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Wild forward Parise skates, working toward return

Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 5:53 PM / News

NHL.com

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise was on the ice during the morning skate Saturday and could return to play as soon as Wednesday at the Vancouver Canucks.

The Wild game Saturday against the Nashville Predators (8 p.m., ET; FS-TN, FS-N) will be Parise's seventh missed with an MCL sprain; he hasn't played since Nov. 5.

Wild coach Mike Yeo said Parise was scheduled to meet with doctors on Saturday to see if he would be cleared for contact.

"It's the first step obviously, and I talked to him out there, and it's very different from the controlled skates that he's been in," Yeo told the Wild website. "Morning skates are pretty light."


Injured Sharks forward Couture skates in full gear

Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 1:30 PM / News

NHL.com

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture skated Saturday in full gear for the first time since having surgery to repair a fractured fibula on Oct. 17.

Couture was injured during practice on Oct. 15. The Sharks announced a time frame of 4-6 weeks for his return.

Couture, who skated Thursday in Philadelphia wearing sweatpants, worked out after the Sharks ended the morning skate Saturday prior to playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; ROOT, CSN-CA).

"That was the first day of skating pretty good, just doing some conditioning," Couture told CSN. "It's cliché, but it's day-by-day. [If] it reacts well we go a step further. I couldn't tell you what the plan is for tomorrow yet."

Around the League notebook: Friday, Nov. 20

Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 12:55 AM / News

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PETRY, BEAULIEU LEAD CANADIENS TO TOP OF CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Defensemen Jeff Petry (2-0—2) and Nathan Beaulieu (1-1—2) each had two points as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Islanders and improved to 15-4-2 (32 points).

* Montreal’s 15 wins and 32 points lead the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens also tied the Dallas Stars (16-4-0, 32 points) in terms of standings points for the best record in the NHL.

* Petry posted his first career multiple-goal game; Beaulieu had his first career multi-point game.

* In his first appearance since Oct. 29 at EDM, Carey Price made 33 saves to improve to 8-2-0 (2.11 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO). Per Elias, Price is the ninth goaltender in franchise history to earn eight or more wins in his first 10 games of a season. Last: Ken Dryden (8-1-1) in 1977-78.

Canadiens goalie Price returns, shakes off rust for win

Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 12:04 AM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Carey Price's first game in three weeks went as expected for the Montreal Canadiens goalie. Some good, some bad, and a win.

"When you're out of action for a while it takes a bit of time to catch up," Price said after making 33 saves in a 5-3 win against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Friday. "Definitely a good game to get your feet wet again."

Price hadn't played since Oct. 29. Mike Condon started nine consecutive games with Price out of the lineup because of a lower-body injury.

Blue Jackets win with four defensemen after injuries

Friday, 11.20.2015 / 11:16 PM / News

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets lost defensemen Fedor Tyutin and Cody Goloubef to upper-body injuries in the first period against the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena on Friday yet won 4-0.

The Blue Jackets, who lost 3-0 at the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, had four defensemen for the final two periods.

"Four D on back-to-back nights," defenseman Ryan Murray said. "It's a great challenge for us. That's what you live for. That's why you play hockey, for these challenges."

Stars' Klingberg coming of age as two-way D-man

Friday, 11.20.2015 / 4:44 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- John Klingberg is making this look easy.

Through 20 games, the second-year Dallas Stars defenseman leads the NHL with 18 assists, is tied for the League lead with a plus-13 rating, and is tied for fourth with 22 points.

Not bad for someone who is 23 years old.

"Obviously [my start] has been pretty good offensively. I've been having a lot of assists, obviously playing with good players who score goals, and the power play has been good too," Klingberg said Friday.

AHL All-Star Challenge to feature 3-on-3 tournament

Friday, 11.20.2015 / 12:08 PM / News

NHL.com

The 2016 Toyota American Hockey League All-Star Challenge will feature a four-team, 3-on-3 tournament format, the AHL announced Friday.

The AHL All-Star Challenge will be held Feb. 1 at the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse, N.Y.

The league's all-stars will be divided into four teams, one representing each of the league's divisions, Atlantic, North, Central and Pacific.

Hockey skills of Texans' Watt impressive to NFL foe

Friday, 11.20.2015 / 12:04 PM / News

NHL.com

Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt has impressed during his NFL career with his ability to rush the passer. The Texans' opponent this week, the New York Jets, are also impressed by his ability to rush the puck.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson, an offensive lineman for the Jets who could face Watt a lot Sunday, told ESPN.com in a story published Friday that beyond the All-Pro accolades Watt has received for his play on the field, it's his hockey abilities that stood out.

Ferguson had seen a video posted to YouTube of Watt at a University of Wisconsin summer hockey event. Watt picks up the puck at center ice, skates to just above the hash marks, pulls up and rockets a slap shot into the net as the goalie jumped out of the way.

Fantasy Friday: The curious case of Anze Kopitar

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

The Los Angeles Kings finished the 2013-14 season with 100 points, sixth most in the Western Conference. Center Anze Kopitar led the team with 29 goals, 41 assists, 70 points and a plus-34 rating during the regular season. He recorded another 26 points in 26 playoff games en route to the team's second Stanley Cup in three years.

The 29 goals and 70 points weren't career-highs for Kopitar, but he finished the season as the 15th ranked fantasy player in Yahoo leagues because of his well-balanced statistical coverage across the board.

Last season, Kopitar struggled out of the gate. He had just three points in his first 11 games and 12 in his first 25 games overall. Kopitar, a likely top-20 overall fantasy pick heading into this season, had been on pace for under 40 points over a full season at that time.

What NHL community is saying about Alex Ovechkin

Friday, 11.20.2015 / 11:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin became the all-time leading goal scorer among Russian players in the NHL on Thursday night by scoring No. 484 in a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.

Ovechkin passed center Sergei Fedorov, who had 483 goals in 1,248 games. Ovechkin has played 777 games. Fedorov was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last week. Ovechkin may very well be on his way there.

Here is a sample of what people around the hockey community are saying about Ovechkin as he approaches his next milestone, 500 goals:

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