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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Feb. 20

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Adam Proteau writes that Brad Richards and John Tortorella are on the hot seat in Tampa, in his blog.

Jamie McLennan’s blog talks about his experience traveling to China for a few games.

In Mike Brophy’s Double OT column, he says the Detroit Red Wings have slipped from where they were early in the season, meaning the rest of the way could be bumpy.

In his blog, Ryan Dixon points out that the problem in Tampa Bay isn’t the Big 3, but the contracts for their support players.

The Fantasy Mailbag answers questions on Patrick Eaves, Dustin Brown, Ty Conklin and why keeper leagues are so good.

Our Top 10 counts down the all-time and active players who have spent the most games with one NHL team.

Click HERE for NHL standings.

Yesterday’s Action…

New York Islanders 3, Washington 2 (SO)

- Mike Comrie scored the shootout-winner and Rick DiPietro made 28 saves.

Tampa Bay 3, Buffalo 4 (OT) (story/highlights)

- Thomas Vanek scored a hat trick, including the game-winner and Ryan Miller made 22 saves.

San Jose 2, New Jersey 3 (story/highlights)

- Patrick Elias had two assists and Martin Brodeur stopped 30 shots.

Minnesota 0, Chicago 3

- David Bolland scored twice and Nikolai Khabibulin earned a 38-save shutout.

Calgary 3, Dallas 2 (story/highlights)

- Alex Tanguay scored twice and Curtis Joseph made 29 saves.

Colorado 2, Anaheim 3 (SO) (story/highlights)

- Corey Perry won the game in the shootout and J-S Giguere stopped 26 shots.

News and Views…

Calgary: Jim Vandermeer was acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers.

Chicago: Nikolai Khabibulin and Jason Williams both returned to the Blackhawks lineup.

Colorado: Scott Parker and Kyle Cumiskey both returned from injury… Both Joe Sakic and Paul Stastny are close to returning, according to the Denver Post. (more...)

Stu Barnes will be out until late February due to retinal surgery.

Detroit: Mark Hartigan and Jonathan Ericsson were recalled from Grand Rapids… Dominik Hasek is out indefinitely with a hip flexor… Nicklas Lidstrom will miss about three weeks with a knee injury, writes Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News. (more...)

New Jersey: Colin White is day-to-day with an upper body injury.

New York Rangers: The New York Rangers are trying to acquire Dan Boyle from Tampa Bay, writes Larry Brooks in the New York Post. (more...)

Ottawa: Tyler Donati was assigned to Binghamton.

Philadelphia: Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes about the end of Simon Gagne’s season, due to another concussion. (more...)

St. Louis: Assigned Jeff Woywitka to Peoria.

San Jose: Patrick Marleau returned after missing four games with a groin injury.

Tampa Bay: Brad Lukowich is out until late March with a groin injury.

Toronto: Cliff Fletcher says he is the man in charge and does not have to run trades by the board, writes Damien Cox in the Toronto Star. (more...)

Vancouver: Kevin Bieksa returned form injury and was assigned to Manitoba for a conditioning stint.

Washington: Tom Poti returned from a lower body injury… Assigned Eric Fehr and Sami Lepisto to Hershey.

What’s on tap…

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Islanders, 7:00 p.m.

San Jose at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m.

Atlanta at Carolina, 7:00 p.m.

Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Columbus at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Nashville, 8:00 p.m.

St. Louis at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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