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Rangers defenseman McDonagh skates on own

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 2:05 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who has missed the past eight games with a separated shoulder, skated on his own for the first time on Tuesday, according to the team.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault provided no timetable to his return to the lineup. McDonagh sustained his injury on Nov. 1 when he was checked into the boards by Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane in the first period of a 1-0 shootout loss. The Rangers captain is expected to be out 3-to-4 weeks.

Vigneault confirmed after practice on Tuesday that goalie Cam Talbot would start against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. It will be his first appearance in six games.

Varlamov day-to-day; Avalanche recall Pickard

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 12:20 PM / News

ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche announced today that netminder Semyon Varlamov will be day-to-day with a groin injury. Goaltending prospect Calvin Pickard has been recalled from the Lake Erie Monsters to support Reto Berra during Varlamov's absence.

Varlamov is coming off of consecutive road victories, against the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, and has played in 10 of the Avalanche's past 13 contests. He owns a 4-5-4 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.95 goals-against average in that span.

Fantasy top 100 forwards: Nashville trio breaking mold

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber has been their leading scorer in each of the past two seasons. The Predators haven't had a 60-point producer since J-P Dumont in 2008-09, the longest active drought in the NHL.

But times are changing in the Music City under coach Peter Laviolette, and fantasy owners are cashing in on the Predators' offensive resurgence. Through 17 games, each of Nashville's top-line components, James Neal, Mike Ribeiro and rookie Filip Forsberg, is on pace for more than 60 points.

Five Questions: Lidstrom discusses life after hockey

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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

The latest edition features former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom:

NEW YORK -- Barely noticed in the crowd, future Hall of Fame defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom went to get a hot dog with his wife Annika after the first period of the Detroit Red Wings game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5.

It's not often Lidstrom can walk around without being stopped for an autograph or picture, selfie or otherwise, but there he was with his wife, nobody getting in the way of them and their dinner.

Lidstrom, not surprisingly, was smiling as they walked around like any other couple at the Garden. Of course, they are not any other couple. He is not any other fan.

Around the League notebook for Monday, Nov. 17

Monday, 11.17.2014 / 10:53 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

CALLAHAN NETS TWO GOALS IN RETURN TO MSG

Ryan Callahan scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-1 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It was his first game against the the team he started his NHL career with and captained from 2011-14. Callahan has nine points (4-5-9) in his past six games and the Lightning improved to 12-0-0 when Callahan scores a goal, dating back to last season.

* Steven Stamkos (1-2-3) scored a highlight-reel breakaway goal and added two assists in the win. Stamkos now has points in six straight games (4-5-9) and is tied for first in the NHL with 12 goals (Tyler Seguin-DAL, Rick Nash-NYR) and tied for third with 22 points.

* Tyler Johnson (0-2-2), Valtteri Filppula (0-2-2) and Ondrej Palat (0-2-2) also registered multi-point games for the Lightning.

Domi, Ho-Sang lead OHL in Super Series win

Monday, 11.17.2014 / 10:48 PM / News

NHL.com

Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi scored twice to lead the Ontario Hockey League all-stars to a 5-1 victory against Russia on Monday in Game 4 of the Subway Super Series at Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ont.

The loss was Russia's first of the six-game series.

New York Islanders prospect Joshua Ho-Sang had a goal and two assists for the OHL team, which outshot the Russians 43-32. Dallas Stars prospects Jason Dickinson and Remi Elie also scored and Mackenzie Blackwood made 31 saves.

Overtime procedures a focal point for GMs at meeting

Monday, 11.17.2014 / 8:58 PM / News

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

TORONTO -- For the first time this season, the League's general managers will meet as a group here Tuesday to discuss the state of the game and suggest measures to be furthered explored.

Overtime will be a major part of the discussion at the League office, with the league looking at the measures instituted this season, the dry scrape at the start of overtime and having the teams change sides for the overtime period, as well as other potential tweaks will be discussed. There will be further discussion about adopting a three-on-three overtime session.

Bettman: World Cup top international priority for NHL

Monday, 11.17.2014 / 5:41 PM / News

NHL.com

TORONTO -- A return of the World Cup of Hockey is the focus of the international hockey calendar for the League, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday at the Primetime Sports Management Conference.

Bettman said the NHL's participation in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games is still undecided, and hasn't been at the forefront of discussion in part because of an effort to try and revive the World Cup. Bettman said the League is not ready to make an announcement on when the next World Cup of Hockey would be, but they are working toward an agreement with the National Hockey League Players' Association.

The World Cup of Hockey, which is the successor to the Canada Cup, was first played in 1996. It was also played in 2004, but has been dormant since.

"We really haven't thought about [the Olympics]," Bettman said. "We are focused with the Players' Association on a World Cup. That's been getting all of our attention, and it is something we do jointly with the Players' Association so that is what we're focused on."

Blackhawks recall Raanta, Johns from AHL

Monday, 11.17.2014 / 5:31 PM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled defenseman Stephen Johns and goaltender Antti Raanta from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and reassigned forward Joakim Nordstrom and goaltender Scott Darling to Rockford.

Additionally, the Blackhawks have placed defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk on long-term injury (LTI). van Riemsdyk, 23, has one assist in 18 games this season.

Johns, 22, has five assists in 16 games with Rockford this season. The Ellwood City, Pa., native made his professional debut with Rockford on April 4, 2014, after playing four seasons at the University of Notre Dame. Johns, the team’s second-round selection (60th overall) in the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, has recorded 10 points (1g, 9a) in 24 career games with Rockford.

Lindros, LeClair enter Flyers Hall as package deal

Monday, 11.17.2014 / 2:26 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Eric Lindros and John LeClair always were together on the ice during their time with the Philadelphia Flyers, so it makes sense that when they are inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame on Thursday they will be honored together.

The pair combined, along with Mikael Renberg, to create the "Legion of Doom" line that helped the Flyers reach the Eastern Conference Final in 1995 and the Stanley Cup Final in 1997.

"[Flyers president] Paul Holmgren gave me a shout, gave Johnny a shout, in September," Lindros said. "Right away we were both deeply honored to get the call and then we started talking a little bit further and we decided to do it together, which was appropriate. Here we are and we're looking forward to Thursday night."

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