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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 3:01 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Rosen's mailbag - Feb. 25, 2015

Here is the Feb. 25 edition of Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run every Wednesday during the season. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

With Nick Leddy locked in long term will Johnny Boychuk be the next domino to fall? -- @tjanthony25

Fall how? Fall out of the Islanders grasp? Fall in line with the Islanders by re-signing on a long-term contract? There are different ways this domino can go down, or, as you said, fall.

My hunch is that Leddy's contract will not prevent the Islanders from going hard after re-signing Boychuk, which they are likely doing already. Islanders general manager Garth Snow is notoriously quiet when it comes to negotiations, which is why we didn't hear anything on the Leddy contract situation until it was actually done and ready to be announced.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 1:00 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flames at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames have reached a point of desperation in an attempt to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

As a result there might expect a playoff-like intensity when the teams play at Prudential Center on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, SN).

The Devils, winners of four straight, are eight points behind the Boston Bruins for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot with 22 regular-season games remaining.

The Flames, who have lost three straight (0-2-1), are one point behind the Minnesota Wild for the second Western Conference wild-card spot with 22 games remaining.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 12:54 PM

By Adam Vingan -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Penguins at Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – After a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom bluntly assessed the Capitals' power-play performance.

"We were terrible actually," he said.

Washington failed to score on five opportunities Sunday, taking two shots on goal in 8:58 of power-play time. To ensure that there is no repeat performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center on Wednesday, the Capitals spent practice Tuesday working on special teams.

Coaches oversaw a full-ice drill emphasizing breakouts and zone entries, which were sloppy against the Flyers and prevented them from setting up effectively.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 12:25 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Devils' Jagr dealing with diminishing ice time

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr said Wednesday that he knew his role on the team would be limited after general manager Lou Lamoriello opted to go behind the bench with co-coaches Adam Oates and Scott Stevens in December.

It has led to speculation that Jagr is a prime candidate to be traded prior to the NHL Trade Deadline, which comes at 3 p.m. ET on March 2.

Jagr, who on most nights played 20-plus minutes under former coach Peter DeBoer, has played fewer than 13 minutes the past two games in victories against the Carolina Hurricanes (12:13) on Saturday and Arizona Coyotes (12:49) on Monday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Penguins, Capitals

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

Another good, old-fashioned, "we don't like you and you don't like us" rivalry game is on tap Wednesday night on NBCSN.

The Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals, a Metropolitan Division classic made even more interesting by the standings and the fact the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline is looming at 3 p.m. ET on Monday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 12:25 AM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Might be time to acquire Semin

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of a 3-2 shootout win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday and did not return. Coach Joel Quenneville said after the game that Kane will miss some time and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

Kane is tied with Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom and Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek for the League lead in scoring with 64 points; his 1.07 points per game are tied for second with Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin.

You can't replace that type of production, but there are a few players you could try and acquire.


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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 11:06 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

FLA @ CHI - 16:33 of the Third Period

At 16:33 of the third period in the Florida Panthers/Chicago Blackhawks game, video review determined that Vincent Trocheck's shot deflected off the Chicago defender and completely crossed the Blackhawks goal line. Good goal Florida.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 6:41 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Rangers forward Nash out against Flames

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Rick Nash is not in the lineup Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames because of neck spasms. He is considered day-to-day. Nash had played in every game of the season until Tuesday.

Oscar Lindberg was expected to make his NHL debut in place of Nash. Lindberg was recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Lindberg was expected to start the game centering the third line between J.T. Miller and Carl Hagelin. Kevin Hayes, who is normally the Rangers' third-line center, moved up to take Nash's spot on the top line with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello.

Nash did not practice Monday, but it was listed as a maintenance day. He is second in the NHL with 37 goals behind Alex Ovechkin (38). Nash had two goals in the Rangers' 5-2 win at Calgary on Dec. 16.

Lindberg has 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 54 games with Hartford this season. He leads the Wolf Pack with 155 shots on goal and is second in points and third goals.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 4:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Devils' Lamoriello not rushing to make moves: report

New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello appears content to wait and see what develops this week before deciding to buy, sell or stand pat heading into the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2 at 3 p.m. ET, according to NorthJersey.com.

The Devils have won four straight games and entered Tuesday eight points behind the Boston Bruins for the second Eastern Conference wild-card berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They also have two teams ahead of them in the standings, the Florida Panthers and the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Bruins and the Panthers each have a game in hand on the Devils.

Lamoriello believes most of the trade activity will come closer to the deadline.

"But that's a hard question to answer because really there's 29 other teams thinking independently and it takes two of them to do something," Lamoriello told NorthJersey.com. "Sometimes you think there's going to be no movement and there's a lot and then the reverse."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 3:56 PM

By Corey Long -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Cooper: Don't expect drastic changes for Lightning

With the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline looming Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning are still in the market for a defenseman.

However, coach Jon Cooper said he doesn't expect the team to make a blockbuster deal or do anything that would cause a drastic change of the current roster.

"I can say that I'm positive this team will not be blown up," Cooper said. "They are staying together. We might add a piece and while I can't say that no one will be subtracted, I can't imagine that happening. We've had this group together for a while. Some came through the minors and others have been up here but they have grown together."

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