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2015 NHL preseason begins Sunday, Sept. 20

Friday, 08.21.2015 / 12:00 PM / Schedule

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the composite schedule for the 2015 preseason, which opens on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Among the highlights of the 15-day, 104-game slate is the New York Islanders launching the first season in their new home, Barclays Center, in Brooklyn. The Islanders will play host to three Metropolitan Division rivals: the Philadelphia Flyers Sept. 21, New Jersey Devils Sept. 23 and Washington Capitals Sept. 28.

The people of North Saanich, B.C., winners of the Canada-wide Kraft HockeyvilleTM competition, will celebrate the grand prize when the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks visit their community on Sept. 21. The Sharks and Canucks will face off that night at the nearby Q Centre. The game will be broadcast in Canada on Sportsnet at 7:30 p.m., PT/10:30 p.m., ET.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning will square off in the inaugural Kraft Hockeyville USA matchup in Johnstown, Pa., on Sept. 29. The game will be broadcast in the United States by NBCSN at 7 p.m., ET.

Senators to hire Alfredsson for front-office role: report

Friday, 08.21.2015 / 11:48 AM / News

NHL.com

Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is close to accepting a position in their hockey operations department, TSN reported Friday.

Alfredsson spent 17 seasons with the Senators before playing the last season of his career with the Detroit Red Wings (2013-14). He officially announced his retirement during a ceremony in Ottawa in December 2014.

New York Islanders fantasy hockey outlook

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

As part of NHL.com's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: John Tavares

Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby are the top two fantasy assets in the game, but Tavares is a candidate to go right behind them in drafts. He missed the NHL scoring lead by one point, but was the only player League-wide with at least 35 goals (38), 35 assists (48), 30 power-play points (31) and 250 shots on goal (278). He had a positive rating (plus-5) for the first time in his career, and has yet to hit his ceiling. Although the New York Islanders could regress in a competitive Metropolitan Division that saw offseason reinforcements (Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets, T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals), Tavares gives the Islanders hope of competing for a Stanley Cup and fantasy owners a chance to reap the benefits of his elite coverage.

Pulock, Dal Colle among Islanders' top five prospects

Friday, 08.21.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The New York Islanders entered the 2015 NHL Draft without a first-round pick after trading it to the Buffalo Sabres for forward Thomas Vanek in October 2013.

But Islanders general manager Garth Snow was determined to get back into the first round, and was able to do so when he traded defense prospect Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers for the 16th and 33rd selections. Snow drafted center Mathew Barzal at No. 16, then traded No. 33 and No. 72 to the Tampa Bay Lightning for another first-round pick, which was used to select forward Anthony Beauvillier at No. 28.

Many of Snow's picks have reached the NHL since he began rebuilding the roster in 2008.

Here is a look at the Islanders' top five prospects, according to NHL.com:

Tavares, playoff experience give Islanders optimism

Friday, 08.21.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The New York Islanders have assembled a talented group of young players over the past seven years, but they're still trying to reach the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1993.

They enter this season with a new home. After playing at Nassau Coliseum since 1972, the Islanders begin their first season at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Oct. 9 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

With another year of seasoning under their belts and the arena issue in the rearview mirror, it's time for the Islanders to prove they are a Stanley Cup contender.

Here are four reasons for the Islanders to be optimistic:

New home, top line among questions for Islanders

Friday, 08.21.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The New York Islanders won 47 games last season but once again couldn't get out of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, losing a seven-game series against the Washington Capitals. They're essentially returning the same group and hoping their younger players will continue to evolve.

Here are three questions facing the Islanders this season:

Young Islanders realize it's time to win in playoffs

Friday, 08.21.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Several NHL teams made headlines with significant roster changes this summer, particularly in the Metropolitan Division.

But the New York Islanders are going to have a very similar look when they begin their 2015-16 season on Oct. 9 against the Chicago Blackhawks. It's a testament to the belief general manager Garth Snow has in the young core led by captain John Tavares, who will turn 25 during training camp.

Including Tavares, the Islanders could potentially have more than 10 players drafted by Snow since he began rebuilding them in 2008. And after a 101-point season that saw the Islanders fall two goals short of advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, several young players are expected to build off 2014-15.

"We have a lot of players that still have term on their contracts," Snow said. "We're looking for our younger players to take another step in the right direction, guys like Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson, Anders Lee … they're all good, young players that had quality seasons and they're just going to keep getting better."

Unmasked: Cup motivates Canadiens goalie Price

Thursday, 08.20.2015 / 11:53 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

KELOWNA, British Columbia -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price isn't worried about a letdown or losing his focus after cleaning up at the NHL Awards Show earlier this summer.

Price may already have the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie last season, the Hart Trophy (most valuable player) and the Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted by his peers), but there is still a big hole in his trophy case to keep him focused.

"Winning the Stanley Cup is my priority and I haven't done that yet, so that's what keeps me driven," Price told NHL.com during a recent fundraising event near his offseason home in British Columbia.

Minnesota Wild fantasy hockey outlook

Thursday, 08.20.2015 / 3:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

As part of NHL.com's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: Zach Parise

Parise totaled 33 goals and 62 points with outstanding secondary stats in 74 regular-season games for the Wild, then had 10 points in 10 postseason games. He finished last season as the 21th-best player in Yahoo leagues, and I have him at No. 25 overall in my offseason rankings. If you can land Parise in the third round of your draft, you'll be completely satisfied with his consistent category coverage. Since joining the Wild in 2012-13, Parise's 0.42 goals-per-game is 11th-best, his 0.83 points-per-game ranks 25th and his 3.63 shots-per-game is sixth in the NHL. His 32 power-play goals are fourth in the League and his plus-32 rating is 21st. Parise should also get you about 40 penalty minutes per season. He really is a complete fantasy player.

Dubnyk, Parise, Suter boost Wild optimism

Thursday, 08.20.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

Much was expected from the Minnesota Wild after they revived their season. A six-game losing streak left them at 18-19-5 on Jan. 13 and outside of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They responded by finishing 28-9-3 and eliminating the Central Division champion St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference First Round.

Those high expectations crashed when they were swept out of the second round by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The Wild did not make any significant changes to the roster but are confident the answers to improving lie within.

Here are four reasons for optimism in Minnesota:

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