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Around the League notebook for Friday, Feb. 13

Saturday, 02.14.2015 / 1:46 AM / News
HAT TRICKS HELP SHARKS, CANUCKS KEEP PACE IN PACIFIC

Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks and Shawn Matthias of the Vancouver Canucks each had hat tricks to help their clubs keep pace in the Pacific Division. The Sharks (29-20-8, 66 points) and Canucks (31-20-3, 65 points) maintained their rank in the division and increased their leads over the idle Calgary Flames (30-22-3, 63 points) and Los Angeles Kings (24-18-12, 60 points).

* Pavelski had his fourth career hat trick to help the Sharks erase an early 2-0 deficit against the Arizona Coyotes and snap their three-game skid in Arizona.

* Pavelski leads the Sharks with 31-21—52 in 57 GP and trails only Rick Nash (34) and Alex Ovechkin (33) for the NHL goals lead. Pavelski had his other three career hat tricks last season, finishing with a career-high 41 goals (82 GP); he also reached the 30-goal plateau in 2011-12 (31; 82 GP).

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Stars' Seguin leaves game with injury after hit

Friday, 02.13.2015 / 11:55 PM / News

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin, the NHL's third-leading scorer, had to be helped off the ice with 6:55 remaining in the third period of their game against the Florida Panthers on Friday.

Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov upended Seguin just inside the Panthers' blue line, sending him sprawling to the ice. Seguin had to be helped off the ice and was taken to the Dallas dressing room, He did not return to the game.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said after the 2-0 victory that Seguin had a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated Saturday but that "it looked like he's going to miss some time."

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Stadium Series site 'very unique,' ready for ice

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- An NHL-caliber rink continued to take shape Friday afternoon at Levi's Stadium, which will host the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 21 (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2).

The platform for the rink has been built, the boards are going up, and the aluminum pans are in place, ready to be filled with glycol coolant from the NHL's giant refrigeration unit outside the stadium.

By Saturday afternoon, Dan Craig, NHL senior director of hockey operations, expects to start making ice.

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Hurricanes recall defenseman Jordan from AHL

Friday, 02.13.2015 / 5:12 PM / News

CarolinaHurricanes.com

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced that the Hurricanes have recalled defenseman Michal Jordan from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

Jordan, 24, skated in 16 games with the Hurricanes from Nov. 26-Dec. 31, before he was reassigned to Charlotte on Jan. 8. The Zlin, Czech Republic, native has played in 29 games with the Checkers this season, scoring two goals and earning eight assists.

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2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series fan experience extended through Levi's Stadium app

Hockey fans encouraged to download app before heading to Levi's Stadium on Feb. 21

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – To enhance the fan experience at the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ outdoor game between the host San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Levi's® Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the National Hockey League, in conjunction with Levi's® Stadium, the San Francisco 49ers, and VenueNext, has taken over the world-class, high-tech stadium's Official App.

The Levi® Stadium App - now available for download for iPhones via the App Store and for Android smartphones via Google Play – is designed to be the ultimate game day concierge for the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™. This Official App will give NHL fans an instant VIP experience and offer convenient, single-source access to everything they need for the much-anticipated outdoor hockey game. The special version of the Levi's® Stadium App includes functionality for mobile parking passes, food and beverage ordering for in-seat delivery or express pick-up, in-seat merchandise ordering, live event and multiple angle instant replay feeds, turn by turn directions in venue, and much more. One standard function of the Levi's® Stadium App that won't be functional for the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series is mobile ticketing.

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Tortorella felt firing by Canucks was justified: report

Friday, 02.13.2015 / 12:00 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

John Tortorella believes he deserved to be fired as coach after one season with the Vancouver Canucks.

During an interview Friday with WDAE 620 AM in Tampa, Tortorella said poor play in the second half of the season is what led to the end of his time with the Canucks.

"We had a great first half, but I don't think I did the job for the team the second half, with our consistency," he told the radio station. "And I think that's what cost me my job. We just … we couldn't stop the losing streaks. We needed to win a couple of games within those areas.

"And quite honestly, I deserved to get fired after that second half of the year."

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Seguin, Voracek join 'Saul' as popular spin-offs

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

According to Wikipedia, a television spin-off is defined as, "a new series which contains either characters, a different character or theme elements from a previous series."

AMC's "Breaking Bad" was considered one of the better television shows of this generation. It won countless awards during its five seasons from 2008 to 2013. This past Sunday, AMC released a spin-off from the critically acclaimed "Breaking Bad" called "Better Call Saul." Not every television spin-off is successful and clearly, the verdict is still out on "Better Call Saul" (only two episodes have aired).

But throughout television history, we've seen tons of spin-offs. Some turned out to be effective, like the hit show "Frasier," which was a spin-off from "Cheers," and "The Jeffersons," which was a spin-off from "All in the Family." And then there were also some misses, like "Joey," which was a spin-off from "Friends," and "Joanie Loves Chachi," which of course was a spin-off from "Happy Days."

I'm not here to ramble on about TV, though. I'm here to discuss the best and worst fantasy hockey spin-offs in recent years. I'm talking about players that once had a small role on one team, and then joined another team for a larger, more prominent, leading-type role, if you will.

And just like with the television industry, we've seen some hits and some misses. Here are five of the most and least successful fantasy hockey spin-offs in the past five years (feel free to add some of your favorite fantasy hockey spin-offs in the comments section below):

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Predators recall Stalberg, reassign Aronson to AHL

Friday, 02.13.2015 / 11:48 AM / News

NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn.Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the team has recalled forward Viktor Stalberg from Milwaukee (AHL) and reassigned defenseman Taylor Aronson to the Admirals.

Stalberg, 28 (1/17/86), has four assists in 11 games for the Predators this season, and 126 points (60g-66a) in 324 career NHL games with Nashville, Chicago and Toronto. In 14 games with Milwaukee, the Gothenberg, Sweden, native has 12 points (7g-5a), including a hat trick on Saturday at Rockford.

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Martinook set to go after second recall by Coyotes

Friday, 02.13.2015 / 11:06 AM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to NHL.com

Jordan Martinook usually leaves his practices with the Portland Pirates in a car, homeward bound.

On Wednesday, all was about to go according to plan until coach Ray Edwards shook it up. Martinook was going to go home, sure, but only to pack. He was headed to the airport, booked on the next flight out to Glendale, Ariz.

In his third year with the American Hockey League affiliate for the Arizona Coyotes, the 22-year-old native of Brandon, Manitoba had already made his NHL debut on Dec. 6, playing in two games at Gila River Arena before boarding a plane back to Portland.

"It’s pretty surreal. You dream of that moment your entire life. It took me a couple years to get that call," Martinook, a center, said of his first experience. "It’s something you can’t even really describe in words how much it means to you."

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Around the League notebook for Thursday, Feb. 12

Friday, 02.13.2015 / 9:13 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

PREDATORS MAINTAIN CUSHION ATOP NHL STANDINGS . . .

Shea Weber had one goal and two assists, including an assist on Filip Forsberg’s game-winning goal, to power the Nashville Predators to their fourth consecutive victory and a 6-1-0 mark in their past seven contests.

* The Predators became the first team to reach 80 points this season. They continue to hold a three-point edge on the Anaheim Ducks and a four-point advantage on the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues for first place in the NHL.

* Weber registered his second three-point game of the season (three assists Nov. 18 at the Toronto Maple Leafs) and 11th of his career. He ranks fourth on the Predators and shares sixth among NHL defensemen with 39 points in 55 games.

* Forsberg scored his 19th goal of the season to set a Predators record for most goals by a rookie, breaking the previous mark of 18 (Alexander Radulov, 2006-07). Forsberg has 13 multipoint games this season and leads all rookies in goals, assists (31), points (50) and plus/minus (plus-22) in 55 games.

* Pekka Rinne stopped 32 shots, including one with his head in the third period, to earn his 13th win in his last 15 games (13-1-1). He leads the NHL with 32 wins and a 1.99 goals-against average while his .930 save percentage ranks second behind the Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price (.933).

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4