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  • Wild's Charlie Coyle: Scores 15th goal

    Charlie Coyle scored his 15th goal in Thursday's loss to Washington. It was his fifth goal in eight games.

    Coyle is about the only thing going well for Minnesota's struggling offense right now. He has nine points in his last 18 games.

  • Lightning's Valtteri Filppula: Back at practice after bout of flu

    Valtteri Filppula (flu) is on the ice at practice Friday, reports Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.

    Filppula is coming off a two-point game against Montreal on Tuesday and has shown signs of offensive life lately with eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last 10 contests. The savvy veteran could quietly provide you with a 50-point pace going forward and is available on a lot of wires. Maybe both you and Flip really can catch lightning in a bottle at this point in the season.

  • Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Contract answers may come by trade deadline

    Contract extension discussions between Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning have been "productive" and "professional," reports Toronto's Sportsnet 590 The FAN. However, his agent, Don Meehan, also told station that the Feb. 29 trade deadline is " a sensitive issue."

    Stamkos has not been asked to waive his no-move clause. But he did tell the Tampa Bay Times that: "The trade deadline is coming up in a few weeks ... whatever happens in the next couple weeks, there's obviously going to be some answers." Stamkos has maintained he wants to remain in Tampa Bay, but he doesn't seem pleased with coach Jon Cooper's use of him on the wing or his low ice time relative to other Bolts. And his fantasy value is well below what's expected from a top-three overall pick. A move to a different system could ratchet Stammer's production back up to better than a point-per-game. And elevate him back into the discussion about the top players in the game.

  • Panthers' Corban Knight: Sent back to AHL

    Corban Knight was reassigned to the minors Friday, Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel reports.

    Knight is a spry forward who can provide a spark on the lower lines, but it appears that the Florida Panthers are looking for a change of pace by calling up John McFarland from AHL Portland in a corresponding move. This is but a minor roster tweak for the Panthers, who are currently six points ahead of the Red Wings for first place in the Atlantic Division standings.

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    Canadiens' Paul Byron: Practices on fourth line

    Paul Byron (lower body) skated on the fourth line at Thursday's practice and will return to the active lineup for Friday's game in Buffalo, Hockey Inside Out reports.

    Byron, who has missed eight games due to the injury, has received TOI on all four lines this season, but will be eased back into the lineup Friday.

  • Flames' Mikael Backlund: Still hot in win

    Mikael Backlund notched a goal on three shots, had two PIM and went plus-2 in Thursday's 6-5 win over the Sharks.

    Backlund has found the back of the net in his last three games, and is a plus-5 in that span. The 26-year-old was on the ice for a game-high 21:54 on Thursday night. He's seen an average of 19:43 on the ice during his current streak, and is certainly making the most of this major action he's been seeing lately.

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    Flames' Sean Monahan: Nets goal in return

    Sean Monahan had a nice night back with a goal on four shots, two hits and a plus-1 rating in Thursday's 6-5 win over the Sharks.

    Monahan wasted no time getting back onto the scoresheet after missing a game as a healthy scratch for being late to practice earlier this week. He has now extended his point streak to four games, with three goals and four assists in that span. While the 30-goal scorer from just a year ago is having an off year thus far, he is surely looking to get on a roll here and regain some of his scoring touch from last season.

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    Flames' Sam Bennett: Continues streak in win

    Sam Bennett had a big night with a goal, two assists, a plus-2 rating and four PIM in Thursday's 6-5 shootout win over the Sharks.

    Bennett continues to be on a roll, as he's pushed his point streak to three games. In that span, he's got two goals and four assists. The 19-year-old has also managed to throw in six PIM and nine hits in that three-game span. Bennett is surely one that you're going to want to have on your team these days.

  • Sharks' Joe Thornton: Continues streak in loss

    Joe Thornton had a helper, a shot on goal and two PIM in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Flames on Thursday.

    Jumbo Joe has now extended his point streak to five games. He's got 31 points in his last 24 games, while only failing to crack the scoresheet twice in that span. The 36-year-old center is continuing to prove that age is nothing but a number as he puts up consistent numbers night in and night out.

  • Sharks' Logan Couture: Has big game in win

    Logan Couture racked up a power-play goal, a trio of assists, a plus-2 rating and two PIM in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Flames on Thursday.

    Couture is now on a three-game point streak, with two goals and five assists during his streak. In a season riddled with injuries, Couture has still managed to stay productive. Since coming back from his most recent injury, he's got 15 points in 18 games. In his current three-game streak, he's blasted the net with 14 shots on goal, which is a good sign that he's starting to get into quite the groove.

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