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Fantasy All-Access: Spoilers have value for playoffs

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

With the push for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing there are teams trying play spoiler, and within those teams you can find fantasy gold.

The Calgary Flames have won five out of their past 10 games and Mike Cammalleri has six goals in those games. A youth movement has begun in Florida, but it is veteran Scottie Upshall who is continuing his bounce-back season with nine points in his past 14 games. And in Buffalo, Tyler Ennis has four goals in eight March games.

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Daily Primer March 17: Bruins seek ninth win in row

Monday, 03.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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The Boston Bruins will go for a ninth consecutive victory in front of a nationally televised audience Monday night.

Boston plays the Minnesota Wild for the first time in more than two years when it hosts them at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2). The Bruins lead the Eastern Conference with 95 points and made it eight in a row with a 5-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

"We [don't] talk about the streak. We just talk about game by game, and it just seems to give us a better feeling and a better focus," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "So that's the way you don't get content or comfortable and you keep plugging away."

Here's a closer look at the action Monday:


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Sharks coming together at perfect time

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 8:43 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- With one month remaining in the regular season, numerous teams across the NHL are moving up and down in the standings, jockeying for position as the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs approach.

Through it all, the San Jose Sharks are doing what they always do: winning games and readying themselves for a deep playoff push.

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Daily Primer March 16: Hawks, Wings renew rivalry

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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The Chicago Blackhawks are fighting to have home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Detroit Red Wings are fighting to earn a playoff spot for a 23rd consecutive season.

The Original Six teams will clash Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Red Wings at United Center (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2). Chicago sits in the third place in the Central Division, one point behind the Colorado Avalanche. Detroit trails the Philadelphia Flyers by two points for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

"It's been 22 [years] in a row now and we're trying to get into the playoffs 23 in a row," Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist said. "That's what we do here in Detroit and that's what our expectations are every year. Right now we're in the playoff hunt with a lot of different teams and it's going to be a race right down to the end."

Here's a closer look at the action Sunday:


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Sunday Long Read: Catch up with our stories here

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

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NHL.com has presented a weekly Sunday Long Read since the start of the season in October. If you have missed any of the in-depth stories, please take the time to catch up with them here.

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Maatta getting bigger role on Penguins blue line

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 1:20 AM / NHL Insider

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- If Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has his way, rookie defenseman Olli Maatta will get serious consideration for the Calder Trophy.

As injuries have decimated the Penguins' defense this season, the 19-year-old's role on the blue line has continued to grow. With top-four defensemen Kris Letang (stroke) and Paul Martin (broken hand) gone for the rest of the regular season, Maatta has played more than 20 minutes in eight of Pittsburgh's past nine games, with a high of 24:38 against the San Jose Sharks on March 6.

Maatta has scored four times during that stretch, including twice against San Jose, and entered the weekend with nine goals, 28 points and a plus-12 rating in 64 games while averaging 18:08 of ice time. Those numbers may not compare with some other Calder hopefuls, but Bylsma believes the 19-year-old's value goes well beyond statistics.


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Flyers' Couturier continues to frustrate Penguins

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 6:21 PM / Features

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Now in his third NHL season, Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier has played 189 regular-season games and another 11 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He enters every game with the same goals -- play well in all areas of the ice, be strong in the faceoff circle, follow the game plan installed by the coaches -- but he also knows that he can't bring his "A" game every night.

But in the 12 regular-season games he's played against the Pittsburgh Penguins -- No. 13 will come Sunday when the Flyers and Penguins play the second half of their home-and-home weekend set at Consol Energy Center (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN2) -- Couturier always has found a way to raise his game.

The 21-year-old did that Saturday, picking up two assists and providing blanket coverage on Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, holding the League's scoring leader to two shots, two attempts on net that were blocked to help the Flyers earn a 4-0 victory.


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Former Flyers coach Shero honored with statue

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 1:16 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The leader of the Broad Street Bullies has been immortalized in the spot where he did his best work.

On Saturday, the Flyers unveiled an 8-foot, 1,300-pound bronze statue of coach Fred Shero on the former site of the Spectrum, where he coached for seven seasons and won the Stanley Cup twice. That resume earned him enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame in November and a permanent spot in Philadelphia sports history. Shero passed away in 1990.

"He coached here, the Spectrum was here, he's now in front of the area where we all had so many great memories," Flyers chairman Ed Snider said at a ceremonial unveiling for the statue. "He'll be remembered here forever. I think it's fantastic. He was the greatest coach we ever had, one of the greatest guys you'll ever want to meet."

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Kings hope Gaborik can provide offensive spark

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- When Marian Gaborik got his first full day off in Los Angeles on Tuesday, he poked around what has become a playground for hockey players here. He took in sunny Manhattan Beach, where many of his Los Angeles Kings teammates live.

"It's beautiful around here," Gaborik said. "It's nice to get some vitamin D and just get ready for the game. I think it's pretty easy to get comfortable here."

Gaborik, though, won't have many more days off and the Kings have a small window to get their offense going with their new forward in order to improve their position for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Daily Primer March 15: Weekend in Pennsylvania

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 2:36 AM / NHL Insider

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The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins will see a lot of each other this weekend.

The Pennsylvania rivals begin a home-and-home series Saturday afternoon when they face off at Wells Fargo Center (1 p.m., NHLN-US, ROOT, CSN-PH). After that game is over, they'll head to the other end of the state for a rematch on Sunday (12:30 p.m., NBC, TSN2).

In terms of the standings, the games likely mean more to the Flyers than the Penguins. Philadelphia is fighting to hang on to a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; the Penguins are cruising to the Metropolitan Division title.

Here's a look at all the action on a busy Saturday:

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