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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 11:51 PM

By Staff -  / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Smith-Pelly, Tlusty get new chances

Two forwards debuted with new teams Thursday, and as expected were given some good opportunities.

Devante Smith-Pelly (4 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, LW/RW) played his first game for the Montreal Canadiens, a 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After starting on the fourth line with Brandon Prust and Jacob De La Rose, Smith-Pelly played most of the final two periods with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 8:28 PM - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

VAN @ BUF - 8:59 of the Second Period

At 8:59 of the second period in the Vancouver Canucks/Buffalo Sabres game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Chris Stewart's shot completely crossed the Vancouver goal line. Good goal Buffalo.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 8:24 PM - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

MTL @ CBJ - 8:00 of the Second Period

At 8:00 of the second period in the Montreal Canadiens/Columbus Blue Jackets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Montreal net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he blew his whistle to stop play when the puck landed on top of the net. According to Rule 78.5, apparent goals shall be disallowed "when the Referee deems the play has been stopped, even if he had not physically had the opportunity to stop play by blowing his whistle." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal Columbus.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 6:07 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Jagr can blend with Panthers' youth

Jaromir Jagr's ice time and production diminished in his final months with the New Jersey Devils, but no one thought for a second that the 43-year-old was finished.

Sure enough, the veteran forward is changing addresses in time for the stretch run and his new sunny destination could turn out to be a fountain of youth for his fantasy stock.

Jagr (50 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) was traded to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, instantly giving him added fantasy value and igniting their Stanley Cup Playoff push. Whether Jagr ends up playing alongside emerging goal-scorer Nick Bjugstad (21 goals, 36 percent owned) and Jussi Jokinen, or with Aleksander Barkov (eight percent) and Jonathan Huberdeau, he is a lock for a top-six forward role with his new team, that much we know.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 5:43 PM

By Alain Poupart - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers expressed more concern about the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs than possible retribution for a hit that injured star forward Patrick Kane as they prepared to play the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday in the back end of a home-and-home set.

"We have to get two points, so it's not something that we're worried about," said Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell, a former teammate of Kane's with the Blackhawks. "I know they would love to start getting on a roll and playing better as well."

The Blackhawks placed Kane on long-term injured reserve Wednesday after he sustained a broken left clavicle crashing into the boards in the first period of their 3-2 shootout victory Tuesday. Kane lost his balance after defenseman Alex Petrovic pushed him. He is expected to miss 12 weeks.

Petrovic was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking on the play.

"That hit was an accident," said Petrovic, who was recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League on Jan. 28 and will play his 16th game of the season Thursday. "He fell into the boards. I didn't intend to injure anyone or target anyone. It just happened. Tonight obviously they're going to come out hard and probably seek revenge or whatnot. But we've got to get two. It's a big two points so I think at the end of the day that's what we're here for."

The Panthers acquired forward Jaromir Jagr on Thursday in a trade with the New Jersey Devils; Jagr is not expected to play this game.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 5:35 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Red Wings at Sharks

SAN JOSE - Henrik Zetterberg skated Thursday for the first time since being punched in the head Saturday by Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn, but he'll miss his third straight game when the Detroit Red Wings face the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Thursday.

Zetterberg has been bothered by headaches, and he said he's still "got a little symptoms" but feels "significantly better" than he did Saturday.

He went on the ice near the end of Detroit's morning skate and skated on his own. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he expects Zetterberg to miss Detroit's road game Saturday against the Nashville Predators, then return Wednesday when the Red Wings open a two-game homestand against the New York Rangers.

"You're always concerned," Babcock said. "I don't think anybody was worried that much about it. It looks to me that he'll be playing against the Rangers."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 4:40 PM

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

At the Rink: Senators at Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Newly acquired defenseman Andrej Sekera wasn't able to participate in the Los Angeles Kings morning skate but he is expected to be available to make his Kings debut when they play the Ottawa Senators at Staples Center on Thursday.

Coach Darryl Sutter said they were waiting for Sekera to get medical clearance, and Sekera was not yet available to reporters. The move is seen as another shrewd pre-NHL Trade Deadline move by general manager Dean Lombardi, this time to get a skilled puck mover who can take some pressure off of defenseman Drew Doughty, who leads the NHL in average ice time (29:27).

"I think he's very mobile," Sutter said. "He's played a little bit both sides. He's familiar with some of our players. They know his character. He's a good addition."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 4:15 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Roy would be 'surprised' if Avalanche trade O'Reilly

Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly is often mentioned in trade rumors with the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2 at 3 p.m. approaching.

Avalanche coach Patrick Roy did his best to quell those rumors Thursday during his weekly interview with 104.3 The Fan in Denver. O'Reilly is signed through the end of next season with a $6 million NHL salary-cap charge, and Roy said he doesn't see him going anywhere.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 2:56 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blues at Jets

WINNIPEG -- Forward Jiri Tlusty will debut for the Winnipeg Jets when they host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

The left wing was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday for two draft picks,

the second major trade in two weeks by Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff.

They acquired defenseman Tyler Myers and right wing Drew Stafford from the Buffalo Sabres in the Evander Kane trade on Feb. 11.

Tlusty arrived in Winnipeg shortly before the morning skate and likely will skate on the second line with center Mark Scheifele and Stafford.

"[The whirlwind] was a little wild, but it is part of it and it's kind of fun too," said Tlusty, who had 13 goals and 10 assists with Carolina this season. "It's great to be here. When I heard the news I was really excited. Leaving [Carolina] was hard but I'm really excited to be here and part of the Jets."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 2:26 PM

By Robby Stanley - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Predators

NASHVILLE -- Forward Sean Bergenheim is expected to make his debut for the Minnesota Wild on Thursday against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena (8:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Bergenheim was traded to the Wild from the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. He has eight goals and 10 assists in 39 games.

"It was an interesting 24 hours because I had to travel quite a bit," Bergenheim said. "The mood is very, very good. I'm very excited."

Bergenheim joined the top line alongside Mikko Koivu and Thomas Vanek at the morning skate. The addition of Bergenheim will force new line combinations for Minnesota against Nashville.

"We think that where he's at with Mikko, the way that Mikko has been playing, that line has an ability to create," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "But we also think that they need somebody who is going to be on the puck. Somebody who is going to hound pucks, somebody who is going to forecheck, somebody who is going to go to the net, and also somebody who is going to be responsible at both ends of the ice. We'll see how it works out."

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Quote of the Day

I watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there. After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him.

— Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr on scoring the 717th goal of his career to tie Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL's all-time goals list after a 4-3 win vs. the Lightning on Sunday