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The Daily: Bruins’ McAvoy Injured; Mazur Scores Pair For Griffins

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Carter Mazur, Red Wings prospect
Red Wings prospect Carter Mazur netted twice for Grand Rapids on Thursday. (Photo by Jonatan Kozub/Moose)

While the spotlight has been shining on Simon Edvinsson and Marco Kasper in Detroit, Carter Mazur has been building a case in Grand Rapids to be included among candidates to make the Red Wings next season.

Mazur scored his first goal as a professional player Thursday, and added an empty-netter and an assist, to help the Griffins down the Manitoba Moose, 5-2, to keep their mathematical AHL playoff hopes alive. He was named the game’s No. 1 star.

Mazur has four points in his first four games in the AHL. The Red Wings like his blend of skill and grit.  He has drawn some comparison to Tyler Bertuzzi because he can help his team in a couple of different ways.  Mazur is a Michigan native who played two seasons of college hockey at Denver before turning pro.

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Alex Chiasson has given some oomph to the Red Wings’ power play.

The story has emerged that Detroit rookie Marco Kasper played the last 50 minutes on a broken kneecap during his NHL debut.

Red Wings find themselves both disappointed in being eliminated from playoff race and yet hopeful about the team’s future.

Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings (35-33-10) will be home to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 1 p.m. matinee game Saturday at Little Caesars Arena.  The Red Wings look to play the role of spoiler against a Penguins team that is one game out of the playoffs with three to play. Detroit has earned points in five of its last six games, but the team ranks 10th in the Connor Bedard lottery. Staying in 10th would give the team a 3.5% chance of picking No. 1 overall a 3.8% shot of drafting in the No. 2 slot.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Hockey Now: Defenseman Charlie McAvoy, the leader of the Bruins’ defensive corps, was injured in the Bruins’ win against the Maple Leafs.  Boston Bruins. 

Colorado: Mikko Rantanen is the third Finnish player to score 50 goals in an NHL season. Check out the video. Colorado Avalanche.

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Florida: Former Yale goalie Alex Lyon made 56 saves against the Ottawa Senators as the Panthers continue to take care of their own business. They’ve won five in a row. Florida Panthers. 

Montreal: Marc Dumont writes that the Canadiens may deal one of their first-round picks for immediate help. Montreal Canadiens.

Philadelphia: Goalie Carter Hart should be ready to play Thursday against the Dallas Stars. Philadelphia Flyers. 

Pittsburgh: The Penguins did what they needed to do by beating the Minnesota Wild. But is this too little too late? This wild card race is wickedly harsh. Pittsburgh Penguins

San Jose: The Sharks lose again, but Erik Karlsson is two points away from 100. No NHL defenseman has reached 100 in 31 years. San Jose Sharks.