Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the last week:
+ The Minnesota Wild continues to roll. After holding off the Kings on Saturday and briefly passing the Chicago Blackhawks for third place in the Central Division, Minnesota is 26-6-2 since Jan. 15. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk has shown no signs of tiring after starting 34 consecutive games for Minnesota and 35 in a row overall.
+ Another week, another reason to marvel at 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr, who helped keep Florida's playoff hopes alive by scoring twice Sunday in the Panthers' 4-2 victory at Ottawa. He has four goals, 12 points and a plus-eight defensive rating in 14 games with the Panthers, who said they want to re-sign him next season. First, they'll face the Boston Bruins, the team they're trying to overtake, Tuesday at Boston.
+ NBCSN analyst Brian Engblom, at ice level in Pittsburgh on Sunday for the Penguins' game against the San Jose Sharks, was struck in the forehead by a puck tipped by Sidney Crosby late in the second period. A trainer stitched up the former NHL defenseman, who returned for the third period. "I give you credit for getting back out here," Crosby told Engblom after the game.
- The Detroit Red Wings are faltering while getting inconsistent goaltending from Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek. Their 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday left them with only three victories in their last 10 games and ensured they won't win two games in a row in March. They're still third in the Atlantic Division and headed toward their 24th consecutive playoff berth but need stability in goal, and soon.
- Kimmo Timonen's recovery from blood clots in his leg and lungs was remarkable, and he got a gift when the Flyers traded him to the Blackhawks. But the 40-year-old defenseman has labored and his ice time has been modest; he had no points, nine shots and a minus-three defensive rating in his first 12 games.