It's no surprise when countries like Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia produce NHL players that pay dividends in fantasy hockey leagues.
But the first month of the 2013-14 season has seen Denmark emerge as a new source of fantasy assets.
Mikael Backlund will get back into action for the Flames, and Johan Franzen will suit up for the Red Wings. Each player missed the most-recent game for their respective teams, albeit for very different reasons.
"I've got a wife and three kids, so anytime you throw that in the equation it makes it a little bit harder, but I think this team is really close and they've taken me in and they're making each day more and more comfortable for me," said Vanek, who will play his 600th regular-season game Friday.
Perhaps the most notable is forward Charlie Coyle, who sustained a knee injury Oct. 5 and has missed 11 games. Coyle was the Wild's second-line center when he went down but returns Friday as the team's top centerman, splitting up Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise for the first time since Parise signed with the Wild two summers ago.
"It's really nice just to be back with the guys again, able to go on road trips and not being left behind here and working out by myself," Coyle said. "I don't really care what line I'm on, I'm just happy to be back on the ice helping our team win."
The San Jose Sharks and SAP Center at San Jose are teaming up with Sims Recycling Solutions to encourage the community and Sharks hockey fans to recycle their old electronics. If you are headed to Saturday’s game against the Coyotes, or happen to be in the San Jose area, take advantage of the opportunity to safely and securely dispose of your electronics in an environmentally responsible manner!
Everyone who drops off a recyclable item will be able to watch the team's pre-game morning skate and will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win exclusive autographed Shark's merchandise and memorabilia.
WHEN: Saturday, November 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: The SAP Center at San Jose in the main parking lot (Lot ABC) located at 525 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA.
ITEMS ACCEPTED: Computers, Smartphones, Laptops, Monitors, Printers, PDAs, Cell phones, Tablets, Telephones, Televisions, Radios, Stereos, Speakers, Keyboards, CD players, DVD players, VCRs, MP3 players, Computer Mice
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: Batteries, Smoke Detectors, Ammunition Scrap, Paint and Aerosol cans.
The Blue Jackets are fourth in the Metropolitan Division with 10 points, eight behind the first-place Penguins. Columbus will have a chance to cut into that lead during the home-and-home set.
Forward Brandon Dubinsky said the Blue Jackets will need to come out strong Friday to set themselves up for the rematch Saturday in Columbus.
"You have to make it a hard game," Dubinsky said. "You have to come out, be ready to compete right from the get-go. We know these guys come hard at home. They play with speed. They generate a lot of speed through the neutral zone and they got some top-end guys.
"We have to find a way to stay disciplined, stay out of the box and be ready to play a physical and hard game."
Specifically, provide him with some space and time to rekindle a little offensive magic.
Downie will return to the place where it all began for him Friday in Philadelphia when the Flyers host the Washington Capitals at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). Philadelphia reacquired Downie, 26, in a trade with the Avalanche on Thursday in exchange for forward Maxime Talbot.
In 11 games with the Avalanche, Downie saw plenty of time on the top line with Duchene, who currently leads the team in goals (nine), power-play goals (three) and points (13). Giroux has no goals and six assists in 11 games this season, and is a minus-7, tied for the worst mark on the team.
The Hurricanes are dealing with injuries and a three-game losing streak. Coach Kirk Muller felt the time was right to introduce a veteran presence to the team.
"You can never have enough experience, [plus] the value of faceoffs and killing some penalties," Muller said. "Being just a mentor to some guys in our lineup. I think his experience on and off the ice will be huge for our group."
Malhotra lost much of the vision in his left eye when he was injured during a game in March 2011. He has played a limited role since then, but said he has full clearance by doctors to return to play.
"My vision is not what it was; it never will be, but it's fine," he said. "I'm accustomed to what I do have."
He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.