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Wild's Cooke out 5-6 weeks after sports hernia surgery

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 12:34 PM / News

NHL.com

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke had successful sports hernia surgery and will miss 5-6 weeks, coach Mike Yeo said Friday.

Cooke, 36, has four goals and eight points in 27 games this season.

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Hot fantasy topics: The value of the empty-net goal

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Here's a look at three of the hottest topics in fantasy hockey right now.

1. Empty-net goals

Empty-net goals count just as much as Vladimir Tarasenko's gorgeous goal back on Nov. 3. Every goal carries the same value in fantasy hockey. And while empty-net goals might not occur in every game, there are certain players who have the chance to record either an empty-net goal or assist on one more than others. These players are typically the ones trusted by their coaches who are out there for the final minute of ice time in a close game in which the goalie is pulled.

If you look at the table below on the left, you'll see a list of forwards that are on the ice most with the opposing team's goalie pulled over the past three seasons, according to war-on-ice.com. Meaning, these guys are on the ice the most when facing an empty net. While it won't always translate to getting an empty-net goal (and it hasn't in some cases), they have been given more opportunities to get one than other players in the past three years.

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Flyers defenseman Timonen resumes skating

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 11:48 AM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen resumed skating Friday in hopes of playing at some point during the 2014-15 season.

Timonen, 39, has not played since being diagnosed with blood clots in his leg and lungs in August. He has Protein C deficiency, an illness that makes him susceptible to blood clots. Timonen's mother and two of his brothers also have the illness.

He skated by himself for about 40 minutes at the Flyers practice facility in Voorhees, N.J. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall looked on as Timonen worked in some stickhandling and shooting.

"It was kind of a weird feeling this morning," Timonen said in video posted on the Flyers website. "I was kind of nervous that I don't fall down right away. It was kind of weird, but I was so excited looking forward to this morning. I couldn't really sleep last night. It's not like you're riding a bike. It's different. I just realized skating is hard. This is kind of like a training camp for me, Day One. It's over, but it's going to get better day by day."

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Panthers name Luukko executive chairman

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 10:00 AM / News

FloridaPanthers.com

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers and its parent company Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, LLC announced today that Peter A. Luukko has been appointed Executive Chairman, where he will work closely with Chief Executive Officer and President Rory A. Babich and Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Peter join our management team," said Owner Vincent Viola. "Peter adds significant industry experience to our executive management team and will help us continue to implement our strategy of becoming a world-class sports and entertainment company. He is a well-respected sports and entertainment executive and his decision to join our organization validates our business plan that enables us to attract individuals, such as Peter, with a wealth of knowledge, talent and experience."

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EPA recognizes NHL as a leading 'Green Power' user

NHL ranked No. 17 on EPA's Green Power partners national top 100 list

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 9:48 AM / NHL Green

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced that it is ranked No. 17 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Top 100 list of the largest users of green power, making it the first professional sports league ever to achieve the distinction.

The NHL is being recognized for its priorities to reduce its environmental impact with efforts including: NHL Green, a comprehensive sustainability initiative created by the League in 2010, and the groundbreaking 2014 Sustainability Report, which documented and disclosed the League's carbon footprint. In keeping with these efforts, the League named Constellation – a leading competitive energy and services company – its preferred energy provider that will supply Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). These RECs represent the generation of more than 271 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, matching the League's total electricity consumption*.

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Around the League notebook for Thursday, Feb. 5

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

ANDERSEN GUIDES DUCKS TO VICTORY IN BATTLE OF TOP TEAMS

The Anaheim Ducks opened a four-goal lead before the five-minute mark of the second period and Frederik Andersen made a season-high 44 saves to help Anaheim defeat the Nashville Predators 5-2 and improve to 8-2-0 in its past 10 games.

* With the victory, the Ducks (34-12-6, 74 points) passed the Predators (33-12-6, 72 points) into first place in the NHL standings; the St. Louis Blues (34-13-4, 72 points) also have 72 points. Nashville and St. Louis each hold one game in hand and hold the ROW tiebreaker over Anaheim (NSH: 29, STL: 28, ANA: 27).

* The Ducks handed the Predators their first home loss since Dec. 6, halting Nashville's home winning streak at a franchise-record nine games. Anaheim is 7-1-0 in its past eight games against Nashville dating to Jan. 26, 2013, including wins in their two games this season.

* Andersen registered his 29th win of the season to tie Pekka Rinne for the NHL lead. He has compiled a record of 49-12-5 in his first 71 games.

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Super 16: Developing goaltenders proves no easy task

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Braden Holtby played in his 150th NHL game Thursday night for the Washington Capitals.

This isn't a particularly notable milestone, but he is the first drafted goaltender since the 2006 NHL Draft to reach 150 games. In fact, he's the only goalie from the past nine draft classes to have reached 100 NHL games.

Anders Lindback (Dallas Stars) is at 94, but is not receiving regular playing time. Robin Lehner (Ottawa Senators) is at 80, but would need a long-term injury to Craig Anderson or a trade to reach 100 in 2014-15. Frederik Andersen (Anaheim Ducks), who has the quirky honor of leading two NHL draft classes in games played by a goalie, is at 70.

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Canadiens offense has run dry over past month

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Michel Therrien listened to the question and laughed.

When the Montreal Canadiens' coach was asked following a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at home Tuesday whether his team's offensive issues run deeper than what was shown that night, Therrien pointed to the outrageous number of pucks the Canadiens threw toward the Sabres' net.

Facing the worst possession team in the NHL by far, one desperately trying to hold on to a one-goal lead in order to end a franchise-record 14-game losing streak, the Canadiens did throw a ton of rubber in the general direction of the Sabres' goal.


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Devils goalie Schneider still growing into No. 1 role

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Is the dust finally beginning to settle for New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider?

After replacing arguably the best goaltender in NHL history, Martin Brodeur, and establishing a Devils record by starting a career-high 20 straight games to begin the season, it appears Schneider has discovered a nice rhythm playing for co-coaches Lou Lamoriello, Scott Stevens and Adam Oates.

"Early on it was tough with the number of games I played, the travel, the road games; for me that was a learning experience to try and figure out how to do that on the fly and settle into a rhythm," Schneider said.

He went 9-8-2 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .914 save percentage during his 20-start run to begin the season; he was pulled four times during that stretch. Since Lamoriello replaced Peter DeBoer as coach Dec. 27, Schneider is 7-3-1 with a 1.90 GAA and .937 save percentage.

"I was sharp one night and inconsistent the next, but I think I've gotten over that," Schneider said. "Once you get into a rhythm you can really focus on that job and take more of a leadership role."

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Ducks captain Getzlaf day-to-day with injury

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 12:07 AM / News

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was scratched against the Nashville Predators on Thursday after aggravating a lower-body injury during warm-ups.

Getzlaf, listed as day-to-day, leads the Ducks in scoring, and is sixth in the NHL, with 52 points (16 goals) in 50 games. He missed one game this season prior to Thursday.

"It's a lower-body injury," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "That's all I'm saying right now. It's day-to-day, and we'll probably know more before we hit Tampa [Bay on Feb. 8] anyway. I don't even know if he can play [Friday against the Washington Capitals], but he's coming to Washington with us."

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Quote of the Day

It was a different game in the past, that's for sure. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I think the experience paid off for a lot of our guys that realized what it takes in a Game 7. Realistically the effort we put forward, we might not even had to put 60 [minutes], but we just couldn't get a couple bounces to go our way and we just kept pushing.

— Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on Washington's play in Game 7 vs. the Islanders