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Penguins' Maatta to have surgery for thyroid tumor

Monday, 10.27.2014 / 2:04 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will undergo surgery next week to remove a tumor from his neck that has an 85-percent chance of being a low-grade thyroid cancer, team doctor Dharmesh Vyas said Monday.

Maatta has been cleared to play until his surgery, and is expected to be in the lineup for each of the Penguins three home games this week. He has been one of the Penguins more efficient defenseman this season playing alongside Kris Letang. Maatta has one goal and five points in seven games, averaging 20:12 of ice time.

"I will say that this news came out about three weeks ago, when Olli was first made aware of it," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. "And to watch a young man continue his life and play the way he's played has been absolutely amazing. It's amazing that he can still concentrate and continue on. He's kept this to himself.

"I know a couple of his teammates knew about it, but at the same time, I can't say enough about Olli, about how he's handled this news."

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Devils place forward Havlat on injured reserve

Monday, 10.27.2014 / 12:28 PM / News

NHL.com

The New Jersey Devils placed forward Marty Havlat on injured reserve Monday with a lower-body injury.

The move is retroactive to Oct. 21, when Havlat last played against the New York Rangers. He has one goal and three points in five games this season.

General manager Lou Lamoriello said he expects Havlat and forward Jordin Tootoo, who is on IR with a foot injury, to be skating by the end of the week.

"They're both coming along," Lamoriello said via the Devils official Twitter account.

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Carter, Scrivens and Nielsen named 'Three Stars'

Monday, 10.27.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORKLos Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens and New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 26.

FIRST STAR – JEFF CARTER, C, LOS ANGELES KINGS

Carter tied for the League lead with six points (2-4—6) in two outings to help the Kings (6-1-1, 13 points) complete a perfect six-game homestand for the first time in franchise history. He opened the week with 1-1—2, including his 54th career game-winning goal, in a 2-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Oct. 23. Carter then set a career high with three assists and matched a career high with four points in a 5-2 triumph over his former team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, Oct. 26. The 29-year-old London, Ont., native has compiled 5-7—12 and a +12 rating in eight games this season, including an even or plus rating in each contest. Playing alongside Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson, the trio known as "That '70s Line" has combined for 16 of the Kings' 21 goals (excluding shootout tallies) and a +32 rating in 2014-15.

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Fantasy All-Access: Buy low on MacKinnon, Rask

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

By the end of this week, 29 of the 30 NHL teams will have played 10 games, making it a perfect time to look around your fantasy league and find some buy-low candidates to trade.

On average, forward Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche was drafted in the third round in Yahoo leagues, but he has no goals and four assists in nine games. This start might have owners thinking sophomore slump, but don't forget he had seven points in his first 11 games last season, yet finished the season with 56 points in his next 71. The talented center could be had for a low price.

Goaltender Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, is off to a slow start with a .897 save percentage and is now playing without his biggest weapon, defenseman Zdeno Chara, for the next 4-6 weeks. Email, text or tweet the owner of this talented goalie in your league and watch how they will be eager to trade him for a Darcy Kuemper or Frederik Andersen. They're solid goalie options, but don't forget Rask's best months in his career are December (1.85 goals-against average) and March (20 career wins).

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Ducks brace for tough stretch against top West teams

Monday, 10.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler doesn't like to use the cliché phrase "measuring stick." Coach Bruce Boudreau would rather not look past any game other than the next one. So leave it up to young defenseman Cam Fowler to say out loud what is probably on the minds of the Ducks regarding their next five games.

"It's certainly going to be challenging," Fowler said.

Starting Sunday against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center, the Ducks will be tested by some of the best in the Western Conference. They will also play at the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche. All five teams were in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

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Blue Jackets' Foligno leaves game after collision

Monday, 10.27.2014 / 1:30 AM / News

Gene Warnick - NHL.com Correspondant

LOS ANGELES -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno was taken off the ice on a stretcher 8:26 into the third period Sunday after a collision with linesman Shane Heyer near the Los Angeles Kings' blue line.

Foligno and Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter were battling for a loose puck as they approached the Kings' blue line. They came together and Foligno's head hit the hip of Heyer, who had jumped up on the ledge of the Los Angeles bench to try to get out of the way.

Foligno dropped to the ice and remained there for several minutes before he was placed onto the stretcher and wheeled off the ice
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Kings' Kopitar leaves with upper-body injury

Monday, 10.27.2014 / 1:29 AM / News

NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar left the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday in the second period with an upper-body injury and did not return.

Kopitar played 15 shifts and saw 10:39 of ice time but did not return to the ice after 12:58 of the second period.

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Around the League notebook for Sunday, Oct. 26

Monday, 10.27.2014 / 1:20 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

KINGS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT

The red-hot line of Jeff Carter (1-3—4), Tyler Toffoli (1-3—4) and Tanner Pearson (2-0—2) continued their torrid pace to lead the Los Angeles Kings to their sixth consecutive victory. The win completed the best homestand in franchise history; L.A. finished with a 6-0-0 record (its previous best was 5-0-1 during the 1990-91 season).

*The Kings have tied a franchise record for most wins (six) through their first eight games of a season, a feat they have accomplished five times (also 2010-11, 6-2-0; 2005-06, 6-2-0; 1990-91, 6-1-1; 1980-81, 6-1-1). They also tied the club mark for most points (13) through the first eight games, the third time they have done so (also 1990-91; 6-1-1, 1980-81; 6-1-1).

*The line of Carter, Pearson and Toffoli has combined for 33 points (16-17—33) and a plus-32 rating in the past seven games. The Kings are 6-0-1 during that stretch.

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Maple Leafs assign defenseman Percy to AHL

Sunday, 10.26.2014 / 12:54 PM / News

NHL.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs assigned defenseman Stuart Percy to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, the team announced Sunday.

The No. 25 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, Percy had an assist in his NHL debut Oct. 8 against the Montreal Canadiens, and has three assists and two penalty minutes in seven games. He had four goals and 25 points in 71 games for the Marlies last season.

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Blue Jackets activate McElhinney off injured reserve

Sunday, 10.26.2014 / 11:05 AM / News

ColumbusBlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated goaltender Curtis McElhinney off Injured Reserve and assigned goaltender Anton Forsberg to the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

McElhinney suffered an upper body injury in his season debut at Ottawa on Oct. 18 after stopping 15-of-17 shots in 27 minutes vs. the Senators. The 31-year-old has compiled a 29-37-5 record, 2.98 goals-against average, .902 save percentage and four shutouts in 98 career NHL games. Last season, he went 10-11-1 with a 2.70 GAA, .909 SV% and one shutout in 28 games with Columbus.

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