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Lightning's Hedman, Johnson injured vs. Flyers

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 11:20 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning lost defenseman Victor Hedman and center Tyler Johnsonbecause of lower-body injuries during a 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.

Coach Jon Cooper said he was unsure if either player would be available for the Lightning's game Tuesday at the Boston Bruins.

"[Johnson] is our leading scorer and [Hedman] is our leading scoring defenseman," Cooper said. "You pull any of those guys out of your lineup it's going to hurt. We'll see how we adapt. This happens to teams; it's happened to us before. We've been through it. You don't like to go through it but we have. And we'll respond."

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Stars' Spezza ready for first game against Senators

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 7:50 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

Dallas Stars center Jason Spezza will face the Ottawa Senators for the first time Tuesday after asking for and receiving a trade last summer from the city where he played 11 seasons, the last of which as captain.

Spezza told reporters Monday he's glad the first time he will face his former team is in Dallas rather than Canadian Tire Centre. He will return to Ottawa with the Stars on Jan. 29. Spezza had 687 points in 686 games for the Senators.

"I don't think it's that bad them coming here. It kind of feels like it's on your turf," said Spezza, who has seven goals and 22 assists in 41 games for the Stars. "Going to Ottawa is going to be strange for sure, walking into the building and walk into the visiting room and all that.

"It's nice to catch up. I saw some of the guys [Sunday] and I'll catch up with a few more guys. It's different when it's on your terms and in your rink. It'll be different when I go back to Ottawa though, for sure."

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Gagne won't return because of personal reasons

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 5:06 PM / News

BostonBruins.com

BOSTONBoston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that forward Simon Gagne has decided not to return to the team this season due to personal reasons. Given his decision, the Bruins have changed Gagne's status to "suspended player".

"At this time Simon feels that he has to be home with his family and he has the complete support of the Boston Bruins organization with this decision," said Chiarelli. "Given Simon's decision not to return to the team, we have to change his status to maintain a full roster. I spoke to Simon about this, and he assured me that we have his full support with this status change."

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Kings place Pearson on IR, recall Shore

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 12:11 PM / News

LAKings.com

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled forward Nick Shore from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League and placed forward Tanner Pearson on injured reserve, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 6-1, 194-pound native of Denver, Colo., has appeared in 105 career AHL games. In his second season with Manchester (AHL) he has posted 79 points (34-45=79) with a plus-40 rating and 50 penalty minutes. He has yet to appear in an NHL game.

Selected in the third-round (82nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Kings, Shore has appeared in 37 games this season with Manchester (AHL), collecting a career-best 41 points (20-21=41), a plus-22 rating and 14 penalty minutes. At the time of his recall, among league-leaders, he was tied for first in goals, tied for third in PPG (7), first in SHG (3), second in points and tied for ninth in assists. Shore was recently named to his first AHL All-Star game.

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Fantasy All-Access: Jets' Perreault proving valuable

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 New York Rangers have won 13 of their past 14 games, their best 14-game stretch since 1973, and the red-hot play has led to some fantasy performers.

Leading the Rangers is All-Star forward Rick Nash, who has nine goals and 14 points during the streak. Behind him is center Derek Stepan, with 10 assists and 14 points in the past 14 games. Two players who have seen their fantasy stock rise during the streak are forwards Mats Zuccarello (12 points) and J.T. Miller (8).

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Backes, Varlamov and Huberdeau named week's stars

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORKSt. Louis Blues center David Backes, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov and Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 11.

FIRST STAR – DAVID BACKES, C, ST. LOUIS BLUES

Backes led the NHL with five goals and eight points in three games, posting three consecutive multi-point performances to power the Blues (26-13-3, 55 points) to a trio of victories. He opened the week by scoring four straight goals in a 6-0 triumph over the Arizona Coyotes Jan. 6. It marked Backes' second career four-goal game and first in nearly six years (also April 2, 2009 at DET). Backes also became the first player to register four consecutive goals in one game – for any team – since Nov. 11, 2005 (Ilya Kovalchuk) and just the second player in Blues history to accomplish that feat (Red Berenson: Nov. 7, 1968). Backes followed that performance with two more multi-point games: 1-1—2 in a 7-2 win over the San Jose Sharks Jan. 8 and 0-2—2 in a 5-4 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Jan. 10. The 30-year-old Minneapolis, Minn., native ranks sixth on the Blues with 14-13—27 in 41 appearances this season, including 7-7—14 in his past 12 outings.

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Leafs recall first-rounder Nylander; assign him to AHL

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 10:14 AM / News

NHL.com

Forward William Nylander has been recalled by the Toronto Maple Leafs from MODO in the Swedish Hockey League and will report to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, according to the team.

Nylander, chosen No. 8 in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Maple Leafs, has eight goals and 20 points in 21 games for his Swedish club team this season. Nylander had three goals and 10 points in seven games for fourth-place Sweden at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

According to a press release posted on the MODO team website, general manager Per Svartvadet said the club had "no control" over Nylander being recalled by the Leafs.

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Capitals recall Peters from Hershey, reassign Copley

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 9:51 AM / News

WashingtonCapitals.com

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Justin Peters from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and re-assigned goaltender Pheonix Copley to Hershey, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Peters, 28, has registered a 2-3-1 record with a 3.28 goals-against average and a .872 save percentage in seven games with Washington this season. The Blyth, Ont., native made his Capitals debut on Oct. 14 vs. San Jose and stopped 20 of 21 shots on Oct. 18 vs. Florida to earn his first Washington win. Peters has posted a 24-34-9 record with three shutouts, a 3.07 record and a .901 save percentage in 75 career NHL games with Carolina and Washington. He signed with Washington as a free agent on July 1, 2014.

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Kings' Doughty worthy of Norris crown thus far

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the first half of the 2014-15 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of its biggest storylines and award contenders.

Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has been the NHL's leading minute man in each of the past two seasons.

He's still leading the League in average time on ice per game, but he missed two games because of the mumps, and Drew Doughty has taken the mantle as the most-used skater in the NHL to this point in the 2014-15 season.

To be clear, just leading the NHL in time on ice is not reason to be the leading contender for the Norris Trophy. There are many examples of defensemen whose performances have suffered because they arguably played too much (Suter before this season could be placed in that group).

That said, Doughty has been the best defenseman in the NHL through the midway point of the season. His ability to perform at an elite level despite playing more than 29 minutes per game enhances his resume and gives him a slight edge in comparison to a few others with a legitimate claim for the award at this point.

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Anaheim Ducks retire Teemu Selanne's No. 8

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 11:27 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Teemu Selanne said he was going to be a "tough guy" and wouldn't cry at his jersey retirement ceremony, but it was not difficult to notice him getting choked up at times.

"I didn't cry, but it was close," Selanne said afterward. "The toughest part to keep the emotions was when I was walking down the stairs (for his entrance onto the stage). I think the whole thing just hit so hard. Plus, I have to concentrate that I don't fall down. But what a night. I never stop wondering the impact with the people. It's all around me. It's very special."

Selanne became the first player in Anaheim Ducks history to have his jersey retired Sunday night during a touching presentation at Honda Center.

The ceremony showcased the genuineness of "The Finnish Flash," whose No. 8 was raised to the rafters in front of a crowd of 17,356.

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Quote of the Day

It's not always going to be pretty, especially against a great goalie [Lundqvist] like that. My goals are never how you draw them up. It's just a matter of grinding it out and trying to create havoc in front and good things happen.

— Capitals forward Jay Beagle on scoring in their Game 3 victory against the Rangers on Monday