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Molson Canadian builds rooftop rink in Toronto

Monday, 01.18.2016 / 4:50 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Molson Canadian is doing its part to bring the game of hockey to new heights, literally.

Last year, the beer company and NHL corporate sponsor built a professionally made rink in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia to serve as the centerpiece and grand prize location of its #AnythingForHockey campaign.

This year, Molson Canadian chose an urban and airy setting for its #AnythingForHockey rink location, building a 100-by-45-foot rink 32 stories up on the rooftop at 120 Adelaide Street West in downtown Toronto, complete with breathtaking views of the city's skyline and netting to ensure pucks won't fall down to the street.

"Being up in the mountains last year, we had to find something just as epic," said Brock Hendricks, the U.S. associate brand manager for Molson Canadian. "We wanted to do something that has never been done before. We want to push the limits with hockey."

Fantasy All-Access: Don't be shy to add Domingue

Sean McCullen - Staff Writer

Every Monday, staff writer Sean McCullen identifies potential waiver-wire pickups and points out lineup moves and schedule impacts for fantasy hockey.

Rookie Louis Domingue's hot start since taking over as the No. 1 goalie because of injury and ineffectiveness in the Arizona Coyotes crease doesn't quite rival Andrew Hammond's record-setting run with the Ottawa Senators last season.

But he's been pretty darn good and certainly is worth a look from fantasy owners.

Domingue has not lost in regulation in 10 starts since being recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Dec. 11. Initially thought to be Anders Lindback's job after No. 1 goalie Mike Smith sustained an abdominal injury that required surgery and will keep him out until February, it didn't take coach Dave Tippett long to recognize Domingue gives the Coyotes a better chance to win.

Blackhawks go for more history, 12th straight win

Monday, 01.18.2016 / 9:00 AM / Weekly Primer

John Kreiser - Managing Editor

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville made history against the Nashville Predators last week. He and his players will try to make some more on Tuesday.

The Blackhawks will try for a team-record 12th consecutive victory when they visit the Predators (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, SNO, CSN-CH). Chicago matched the team mark set in 2012-13 by winning its 11th in a row Sunday, defeating the Montreal Canadiens, 5-2.

Last Tuesday, Quenneville earned his 782nd victory, tying Al Arbour for second place on the NHL’s all-time list, when the Blackhawks held off the Predators, 3-2 for their eighth straight win. Chicago has sandwiched two victories against the Canadiens around one against the Toronto Maple Leafs since then, moving Quenneville past Arbour and equaling the longest winning streak in franchise history.

The Blackhawks haven't lost since a 2-1 defeat against the Carolina Hurricanes in their first game after the Christmas break. Chicago was 13 points behind the Central Division-leading Dallas Stars and four points ahead of Nashville after that Dec. 27 loss; the Blackhawks begin this week in first place, three points ahead of Dallas, and 18 points ahead of fifth-place Nashville.

Ristolainen making big impression with Sabres

Sunday, 01.17.2016 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has been a revelation for the Buffalo Sabres this season, breaking out in a big way and delivering on the potential that made him a first-round pick three years ago.

Ristolainen, 21, is a completely different player than the one who struggled last season in his first full tour of duty in the NHL. This season, he leads the Sabres in average time on-ice with 24:48 per game and tied his NHL career-high in goals when he scored his eighth of the season in a 3-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

He already has a career-high in points (29) and is second in scoring on the Sabres behind forward Ryan O'Reilly, who is their representative in the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game.

Johansen a winner in home debut with Predators

Sunday, 01.17.2016 / 12:15 AM / NHL Insider

Robby Stanley - Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Center Ryan Johansen's home debut with the Nashville Predators was a success.

Johansen had an assist in 18:04 of ice time Saturday in Nashville's 3-0 win against the Minnesota Wild at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Johansen was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 6 and had six points (two goals, four assists) in his first four games with the Predators; however, the Predators went 0-3-1 on a four-game road trip.

Johansen, who's been centering a line with rookie Kevin Fiala on left wing and James Neal on right wing, said he was relieved to be on the winning side for the first time as a member of the Predators.

Lundqvist gets 11th 20-win season to start career

Saturday, 01.16.2016 / 6:01 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist sat at his locker after a 3-2 shootout win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and talked about his luck.

He talked about how lucky he's been to have teammates help him and how lucky he's been to have coaches who have had the confidence to play him so often.

But there are 11 seasons' worth of New York Rangers players, coaches and fans who feel lucky to have had Lundqvist in net.

Lundqvist's win Saturday was his 20th of the season, making him the first NHL goaltender to start his career with 11 straight 20-win seasons. He also joined Hockey Hall of Fame member Tony Esposito and Martin Brodeur as the only goalies with 11 straight 20-win seasons at any point in their career. Lundqvist is the 15th goalie with at least 11 20-win seasons.

North Stars alumni look forward to outdoor game

Dan Myers - Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota North Stars still have plenty of fans, as evidenced Friday by the first public appearance of the North Stars and Minnesota Wild alumni who will skate against a team of former Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium on Feb. 20, one day before the Coors Light Stadium Series game between the Blackhawks and Wild.

The North Stars and Wild alumni participated in a "Skate with the Stars" outdoor event at the Wells Fargo Winterskate in downtown St. Paul that offered fans a meet-and-greet with former players from Minnesota's two NHL teams.

Many young fans waited patiently for former Wild players Wes Walz and Antti Laaksonen. Steps away, numerous parents chatted up a number of former North Stars, including goaltender Don Beaupre, forward Neal Broten and defenseman Brad Maxwell.

Rosters for the Colorado 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni game

Featuring greats such as Joe Sakic and Nicklas Lidstrom

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL®), the Colorado Avalanche® and the Detroit Red Wings® today jointly released the current rosters for the 2016 NHL Stadium Series™ Alumni Game that will take place at Coors Field on Friday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. MT, a day prior to the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.

Approximately 50 former players and coaches are scheduled to participate in the much anticipated game in this unique outdoor setting. Those returning for the Avalanche include Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, Claude Lemieux and more. Red Wings alumni include Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom and Martin Lapointe, among many other notable names.

The below rosters are current as of Jan. 15 – additions, deletions and other potential changes will be announced leading up to the game. The Alumni Game will consist of three 20-minute periods (running time) and two 12-minute intermissions.

Avalanche-Red Wings alumni game full of star power

Six members of the Hockey Hall of Fame are among those on the preliminary rosters released Friday for the 2016 Stadium Series Alumni Game at Coors Field on Feb. 26, played the day before the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings.

For the Avalanche, their roster will feature four Hall of Fame members: goalie Patrick Roy, their current coach, defenseman Ray Bourque and forwards Peter Forsberg and Joe Sakic, their current executive vice president and general manager. Detroit counters with defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Larry Murphy.

Fantasy Friday: Kopitar, Crosby turning corner

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

Early on in the season we talked a lot about typically strong-performing players struggling out of the gate. I even wrote a story back in October about players like Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks), Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings) and Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) who had gotten off to slow starts.

Now it's time to revisit that list and find out who's turned the corner since then.

Here's a look at players that were expected to be solid fantasy contributors but started the season poorly, and how they're doing now, just past the midway point of the 2015-16 season.

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