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Top four a consensus in NHL.com mock drafts

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

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With the balls bouncing in favor of the Edmonton Oilers at the NHL Draft Lottery, one of the bigger pieces of the puzzle for the 2015 NHL Draft has been set into place.

The draft lottery set the order for the first 14 selections for the 2015 draft, to be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. It also allowed for NHL.com draft experts Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale to make their predictions for how those teams could select.

Both writers agreed that the Oilers would select center Connor McDavid from the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League with the No. 1 pick.

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Adam Kimelman's 2015 mock draft part III

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor


Kimelman's Draft
  1.EDM

Connor McDavid, C, Erie (OHL)

The unquestioned top talent available in the draft; could he do for the Oilers what Sidney Crosby did for the Pittsburgh Penguins? McDavid’s 120 points were nine less than the Ontario Hockey League leader despite playing 21 fewer games. He also excelled against older top competition playing for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, tying for the tournament scoring lead.

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Mike G. Morreale's 2015 mock draft part III

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer


Morreale's Draft
  1.EDM

Connor McDavid, C, Erie (OHL)

McDavid, regarded as the top draft prospect since Sidney Crosby, has game-changing potential. He was third in the Ontario Hockey League in the regular season with 120 points despite playing 47 games. He’s been even better in the OHL playoffs; he had 11 points in a four-game sweep of London and leads all players in goals and points.

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Winnipeg fans ready to bring back the whiteout

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 3:00 AM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

WINNIPEG – There's snow in the forecast here Monday.

How appropriate.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are returning to Winnipeg for the first time in 19 years, and there's a whiteout in the air.

When the Winnipeg Jets host the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series at MTS Centre on Monday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, PRIME), nearly two decades of pent-up playoff fanaticism will be unleashed

Anticipation here is high. And just like his fellow residents, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman can't wait.

"We've waited about two decades for this, 19 years to be exact, to celebrate our Jets in the playoffs," Bowman told NHL.com last week. "The excitement's pretty thick in the air. You can really feel it across the city."

Bowman, 43, said he was in the crowd at the old Winnipeg Arena in 1996, the last time the Jets were in the playoffs, attending one of the home games of their first-round series loss to the Detroit Red Wings. He cut up some white garbage bags back then to make homemade pompoms as part of the whiteout, a playoff tradition that began in Winnipeg and has since been adopted in other NHL cities.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Sunday, April 19

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 2:30 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

BENNETT NETS GAME-WINNER TO GIVE CALGARY 2-1 SERIES LEAD
Sam Bennett scored the eventual game-winning goal at 2:14 of the third stanza – the first goal of his NHL career – to propel the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 18 years, 303 days old, Bennett became the second-youngest player in franchise history to score a playoff goal. Jarome Iginla holds the franchise record when he scored on April 23, 1996 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks (2-1 3OT L) at 18 years, 297 days old.
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Senators, down 3-0 to Canadiens, staying optimistic

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 12:33 AM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators dug themselves out of a big hole with a spectacular stretch run to make the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Three games into their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Senators are down in another hole and need to win four straight games to keep their season going.

Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson put as positive a spin as he could on what he and his teammates need to accomplish to overcome Montreal's 3-0 series lead in the wake of the Canadiens' second straight overtime win, 2-1 in Game 3 at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday.
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Weber's absence hurts Predators in Game 3 loss

Sunday, 04.19.2015 / 8:24 PM / Predators vs Blackhawks - 2015 SCP First Round

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Nashville Predators struggled to slow down the Chicago Blackhawks without defenseman Shea Weber in a 4-2 loss in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series.

Weber left Game 2 with a lower-body injury in the second period and did not make the trip to Chicago for Games 3 and 4.

Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series and was able to capitalize against Nashville's top defense pairing of Roman Josi and Seth Jones, who was promoted in Weber's absence.

The Blackhawks scored three times in the second period to grab a 4-2 lead, and Jones and Josi were on the ice for the first two, as well as Andrew Desjardins' first-period goal.

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Islanders deliver dramatic overtime win at Coliseum

Sunday, 04.19.2015 / 5:20 PM / Capitals vs Islanders - 2015 SCP First Round

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Cars began entering the parking lot at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum not long after dawn Sunday, with fans eager to take full advantage of a beautiful spring morning before heading into one of the few remaining Stanley Cup Playoff games this 43-year-old facility will ever host.

Bill Torrey, the architect of the New York Islanders' four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1980-83, was in the building. He joined 16,169 other fans who are hoping for a few more Coliseum memories before the Islanders begin play at Barclays Center in Brooklyn this fall.

They got one when John Tavares, the face of the franchise, scored 15 seconds into overtime to give the Islanders a 2-1 win against the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round.

It's the first time the Islanders have been ahead 2-1 in a best-of-7 series since 1993. They'll bring it to the Coliseum for Game 4 on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN360, TVA Sports 2, CSN-DC, MSG+).

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Third-line center Sutter important for Penguins

Sunday, 04.19.2015 / 3:25 PM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins' top two centers are well regarded, but their third should not be overlooked.

Brandon Sutter plays in the shadows cast by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. He is compared to former Penguins third-line center Jordan Staal, who won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009 before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes three years later for Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin, and the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

When compared to Crosby and Malkin, Sutter isn't as skilled. Some believe that holds true when measuring him against the standard Staal set on the Penguins' third line as well. But Sutter has been quietly productive, sometimes deadly, and oftentimes clutch through his first three seasons in Pittsburgh.

"I think you just go play, and hopefully good things happen," Sutter said. "You don't think too much about what exactly is going on. You just go play and try to do your part and if you get a goal that's great, but by no means do you measure your game on your goals and assists.

"You just go out and as long as you're playing well and doing things right, then hopefully you get rewarded."

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Farrish: Rangers must become hunters in Game 3

Sunday, 04.19.2015 / 2:03 PM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins andNew York Rangers, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Dave Farrish to break down the action. Farrish will be checking in throughout the series.

Farrish was an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs from 2005-14. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He also coached 1,027 games in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Farrish, a former defenseman, played 430 games over seven seasons in the NHL.

Former NHL assistant coach Dave Farrish noticed shortly after the opening faceoff Saturday night at Madison Square Garden how much different the Pittsburgh Penguins' attack is when an effective Chris Kunitz is playing alongside Sidney Crosby instead of Daniel Winnik.

"They have good chemistry and they know where each other are," Farrish said. "Kunitz's speed and also with [Patric] Hornqvist's aggressiveness make them a really good match [with Crosby] and I thought they opened the game up. They were so aggressive and really persistent on the puck, and they created a lot of good scoring opportunities just through that."

Crosby scored twice and Kunitz had three points on a goal and two assists to help the Penguins defeat theNew York Rangers 4-3 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series.

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 set for Monday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA, ROOT, MSG).

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