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Fantasy All-Access: Watch Lightning on waiver wire

Sean McCullen - Staff Writer

Every Monday, staff writer Sean McCullen identifies potential waiver-wire pickups and points out lineup moves and schedule impacts for fantasy hockey.

The Tampa Bay Lightning enter the week 22nd in the NHL in goals per game (2.42).

As improbable as it is that they're in the bottom-third in the League in scoring in mid-November, it's just as unlikely they'll be outside the top 10 at the end of the season. There's too much talent on that roster.

Now is the time to pounce, whether it be in a trade or on waivers, and ride the Lightning to fantasy glory.

Ovi goes for record again; Rangers seek 10th in row

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 3:00 AM / Weekly Primer

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

It appeared on two occasions in the Washington Capitals' past three games that captain Alex Ovechkin scored to set the record for most NHL goals scored by a Russian-born player. Each time, though, the apparent goal was taken away following a video review.

Ovechkin will get another chance to pass Sergei Fedorov when the Capitals face the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports).

Ovechkin has 483 goals in 775 NHL games, the most of any player since he entered the League in 2005. Fedorov had 483 in 1,248 games with the Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Capitals.

"I haven't talked to him about it, but the best advice I can give him is to play your normal game," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "He's scored a gazillion goals in this league, and to our team: Don't look for Ovi to score that goal. Don't overpass. He's scored a lot of goals. Play the way we play, and I guarantee you, he will score that goal, and he'll score many after that."

Devils' Zajac emerging as two-way threat under Hynes

Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac has relished his role as a dual threat this season under the direction of first-year coach John Hynes.

Not that Zajac, 30, didn't serve that all-purpose role in his previous nine seasons with the Devils, but there's something different about him these days.

Zajac not only ranks among the top five in the NHL in shooting percentage with six goals on 21 shots (28.6 percent), but he's on pace to surpass his career-high of 25 goals set during the 2009-10 season.

Team North America adds Cooper, DeBoer, Tippett

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 5:40 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Jon Cooper, Peter DeBoer, Dave Tippett and Jay Woodcroft were named assistant coaches for Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Friday by the NHL and NHL Players' Association.

Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan will serve as the head coach. He said he liked that the assistant coaches have extensive experience working with younger players. Team North America will consist of players from the United States and Canada who will be age 23 or younger as of Oct. 1, 2016.

"A lot of experience, international experience," McLellan said. "Coaches that have been around a lot of young players for a while. I look at [Tippett on Thursday against the Oilers] having [Anthony] Duclair and [Max] Domi and a growing [Oliver] Ekman-Larsson, those type of players. [Cooper] with his group in Tampa. Peter DeBoer has some young players that he's had in the past both in Florida and New Jersey. The comfort of working with those people that I've been involved with in the past, we're excited about it."

Bruins forward Marchand fined for roughing

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 3:42 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORKBoston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for roughing Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog during NHL Game No. 230 in Boston on Thursday, Nov. 12, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 5:46 of the second period. Marchand was assessed a minor penalty for roughing.

The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Avalanche forward Landeskog suspended two games

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 3:41 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand during NHL Game No. 230 in Boston on Thursday, Nov. 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 5:46 of the second period. Landeskog was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.

Fantasy Friday (the 13th): The unlucky players

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

Friday the 13th is a day considered to be an unlucky day by those who are superstitious. And considering most NHL players are extremely superstitious (from what they eat on game days, to how they get their equipment on, to how they warm up before games and much more), I felt it would be appropriate to look at some of the unluckiest players in fantasy hockey from this season.

Here are five players that have experienced bad luck in some fashion:

Team North America names assistant coaches for World Cup of Hockey 2016

Cooper, DeBoer, Tippett and Woodcroft appointed to coaching staff

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 11:00 AM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

NHL Public Relations

TORONTO/NEW YORK – The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today the appointment of Team North America's Assistant Coaches: Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning), Peter DeBoer (San Jose Sharks), Dave Tippett (Arizona Coyotes) and Jay Woodcroft (Edmonton Oilers). The four assistant coaches will report to Team North America General Manager Peter Chiarelli (Edmonton Oilers), Associate General Manager Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks) and Head Coach Todd McLellan (Edmonton Oilers).

"We are excited to announce Team North America's assistant coaches for the World Cup of Hockey 2016," said Chiarelli. "Jon, Peter, Dave and Jay are great additions to our staff and their tremendous experience will go a long way in helping our young players have a successful tournament."

Avalanche's Landeskog to have Player Safety hearing

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 10:51 AM / Department of Player Safety News

Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog will have a hearing Friday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head of Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand during a 3-2 Colorado win Thursday at TD Garden in Boston.

Landeskog received a match penalty for an illegal hit to the head at 5:46 of the second period.

Marchand received a minor penalty for roughing on the play but otherwise remained in the game.

Ovechkin impresses former Capitals standout Bondra

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

David Satriano - Staff Writer

If there's anyone who knows what Alex Ovechkin is going through, it's Peter Bondra.

Ovechkin has been the face of the Washington Capitals for the past decade, a role he took over from Bondra, who scored 472 goals and had 825 points in 13-plus seasons in Washington, each a Capitals record until Ovechkin broke it last season.

"I see him all the time," Bondra said Wednesday, shortly after being named a scout for Team Europe for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. "We talk. I congratulated him so many times because he passed a couple of my records, so I was in the locker room a couple times as well."

The No. 1 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Ovechkin has scored 50 or more goals in six of his first 10 seasons in the League. He will have a chance to score his 484th career goal and move past Hockey Hall of Fame member Sergei Fedorov for the most by a Russian-born player in NHL history when the Capitals host the Calgary Flames on Friday (7 p.m. ET; SNW, CSN-DC).

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It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.

— Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after breaking the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings
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