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Blackhawks' Keith cleared, could play this weekend

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 2:32 PM / News

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks could get defenseman Duncan Keith back in the lineup as soon as this weekend, coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday.

Keith, who has been cleared for contact in practice, skated on his own Tuesday at United Center and will be a full participant in practice Wednesday.

"He's skating well, moving well, feels good," Quenneville said. "We'll see how he is [Wednesday], with some guys on the ice. He feels good so we'll see what happens at the end of the week."

After playing the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, the Blackhawks play Saturday at the St. Louis Blues and Sunday at home against the Calgary Flames. Keith is eligible to be activated off long-term injured reserve Saturday.

Lombardi tasked with identifying Team USA's leaders

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 2:20 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

TORONTO -- Dean Lombardi, the general manager of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, has an extensive to-do list for the next 10 months.

Atop that list is finding the leaders who will drive the team he and his management group pick to represent the United States next fall.

Lombardi, the general manager of the Los Angeles Kings, said Tuesday he ranks leadership among the most important characteristics for Team USA for the eight-team tournament, which runs Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 at Air Canada Centre.

He expects there to be turnover from the U.S. team that was assembled for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. That team finished a disappointing fourth after back-to-back losses to Canada and Finland.

"I think there is a trend toward having a bit of a turnover," Lombardi said at the League office here during a break in the fall meeting of NHL general managers. "On two accounts too. Not only with some players, but with the players that will be back to start assuming more hands-on leadership roles. That's one of the things we learned from [Sochi]. I'm not sure some of those players realized that it is now their team, their responsibility to take over. So I think there will be a transition there, as well as new faces."

Chiarelli: No rush picking Team North America roster

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 2:11 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Peter Chiarelli has come across some significant challenges as he and co-general manager Stan Bowman continue to evaluate the players available to them in the selection process for Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Beyond the challenge of forming a team featuring players from Canada and the United States, Chiarelli said he's finding it difficult to get a consistent read on young players who typically are inconsistent while also trying to paddle through a relatively small and inexperienced pool of goalies, none of whom are in the NHL.

That's why Chiarelli said he and Bowman expect to use all the time allotted to them up to the March 1 deadline to name the initial 16 players to the roster. He said they likely will wait until after scouting at the 2016 IIHF World Championship before naming the balance of the roster (20 skaters, three goalies) before the June 1 deadline.

Injury to keep Canadiens' Price out remainder of week

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 1:13 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price won't return from his lower-body injury this week, coach Michel Therrien said Tuesday.

"Carey was not responding all that well to treatment so he was a bit worried," Therrien said. "It happens often; there aren't two athletes who respond the same way to treatment. So he asked to get a second opinion on his injury. He went to see the doctor yesterday in New York, and the good news is he got the same diagnosis. We see that as very good news.

"He won't play this week but we expect him to respond better to treatment and to be able to get back on his skates and back in net for us pretty soon."

Fantasy top 100 forwards: Most valuable third-liners

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen provides in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top-100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen is your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

In 2013-14, Mats Zuccarello led the New York Rangers in regular-season scoring with 59 points as mostly a third-line player. Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning had 10 different forwards score 10-plus goals. The common theme: Each of those teams made the Stanley Cup Final.

It's becoming more and more routine to see such production from depth forwards on contending teams. Secondary scoring isn't always enough to muster a successful regular season and deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tertiary scoring is an important element in the modern-day NHL.

Through 13-16 games for each team this season, we've seen significant offensive contributions from third-liners around the League. While staying power is always a concern when considering depth scorers for your roster, here are some notable performers who have excelled in roles not usually conducive to fantasy relevance.

Weekes: Penguins' Fleury continues to thrive

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 10:00 AM / Game Savers

Kevin Weekes - NHL Network Analyst

NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes, in conjunction with the new Canada Post goaltender stamp series, provides his insight into the position he played for 11 seasons in the League.

We're more than a month into the NHL season and we've seen some goalies dominate. Some are the usual suspects, among the League leaders each season, and others have been surprises.

So who's been the most valuable Game Saver so far this season? It's not 2015 Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price, who has played well but is injured. It's also not either of the runners up (Devan Dubnyk, Pekka Rinne).

In my opinion, it's a guy who's been one of the most consistent goalies for the past decade but doesn't get the respect that other guys get: Marc-Andre Fleury.

Five Questions: Turco talks all things goaltending

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer'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 Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco:

TORONTO -- Marty Turco stopped to chat and was told the interview would be strictly about goaltending, so he took a deep breath and responded.

"We could be here all day," Turco said.

All day wasn't possible. It might have happened if it was.

Turco talked Sunday with prior to participating in the Legends Game at Air Canada Center, an annual staple of Hockey Hall of Fame Weekend. As usual, he delivered the goods over nearly 15 minutes that were less interview and more conversation with the former Dallas Stars goalie who is now working in the club's business development department.

Fedorov set course for Ovechkin to excel on big stage

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Sergei Fedorov saw the picture pop up on the television screen and he felt a twinge of honor and pride.

There was a young Alex Ovechkin, no more than 8 or 9 years old, if that, wearing a black and white shirt that had Fedorov's name on it, his number, 91, and Detroit written in big, black, block letters.

"I was so surprised," Fedorov said. "It kind of moved me."

Fedorov and Ovechkin played together with the Washington Capitals for 70 games over parts of two seasons (2008-09), passing the time by passing around stories like they were the puck, growing close, developing a friendship. But Fedorov said never once did Ovechkin bring up the fact that when he was a kid, he was his guy, his idol, the name he wore on his clothes.

"He never told me about that particular part of his life, when he was wearing something like that," Fedorov said. "We were very close, obviously, for a couple years in Washington and that was amazing. I hope he saw a lot of good things."

AHL Notebook: Pacific Division creates new landscape

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / AHL Update

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

"Location, location, location," goes the old axiom, and it applies as much as ever to the NHL and American Hockey League's mutual relationship and needs.

AHL president Dave Andrews completed an offseason project more than 20 years in the making when he made the league's new Pacific Division a reality.

Five NHL teams shifted their AHL affiliates to California looking for the same geographical advantages East Coast NHL teams had enjoyed for years. Long the foundation of the NHL-AHL relationship, player development has taken on even greater importance in the NHL salary-cap era.

Having worked in different capacities in the AHL going back to the 1980s, Andrews has seen the league's evolution up close. Andrews said an investment in player development by NHL teams has fueled many of the changes as NHL front offices look to gain any possible edge in the development process.

Around the League notebook: Monday, Nov. 9

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 1:39 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five players and two builders – and also honored two media members (Bob McKenzie and Nick Nickson) – as part of its class of 2015 on Monday night.


Down 2-0, rookies Max Domi (2-0—2) and Anthony Duclair (1-0—1) combined for three goals in the second period and Mikkel Boedker (1-1—2) scored on a breakaway at 1:18 of overtime as the Arizona Coyotes ended the Anaheim Ducks' four-game winning streak.

* Domi posted his first career multi-goal game and is tied with Oscar Lindberg (New York Rangers) for the League-lead among rookies with seven goals. Duclair scored on a man advantage and leads all rookies with three power-play goals.

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