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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 3:32 PM

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

Blues goalie Elliott to replace Blue Jackets' Bobrovsky

St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott was named to the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Thursday, replacing Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who sustained a lower-body injury Wednesday against the Winnipeg Jets.

Elliott leads the NHL with a 1.86 goals-against average and is fourth with a .930 save percentage. He is 13-5-2 with three shutouts in 22 games this season.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 3:06 PM - NHL Green Slapshots™

Nationwide Arena, GCCC Designated 'Greenspots'

Nationwide Arena, home of the Blue Jackets and host to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, and the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), host to the 2015 NHL Fan Fair, are committed to sustainability. The two venues are now designated GreenSpots within the City of Columbus.

“We congratulate the NHL, Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena, for joining our efforts towards making Columbus a green community that is beautiful, healthy and prosperous. Welcome to the GreenSpot family,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman.

The City of Columbus launched the GreenSpot program as a way to recognize area residents, businesses and community groups who are working to use resources in a responsible manner that will conserve and protect them for future generations.

Designated as GreenSpot locations, Nationwide Arena and the GCCC pledged more than 35 sustainable actions including:

• Conserving and protecting water by keeping loading areas and dumpsters clear of litter, by watering only when necessary and by installing water efficient fixtures;

• Conserve energy by performing an energy audit, converting to energy efficient lighting, turning off equipment when not in use and performing regular maintenance on HVAC systems;

• Reducing waste by establishing a recycling program, performing a waste audit, tracking their waste and purchasing supplies in bulk;

• Informing and engaging their employees and customers about opportunities for green efforts and actions; and

• Greening transportation by installing bike racks, encouraging employees to walk or bike to meetings, encouraging teleconferences and providing special parking for lower emission vehicles.

GreenSpot is a fun way to learn about sustainable actions, product discounts, and events. Touting more than 10,000 homes, business and nonprofit members, GreenSpot provides a way for making green commitments. Created by Mayor Michael B. Coleman in 2008, the program continues to grow with a GreenSpot Kids, GreenSpot Backyard Conservation, GreenSpot Business Initiative, and GreenSpot Neighborhood programs. Learn more at

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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 2:41 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 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 - Staff Writer / - 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 Staff -  / - 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 - Staff Writer / - 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 / 7:12 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 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 / - 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 - 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 - Correspondent / - 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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Quote of the Day

The fans love it, and it looked like they were having fun. It was great to see this city [Columbus]. They had been waiting a couple years for this game. They did it right.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos after the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday