The NHL Evening Skate for Jan. 11

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Heading into this evening’s action, here are the day’s top NHL storylines:

Rick Nash retires from NHL due to ‘unresolved’ concussion symptoms
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With 15 seasons of NHL hockey under his belt, Rick Nash is calling it a career. Nash, who was selected first overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2002 NHL Draft, announced his retirement on Friday morning, revealing that symptoms from the concussion he sustained last March have forced him to hang up his skates. [More]

Landeskog, Letang, Skinner, Draisaitl win Last Men In All-Star fan vote

After an All-Star pitch video was created for just about every NHL player enjoying a half-decent season, the league has finally revealed the four players who were voted in by the fans. [Last Men]

NHL tests puck and player tracking in regular-season games

On one screen live video was showing how many feet per second Erik Karlsson was skating. On another was a video-game-like visualization of the game on the ice below between Vegas and San Jose. Nearby screens flashed prop bets – where the next goal would be scored from? would Max Pacioretty skate 3 miles tonight? – as odds were updated by the second. [More]

Lamp-lighters

Brad Marchand throws shade at Lars Eller after refusing to fight

The bad blood between Lars Eller and Brad Marchand is still very real, even if the latter wants nothing to do with it. The beef began earlier this season, when the visiting Bruins were lit up by the Capitals in a 7-0 blowout on opening night. Eller scored midway through the third period to give Washington a seven-goal lead, rubbing salt in the wound with a rather unnecessary celebration. Marchand, it’s safe to say, was none too pleased.

Elias Pettersson might be the league’s MVP, but that’s beside the point

How’s this for a stat: When Canucks super-rookie Elias Pettersson is on the ice this season, his team is plus-32. When he’s off the ice, it’s minus-46. And that’s just about all you need to know about Pettersson’s MVP case this season. [More]

Fantasy forecheck

Waiver Wire: Pickup options for this week

If you’ve been regularly following the NHL, you’ll know how quickly momentum can change.In fantasy, the same type of scenarios can occur. Stop paying attention for a couple days or perform the wrong substitution/transaction and your team could lose ground. But the right pickups in the right situations can shoot you up the standings. Perhaps one of these players will be able to help with the latter.

Game of the night

Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes

Left winger Jeff Skinner has skated many times at PNC Arena. Never has he been on the visiting team. That changes Friday night when the Buffalo Sabres bring Skinner along for the matchup with the host Carolina Hurricanes. Skinner, 26, played the first eight years of his NHL career with the Hurricanes until an offseason trade sent him to Buffalo last summer. He has been one of the NHL’s top offensive players this season. The Hurricanes return to home ice with youngsters playing increased roles, particularly among forwards as veteran Jordan Staal remains out of the lineup. [Full preview] [Follow on Yahoo Sports]

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