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Unmasked: Devils' Schneider dealing with workload

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

As Cory Schneider makes the transition to being an everyday goaltender in the NHL for the first time, a lot of the focus is on the increased workload and the effect a lack of rest can have on him physically.

The New Jersey Devils' new No. 1 goalie started their first 20 games this season, breaking the franchise record set by Martin Brodeur, before finally getting his first night off Saturday against the Calgary Flames. After one day off and one practice, Schneider was back in goal against his former team, the Vancouver Canucks, on Tuesday, and he talked openly about how big the adjustment has been.

Beyond the physical and mental fatigue is a bigger problem, one that jumped out when Schneider returned to Vancouver: As he tries to manage his rest, there is less time to manage his game.

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Predators' Forsberg blossoming into dynamic star

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Rookie forward Filip Forsberg is off to a great start this season for the Nashville Predators and has solidified himself as an early favorite for the Calder Trophy.

Forsberg spent some time with the Predators in each of the past two seasons, playing five games in the 2012-13 season after being traded from the Washington Capitals and playing 13 games in 2013-14. He wasn't able to consistently find a way to produce at the NHL level.

Nashville made the decision to send Forsberg to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League to give him more playing time and the opportunity to develop his two-way game. Forsberg credits his time in Milwaukee as a big factor in the success he's had this season.

"I got to play a lot of games," said Forsberg, who leads all NHL rookies with 22 points and is tied for the lead with nine goals. "We played a lot of [three games in three nights] and you really get a feeling of what it takes to be successful every night. I think that's the most important part of the success I've had so far."

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Bruins' Bergeron off to start deserving of Selke

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

As Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter noted last season, teams that spend a lot of time playing in their own zone in this era of the NHL say they're playing defense but are typically just getting scored or on relying their goaltender to bail them out.

The best defensive players in the NHL are the ones who avoid having to play it a lot. There is a desire to possess the puck, and a player's ability to keep the puck and win it back have become incredibly valuable commodities.

Forwards, particularly centers, who are strong in all areas of the ice help drive the offense and support the defense. Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins has earned a reputation for being one of the best in the sport at this, and he is the favorite to win the Selke Trophy at the three-quarter pole of the 2014-15 season.

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Novak lurking on edge of center pool in 2015 Draft

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO – With the attention being paid to center prospects in the 2015 NHL Draft, it might be easy to lose track of a player like Thomas Novak.

Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, and Dylan Strome have all taken turns in the spotlight already this season, but now Novak is starting to make his mark amongst draft hopefuls and drawing rave reviews from those who have watched him closely.

Novak's road to notoriety is a bit different than many his contemporaries.

He's playing in the United States Hockey League for Waterloo after a three-year stint with St. Thomas Academy in Minnesota.

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Flyers' Giroux launching more shots than ever

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux knows he's the centerpiece of opposition game plans. He sees the best checking forwards and toughest defensemen on the other team 82 games a season.

Despite that he's developed into one of the game's best playmakers during his six full NHL seasons. He's scored 20 goals three times, finished in the top three in the League in points twice and was a Hart Trophy finalist last season.

Most of Giroux's success has come because of his elite-level vision and passing skills.

"I love passing," Giroux said. "I love passing way too much to shoot."

But in order to remain among the game's best, and to continue to confound opponents, Giroux has found a different weapon for his arsenal. As much as he might not like it, Giroux is shooting. A lot.

Giroux is tied with Alex Ovechkin for the League lead with 97 shots on goal.

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Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Nov. 26

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 2:54 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

EASTERN CONFERENCE JOCKEYING

The Penguins, Islanders and Lightning each won Wednesday to move within one point of the Canadiens (16-6-1, 33 points) for top spot in the Eastern Conference:

* The Penguins (15-4-2, 32 points) maintain their spot atop the Metropolitan Division and have two games in hand on the Canadiens.

* At 16-6-0 (32 points), the Islanders are off to the best 22-game start in franchise history and remain tied with the Penguins atop the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh holds one game in hand.

* The Lightning (15-6-2, 32 points) have set new franchise records for wins and points through 23 games and have more regulation and overtime wins than any team in the NHL (ROW = 14).

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Panthers goalie Luongo leaves game with injury

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 12:21 AM / News

Cristina Ledra - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo left the game Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes with an upper-body injury with 9:38 remaining in the second period and did not return.

Al Montoya made 22 saves in relief for a 1-0 win.

Luongo left the game 10:22 into the period. He did not appear to be injured on a specific play but skated to the Panthers bench during a timeout and spoke with coaches before going into the locker room.

Florida coach Gerard Gallant said after the game Luongo’s injury wasn’t serious, based on what the trainers told him, though they would know more about the extent on Thursday.

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Blues' Elliott week-to-week; Brodeur in as tryout

Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 7:09 PM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- With goalie Brian Elliott week-to-week because of a lower-body injury he sustained Tuesday, the St. Louis Blues have announced they will bring in Martin Brodeur on a tryout basis.

Elliott's injury will not require surgery, according to the Blues. With Elliott for an undetermined time frame, St. Louis might turn to Brodeur to help rookie Jake Allen handle the workload.

Brodeur, 42, will join the Blues on Friday for a morning skate prior to their game against the Edmonton Oilers at Scottrade Center. He will continue to practice for at least a week before St. Louis decides whether to offer him a contract.

The Blues also recalled goalie Jordan Binnington from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

"I think we looked at our schedule and we're playing four games a week," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told NHL.com. "We have [Binnington] in the American Hockey League who's just getting his career started. We've got [Niklas Lundstrom with the Alaska Aces] in the East Coast Hockey League who's just getting his career started, and we've got [Allen] in the NHL who's getting his career started.

"In fairness to all three goalies, they need to have some support. Marty offers, depending on how he looks, he offers organizational support. I have a background with him, so we know each other."

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Martin Brodeur to practice with Blues as tryout

Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 6:50 PM / News

Goaltender Martin Brodeur will join the St. Louis Blues for practice on a tryout basis, the team said Wednesday.

General manager Doug Armstrong announced Brodeur will begin practicing with the Blues on Friday. Earlier Wednesday, St. Louis said goaltender Brian Elliott is out week-to-week with a leg injury but will not need surgery after leaving the game Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators.

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Stars' Garbutt to have Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 3:05 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt will have a hearing Thursday afternoon with the Department of Player Safety after an incident with Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall in a game Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.

Garbutt was assessed a two-minute penalty for tripping Hall near center ice. Hall remained in the game.

The Stars won the game 3-2.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: kneeing. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

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