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Lace 'em up. Time for the Morning Skate.
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DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT...
...the Red Wings are coming for you, Florida. The Panthers built a sizable lead in the Atlantic Division thanks to an incredible 12-game winning streak in January. But eventually one of their competitors would step up and gain some ground.
It looks like that distinction belongs to the Detroit Red Wings, who continued to climb the Atlantic standings with a win over the Bruins on Sunday. With that win, Detroit leapfrogged over Boston for second in the Atlantic and sits just three points back of the battered and bruised Panthers.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT:
- The weekend was just full of good news for the Wings. Pavel Datsyuk reached 900 points in the win on Sunday.
- And if reports are accurate, it looks like the Red Wings will host the Toronto Maple Leafs in an outdoor game on New Year's Day in 2017.
- The Sabres had themselves a nice weekend too. Ryan O'Reilly helped stick it to his old team in a 4-1 win over the Avalanche.
- It didn't hurt that Jack Eichel scored with an absolute laser of a shot.
- The Bruins basically forgot how to play defense.
- New Jersey needed a huge night from its backup goalie to earn a shutout win over the Kings.
- The Flyers' skid continued with a loss to the Rangers as they fall further from the playoff picture.
- If Steven Stamkos does leave Tampa Bay, his first choice is reportedly the Buffalo Sabres.
- Should the Predators pursue a goalie at the deadline?
- It'll probably never happen, but perhaps the Stars should try to trade for one of their division rival's best players.
- It was Valentine's Day weekend, so here's the Flyers and the Sweethearts sayings they most represent.
- Raw Charge has some fun with NHL jersey numbers.