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Victoria's Lowry to coach Canada at 2016 WJC

Monday, 03.23.2015 / 5:15 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Dave Lowry was named coach of Canada for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada announced Monday.

Lowry, the coach of the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League, won a gold medal as an assistant coach for Canada at the 2015 WJC.

"We're going to continue to build on the momentum that we generated in 2015," Lowry said. "The mindset and mandate moving forward will be we're going to once again look to take the best players and we're going to make the players buy into playing the game a certain way and that'll be our way."

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Blue Jackets forward Milano assigned to AHL

Monday, 03.23.2015 / 3:34 PM / News

ColumbusBlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Sonny Milano from the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers to the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Milano, 18, led Plymouth in scoring with 22 goals and 46 assists for 68 points and added 24 penalty minutes in 50 games in 2014-15, his first season in the OHL. He spent the previous two campaigns with the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, recording 39 points in 25 games played for the USNDP Juniors (USHL) in 2013-14.

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Coyotes recall Szwarz, send Hodgman to AHL

Monday, 03.23.2015 / 3:20 PM / News

ArizonaCoyotes.com

GLENDALE, ARIZONAArizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled forward Jordan Szwarz and assigned forward Justin Hodgman to the Portland Pirates, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate (AHL).

The 23-year-old Szwarz has collected 9-12-21 and 58 penalty minutes (PIM) in 42 games with the Pirates this season. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound native of Burlington, Ontario has totaled 3-0-3 and 19 PIM in 26 career NHL games. Szwarz was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the fourth round (97th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft.

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Pavelec, Turris, Bishop named 'Three Stars' of week

Monday, 03.23.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris and Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 22.

FIRST STAR – ONDREJ PAVELEC, G, WINNIPEG JETS

Pavelec went 3-0-0 with a 0.97 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and one shutout to help the Jets (37-23-12, 86 points) pick up three straight wins and maintain the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. He made 38 saves in a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks March 17. Pavelec then denied 32 shots – and two attempts in the shootout – in a 2-1 triumph over the St. Louis Blues March 19.

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Fantasy All-Access: Available options on waiver wire

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Every Monday, NHL.com contributor Matt Sitkoff identifies waiver-wire pickups, roster trends, schedule notes and a prospect to watch in fantasy hockey.

The fantasy playoffs are upon us, and if you are one of the lucky ones still playing for fantasy glory, one reason you're there could be bounce-back players you stole in the later rounds or on the waiver wire.

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Penguins say Dupuis won't return this season

Monday, 03.23.2015 / 11:34 AM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will not play again this season, general manager Jim Rutherford said Monday.

Dupuis has not played since being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung Nov. 19.

"Based on the doctor's report I don't believe we'll see Pascal this year, and that's a big loss," Rutherford said. "He's not going to be cleared to play until June."

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Schneider thriving with heavy workload for Devils

Monday, 03.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider would gladly trade his eye-catching statistics if it meant having an opportunity to participate in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this spring.

Cory Schneider
Goalie - NJD
RECORD: 26-26-7
GAA: 2.16 | SVP: .929
Schneider's numbers in his first season as a No. 1 goalie appear good enough to have the Devils heading to the postseason. But even a 2.16 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage aren't good enough to overcome New Jersey's 2.21 goals-for average.

There are five goalies with a save percentage of .927 or higher at this point in the season, and four are playing for teams in the postseason hunt: Carey Price (.938) of the Montreal Canadiens, Cam Talbot (.929) of the New York Rangers, Devan Dubnyk (.927) of the Minnesota Wild and Pekka Rinne (.927) of the Nashville Predators.

Schneider, meanwhile, is on the outside looking in. He'll likely start his 62nd game Monday when the Devils play the Los Angeles Kings at Prudential Center (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US).

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Around the League notebook for Sunday, March 22

Sunday, 03.22.2015 / 11:56 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

RANGERS DOMINATE DUCKS TO REACH TOP OF LEAGUE STANDINGS

The New York Rangers scored a season-high seven goals to defeat the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 7-2. The Rangers, who have won seven of their past eight games (7-1-0), are 46-18-7 (99 points) this season. The Rangers moved into a three-way tie with the idle Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim (in terms of standings points) at the top of the League standings. The Rangers, however, hold two and three games in hand and also own the ROW tiebreaker over both respective clubs (NYR: 42, MTL: 40, ANA: 38).

* The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 10 straight games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in at least 10 consecutive games for the first time since a span of 12 straight games from Feb. 20-March 18, 1971.

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Monahan leading Flames' push to end playoff drought

Sunday, 03.22.2015 / 11:18 PM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- One by one, a young Sean Monahan would stand in the backyard of his Brampton, Ontario home and pick off fence board after fence board.
 
One by one, his father, John, would replace the damage to his fence.
 
"Probably eight or nine a week," Monahan said, flashing a sly, almost bashful smile. "Between throwing the lacrosse ball around and shooting pucks, all the time, the fence boards would be cracked in half or knocked out.
 
“I don't think anything drove me to do it. I just wanted to do it. I enjoyed shooting pucks. I think it was just the passion for the game. I always wanted to hold a hockey stick or lacrosse stick and it was something I enjoyed doing.
 
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Penguins' Malkin skates, not ruled out for Tuesday

Sunday, 03.22.2015 / 10:32 PM / News

NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist skated Sunday, but it remains unknown when either will be back in the lineup, according to coach Mike Johnston.

Malkin has missed the past four games because of a lower-body injury; Hornqvist (undisclosed) has been out since March 15.

Johnston said he doesn't expect Hornqvist to be able to play when the Penguins face the St. Louis Blues at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday, but he didn't rule out Malkin.

"I still believe that [Malkin] might be a couple days ahead of Patric, but there's no set timeline on when they're going to play for sure," Johnston said, according to the Penguins website.

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