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Maple Leafs prospect Brown leads Marlies in scoring

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 12:42 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to NHL.com

In another life, Connor Brown might have had a successful career in the financial world. Maybe on the front lines of Wall Street, or tucked away somewhere in a private firm. Math was kind of his thing in high school.

But hockey, like it does for many, had other ideas. Taken in the sixth round (No. 156) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Etobicoke, Ontario, native got a chance to realize a dream every little kid playing hockey has: throwing on your hometown sweater.

"My whole family are pretty big Leafs fans so getting drafted here was just an added bonus to a special feeling on draft day," Brown said. "A couple buddies of mine that were there texted me first, and then I eventually saw my name on the ticker. We just watched it on TV."

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Hot fantasy topics: The value of the empty-net goal

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Here's a look at three of the hottest topics in fantasy hockey right now.

1. Empty-net goals

Empty-net goals count just as much as Vladimir Tarasenko's gorgeous goal back on Nov. 3. Every goal carries the same value in fantasy hockey. And while empty-net goals might not occur in every game, there are certain players who have the chance to record either an empty-net goal or assist on one more than others. These players are typically the ones trusted by their coaches who are out there for the final minute of ice time in a close game in which the goalie is pulled.

If you look at the table below on the left, you'll see a list of forwards that are on the ice most with the opposing team's goalie pulled over the past three seasons, according to war-on-ice.com. Meaning, these guys are on the ice the most when facing an empty net. While it won't always translate to getting an empty-net goal (and it hasn't in some cases), they have been given more opportunities to get one than other players in the past three years.

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EPA recognizes NHL as a leading 'Green Power' user

NHL ranked No. 17 on EPA's Green Power partners national top 100 list

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 9:48 AM / NHL Green

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced that it is ranked No. 17 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Top 100 list of the largest users of green power, making it the first professional sports league ever to achieve the distinction.

The NHL is being recognized for its priorities to reduce its environmental impact with efforts including: NHL Green, a comprehensive sustainability initiative created by the League in 2010, and the groundbreaking 2014 Sustainability Report, which documented and disclosed the League's carbon footprint. In keeping with these efforts, the League named Constellation – a leading competitive energy and services company – its preferred energy provider that will supply Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). These RECs represent the generation of more than 271 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, matching the League's total electricity consumption*.

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Super 16: Developing goaltenders proves no easy task

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Braden Holtby played in his 150th NHL game Thursday night for the Washington Capitals.

This isn't a particularly notable milestone, but he is the first drafted goaltender since the 2006 NHL Draft to reach 150 games. In fact, he's the only goalie from the past nine draft classes to have reached 100 NHL games.

Anders Lindback (Dallas Stars) is at 94, but is not receiving regular playing time. Robin Lehner (Ottawa Senators) is at 80, but would need a long-term injury to Craig Anderson or a trade to reach 100 in 2014-15. Frederik Andersen (Anaheim Ducks), who has the quirky honor of leading two NHL draft classes in games played by a goalie, is at 70.

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Canadiens offense has run dry over past month

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Michel Therrien listened to the question and laughed.

When the Montreal Canadiens' coach was asked following a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at home Tuesday whether his team's offensive issues run deeper than what was shown that night, Therrien pointed to the outrageous number of pucks the Canadiens threw toward the Sabres' net.

Facing the worst possession team in the NHL by far, one desperately trying to hold on to a one-goal lead in order to end a franchise-record 14-game losing streak, the Canadiens did throw a ton of rubber in the general direction of the Sabres' goal.


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Devils goalie Schneider still growing into No. 1 role

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Is the dust finally beginning to settle for New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider?

After replacing arguably the best goaltender in NHL history, Martin Brodeur, and establishing a Devils record by starting a career-high 20 straight games to begin the season, it appears Schneider has discovered a nice rhythm playing for co-coaches Lou Lamoriello, Scott Stevens and Adam Oates.

"Early on it was tough with the number of games I played, the travel, the road games; for me that was a learning experience to try and figure out how to do that on the fly and settle into a rhythm," Schneider said.

He went 9-8-2 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .914 save percentage during his 20-start run to begin the season; he was pulled four times during that stretch. Since Lamoriello replaced Peter DeBoer as coach Dec. 27, Schneider is 7-3-1 with a 1.90 GAA and .937 save percentage.

"I was sharp one night and inconsistent the next, but I think I've gotten over that," Schneider said. "Once you get into a rhythm you can really focus on that job and take more of a leadership role."

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Fantasy top 30 goalies: Habs' Price earns No. 1 rank

Thursday, 02.05.2015 / 12:00 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.

Wins in baseball can be a deceiving stat for pitchers. Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners went through stretches of being one of the most dominant starters in the majors, but with win totals that didn't reflect it because of poor run support.

It's a concept somewhat analogous to hockey and goalies, and if there is currently a king of doing more with less, it's Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.

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Unmasked: Ducks goalie Andersen covers his bases

Thursday, 02.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen is a baseball fan, which may seem odd for someone from a country that produced its only major league ballplayer in 1911.

Then again, Andersen is the only NHL goalie from Denmark, so it may be fitting that one of the things he likes about baseball is how it can make him a better goaltender. His work with a California strength coach led him to a hitting coach and some baseball-inspired drills to train his vision.

"It's something I picked up from baseball and it made a big difference," Andersen said. "We do baseball drills -- not batting practice, but I'd like to -- and it's similar. As soon as you see the ball you have to make a decision or react to it."

Andersen got a tour of the Los Angeles Angels locker room and a story from one of the coaches about slugger Albert Pujols halting a batting practice session to ask what was wrong with the ball.

"They looked at the ball and the logo was smeared," Andersen said. "That's how good his vision was. That is amazing, something to strive for. If you can pick up that detail that fast I think you've got a good shot at stopping a puck."

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Senators' Phillips cherishing games-played milestone

Thursday, 02.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Defenseman Chris Phillips is poised to set the Ottawa Senators record for games played against the Washington Capitals at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

Phillips, who turns 37 on March 9, will play in his 1,179th NHL game, all with the Senators, one more than retired captain Daniel Alfredsson.

While reflecting on his career Wednesday, Phillips was asked if somewhere in his longevity there was a message for the young defensemen on the Senators (five of the eight are 25 or younger).

"Yeah, I'm not ready for them to take over," he said with a straight face and then broke into a laugh.

Turning serious, Phillips said, "I just try and lead by example. Do what I do and let them see that if you quietly go about what's asked of you this is possible of anyone. I was a high draft pick, but never a superstar or anything like that, just a journeyman guy who put in hard work and time. Good, long stories can come of that."

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Clock ticking on champion Kings' playoff hopes

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- There is only so long a team can bend before it breaks. The Los Angeles Kings aren't broken yet, but their cracks are getting longer and their time to fix them is getting shorter.

"We've got to figure this thing out in a hurry," Kings center Anze Kopitar said after the latest loss, a lackluster 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Tuesday.

The Kings have battled adversity in the past only to twice come out with the Stanley Cup in their hands. The problem is, what they're battling now isn't adversity, it's themselves.

They are five points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot with four teams to jump. They have been passed by the Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild -- the three teams previously thought of as the most disappointing in the Western Conference this season -- because of uncharacteristic mistakes and an indescribable lack of passion of late.

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