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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Feb. 20

Yesterday at

In Mark Seidel’s blog, the NACS chief scout looks at the top prospects of each contending team who might appeal to other GMs at the deadline.

In Campbell’s Cuts, Ken Campbell says that with Peter Forsberg’s decision not to return to the NHL, a lot of GMs were saved from making an expensive mistake.

In Sam McCaig’s blog, he talks about the best and worst of the league.

Mike Brophy keeps the Red Wings in top spot, but the Dallas Stars are in hot pursuit in this week’s THN Power Rankings.

In the Ask Adam Mailbag, it is part three of your questions about the trade deadline.

The Hot List, a list of players we can’t wait to see in the NHL, features Leafs prospect Chris DiDomenico.

In Campbellnomics, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk remain on top, and Joe Thornton moves into the top five.

Click HERE for NHL standings.

Yesterday’s Action…

Boston 3, Carolina 2 (SO) (story/highlights)

- Marc Savard had two points and Tim Thomas made 45 saves.

Florida 2, Pittsburgh 3

- Ryan Malone had two goals and Evgeni Malkin earned two assists.

Philadelphia 2, Ottawa 3 (SO) (story/highlights)

- Antoine Vermette had a goal, Jason Spezza had the shootout-winner and Ray Emery made 23 saves.

New York Rangers 5, Montreal 6 (SO)

- Michael Ryder and Alexei Kovalev scored twice each and Saku Koivu ended the game in a shootout, after the Canadiens fell behind 5-0.

Columbus 1, Toronto 3 (story/highlights)

- Dominic Moore had two assists and Vesa Toskala made 26 saves.

Edmonton 4, Nashville 5

- J-P Dumont scored the game-winning goal and added two assists and Scott Nichol also had a three-point night.

Vancouver 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)

- Daniel and Henrik Sedin each had two points and Roberto Luongo made 20 saves.

Chicago 1, St. Louis 5 (story/highlights)

- Erik Johnson and Martin Rucinsky each had two assists and Manny Legace made 19 saves.

Calgary 4, Phoenix 1 (story/highlights)

- Dion Phaneuf and Jarome Iginla scored twice each.

News and Views…

Atlanta: Dan Turple was assigned to Grand Rapids.

Boston: Petteri Nokelainen is day-to-day with the flu.

Carolina: Ray Whitney, Bret Hedican and Erik Cole returned from injury… Assigned Joe Jensen to Albany.

Chicago: Yanic Perreault is day-to-day with a wrist injury.

Jared Boll returned to the lineup after missing four games.

Detroit: Nicklas Lidstrom will have an MRI today on his right knee; the team is calling it an MCL sprain, writes Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News. (more...)

Joni Pitkanen returned from a minor hip injury and Mathieu Roy is day-to-day.

Stephen Weiss is day-to-day with a broken finger…Recalled Drew Larman from Rocester.

Minnesota: Brian Rolston returned after sitting out one game with an illness.

Nashville: Ville Koistinen and J-P Dumont returned from the flu.

New York Islanders: Drew Fata was recalled from Bridgeport.

New York Rangers: Marc Staal returned from the flu.

Ottawa: Chris Neil is day-to-day with the flu… Assigned Tyler Donati to Elmira of the ECHL.

Acquired Jaroslav Modry from the Kings for a third round draft pick. (story/analysis)

St. Louis: Dan Hinote returned from a hip injury.

San Jose: Mike Iggulden was assigned to Worcester.

Tampa Bay: The Lightning players are not being distracted by the plenty of trade rumors, writes Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune. (more...)

What’s on tap…

Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.

San Jose at New Jersey, 7:00 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Washington, 7:00 p.m.

Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Calgary at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Colorado at Anaheim, 10:00 p.m.

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