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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 2:41 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Meier out to prove he can skate with the best

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario -- Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier has had the pleasure of competing alongside many of the finest junior-age players in the world this season.

That string will continue Thursday when he plays left wing on a line with Erie Otters center Connor McDavid for Team Bobby Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Meridian Centre (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, SN, TVA Sports).

Meier skated on a line with Nashville Predators 2014 first-round pick (No. 11) Kevin Fiala with Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship and he usually skates with Winnipeg Jets 2014 first-round pick (No. 9) Nikolaj Ehlers on the top line for the Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 2:23 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Bobby Orr, Don Cherry offer high praise for McDavid

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario -- Hall of Fame defenseman Bobby Orr can understand the pressure that generational superstar Connor McDavid has been under the past three seasons.

Orr, who serves as the player agent for McDavid, the No. 1-ranked skater on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of North American prospects eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, discussed his client prior to the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Meridian Centre on Thursday (7 p.m ET, NHLN-US, Sportsnet, TVA Sports).


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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 1:08 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Penguins' Malkin out of All-Star Game

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will not play in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game because of a lower-body injury, the team announced Thursday.

Evgeni Malkin
Center - PIT
GOALS: 19 | ASST: 32 | PTS: 51
SOG: 142 | +/-: 1

"With [Malkin] he won't be ready to play right after the break," general manager Jim Rutherford told the Tribune-Review. "It's probably an injury that will take a little time to heal."

Rutherford would not put a timetable on how long Malkin could be out.

"I really won't know until we come back out of the break," Rutherford said. "He's going to be in town here during the break rehabbing. We'll have a better idea once we regroup on Monday."

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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 12:01 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Line combinations set for CHL Top Prospects Game

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario -- What happens when the top two scorers in the Ontario Hockey League and another consistent point producer from the Western Hockey League are called into duty by Don Cherry to work the top line for his team at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game?

We'll soon find out since Dylan Strome (28 goals, 80 points) of the Erie Otters will center left wing Jake DeBrusk (23 goals, 43 points) of the Swift Current Broncos and right wing Mitchell Marner (34 goals, 90 points) of the London Knights for Team Cherry at Meridian Centre on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, SN, TVA Sports). They have combined for 87 goals and 216 points this season.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 12:00 PM

By NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff -  /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Daily projected fantasy hockey goalies

Projected goalie starters are based on reporting of NHL.com staff and correspondents at morning skates, team announcements and media reports. While last-minute lineup changes are possible, these projections provide fantasy owners with the most up-to-date information available.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 7:12 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

McDavid, Konecny excel in on- and off-ice testing

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario -- Erie Otters center Connor McDavid on Wednesday provided NHL scouts one more reason why they should strongly consider him for the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on June 26.

McDavid, who will captain Team Bobby Orr at the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Meridian Centre on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, SN, TVA Sports), excelled in the on- and off-ice testing to gauge the fitness and skill levels of all 40 participating players for NHL management and scouts.

The data that was supplied to NHL Central Scouting and distributed to NHL teams provides valuable performance benchmarks.

McDavid, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 draft, finished first in the on-ice portion of the testing, which included 10 specialized drills, and third in the off-ice tests. All testing was conducted by Sport Testing.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose: All-Star Game, Columbus are perfect match

Playing and working in hockey has taken me all over. I grew up in Saskatchewan, of course. I've played in Kamloops, Winnipeg and Toronto and coached in Medicine Hat, Seattle and Los Angeles. But of all the places the sport has taken me in Canada or the United States, Ohio has become my adopted home in the U.S., without a doubt.

I played professionally for the Cincinnati Stings of the World Hockey Association in the late 1970s before I played in the NHL, and I married an Ohio girl and have been back to the state many times. Knowing Ohio as I do, I can tell anyone heading there for the first time this weekend that the Columbus Blue Jackets are going to be a great host for the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The fans in Columbus have really come out and supported the Blue Jackets even as the team has struggled because of injuries this season, and that leads me to believe the venues, the events, all of them will be full of passionate fans. I think we're in for a great celebration of the NHL.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 12:34 AM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

CGY @ ANA - 7:34 of the Third Period

At 7:34 of the third period in the Calgary Flames/Anaheim Ducks game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Calgary net. Video review determined that Rickard Rakell's initial shot did not cross the Calgary goal line. On the ensuing play, the referee had determined on the ice that Kyle Palmieri used his stick to push Jonas Hiller's pad to knock the puck into the net. This was determined by the referee to be goaltender interference, which is not a reviewable play. Therefore, the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal and no penalty Anaheim.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.21.2015 / 9:48 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flames at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- The Calgary Flames have grown tired of hearing about their long losing streak at Honda Center, but that didn't stop coach Bob Hartley from pulling out a one-liner about their game Wednesday against the Anaheim Ducks.

"It's another big game," Hartley said. "What went on in 1940 and what went on in 2005, 2010, what can we change? Elvis is dead, the Beatles have split and there's a big game tonight."

Calgary has lost 19 straight games (0-14-5) at Honda Center since Jan. 19, 2004. It is the longest road losing streak in the NHL. The Flames come in 4-0-0 on their five-game Pacific Division trip and can match their six-game road winning streak from 2009.

Calgary is a remarkable 14-3-1 against the division and will continue to ride goalie Joni Ortio, who is 4-0-0 with 1.23 goals-against average, a .958 save percentage and one shutout.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.21.2015 / 9:02 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

CHI @ PIT - 17:36 of First Period

At 17:36 elapsed time of the first period in the Chicago Blackhawks/Pittsburgh Penguins game, the game clock malfunctioned and play continued until the next stoppage. The timecode on the video stream in the Situation Room determined that play continued for approximately 1:02 after the malfunction. Therefore the game clock is reset to show 1:22 (18:38 elapsed time).

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I was surprised. I knew I got it. It's tough. You never know how hard it is until it registers on the gun. I got pretty much all I could into and you just hope for the best.

— Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber after winning the AMP NHL Hardest Shot event at the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition