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The Chicago Blackhawks hit the midway point of their truncated 2013 season on Wednesday.

They have still yet to lose in regulation, 24 games into their schedule. On Wednesday, they defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-2, thanks to a goal from Dan Carcillo with 50 seconds remaining in the third period. Earlier in the period, Jonathan Toews scored short-handed to tie the game at 2-2.

That’s now 11 wins in a row, in case people have started to lose count. The Blackhawks’ undefeated streak dating back to last March is now at 30 games, and closing in on the NHL record of 35 games without a regulation loss held by the Philadelphia Flyers from 1979-80.

Chicago’s record now stands at 21-0-3.

And they defeated the Avalanche without the services of 34-year-old winger Marian Hossa, who was scratched from the line-up with an upper-body injury.

Prior to Wednesday’s game, Blackhawks head coach

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The Ottawa Senators will get a big boost for Wednesday’s Battle of Ontario as Milan Michalek returns to the lineup to face the Maple Leafs.

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Michalek will draw back in — for the first time in 10 games — despite not being fully recovered from his knee injury.

Garroich notes that the 28-year-old sniper may require offseason surgery to clean out the knee, which was tweaked during warmup prior to Ottawa’s game against Pittsburgh on Feb. 14.

Michalek had 2G-6A-8PTS in 13 games this year prior to getting hurt and led the Sens in goals last year, with 35.

Ottawa has done well in his absence, posting a 5-3-2 record, but putting pucks in the net has proven difficult.

The Sens haven’t scored more than three in regulation in the 10 games without Michalek and potted just 16 goals total over that…

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Toronto defenseman Korbinian Holzer has received a two-year contract extension, the club announced today.

The deal pays him $725K in 2013-14 and $850K in 2014-15, averaging out to a cap hit of $787,500, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Holzer has two goals and zero assists in 16 games while averaging 19:04 of ice time. The 25-year-old German was drafted 111th overall in 2006 by the Maple Leafs and is still making the adjustment from the AHL to the NHL.

Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. We’ll update the post when they become available.

Holzer is currently making $575,000 on a one-way deal, per CapGeek.

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