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Jackets believe Bobrovsky can conquer playoff stage

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 1:52 PM / Penguins vs Blue Jackets - 2014 SCP First Round

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has earned accolades throughout his four years in the NHL. Winning a Stanley Cup Playoff game has not been one of them.

That could change Wednesday when he starts Game 1 of an Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC).

Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, appeared in seven playoff games during his first two seasons while with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is 0-2 with a 4.04 goals-against average and .848 save percentage, compared to career regular-season numbers of a 2.46 GAA and .919 save percentage.

His last playoff appearance came against the Penguins on April 18, 2012. He made 13 saves on 18 shots after replacing Ilya Bryzgalov early in the second period of the Flyers' 10-3 loss.

"The biggest thing is, you want to hit your peak in the playoffs. It doesn't matter what we've done in the past," Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski said regarding Bobrovsky. "It's what we do now and going into the future."

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Florida Panthers win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 9:09 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

NHL.com

It's been 20 years since the Florida Panthers headed to the NHL Draft with the No. 1 selection, but they will do so this summer in Philadelphia.

The Panthers will pick first in the 2014 NHL Draft after winning the lottery Tuesday. As the 29th-place team in the final 2013-14 NHL standings, the Panthers entered with an 18.8 percent chance (second best) of getting the No. 1 pick.

The Buffalo Sabres had the best chance to win the lottery (25 percent) based on their 30th-place finish but will pick second.

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Laviolette to coach U.S. at World Championship

Jones, Gardiner, Trouba among first 15 players named to roster

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 6:29 PM / News

NHL.com

Peter Laviolette has been named coach of the United States Men's National Team that will compete at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus beginning next month, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

Laviolette, who will be coaching the U.S. for the third time, will be assisted by Joe Sacco, Phil Housley and Don Granato. The Americans are coming off a bronze medal in 2013.

Laviolette, 49, was coach for the U.S. at the World Championship in 2004 and 2005, guiding the Americans to the bronze medal in 2004. He was coach for the U.S. at the 2006 Torino Olympics and served as an assistant to Dan Bylsma at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Signings roundup: Union's Bodie agrees with Rangers

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 5:14 PM / News

NHL.com

Defenseman Mat Bodie, who recently captained Union College to an NCAA championship, signed a free-agent contract with the New York Rangers on Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bodie, 24, had a goal and an assist in a 7-4 win against the University of Minnesota in the championship game Saturday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. He finished his senior season leading all Union defensemen with 39 points (eight goals).

"We have been tracking his development for four years," Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton told BlueshirtsUnited.com. "He's a real character kid who we think adds a hard to find element to our defensive depth going forward. Being captain of a championship team just adds to what he is as a player."

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Quenneville spreads wealth with Blackhawks' offense

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 4:13 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It looks like Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is going to experiment with his team's wealth of talent to start the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Quenneville rolled out some interesting new forward lines Tuesday during an hour-long practice. It's likely he will use them Thursday at Scottrade Center against the St. Louis Blues to start Game 1 of a tough first-round series in the Western Conference (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).

Captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Patrick Kane returned to a full practice for the first time since injuries knocked them out of the final stretch run in the regular season, but their lines weren't the same.

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Flyers re-sign MacDonald, sign Gostisbehere

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers took care of their defense for the short term and long term Tuesday.

Veteran defenseman Andrew MacDonald signed a six-year contract extension, and 2012 third-round pick Shayne Gostisbehere signed an entry-level contract. Financial terms were not released, but multiple media reports placed the value of MacDonald's contract at $30 million.

MacDonald was acquired March 4 from the New York Islanders in a trade for a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in 2015, and minor-league forward Matt Mangene.

"We kind of hashed it out a couple different ways," MacDonald said. "Ended up finishing on six [years] and I felt like a good, long-term commitment was great for me and they agreed with it. Obviously it's a big commitment for them, a big commitment for me. It's a good deal."

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said the fact MacDonald is 27 years old made the six-year length a palatable option.

"Because of his age we didn't mind six years," Holmgren said. "We talked about a lot of different scenarios, even longer than six years, but settled on six."

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Malkin back at Penguins practice, could play Game 1

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 2:10 PM / Penguins vs Blue Jackets - 2014 SCP First Round

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin returned to practice Tuesday after missing the final 11 games of the regular season.

Malkin sustained a foot injury during his first shift in Pittsburgh's 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on March 23. He had skated on his own prior to practices and game-day skates recently, and participated in Pittsburgh's morning skate Sunday, but Tuesday marked his official return to practice.

He said he felt good during the practice, but stopped short of saying he would play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC). In 11 games without Malkin, the Penguins went 5-4-2 averaging 2.27 goals per game during regulation.

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2013-14 NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Awards

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff

With the 2013-14 regular season now in our rearview mirror, it's time for our team of NHL.com Fantasy Hockey insiders to reflect on the players that have defined the fantasy landscape -- for better or worse.

Our fantasy experts -- Matt Cubeta, Pete JensenMatt Sitkoff, Brian Metzer and Justin Goldman -- have cast their votes, outlining the best fantasy players at each position based on eligibility in Yahoo! leagues.

The list of year-end awards is also complete with the biggest underachievers and most notable fantasy rookies, as well as sleeper and bounceback candidates to keep an eye on for next season.

So, as we officially say goodbye to another compelling fantasy hockey season, here are the 2013-14 NHL.com Fantasy Hockey awards.

NOTE: If a player is listed at multiple positions in Yahoo! Leagues, then it is the writer's choice to nominate that player for any eligible positional fantasy award.

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Senators owner Melnyk says MacLean will return

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 11:32 AM / News

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Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean will return next season, owner Eugene Melnyk confirmed during a conference call Tuesday.

"Paul is our coach and he's going to be our coach going into next year," Melnyk said, though he added "changes will need to happen."

One year after making the Stanley Cup Playoffs and eliminating the Montreal Canadiens in a first-round upset, the Senators finished 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 37-31-14 record.

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Five Questions: Bruins' Iginla set to chase elusive Cup

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Jarome Iginla won't dare talk about it yet, not before playing his first game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Boston Bruins, but he knows his best shot to win a championship might be right now, this spring, with the deepest team he's ever played for.

The Bruins are the Presidents' Trophy winners. They have the ability to roll four lines and three defense pairs in front of a potential Vezina Trophy winner in Tuukka Rask. They also have a potential Selke Trophy finalist in Patrice Bergeron and former Norris Trophy winner Zdeno Chara, who might be in line to win it again.

Nine players on the Bruins scored at least 40 points. Iginla and Bergeron led the team with 30 goals each. David Krejci had 50 assists. Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith scored at least 20 goals.

"I think we've got a really good team and a really good shot," Iginla told NHL.com. "I understand playing and watching over the years that you've gotta get some good breaks, but with this group we're going to work hard and there is a lot of experience, guys who have won before and have been close. There are a few of us new guys who haven't, so we're hungry too."

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