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Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Oct. 29

Thursday, 10.30.2014 / 1:05 AM / News

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WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in CAPS

Detroit 4, WASHINGTON 2

Nashville 4, EDMONTON 1

ABDELKADER RALLIES RED WINGS AGAIN

Down 2-1 after 40 minutes, the Detroit Red Wings scored three times in the third period, including two goals by Justin Abdelkader (WATCH ), to win 4-2 against the Washington Capitals. Detroit's victory was its first in Washington since Dec. 9, 2005, snapping a four-game skid (0-3-1).

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Flames recall Granlund, place Stajan on IR

Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 6:09 PM / News

CalgaryFlames.com

The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled forward Markus Granlund from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

The Flames also announced that center Matt Stajan has been placed on injured reserve with a knee injury (approximately six weeks) and Joe Colborne is day-to-day with an upper body injury.

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Blackhawks' Hossa on brink of 1,000-point milestone

Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 5:34 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- He'll turn 36 in January, but Marian Hossa still puts fear into opponents whenever he enters a game for the Chicago Blackhawks.

"He scares you every time he gets on the ice," said Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau this week before his team managed to keep Hossa and the Blackhawks at bay in a 1-0 Ducks victory at United Center. "He's got a tremendous release of his shot. He's really fast, deceptively fast and strong, and he really plays the [right wing] position well."

Hossa is creeping up on 1,000 points in his 17th NHL season (465 goals and 533 assists in 1,099 games) but Boudreau wasn't just paying him lip service. He still views Hossa as a dominant two-way presence and he's not alone.

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Moore suspended five games for check to the head

Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 5:08 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers defenseman John Moore has been suspended for five games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula during NHL Game No. 122 in New York on Monday, October 27, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Moore is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $51,859.75. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Bruins' Krug to miss 2-3 weeks with broken finger

Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 4:44 PM / News

NHL.com

Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug will miss 2-3 weeks with a broken finger, the team announced Wednesday.

Krug, who sustained the injury in a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, has two goals, six points and a plus-2 rating in 11 games this season.

"I think it was a slash there on his last shift," coach Claude Julien said. "He got slashed on the finger and I was just told when we pulled our goalie that Torey was gone, and that's when I found out."

The Bruins, who are already without defenseman Zdeno Chara for 4-6 weeks with a knee injury, recalled defensemen Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins.

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Gordie Howe's family releases statement on his status

Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 2:49 PM / News

DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT – Red Wings legend Gordie Howe remained in guarded condition Wednesday afternoon after he suffered a major stroke sometime Sunday morning while living with his daughter in northwestern Texas.

Howe, the all-time franchise leader in goals, points and games played, and the greatest player of his generation, is facing the toughest battle of his life.

Howe, 86, led the Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships while winning six league scoring titles and taking home the Hart Trophy six times as the league's MVP.

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Tallon thinks Ekblad has goods to stick with Panthers

Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 2:16 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

It appears Florida Panthers rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad, the first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has done more than enough to prove he belongs in the NHL.

"Unless he really collapses, I don't see him going anywhere," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon told NHL.com. "I've been very impressed with his composure and maturity. Once the regular season started, he was a different guy; it was like game on and almost as if he's been around for a long time."

Tallon has until the 10th game to determine if Ekblad has what it takes to remain with the team over an 82-game schedule. He could be returned to the Barrie Colts in the Ontario Hockey League without his three-year entry-level contract kicking in at any point before his 10th game, which will likely occur Nov. 4 at TD Garden in Boston.

"He's improving and playing well, playing lots of minutes, and has some good mentors here in Willie Mitchell and Brian Campbell," Tallon said.

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Blue Jackets' Letestu out 2-4 weeks with groin injury

Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 12:36 PM / News

NHL.com

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Mark Letestu will miss 2-4 weeks with a groin injury, the team announced Wednesday.

Letestu has three goals and five points in nine games this season. He played in all 82 regular-season games for the Blue Jackets last season and scored a career-high 34 points.

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Fantasy top 60 'D': Devils' Severson serves up points

Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.

Each new season brings with it a few standout rookies capable of significant fantasy contributions; sadly they don't often emerge on the blue line. In fact, over the past four seasons no first-year defenseman has finished higher than fourth in the rookie scoring race.

That could be changing this season with Damon Severson of the New Jersey Devils.

Severson wasn't able to add to his totals on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, but he has played at a level that is far beyond his 20 years. Devils coach Peter DeBoer and teammates such as Jaromir Jagr have been blown away by Severson's poise and have spoken in glowing terms about his maturity, pucks skills and willingness to take chances to finish a play.

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Flyers recall defenseman Manning from AHL

Wednesday, 10.29.2014 / 10:44 AM / News

NHL.com

Defenseman Brandon Manning was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, on Wednesday, the team announced.

Manning appeared in six games for the Phantoms this season and had a goal, five points and a plus-2 rating. Manning will join the team for a two-game road trip against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday and Florida Panthers on Saturday. The Flyers are without injured defensemen Andrew MacDonald (lower body) and Braydon Coburn (lower body).

Manning, who could make his season debut on the trip, has two assists and a plus-5 rating in 10 NHL games, all with the Flyers.

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