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Bruins' Bergeron preseason pick for Selke Trophy

Saturday, 10.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

David Satriano - Staff Writer

Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has won the Selke Trophy each of the past two seasons and three of the past four. A win this season would tie him with Hockey Hall of Fame member Bob Gainey for the most all-time. And with the way Bergeron has excelled in the defensive aspects of the game the past five seasons, it's no surprise he is the preseason favorite for the Selke Trophy for the 2015-16 season.

Enhanced statistics have become the norm in the NHL, and Bergeron has been at the top of most of the important categories. His shot-attempts percentage (SAT%) last season at 5-on-5 was 58.09, which was sixth among forwards to play at least 50 games. Bergeron's SAT Relative, a ratio of his on-ice SAT% vs. his off-ice SAT%, was second at 8.9 percent.

Bergeron led the League in faceoff winning percentage at .602 while taking (1,951) and winning (1,175) the most faceoffs in the League.

Ducks hoping additions lead to Stanley Cup Final

Saturday, 10.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams.

ANAHEIM -- Change is good for the Anaheim Ducks.

At least that was the thinking of general manager Bob Murray, who brought in four forwards, a defenseman and a goalie after the Ducks fell one win short of the Stanley Cup Final last season.

Some of those moves were because of the NHL salary cap. But Murray never is satisfied when it comes to upgrading his team's roster. Will it be improved enough to get Anaheim to the Cup Final in 2015-16? That will be played out during the coming months.

The players understood the changes and liked them in what has been an all-business training camp.

"The pieces [Murray] brought in are definitely pieces of the puzzle that we need to get over the hump to move forward," said forward Corey Perry. "The guys have come in and jelled well together. Everybody's getting along with everyone. Everybody's kind of fitting in. That's kind of the atmosphere we want here."

Stewart's ability to contribute among Ducks' X-factors

Saturday, 10.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- There are not a lot of question marks with the Anaheim Ducks lineup. They remain deep at all positions after replacing integral pieces from a roster that last season reached the Western Conference Final.

Here are three X-factors showing how some of those lesser-known pieces could make significant impacts for Anaheim this season:

Blues feel pieces are in place for long postseason

Saturday, 10.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Louie Korac - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams.

ST. LOUIS -- It's business as usual for the St. Louis Blues as they enter the 2015-16 season.

Business as usual from a standpoint of continuing regular-season success, which has been a staple the past four seasons under coach Ken Hitchcock; their 389 points are more than any other team.

But despite all the regular-season success, the Blues have one Stanley Cup Playoff series win to show for it, including last season's loss to the Minnesota Wild in a Western Conference First Round series.

Change was expected during the offseason, but much of the core remains in place. The biggest change was the acquisition of right wing Troy Brouwer, goalie prospect Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from the Washington Capitals for right wing T.J. Oshie.

With a few other minor alterations, the Blues feel they're in a good position to be among the Stanley Cup contenders again. And with a new season starting Oct. 8, Hitchcock, who signed a one-year contract May 26, wants his players looking ahead and not back.

Picking No. 1 goalie, Stastny among Blues' X-factors

Saturday, 10.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Louie Korac - Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues want to prove they are more than just a regular-season success.

Here are three X-factors that will impact whether the Blues can have success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and reward a fan base that has been waiting for a Stanley Cup for 49 years:

Who's on the hot seat in the Eastern Conference

Saturday, 10.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

John Kreiser - Managing Editor continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which begins Wednesday, Oct. 7.

With the start of another season days away, the pressure is already starting to build for some players who know they'll have to be big-time producers for their teams to push for a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs or contend for a championship.

Here's a look at a player from each of the 16 teams in the Eastern Conference who'll be under pressure to perform as soon as the puck drops:

2015 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off Prohibited Items

Friday, 10.02.2015 / 10:46 AM / 2015 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

2015 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off screening guidelines/guidance are listed below.

In order to increase the efficiency of the screening process, fans should keep the following in mind before they arrive at the venue entrance:

- Minimize the number of personal items you bring to the venue.

- Remove from your clothing and belongings all items that may trigger a hand wand's alarm.

- Hold those items in your hand or, as a better option, place them in a gallon-size clear bag.

In most cases, security screeners will have plastic bins into which those items can be placed while fans are being screened by security using hand wands.

- If the an alarm sounds, you will be subject to a secondary screening, which may slow your entry into the venue.

The NHL bag policy has not changed: ALL PERMITTED BAGS MUST BE THOROUGHLY SEARCHED. (Some venues may provide separate screening lanes for patrons without bags.)

Daily fantasy advice for DraftKings NHL contests

Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider

From television and Internet advertisements to social media trends and even subway billboards, daily fantasy sports surrounds us every day. It's the wave of the future.

Every day is a new season in #DFS (the popular hashtag used to distinguish this fantasy format), so it doesn't warrant the level of commitment of traditional season-long leagues. Daily contests involve far greater attention to injuries, starting goalie updates and line combinations leading up to games, because it all comes down to performance on the night of the contest you join. Once the puck drops, you're glued to your smartphone or laptop for scoring plays involving your players.

Predators expect familiarity, defense to take them far

Friday, 10.02.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Robby Stanley - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams.

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators had a breakout 2014-15 after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs the two previous seasons, finishing second in the Central Division with 104 points but they were eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference First Round.

The Predators' offseason consisted of a few minor moves, mainly to add depth to their forward group.

"I'm really glad we only made a couple of potential changes to our roster because we've made so many changes in the past several years," Predators general manager David Poile said. "I liked our team last year; I like our team this year. You talk about parity, there is no question there's a lot of parity in the National Hockey League. I think there's a lot of good teams. The good news is, I think we're one of those good teams."

Hodgson, Arvidsson among Predators' X-factors

Friday, 10.02.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Robby Stanley - Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators didn't get much offensive production from their third line last season, but they're hoping some new additions will change that in 2015-16.

The forwards are the biggest question mark in Nashville, but they performed well in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs and should get plenty of scoring chances playing in coach Peter Laviolette's up-tempo system.

Here are three X-factors that will impact whether the Predators can build on last season and make a run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

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