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The Daily: Metropolitan Division in Arms Race; Devils in Hot Pursuit of Timo Meier

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It’s no coincidence that the two most recent NHL trades involved Metropolitan Division teams adding impact players. The New York Islanders’ acquisition of Bo Horvat and the New York Rangers’ landing of Vladimir Tarasenko speaks to the growing arms race in that division.

Look for Metropolitan teams to be aggressive before the March 3 deadline.

The Carolina Hurricanes will use Max Pacioretty’s Long-Term Injured Reserve money to bring in a scorer to play in their top six.

San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng boils down the New Jersey Devils‘ intense interest San Jose Sharks forward Timo Meier and details how it could play out. The Buffalo Sabres are also interested.

Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now explained the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan arms race. You know Washington general manager Brian MacLellan won’t be idle.

Here’s why NYI Hockey Now writer Stefen Rosner believes the New York Islanders should be sellers, even after acquiring Horvat.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

Detroit Red Wings prospect Cross Hanas will miss the rest of the season after shoulder surgery. He played well in his first season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Lucas Raymond was injured in a collision with Ben Chiarot in practice Friday. His status for today’s game will be determined this morning.

Can Filip Zadina’s fresh start lead to more goal production? He scored in his first game back from injury.

Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings (22-20-8) play the Vancouver Canucks (21-27-4) at Little Caesars Arena in a noon matinee. The Canucks give up plenty of goals. They rank 31st with a GAA of 3.96 per game. By contrast, the Red Wings give up an average of 3.26 goals per game. The Canucks beat the Islanders 6-5 in their last game, but they are 5-12-1 since Dec. 29.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Jake DeBrusk, coming back from injury, won’t play against the Washington Capitals today. Boston Bruins.

Colorado: Evan Rawal explains why defense and goaltending will have to carry the Avalanche down the stretch. Colorado Avalanche

Florida: Months after being on waivers, defenseman Josh Mahura signs a contract extension with the Florida Panthers. 

Montreal: MHN’s Marc Dumont takes a look at the Canadiens’ likeliest trades in his mailbag segment. Montreal Canadiens. 

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Philadelphia: The Flyers placed forward Kieffer Bellows on waivers Friday. The Flyers claimed him off waivers from the New York Islanders in October.  Philadelphia Flyers. 

Pittsburgh: Evgeni Malkin is the 17th fastest player to 1,200 career points. What a dominant player he has been. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Vegas: Do the Golden Knights have the assets to compete with opponents in the trade market?  Vegas Golden Knights.

Washington: Sonny Milano wants to, maybe needs to, prove he belongs as he continues to play with the Washington Capitals