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Injury to keep Canadiens' Price out remainder of week

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 1:13 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price won't return from his lower-body injury this week, coach Michel Therrien said Tuesday.

"Carey was not responding all that well to treatment so he was a bit worried," Therrien said. "It happens often; there aren't two athletes who respond the same way to treatment. So he asked to get a second opinion on his injury. He went to see the doctor yesterday in New York, and the good news is he got the same diagnosis. We see that as very good news.

"He won't play this week but we expect him to respond better to treatment and to be able to get back on his skates and back in net for us pretty soon."

Fantasy top 100 forwards: Most valuable third-liners

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen provides in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top-100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen is your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

In 2013-14, Mats Zuccarello led the New York Rangers in regular-season scoring with 59 points as mostly a third-line player. Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning had 10 different forwards score 10-plus goals. The common theme: Each of those teams made the Stanley Cup Final.

It's becoming more and more routine to see such production from depth forwards on contending teams. Secondary scoring isn't always enough to muster a successful regular season and deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tertiary scoring is an important element in the modern-day NHL.

Through 13-16 games for each team this season, we've seen significant offensive contributions from third-liners around the League. While staying power is always a concern when considering depth scorers for your roster, here are some notable performers who have excelled in roles not usually conducive to fantasy relevance.

Weekes: Penguins' Fleury continues to thrive

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 10:00 AM / Game Savers

Kevin Weekes - NHL Network Analyst

NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes, in conjunction with the new Canada Post goaltender stamp series, provides his insight into the position he played for 11 seasons in the League.

We're more than a month into the NHL season and we've seen some goalies dominate. Some are the usual suspects, among the League leaders each season, and others have been surprises.

So who's been the most valuable Game Saver so far this season? It's not 2015 Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price, who has played well but is injured. It's also not either of the runners up (Devan Dubnyk, Pekka Rinne).

In my opinion, it's a guy who's been one of the most consistent goalies for the past decade but doesn't get the respect that other guys get: Marc-Andre Fleury.

Five Questions: Turco talks all things goaltending

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features former Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco:

TORONTO -- Marty Turco stopped to chat and was told the interview would be strictly about goaltending, so he took a deep breath and responded.

"We could be here all day," Turco said.

All day wasn't possible. It might have happened if it was.

Turco talked Sunday with prior to participating in the Legends Game at Air Canada Center, an annual staple of Hockey Hall of Fame Weekend. As usual, he delivered the goods over nearly 15 minutes that were less interview and more conversation with the former Dallas Stars goalie who is now working in the club's business development department.

Fedorov set course for Ovechkin to excel on big stage

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Sergei Fedorov saw the picture pop up on the television screen and he felt a twinge of honor and pride.

There was a young Alex Ovechkin, no more than 8 or 9 years old, if that, wearing a black and white shirt that had Fedorov's name on it, his number, 91, and Detroit written in big, black, block letters.

"I was so surprised," Fedorov said. "It kind of moved me."

Fedorov and Ovechkin played together with the Washington Capitals for 70 games over parts of two seasons (2008-09), passing the time by passing around stories like they were the puck, growing close, developing a friendship. But Fedorov said never once did Ovechkin bring up the fact that when he was a kid, he was his guy, his idol, the name he wore on his clothes.

"He never told me about that particular part of his life, when he was wearing something like that," Fedorov said. "We were very close, obviously, for a couple years in Washington and that was amazing. I hope he saw a lot of good things."

AHL Notebook: Pacific Division creates new landscape

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / AHL Update

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

"Location, location, location," goes the old axiom, and it applies as much as ever to the NHL and American Hockey League's mutual relationship and needs.

AHL president Dave Andrews completed an offseason project more than 20 years in the making when he made the league's new Pacific Division a reality.

Five NHL teams shifted their AHL affiliates to California looking for the same geographical advantages East Coast NHL teams had enjoyed for years. Long the foundation of the NHL-AHL relationship, player development has taken on even greater importance in the NHL salary-cap era.

Having worked in different capacities in the AHL going back to the 1980s, Andrews has seen the league's evolution up close. Andrews said an investment in player development by NHL teams has fueled many of the changes as NHL front offices look to gain any possible edge in the development process.

Around the League notebook: Monday, Nov. 9

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 1:39 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five players and two builders – and also honored two media members (Bob McKenzie and Nick Nickson) – as part of its class of 2015 on Monday night.


Down 2-0, rookies Max Domi (2-0—2) and Anthony Duclair (1-0—1) combined for three goals in the second period and Mikkel Boedker (1-1—2) scored on a breakaway at 1:18 of overtime as the Arizona Coyotes ended the Anaheim Ducks' four-game winning streak.

* Domi posted his first career multi-goal game and is tied with Oscar Lindberg (New York Rangers) for the League-lead among rookies with seven goals. Duclair scored on a man advantage and leads all rookies with three power-play goals.

Red Wings' Green set to face Capitals for first time

Monday, 11.09.2015 / 11:00 PM / NHL Insider

Paul Harris - Correspondent

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green misses his old teammates and friends but he has moved on.

After spending the first 10 seasons of his career with the Washington Capitals, Green signed a three-year, $18 million contract with Detroit on July 1.

He will face his former team for the first time Tuesday when the Red Wings play the Capitals at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m., TVAS, FS-D, CSN+).

"I was there a long time and obviously, sometimes change is good. I felt I was becoming a little bit stagnant there, so I wanted to evolve," Green said Monday. "And I felt that coming here would be the best thing for that. It was difficult, a lot of friendships there. Obviously there will be friends on the ice [Tuesday].

"It'll be strange, but I've moved forward now. I think it's more exciting than anything. I know the personality in the dressing room and how most of these guys play, so it will be fun. But it will be fun because we're competing."

Penguins' Dupuis practices, could play Wednesday

Monday, 11.09.2015 / 7:07 PM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis practiced Monday after missing two games as a precaution when he experienced symptoms that may or may not be related to his blood clot history.

Coach Mike Johnston told the Penguins website that Dupuis had tests Monday morning and was cleared to practice. Dupuis is confident he'll be able to play Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens at Consol Energy Center (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, RDS).

"There is one more (test) tomorrow," Dupuis told the Penguins website. "But I should be all good to go. Everything went well this morning. We got everything done before practice. I got a chance to get out there and skate."

Red Wings' Howard practices one day after collision

Monday, 11.09.2015 / 5:53 PM / News

Paul Harris - Correspondent

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard practiced Monday at Joe Louis Arena and said he was fine one day after taking an accidental knee to the head from Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza during a goal-mouth scramble.

Howard said in addition to the usual concern when a player is hit in the head, he also had an issue with his contact lens as a result of the blow. Following the hit, he was unable to get his contacts to come into focus.

"I think it was a little bit of both," Howard said. "They wanted to take ... everything now is so cautious when you take hits to the head. I just came in here and they asked me some questions and I passed everything. Then I switched my contacts out and then I wanted to go back in and they said no."

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