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Daily Cupcakes - February 10th, 2012

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Gordie Howe's family doesn't think that his brain will be donated towards science.

Marty Howe has no doubt the concussions his father sustained during his legendary 32-year professional hockey career had an impact on his current mental issues, but says there are no plans for Gordie Howe to donate his brain to science.

"We haven’t," Marty said Thursday, when asked if the family had discussed following the path of Reggie Fleming and Bob Probert – former NHLers who gave their brains to Boston University researchers after they died in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

The scientists discovered Fleming, Probert and another deceased NHL player, Rick Martin, all had the degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Fleming and Probert made their NHL livings as fighters but Martin, who died of a heart attack at 59 in March of 2010, was strictly a scorer during his career in the 1970s.

A preview of the Colorado Avalanche vs Carolina Huricanes game.

The Colorado Avalanche are among a handful of teams fighting for the final Western Conference playoff berth. Extending a long unbeaten streak at home over the Carolina Hurricanes will make the race a little tighter.

Colorado will try to stretch its unbeaten run over the Carolina franchise in Denver to 10 straight as the teams meet for the only time this season Friday night.

Looking to make a second postseason appearance in three years, the Avalanche (27-25-3) are part of a jumble of five teams between eighth and 12th place in the West separated by no more than four points.

"Each night, these points are so important for us. It doesn't matter if it's Carolina, Chicago, Detroit, Vancouver," defenseman Shane O'Brien said. "We have no time to tiptoe into games, we got to go right in, full bore."

A church in Montreal has taken ads out saying "Let us Pray".

MONTREAL -- When the power play stinks, the injuries are plentiful and the offence is anemic, there may be only one hope for a lacklustre NHL team to make the playoffs.

A little help from God.

The Catholic church placed an ad in Montreal newspapers Thursday encouraging people to pray for an eighth-place finish -- and a playoff spot -- for the Montreal Canadiens.

The ad shows the Eastern Conference standings with every team listed except the Canadiens. In eighth place, the final playoff spot, it simply says, "Let Us Pray."

TSN is gearing up for the TDLD.

TSN tees up one of the most anticipated dates on the NHL calendar - Trade Deadline Day - with Countdown To TradeCentre, live Monday at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt.

Airing exactly two weeks before the NHL Trade Deadline, the 30-minute special sets the table for TSN's industry-leading, multi-platform coverage of this decisive day on TradeCentre, airing live on Monday, Feb. 27 from 8am et/5am pt to 6pm et/3pm pt.