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McLellan to coach Team North America at World Cup

Friday, 10.16.2015 / 4:50 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan enjoyed his time with Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship this past spring, which made accepting the position as coach of Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey an easy decision.

General managers Peter Chiarelli of the Oilers and Stan Bowman of the Chicago Blackhawks, named McLellan coach of Team North America on Friday.

The team will consist of players 23 years old or younger. The tournament will be held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016.

Penguins' Kessel focused on winning, not revenge

Friday, 10.16.2015 / 4:30 PM / NHL Insider

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel said there's no animosity from him toward the Toronto Maple Leafs.

However, Kessel did say he wouldn't mind defeating the team that traded him to Pittsburgh on July 1 when the Penguins play the Maple Leafs on Saturday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; CITY).

Kessel's desire for a win doesn't stem from a need to get one over on Toronto, but from a desire for his new team to win its second consecutive game following its worst start in a decade.

"I've played a bunch of games so it's not a big deal," Kessel said. "Obviously I loved my time in Toronto. I had a great time there. I have a lot of friends there. I love the city. But it's time to move on.

"I don't care [about the media attention he'll receive]. I'm going to do whatever I can to help this team win [Saturday] and try to play my best. And whatever happens, happens."

Maple Leafs have plan to slow down Penguins' Kessel

Friday, 10.16.2015 / 4:30 PM / NHL Insider

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- Goalie James Reimer said Phil Kessel has the best shot in the NHL. Joffrey Lupul said he has a plan to try to stop Kessel.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will face their former teammate for the first time when they play the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, ROOT).

"It'll be interesting," Reimer said. "He's dangerous … so dangerous. He's probably got the best shot in the League. Honestly, I don't think there's anybody better. Just the speed of his release and his accuracy and how heavy his shot is, he's the best. It'll be fun to face him. I faced him lots in practices, but even when you think you knew where he was shooting, he could usually still score."

Sharks' DeBoer thankful for time spent with Devils

Friday, 10.16.2015 / 1:54 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer has no regrets over the three-plus seasons he spent as coach of the New Jersey Devils.

DeBoer returns to Prudential Center on Friday for the first time since being fired by the Devils on Dec. 26, 2014. At that time, the Devils were 12-17-7 and nine points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"I loved every minute of my time with the Devils," DeBoer said. "I loved working for (then-general manager) Lou Lamoriello and my family loved living in the area and still does. When I look back on the experience here I have nothing but great memories and great friends."

Lightning's Nesterov to have Player Safety hearing

Friday, 10.16.2015 / 11:21 AM / Department of Player Safety News

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov have a hearing Friday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a hit on Dallas Stars forward Curtis McKenzie during a game Thursday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Nesterov received a major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct for the hit at 15:56 of the second period. McKenzie left the game with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Super 16: Canadiens' impressive start has them at top

Friday, 10.16.2015 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Take your finger off the panic button and remember two important words:

Sample size.

The early-season challenges have been obvious for four teams with high expectations: the Anaheim Ducks (0-2-1), Los Angeles Kings (0-3-0), Pittsburgh Penguins (0-3-0 going into their game Thursday) and Columbus Blue Jackets (0-4-0).

All four were ranked in the preseason Super 16, including the Ducks at No. 2 and the Penguins at No. 6. Eight of the nine people tabbed as prognosticators predicted the Ducks to win the Pacific Division; five had them representing the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Final; and two had them winning the Cup.

It can still happen; the Ducks, Penguins, Blue Jackets and Kings can have good seasons and make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Three or four games do not make a season, even if these teams have looked dreadful in those three or four games.

Again, remember, sample size.

Devils forward Tootoo fined for dangerous trip

Thursday, 10.15.2015 / 12:40 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NEW YORKNew Jersey Devils forward Jordin Tootoo has been fined $2,217.74, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for a dangerous trip of Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones during NHL Game No. 37 in Newark on Tuesday, October 13, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 7:55 of the third period. Tootoo was assessed a minor penalty for tripping on the play.

The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Fantasy top 30 goalies: Coyotes' Smith rebounding

Thursday, 10.15.2015 / 12:05 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

David Satriano - Fantasy Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, fantasy hockey staff writer David Satriano provides in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trending players and more, Satriano is your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.

A week into the season, we've already seen some surprises. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings are among the winless teams; the Vancouver Canucks, Arizona Coyotes and San Jose Sharks have yet to lose in regulation.

There's been good, bad and just plain ugly. But one player who has been better than good is Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.

Three games may be a small sample size, but Smith allowed one goal in each of his first two starts, making 40 saves against the Los Angeles Kings and 27 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on back-to-back nights last week. He followed that up with a 37-save shutout against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. It was his first shutout since March 2014.

EPIX, NHL reunite for second season of 'EPIX Presents Road To The NHL Winter Classic'

New season premieres on EPIX December 16; Series follows Bruins & Canadiens; Free live stream of each episode available to U.S. audiences via,

NEW YORK -- Premium TV network EPIX and the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that EPIX Presents Road To The NHL Winter Classic™ will be returning to the channel and will make its U.S. television premiere Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 10pm ET/PT, 9C. The weekly series, consisting of four one-hour episodes, will focus on the heated rivalry between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens as they prepare for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on New Year's Day 2016. This will be the second year that EPIX and the NHL® team up for this all-access look inside the lives of these elite professional athletes, their families and their fans. In addition, U.S. hockey fans will be able to stream each episode of EPIX Presents Road To The NHL Winter Classic™ live as it premieres on EPIX via and

Coyotes' marketing campaign attempts to reel in fans

Thursday, 10.15.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The Arizona Coyotes want you to know about who they are now, not who they used to be. They want you to know why jumping on their bandwagon will be worth the ride.

The Coyotes began sending those messages this month through a rebranding marketing campaign that attempts to prove they're reinventing themselves as a young and exciting team that isn't relocating and requests your attention.

Arizona has rolled out a 30-second television spot, a 96-second short film to run in Phoenix-area movie theaters, new digital experiences on its website and social media platforms, and an extensive community outreach program tying it in with the youth and amateur hockey programs in the Valley.

The campaign's focus is that the Coyotes and their fans are different, different is cool, and if you're not willing to jump on board, then it's your loss.

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