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Iginla, Nyquist, Giroux named NHL’s three stars for March | ProHockeyTalk
As good as Nyquist has been, Jarome Iginla has been equally impressive. He is really clicking with the Bruins.

Injection to blame for Cleary's setback - Detroit Red Wings - News
Cleary is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Red Wings expect Pavel Datsyuk to return Friday, but he hasn't ruled out playing on Wednesday | MLive.com
Whether Pavel plays tonight or not, the good news is that he will play this week. Assuming he doesn't have a setback of course.

Jonas Gustavsson: An Integral Piece In Detroit's Playoff Hunt - Octopus Thrower
Good point. Gustavsson will probably end up playing two games down the stretch for the Wings, and he needs to perform in those games.

Red Wings gearing for red-hot Bruins - Detroit Red Wings - News

Similar to the Penguins game a few weeks ago, this is one of those games where we have no expectations. If we lose, so be it, the Bruins are good. But, if we can steal a point or two from Boston, then we are one step closer to the playoffs.

Why There Is Still Hope For Brendan Smith | The Hockey Writers
While Smith hasn't exactly developed into the player than many of us envisioned him to be, he has made noticeable improvements from last season. Hopefully, these improvements will continue, and Smith can develop into a capable top-4 defenseman.

Griffins Announce Skytix | Grand Rapids Griffins

I am assuming that this was an April Fools joke. Either way, it's an interesting concept. But, I don't think it would be needed, since most arenas just require you to print out tickets online, which takes away the need for ticket delivery.

NHL News

Blackhawks welcome rest, announce new ECHL affiliate | ProHockeyTalk
The Red Wings are now the sole-affiliate of the Toledo Walleye.

Christian Folin, top college free agent defenseman, agrees with Wild - CBSSports.com
Folin was arguably the best UDFA this year, but he isn't expected to be nearly as good as Danny DeKeyser.

Islanders GM in can't-win situation with draft pick | USA Today
The predicament for Garth Snow is whether or not he expects the Islanders to be a better team in 2014-15 than they are now. If so, he has no choice but to keep NYI's 1st-round pick for this draft. But, if the Islanders regress even further, then they could potentially miss out on the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.

California Kids Quietly Invading the NHL | The Hockey Writers
There are currently nine California-born players playing in the NHL.

Kulemin wants NHL over KHL next year, says agent | ProHockeyTalk
Nikolai Kulemin is a pending UFA.

Sidney Crosby gets smacked in face by linesman - SBNation.com
Crosby is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a dislocated jaw.

Top 10 NHL tweets of the month: March - Sportsnet.ca
Yes, you guessed it. One of Luongo's tweets is #1 on the list.

Fraser: Breaking down Orpik's hit on Toews | TSN
An in-depth look at Brooks Orpik's hit on Jonathan Toews.

Video: Crosby becomes this season’s first 100-point scorer | ProHockeyTalk
Will any other player hit the 100-point mark this season?

Nick Kroll stole the Stanley Cup and the NHL hopes you care that he did | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The "cupnappers" have been found.

Rookie Sean Monahan symbolic of Calgary’s bright future | Post-to-Post

Monahan is one of the best youngsters in the league right now.

Former NHLer Pronger still has concussion symptoms | TSN
It is a shame that Pronger's career had to end the way it did. I have to admit, I never liked the guy when he was a player, but it has been 2 1/2 years since he started feeling his concussion symptoms, and to still be having them isn't a good thing.

Tortorella: 'We're losing games so I'm the idiot' - Sportsnet.ca
Not all of the blame for Vancouver's terrible season should be pinned on Torts. But, he is the coach and should be held liable.

Who is to blame for the Maple Leafs' disastrous collapse? - CBSSports.com
If anyone, it has to be the players and Randy Carlyle. I don't understand how people can justifiably blame Dave Nonis for this. I mean, he built a team that, up until the past month, was one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. I am not trying to defend Nonis, but to say that he should be fired for the Leafs' collapse is nonsensical. If anything, fire the guy for signing David Clarkson.

Let's Go Red Wings!