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Ducks over Blackhawks in power ranking; Jamie Benn update (Puck Headlines)

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• Dave Lozo puts the Anaheim Ducks over the Chicago Blackhawks in his power rankings. [NHL.com]

Jamie Benn could be back Tuesday, but Martin Hanzal will not receive any discipline for hitting him. [SI]

• The Washington Capitals are keeping hope alive! “We’ve put ourselves back into playoff contention,” right wing Troy Brouwer said. “And with halfway left, if we continue to play the way we have been in the last 12 or 15 games or so, I think we’ll be in the playoff picture at the end.” [WashTimes]

• Will the Chicago Blackhawks have to buy out Marian Hossa? [NBC Chicago]

• The Blackhawks place defenseman Steve Montador on waivers. [Blackhawks]

• “Fighting in Hockey is a Disgrace to Canada and the Game.” But it’s great for click-through-rate, so by all means, readers … [Vice]

• Is Mike Ribeiro on the trade block? “He, not Nicklas Backstrom, has served as Alex Ovechkin’s center this season. And first-year coach Adam Oates has also forced Ovechkin to play right wing instead of left wing. Ovechkin has struggled with his arrangement, but Ribeiro has still put up numbers. He is headed toward unrestricted free agency at the age of 33. Will Washington opt to pay him or start over?” [STLToday]

• The Winnipeg Jets aren’t happy yet. [QMI]

• Elliotte Friedman on the Edmonton Oilers’ plight: “Just like the Perry situation, Edmonton won't get a ton for players who are about to be free. That's why you're probably going to hear Ales Hemsky's name again, but I wonder about Shawn Horcoff. I stress this is just me talking here, but would the Oilers and/or the player consider it? (He has a no-move clause through this season.) The pros: teams covet competitive centres. Horcoff is certainly that. Check out his contract -- two years left at declining numbers, as almost $26 million of his $33 million is already paid. That's manageable. The cons: They need his defence and face-off work. They are also hurting for veteran leadership.” [CBC Sports]

• The Nashville Predators have put forwards Patric Hornqvist and Colin Wilson on injured reserve, and they have activated Brandon Yip and recalled Matt Halischuk from the AHL to fill the roster spots. [CP]

Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Michael D. Gillis announced today that the Canucks have recalled centre Andrew Ebbett from the AHL Chicago Wolves. Jordan Schroeder was re-assigned. [Canucks]

• It’s a story about Paul Bissonnette written like a Twitter feed! How … annoying. [AP]

• Stompin’ Tom Connors planned his own memorial before his death. [Canada.com]

• Finally, here’s a Mario Joly vs Sébastien Laferrière fight. ENOUGH WITH THE [EXPLETIVE] HORNS.

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