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Posted On Wednesday, 12.31.2014 / 1:09 AM

By Staff -  / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Roy gets assist, Oshie scores again

Derek Roy hadn't scored a point for the Nashville Predators since Nov. 22. It took him 4:37 to get one in his first game with the Edmonton Oilers.

Roy (1 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, C), who was traded to the Oilers on Monday, assisted on a first-period goal by Matt Hendricks in a 3-2 shootout win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Roy, who left the game briefly in the first period, played 14:53 primarily with Teddy Purcell and Nail Yakupov at even strength. Roy had 2:32 of power-play time.

The 31-year-old had 28 points in 42 games as recently as the 2012-13 season, but he provides little in the peripheral categories and position eligibility. Roy, who had 10 points (one goal) in 26 games with Nashville (none in his last six), maybe can get a scoring boost if he winds up playing with Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle at some point.

Posted On Tuesday, 12.30.2014 / 4:37 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada's Comrie to start in goal vs. United States

Goalie Eric Comrie will start for Canada against the United States on Wednesday (4 p.m. ET, NHLN-US,, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.

Comrie, a Winnipeg Jets prospect, made 17 saves in a 4-0 Canada victory against Germany on Saturday. It has been his only action of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship so far; Zachary Fucale (Montreal Canadiens) started Canada's other two games.

"We like both of our goalies and I thought Zach played well last night," Canada coach Benoit Groulx said Tuesday, according to Yahoo Sports. “But I also think Eric deserves a chance to play tomorrow. We really feel good about both goalies so we don't look further ahead. It's tomorrow [first] and then we’ll address [the rest] after."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.30.2014 / 3:03 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Rosters named for USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Kyle Connor of the Youngstown Phantoms and teammates Brock Boeser and Thomas Novak of the Waterloo Black Hawks, highlight a list of 40 prospects invited to compete in the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at the Mystique Community Ice Center in Dubuque, Iowa, on Jan. 13.

The roster announcement was made Tuesday by the United States Hockey League in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting. Connor, Boeser and Novak are regarded as A-rated skaters on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list and potential first-round picks at the 2015 NHL Draft.

Boeser, a 6-foot, 192-pound right wing, is tied for fourth in the USHL with 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) in 23 games. Connor, a 6-1, 182-pound left wing/center, is tied for seventh with 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists). Novak, a 6-foot, 180-pound center, is third on the Black Hawks with 19 points (three goals, 16 assists).

Posted On Monday, 12.29.2014 / 6:02 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Wild forward Granlund out four weeks

Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund had successful surgery to repair a fractured left wrist, the Wild said Monday. He is expected to make a full recovery and return in about four weeks.

Granlund was injured in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday on a hit from Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien. Granlund was placed on injured reserve Sunday.

Posted On Monday, 12.29.2014 / 1:15 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Penguins at Devils

The New Jersey Devils had new faces behind the bench in their past game. They will have one in the lineup Monday.

Forwards Stefan Matteau and Joe Whitney were recalled from Albany of the American Hockey League. One of them will make his season debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center, general manager Lou Lamoriello said.

Matteau and Whitney joined forwards Tim Sestito and Jordin Tootoo on the fourth line at the morning skate.

"Whitney's leading our [AHL] team in scoring," Lamoriello said. "He's got almost a point a game and he's done just about everything. He deserves the opportunity. Stef is a size and strength forward who brings a different dimension. They both have been playing well, so that's the reason."

Posted On Monday, 12.29.2014 / 12:30 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canadiens at Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal was activated off injured reserve and will make his season debut Monday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Staal missed the first 35 games after sustaining a fractured fibula in his right leg during a preseason game.

"No matter how many games you've played there are going to be some nerves," Staal told the Raleigh News & Observer. "It's a fast League and I'm jumping back in."

Since getting traded to Carolina before the 2012-13 season, he has played primarily with his brother Eric, the Hurricanes captain. And that's where he'll play Monday, centering the top line between Eric, who has 19 points in 30 games, and Nathan Gerbe.

"Hopefully we can get the big man going," Jordan told the Hurricanes website when asked about playing with Eric, who will skate in his 800th game, becoming only the third player in franchise history to do so.

Posted On Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 7:41 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Slovak defenseman Erik Cernak suspended one game

Defenseman Erik Cernak of the Slovakian National Junior Team was suspended one game by the IIHF World Junior Championship disciplinary panel on Sunday.

Cernak, a B-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, will miss the game against the United States on Monday.

Posted On Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 4:27 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Maple Leafs goalie Bernier out with illness

Goalie Jonathan Bernier will miss the Toronto Maple Leafs' game Sunday against the Florida Panthers with what coach Randy Carlyle called flu-like symptoms. The Maple Leafs said in a statement that Bernier is not showing any signs of the mumps at this time.

"We don't think it's something that's going to strike our team, we hope not anyways but you never know," Carlyle told the Maple Leafs website. "We're just going to continue to try to do what we do. Things like this do happen through the course of the season. Players do get sick, coaches get sick, TV reporters get sick, everybody gets sick when it's their turn, it seems. What are you going to do?"

Bernier made 43 saves in Toronto's 4-0 win Tuesday against the Dallas Stars for his second shutout of the season after allowing a combined 10 goals in his prior two starts. He is 14-8-3 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.

Posted On Saturday, 12.27.2014 / 12:58 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Bruins at Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will not play Saturday against the Boston Bruins at Nationwide Arena because of a stomach illness, coach Todd Richards said.

Curtis McElhinney, whose last start was Nov. 29 at the Nashville Predators, will start and Anton Forsberg was called up from the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. Bobrovsky did not attend the morning skate.

"We've got to do a good job in front of (McElhinney) as a group of five," Richards said. "He's going to have to make saves when we need him to make saves, but the five guys in front have to help him out. It means we have to be disciplined, not take penalties."

Posted On Thursday, 12.25.2014 / 9:45 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Defenseman Santini released from U.S. Junior Team

Defenseman Steven Santini was the final player released from the United States National Junior Team on Thursday.

Santini, a New Jersey Devils prospect in his second season at Boston College, has not played in a game since Oct. 25 when he sustained a wrist injury. He had a cast removed from the wrist Monday but did not play in any of the United States' three exhibition games. 

"We wanted to see where Steve was after he had the cast removed and it's clear he needs more time before he's ready to play," U.S. general manager Jim Johannson said.

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