atlanta: Riley Holzapfel was signed by Chicago of the AHL.

Boston: Assigned Matt Lashoff and Jeff Hoggan to Providence… The Bruins hope Marc Savard will return for the playoffs, but will definitely miss the rest of the regular season, writes Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald. (more…)

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Buffalo: Teppo Numminen is fit to play, but Lindy Ruff may not have a roster spot for him, writes John Vogl of the Buffalo News. (more…)

Calgary: Craig Conroy is day-to-day with an upper body injury.

Carolina: Bret Hedican, Ray Whitney and Justin Williams all returned from injury, though Williams left the game before the end of the first period.

Colorado: Peter Forsberg returned after missing a game with a groin injury… Signed Derek Peltier to Lake Erie of the AHL.

Columbus: Assigned Nick Holden and Dan LaCosta to Syracuse and recalled Zenon Konopka.

Dallas: Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News writes that the team could be without Sergei Zubov to start the playoffs. (more…)

Florida: The Miami Herald is reporting that Chad Kilger could retire from hockey before ever putting on a Panthers jersey. (more…)

Los Angeles: Recalled Daniel Taylor from Manchester.

Minnesota: Kent Youngblood of Star Tribune talks about Jacques Lemaire closing in on win No. 500. (more…)

Montreal: Guillaume Latendresse and Mark Streit returned from injuries, while Francis Bouillon is day-to-day with an ankle injury.

Nashville: Greg de Vries returned from an upper body injury.

New Jersey: Karel Rachunek is day-to-day with a neck injury.

New York Islanders:
Recalled Joey MacDonald, Matthew Keith and Drew Fata… Signed Jack Hillen to an entry-level contract… Aason Johnson is day-to-day for undisclosed reasons.

San Jose: Signed Paul Fenton to Worcester of the AHL.

Toronto: John Pohl returned to the lineup from an ankle injury… Kyle Wellwood and Nik Antropov are day-to-day with injuries… Mats Sundin will not play the rest of the season, and may fade off into retirement, writes Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star. (more…)

What’s on tap…

Boston at New Jersey, 7:00 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 7:00 p.m.
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

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