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Unmasked: Goalie coach helps Price reach new level

Thursday, 04.09.2015 / 10:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens is the favorite to win his first Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender. He also is a leading candidate for the Hart Trophy as the League's Most Valuable Player.

Price is atop every key goaltending category, leading the League with 42 wins, a 1.93 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. His nine shutouts are tied for the League lead.

So rather than joining discussions about his candidacy for various end-of-season hardware, or where this season fits among all-time goaltending performances, Unmasked takes a closer look at the evolving skills that have set Price apart from his peers, particularly during the past two seasons.

Eichel among must-see players at Frozen Four

Thursday, 04.09.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Connor Mellas - NHL.com Correspondent

Boston already is a college hockey hotbed, but things have been turned up a notch with the arrival of the teams for the Frozen Four, which starts Thursday at TD Garden.

One national semifinal (5 p.m. ET; ESPN2) will feature Nebraska-Omaha, in its first Frozen Four, facing Providence, which has advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time since 1985.

The second semifinal (8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2) will see Boston University and Jack Eichel, college hockey's leading scorer and the No. 2 player on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft, facing North Dakota. BU is in the Frozen Four for the first time since winning the NCAA title in 2009, while North Dakota is back for the second straight year and seventh time in the 11-season tenure of coach Dave Hakstol.

Selanne serves as caddy at Masters Tournament event

Wednesday, 04.08.2015 / 3:34 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Last year at this time Teemu Selanne was gearing up for his 13th and final trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Retirement has afforded him the opportunity to do something altogether different.

Selanne served as a caddy for Finnish pro golfer Mikko Ilonen at the Masters Par 3 Contest on Wednesday. The event is an annual prelude to the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. The Masters begins Thursday.

Fantasy top 60 defenseman: Ranks entering offseason

Wednesday, 04.08.2015 / 12:28 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

The Stanley Cup Playoffs get started next week and that means another fantasy hockey season is in the books. It's hard to believe we all entered our drafts wide-eyed and hopeful roughly eight months ago dreaming of fantasy glory.

P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens), Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators), Shea Weber (Nashville Predators) and Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks) were the first four defensemen off the board in Yahoo Standard Leagues and all were on rosters inside the first 40 picks. They rewarded their owners, but for those who waited around the rewards were still great.

Playoff clinching scenarios for Wednesday, April 8

Wednesday, 04.08.2015 / 12:04 PM / Expert Picks

NHL Public Relations

With four days remaining in the regular season, there are six berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

These are the clinching scenarios for games Wednesday:

* The Anaheim Ducks, who have already clinched a playoff berth, would clinch the top seed in the Western Conference if they defeat the Dallas Stars in regulation or overtime.

McDavid, Eichel easy choices for top of draft rankings

Wednesday, 04.08.2015 / 11:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

There was little need for debate on the projected top two players for the 2015 NHL Draft when NHL Central Scouting met to rank the top North American prospects earlier this month.

What seemed like a foregone conclusion became official Wednesday when NHL Central Scouting revealed that center Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League is No. 1, and center Jack Eichel of Boston University of Hockey East is No. 2 on its final list of the top 210 North American skaters eligible for the 2015 Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

"At the start of the year McDavid and Eichel were considered Nos. 1-2," NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr said. "I don't know if it's a surprise that it ended up that way but I think a lot of credit has to go to Eichel in the way he was able to at least keep it interesting.

Finland's Rantanen tops list of international skaters

Wednesday, 04.08.2015 / 11:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The rise of Finnish right wing Mikko Rantanen began with an impressive showing at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in January.

In the eyes of some, the 18-year-old was Finland's best player, scoring four of his country's eight goals at the tournament.

Rantanen rejoined TPS in Liiga, Finland's top professional league, three days after his team lost to Sweden, 6-3, in the quarterfinal round of the WJC to resume his top-line role. In 56 games with TPS he had nine goals and 28 points while serving as an alternate captain.

A great finish enabled Rantanen to advance one spot to No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of international skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on June 26-27.

NHL Scouting Combine features new look, location

Wednesday, 04.08.2015 / 11:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Once NHL Central Scouting finalized the rankings of the top 2015 NHL Draft-eligible prospects earlier this month, the focus shifted to the NHL Scouting Combine, to be held June 1-6 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Among those scheduled to take part in the Combine are Central Scouting's top two players in its final ranking of the top North American skaters, centers Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League and Jack Eichel of Boston University of Hockey East.

NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr confirmed that 120 players, among them some of the top North American and international skaters and goaltenders, will be invited to attend the Combine.

The Combine will give all 30 teams complete physical and medical assessments of hockey's future stars three weeks before the 2015 NHL Draft is held, June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Playoff Countdown: Rivalry night has implications

Wednesday, 04.08.2015 / 10:17 AM / Expert Picks

NHL.com

Saturday, April 11, marks the conclusion to the 2014-15 regular season. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the countdown to the end of the season and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15, NHL.com will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.

The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals each have their own motivations when they play at Verizon Center in the first game of the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader.

The Capitals (44-25-11) have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and would take a big step toward securing home-ice advantage in the Eastern Conference First Round with a win. It would give them a three-point lead on the New York Islanders for second place in the Metropolitan Division, with the Islanders having two regular-season games remaining and the Capitals one.

Ward embracing chance to play on Capitals' top line

Wednesday, 04.08.2015 / 9:24 AM / NHL Insider

Ben Raby - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- To say the odds were stacked against Joel Ward would be putting it mildly. Three months shy of his 28th birthday, with 11 games on his NHL resume, Ward sought fulltime work with the Nashville Predators in September 2008.

"I really thought it was a do-or-die kind of moment in my career," Ward said of his first training camp in Nashville.

It was there, after three years spent primarily with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League, that Ward met then-Predators coach Barry Trotz.

"I remember Joel came to camp," Trotz said, "and all the amateur scouts were telling me how good the young prospects were. But maybe this is where amateur scouts and coaches differ because I saw the detail and maturity of Joel's game -- he could handle a lot more than most of the kids."

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After being through it and seeing the other [outdoor] games on TV, just the atmosphere is spectacular. To stand here -- and we are essentially almost on the blue line -- and look up [into the stands] and knowing it is going to be packed and playing our biggest rival in this setting is going to be pretty special.

— Bruins president Cam Neely on the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between Boston and Montreal at Gillette Stadium on
Jan. 1, 2016