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Devils forward Patrik Elias scores 400th NHL goal

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 8:04 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias became the 91st player in NHL history to reach 400 goals when he scored 1:23 into the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center on Friday.


Lightning acquire Ashton, Broll from Maple Leafs

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 7:36 PM / News

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired right wing Carter Ashton and left wing David Broll from the Toronto Maple Leafs today in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Ashton, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, has played in seven games with the Maple Leafs this season. He has totaled 54 career NHL games, all with Toronto. Ashton has also played in 12 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League this season, notching four goals and eight points.


Analysis: Rangers would be wise to seek goalie help

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 5:15 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The New York Rangers have two questions to answer in the wake of Henrik Lundqvist's vascular injury that will sideline the goalie for at least three weeks.

1) Do they think Cam Talbot can be a No. 1 goalie without a reliable backup until Lundqvist returns?

If Lundqvist is out for three weeks he'll miss at least 12 games, including the one he missed Wednesday. The Rangers have two sets of back-to-backs in that timeframe.

2) Do they need to acquire a veteran goalie to work in tandem with Talbot until Lundqvist is able to return, provided he is able to return this season?

The Rangers basically admitted Friday they're not 100 percent certain on the three-week timetable. The statement they released left open the possibility Lundqvist will be out longer.


Jets' Kane to have shoulder surgery, out 4-6 months

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 3:10 PM / News

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg Jets left wing Evander Kane is out for the rest of the season.

The Jets announced Friday that Kane will have surgery on his left shoulder and will miss 4-6 months.

The Jets play the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday at MTS Center (8 p.m. ET; NHLN-US).

The news concludes a tumultuous week for Kane, who was placed on injured reserve Thursday after visiting a team doctor to have the shoulder examined. He was scratched Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks, which Paul Maurice called a coach's decision.


Rangers' Lundqvist to miss at least three weeks

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 2:48 PM / News

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will miss at least three weeks with a vascular injury sustained Jan. 31 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Rangers released the following statement Friday:

"Henrik Lundqvist suffered a vascular injury on Saturday. We have been conferring with leading medical experts to ensure the best possible care. Henrik will remain sidelined at least three weeks, until he is re-evaluated and we have completed the process of conferring with the medical experts."


Stars recall Lindback, reassign Rynnas to AHL

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 2:11 PM / News

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Anders Lindback from his conditioning assignment with the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). The club has also reassigned goaltender Jussi Rynnas to Texas.

Lindback, 26, has a 2-7-0 record with an .875 save percentage and a 3.79 goals against average in nine appearances with Dallas in 2014-15. The Gavle, Sweden native has appeared in seven games with Texas this season, posting a 4-2-1 record with a 1.68 goals against average and a .946 save percentage.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound goaltender was originally selected by Nashville in the seventh round (207th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft and was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2014.


Maple Leafs prospect Brown leads Marlies in scoring

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 12:42 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to

In another life, Connor Brown might have had a successful career in the financial world. Maybe on the front lines of Wall Street, or tucked away somewhere in a private firm. Math was kind of his thing in high school.

But hockey, like it does for many, had other ideas. Taken in the sixth round (No. 156) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Etobicoke, Ontario, native got a chance to realize a dream every little kid playing hockey has: throwing on your hometown sweater.

"My whole family are pretty big Leafs fans so getting drafted here was just an added bonus to a special feeling on draft day," Brown said. "A couple buddies of mine that were there texted me first, and then I eventually saw my name on the ticker. We just watched it on TV."


Wild's Cooke out 5-6 weeks after sports hernia surgery

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 12:34 PM / News

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke had successful sports hernia surgery and will miss 5-6 weeks, coach Mike Yeo said Friday.

Cooke, 36, has four goals and eight points in 27 games this season.


Hot fantasy topics: The value of the empty-net goal

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

Here's a look at three of the hottest topics in fantasy hockey right now.

1. Empty-net goals

Empty-net goals count just as much as Vladimir Tarasenko's gorgeous goal back on Nov. 3. Every goal carries the same value in fantasy hockey. And while empty-net goals might not occur in every game, there are certain players who have the chance to record either an empty-net goal or assist on one more than others. These players are typically the ones trusted by their coaches who are out there for the final minute of ice time in a close game in which the goalie is pulled.

If you look at the table below on the left, you'll see a list of forwards that are on the ice most with the opposing team's goalie pulled over the past three seasons, according to Meaning, these guys are on the ice the most when facing an empty net. While it won't always translate to getting an empty-net goal (and it hasn't in some cases), they have been given more opportunities to get one than other players in the past three years.


Flyers defenseman Timonen resumes skating

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 11:48 AM / News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen resumed skating Friday in hopes of playing at some point during the 2014-15 season.

Timonen, 39, has not played since being diagnosed with blood clots in his leg and lungs in August. He has Protein C deficiency, an illness that makes him susceptible to blood clots. Timonen's mother and two of his brothers also have the illness.

He skated by himself for about 40 minutes at the Flyers practice facility in Voorhees, N.J. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall looked on as Timonen worked in some stickhandling and shooting.

"It was kind of a weird feeling this morning," Timonen said in video posted on the Flyers website. "I was kind of nervous that I don't fall down right away. It was kind of weird, but I was so excited looking forward to this morning. I couldn't really sleep last night. It's not like you're riding a bike. It's different. I just realized skating is hard. This is kind of like a training camp for me, Day One. It's over, but it's going to get better day by day."

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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