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Posted On Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 1:17 AM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Stars move Eakin to top line

Forward Cody Eakin played on the Dallas Stars' first line Friday and he delivered like a top-line player in a 2-1 victory against the Calgary Flames.

Eakin (2 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, center eligibility) played with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, and had an assist on each of the Dallas goals in 18:34 of ice time, including 1:16 on the top power-play unit with Seguin, Benn, Trevor Daley and Jason Spezza. Eakin assisted on Benn's first-period goal and Daley's goal in the second period.

Eakin had been playing on the second line with Antoine Roussel and Ales Hemsky, and had one point in his past six games. He got more ice time than his season average (17:18), and may be worth adding if his chemistry with Seguin and Benn continues.

- New Jersey Devils forward Scott Gomez (2 percent owned, C) picked up an assist in a 3-2 shootout win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Gomez has seven points in 10 games since signing with the Devils earlier this month, and has seven points in his past seven games. Gomez, skating on the top line with Adam Henrique and Jaromir Jagr, played 16:50, including 2:12 on the first power-play unit.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 12:29 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. team trims roster for World Juniors

BOSTON -- The USA Hockey managerial team on Friday announced that forwards Adam Erne and Michael McCarron and defenseman Jack Dougherty have been released from the selection camp roster of players competing for spots in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The three players competed in a 5-2 exhibition game victory against Boston University on Friday at Walter Brown Arena. Coach Mark Osiecki, general manager Jim Johannson and the rest of the staff made the cuts after a lengthy closed-door meeting.

Erne, a second-round pick (No. 33) of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2013 NHL Draft, was a member of the U.S. National Junior Team that placed fifth in Malmo, Sweden, last year.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 12:02 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada sets World Junior Championship roster

Canada trimmed its roster by four players and finalized its roster for the 2015 IIHF World Junior championship Friday.

The final four players cut from the team were forwards Rourke Chartier (San Jose Sharks), Jason Dickinson (Dallas Stars) and Michael Dal Colle (New York Islanders), and defenseman Haydn Fleury (Carolina Hurricanes).

The final roster decisions were made after Canada lost to Russia 2-1 in overtime in an exhibition at Air Canada Centre on Friday.

The final 22-player roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

Among those making the final roster are two top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft, forwards Connor McDavid and Lawson Crouse.

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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 11:46 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Eichel helps U.S. Juniors defeat BU teammates

BOSTON -- Boston University coach David Quinn shook his head and smiled when asked what the feeling was like to actually devise a game plan against his usual top-line center, Jack Eichel.

"It wasn't fun and not easy," Quinn said. "Now I know what a lot of coaches throughout college hockey feel like, but he had a lot of help on that team as well."

Eichel scored a shorthanded goal and generated four shots to help lead the United States National Junior Team to a 5-2 victory against Boston University in an exhibition game at Walter Brown Arena on Friday. The game marked the final day of USA Hockey's four-day selection camp in Boston. The team will  travel to Kingstown, Ontario, to continue camp at the K Rock Centre before the start of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on Dec. 26.

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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 11:15 PM

By Noah Hanifin -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Noah Hanifin blog

Hanifin discusses exhibition win against BU

Noah Hanifin, who was given an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list, is a freshman at Boston College in Hockey East. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound defenseman, who has two goals and seven points in 17 games for the Eagles this season, was one of 30 players invited to the United States National Junior Team selection camp on the campus of Boston University from Dec. 16-19. He had eight goals and 33 points in 45 games for the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program in 2013-14. Hanifin, considered by many to be the best defenseman available at the 2015 NHL Draft, had one goal and five points for the United States at the IIHF 2014 World U-18 Championship. The native of Norwood, Mass., has offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla.

Hello hockey fans!

Well, I'm crafting this blog right outside the locker room following our 5-2 win against Boston University. It was our first exhibition game so we were just trying to get out there, work on systems and we wanted to move the puck quick because that's how you develop chemistry. That was one of the areas we really focused on. We just wanted to move it up to the forwards and get that chemistry going.

I know it had to be a strange feeling for Jack (Eichel) since he was playing against his teammates. He's a confident kid and it was kind of funny just watching him prepare for this, but he played a heck of a game.

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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 9:56 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada loses to Russia in WJC exhibition

Goalie Ilya Sorokin made 52 saves to lead Russia past Canada 2-1 in overtime Friday at Air Canada Centre in Toronto in an exhibition game ahead of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Sorokin (New York Islanders) faced 14, 20 and 17 shots in three periods, plus two in overtime.

Canada played without top 2015 NHL Draft prospect forward Connor McDavid, who continues to recover from a broken finger.

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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 9:47 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. defeats Boston University in WJC tuneup

BOSTON -- Defenseman Noah Hanifin and center Jack Eichel, two top 2015 NHL-Draft eligible players, scored shorthanded goals in the first period to help lead the United States National Junior Team to a 5-2 victory against Boston University in an exhibition game at Walter Brown Arena.

Chase De Leo, a 2014 fourth-round pick (No. 99) of the Winnipeg Jets, and JT Compher (Buffalo Sabres) also scored for the United States, and Anthony DeAngelo (Tampa Bay Lightning) hit into an empty net to conclude the four-day selection camp on the campus of Boston University.

The United States will continue camp in Kingston, Ontario, on Sunday at Rogers K Rock Centre. Prior to traveling to Canada on Saturday, general manager Jim Johannson will reveal which players will be cut from the 30-man roster.

The final 23-man roster will likely be announced Dec. 24. The U.S. begins preliminary-round action in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship against Finland at Bell Centre in Montreal on Dec. 26.


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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 9:36 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

NYI @ DET - 3:33 of the Third Period

At 3:33 of the third period in the New York Islanders/Detroit Red Wings game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the New York net. Video review confirmed that Gustav Nyquist's shot did not cross the Islanders goal line. No goal Detroit.

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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 8:53 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

NYI @ DET - 10:41 of the Second Period

At 10:41 of the second period in the New York Islanders/Detroit Red Wings game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Detroit net. Video review confirmed that Anders Lee's shot completely crossed the Detroit goal line. Good goal New York.

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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 8:20 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL.com Top Play Faceoff: Sekac vs. Ryan

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