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Detroit Red Wings forward Erik Cole out for season and playoffs due to spinal cord contusion | MLive.com
I really liked the acquisition of Erik Cole and his play with the Wings, so all I can say is that this is really unfortunate. If Cole is healthy enough to play next season, I could see the Wings extending him a one-year offer, depending on our other moves during the offseason.

Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader has no broken bones in hand, hopes to return to the lineup soon | MLive.com
Abdelkader said that he may play tonight against the Canadiens.

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard netting confidence, victories in return to lineup | MLive.com
Jimmy Howard is by no means playing like a Vezina contender, but with each win and each solid performance, his confidence should be rising.

NHL News

Dallas GM Nill to lead Canada at Worlds | ProHockeyTalk
The Dallas Stars will not be in the playoffs this season, but their GM will still be busy this spring.

LA Kings have only themselves to blame if they miss the playoffs | For The Win
They really do. Sure, injuries played a role, but the Kings have one of the overall best rosters in the NHL, along with one of the best goaltenders in the league. They should be a playoff team.

What happened to the modern-era teams that missed the playoffs after winning the Cup? | The Hockey News
If history were to repeat itself, the Kings would become a copy of the modern day Hurricanes in a few years.

Pacioretty (upper-body) out until at least next week | ProHockeyTalk
There is a decent chance that Max Pacioretty will miss the first few games of the first round of the playoffs.

Canucks ink Dorsett for 4 years, Sbisa for 3, baffle many | Puck Daddy
I love this quote from Canucks Army (via Puck Daddy): "Re-signing Sbisa for one year is likely akin to lighting money on fire, but it's not the end of the world. On the other hand, re-signing him to a lucrative multi-year extension would be the first move in constructing a Panzer division to compete with Edmonton's."

McDavid, Eichel top NHL’s final draft rankings | ProHockeyTalk
No surprise here.

The five craziest NHL Draft lottery scenarios - Sportsnet.ca
I will not be pleased if the Kings end up winning the lottery.

Flyers score with 2.1 seconds left to squash crazy Islanders comeback - SBNation.com
The best part is that the Islanders had tied the game just 25 seconds before the Flyers game-winning goal.

Let's Go Red Wings!