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Family support made Olympic call sweeter for Sharp

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 3:49 PM / 2014 Olympics

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Patrick Sharp cracked a smile Friday morning when asked about the first of his two hat tricks this season, which occurred on his 32nd birthday.

It happened Dec. 27 during a 7-2 victory for Sharp's Chicago Blackhawks, but the reason for his smile was more about who watched it live. Along with his wife, Abby, and two young daughters, Sharp's parents were at United Center to see it.

After an 11-hour ordeal at Calgary International Airport, they eventually made it to Chicago just in time to watch their son score three goals, make a great defensive play that led to another and garner the game's first star recognition.


Coyotes' Hanzal fined for high-sticking

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 3:32 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORKPhoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal has been fined $5,000 for high-sticking Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth during NHL Game No. 720 in Phoenix on Thursday, Jan. 16, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 15:55 of the third period. Hanzal was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking on the play.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


History helping Kings prospects learn in the present

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 2:00 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

If there's anyone who can understand the trials and tribulations of an athlete's first year as a professional, it's a longtime friend who is experiencing the same transition alongside him.

Rookies Derek Forbort and Nick Shore of the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs have a history that dates back to when they were teammates in the United States National Team Development Program, capturing a gold medal at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship.

"The first time we met was with the U-17 National Development Program [in 2008-09], where he played in a tournament with us," Shore said of Forbort. "The next year he joined the team full-time, so I got to know him a lot better."


Craig reports good start to Dodger Stadium rink build


The rink is taking shape at Dodger Stadium as preparations are well underway for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 25.

Dan Craig, the NHL's Senior Director of Facilities Operations, had his crew working from sunset Thursday to sunrise Friday spraying water to build the first quarter-inch of ice.

Craig told reporters Thursday night that the rink build was going as planned.

"We're right on schedule, right on the hour of scheduling," Craig said prior to the first spray on the rink. "We could have started making ice [Wednesday] night if we got pushed but we didn't need to."


Blackhawks look forward to visit from red-hot Ducks

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Even the defending Stanley Cup champions are curious to see how they measure up against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Chicago Blackhawks get that chance Friday, when the red-hot Ducks put their eight-game winning streak on the line at United Center (8 p.m. ET, NHLN, RDS). With a 9-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, Anaheim joined the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens as the only NHL teams to have won 18 of 19 games in the same regular season.

The Ducks are six points ahead of the Blackhawks in the Presidents' Trophy race. Each team will be playing its 50th game of the season Friday.

"They're on a roll right now, so it'll be fun to try to get a win from them," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said. "When you're on a roll like they are, the rest of the League is going to take notice. When you've got one loss in your last [19] games you've gotta expect something like that to be said, right? They're playing great, so we'd like to beat them."


Super 16: Ducks dominance raises many questions

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Before the Anaheim Ducks blasted the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night, they had played 48 games this season, which is obviously the same number as the entirety of the 2012-13 campaign.

Anaheim was 30-12-6 last season, good for third in the NHL standings. The Ducks were nine points better through 48 games this season and are setting the pace in the League, six points clear of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Are the Ducks better this season, or better yet, why are they better?

The goaltending has been almost identical. Anaheim's save percentage was .9169 in 2012-13 and it is at .9148 this season. Jonas Hiller had a .913 save percentage last season and is at .914 in 2013-14.


Ducks' win streak getting more impressive by day

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 1:20 PM / NHL Insider

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

By the time the dust settled on the latest victory by the Anaheim Ducks, coach Bruce Boudreau tried to pass it off as just another win and part of a routine stretch of the 2013-14 NHL season.

"I try not to pay attention to that," Boudreau said shortly after a 9-1 win Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks. "I really don't because it gets in your head. We're just trying to win games. You win enough games and then you look up and you go, 'Holy cripes. We got that many points? That's pretty good.' We wanted to make sure that nobody's head gets swelled. You take it for what it was: An unfortunate game by Vancouver and I'm sure that their next opponent is going to pay for that."

Boudreau's modesty is admirable and his philosophy is correct, so let the rest of us gloat over what the Ducks have accomplished not just Wednesday, but all season long. All they're doing is putting together a regular season that ranks somewhere between sublime, incredible and ridiculous.


In the Cage: Projecting Dubnyk's value in Nashville

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 1:02 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

There was unexpected movement in the goalie market Wednesday as the Edmonton Oilers replaced Devan Dubnyk (traded to the Nashville Predators for Matt Hendricks) with Ben Scrivens (acquired from the Los Angeles Kings for a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft).

Dubnyk and Scrivens currently have low ownership in Yahoo Fantasy leagues, so let's take a closer look at their projected change in fantasy value and see if either is worth acquiring.

Devan Dubnyk: After posting a 3.36 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in 32 games, Dubnyk now has a chance to rejuvenate his career and earn a new contract in a better environment.

Dubnyk has been plagued by inconsistency behind a poor team this season. It started with a record of 0-4-1 record in his first five games and continued with a five-game losing streak from Nov. 7-15. He enters play Thursday with tied for the third-most losses (17) of any goaltender and the fourth-most goals-against (94).

Now that he has a clean slate to work with, one way to project Dubnyk's fantasy value in Nashville is to look at the percentage of Corsi events he experiences while logging 5-on-5 minutes. Edmonton's Corsi-for percentage with Dubnyk in goal was 44.8 percent, which was near the bottom of the League. Entering games Thursday, Nashville has a 48.6 Corsi-for percentage.

Bishop rock-solid in goal for Lightning

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 9:00 AM / Features

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Do the Tampa Bay Lightning play differently when Ben Bishop is in the net as opposed to Anders Lindback?

"That's a hard question to ask," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

It's because Cooper and his players don't want it to appear like they're throwing Lindback under the bus and blaming him for their 10 regulation losses in his 16 decisions, or for the 50 goals he's allowed in 17 games, compared to the 58 goals Bishop has allowed in his 33 games.

Bishop has allowed three or more goals five times this season; Lindback has done it 10 times in roughly half the minutes.


Daily Primer Jan. 16: Kings start trip with tough test

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


Two of the more physical teams in the Western Conference will clash Thursday.

The Los Angeles Kings, who have won three of their past 10 games, open a five-game road trip against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2). The Blues have won five in a row on home ice and enter Thursday two points behind the Chicago Blackhawks for the Central Division lead.

"I think every time a team plays us, I think because we have a bigger, physical team, that they try to play the same way and St. Louis has that team that can play that same way," Kings forward Mike Richards told LA Kings Insider on Wednesday. "They have some big guys, some skilled forwards and solid defense."

Here's a closer look at all the action Thursday:

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