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Puck Headlines: Canucks split Sedins; Ovechkin’s $4M house; Coyotes booster club folds

Greg Wyshynski
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Theo Fleury on "rocket skates"? Theo Fleury on "rocket skates." [Derek Croney]

• He's done it before, and he'd doing it again: Alain Vigneault has split the Sedins in practice, and potentially at the start of the Vancouver Canucks' next game. "Daniel Sedin was on Ryan Kesler's wing, along with Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin was lined with Byron Bitz and Mason Raymond. The Sedins have been split up in consecutive games, but they started together in both tilts." [The Province]

• Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis says he doesn't intend to trade Cory Schneider: "You never say never about anything, but this guy's a huge part of our team and to take a huge part of your team off you team with a month left in the season and then playoffs is a challenging thing to do." [Sportsnet]

• Danny Briere is back for the Philadelphia Flyers, but JVR is still "in a fog" after his concussion. [Philly.com]

• The NHL has rescinded Luca Sbisa's game misconduct call from last night's game vs. Calgary.[Ducks]

• Darren Eliot on the Detroit Red Wings' goaltending conundrum: "Howard is on the shelf for what he says will be two weeks, even though doctors pegged the recovery time for healing his injured finger at 4-6 weeks. With that, does Mr. Holland still stand pat? Can he afford to?" [SI]

• Why the Nashville Predators need to forget about Ryan Suter's impending free agency and go all-in on winning a Cup this season. [CBC Sports]

• Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is out with a sprained shoulder, unrelated to his previous shoulder injury. He'll miss a week. Start your engines, rookie scoring field … [QMI]

Using the shootout to make the playoffs is overrated. [Nucks Misconduct]

• According to Steve Lepore, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are going to be featured on NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and NHL Network. Yes, CNBC. Can Jim Cramer be our Don Cherry? [Puck The Media]

• Great stuff from Buzzing The Net: "College Hockey Inc. and the NCAA's two-pronged tactic to stop summertime jumps to the CHL." [BTN]

• The Phoenix Coyotes Booster Club is no more: "We want to emphasize yet again that this has NOTHING to do with ownership.  We don't have an inside secret that is helping us to make this decision.  This is a personal one for all of us.  We simply don't have the time to run this club anymore.  We all hope the team stays here forever, and we still believe strongly that it is not good for ANYONE if the team was to leave. " [PCBC; s/t Dan H.]

• Alex Ovechkin's $4.275 million house allows him to do something he's never done in the playoffs: Sink the Penguins. [Y! News]

• Good stats-based look at how the Washington Capitals' time of possession has dropped dramatically under Dale Hunter. Help us Mike Green, you're our only hope! [Japers' Rink]

• The Dallas Stars are trying to figure out where Loui Eriksson best fits in the lineup. [Defending Big D]

• Happy 22nd birthday, Steven Stamkos. Here's your shaving cream pie, Spicoli.

• If you need a defenseman, perhaps the Tampa Bay Lightning have something you might be interested in. [Lightning]

• The CHL suspended Nail Yakupov for missing the top prospects game and refusing to see a league doctor. Bruce Peter finds this behavior "disgusting." [Puck Worlds]

• Bourne breaks down a listless defensive effort from the Edmonton Oilers against the Toronto Maple Leafs. [Backhand Shelf]

• Lisa McRitchie on the future of Sam Gagner: "The most likely scenario is that Gagner remains an Oiler after the NHL trade deadline and re-signs with the team during the off season for at the very least one year. Yes, this most likely means that Hemsky is on the move. Certainly interest in Hemsky has cooled, but looking at the talent in the UFA pool this off season, Hemsky could be a bargain to any team if he remains healthy and gets to play with a sniper or two. After all, the concerns with Hemsky centre around his health and not his talent." [Oil Patch]

• Lindy Ruff is "day-to-day and may be back for Wednesday's game against Boston" after breaking three ribs in practice on Monday. If he can't coach, it'll be James Patrick behind the pine running things. [Sabres Edge]

• Hey, what a weird coincidence: The Sabres play the Bruins on Wednesday and Zack Kassian's back from the AHL. [Sabres]

• Interesting chat with Stan Fischler, including rumor blogs. [Islanders U]

• That nasty matter with the 16-year-old Canucks fan who had a brain tumor getting hit by a Sharks fan has been settled with no charges. [PHT]

• Henrik Lundqvist gets the call against the New Jersey Devils. [NYDN]

• There's a chance that Brooks Laich, last seen humbled by a knee injury, could play tonight against the Florida Panthers. That's a leader. [Capitals Insider]

• Milan Michalek is humbled by playing 500 games: "It was my dream since I was a kid and it's my pleasure to come here every day. I feel like I'm one of the luckiest people ... to play in the best league in the world." [Sens]

• Finally, this is what happens when Brazilians play hockey. Gisele never blames the passers.

Brazilian Ice Hockey from Mighty Productive Media on Vimeo.

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