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Blackhawks' Cumiskey assigned to AHL

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 12:19 PM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have assigned defenseman Kyle Cumiskey to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Cumiskey, 27, appeared in 45 games for MODO of the Swedish Hockey League last season, recording 28 points (4G, 24A). The Abbotsford, B.C. native has tallied 35 points (9G, 26A) in 132 career NHL games.

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Preds to host 2016 NHL All-Star festivities Jan. 30-31

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 12:11 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the selection of the Nashville Predators, the city of Nashville and Bridgestone Arena as hosts of the 2016 National Hockey League All-Star celebration. The League's mid-season showcase will take place Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31 and will include the Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL® All-Star Game.

"Nashville knows how to showcase stars, put on great events and deliver first-rate entertainment and is a great place to visit. So where better to host our 2016 All-Star Celebration than in Nashville?" Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "The spotlight will shine on our All-Star players and on the wonderful connection that has developed between Music City and hockey. Without question, Nashville is an ideal location for all the All-Star fun and excitement."

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Islanders, Hedman among burning fantasy questions

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

It's been 10 days since the season began. Ten. Don't start panicking if your fantasy team isn't in first place as you expected them to be. Don't go dropping San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture because he has one point in four games. And no, New York Islanders sensation Brock Nelson isn't going to lead the NHL in points.

These are a couple samples of the many questions or concerns that have been raised to me on Twitter regarding fantasy hockey since the season started 10 days ago. It's a long season. Have some patience and give your team a little breathing room.

With that said, there have been storylines galore to start this season. Here's a look at five of the biggest questions in fantasy hockey right now.

1. What's the deal with Boychuk and Nelson?

The Islanders are off to a great start, and to no surprise John Tavares has been at the center of a lot of that success. But on the other hand, Nelson and newcomer Johnny Boychuk have been extremely pleasant surprises to fantasy owners to this point. Boychuk is currently the No. 4 overall fantasy player. He's second among defensemen with six points, he has a plus-5 rating and his five power-play points are tied for the lead among d-men. Boychuk has never had more than 23 points in any single season, so expecting him to keep at this pace is absurd. However, he is receiving a career-best 3:00 of power-play ice time per game on a unit that includes Tavares, so there's a chance he could post 30-40 points and carry solid fantasy value. As for Nelson, 23, he's been anchoring the team's second line and has four goals and seven points in four games. His ownership has soared up to 46 percent, but again, expecting him to continue to put up these kind of gaudy numbers is likely unrealistic. Nelson has four goals on five shots! Nelson is capable of a 20-goal, 50-point season, but both he and Boychuk make ideal sell-high candidates for fantasy owners right now.

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Bruins' Lucic fined $5,000 for obscene gesture

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 11:46 AM / News

NHL.com

TORONTO – Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been fined $5,000 for an obscene gesture made during Game No. 53 in Montreal on Thursday, Oct. 16, the National Hockey League’s Hockey Operations Department announced today.

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Hurricanes' Skinner activated from injured reserve

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 11:39 AM / News

NHL.com

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Friday that forward Jeff Skinner was activated from injured reserve.

Skinner, who had a career-best 33 goals last season, has not played since sustaining a concussion during the preseason. He traveled with the team to New York but did not play in the Hurricanes' 2-1 shootout loss to the Rangers on Thursday.

The Hurricanes next play Tuesday at the Winnipeg Jets.

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Sharks' Sheppard sent to AHL for conditioning stint

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 10:24 AM / News

SanJoseSharks.com

SAN JOSE, CASan Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has assigned forward James Sheppard to the Worcester Sharks on a conditioning assignment.

The six-foot-one, 215-pound native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was acquired from Minnesota via trade on Aug. 7, 2011. He was originally selected by Minnesota in the 2006 NHL Draft (1st round, 9th overall).

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Super 16: Analytics say rest goalies on back-to-backs

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

As more people embrace the idea of analytics in hockey, one of the things they find out is it's more about ideas than statistics.

It's not all about a player's Corsi numbers; it is about his puck possession numbers and the principle of keeping the puck as a fundamental part of the way the game should be played. There are lots of principles in hockey analytics. Most started as an idea, and then someone or someones sought out a way to prove them.

One such idea is teams should never play the same goalie when faced with games on back-to-back nights. The premise of this is pretty simple: Goalies tax their body a great deal in any given NHL game, and when they do so on back-to-back nights it decreases their ability to perform at an optimal level.

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Around the League notebook for Thursday, Oct. 16

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 2:27 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

DOWN BUT NOT OUT

The Islanders, Stars, Rangers and Senators all overcame third-period deficits to win.

* Trailing 2-1 to start the third period, the Islanders' took a 3-2 on goals by Kyle Okposo (WATCH ) and Josh Bailey scored 2:41 apart, but San Jose's Tomas Hertl forced extra time with his second goal of the season (WATCH ) . John Tavares netted the game-deciding shootout goal (WATCH ) to hand the Sharks their first lost and improve the Islanders to 4-0-0.

* The Stars trailed 2-0 before the 10-minute mark of the first period, but Antoine Roussel cut the deficit to 2-1 in the middle frame and Jamie Benn (17:03) (WATCH ) and Tyler Seguin (19:57) (WATCH ) each tallied in the final three minutes to lift Dallas to a 3-2 win at Pittsburgh.

* Derick Brassard's goal at 9:40 of the third period (WATCH ) forced extra time and Rick Nash netted the lone shootout marker as the Rangers capitalized on Henrik Lundqvist's 29 saves to win 2-1 against the Hurricanes.

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Lucic, Bruins fall short again facing Canadiens

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 12:37 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Milan Lucic came so close to coming out of it unscathed.

After a summer of hearing about the remarks he made in the handshake line at the end of the Boston Bruins' loss in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the Montreal Canadiens, Lucic was facing those Canadiens again for the first time Thursday, and all eyes were on him.

On his first shift of the game, Lucic picked up the puck with speed and entered the Canadiens zone only to have his nemesis, Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin, knock him down with a solid shoulder check.

The sellout Bell Centre crowd of 21,273 fans roared its approval, but Lucic did nothing to retaliate. In fact, Lucic was on his best behavior for most of the night, focused on helping the Bruins win more so than exacting any sort of revenge for a playoff loss five months earlier.

But in the final minutes, with the Bruins trailing 5-4 but taking the play to the Canadiens in an effort to tie the game, Lucic was faced with an opportunity too difficult to resist.

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Pickard debuts for Avalanche after Berra injured

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 12:20 AM / News

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Colorado Avalanche goalie Reto Berra was injured in the first period against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and Calvin Pickard came in making his NHL debut.

Colorado put No. 1 goaltender Semyon Varlamov on injured reserve earlier Thursday with a groin injury.

Berra left the game at 2:46 of the first period after he was involved in a collision with Senators center Kyle Turris, who was pushed into the net by Avalanche forward John Mitchell.

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