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Bruins' Krug has early edge in Calder race

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the first quarter of the 2013-14 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of the biggest storylines -- and award contenders -- that have developed through the first part of the season.

Torey Krug burst upon the NHL like a flaming arrow when, as an emergency call-up, helped power the Boston Bruins past the New York Rangers in five games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He became the first rookie defenseman in League history to score four goals in his first five postseason games and the 10th player in Bruins history to score a playoff goal before scoring in the regular season.

There's been no letdown in Krug's first full season. In fact, he's near the top of the rookie leaderboard and in front of the race for the Calder Trophy, according to NHL.com. Krug has points in five of his past seven games (two goals, three assists); his six goals are tied for second among defensemen behind Ottawa Senators defenseman and former 2013 Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson's seven, and his 12 points are tied for third in rookie standings.


Hejda rejuvenating himself with Avalanche

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- As it turns out, it really is possible to teach an older defenseman new tricks.

Jan Hejda, 35, is a perfect example. The Colorado Avalanche defenseman, an eight-year NHL veteran, is having a rebirth of sorts under first-year coach Patrick Roy.

The Avalanche will take a three-game losing streak into their game against the Chicago Blackhawksat Pepsi Center on Tuesday night, but they still own a very respectable 14-5-0 record and have been one of the surprise stories of the season after finishing last in the Western Conference last season.

Hejda's solid all-around play has been a major factor in the Avalanche's revival. He has two goals, three assists, a plus-12 rating and is averaging a team-high 22:48 of ice time. He has 51 hits, 39 blocked shots and has played a pivotal sole in the team's improved penalty killing.


Wild defenseman Suter happy with ice time

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter could be considered a bit of a throwback.

Although coaches throughout the NHL are trying to reduce the workloads of their top defensemen, Suter's minutes continue to increase.

Science and technology have made sport-specific training a year-round exercise, but Suter enjoys good, old-fashioned manual labor.

With the days of the 30-minute defenseman seemingly a thing of the past, Suter appears poised to at least threaten the mark this season. Averaging 29:36 per game, Suter leads the NHL in time on ice by more than two minutes.

Ten times this season, Suter has accumulated more than 30 minutes of ice time. Three times, in three consecutive games from Nov. 7-13, Suter played more than 35 minutes (two of those three were 36 minutes). Over that stretch, Suter played 108:19, the most ever in a three-game stretch since the Elias Sports Bureau began tracking the stat in 2000.


Mantha's size, athleticism drew Red Wings' attention

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / In the Pipeline

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

Detroit Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin was in Blainville-Boisbriand, Quebec, during the 2011-12 season when he first saw Val-d'Or wing Anthony Mantha play.

Ironically, Martin, who doesn't normally scout or watch his team's drafted prospects, wasn't even there to see Mantha. Instead he was checking in on the progress of one of his team's top prospects Xavier Ouellette, a defenseman the Red Wings had selected in the second round (No. 48) of the 2011 NHL Draft. But Mantha, who was just 17 at the time, stood out like a man among boys that day and caught the eye of Martin.

"The first time I saw him play I was in Blainville-Boisbriand to watch Xavier Ouellette play," Martin said. "I don't see all of these prospects play as much as the regular amateur scouts do and getting to watch our unsigned prospects. So I was in town watching Xavier play and Val-d'Or was in town to play Blainville.


Steen, Harding lead first-quarter breakout stars

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

With the first quarter of the 2013-14 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of its biggest storylines and award contenders.

One is a veteran player who has already scored twice as many goals as he had all last season. Two are goaltenders who have made the most of their chance to play -- one with the team he's been with for years, the other with a new club. Two others are highly drafted forwards who have taken their play to a higher level, one with the team he rooted for as a kid, the other in a new home after being cast off by a Stanley Cup contender.

What do they have in common? All five have had breakout performances in the season's first quarter:


Five Questions: Brodeur on trade talk, his future

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur:

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur is closer to the Hall of Fame than he is to scoring another long-term contract, but that hasn't stopped the New Jersey Devils goaltender from continuing to build on his laundry list of NHL records, including wins, shutouts, games played and minutes played.

Brodeur, 41, has six wins, a 1.98 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 starts this season despite not having a firm grip on the No. 1 job that he held for nearly two decades. Cory Schneider is working in tandem with Brodeur to provide the Devils some of the best goaltending in the NHL this season.


Mantha's late goal leads QMJHL past Russia

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 10:25 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Anthony Mantha's goal with 4:07 left in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and gave the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League a 3-2 win against Russia on Monday in the opening game of the Subway Super Series, played in Gatineau, Quebec.

The line of Mantha, Charles Hudon and Jonathan Drouin supplied all the offense for QMJHL. Hudon had two goals and an assist; Drouin had the primary assist on all three goals.

Ivan Barbashev, who plays in the QMJHL for the Moncton Wildcats and is the league's top-rated prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, scored for Russia. Vladimir Tkachyov also had a goal on a spectacular end-to-end rush.


'NHL Revealed' a unique challenge for Greenburg

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 7:10 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- For all he's done in his almost three decades worth of award-winning experience documenting the nuances of sports and its characters from behind the camera lens and in edit rooms, Ross Greenburg has never taken on a production with the size and scale of "NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other."

Greenburg, who won 51 Sports Emmys and eight Peabody Awards during his 26-year tenure at HBO Sports, is one of three executive producers tasked with developing seven hours of all-access NHL-based reality TV for NBC and CBC.

"NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other" will follow the players and teams participating in the four 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series games, the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic in Vancouver, and the 2014 Sochi Olympics from mid-January through mid-March.


Thornton masters new sport in Battle of the Blades

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 4:49 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Scott Thornton always wanted to win a big shiny trophy while skating in Toronto. That happened Sunday, just not quite the way he envisioned.

Thornton, who played 17 seasons in the NHL with six teams, was named the winner of the fourth season of Battle of the Blades, a television show that pairs former NHL players with top female figure skaters in a skating competition.

Taken by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the third pick of the 1991 NHL Draft, the Stanley Cup was the trophy he had hoped he'd win in Toronto. But after seven weeks on the show, he and partner Amanda Evora edged Jason Strudwick and partner Violetta Afanasieva for the title.

"This wasn’t anything that was on my radar before the show was created," Thornton told NHL.com. "The opportunity came and I thought it was a fantastic chance to have a lot of fun, try a new sport, and raise some money and awareness for charity."


Fantasy All-Access: Quarter-mark bold predictions

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

The NHL has season has reached the first-quarter mark and that is a perfect time to make some bold fantasy predictions for what will we see for the rest of the fantasy season:

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall will be a top-20 fantasy player. The first pick of the 2010 NHL Draft missed seven games due to a knee injury but is back and producing even with the struggling offense around him. The Oilers have 14 of their next 19 games at home so you can expect Hall and the Oilers to break out of their offensive slump and Hall to move up the rankings.

The San Jose Sharks' Antti Niemi will be the first goalie to start 75-plus games in a season since Martin Brodeur in 2009-10. The Finnish netminder has started 18 of the Sharks' first 21 games, and with only eight back-to-backs on the schedule for the rest of the season, look for Niemi to get into the net and carry Fantasy teams for the entire season.

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I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round