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Suspensions, fights, and potential sweeps, oh my!

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While the Minnesota Wild continue to try and figure out a plan for next season, the playoffs continue. Tonight, both the Tampa Bay Lightning, the regular season champions, and the Pittsburgh Penguins are down 3-0 and could be eliminated from the playoffs.

Wild News

Parise motivated for another crack at a championship | Wild Official Site

“Veteran forward played in his only Cup Final with New Jersey in 2012.”

Can Wild find answers in offseason to spark its offense next season? | Star Tribune

“The Wild faces an offseason of uncertainty after its streak of six consecutive years making the playoffs came to an end.”

Iowa Wild goaltender Andrew Hammond named CCM/AHL Player of the Week | Iowa Wild Official Site

“The American Hockey League announced today that Iowa Wild goaltender Andrew Hammond has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week.”

News of Note

Venla Hovi announces retirement | The Ice Garden

“Naisleijonat forward calls it a career.”

2019 Worlds: The Call | The Ice Garden

“What just happened in Espoo?”

Off the Trail

Nazem Kadri suspended remainder of first round - and his time might be up as a Maple Leaf | The Hockey News

“The Maple Leafs center has been suspended for the remainder of the first round for his crosscheck to the face of the BruinsJake DeBrusk.”

Flyers Hire Vigneault as Head Coach | The Hockey Writers

“The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Alain Vigneault as their new head coach, the team announced Monday.”

NHL suspends Sharks’ Thornton one game for hit | ESPN

Joe Thornton has been suspended for Game 4 of the Sharks’ series against Vegas for an illegal check to the head of Golden Knights forward Tomas Nosek in Game 3.”

The Playoff Buzzer: Blowouts, nail-biters, and a scary fight | NBC Sports

Alex Ovechkin fighting, Auston Matthews getting on track and an incredible debut by Cale Makar headlined a wild night in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.”

Late flurry sees CSKA win again | KHL English Official Site

Ilya Sorokin secures CSKA 2nd win in #GagarinCup Final.”

All Around the Nation

Revisiting Expected Goals for the 2018-19 New Jersey Devils | All About The Jersey

“In this follow up from mid-December, this post looks at how the 2018-19 New Jersey Devils performed against Sean Tierney’s expected goals model.”

What the hell happened to the Penguins? | Pensburgh

“This is totally unexpected yet at the same time totally expected.”

How the Islanders have Frustrated Pittsburgh to the Verge of a Sweep | Lighthouse Hockey

“The fall of the Penguins? It starts with Barry Trotz, of course.”