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Inside the NHL: Are dirty plays increasing?

Barry Melrose and Scott Burnside dissect whether there are more controversial hits or if there is just more attention on them, plus World Cup bubble players and trade deadline outlook.

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The Panthers' trade deadline game plan

In the mix for the Atlantic Division crown, what will the Florida Panthers do at the deadline? Craig Custance gets the inside scoop.

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Power Rankings: Not looking back

The Blackhawks are riding high again and don't appear to be letting their foot off the gas as they hold onto the top in the Rankings for another week.

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Getzlaf has to get it going for Anaheim to reach playoffs (0:55)
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Blackhawks finding championship-caliber consistency (3:03)
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Parents of Darnell Nurse wrong to cheer him in fight? (1:06)
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Anaheim, Tampa the teams to watch post All-Star break (3:04)
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Carey Price back on the ice

Montreal Caandiens goalie Carey Price was back on the ice on Friday morning. A clip from TSN shows the goalie skating and doing light stickhandling with a glove and blocker.

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Top 20 trade targets

Craig Custance ranks the 20 most impactful players that could be traded before the Feb. 29 NHL trading deadline, including Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin and Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic.

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Concussion lawsuit against NHL grows

Twelve more former NHL players have joined a lawsuit claiming the league was negligent in informing them about the dangers of concussions.

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Photos: If hockey terms were heavy metal bands

Ever wonder what would happen if you mashed up common hockey terms with the world of heavy metal? Well you're in luck, because we know just how that would turn out.

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Devils goalie Cory Schneider talks about the pregame ceremony to retire Martin Brodeur's No. 30.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

More Cory Schneider on Martin Brodeur: "He'll always be a Devil for life. He can do no wrong."

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Cory Schneider continued: "I do everything I can to help fill a similar role that Marty did. He was obviously a special player that can never be replaced."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Cory Schneider on Martin Brodeur: "Just the right amount of pace and acknowledgement (in the ceremony), giving Marty the due he deserves."

Smith, Panthers win big in Buffalo

Reilly Smith scored a pair of goals and had an assist to help lead the Panthers past the Sabres 7-4, their second seven-goal game of the season. Roberto Luongo (30 saves) improved to 14-2-2 in his last 18 starts.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Devils 2 Oilers 1 on Martin Brodeur Night. Reid Boucher scores the game-winner in the third period and Cory Schneider makes a tough save in the final minute, allowing NJ to hang on.

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Since the new year, '98 OHL dman and draft eligible Cam Dineen has 15 points and 51 shots on goal in 16 games. 2nd in scoring among OHL D.

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Kings: first time scoring 9 in any game since 1/1/08 (9-2 vs Blackhawks).1st with 9 in a ROAD game since 1993 at DET-Barry Melrose was coach

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Devils' Seth Helgeson and Oilers' Matt Hendricks just engaged in a pretty spirited bout at center ice midway through the second period. Score tied at 1.