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Senators fire head coach Guy Boucher, replace him with Marc Crawford on interim basis

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The destruction of the Ottawa Senators continues.

Hours after losing 4-2 to the Edmonton Oilers for their sixth straight loss, the Ottawa Senators have relieved head coach Guy Boucher of their duties with just 18 games left on their regular season schedule. Assistant coach Marc Crawford will replace him on an interim basis for the remainder of the 2018/29 season.

“I want to thank Guy for his three years of service. He is a good person and has been an excellent representative of the Senators. At this point, however, we need a different set of coaching and leadership skills to guide our team through this rebuild,” said general manager Pierre Dorion.

“In the interim, Marc will bring a different perspective along with a wealth of head coaching experience.”

The 47-year old Boucher, who was initially hired as the head coach in July 2016, led the team to game seven of the Eastern Conference Final in his first season with the franchise, but his time in Ottawa has been a disaster ever since.

In 2017/18, the Senators finished second last in the league with a 28-43-11 record, and were only able to get the fourth overall pick for their troubles. As this season comes to a close, they currently ranks dead last in the league with a 22-37-5 record, and are the only team to have not exceeded the 50-point mark through 64 games.

To make matters worse, the Senators first round pick for 2019 belongs to the Colorado Avalanche due to the botched Matt Duchene trade. Since September, they have traded away star players Erik Karlsson, Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, and Mark Stone.

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Flames to announce the firing of head coach Bill Peters

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After a prolonged investigation, the Calgary Flames have come to the decision that they will relieve head coach Bill Peters of his duties on Friday. General Manager Brad Treliving will hold a news conference at 1230pm/ET to officially announce and explain the reasoning behind the firing.

The news comes four days after he was accused of using racial slurs towards former pro hockey player Akim Aliu while coaching the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs a decade ago. Peters initially kept silent after the story broke on social media, but once Aliu’s former teammates basically confirmed the incident did occur, he sent out a letter apologizing for his actions.

He has also been accused of kicking former NHL defenceman Michal Jordan in the back, and punching another unnamed player while he was head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes sometime between 2012-2016.

Peters, 53, was only in his second season as the Flames’ head coach. The led the team to a combined 62-37-11 regular season record during his tenure.

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Rasmus Dahlin out indefinitely with concussion

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Things keep on going south for the Buffalo Sabres.

Not only have they lost 11 of their past 13 games, but to add insult to injury they found out their star defenceman will be sidelined for a while.

The team confirmed that 2018 first overall pick Rasmus Dahlin will be out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a concussion.

The 19-year old Swede, who is in his second NHL season, sustained the head injury when he was elbowed by Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak during the team’s 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this week. Cernak ended up being punished by the league with a two-game suspension that began on Wednesday vs the Blues.

Rasmus Dahlin (26) bleeding on the ice after getting elbowed by Erik Cernak on Monday night.

Dahlin has posted a goal, 15 assists and a plus-2 rating in 24 games this season.

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Islanders set franchise record with 16-game point streak

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The New York Islanders’ magical season continues.

Thanks to Brock Nelson’s overtime goal to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Thursday night, the Islanders secured a club record by registering at least a point in their 16th consecutive game.

“Good win by us, sticking with it. It was nice to get the win in overtime…We’ve won a number of different ways now on this run” said Nelson.

The Islanders have posted a jaw-dropping 15-0-1 record during this streak, and haven’t lost a game in regulation since October 11 vs the Carolina Hurricanes. They followed that defeat with a ten-game win streak before losing in overtime to the Penguins on November 7th. They’ve since followed that with five straight wins.

They currently sit second in the Metropolitan Division and the entire league with 33 points a record of 16-3-1 through 20 games. They are only three points behind the first-place Washington Capitals despite playing four less games.

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