Nick Ritchie hearing; Stamkos plateaus; US vs Canada for gold (Puck Headlines)

• Steven Stamkos admits his recovery from knee surgery has ‘hit a plateau’ and he’s likely out for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s remaining regular season games. [Miami Herald]

• The United States and Canadians women’s national teams faceoff for gold in the Women’s World Championships tonight on NHL Network! [SI]

• Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Ritchie will have a hearing today for his ‘roughing/sucker punch’ of Michal Rozsival in last night’s game. [Department of Player Safety]

• Model and actress Greice Santo is alleging Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz offered her millions of dollars and to help her acting career in exchange for sex. [Variety]

• Erie Community College player Brandon Day pleads guilty to assault for his on-ice charging and tackling a referee earlier in the season. [TWC News]

• Dave Gove, retired NHL player and former Wheeling Nailers coach, is dead at 38. It’s believed he died of a drug overdose. [CBS Pittsburgh]

• Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee addresses the decision to have Reid Boucher, the franchise’s first play, sign an ATO with the Chicago Wolves (AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues). [Golden Knights]

• Understanding the odds of the Draft Lottery and how they impact the Golden Knights. [The Sin Bin]

• The always loquacious player agent Allan Walsh doesn’t hold back in a Q&A that covers everything from the Olympics, labor relations, concussions, the GM he enjoys working with the most, and more. [ESPN]

• Pittsburgh Penguins broadcaster Mike Lange on helping Jaromir Jagr learn English and how the city of Pittsburgh cemented his love of the game. [The Players’ Tribune]

• The Dallas Stars were one again shown the grim reality of their goaltending situation after allowing seven goals against the Nashville Predators. Before all else, the team must find a way to rectify the problem in the offseason. [Dallas Morning News]

• Tyler Ennis is finally feeling healthy as the Buffalo Sabres close out the season. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• Craig Cunningham is the recipient of the Fred T. Hunt Memorial award for the ‘AHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.’ [AHL]

• Three keys for the New York Rangers in the playoffs. [Blue Seat Blogs]

• Social media, skill and Auston Matthews: Retired Maple Leafs on the evolving game. [The Athletic]

• The Vancouver Canucks are obsessed with developing a culture within the organization, but the one they’ve created is of negativity. [PITB]

• Hockey bloggers debate the NHL’s participation (or lack thereof) in the Olympics. [The Bloggers’ Tribune]

• The Colorado Avalanche sunk to a new low in the 2016-17 season. [Denver Post]

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• A 91-year-old Montreal Canadiens fan has getting a picture with the team as a line item on her bucket list. [Global News]

• Fantasy hockey: Top 300 skaters for your keeper league. [Dobber]

• ‘Father Bauer is one of the most unique trailblazers in the history of hockey, and is recognized as such as a rare non-NHL builder in the Hockey Hall of Fame.’ [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Finally, amid the political tension on the peninsula the women’s hockey teams for North and South Korea play a friendly ahead of the Olympic games next year.