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Since we’re down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation. The Central Division has a little playoff mystery now, as we wonder who will play the Minnesota Wild in the first round and who will be in the wild card to face either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Pacific winner, given that the Pacific currently has more intense drama than Michelle Williams’s IMDB page. On Monday, you have the Nashville Predators, currently third in the Central, playing at the New York Islanders.
USA Today, citing a person with knowledge of the situation, is reporting that USA Hockey has struck a tentative four-year deal with members of the U.S. women’s national team that would avert a boycott of the upcoming world championship in Plymouth, Michigan. The players are expected to vote on the deal today. No financial details were reported. The players have been seeking a living wage. The U.S. is scheduled to play Canada on Friday at USA Hockey Arena.
TAMPA, Fla. — From the moment he arrived in training camp, because of his irascible style and agitating ability, Ryan Hartman was saddled with the label of The Next Andrew Shaw. But Hartman has proved to be much more than a poor-man’s Shaw. With 18 goals and the versatility to play on any line and in all three forward spots, he has been a key reason the Blackhawks sit atop the Western Conference. But lately, he’s starting to resemble Shaw in an unwelcome way — by taking too many penalties. After sitting just two penalty minutes in his first 24 games, Hartman has racked up 66 penalty minutes in his last 46. His double minor Saturday night — two for hooking and two for unsportsmanlike conduct for