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The Front Line: MacKinnon leads valuable rookie crop

Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Last season, Nail Yakupov (Edmonton Oilers) and Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers) led all rookie forwards with 31 points in 48 games, or .65 points per game. Brendan Gallagher (Montreal Canadiens) averaged .64 and Cory Conacher (Tampa Bay Lightning/Ottawa Senators) averaged .62. Four rookies exceeded the .60 points-per-game mark.

At this point in 2013-14, just like last season, four rookies currently average at least .60 points per game.

Nathan MacKinnon
Center - COL
GOALS: 20 | ASST: 21 | PTS: 41
SOG: 160 | +/-: 12
Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) leads the group at .75 points per game with 41 points in 55 games. Tomas Hertl (San Jose Sharks) averages .71, but he has appeared in just 35 games and his future for this season is in jeopardy due to knee surgery. Tyler Johnson (Lightning) has 35 points while appearing in all 55 games, good for .64 points per game. Lastly is Chris Kreider (New York Rangers), who has 30 points in 49 games, or .61 points per game.

All four rookies have been valuable fantasy assets this season and a couple could continue to have success for the remainder of the season.

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Daily Primer Feb. 4: Bruins set to host Canucks

Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Vancouver Canucks admittedly need some type of spark. Perhaps a game against the Boston Bruins will do the trick.

The combatants from the 2011 Stanley Cup Final meet for the third time since then, the second time this season, at TD Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, SNET-P, NESN).

"There's still guys that were big parts of that Final that are still on the same team," Bruins forward Milan Lucic said, according to the Milford (Mass.) Daily News. "I think that's what makes this rivalry continue."

The return Monday of coach John Tortorella and captain Henrik Sedin from suspension and injury, respectively, did little to change the Canucks' recent fortunes. They lost their fourth in a row, 2-0, at the Detroit Red Wings, managing three shots in the third period of what was a one-goal game until an empty-netter.

Vancouver defeated Boston 6-2 on Dec. 14. Since then, the Canucks, at the time 20-10-5, have gone 7-11-4.

Here is a look at all the games Tuesday:

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Five Questions: Backes set for another run at gold

Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features St. Louis Blues captain and U.S. Olympic center David Backes:

David Backes has a second chance at what he always envisioned as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

As much as Backes, the captain of the St. Louis Blues, is preparing for three more games at Scottrade Center before the NHL's Olympic break, he's also thinking about boarding his flight out of Newark, N.J., to Sochi, Russia on Sunday. After winning the silver medal as the United States' tough-guy center in 2010, Backes is now part of the leadership core for the team that will wear the red, white and blue in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

He won't have a letter on his sweater (those belong to captain Zach Parise and alternates Ryan Suter and Dustin Brown), but if the Americans make a run at gold later this month Backes will most certainly be a big part of it.

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Flames' Granlund ready to make his mark

Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 3:00 AM / In the Pipeline

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

ABBOTSFORD -- Calgary Flames prospect Markus Granlund always will be the younger brother of Mikael Granlund, who is a year older and was picked a round earlier by the Minnesota Wild.

The big question is whether Markus always will be known as Mikael's little brother. Midway through his first season in North America, the Flames think their Granlund might just escape that shadow.

Mikael, who was taken ninth in the 2010 NHL Draft, has five goals and 28 points in 44 games in his second NHL season. Markus, picked in the second round (No. 45) by Calgary in 2011, leads the Abbotsford Heat and all American Hockey League rookies with 19 goals, and his 34 points in 41 games rank second in team scoring and fifth among rookies.

"A young star in the waiting," Heat coach Troy Ward said.

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Fantasy All-Access: Gearing up for Olympic break

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

The NHL takes a break starting this weekend to allow some of your fantasy players to compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Some big-time point producers will be staying home but have been helping fantasy teams since not being named to their country's respective Olympic teams.

New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo has nine goals and 18 points since being left off the U.S. roster on Jan. 1. Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux has five goals and 14 points since being left off Canada's roster on Jan. 7, while Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis has eight goals and 15 points. His teammate, defenseman Victor Hedman, has 11 assists and 14 points since not being named to Sweden's roster and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has nine points since being left off the U.S. team. New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider has allowed more than two goals once in 10 starts since not being named as the third U.S. goalie.

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Kevin Roy brings Beanpot hope to Northeastern

Monday, 02.03.2014 / 10:43 AM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- It's been a long drought since the Northeastern University Huskies won the Beanpot Tournament, played annually the first two Mondays in February in Boston since 1952.

Twenty-six years to be exact.

If a 5-foot-10, 170-pound kid from Lac-Beauport, Quebec -- and his NU teammates -- can replicate last season's Beanpot effort in the first round, the second Monday this February could be a historic date in the school's long and storied hockey history.

Last February Kevin Roy, then a freshman, pumped home three goals in the first-round game against Boston University, punching Northeastern's ticket to a Boston bragging-rights shot against Boston College in the championship game.

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Daily Primer Feb. 3: Tortorella returns for Canucks

Monday, 02.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Vancouver Canucks won twice during coach John Tortorella's 15-day suspension, but they will have their bench boss back Monday night.

Tortorella is set to return when Vancouver faces the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m. ET (SNET-P, FS-D+).

Here's a closer look at the action Monday:

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Jets' Maurice: Olympic ice won't make big difference

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 4:11 PM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- There is a widely held assumption that a big factor at the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be the ability of each team to adjust to the international ice surface.

Montreal Canadiens center and Czech Olympic team captain Tomas Plekanec went so far as to say that hockey on international ice, which is 15 feet wider than NHL rinks, is "a completely different sport."

You can count Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice among those that may disagree with Plekanec's description.

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Daily Primer Feb. 2: Rematch in Washington

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Two teams in desperate need of points will face each other in front of a national-TV audience Sunday afternoon.

The Washington Capitals, who have fallen into seventh place in the Metropolitan Division, return home to face the Detroit Red Wings at Verizon Center (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, NHLN-CA). The Capitals (24-22-9) are two points behind the Red Wings (24-19-11) after Detroit beat Washington 4-3 in a shootout at Joe Louis Arena on Friday.

Here's a closer look at the action Sunday:

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Analysis: February could define Ovechkin's career

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Russian forward Alex Ovechkin is a week away from arriving at a cauldron already bubbling on his native soil, where the opportunity for a career-defining moment is waiting near a resort city on the coast of the Black Sea.

Canada's Sidney Crosby vividly remembers what that felt like four years ago when the sports world turned its collective eye to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and a hockey-mad nation looked to No. 87 and his teammates for validation.

"In some ways you have to embrace it," Crosby told NHL.com. "You want to win so bad and you know the expectation is exactly that. You have to remind yourself that that's why you're a hockey player, you want to be in those situations because everyone does care that much and they are so passionate about it.

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I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the OT winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round