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Patrick Kane still wants to play for New York Rangers. Can they carve out enough salary cap space? (Photo by Associated Press)

Carter Mazur continues to play college hockey like he’s ready to become a professional. The feisty forward scored his 20th goal for Denver last weekend in a 6-5 loss to Minnesota-Duluth. Mazur is one of four players in college hockey with 20 or more goals.

Neither the Red Wings, nor Mazur, has indicated what he plans to do after this season, but it seems plausible he would sign with the Red Wings after this season.

The Pioneers (24-8-0) won the NCAA championship last season and are ranked No. 3 in the country this season.

What that means is Mazur could be playing with Denver into April. College players sometimes come out in time to play a couple of games at the American Hockey League or NHL level. But Denver’s regular-season end March 4 and the NCHC Quarterfinals are March 10-12. The conference’s championship games will be deciding March 17-18.

If the Pioneers make it back to the Frozen Four, that is scheduled for April 6-8. The Red Wings’ last regular-season game is April 13. The Grand Rapids Griffins’ last game is April 15.

Trade Deadline Chatter

The idea of Patrick Kane playing for the New York Rangers isn’t dead. Larry Brooks of the New York Post and ESPN’s Emily Kaplan provided reporting to support that idea. Kaplan first said the Rangers were still interested in acquiring Patrick Kane. Brooks then confirmed it.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

The surging Red Wings, 6-1 in their past seven games, are emerging from the field in the Eastern Conference wild card field.

Jakub Vrana keep his game simple and played a solid game in his return to the Red Wings’ lineup.

Detroit Hockey Now’s Trade Tracker will keep readers on top of the latest action before the trade deadline.

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Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings (27-21-8) are home to face the New York Rangers tonight. The Red Wings are two points out of a playoff spot and have six games in hand against the Florida Panthers. They hold the last wild-card position in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers lost their last game, but they are 7-1-2 in their past 10.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: What’s going on with the Bruins and the acquisition of Gavrikov? GM Sweeney is a man of mystery. Boston Bruins.

Colorado: Cale Makar, in concussion protocol, is skating  Colorado Avalanche

Florida: Even with Anthony Duclair coming back, the Panthers don’t want to mess with their line. Florida Panthers. 

Montreal:  It’s unlikely the Canadiens could acquire Pierre-Luc Dubois during the season. Montreal Canadiens.

New York:  Islanders strengthen playoff spot with tight win against Winnipeg Jets. New York Islanders. 

Philadelphia:  Flyers prospect Kaplan becoming key player for Boston University.

Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby says the Penguins have to work both harder and smarter. Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Vegas: The Golden Knights gave the Arizona Coyotes Shea Weber’s LTIR contract and a 2023 fifth-round pick for minor leaguer Dustin Mayo. This deal is all about the salary cap. The Weber was going to cause some issues for Vegas and Coyotes can use the Weber hit to get the cap floor as it continues to rise. Vegas Golden Knights trade.

Washington: Is this a lost season for the Washington Capitals?