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Johansen enjoying breakout season with Blue Jackets

Friday, 03.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- There was a plenty of buzz surrounding Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen following a 3-2 victory March 20 against the Montreal Canadiens.

Most people wanted to talk about the third-year player's first NHL fight when he squared off against Max Pacioretty early in the game and how Johansen would respond after wading into unknown territory.

The answer came with 3:01 left in regulation when he showed the skill and savvy that made him the No. 4 pick by the Blue Jackets in the 2010 NHL Draft.

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Super 16: Chara should be Norris favorite

Friday, 03.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has not had the help of teammate Dennis Seidenberg since he was lost to a serious knee injury in the first game after the December holiday break.

The Bruins, who have built a reputation as an elite goal-prevention club, wobbled for a few games as they adjusted to not having one of the NHL's best defensive defensemen. Now they are back to their stifling ways and back in the hunt for the Presidents' Trophy.

While Chara may not possess the traditional offensive numbers of some of his closest competitors, the mountainous Boston defenseman should be the frontrunner for the Norris Trophy.

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In the Cage: Lack proving worth down the stretch

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

On Wednesday night, while New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was busy earning his 30th win of the season for the eighth time in his legendary career, a rookie Swedish goalie was also making some big saves in a key conference matchup for his team.

Eddie Lack stopped 29 shots in a 5-2 win against the Minnesota Wild, which placed his Vancouver Canucks just four points behind the Phoenix Coyotes for the final wild-card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference. The win also pushed Lack to 4-1-0 in his past five games with only 11 goals against on 138 shots, a .920 save percentage.

With eight games remaining in the regular season, Lack is currently 15-14-4 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. His four shutouts are eighth overall in the NHL, while his GAA is 11th overall.

Things did not go well for Lack leading up to and directly following Roberto Luongo's surprising trade to the Florida Panthers. In fact, prior to this recent five-game surge, Lack was just 2-5-0 in March with 22 goals against on 181 shots, a meager .878 save percentage. But now, with all of the chaos and controversy behind him, Lack's play could become the driving force behind a late-season push for one of two wild-card spots.

But does he have what it takes to get the job done in such a pressure-filled market?

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Red Wings' Nyquist sees accelerated development

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 10:16 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The numbers are impressive when you break down the tear Gustav Nyquist is on right now.

The 24-year old Detroit Red Wings forward has 25 goals and 17 assists for 42 points in 47 games, but that's only the big picture. Narrowing the scope shows Nyquist, who was named the NHL first star this past week, has scored nine goals with one assist during a career-high six-game goal streak heading into a game against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena (7 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS, FS-D).

That's Detroit's longest of the season and it topped his own mark of four straight games during a hot spell that began Jan. 20 with a goal in a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Since that point, Nyquist leads the NHL with 20 goals in 24 games, including his most recent two in a 4-2 loss Tuesday at the Columbus Blue Jackets. He's also tied during that span with Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux for most points in the League (31).

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Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios: March 27

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 10:00 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

There will be more than just two points at stake when the Chicago Blackhawks play the Boston Bruins on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). Chicago, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche can clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Boston can become the first team to win a division title. Here are the scenarios:

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Daily Primer March 27: Cup Final rematch in Boston

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Boston Bruins are on the verge of securing the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Chicago Blackhawks are battling just to have home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Original Six franchises will get together in a rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final as part of the NHL's 10-game schedule Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). Thanks to its recent 12-game winning streak, Boston (49-17-6) has built a seven-point lead on the Pittsburgh Penguins atop the East; Chicago (42-16-15) trails the St. Louis Blues by six points in the Central Division but is three points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche for second place; Colorado has a game in hand.

The Detroit Red Wings continue their pursuit of a 23rd consecutive postseason appearance Thursday when they host the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS). Detroit (33-25-14) is one of four teams in the East with 80 points; Montreal is in second place in the Atlantic Division, two points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning host the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Later Thursday the Vancouver Canucks aim for their fourth straight win when they face the Avalanche at Pepsi Center. The surging Canucks have moved within four points of the Phoenix Coyotes for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

The San Jose Sharks, who are two points ahead of the Anaheim Ducks in the Pacific Division and trail St. Louis by two for the conference lead, host the Winnipeg Jets at SAP Center. 

Here's a closer look at the action Thursday:

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Rangers prospect Duclair eager to make jump

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / In the Pipeline

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

Quebec Remparts forward and New York Rangers prospect Anthony Duclair missed the last seven games of the regular season and has not played in the first four Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff games due to a concussion sustained Feb. 28.

While sitting in the stands at the most exciting time of the year is obviously frustrating, Duclair has had a season to remember and likely made the Rangers very happy they took the skilled left wing in the third round (No. 80) of the 2013 NHL Draft. After Duclair scored 20 goals and added 30 assists in the 2012-13 season despite missing five-plus weeks with a sprained ankle, he more than doubled his goal total this season with 50 in 59 games; he fell one point shy of 100 points.

"Missing the last seven games of the season because I was there at 99 points and one point shy of 100, so that was pretty frustrating," Duclair said. "Then just watching the boys battle it out from the stands, you want to be down there and now the playoffs being the most exciting time of the year, it's definitely tough to watch from the outside."


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Reinhart poised to become third brother drafted

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Center Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice in the Western Hockey League takes pride in the little things that culminate in success.

Possessing great leadership, work ethic and a hockey IQ that is simply off the charts, the 6-foot-0.75, 185-pound right-handed shot could be the highest-drafted Reinhart to lace on the skates.

That's saying a lot, considering he no doubt has quite the hockey pedigree. His two older brothers and father were drafted.

Max Reinhart, 21, was taken by the Calgary Flames in the third round (No. 63) of the 2010 draft. The only defenseman of the three Reinhart brothers, Griffin, 19, was selected fourth overall by the New York Islanders in 2012. His father, Paul Reinhart, was chosen No. 12 by the Atlanta Flames in 1979.

"Over the years, all of us talked to my dad after every game," Reinhart told NHL.com. "He'd give us advice. Max and Griffin went through the same things I am going through, so being able to watch them has had a huge positive influence on my career; it's nice having both of them."


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Prospector Files: WHL draft-eligible All-Star team

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 2:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Nashville Predators rookie defenseman Seth Jones was one of four Portland Winterhawks players selected at the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The Winterhawks and Kelowna Rockets actually shared the Western Hockey League lead for having the most players drafted last June with four. Since 1969, Portland is the WHL's all-time draft leader with 126 players selected at the draft.

At the 2013 draft, the WHL saw 33 players selected, eight of whom were taken in the first round. This year, eight of the top 30 North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings are from the WHL, and 13 of the 40 players invited to the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary on Jan. 15 were also from the league.

It is traditionally considered the league of defensemen, but this year two forwards were listed among the top four on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list: No. 2 Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders and No. 4 Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice. Each was named a First Team All-Star of the WHL's Eastern Conference.

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Sommer sets AHL record for games coached

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 8:05 PM / AHL Update

NHL.com

Roy Sommer established an American Hockey League record for most regular-season games coached when he led the Worcester Sharks against the Portland Pirates on Wednesday.

The game was Sommer's 1,257th as an AHL coach, surpassing the mark held by Hockey Hall of Fame member Frank Mathers.

Sommer, 56, was named coach of the San Jose Sharks’ AHL affiliate on May 28, 1998, and has spent his entire 16-year coaching career in the Sharks organization with the Kentucky Thoroughblades (1998-2001), Cleveland Barons (2001-06) and Worcester Sharks (2006-present). His 571 regular-season victories rank fourth all-time among AHL coaches.

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