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NHL Daily: Flyers, Caps Fade; Health Issues May Affect Market

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Timo Meier, Travis Sanheim, Philadelphia Flyers
San Jose's Timo Meier (left), who is batling an injury, and the Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim go for the puck . Photo: AP.

The Philadelphia Flyers are fading. Ditto the Alex Ovechkin-less Washington Capitals.

Both teams have lost four in a row. The Flyers are virtually out of the playoff hunt. The Caps are still very alive, but they need to regroup. Quickly.

Meanwhile, health issues surrounding Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and San Jose’s San Jose’s Timo Meier could affect the trade market. It would now be a longshot for Toews to be dealt at the March 3 trade deadline.

For these stories, and many others, check out the links below:

Around the NHL and National Hockey Now

Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers have lost four in a row — two on their current four-game road trip — and the schedule is about to intensify. They play in Calgary on Monday afternoon. Philadelphia Flyers.

Washington Hockey Now: The Caps’ problems started even before Ovechkin left the team because of his father’s death. They have scored two goals or fewer in regulation in 11 of their last 16 games. What will they do to secure their ninth consecutive playoff spot? Sammy Silber has the story. Washington Capitals.

San Jose Hockey Now: The Sharks are downplaying standout forward Timo Meier’s lower-body injury, but if it lingers, it will play a part in his expected trade. San Jose Sharks.

Chicago Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews, another player in the trade-rumor mill, is stepping away from the Blackhawks to deal with the effects of long COVID-19. The Hawks hope their captain can play again this season. If he does, it will probably be for Chicago. Chicago Blackhawks.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: For the fading Penguins, it was a frustrating week. Dave Molinari checks in. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Florida Hockey Now: After an eight-month recovery from a torn Achilles, Anthony Duclair could return to the Panthers this week. Florida Panthers.

Detroit Hockey Now: The Wings have climbed back into the playoff hunt with five wins in their last six games. Detroit Red Wings.

New York Rangers: In a trade with Ottawa, the Blueshirts fortified their fourth line and their penalty kill by acquiring speedy winger Tyler Motte. New York Rangers.

Boston Hockey Now: The Bruins are showing interest in several defensemen, including Columbus’ Vladislav Gavrikow. Boston Bruins.

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