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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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Blackwood a top goalie despite short time in net

Thursday, 02.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Mackenzie Blackwood wasn't a goalie. He almost wasn't a hockey player.

Blackwood, the top-rated North American goalie in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft, grew up like many kids, trying his hand at multiple sports. At age 9 Blackwood said he stopped playing hockey to focus on lacrosse and snowboarding.

The hiatus was relatively short-lived, as a year later he said he was back to playing in house leagues in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

But even then he wasn't a goalie. That didn't come until at age 12, when Blackwood's VP Bearcats lost their goalie and needed someone to play the position.

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Rangers confident in Talbot with Lundqvist out

Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 11:48 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot said he found out Tuesday night that he would be playing on national television Wednesday after learning Henrik Lundqvist had a neck injury.

Talbot didn't have to stand on his head in a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden, but for the Rangers, it's soothing to know they can rely on their backup goaltender to step in and perform when called upon.

In his first start since Jan. 15, Talbot made 18 saves to help the Rangers close the gap in the Metropolitan Division. New York is in third place, one point behind the New York Islanders and two behind the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I didn't really have to do a whole lot," Talbot said. "The guys did a great job in front of me. They didn't get too many Grade A chances tonight."

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Fantasy top 60 'D': Penguins' Letang king of January

Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 12:01 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.

The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't have a lot to be excited about during the month of January. They posted a 5-4-3 record, but that was only part of an overall run that saw them go 6-8-4 over their past 18 games. That has been enough to cause more than a little panic in and around the three rivers, but one bright spot has emerged over the past few weeks: defenseman Kris Letang.

Letang, who saw last season wrecked by a number of health issues including a stroke, has been one of the Penguins best players through their first 50 games and he took it to another level during January.

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Five things to watch when Rangers face Bruins

Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 11:30 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Boston Bruins battled inconsistency and the injury bug this season while trying to keep pace in the Eastern Conference race to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It appears now they will be a tough out when the postseason begins.

With a healthy captain, Zdeno Chara, and center David Krejci back in the mix, the Bruins went 8-1-3 in January and can leapfrog the New York Rangers in the standings in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA).

Boston (27-16-7) and New York (29-15-4) will each be seeking its third consecutive victory. The Rangers enter the game one point ahead of the Bruins. Behind 30 saves from goalie Tuukka Rask, the Bruins defeated the Rangers 3-0 at TD Garden on Jan. 15.

Here are five things to watch in the game between the Bruins and Rangers:

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