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The Canucks center combination of Bo Horvat (above) and Elias Pettersson ranks third in the Pacific Division.
The Islanders are interested in Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat

Florida Panthers defenseman Marc Staal appreciated playing against the Detroit Red Wings last week and not just because he had a chance to say hello to former teammates.

Staal was +3 and turned in one of his best performances of the season in Florida’s 5-1 win against Detroit. He logged more than 23 minutes. That’s the most minutes he has played in any game this season.

The Panthers appreciate Staal’s consistency, much like the Red Wings did when he was in Detroit. Staal, 35, is +8 in his past 11 games. He hasn’t seen a minus game since Nov. 20. He averaged more than 18 minutes per game, but he has played 20 or minutes 11 times.

The Red Wings considered keeping him. But based on the moves GM Steve Yzerman made, he was looking to shake up his lineup going into this season. It has worked out for Staal, who is a solid performer on a contending team.

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 Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings (13-10-6) are home against the Ottawa Senators (13-14-2). The Senators have been among the NHL’s hottest teams, posting a 7-2-1 record in their past 10 games. They have won three in a row. However, they will be without rising young star Tim Stutzle who is out with a shoulder injury. .

Hockey Now Network

Boston: The Bruins have the NHL’s highest-valued franchise, according to Forbes Magazine. Boston Bruins.

Florida: Veteran writer George Richards writes that the Panthers miss forward Patric Hornqvist. Florida Panthers.

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Montreal: A lack of discipline undermined the Canadiens’ efforts in a loss to the Ottawa Senators. Montreal Canadiens.

New York:  NYI Hockey Now is reporting that the Islanders have talked to the Vancouver Canucks about a trade for Bo Horvat. One possible Canucks target is first-round draft pick Aatu Raty.  New York Islanders.

Philadelphia: Sam Carchidi writes that fans shouldn’t blame the goalies for the Flyers’ struggles. This season is all about the draft lottery. Philadelphia Flyers. 

Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Hockey Now has a thorough paywall story on how the Penguins are going to replace injured defenseman Jeff Petry. Pittsburgh Penguins

San Jose:  The Sharks are starting to play winning hockey. Is it too little, too late, SJHN writer Sheng Peng asks. San Jose Sharks.

Vegas Hockey Now: Golden Knights leads the NHL is salary cap concerns. The salary cap could go rise between $1 million and  $4 million next season. How will the Vegas Golden Knights use the money? Vegas Golden Knights

Washington Hockey Now: Sammi Silber notes that without two lockouts and two COVID-shortened seasons, Ovechkin would have passed Wayne Gretzky already. Unbelievable. Here’s the debate — the greatest goal scorer ever, Alex Ovechkin? Washington Capitals