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Around the League notebook: Wednesday, Nov. 11

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 1:33 AM / News

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Sidney Crosby (0-2—2) collected the primary assist on two goals in regulation – including a set-up on the tying goal by Patric Hornqvist with 6:25 remaining – and scored in the shootout to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to their 10th win in their past 12 games following an 0-3-0 start to the season.

* The Penguins won when trailing after two periods for the first time since January 5, 2014 at the Winnipeg Jets, halting a streak of 37 consecutive losses in that scenario. They are 10-3-2 in their past 15 games against the Montreal Canadiens dating to the start of the 2011-12 season (MTL: 5-5-5).

* Crosby has collected 17-23—40 in 30 career games against the Canadiens, including at least one point in 16 of 17 home games (12-14—26). He is 32-for-72 in the shootout - tied for 10th-most shootout goals in NHL history (w/ Joe Pavelski).

Sharks forward Couture won't skate on trip: report

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 12:11 AM / News

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture will not skate before a road trip ends Nov. 22, coach Peter DeBoer told CSN Bay Area on Wednesday.

Couture fractured his right fibula at the ankle in practice on Oct. 15, had surgery on Oct. 17, and the prognosis was that he would be sidelined 4-6 weeks. Nov. 26 would be six weeks from the injury.

DeBoer said Couture would accompany the Sharks on their six-game trip but would not practice.

"I don't know the time when I'm going to be back playing, skating, or anything like that," Couture told on Nov. 3.

Bruins' Pastrnak has crack in foot; Seidenberg closer

Wednesday, 11.11.2015 / 6:08 PM / News

Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak, who hasn't played since Oct. 31, has a small, non-displaced crack in his foot, general manager Don Sweeney said Wednesday, and there is no timetable for his return.

"We have to get him some time," Sweeney said in comments tweeted by the Bruins. "The course of action doesn't change for him except he just needs a little bit more rest."

Pastrnak has two goals and four points in 10 games this season.

Sharks' Marleau comments on trade rumors: report

Wednesday, 11.11.2015 / 6:01 PM / News

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau on Wednesday addressed trade rumors involving him.

"I'm not going to get into specifics or anything like that," Marleau told CSN Bay Area. "There's always been rumors in my career. I don't really want to feed into it anymore or comment on it. I don't want it to become a distraction or anything."

Sportsnet reported Marleau was possibly being offered in a trade, followed by a CSN report that said he would waive his no-trade clause to play for the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings or New York Rangers.

Laperriere leading charge against pancreatic cancer

Wednesday, 11.11.2015 / 2:34 PM / Hockey Fights Cancer

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

Philadelphia Flyers assistant coach Ian Laperriere did not know about pancreatic cancer until 2007 when his father was diagnosed with it at the age of 52.

Three years later, Michel Laperriere lost his battle. The ordeal educated Ian Laperriere about the severe impact of the disease.

"When we all found out it just hit us like a brick," Laperriere said. "He fought for three years, I'll give him that. That's a tough cancer. There's no good cancer but that's probably one of the worst. You don't last that long. Even as strong as you are and as much fight as you put in, that cancer is very aggressive and it's tough to survive."

Fantasy top 60 defensemen: Klingberg in lofty territory

Wednesday, 11.11.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, fantasy hockey contributor Brian Metzer provides in-depth defenseman analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer is your go-to guy for fantasy D-men advice all season long.

Nicklas Lidstrom entered the NHL Hall of Fame on Monday night and it got this fantasy writer, who specializes in the coverage of defensemen, feeling nostalgic. After all, Lidstrom wasn't just one of the best defensemen on the ice, but one of the best in terms of pure, unadulterated fantasy production.

That production, especially a season like he had in 2005-06, when he scored 80 points and won one of his seven Norris Trophies, has not been duplicated since.

The good news is there are several players who grew up watching the Detroit Red Wings phenom that could be heirs to his fantasy throne, and it is no small coincidence they brandish a flag bearing blue and yellow. Yes, they are Lidstrom's countrymen Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes), Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning) and the focal point of this column, John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars.

Around the League notebook: Tuesday, Nov. 10

Wednesday, 11.11.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

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Henrik Lundqvist and Jake Allen each posted shutouts to help their teams match their best 15-game starts to a season in franchise history:

* Lundqvist made 33 saves to record his 56th career shutout and lead the New York Rangers to a 3-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. It gives the Rangers an 8-0-2 record in their past 10 games and a 7-1-1 record at Madison Square Garden this season. At 11-2-2 (24 points), the Rangers have equaled their best 15-game start to a season, in terms of both wins and points, in the franchise's 89-year history. In 1990-91, the club started 11-4-0 and in 1971-72 they earned 24 points in their first 15 games (10-1-4).

* The Rangers are 18-2-0 in their past 20 games against the Hurricanes dating to Jan. 5, 2011, including 10 consecutive victories on home ice. Lundqvist improved to 8-0-0 in his last eight home games vs. CAR (0.85 goals-against average, .972 save percentage, one shutout).

* Allen made 24 saves to earn his eighth career shutout, and second straight, as the St. Louis Blues defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-0 for their sixth win in seven games. At 11-3-1 (23 points), the Blues have matched their best start to a season in terms of wins in franchise history. They accomplished the feat four times before, most recently in 2013-14 (11-2-2). The Blues extended their team shutout streak to 166:02 dating to the first period at CHI on Nov. 4, when they allowed five goals in the first of an eventual 6-5 overtime win.

Wednesday Night Rivalry: Penguins host Canadiens

Wednesday, 11.11.2015 / 3:00 AM / Tale of the Tape

John Kreiser - Managing Editor

The Montreal Canadiens will try to continue their League-leading start when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, RDS).

Montreal has 13 victories in its first 16 games, including a 3-2 win in its previous visit to Consol Energy Center on Oct. 13. That loss dropped the Penguins to 0-3-0; however, Pittsburgh has won nine of its 11 games since then, including three of four on a Canadian road trip.

Goaltender Carey Price will be in Pittsburgh as part of the annual dads' trip, but he'll sit out his fifth consecutive game because of a lower-body injury. Rookie backup Mike Condon has more than picked up the slack; he's 3-0-1 in Price's absence and was the NHL's Third Star last week. In his seven games, Condon is 6-0-1 with a League-leading 1.57 goals-against average.

Pacioretty growing into role as captain of Canadiens

Wednesday, 11.11.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- When Max Pacioretty was named captain of the Montreal Canadiens at the start of training camp, he became emotional.

He wiped a tear from his eye at his introductory news conference and made it clear just how much the position meant to him.

Shortly after, the Canadiens went out and had the best start to a season in team history, and have a League-best 13-2-1 record when they play the Pittsburgh Penguins (9-5-0) in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, RDS).

Not a bad way to start out a captaincy.

If you ask his teammates or coach Michel Therrien, they don't see much of a change in Pacioretty wearing the letter on his chest.

Unlikely players in running for spots on Team Canada

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 7:05 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Tim Wharnsby - Correspondent

TORONTO -- A strong start to the 2015-16 NHL season from Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli and defenseman Jake Muzzin, Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone, and Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has each on Team Canada's radar for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

General manager Doug Armstrong and his management team met this week for the third time to continue to shape Team Canada's 23-man roster for the best-on-best tournament, which begins Sept. 17.

Armstrong said putting together the 16-man roster required by March 1 will be relatively easy; it will contain plenty of players from Canada's gold-medal team from the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

But deciding who will join the likes of Carey Price, Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Shea Weber, P.K. Subban, Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Jamie Benn, as well as Steven Stamkos, who did not play in Sochi because he was injured, on the final roster will be the difficult part for Team Canada's management team.

"We've all put a mock team together and we're starting to clarify the guys that have been on that list every time," Armstrong said Tuesday. "But what's great about scouting this and going through this is that there are players that are having really good seasons that weren't on that radar screen that we're really going to hone in on."

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