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Western Conference Scout Mock Draft

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

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Western Conference Scout Mock Draft
Note: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final.
  1. BUF

Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay (WHL)

Another shrewd move by general manager Tim Murray as they add another character player.

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Eastern Conference Scout Mock Draft

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

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Eastern Conference Scout Mock Draft
Note: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final.
  1. BUF

Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)

Sabres add a stud to an already impressive group of young defensemen.

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Canadiens' Budaj comes up big again in Boston

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 1:56 AM / NHL Insider

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTONMontreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj did it to the Boston Bruins again on Monday night.

For whatever reason, Montreal's backup goaltender plays his best every time he gets the nod against the Bruins at TD Garden. Budaj held the fort early for the Canadiens, finished regulation and overtime with 28 saves and then stopped four shots in the shootout to help the Canadiens snap Boston's 12-game win streak with a 2-1 victory.

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Gaborik still trying to fit in with Kings

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 11:50 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Darryl Sutter shrugs his shoulders and shakes his head when he's asked about the impact Marian Gaborik could have on the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs next month and possibly beyond.

Marian Gaborik
Right Wing - LAK
GOALS: 8 | ASST: 10 | PTS: 18
SOG: 72 | +/-: -1
It's possible he's playing coy, but Sutter, the Kings coach, repeatedly said after Los Angeles' 3-2 win Monday against the Philadelphia Flyers that he really doesn't know what to expect from Gaborik because he doesn't know him well enough yet.

"We just got him, and it's not easy for a player at the deadline to come in, it's not easy to come to a good team," Sutter said. "It's got nothing to do with the player. Quite honestly, I couldn't tell you. I really don't know."

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Stanley Cup Playoffs format, qualification system

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 3:10 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

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Bruins seamlessly integrating new players on defense

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 2:14 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Teams can boast about their depth until they're blue in the face.

Under perfect circumstances that depth never will have to be tested and observers never will discover if it's capable of living up to the hype.

The Boston Bruins haven't had perfect circumstances during the 2013-14 season. But a rash of injuries to their defense corps hasn't stopped them from reeling off 12 straight wins heading into their game against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS), or from allowing the second-fewest amount of goals per game in the NHL entering play Monday.

Obviously the goaltending of Tuukka Rask (2.07 goals-against average, .929 save percentage) and Chad Johnson (2.04, .925) deserves a lot of credit for Boston's stinginess. But even the goaltenders would admit they need help from the players in front of them.

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Kings' Carter feels content in return to Philadelphia

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 1:33 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Leaning back on the wall outside the unfamiliar visitor's dressing room at Wells Fargo Center, Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter flashed a smile, revealing his bumpy gums and some scarce chipped and out-of-position teeth, a hockey player's signature grin.

There was no way to know what Carter's smile looked like June 23, 2011, when he was traded by thePhiladelphia Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first of two culture-changing transactions made that day by Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, who later traded former captain Mike Richards to the Kings.

Carter was sad to be traded, and angry at the organization that drafted him and had signed him to an 11-year, $58 million contract less than a year earlier. His no-trade clause hadn't kicked in yet, but Carter thought he was safe -- until Holmgren sent him to Columbus for forward Jakub Voracek and a 2011 first-round pick he turned into center Sean Couturier.

Carter was traded to the Kings eight months later, ending a short stint in Columbus. And as he prepares to play his first game in Philadelphia since the day he was shipped out of the city (Richards played here Oct. 15, 2011), a smiling Carter appears ready to let bygones be bygones.

Time has healed his wounds; the Stanley Cup he won with the Kings in 2012 certainly helps.

"I think it's worked out pretty well," Carter said. "Stanley Cup, playing in L.A. It's a pretty good setup."

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Fantasy All-Access: Streaking Bruins have value

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

The Boston Bruins are two wins shy of their franchise record for consecutive wins, 14 set in 1929-30; let’s look at the streak from a fantasy aspect.

Veteran Jarome Iginla has paced the team with 11 goals and 14 points during the win streak. Rookie Carl Soderberg has raised his fantasy stock with 10 points in the past 13 games. Both Bruins goalies have contributed to the win streak; Tuukka Rask has won seven straight while giving up only 11 goals. Chad Johnson has won five straight while stopping 125 of 131 shots.

The Bruins have four games this week (MTL, CHI, @WSH, @PHI); expect their red-hot players to keep pacing your fantasy teams.

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Clinching scenarios: Sharks, Ducks can nab berths

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 10:29 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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* The San Jose Sharks would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they get at least one point against the Calgary Flames OR if the New York Rangers defeat the Phoenix Coyotes in regulation OR if the Winnipeg Jets defeat the Dallas Stars in regulation OR if both the Coyotes and Stars lose in overtime or a shootout.

* The Anaheim Ducks (idle) would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the Rangers defeat the Coyotes in regulation OR if the Jets defeat the Stars in regulation OR if both the Coyotes and Stars lose in overtime or a shootout.

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Daily Primer March 24: Flyers, Rangers in key games

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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The divisions that make up the Eastern Conference could each have a new second-place team by Tuesday morning after key games Monday night.

Or they could be the same.

The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, second and third in the Metropolitan Division, and the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens, Nos. 2 and 3 in the Atlantic Division, are all in action in separate games.

The Flyers lead the Rangers by one point (83-82), but Philadelphia has two games in hand. The Flyers play at home against the Los Angeles Kings, and the Rangers host the Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes trail the Kings by seven points for third place in the Pacific Division.

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Quote of the Day

What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp