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Fantasy MVP for each NHL team at All-Star break

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

The All-Star break is a great time to recognize the most valuable fantasy player from each NHL team. Some were expected to be there; others have been surprises.

Since standard Yahoo leagues count six categories for skaters (goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes, power-play points and shots on goal) and four for goalies (wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts), the most accurate way to evaluate fantasy production over a particular time frame is to use Yahoo's performance-based rankings.

Unlike NHL.com's fantasy rankings, Yahoo's do not have future production in mind. These ranks evaluate how each player's statistical coverage stacks up to his peers, and can be used to identify the most valuable players for each team based on fantasy production to this point in the season. Each player is listed with his position(s) of eligibility and overall rank entering the break.

All-Star Game's 3-on-3 format will challenge goalies

Friday, 01.29.2016 / 3:00 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

The NHL All-Star Game never really has been kind to goaltenders.

With all the focus on skill, speed and scoring, and little emphasis on backchecking and defense, high-scoring games are the norm. So what can the guys charged with keeping pucks out of the net expect from the new 3-on-3 format being used Sunday in the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports)? With even more time and space, how will goalies approach this?

"Just survive," Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne said with a laugh. "When you think about 3-on-3 with all the best players, there's not going to be a lot of defending to help the goalie. So you just try to have fun with it."

Super 16: Only constant is change

Friday, 01.29.2016 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Not counting the preseason poll, this week marks the 16th Super 16 of the season. The weekly poll made its 2015-16 debut Oct. 16 and has been a staple of your weekly reading on NHL.com every Friday.

With it being 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, the break in the action provides the time to look back at how the rankings have played out this season.

To say they've been steady would be, well, incorrect.

Twenty-five of the 30 teams have been ranked at one point or another this season. Five teams have been ranked in every Super 16.

Capitals' Trotz returns to Nashville for All-Star Game

Friday, 01.29.2016 / 3:00 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- If Barry Trotz isn't the founding father of hockey in Nashville, he's pretty close.

Now in his second season with the Washington Capitals, Trotz gets to return to where it all started this weekend as coach of the Metropolitan Division in the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The trip provides an opportunity for Trotz to reflect on how far things have come for the Nashville Predators and the city.

"To me, it'll be sort of fulfilling in the fact that when I started there back in '97, to be honest with you, we didn't know if we were going to make it or not in a nontraditional market," Trotz said. "The franchise is healthy. And the city, they'll do a fantastic show. I was there from Day One and I will tell you that they will probably put on the best All-Star Game the NHL has ever seen."

Poile proposes Ruff put four Predators on ice together

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 9:12 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators general manager David Poile doesn't typically like to meddle in the coach's business, but he had a suggestion for Lindy Ruff, who will coach the Central Division in the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"He has an opportunity in a 3-on-3 format to put four players from one team all on the ice at the same time," Poile said. "Maybe he should try that."

Ruff, the Dallas Stars coach, has that opportunity now because Predators forward James Neal was added to the Central Division roster as a replacement for Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews on Thursday. Neal joins Predators goalie Pekka Rinne and defensemen Roman Josi and Shea Weber on the Central Division team.

NHL, Nashville kick off All-Star Weekend

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 8:52 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NASHVILLE -- Set on a concert series stage erected on Demonbreun Street across from the County Music Hall of Fame and Museum and surrounded by buildings and land that were nothing more than parking lots when the Nashville Predators opened for business 18 years ago, the NHL and the city of Nashville officially kicked off 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend on Thursday in a manner befitting the style and culture in this city.

The festivities kicked off with a guitar being handed out as a gift, a free live concert from a local band that's made it big and one of country music's biggest stars on stage to introduce them.

"What an incredible setup, what an incredible beginning to All-Star Weekend," said NHL Commissioner Bettman, who received the guitar from Nashville Mayor Megan Barry. "The planning that the city of Nashville with the Predators and the local organizing committee and Bridgestone have done is nothing short of phenomenal. People are going to be thrilled to be part of this weekend."

Bure eager to see creativity, skill of All-Star Weekend

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 2:40 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

NHL.com

Pavel Bure is excited about the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). He says he can't wait to see the new 3-on-3 format in action.

"The NHL always tries to be creative and changes things around when it comes to the All-Star Game," Bure said in his latest blog on NHL.com/ru. "The League wants to make sure that the fans enjoy watching it."

Fan Fair provides perfect start to All-Star Weekend

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 2:24 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

NASHVILLE -- The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend started Thursday with the opening of the 2016 NHL Fan Fair presented by Bridgestone at the Music City Center, a state-of-the-art exhibit hall across the street from Bridgestone Arena, the site of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Fan Fair is a 250,000-square-foot festival of all things hockey. It features dozens of attractions, exhibits, activities and experiences that appeal to fans of all ages and will run from Thursday to Sunday.

"For us it is more than the weekend," Predators president and CEO Sean Henry said. "The celebration started when we announced the game 18 months ago and really picked up when we opened the outdoor rink [across the street]. And now, today, we really begin to have the fun."

NHL to host second annual 'Mascot Showdown'

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 1:44 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

NHL Public Relations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The National Hockey League will host the second annual NHL Mascot Showdown™ featuring all 26 NHL Mascots™ during the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star festivities in Nashville, Jan. 28-31. Thirteen Western Conference Mascots, led by the Nashville's own Gnash™, will face 13 Eastern Conference Mascots, led by Columbus Blue Jackets' Stinger™, in four days of friendly but fierce competition, including an all-mascot NHL All-Star Game prior to the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ at Bridgestone Arena.

The NHL Mascot Showdown™ is one of the most anticipated events at 2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone inside Music City Center. All 26 NHL Mascots™ (not every NHL team has its own mascot) will showcase their hockey skills and athletic prowess, offering family-friendly fun for fans of all ages. NHL in-arena host Mike Todd will handle play-by-play duties for each event. Select young fans in attendance will be able to take part in the warm up and stretching session prior to each planned event.

Fantasy goalies: Hurricanes' Lack pushes for No. 1 job

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

David Satriano - NHL.com Fantasy Staff Writer

Eddie Lack's first season with the Carolina Hurricanes has been a bumpy ride. He was splitting time with Cam Ward and struggled to string together successive solid starts.

But that trend changed when Ward was diagnosed with a concussion, forcing him to miss Carolina's past four games. Lack (25 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) is 3-1-0 with two shutouts since Ward went down, making 32 saves in a 1-0 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 21 and 26 saves in a 5-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

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