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Quick Hits: The Christmas Eve Edition

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Dylan Larkin’s confidence soaring with recent offensive surge for Red Wings - Detroit News

One thing last season did teach Larkin was controlling only what a person can control, and attempting to let go of the stuff you can’t.

“The highs and lows of this league, they’re pretty dramatic at times,” Larkin said after the COVID scare. “Especially if you let them, and at times I feel like I’ve really let them get to me. This year I really worked on not letting that happen, whether it’s going well or it’s not.Around the League

He could still use some work here but he’s definitely improving

Around the League

Ovechkin ‘will pass me’ for NHL goals record, Gretzky says: report - NHL

Now a studio analyst for the “NHL on TNT,” Gretzky has said multiple times he is rooting for Ovechkin to break his record. He told The New York Times that if Ovechkin goes a few games without scoring, he will send him encouraging texts.

“I’m his biggest fan,” Gretzky said.

It would certainly be funnier if Gretzky were a bitter jerk about it but there’s really no reason to be, considering it’s not going to sniff his all-time points record.

The perfect holiday gift for every NHL team - Pro Hockey Talk

Detroit Red Wings. A Calder Trophy for one of their standout rookies. If this team gets into the playoffs (not out of the question) Lucas Raymond or Moritz Seider should be the runaway rookie of the year favorites.

Originally this post had completely omitted the Senators (which I checked with the author and then they updated it). I thought it was because they weren’t allowed to say “new ownership” but that wasn’t it.