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Posted On Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 10:36 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Kingston's Bennett suspended five games by OHL

Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American players eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, on Tuesday was given a five-game suspension by the Ontario Hockey League for his actions in a game against the Peterborough Petes earlier this month.

The suspension is retroactive to March 7, meaning Bennett would be eligible to return to the lineup for his team's regular-season finale against the Mississauga Steelheads on March 16.

Bennett had already served two games of the suspension while the league was reviewing his double minor for high sticking against defenseman Clarke Seymour 13:38 into the third period of a 5-4 loss to the Petes on March 6. Seymour was a fifth-round selection (No. 143) of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2012 NHL Draft.

The Frontenacs have 36 wins and 78 points and are in third place in the conference standings with four regular-season games remaining.


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Posted On Monday, 03.10.2014 / 2:04 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Prince Albert's Draisaitl named WHL player of week

Prince Albert Raiders center Leon Draisaitl, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft, on Monday was named the Denny's Western Hockey League Player of the Week.

Draisaitl, who had five goals, nine points and a plus-5 rating in three victories this past week, is tied for fourth in the league scoring race with 97 points in 60 games. Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, No. 4 on Central Scouting's midterm list, also has 97 points in 56 games.

Draisaitl, chosen No. 2 in the 2012 CHL Import Draft by Prince Albert, has 56 goals and 155 points in 124 career regular-season contests spanning two seasons.

"All season long, he's continued to develop as a prospect," NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr said. "You noticed him all the time last year and he's gone out there and become a dominant player for Prince Albert this year. We like him as a top-five pick."

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Posted On Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 11:34 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Top prospect Bennett out 'indefinitely'

Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top draft eligible skaters from North America, missed his second straight game on Sunday as the Ontario Hockey League continues to review an incident that occurred three days ago involving the top 2014 draft prospect.

The Kingston Whig-Standard reported on Friday that Bennett is serving an "indefinite" suspension after being issued a double minor for high sticking 13:38 into the third period of a 5-4 loss to the Peterborough Petes on March 6.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 6:59 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Khudobin in net for Hurricanes vs. Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin will be in net for a third straight game when his team plays the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Saturday.

Khudobin made 40 saves in a 4-2 loss against the New York Rangers on Friday at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. The 27-year-old goalie was named the game's first star.

For the season, Khudobin is 14-9-0 with a 2.20 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.
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Posted On Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 6:00 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils' Brodeur looking for third straight win

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is scheduled to earn his third start in five games when his team faces the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at Prudential Center.

Brodeur, who is 15-11-4 with a 2.49 goals-against average and .899 save percentage this season, has won his past two starts. Brodeur is 38-16-6 with a 2.07 goals-against average and nine shutouts in 61 career games against the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller doesn't announce his starting goalie until after pregame warmups. Cam Ward (6-9-5, 3.23 GAA, .891 save percentage), who is 9-12-2 with a 2.83 GAA and .899 save percentage in 23 career matches against the Devils, is the expected starter. The veteran goalie last won a game on Dec. 31, a 5-4 overtime victory against the Montreal Canadiens. Anton Khudobin stopped a season-high 40 shots in a 4-2 loss against the New York Rangers on Friday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 1:40 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Trade Deadline blog

Kings acquire McNabb in multiplayer trade

The Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday acquired defenseman Brayden McNabb, forward Jonathan Parker, and second-round draft picks in 2014 and 2015 from the Buffalo Sabres in a trade for prospects Hudson Fasching and Nicolas Deslauriers.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 1:36 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Red Wings' Datsyuk day-to-day with knee issue

NEWARK, N.J. -- Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard will get the start against New Jersey Devils veteran Martin Brodeur on Tuesday in a battle of teams jockeying for playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

Howard, who is 1-1-0 with a 1.51 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in two career starts against the Devils, will have to be at his best with forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Stephen Weiss, and defenseman Jakub Kindl, all sidelined by injury. Zetterberg had back surgery on Feb. 21 and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season.

Datsyuk sustained a lower-body injury in the first period of a victory against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. He told reporters Monday that he's dealing with an "issue with my knee and looking day-to-day."

Joakim Andersson will take Datsyuk's spot on the top line, centering Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 1:08 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Brodeur gears up for possible curtain call with Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- It has been almost two months since New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur last suited up and started a hockey game at Prudential Center.

Though he's excited to get that chance Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings, there's also the possibility this may turn out to be Brodeur's curtain call with the organization, making for what should be an emotional atmosphere against an opponent the Devils are chasing for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The NHL Trade Deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET, and Brodeur's name has surfaced as a potential target of other contenders. NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes reported earlier this week that Brodeur waived his no-trade clause, but whether the goalie revealed a list of teams he'd be willing to play for remains to be seen.

We could learn of that decision as early as the conclusion of the game Tuesday.

"Our priority is still to win a hockey game and Marty is in net; he'll give us the best chance and we'll see what happens [Wednesday]," Brodeur's longest-tenured teammate, Patrik Elias, said. "He's obviously been one constant in my career sitting beside me all the time. It would be sad to see him go, but at the same time I can see where he's coming from."

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Posted On Monday, 03.03.2014 / 7:25 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Samuel Bennett named OHL player of the week

Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top draft eligible skaters from North America, was named the Ontario Hockey League player of the week on Monday.

Bennett, who had four goals, six points and a plus-3 rating in three games, helped the Frontenacs earn five of a possible six points in the standings. Kingston (34-22-5) currently holds the third seed in the OHL's Eastern Conference playoff race with 73 points.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 6:23 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Fleury to start for Penguins vs. Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Marc-Andre Fleury will make his sixth straight start in goal when the Pittsburgh Penguins face the Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field on Saturday night as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (8 p.m. ET, NBC).

Fleury is 4-1-2 with a 2.49 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in seven career games against the Blackhawks. For the season, Fleury is 31-13-3 with a 2.29 GAA and .917 save percentage. His 31 victories are the most in the NHL.

Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma would not reveal his starting lineup other than to say Fleury will start in goal.


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