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Blues visit Blackhawks on Wednesday Night Rivalry

Wednesday, 11.04.2015 / 3:00 AM / Tale of the Tape

John Kreiser - Managing Editor

The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup three times in the past six seasons, but they enter this week’s Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports) looking up at their Central Division rival in the standings.

The Blackhawks have been up and down through their first 12 games, but they've won six in a row at United Center after an opening night loss to the New York Rangers. Despite numerous injuries, the Blues have been able to stay near the top of the division thanks to the goaltending of Jake Allen and Brian Elliott, as well as the scoring of emerging star Vladimir Tarasenko.

St. Louis is beginning a four-game trip that ends on Nov. 14, when the Blackhawks visit Scottrade Center.

Blues forward Tarasenko thriving in clutch situations

Wednesday, 11.04.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

Ken Hitchcock just threw the number out there off the top of his head.

Of course, the St. Louis Blues coach has so much information packed into that head, maybe it shouldn't be that surprising.

But when talking recently about his offensive leader, right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, Hitchcock made an observation about Tarasenko's scoring tendencies that appeared to be an estimate.

It wasn't.

"Those goals he scores, even if there's just 30 or whatever, I guarantee you two-thirds of them will be important goals again," Hitchcock said. "That's critical for us."

And that's bad news for the Chicago Blackhawks, who will host the Blues in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports).

Recollections of Ruggiero: 'One in a million'

Wednesday, 11.04.2015 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

Angela Ruggiero emerged as the United States' finest defenseman during her 15-year career that resulted in her becoming the fourth woman inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Ruggiero won four Olympic medals, including gold at the 1998 Nagano Games, and is one of five U.S. players to compete in four Olympics (Jenny Potter, Julie Chu, Chris Chelios and Keith Tkachuk). She also helped Harvard win a national championship in 1999 and was named the country's top women's collegiate hockey player in 2004.

Ruggiero's extraordinary accomplishments also earned her entry into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Dec. 17.

Angela Ruggiero enters Hall compared to Bobby Orr

Wednesday, 11.04.2015 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Jon Lane - Staff Writer takes a look at each of the seven individuals who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 9.

Angela Ruggiero was 15 in the summer of 1995 when she reported to Lake Placid, N.Y., to try out for the inaugural United States junior national women's team. She caught the eye of Ben Smith, the women's coach at Northeastern University who had been asked by USA Hockey to select a group to play in a friendly series against Finland.

Ruggiero was a bit green, Smith recalled, playing with women in their 20s and early 30s. But there was something about her that reminded him of arguably the finest defenseman in NHL history.

Canada to name Babcock coach for World Cup: report

Tuesday, 11.03.2015 / 3:38 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Mike Babcock will be announced as coach of Team Canada for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, according to a report by

A press conference to announce Babcock, 52, as coach is tentatively scheduled for Toronto's MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence on Thursday. Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks and Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins also will be part of the coaching staff, according to the report.

Babcock, who is in his first season as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, coached Canada to Olympic gold in Vancouver in 2010 and in Sochi in 2014.

Fantasy top 100 forwards: McDavid, Hall excel apart

Tuesday, 11.03.2015 / 12:05 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen provides in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top-100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen is your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

Entering the season, fantasy owners were high enough on Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid to risk a third- or fourth-round pick on a player who had never played an NHL game. It was not only because of rave reviews, but also because he'd likely play with proven assets Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.

The early combinations under Edmonton coach Todd McLellan have certainly not shaken out the way we anticipated, but the chemistry on the Oilers' top two lines has made more widespread fantasy waves than we could have imagined 12 games into the season. Edmonton has three players with 10 or more points (Hall 13, McDavid 12, Nail Yakupov 10) and one with nine (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) despite Eberle not playing a game yet because of injury.

Going into the season, it would have been crazy to think that McDavid and Hall, if they were apart in most situations, could each produce among the upper echelon of forwards in McDavid's first season. But this proves that the right chemistry, even with players who in the past appeared to have fallen out of favor with a particular team, can lead to magical things in fantasy hockey. Eberle's impending return only sweetens the pot.

NHL Fan Fair comes to Nashville for All-Star festivities

Music City Center will host four days of family-friendly interactive games and attractions, live music and NHL trophies including iconic Stanley Cup®

Tuesday, 11.03.2015 / 10:00 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The 2016 NHL® All-Star celebration in Nashville will feature a four-day fan festival at the Music City Center from Jan. 28-31, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone, the official fan festival of the 2016 NHL All-Star festivities in Nashville, will cover 250,000 square feet of space in the Music City Center and will feature family-friendly interactive games, attractions and live music for fans of all ages; NHL memorabilia and trophy displays, including the iconic Stanley Cup®; live TV and radio broadcasts; special appearances by current and former players as well as NHL Mascots™; a wide assortment of food options; and dozens of other dynamic activities.

Starting today, tickets to the 2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone are available for purchase via and the Bridgestone Arena box office.

Kevin Weekes lists best goalies to never win Cup

Tuesday, 11.03.2015 / 10:00 AM / Game Savers

Kevin Weekes - NHL Network Analyst

NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes, in conjunction with the new Canada Post goaltender stamp series, provides his insight into the position he played for 11 seasons in the League.

This week, Weekes discusses the best goaltenders to have never won the Stanley Cup.

All of these guys have changed the game in their own way.

Every one of them was great in their own way and have left and continue to leave legacies on the game. Every one of them wants to win the Cup. Two of the three are still active as players and are hoping to one day be removed from this list.

Here are the three best goalies in my opinion to never have won the Stanley Cup:

Curtis Joseph: What I like about him is his story. Joseph was undrafted, went to the University of Wisconsin and was awesome there. He was signed by the St. Louis Blues and was amazingly fun to watch, especially those years where they had those playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. I remember seeing signs "Only God makes more saves than Joseph." Joseph was fun, dynamic, acrobatic, athletic, entertaining and a great competitor.

Red Wings captain Zetterberg one goal shy of 300

Tuesday, 11.03.2015 / 9:30 AM / NHL Insider

Paul Harris - Correspondent

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is set to join select company.

With two assists in Detroit's 5-3 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday, Zetterberg reached 800 points in his NHL career.

The previous night, during a 3-1 loss to the Senators at Joe Louis Arena, Zetterberg scored his 299th goal.

He is the ninth Swedish player with 800 points in the NHL.

The others are Mats Sundin, Daniel Alfredsson, Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Peter Forsberg, Markus Naslund and Tomas Sandstrom.

Zetterberg's next goal will make him the seventh Swede to score 300 and the fifth player in Red Wings history to have 300 goals and 800 points, joining Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio and Sergei Fedorov.

The Red Wings host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-D).

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