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Wild's Rupp to have hearing for hit on Blues' Oshie

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 6:35 AM / NHL Department of Player Safety

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Minnesota Wild left wing Mike Rupp will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Friday for a hit on St. Louis Blues left wing T.J. Oshie on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center.

At 10:30 of the second period, Rupp was assessed a match penalty for hitting Oshie near the blue line in the Minnesota defensive zone. Oshie left the game and did not return.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head/interference. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

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Hart choice Crosby produced regardless of linemates

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

That Sidney Crosby has broken the 100-point barrier for the fifth time in his career is impressive, and his double-figure lead on the rest of the field in the scoring race makes his pending second Art Ross Trophy pretty remarkable as well.

What is the most impressive thing about Crosby's season? He's accomplished all that by playing more time at even strength with Lee Stempniak and Brian Gibbons as linemates than Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.

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Super 16: Analytics' rise gives game new dimension

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2013-14 NHL season may well be remembered as an important one years from now, in part because the use of analytics, or advanced statistics, has taken a significant step forward in media coverage of the sport.

There have been plenty of people using #fancystats for several years, but this season the volume of writers has increased and the "mainstream" nature of the publications for which they work has also increased. This website in particular has begun to employ analytics on a more regular basis, and these weekly power rankings have intentionally been part of that.

The goal was to help show how these new ideas and statistics can be helpful in analyzing the sport. Just as there was in the baseball journalism community when analytics started cropping up, there has been resistance and debate about the validity of these new metrics.

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Playoff Countdown: Stars can end drought

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 1:31 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

The conclusion to 2013-14 NHL regular season is fast approaching. After game play Thursday, the League is down to 26 games remaining on the schedule, with seven to be played Friday. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff qualification, playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the three-day countdown to the end of the season April 13 and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 16, NHL.com will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.

The Dallas Stars can end a five-year absence from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday night.

The Stars can wrap up the final playoff berth in the Western Conference with a victory of any sort against the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center. The Phoenix Coyotes gave Dallas the chance to clinch their first trip to the postseason since 2008 when they lost 2-0 on the road to the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

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Minnesota tops North Dakota on last-second goal

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 11:21 PM / On Campus

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Justin Holl scored a shorthanded goal with 0.6 seconds left in regulation, giving Minnesota a 2-1 win against North Dakota in the second semifinal at the NCAA Frozen Four.

Minnesota was killing a penalty in the final seconds of regulation, but Kyle Rau broke the puck out of the zone. His attempted shot was blocked, but the puck went to Holl, a Chicago Blackhawks prospect who was trailing the play, and his shot from the slot beat North Dakota goalie Zane Gothberg. It was Holl's first goal of the season.

Minnesota advances to play Union College in the NCAA championship game Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET). Union beat Boston College 5-4 in the earlier semifinal.

Sam Warning also scored for Minnesota and goaltender Adam Wilcox made 36 saves, including four on North Dakota's late power play.

North Dakota got a goal from Connor Gaarder and 27 saves from Gothberg.

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Union College tops Boston College to make title game

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 7:47 PM / On Campus

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Shayne Gostisbehere hopes to eventually play his games here at Wells Fargo Center. He did a nice job impressing his future home fans Thursday at the Frozen Four opener.

Gostisbehere, a 2012 third-round pick (No. 78) of the Philadelphia Flyers, had two assists to help Union College advance to the NCAA championship game with a 5-4 victory against Boston College.

Daniel Ciampini had a hat trick for Union, which will play for its first NCAA title Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) against the winner of the second semifinal Thursday, between North Dakota and Minnesota (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).


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AHL announces First and Second All-Star teams

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 3:31 PM / AHL Update

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The American Hockey League on Thursday announced the 2013-14 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league's 30 member cities. Each player will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection.

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In the Cage: Final goalie ranks and a look ahead

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

This fantasy hockey season was truly the Year of the Goalie.

When the Winnipeg Jets' Michael Hutchinson and the Anaheim Ducks' John Gibson made their NHL debuts Monday night, they became the 91st and 92nd goalies to appear in a game this season. On Thursday night, John Curry will become the fifth goalie to suit up for the Wild this season, extending the total to 93. That's an impressive number, because only once since the 1999-2000 campaign has there been more than 92 goalies to appear in a season (94 in the 2003-04 season).

With so many unknown fantasy goalie assets weaving their way in and out of starting lineups this season, the only thing more impressive than the number 92 would be the play of the class of 22 rookies. After Gibson's 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night, rookies have a combined 103-81-25 record. Their 2.52 goals-against average and .912 save percentage (5,658 saves on 6,206 shots) also includes 15 shutouts.

It's hard to believe we're wrapping up the third year of "In the Cage" articles, but in doing so, let's look back at some of the best fantasy goalies from the regular season.

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No Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios Thursday

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 11:25 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

No team can clinch a Stanley Cup Playoffs berth Thursday, but much remains at stake for several clubs. Below are some playoff implications for games Thursday:

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Prospector Files: Like father, like son for Reinharts

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Former NHL defenseman Paul Reinhart has a pretty good idea what it takes to reach the next level.

He spent 11 seasons in the League with the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks and is the father of three successful hockey-playing sons: Max, Griffin and Sam.

Max was a third-round pick (No. 64) of the Flames in 2010 and Griffin was selected No. 4 by the New York Islanders in 2012. Sam's turn will come at the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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