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Stars' Garbutt faces Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 10:54 AM / Department of Player Safety News

Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt will have a hearing Thursday morning with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a slew-footing incident with the Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien during a game Tuesday at American Airlines Arena.

Garbutt and Byfuglien were pursuing a puck in the Winnipeg end when Garbutt knocked down Byfuglien at 13:22 of the third period. Garbutt was assessed a minor penalty for tripping. Byfuglien remained in the game.

The Jets won the game 5-2.

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Wild's Scandella faces Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 10:45 AM / Department of Player Safety News

Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella will have a hearing Wednesday night with the NHL Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson during a game Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center.

Nelson was pursuing a puck in the Minnesota zone when Scandella hit Nelson at 17:32 of the third period. Scandella was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head. Nelson remained in the game.

The Wild won the game 5-4.

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Blue Jackets' Goloubef off IR, Rychel sent to AHL

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 9:33 AM / News

ColumbusBlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Cody Goloubef off Injured Reserve and loaned him to the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons on a conditioning assignment, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The club also has assigned left wing Kerby Rychel to Springfield.

Goloubef, 24, collected two penalty minutes in three games this season with the Blue Jackets before suffering a knee injury on November 1 at New Jersey. The Oakville, Ontario native was Columbus' second pick, 37th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft and played in five games with the Blue Jackets in 2013-14, while adding 7-21-28 with 98 penalty minutes with Springfield in 2013-14. He has 18-52-70 and 232 penalty minutes in 198 career AHL games with the Falcons.

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Five things to watch in Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Detroit Red Wings haven't missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in more than two decades, the longest active streak in the NHL. With the way things are looking, it appears as though the Red Wings will still be playing when the regular season concludes in April.

Coach Mike Babcock and the Red Wings have won eight of their past 10 games and are atop the Atlantic Division heading into this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA SPORTS).

The Maple Leafs will be playing their second game in as many nights after a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday. This is the first of two games between these Original Six rivals this week; Toronto will host Detroit on Saturday.

"It's always a great atmosphere, it's always a lot of fun with the 'Let's Go Red Wings' and the 'Go Leafs Go' chants," Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard told the Red Wings website Tuesday. "It always makes for like a playoff atmosphere. It'll be no different [Wednesday]."

Here are five things to watch in the game between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings:

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Capitals' Wilson is thriving after move to first line

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Alex Ovechkin and Barry Trotz think Tom Wilson can be to the Washington Capitals what Milan Lucic already is to the Boston Bruins.

Ovechkin said he envisions a time in the near future when he, center Nicklas Backstrom and Wilson, who is 20 years old, resemble Boston's former top line with Lucic, center David Krejci and either Nathan Horton or Jarome Iginla.

"He's young and people don't know him well, but he's going to score two or three goals and people are going to put more attention on him and it's going to take attention away from me and [Backstrom]," Ovechkin told NHL.com. "Everybody is going to know that this line can produce no matter who is with the puck. He's still learning. We're helping him a lot. We talk and say what we have to do and what he has to do."

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Howard's strong play has Red Wings in contention

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Paul Harris - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- If you ask Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard what he is doing differently this season than in 2013-14, his response is "Nothing."

But, he adds, there is one difference.

Jimmy Howard
Goalie - DET
RECORD: 13-5-4
GAA: 2.21 | SVP: .917
"Just feel healthy, that's the biggest thing. I put in the work in the summertime," Howard said. "It [health] gives you the confidence to go out there and do your job."

Howard is 13-5-4 with a 2.21 goals-against average and .917 save percentage for Detroit, which has won seven of its past eight games. The Red Wings are 17-6-5 and on top of the Atlantic Division with 39 points heading into the Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA SPORTS).

Last season, Howard, 30, slumped with a 2.66 GAA after 2.12 and 2.13 the previous two seasons. He was hampered throughout 2013-14 with groin and shoulder injuries.

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Groulx focused on Canada selection-camp process

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Canadian National Junior Team coach Benoit Groulx has made it clear the type of player he feels will fit his profile to serve on the final roster for the country at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

He'll begin the arduous process of forming that 22-man unit Thursday when Hockey Canada's selection camp begins in earnest with a practice at MasterCard Centre in Toronto. Groulx will hold practices Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The team will hold a morning skate Saturday before traveling to Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto for an exhibition match against CIS at 7 p.m. ET.

What type of player is Groulx seeking in attempt to end a five-year gold medal drought at the tournament?

"Recent history has shown us that being a hundred-point guy on a first line is no longer enough at the Juniors," Groulx said. "Our players have to raise their game. These are players who will one day be in the National Hockey League. They have the talent, but can they elevate their play? That's the message we're sending. The level we've competed at these last few years simply wasn't enough."

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Wild's Ballard injured; Islanders' Halak misses start

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:24 AM / News

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard left the game Tuesday against the New York Islanders midway through the second period after hit from left wing Matt Martin.

Ballard left with 11:56 left in the second after being driven hard into the boards by Martin. A stretcher was sent on to the ice, but Ballard was able to get up and headed to the dressing room with the help of the Wild training staff.

Ballard is conscious and was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for further evaluation and observation, according to the Wild.

Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak was forced to miss his scheduled start because of an upper-body injury.

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Canadiens shine spotlight on Beliveau's seat

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:18 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens have sold out Bell Centre for 422 consecutive games.

All 383 regular-season games and 39 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs dating to Jan. 8, 2004 were officially listed as a sellout, a streak that is one month short of 11 years.

The streak was snapped Tuesday.

The official attendance for the Canadiens' 3-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks was listed as 21,286, one short of capacity, to account for the empty aisle seat in Row EE in Section 102, three rows behind the Montreal bench.

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Lightning forward Stamkos scores 250th goal in loss

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:08 AM / News

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored his 250th NHL goal 47 seconds into the second period against the Washington Capitals at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

Stamkos took a centering pass from Ryan Callahan and sent a wrist shot around the defense of Brooks Orpik and past goalie Braden Holtby on the stick side to tie the game 2-2.

The Capitals won 5-3.

"People may not believe me, but all that stuff, whether it's 200 or 250 … it doesn't register to me," Stamkos said. "If you get to the big one of 500, maybe that's something different, but there's a lot of hockey to play and my focus right now is producing and scoring goals and helping our team win, and it wasn't good enough [Tuesday]."

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