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Eichel, Hanifin among those to watch in NCAA tourney

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 12:40 PM / Prospects

Corey Masisak and Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writers

There hasn't been an NCAA player selected in the top five of the NHL Draft since 2006, but this June there could be two and both are in action this weekend in the 2015 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament.

Jonathan Toews from North Dakota and Phil Kessel from the University of Minnesota were top-five picks in 2006. Nine years later, Boston University forward Jack Eichel and Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin could be among the first five names called at the 2015 draft in Sunrise, Fla.

Eichel and Hanifin are two of the key players to watch in the NCAA tournament, which starts with four games Friday. There are also 107 NHL draft picks on the 16 rosters, according to College Hockey Inc., along with some undrafted players who should receive attention as free agents once their seasons are over.

Fantasy top 30 goalies: No place like home for Mason

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 12:20 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com's Evan Sporer will provide you with in-depth analysis of goaltenders. From updated weekly top-30 rankings to trending players and more, Sporer will be your go-to guy for advice on fantasy goalies all season long.

There's no place like home, especially if you're Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason.

Mason is quietly putting together one of the better seasons out of any goalie in the NHL. Perhaps he doesn't get more recognition because the Flyers are all but mathematically eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs chase, but there's something else working against Mason.

On 'another level,' Price leads Canadiens to top of NHL

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 12:00 PM / Top Performer

NHL.com

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price continues to show why he's a top contender for the Hart and Vezina trophies.

Price is 2-0-1 with two shutouts in his past three starts to help the NHL-leading Canadiens reach 100 points for the 18th time, and in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1987-88 and 1988-89. He made 29 saves in a win against the San Jose Sharks on March 21 to become the third Canadiens goalie to win 40 games (Jacques Plante, Ken Dryden and Bill Durnan). He is two from the single-season record accomplished twice by Plante and once by Dryden.

Price's finest moment against the Sharks came with 1:34 remaining in the game. Forward Joe Pavelski's cross-ice pass found forward Logan Couture, whose one-timer hit the knob of Price's stick while Price slid from one end of the crease to the other.

"Once again, Carey was Carey; it's as simple as that," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "He made key saves, particularly at the end, as everyone saw. Carey was Carey."

Blue Jackets forward Boll suspended three games

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 11:55 AM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK – Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has been suspended for three games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon during NHL Game No. 1093 in Columbus on Tuesday, March 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 4:02 of the second period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, Boll will forfeit $27,419.34. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link.

Canadiens, Rangers, Lightning can clinch Thursday

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 11:38 AM / Expert Picks

NHL.com

The Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday can become the first three teams to clinch spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Canadiens, who have a League-leading 100 points, will clinch a playoff spot if they defeat the Winnipeg Jets (8 p.m. ET; RDS, SNE, TSN3) in regulation or overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks defeat the Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, TVA Sports, PRIME, NESN) in any fashion, or if the Bruins defeat the Ducks in a shootout.

Montreal also can get in if it defeats Winnipeg in a shootout if Anaheim defeats Boston in any fashion. Montreal also would clinch a spot if it gets one point against Winnipeg and Anaheim defeats Boston in regulation.

Unmasked: Hammond, Talbot can maintain success

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Two of the hottest goaltenders and best nicknames in the NHL meet Thursday when the New York Rangers host the Ottawa Senators in a battle between the "Goalbuster" and the "Hamburglar."

Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot was dubbed Goalbuster thanks to his "Ghostbuster" movie-themed masks. Senators goalie Andrew Hammond earned the Hamburglar nickname in college and it stuck in the NHL thanks to the image of the masked McDonald's character painted (with Alfred E. Newman's face) on the side of his mask.

The bigger question beyond this meeting of hot nicknames and hotter play is, how much staying power do Hammond and Talbot have in the NHL, and which one is best suited to becoming a No. 1 goalie?

Each has looked the part heading into Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET: RDS, TSN5, MSG Plus).

Bruins face do-or-die stretch with playoffs at stake

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- A favorite tactic of heels in wrestling is to start hitting their opponent before the bell rings in order to gain an advantage.

With nine games left in the Boston Bruins' regular season, they need to gain a similar edge by playing at a higher level than they're used to performing at this time of year.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs don't begin until April 15, but for the Bruins the bell has rung. In order to qualify for the eighth straight year they have to start playing playoff-caliber hockey right now. The Bruins trail the Ottawa Senators by one point for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference after leading by seven points as recently as March 10.

The Bruins will try to snap a five-game losing streak (0-3-2) against the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m.; NHLN-US, TVA Sports).

Central Scouting meeting to set final rankings

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

It certainly isn't a stretch at this point to assume center Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League and Boston University freshman center Jack Eichel will be the top two players picked at the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on June 26.

While those two players have moved to the head of the draft class, NHL Central Scouting will meet Friday to start to determine the final rankings of the top 210 North American skaters and top 30 North American goaltenders.

McDavid played 47 games this season but finished third with 120 points and tied for fourth with 44 goals. He started the season with points in 10 straight games, then had a 27-game point streak, during which he had 26 goals and 67 points. It was the longest streak in the OHL since John Tavares of the Oshawa Generals had points in 27 straight games during the 2007-08 season.

Skating, skill make Kylington's prospects intriguing

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

Oliver Kylington didn't get a chance to impress scouts by playing for Sweden at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in January.

The defenseman sustained an injury during an exhibition game against Canada at Canadian Tire Centre prior to the start of the tournament and was unable to participate.

In a tournament typically dominated by 19-year-old players, Kylington (6-foot, 180 pounds), who turns 18 in May, might not have looked out of place. The event had many top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft, including the projected top two picks, Canada center Connor McDavid and United States center Jack Eichel.

LaFontaine savors one last visit to Nassau Coliseum

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 8:57 PM / NHL Insider

Pat LaFontaine - Special to NHL.com

About three months ago, I received a message from Garth Snow, the general manager of the New York Islanders, asking me to get in touch with him. He mentioned to me that the Islanders were going to be bringing back a lot of the players who have banners hanging from the rafters at Nassau Coliseum.

Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, Billy Smith, Clark Gillies, Bobby Nystrom, all of those guys who won championships, along with other players from different eras were going to be brought in to say goodbye to the Old Barn and to salute the fans in the last season on Long Island.

Garth explained that they wanted to end the final season on a high note and asked me to come out for a ceremonial puck drop and to do some “meet-and-greets” with the fans and sponsors. I told Garth that I was honored by the gesture he and Charles Wang had extended to me, and it would be my pleasure to attend.

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He's only 17 but he can see the ice so well and he moves the puck and goes to the open ice all the time, so I just think he's a player that is ready to play in the NHL. I'm really looking forward to coaching someone like this.

— U.S. National Junior Team coach Ron Wilson on Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft