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Capitals' identity crisis; Folin signs with Wild; Brooks on Torts (Puck Headlines)

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are now on pace for just 86 points.

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• The Toronto Maple Leafs, now on pace for just 86 points. Here is a graph that illustrates what has happened. [Chemmy]

• What's gone wrong with Randy Carlyle in Toronto? [The Globe & Mail]

Troy Brouwer on his Capitals, who picked a pretty terrible time to lose three straight: “I feel like we’re trying to change our identity every night. Some nights we want to score off the rush, other nights we want to try and grind it out and there’s just not that consistency in not just our game but in the style of our game. We’re kind of losing our way in between games and playing towards other teams’ [styles] and how they’re dictating the game, and as a result we’re not getting results.” [Washington Post]

• Larry Brooks revels in John Tortorella's lack of success in Vancouver, as is his wont. [NY Post]

• Christian Folin, the top NCAA free agent defenseman, has agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Wild. [Eye on Hockey]

• The three stars of March: Jarome Iginla, Gustav Nyquist, and Claude Giroux. [NHL]

• Ed Olczyk thinks the Jonathan Toews injury called for retribution on Brooks Orpik. Yes. Let us drag Brooks Orpik into the streets and burn him at the stake. [ESPN Chicago]

• Justin Bourne on the Ducks' comeback over the Jets, and why score effects are a real thing. [Backhand Shelf]

• Nick Cotsonika on Steven Stamkos's incredible return, and why he's only going to get better. [Yahoo]

• Looking at the possession numbers, the Calgary Flames' core has actually driven the team to some impressive play of late. [Flames Nation]

• Why Craig Berube has been the right man for the job of turning around the Philadelphia Flyers. [The Hockey Writers]

• Ten very disappointing fantasy hockey seasons. [Dobber Hockey]

• Assessing the Ottawa Senators' player performance, by zone. [6th Sens]

• "Winthrop police say they will seek a criminal complaint against a 22-year-old Winthrop man accused of providing alcohol to minors in a Feb. 28 incident involving the town’s high school hockey team." [Boston Globe]

• It is time for the Tampa Bay Lightning to break up with Anders Lindback. It's not working out. [Bolts by the Bay]

• Drew Stafford on Ted Nolan, who apparently runs the Sabres like a weird father figure. "He has that relationshp with you where you don't want to let him down." [Buffalo Hockey Beat

• How the Toronto Star's coverage of Dalen Kuchmey quitting on his team shows a concerning misunderstanding about mental illness. [Buzzing the Net]

• My Little Blackhawk, the greatest Tumblr that features hockey players illustrated as ponies, will soon have its own animated series. This is pretty much the best.

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