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With draft's importance, Prospects Game is pivotal

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CALGARY -- Calgary native and former NHL player Tim Hunter said he knows just how important the NHL Draft has become during the past decade.

Following a 16-year career with the Flames, Quebec Nordiques, Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, Hunter served as an assistant coach for three NHL teams. He's seen many top players drafted and develop into NHL stars while others struggle to rekindle that magic they once had as juniors.

"You can't make a mistake and take a flyer on someone with the hope he'll be a player," Hunter said. "You have to be precise on your positions at the draft."


Analysis: Goal prevention led to Noel's downfall

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 3:56 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

When the Atlanta Thrashers became the Winnipeg Jets, the franchise came to Manitoba with a collection of young, offensively gifted players and a penchant for yielding far too many goals to be a successful NHL team.

When Claude Noel was hired as the first coach of the Jets version 2.0, one of his objectives had to be to help these young players keep the puck out of their own net. Two-and-a-half seasons into Noel's tenure, goal prevention remained the greatest roadblock to the franchise's success, and it is the reason for the end of his time as Winnipeg's coach.

The Jets have allowed 141 goals in 47 games this season, which puts them tied for 25th in the League in goals against per contest. Winnipeg was tied for 24th at 2.94 goals per game last season and 26th at 2.95 per contest two seasons ago.


With Noel gone, scrutiny shifts to Jets players

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 3:05 PM / NHL Insider

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets' firing of coach Claude Noel and hiring of veteran NHL boss Paul Maurice jolted the dressing room of a team that has lost five straight games and sits in last place in the Central Division.

Noel took the job after the team relocated from Atlanta in 2011 and is the franchise's third coach to have been replaced since the start of the 2008-09 season, joining John Anderson and Craig Ramsay.

"I think it always comes as a shock," Jets captain Andrew Ladd said Sunday at the team's practice facility. "I don't think anyone expected it [Sunday] morning. It's not an easy day. Good people lose their job. Ultimately it came down to the performance of the people in [the dressing room]."

The Jets have received the message that if they do not recover with Maurice behind the bench, some of them will join Noel as ex-members of the organization.


Tatar honors late father after game-winning goal

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 12:31 PM / NHL Insider


Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar kissed his index finger and pointed toward the heavens.

"That game and that goal was for him. I felt he was with us the whole game."
-- Detroit Red Wings F Tomas Tatar on his late father

Moments earlier, Tatar knocked in a rebound with 7:54 left in the game Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings that was anything but an ordinary goal and worth far more to Tatar than just being the game winner in the Red Wings' 3-1 victory.

Goal No. 10 on the season was part of a two-point night for Tatar, who has scored in each of his past three games, and it was for family. Tatar's gesture honored his father Jan, who died Friday in Slovakia following a long illness.

Playing with a heavy heart, Tatar also came through late in the first period by setting up Riley Sheahan's first NHL goal.


Daily Primer Jan. 12: Ducks seek seventh straight win

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


Can the Detroit Red Wings put an end to the Anaheim Ducks' remarkable run at Honda Center on Sunday night?

Anaheim, the only team that has yet to lose in regulation on home ice this season (18-0-2), became the seventh team in NHL history to win 16-plus games in a 17-game stretch (16-1-0) with a 5-3 win against the host Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.

The Ducks return home to face the Red Wings (8 p.m. ET, FS-D, PRIME), who could be without Daniel Alfredsson (back spasms), Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Johan Franzen (head), Darren Helm (groin), Jonathan Ericsson (broken ribs), Stephen Weiss (hernia) and Jonas Gustavsson (groin).

Here's a closer look at the action Sunday:


Rangers' Kreider turning potential into production

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

Chris Kreider was an NHL record-setter before he ever played a regular-season game.

Kreider, the 19th player chosen at the 2009 NHL Draft, scored five goals for the New York Rangers during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, sparking a run that carried them within two wins of their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1994. He did it despite coming in cold: Kreider signed with the Rangers after the regular season because he was busy helping Boston College win the NCAA championship.

His five postseason goals broke Eddie Mazur's 60-year-old mark for the most playoff goals by a player who had yet to skate in a regular-season game. Though Kreider was used to being a star -- he is a two-time NCAA champion at BC and a goal medalist at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, this was a new kind of fame that found him in a New York minute.


Fisher helping Predators by adding offense

Saturday, 01.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Mike Fisher was talking Thursday to a couple of reporters from Ottawa who have covered much of the 33-year-old center's career.

"Certainly, I've been going well here this last little while," said Fisher, who will celebrate three years with the Nashville Predators on Feb. 10. "Whatever reason, you guys know I've been streaky in the past a little bit. You just take it when it comes."

Lately, Fisher has been doing just that. In Nashville's seven games since Dec. 28, Fisher has four goals and six assists, helping to supply a good deal of the Predators' offense during a 3-2-2 stretch. As a testament to Fisher's streakiness, he had one point in the preceding nine games. The Predators went 3-5-1 during that stretch, a good indication as to what he means to them offensively.


Canucks still developing mindset to finish games

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 12:42 PM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- John Tortorella isn't worrying so much about Xs and Os after watching his Vancouver Canucks give up a goal and blow a lead with the opposing goalie pulled for the fifth time this season.

The first-year Canucks coach dismissed the shootout as a "gimmick" when asked about his team's 4-for-32 futility in the tiebreaker. And he isn't wondering if he has the personnel to beat top teams after giving up 98 shots in weekend losses to the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings that left Vancouver with four wins in 13 games against teams above them in the Western Conference standings.

For Tortorella it's all about a mindset, and in his estimation so far the Canucks haven't developed the right one to beat the best.

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