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'Canes get Wild F Niederreiter for Rask

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) After patiently approaching his season in charge of the Minnesota Wild, general manager Paul Fenton has taken his first steps toward remaking the roster.

If the Wild don't pick up the pace in the Western Conference race, more moves could be coming soon.

The Wild traded left wing Nino Niederreiter to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday for center Victor Rask, a swap of underperforming but still-young players on long-term contracts between teams under new regimes.


Panthers Trocheck close to returning

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers desperately need a boost, and Vincent Trocheck has pronounced himself ready to provide one.

Barely eight weeks removed from surgery to repair the right ankle that he fractured by crashing into the boards during a game at Ottawa, Trocheck took part in a full practice Thursday for the first time since the injury happened. He's been back on the ice for the last couple weeks, limited to either working out either on his own or with a small group.


Tampa tries to keep down stumbling Leafs

The walls of the Atlantic Division standings are closing in on the Toronto Maple Leafs, who will look to get back on track in the Sunshine State over the next two days.

Toronto (28-15-2) won six of seven games to open the season, but a recent spell of bad play has put the pressure on the Maple Leafs, who open a back-to-back set in Florida against the Lightning in Tampa Bay on Thursday. They then move farther south to face the struggling Florida Panthers on Friday.


Offense fuels clash between Jets, Preds

The Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators have ignited their high-octane offenses in their respective drives up the Western Conference standings as they pull away from the pack in the Central Division.

The Jets (30-14-2) have erupted for 26 goals during their 5-1-0 run to reside two points ahead of the second-place Predators, who have benefited from the torrid play of Viktor Arvidsson over their past nine contests (6-1-2).


Vegas' second act rivaling first season

LAS VEGAS (AP) Shea Theodore and Alex Tuch had to have faith.

When the Vegas Golden Knights decided to send them to the minors at the start of last season, Theodore and Tuch chose to believe what general manager George McPhee told them.


Duchene scores 2 against Avs as Sens win

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Matt Duchene's first game as a father couldn't have gone much better.

He even got to celebrate among old friends.


Coyotes win 6-3, end Sharks' 7-game run

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona has lost its No. 1 goalie for the season and several regulars to significant injuries. But the Coyotes have not lost their fight.

Christian Fischer had a goal and an assist, Richard Panik scored Arizona's 12th short-handed goal of the season and the Coyotes snapped San Jose's seven-game winning streak Wednesday night with a 6-3 victory over the Sharks.


Couturier nets 3, Flyers rally by Bruins

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The doors to the Philadelphia Flyers locker room opened and Lionel Ritchie's "All Night Long" was cranked at full volume. Raise the roof and have some fun? Sure, the Flyers could afford to cut loose for a change and enjoy a rare string of success in an otherwise waste of a season.

Heck, even Gritty shook his beastly belly and danced with NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr.


Eichel's OT goal lifts Sabres by Flames

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Jack Eichel battled through some misfortune before scoring the overtime winner for the Buffalo Sabres in a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.

Seconds after putting a backhand off the post, Buffalo's captain rifled a low shot past Dave Rittich, on the Calgary goaltender's glove side 70 seconds into OT.


Chiasson puts Oilers over Canucks in SO

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Ken Hitchcock wants Oilers fans to brace for a wild ride.

Edmonton's coach thinks games will get tighter throughout the second half of the season and look more like his team's 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in a shootout Wednesday night.

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