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Might Tomas Hertl be suspended for hit on Dmitry Kulikov?
Sharks forward Tomas Hertl’s break for the NHL All-Star Game might be starting a bit early.

Hertl was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct in the first period of Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg for a questionable hit from behind on Jets defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.

Kulikov was going back into his zone to the left of Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck to retrieve the puck when Hertl came in and hit Kulikov from behind face-first into the glass. A bloodied Kulikov had to be helped off the ice by a Jets trainer as Hertl and Winnipeg defenseman Jacob Trouba wrestled each other to the ice.

The Sharks trailed the Jets 2-0 at the time of the penalty, 8:13 into the first period. Bryan Little scored on the ensuing Winnipeg power play to give the Jets a 3-0 lead.

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski got one goal back with 46 seconds to go in the first period, as San Jose entered the intermission down 3-1.

 24,Authentic Philipp Grubauer jersey,Hertl, has 20 penalty minutes this season but has never been given supplemental discipline from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

Defenseman Brenden Dillon is the only Sharks player to be suspended so far this season. Dillon was given one game for slashing Madison Bowey of the Washington Capitals in December.

 Friday to Sunday, in Tampa,adidas Michael Hutchinson jersey,The Sharks host the New York Rangers on Thursday before the NHL breaks for its all-star weekend, Florida.

The Avalanche “rallied” from a 2-1 deficit to beat the Maple Leafs 4-2 and extending its winning streak to 10 games. Colorado trailed for just 94 seconds — the first time it has trailed throughout its remarkable winning streak. Game story looks at that and more.

 the guy has to be in net., Bernier. The veteran goalie from Laval, Quebec,Bernier, might be tired Tuesday but the Avs must give him the start at Montreal if he wants it. Nine-game winning streak … on the line against the Habs? C’mon

” Barberio said of the 10-game streak. “I think we’re just playing the right way out there. We’re not forcing things. We’re staying above pucks. We continue to play sharp defensively and continue to be opportunistic. We have a chance every game at winning. The biggest thing is,Quoteworthy. Defenseman Mark Barberio is from Montreal and one of five Quebec natives on the Avs’ roster. He’s excited to play against the Habs on Tuesday because he trusts the Avs will have a good chance to win. “It’s been a really fun run and has kind of taken on a life of its own, we really believe that.”

 Sam Girard and A.J. Greer,The other Quebec guys are Gabriel Bourque, the latter of whom probably won’t play.

Goals diff. The Avs now have a plus-22 goals differential, which was third-best in the Western Conference before Monday’s late games ended. Only the Vegas Golden Knights (plus-34) and Winnipeg Jets (plus-28) have a better bottom line.

 Treliving is likely to be looking for help on the wing. Frolik, who has been out since Dec. 28 with a fractured jaw,With Michael Frolik and Kris Versteeg out injured and Jaromir Jagr looking as if he is at the end of a great career, has recently resumed skating.

 but the two years left on his contract might be something they do not want to take on with Michael Backlund an unrestricted free agent and Bennett,The Flames are said to be among a group of clubs to have inquired about Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman, Micheal Ferlund and Matthew Tkachuk all eligible to sign new deals next summer.


The Oilers are 10 points back in the race for both the second wild card spot and third place in the Pacific, which puts GM Peter Chiarelli in the position of being a seller unless the club gets red-hot over the next five weeks.

 Mark Letestu,Pending unrestricted free agents Patrick Maroon, Mike Cammalleri and restricted free agents Ryan Strome and Anton Slepyshev are candidates to be available before the deadline. Chiarelli has reportedly already informed the other 30 clubs that Slepyshev is available.

Maroon could bring a handsome return for Edmonton on a rental trade market short on scorers after Evander Kane.

 though the latter is expected back on the ice in the next few weeks.  ,adidas Carter Hutton jersey, which could be attractive to teams such as Los Angeles, which has limited cap space available. The big winger may also be a fit for his hometown St. Louis Blues,The 29-year-old scored 27 goals last season and has an affordable $1.5 million cap charge,adidas Jake Allen jersey, who are looking for forward help with Robby Fabbri and Jaden Schwartz out injured

Strome has been a disappointment for the Oilers after being acquired from the Islanders in exchange for Jordan Eberle last June and might bring a return from a team that believes the former top-five pick has more to contribute and could benefit from another trade.

 with 61 points and in second place in the Central Division entering Monday. For a young club looking to qualify for the playoffs for the second time in seven seasons since relocating to Winnipeg,The Jets are in the best position of the four Western Conference Canadian clubs to make it to the postseason, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff could be looking to add some depth with playoff experience.

 but his loss may have Cheveldayoff interested in reinforcements down the middle,adidas Steven Stamkos jersey,Mark Scheifele is expected to return by early March, and possibly a depth defenseman.

 but they will likely be of the rental variety with Patrik Laine and Blake Wheeler each eligible to sign new deals next summer,The Jets are well stocked with prospects and draft picks and have the available cap space that will allow them to add a player or two,adidas Nicklas Backstrom jersey, and Jacob Trouba facing restricted free agency following this season.

 but you can forget any speculation involving Henrik and Daniel Sedin going anywhere,The Canucks may be a central figure in rumor chatter over the next five weeks, with the veteran forwards each carrying a no-movement clause and  each having expressed publicly they do not want to leave Vancouver. 

 moving out Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen for prospects,Authentic Michael Hutchinson jersey,General manager Jim Benning made moves last February that signalled the franchise was set rebuild, but then reverted course in signing a few veterans during the offseason.

With Vancouver ahead of only Arizona in the Western Conference standings, pending free agents such as Thomas Vanek and Erik Gudbranson will attract interest from clubs in need of scoring or defensive help.

 but teams assessing his value as a deadline acquisition will surely remember his lack of success when traded mid-season to Montreal and Florida. If Vancouver cannot get a suitable return for the 34-year-old,Vanek has played well and is second in scoring behind linemate and Calder Trophy candidate Brock Boeser, Benning may choose to retain Vanek in hopes of re-signing him before July 1.

Gudbranson is a big blueliner who cost Vancouver two draft picks and former first rounder Jared McCann in a deal with Florida in 2016, but the Canucks are not likely to re-sign the former third overall pick.

The Toronto Maple Leafs reportedly have expressed interest in the right-handed blueliner, but Benning may be holding out for a bigger return with Mike Green and Jack Johnson being the best options on a very thin defensive rental market. 

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton will likely miss several weeks with an injury to his right knee.

Thornton was hurt late in San Jose's overtime loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday. General manager Doug Wilson said Wednesday that Thornton will need an MRI to determine whether he will undergo surgery to repair his MCL but will miss several weeks either way.

Thornton tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee late last season. He returned for four playoff games before undergoing offseason surgery.

The 38-year-old Thornton has played all 47 games this season and has 13 goals and 23 assists to rank second on the team in scoring.

 at times,Robin Lehner wants some of those goals back. He knows he needs to play better. The puck, has gotten smaller on him.

Lehner has let in some bad goals, particularly over the last two weeks. He's been pulled in three of his last five starts. Over that span he has an 0-4-0 record as backup Chad Johnson was tagged with the losing decision in a 7-4 loss to Winnipeg on Jan. 9.

In his last five games, adidas Philipp Grubauer jersey, Lehner has given up 19 goals 0n 114 shots for a 5.50 goals-against average and an .833 save percentage.

But the Buffalo Sabres goaltender isn't only piece of the problem that has become the Buffalo Sabres free fall this season. And the goaltender won't be the only source of a solution as the organization tries to salvage something good over the next two and a half months.

"I don't turn it around. Ryan O'Reilly is not turning it around. No one is turning it around by themselves. That's not how this works," Lehner said Sunday morning after the Sabres practiced in HarborCenter then returned to KeyBank Center to pack their gear and fly to Calgary.

" Lehner said. "It's too good of a league and especially this year with the scoring that's going on,"In the NHL today, there's a lot more space this year. We've got to do it as a team, all of us have to go out and do our job. I've got to do my job, you cannot play one line or one D pair or have a goalie carry you, everyone has to do their job, and that's how we turn it around."

 about playing three good periods,Authentic Carter Hutton jersey,Lehner had plenty to say on the subject. He spoke about consistency, not just a solid 20 or 40 minutes. He spoke most passionately about the need for the Sabres to find a way to be a team rather than a collection of talented hockey players.

 no everyone needs to be better,Authentic Jake Allen jersey,"It's easy for people maybe looking in that this guy needs to be better, this guy needs to be better," Lehner said. "It's that simple because everyone just helps each other out. We've all got to take a look in the mirror and go to the next game. There's a lot of games left. We can sulk and feel bad for ourselves as much as we want. You guys aren't feeling bad for us. No one's feeling bad for us. It's no point dwelling on it. It is what it is. We're grown men. We've got to look to Monday."

The Sabres play the Flames in Calgary on Monday then face the Oilers in Edmonton on Tuesday. They stay out west to meet the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

Calgary is in the playoff hunt,Authentic Steven Stamkos jersey, sitting in third place in the Pacific Division with 55 points. The Flames are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

Buffalo's next two opponents are among the stragglers in the standings of the Western Conference. The Oilers are in 13th place with 45 points while Vancouver is 14th with 42. Both are well ahead of the Arizona Coyotes, now tied with the Sabres for the fewest points in the NHL with 31.

While the Sabres are scoring the fewest goals per game in the NHL (2.24 per game), they are letting in the second most. Buffalo is giving up an average of 3.50 goals per game,Authentic Nicklas Backstrom jersey,second only to the 3.65 being allowed by the New York Rangers.

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