Flyers Notes: Red Wings on roll despite injuries

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Flyers Notes: Red Wings on roll despite injuries

DETROIT -- If the Flyers think they might have an easier time against the Red Wings on Wednesday because Henrik Zetterberg has a herniated disk in his back and Pavel Datsyuk is still concussed, they are mistaken.

The Wings are 4-0 without Datsyuk. General manager Ken Holland announced Tuesday that Zetterberg will miss at least two weeks.

And while the Wings are a poor 5-4-6 at The Joe this season, they have won their last three on home ice.

“Detroit is playing well lately at home, playing a lot better,” Flyers coach Craig Berube said. “They’re skating well. It will be a tough game. They skate well, they come at you.

“We’re going to have to be sharp in moving the puck, going to have to have our legs moving right away going into the game.”

That’s because the Wings remain one of the better clubs in the league off transition.

The Flyers gave them a good game here -- for two periods -- back in October before collapsing, 5-2. Berube’s club dominated five-on-five play that night, but the Flyers' penalty-kill units were burned for three power-play goals as they took seven penalties.

That was the difference. Berube said he’s already addressed that situation for this game.

“They have a good power play,” he said. “We certainly can’t go in the box five or six times. It puts you in a bad situation. Their skill level on the power play is such that their chances of scoring are pretty good.”

The Wings rank seventh in the NHL in power play at 21.4 percent.

“From a standpoint of system-wise, there are certain things to watch for, but you still have to go out and do the job and kill the penalty,” Berube said. “Do the little things like win faceoffs, get pucks down the ice, do a good job up ice.”

Lecavalier questionable
Vinny Lecavalier’s back spasms were so bad Monday night, he literally could not bend down to pick up his coat off the bench in the dressing room. He missed practice Tuesday. Berube said he is questionable for the game.

Timonen off
Berube gave Kimmo Timonen a maintenance day off the ice.

“He’s been playing some long minutes lately,” Berube said.

The 38-year-old defenseman logged 18:36 in the 2-0 loss in Minnesota but played 29:18 in Nashville after playing 24:17 the day before against Winnipeg.

Best of NHL: Henrik Lundqvist's 36 saves leads Rangers past Kings

Best of NHL: Henrik Lundqvist's 36 saves leads Rangers past Kings

NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots to lead the New York Rangers over the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Monday night.

Brandon Pirri, Matt Puempel and Mats Zuccarello scored to help New York win its third straight since a three-game skid.

Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford scored, and Jeff Zatkoff finished with 14 saves for Los Angeles, which has lost four straight and five of seven.

Lundqvist has given up just four goals on 84 shots during the winning streak -- including a 1-0 shutout at Detroit on Monday -- after allowing 20 on 113 shots the previous four games.

The veteran goalie needed to be at his best in this one as the Kings, who last played Saturday across town against the Islanders, seemed a step faster from the start and controlled play for most of the first two periods (see full recap).

Caps top 'Canes to extend point streak to 14 games
WASHINGTON -- Defenseman Dmitry Orlov scored twice and the Washington Capitals kept the offense rolling to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 on Monday night and extend their point streak to 14 games.

Orlov doubled his goal output for the season and Justin Williams, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller also scored for the Capitals, who have won three in a row and haven't lost in regulation since Dec. 27. Washington scored on six of its 25 shots on Cam Ward and handed Carolina its fourth consecutive loss.

Braden Holtby made 25 saves for his 23rd victory of the season. The only goal he allowed came from Jordan Staal on the power play in the first period.

The Capitals allowed the first goal for the first time in 11 games but scored six unanswered to continue their winning ways. They've scored 44 goals in their past eight games (see full recap).

Kadri reaches 20 goals as Leafs beat Flames
TORONTO -- Nazem Kadri scored twice to tie his career high with 20 goals this season, Frederik Andersen stopped 26 shots and the Toronto Maple Leafs ended a two-game winless streak with a 4-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Kadri beat Brian Elliott twice, and Andersen captured his second shutout as a Leaf.

Rookies Mitch Marner and Zach Hyman also scored for Toronto, which sits third in the Atlantic Division with 53 points.

Elliott gave up four goals on 28 shots, dropping his fourth consecutive start.

The Flames have lost three in a row and five of the past six. They are a point up on Vancouver for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference (see full recap).

NHL Notes: Rangers' Kevin Hayes out 2-3 weeks with lower-body injury

NHL Notes: Rangers' Kevin Hayes out 2-3 weeks with lower-body injury

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes will miss two to three weeks with a lower-body injury.

The team announced the timeline Monday after Hayes underwent an MRI in the morning. Hayes left the Rangers' game Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings during the second period.

Hayes had seven points in his previous six games and is third on the team in points with 35. The 24-year-old has 13 goals and 22 assists in 47 games this season.

His injury is a major blow to New York, which holds the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The silver lining for the Rangers is that Hayes will miss fewer games because of the upcoming All-Star break.

Senators: Smith signed to 4-year, $13 million extension
OTTAWA, Ontario -- The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Zack Smith to a four-year contract extension worth $13 million.

The Senators said that the extension goes through the 2020-21 season and carries an annual average value of $3.25 million.

Smith, 28, has 11 goals and 11 assists in 43 games this season and is averaging a career-high 16 minutes, 13 seconds per game.

He set career highs with 25 goals and 36 points in 2015-16. He has 75 goals and 61 assists in 443 games, all with the Senators.

Smith was Ottawa's third-round pick (79th overall) in the 2008 draft.