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Rangers' Kreider tops Calder race at midseason

Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com's midseason edition of Trophy Trackers attempts to project winners of the major individual awards. Today we predict the winner of the Calder Trophy, an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.

Shortly before Christmas, San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl began to break away from a pack of impressive NHL rookies. On Dec. 19, Hertl led all freshmen with 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists) and a plus-11 rating in 35 games before a knee-on-knee collision led to surgery that may have ended his season.

Without Hertl, the Calder Trophy race at midseason is a close call, and New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider owns the smallest of edges.

An unceremonious demotion to Hartford of the American Hockey League at the end of training camp put Kreider's regular season on hold, but since his Oct. 24 debut, he has 11 goals and 24 points with a plus-9 rating in 37 games, five fewer than rookie scoring leader Nathan MacKinnon (14-14-28). Eighteen of his points are either goals or primary assists and 10 of his goals have come in Rangers wins. Playing with three United States Olympians (Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Callahan), Kreider's physical nature has been the trendsetter. His 93 hits lead Rangers forwards and rank fourth among rookies.


Five Questions: Vanek happy to be with Islanders

Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features New York Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- New York Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek has a lot coming up in the months ahead, including the 2014 Sochi Olympics and his pending unrestricted free agency. The last thing he needed was to be struggling on the ice as the calendar flipped to 2014.

No worries there.

Vanek enters the game Tuesday at the Toronto Maple Leafs riding a nine-game point-scoring streak that dates back to Dec. 20. He has five goals and nine assists during the streak, including the two assists he had in New York's 7-3 win against the Dallas Stars on Monday.

After sitting out with an injury in early November that marred his start with the Islanders, Vanek has found his game while skating on the team's top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. The Vanek-Tavares-Okposo line is one of the best lines going in the NHL right now with a combined 72 points in the past 22 games.


Fourteen potential second-half stars to keep an eye on

Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The first half of the 2013-14 NHL season has had plenty of intrigue, but the home stretch could bring a flurry of new storylines to go along with the resolution of the ones that have developed in the opening months of the campaign.

There have been several breakout stars, from rookie sensations like Tomas Hertl and Seth Jones to young players who have inconsistent pasts like Cam Fowler and Tyler Seguin, and even veterans reaching new heights like Alexander Steen and Josh Harding. Some of the sport's biggest stars have missed time with injuries, and others have stepped to the fore in their place.

So who are some of the players that could change the narrative of the 2013-14 season and play a starring role in the second half? Here are 14 names to keep in mind as the back half of the schedule leads into the Olympic break, the trade deadline and the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Blue Jackets' Bobrovsky shines in return from injury

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 11:50 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- After his team blew a 3-1 third-period lead only to win 4-3 in a shootout, Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards had plenty of difficult questions to answer regarding his team's inconsistency.

His goaltender's play wasn't among them.

In his first game since leaving Columbus' 1-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 3 with a groin injury, Sergei Bobrovsky didn't look the least bit out of place. Last season's Vezina Trophy winner stopped 40 shots in his first game in over a month before stopping both opposing shooters in the shootout to lead the Blue Jackets to a crucial 4-3 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.

"That's an easy one. He was great," Richards said when asked to assess the play of his goaltender. "He was tremendous. Obviously, he had a huge role in the game."


Blue Jackets' Tyutin leaves game with injury

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 11:02 PM / News

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin left the game Monday night against the New York Rangers following a hit from forward Chris Kreider.

Handling the puck 21 seconds into the second period while facing the boards at the Rangers' blue line, Tyutin fell forward awkwardly when Kreider delivered a hit that caught the Russian defenseman off guard.


Islanders place Nabokov on injured reserve

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 10:40 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov left the game Monday against the Dallas Stars with 7:06 left in the first period due to a lower-body injury. He did not return and was placed on injured reserve after New York's 7-3 victory.

Nabokov appeared to hurt his right side after sprawling to make a save with 8:40 remaining. He stayed down for a while and received assistance from the trainer, but he opted to stay in the game.

However, Nabokov waived to the bench at a stoppage in play with 7:06 left and immediately went to the dressing room. Kevin Poulin replaced Nabokov, who made seven saves on eight shots.


Myers suspended three games for check to the head

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 5:25 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK -- Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers has been suspended for three games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus during NHL Game No. 628 in Buffalo on Saturday, Jan. 4, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 7:02 of the third period. Myers was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, Myers will forfeit $84,615.39. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=530572&lang=en.


Canucks' Luongo not seriously hurt: report

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 5:14 PM / News


Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo may have escaped serious injury Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings, according to a report by TSN's James Duthie.

Duthie reported early indications are the ankle injury Luongo sustained is not serious. He underwent an MRI on Monday and was seen walking without a limp.

The Canucks did recall goaltender Joacim Eriksson from the American Hockey League on Monday. When Luongo was unable to dress Sunday, they had to sign 43-year-old Rob Laurie to back up Eddie Lack against the Anaheim Ducks.

Luongo, who had missed three games with a groin injury, stopped 46 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Kings. He was crashed into by forward Dustin Brown on the game-tying goal in the third period but finished out the game.


Wild's Koivu has ankle surgery, out one month

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 3:43 PM / News

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu had ankle surgery, the team announced Monday, and is expected to miss a month.

Koivu sustained a broken ankle during a game Saturday against the Washington Capitals, though he did finish the game. This injury puts his ability to play for Finland in the 2014 Sochi Olympics in jeopardy. Koivu was a favorite to be named captain for his country.

It is also a huge blow for the reeling Wild, who have stumbled since a 13-4-4 start. Part of the issue has been the team's declining possession numbers, and another problem has been injuries, most recently an illness keeping surprising star goaltender Josh Harding out of the lineup.


Islanders' Tavares not distracted by Olympic talk

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 3:38 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- New York Islanders captain John Tavares hasn't spent much time worrying or thinking about trying to make the Canadian Olympic team this season.

"I don't think it's been about what do I have to do to be there, what am I worrying about, what are they watching me do out there?" Tavares said Monday morning from Nassau Coliseum. "The thoughts have been about excitement and what it would be like to be there, not so much the pressure or what I have to do to get there."

That line of thinking makes sense considering Tavares is likely a lock to be on the roster that will be revealed by Hockey Canada on Tuesday morning in Toronto. The feeling has always been that as long as Tavares played well and stayed healthy he would be selected to play in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

However, the mystery (if you want to call it that) will have to remain a mystery until at least Tuesday morning.

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For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory