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Blue Jackets forward Boll suspended three games

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 11:55 AM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK – Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has been suspended for three games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon during NHL Game No. 1093 in Columbus on Tuesday, March 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 4:02 of the second period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, Boll will forfeit $27,419.34. 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.

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Canadiens, Rangers, Lightning can clinch Thursday

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 11:38 AM / Expert Picks

NHL.com

The Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday can become the first three teams to clinch spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Canadiens, who have a League-leading 100 points, will clinch a playoff spot if they defeat the Winnipeg Jets (8 p.m. ET; RDS, SNE, TSN3) in regulation or overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks defeat the Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, TVA Sports, PRIME, NESN) in any fashion, or if the Bruins defeat the Ducks in a shootout.

Montreal also can get in if it defeats Winnipeg in a shootout if Anaheim defeats Boston in any fashion. Montreal also would clinch a spot if it gets one point against Winnipeg and Anaheim defeats Boston in regulation.

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Jets, Copp agree to terms on entry-level contract

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 10:23 AM / News

WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with forward Andrew Copp on a three-year, two-way, entry level contract with an average annual value of $958,300. Copp will now report directly to the Winnipeg Jets.

Copp, 20, recently completed his junior season with the University of Michigan Wolverines. The Ann Arbor, MI native has ended his college career with 81 points (40G, 41A) in 107 games over three seasons with the Wolverines. Copp was named Michigan's team captain for the 2014-15 season. For his performance leading the Wolverines this season, he was recognized by the NCAA and earned All-Big Ten second team honours. He previously led the University of Michigan in goals (15) during his sophomore year in 2013-14. That same season, he represented the USA at the 2014 World Junior Chamipionships where he recorded five assists in five games.

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Unmasked: Hammond, Talbot can maintain success

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Two of the hottest goaltenders and best nicknames in the NHL meet Thursday when the New York Rangers host the Ottawa Senators in a battle between the "Goalbuster" and the "Hamburglar."

Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot was dubbed Goalbuster thanks to his "Ghostbuster" movie-themed masks. Senators goalie Andrew Hammond earned the Hamburglar nickname in college and it stuck in the NHL thanks to the image of the masked McDonald's character painted (with Alfred E. Newman's face) on the side of his mask.

The bigger question beyond this meeting of hot nicknames and hotter play is, how much staying power do Hammond and Talbot have in the NHL, and which one is best suited to becoming a No. 1 goalie?

Each has looked the part heading into Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET: RDS, TSN5, MSG Plus).

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Bruins face do-or-die stretch with playoffs at stake

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- A favorite tactic of heels in wrestling is to start hitting their opponent before the bell rings in order to gain an advantage.

With nine games left in the Boston Bruins' regular season, they need to gain a similar edge by playing at a higher level than they're used to performing at this time of year.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs don't begin until April 15, but for the Bruins the bell has rung. In order to qualify for the eighth straight year they have to start playing playoff-caliber hockey right now. The Bruins trail the Ottawa Senators by one point for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference after leading by seven points as recently as March 10.

The Bruins will try to snap a five-game losing streak (0-3-2) against the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m.; NHLN-US, TVA Sports).

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Central Scouting meeting to set final rankings

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

It certainly isn't a stretch at this point to assume center Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League and Boston University freshman center Jack Eichel will be the top two players picked at the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on June 26.

While those two players have moved to the head of the draft class, NHL Central Scouting will meet Friday to start to determine the final rankings of the top 210 North American skaters and top 30 North American goaltenders.

McDavid played 47 games this season but finished third with 120 points and tied for fourth with 44 goals. He started the season with points in 10 straight games, then had a 27-game point streak, during which he had 26 goals and 67 points. It was the longest streak in the OHL since John Tavares of the Oshawa Generals had points in 27 straight games during the 2007-08 season.

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Skating, skill make Kylington's prospects intriguing

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

Oliver Kylington didn't get a chance to impress scouts by playing for Sweden at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in January.

The defenseman sustained an injury during an exhibition game against Canada at Canadian Tire Centre prior to the start of the tournament and was unable to participate.

In a tournament typically dominated by 19-year-old players, Kylington (6-foot, 180 pounds), who turns 18 in May, might not have looked out of place. The event had many top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft, including the projected top two picks, Canada center Connor McDavid and United States center Jack Eichel.

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Around the League notebook: Wednesday, March 25

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 1:57 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

STARS OUTLAST FLAMES TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK

The Dallas Stars surrendered leads of 2-0 and 3-2, but Tyler Seguin scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the club to its fourth straight win overall and a 5-0-1 mark in their last six meetings with the Calgary Flames dating to March 18, 2013.

* The Stars (36-28-10, 82 points) moved within six points of the idle Winnipeg Jets (38-24-12, 88 points) for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Dallas owns the ROW tiebreaker (DAL: 32, WPG: 31), but Winnipeg won the season series (WPG: 3-1-0, DAL: 1-3-0).

* Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves and denied all three shootout attempts to pick up his eighth win in his past nine games against the Flames, including five straight victories. Overall, he has a 10-3-2 record in 15 career appearances vs. Calgary (2.61 GAA, .912 SV%).

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Flyers' Simmonds, MacDonald out for regular season

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 11:46 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds and defenseman Andrew MacDonald sustained season-ending injuries in the Flyers' 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

The Flyers announced the injuries after the game.

Simmonds, who scored his Flyers-best 28th goal in the first period, has a lower-body injury. He was hit in the left foot by a shot.

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Congressional Hockey Challenge highlights education

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 10:58 PM / News

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The seventh annual Congressional Hockey Challenge took place Wednesday.

The recipients of the NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund scholarships were announced, and several panelists discussed the future of hockey and its role in higher education.

"The truth is, you've got some big-time hockey programs, but there's a lot of schools and colleges now that have hockey programs that are competitive," Congressional Hockey Caucus co-chairman Rep. Pat Meehan (Pa.) said. "Kids can come from that level and play, or they can play on club teams where there's some really good hockey being played, so it's still part of the school's curriculum.

"The concept is that hockey teaches skills -- teamwork, preparation, and discipline -- life skills. The program supports college scholarships for some of the players that come out of inner-city youth organizations, so it creates a future for kids that might not otherwise have a future [in hockey]. "

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