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Tinordi left the game and didn’t return. There was no call on the hit originally, but after a referee review, the play was deemed ejection-worthy. 

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Asked about the optics of the men's world championships still being scheduled to take place this spring in Latvia, Renney said: “We’re very sensitive to what this might look like. But we’re also more sensitive to public health, this opponent that we can’t see, the ebb and flow of what this looks like worldwide from a health perspective is at the forefront of all of our minds.”Toronto Maple Leafs

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They enter Monday’s game against the Red Wings in sixth place, three points out of the fourth and final playoff spot. That may seem like a tough position to be in this late in the season, but there are a couple of things working in their favor that could put them in the driver’s seat for that spot. It is probably not the situation the Stars expected to find themselves in at this point in the season, especially after back-to-back deep playoff runs including a the Stanley Cup Final appearance last season, but here we are.Buffalo Sabres

I've seen members of the hockey punditry list the Jets as their No. 5 team in the league. I don't see it, despite their depth at forward and goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who could win his second straight Vezina Trophy if the GMs decide Andrei Vasilevskiy has benefitted from a better defense in front of him than Hellebuyck. Which, of course, he has, because the Jets' blue line is by far the weakest aspect of this team. The Jets are 28th in expected goals against per 60 (2.55), sandwiched between the Sabres and Senators. That GM Kevin Cheveldayoff didn't find a way to add something more significant than Jordie Benn to his defense at the deadline is managerial malfeasance.

“Keep going,” Knuble began, speaking directly to Backstrom. “You’re a treat to watch. Unbelievable health, unbelievable skill. You’re poetry to watch. There’s coaches all over the country, all over the world that use you as an example in trying to teach their players. ‘Just watch this guy on the half wall, watch what he does.’ If you can mold a hockey player, there’s a few guys that come through every year, you mold them like a [Sidney Crosby] or an Alex, and you’re in that mold, too, of guys they try and teach their players to be.”

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Team captain John Tavares has had one of the more interesting years of his career — the numbers remain respectable but one critique made regarding the center’s play is his inability to drive a line and act as a true running mate down the middle with Auston Matthews.Vegas Golden Knights

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