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Sharks' Sheppard sent to AHL for conditioning stint

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 10:24 AM / News

SanJoseSharks.com

SAN JOSE, CASan Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has assigned forward James Sheppard to the Worcester Sharks on a conditioning assignment.

The six-foot-one, 215-pound native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was acquired from Minnesota via trade on Aug. 7, 2011. He was originally selected by Minnesota in the 2006 NHL Draft (1st round, 9th overall).

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Super 16: Analytics say rest goalies on back-to-backs

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

As more people embrace the idea of analytics in hockey, one of the things they find out is it's more about ideas than statistics.

It's not all about a player's Corsi numbers; it is about his puck possession numbers and the principle of keeping the puck as a fundamental part of the way the game should be played. There are lots of principles in hockey analytics. Most started as an idea, and then someone or someones sought out a way to prove them.

One such idea is teams should never play the same goalie when faced with games on back-to-back nights. The premise of this is pretty simple: Goalies tax their body a great deal in any given NHL game, and when they do so on back-to-back nights it decreases their ability to perform at an optimal level.

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Around the League notebook for Thursday, Oct. 16

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 2:27 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

DOWN BUT NOT OUT

The Islanders, Stars, Rangers and Senators all overcame third-period deficits to win.

* Trailing 2-1 to start the third period, the Islanders' took a 3-2 on goals by Kyle Okposo (WATCH ) and Josh Bailey scored 2:41 apart, but San Jose's Tomas Hertl forced extra time with his second goal of the season (WATCH ) . John Tavares netted the game-deciding shootout goal (WATCH ) to hand the Sharks their first lost and improve the Islanders to 4-0-0.

* The Stars trailed 2-0 before the 10-minute mark of the first period, but Antoine Roussel cut the deficit to 2-1 in the middle frame and Jamie Benn (17:03) (WATCH ) and Tyler Seguin (19:57) (WATCH ) each tallied in the final three minutes to lift Dallas to a 3-2 win at Pittsburgh.

* Derick Brassard's goal at 9:40 of the third period (WATCH ) forced extra time and Rick Nash netted the lone shootout marker as the Rangers capitalized on Henrik Lundqvist's 29 saves to win 2-1 against the Hurricanes.

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Lucic, Bruins fall short again facing Canadiens

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 12:37 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Milan Lucic came so close to coming out of it unscathed.

After a summer of hearing about the remarks he made in the handshake line at the end of the Boston Bruins' loss in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the Montreal Canadiens, Lucic was facing those Canadiens again for the first time Thursday, and all eyes were on him.

On his first shift of the game, Lucic picked up the puck with speed and entered the Canadiens zone only to have his nemesis, Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin, knock him down with a solid shoulder check.

The sellout Bell Centre crowd of 21,273 fans roared its approval, but Lucic did nothing to retaliate. In fact, Lucic was on his best behavior for most of the night, focused on helping the Bruins win more so than exacting any sort of revenge for a playoff loss five months earlier.

But in the final minutes, with the Bruins trailing 5-4 but taking the play to the Canadiens in an effort to tie the game, Lucic was faced with an opportunity too difficult to resist.

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Pickard debuts for Avalanche after Berra injured

Friday, 10.17.2014 / 12:20 AM / News

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Colorado Avalanche goalie Reto Berra was injured in the first period against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and Calvin Pickard came in making his NHL debut.

Colorado put No. 1 goaltender Semyon Varlamov on injured reserve earlier Thursday with a groin injury.

Berra left the game at 2:46 of the first period after he was involved in a collision with Senators center Kyle Turris, who was pushed into the net by Avalanche forward John Mitchell.

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Injury forces Islanders' Grabovski from game

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 11:11 PM / News

NHL.com

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- New York Islanders forward Mikhail Grabovski was helped off the ice with an upper-body injury midway through the first period against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. He did not return to the game.

Grabovski was driven to the ice along the left-wing boards in San Jose’s zone on a hit by Sharks forward John Scott at 13:22. Play was stopped and Grabovski was assisted to the dressing room by Islanders medical personnel.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano did not have an update on Grabovski's condition after the game.

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Penguins forward Dupuis taken off on stretcher

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 10:51 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis was taken off the ice on a stretcher in the second period against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Dupuis was cross-checked in the back by Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski with 6:58 remaining in the period. Dupuis fell to the ice in front of the Dallas crease and took a puck to the head. He shook off his gloves and motioned to the bench for assistance.

Dupuis was taken off after several minutes. He offered a thumbs-up to the Pittsburgh crowd as he approached the gate.

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Ducks' Maroon out four weeks with knee injury

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 2:38 PM / News

NHL.com

Anaheim Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon will miss the next four weeks with a sprained medical collateral ligament, according to the Ducks.

Maroon, who has three assists in three games, was working the top line with center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry. The Ducks re-signed Maroon to a three-year contract in August after he scored 29 points in 62 games with Anaheim in 2013-14, his first full NHL season.

The 26-year-old had seven points and 38 penalty minutes in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Ducks originally acquired Maroon from the Philadelphia Flyers, along with David Laliberte, for Danny Syvret and Rob Bordson in 2010.

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WHL roster named for 2014 Subway Super Series

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 2:13 PM / News

Five players picked in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft were named Thursday by the Canadian Hockey League to the roster for the Western Hockey League team that will play against Russia in the opening two games of the 2014 Subway Super Series.

The WHL will play Russia in Game 1 of the six-game series Nov. 10 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The second game will be played the following day in Brandon, Manitoba. The rosters for the Russian team, as well as the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams, will be announced soon.

Among the top prospects from the 2014 draft picked for the WHL roster were forwards Jake Virtanen (Vancouver Canucks, No. 6), Conner Bleackley (Colorado Avalanche, No. 23) and John Quenneville (New Jersey Devils, No. 30), and defensemen Haydn Fleury (Carolina Hurricanes, No. 7) and Travis Sanheim (Philadelphia Flyers, No. 17).

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Lightning's Drouin sent to AHL for conditioning stint

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 1:05 PM / News

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin was reassigned to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League for a conditioning assignment Thursday.

Drouin, the third pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, has practiced with the Lightning since training camp ended but has not played in any of their first four games. He missed time in camp with a fractured right thumb and did not play in any preseason games.

Drouin said the thumb is healed but he understands the Lightning's decision.

"It's hard to jump into the NHL after four weeks of no games," Drouin said. "This will be good for my timing and hopefully I can get off to a good start down there so I don't come back here and have a bad game right away."

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