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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 8:51 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Top Prospects Blog

Team Orr leads 3-0 after two periods

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- Team Orr has received goals from three different players to open a 3-0 lead on Team Cherry after two periods in the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Metro Centre

Both coaches relieved their starting goalies with 8:39 remaining in the second. Halifax fan favorite Zachary Fucale, despite allowing three goals on 20 shots, did play admirably. Spencer Martin of the Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) was splendid at the other end for Team Orr, turning aside all 16 shots he faced. Martin was rated No. 6 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of North American goalies on Tuesday; Fucale was the top-rated keeper.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 8:01 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Top Prospects Blog

Team Orr leads 1-0 after first period

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- Quebec Remparts forward Adam Erne scored the only goal of the first period and goalie Spencer Martin of the Mississauga Steelheads turned aside 11 saves to give Team Orr a 1-0 lead on Team Cherry after 20 minutes in the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Metro Centre.

Team Cherry's Zachary Fucale of the hometown Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) made 11 saves in the opening period.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 6:44 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Top Prospects Blog

Line combinations set for Top Prospects Game

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- The line combinations for the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game have been set here at the Metro Centre.

As expected, the local favorites from the Halifax Mooseheads, forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin and goalie Zachary Fucale, will start the game.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 5:11 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Baie-Comeau's Zykov honored by CHL

Baie-Comeau Drakkar left wing Valentin Zykov has been named Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week, after totaling three goals and seven assists in three games last week.

The 6-foot, 210-pound forward started his week by scoring the opening goal and assisting on the game-tying goal in 4-3 come-from-behind win against the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Wednesday. Two nights later, he scored the game-tying power-play goal with 1:48 left in regulation and also had an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Friday. And then Saturday he had a goal and five assists for a career-best six points in a 7-0 defeat of Rouyn-Noranda.

Zykov, who will skate for Team Cherry at Wednesday's CHL/NHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, extended his streak of games with at least two points to six. Listed at No. 8 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft, Zykov leads all first-year Quebec Major Junior Hockey League players with 28 goals and 53 points, in 43 games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 3:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Junior players heading back to OHL

The Dallas Stars on Wednesday returned a pair of prospects, forwards Radek Faksa and Brett Ritchie, to their junior teams.

Faksa, the team's first pick of the 2012 NHL Draft (No. 13), has 25 points in 30 games with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League this season. He had two assists in six games for the Czech Republic at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound center led all first-year OHL players in goals (29), assists (37) and points (66).

Ritchie, a 2011 second-round pick (No. 44), was returned to the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL. The 6-3, 209-pound right wing is fourth in the OHL with 28 goals, and second on his team with 51 points.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 2:53 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes' Prediction: Atlantic winner is?

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 2:52 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes' Prediction: Southeast winner is?

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 2:50 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes' Prediction: Central winner is?

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 2:45 PM

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

Barry's Prediction: Atlantic winner is?

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 2:44 PM

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

Barry's Prediction: Southeast winner is?

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