The Hockey News Daily Dish: Feb. 11

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Just because a team finishes last, it doesn’t mean they will eventually evolve into a Stanley Cup contender, writes Jason Kay in his blog.

Brian Costello gives a few hints to who moved up and down in this year’s edition of The Hockey News’ Future Watch.

Click HERE for NHL standings.

Yesterday’s Action…

New York Rangers 2, Washington 3 (OT) (story/highlights)
– Alex Ovechkin had three points and Mike Green scored in overtime.

Philadelphia 3, Pittsburgh 4 (story/highlights)
– Evgeni Malkin had a goal and three assists and Ty Conklin stopped 27 shots.

Anaheim 3, Detroit 2 (story/highlights)
– Mathieu Schneider had a goal and an assist and J-S Giguere made 27 saves.

Minnesota 2, St. Louis 1 (SO) (story/highlights)
– Brent Burns scored the shootout-winner and Josh Harding turned away 20 shots.

Los Angeles 3, Columbus 2 (SO) (story/highlights)
– Anze Kopitar scored two goals and Patrick O’Sullivan won the game in a shootout.

Florida 3, Buffalo 5 (story/highlights)
– Derek Roy had two goals, Brian Campbell had three assists and Ryan Miller made 22 saves.

Nashville 6, Phoenix 3 (story/highlights)
– J-P Dumont had a three-point night and Dan Ellis made 30 saves.

Chicago 2, Vancouver 3 (SO) (highlights)
– Markus Naslund tied the game late and Ryan Shannon sealed it in the shootout.

News and Views…

Anaheim: Doug Weight is day-to-day with an upper body injury… Samuel Pahlsson return from an abdominal strain that kept him out of 21 games.

Boston: Manny Fernandez is making great strides in rehab and may return this season, writes Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe. (more…)

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Buffalo: Alex Kotalik is day-to-day with the flu… Tim Connolly returned from a groin injury.

Chicago: Jonathan Toews returned after missing 16 games with a sprained knee.

Columbus: Pascal Leclaire returned from a neck injury.

Florida: After a freak accident where Richard Zednik’s neck was slashed by Olli Jokinen’s skate, George Richards of the Miami Herald writes that Zednik was resting comfortably in a Buffalo hospital Sunday night. (more…)

Los Angeles: Brad Stuart is day-to-day with an illness… Recalled Kevin Dallman from Manchester.

Montreal: Jon Gleed was assigned to Cincinnati of the ECHL… Recalled Ryan O’Byrne from Hamilton.

Philadelphia: Braydon Coburn is day-to-day with a lower body injury… In Sunday’s loss to the Penguins, Simon Gagne suffered another concussion on a hit by Jordan Staal, writes Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer. (more…)

Pittsburgh: Marc-Andre Fleury was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for conditioning and Ryan Stone was also assigned to the AHL affiliate.

St. Louis: Keith Tkachuk is day-to-day with the flu… Martin Rucinsky returned after missing 17 games with a separated shoulder.

Tampa Bay: Oren Koules’ attempt to buy the Lightning has hit another snag as explained by Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune. (more…)

Toronto: Mark Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun writes about Steven Stamkos and his dream to play for the Maple Leafs. (more…)

Washington: John Erskine is day-to-day with a lower body injury.

What’s on tap…

Phoenix at Dallas, 7:00 p.m.

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