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Jets' Myers fined $5,000 for cross-checking

Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 9:07 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NEW YORK (Jan. 13, 2016) – Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers has been fined $5,000 for cross-checking San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels during NHL Game No. 638 in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Jan. 12, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 12:55 of the third period. Myers was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking.

The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Devils' Farnham suspended four games

Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 9:04 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NEW YORK (Jan. 13, 2016) – New Jersey Devils forward Bobby Farnham has been suspended for four games, without pay, for interference against St. Louis Blues forward Dmitrij Jaskin during NHL game No. 636 in St. Louis on Tuesday, Jan. 12, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 11:50 of the third period. Farnham was assessed a major penalty for interference.

Alumni for North Stars, Wild prepare for outdoor game

Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 7:00 PM / 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series - Hawks vs. Wild

Dan Myers - Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Players for the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild have plenty of time to prepare for next month's Coors Light Stadium Series game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 21.

For the Minnesota North Stars alumni, who will play against their Chicago counterparts the day before, it seems as if the game is approaching quickly.

"It comes fast," said Brad Maxwell, the President of the Minnesota NHL Alumni Association and former North Stars defenseman. "It seemed like it was three months ago and now it's going to be a month away."

Patrick Roy practices with Avalanche for second time

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was in familiar territory Wednesday, moving back and forth in a crease at the Avalanche practice facility while wearing a goalie mask, pads and skates.

Roy, who won the Stanley Cup four times, and 551 regular-season games in 18 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and Avalanche, took turns with goalie Calvin Pickard taking shots from defensemanBrad Stuart and forward Chris Wagner.

There has been speculation Roy, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, may be back in net when the Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings alumni face off at Coors Field in Denver on Feb. 26 as part of the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. Colorado and Detroit will play The Stadium Series game Feb. 27 at Coors Field.

New and improved Domingue a blessing for Coyotes

Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 12:42 PM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Ask Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney which of his young players has the biggest surprise of what has been a surprising first half of the 2015-16 season and one name leapfrogs to the head of a deserving list of candidates.

"Hands down, no question, Louis Domingue," Maloney said. "And he's done it at position and at a time when we really needed it."

Domingue has emerged as an unexpected stabilizing force in goal and has allowed the Coyotes to surprise much of the hockey world by being in the race for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the rugged Western Conference more than halfway through the season.

Brodeur expects nerves when Devils retire his jersey

Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 12:00 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Martin Brodeur said emotions will certainly be high when he steps on the ice to have his jersey No. 30 retired by the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Feb. 9.

"It'll probably be the first time I'll be on that ice and be that nervous," Brodeur told Matt Loughlin of WFAN Sports Radio on Tuesday. "I've never gotten nervous when I played, but this is a little out of my comfort zone so it'll be a different nervousness. It'll be emotional, there's no doubt about that."

Brodeur led the Devils to three Stanley Cup championships while setting a multitude of NHL records for a goaltender including wins and shutouts. There's no question Brodeur, now assistant general manager for the St. Louis Blues, wants to make sure he thanks and pays tribute to all who helped him during his 21 seasons with the Devils.

"The main thing for me [during my speech] will be to try and reminisce about what we did as a franchise while I was there," Brodeur said. "What I've accomplished, but also about the teams we had and the great teammates and coaches who were there for me. I want to take that time and think back, go through it, and hopefully it'll come out the right way."

Fantasy top 60 'D': Predators, Stars lead in scoring

Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, fantasy hockey contributor Brian Metzer provides in-depth defenseman analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer is your go-to guy for fantasy D-men advice all season long.

Long time readers of this column already know it, but defensemen can make or break your fantasy season. You definitely need the right mix of forwards, but you are not going to win your league unless you have solid players to fill out your four starting defensemen slots in Yahoo Standard Leagues.

There have always been a handful of guys capable of putting up big numbers from the backend, but it seems the number grows by the season. To demonstrate that fact, I pulled some numbers from a column I wrote following the 2011-12 season.

The top-60 defensemen that made up my final rankings accounted for 454 goals and 1,575 assists, or an average of 7.56 goals, 26.25 assists and roughly 34 points.

Of that group, there were 17 who scored 10 or more goals and 21 who had 30 or more assists.

Through the halfway point of this season, the top 60 have accumulated 313 goals and 933 assists, or an average of 5.21 goals, 15.5 assists and roughly 21 points, putting them on pace to eclipse the 2011-12 totals by a nice margin.

It is also worth noting there are already 10 defensemen with eight or more goals, two of whom have 14 or more, and 18 defensemen with 25 or more points.

With all this said, I wanted to take time to look at some of the top scoring blue lines in the NHL this season: how they're built, how many defensemen they have used, who gets the power-play time and if they have any options available for you on the waiver wire.

Before we jump in, here are a couple notes about the overall list. There are 13 teams that have gotten 80 or more points from their blue line collectively. The next 11 teams on the list have gotten at least 61 points from their groups. The Nashville Predators lead the way with 104 points and the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils bring up the rear with just 51 points apiece from their defensemen.

Devils' Farnham to have Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 11:57 AM / Department of Player Safety News

New Jersey Devils forward Bobby Farnham will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday for a hit against St. Louis Blues forward Dmitrij Jaskin during a game Tuesday at Scottrade Center.

The incident occurred at 11:50 of the third period. Farnham was assessed a major penalty for interference. Jaskin played one additional shift in the final minute of the game.

Bruins visit Flyers in Wednesday Night Rivalry

Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 3:00 AM / Tale of the Tape

John Kreiser - Managing Editor

The Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers will play each other for the first time since late October when they face off in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports).

Philadelphia won 5-4 in overtime at TD Garden on Oct. 21, but the Bruins haven’t gone home empty-handed against the Flyers since a 5-2 loss at Wells Fargo Center on April 23, 2013. One big reason for Boston’s success against Philadelphia has been the play of goaltender Tuukka Rask, who has a 9-1-2 career record against the Flyers with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.

12 surprising statistics from the first half

Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 3:00 AM / Behind the Numbers

Rob Vollman - Correspondent

Half of the 2015-16 regular season is complete, and a look at the numbers reveals some intriguing statistics at the individual and team levels. Here are a dozen of the most surprising numbers through Jan. 9, which was the statistical midpoint of the season.

Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes

The Stat: Scored 54.5 percent of Carolina's power-play goals

Faulk was tied with Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks with a League-leading 12 power-play goals. What makes this achievement even more surprising is that Carolina's power play ranked 25th in the League with 22 goals in 131 attempts.

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