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Fantasy top 100 forwards: Monitor late line trends

Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 12:15 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

Whether early or late in the season, the right line combinations usually lead to results in fantasy hockey.

Some lines have gelled nicely for much of the year, with prime examples being Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers, to the "Triplets" line (Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov) of the Tampa Bay Lightning, to Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars.

Even in the month following the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline, Jaromir Jagr (with Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau) of the Florida Panthers and Drew Stafford (with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler) of the Winnipeg Jets have emerged as difference-makers. Productivity sometimes supersedes longevity.

Clinching scenario for Tuesday, March 31

Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 11:08 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

With 13 days remaining in the regular season, there are 11 berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

There is one clinching scenario involving a game Tuesday:

* The Anaheim Ducks (idle), who have already clinched a playoff berth, would clinch the Pacific Division if the Vancouver Canucks lose in any fashion to the Nashville Predators.

Playoff Countdown: Big night for Panthers, Senators

Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 10:57 AM / Expert Picks

NHL.com

Saturday, April 11, marks the conclusion to the 2014-15 regular season. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the countdown to the end of the season and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15, NHL.com will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.

Tuesday is an important night in the race for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

The Boston Bruins (38-25-13), who currently occupy that spot, along with the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers, their two closest pursuers, are all in action. The Senators (37-26-12) trail the Bruins by three points and the Panthers (35-26-15) are four back.

Capitals sign Boyd to two-year, entry-level contract

Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 10:12 AM / News

NHL.com

The Washington Capitals on Tuesday signed forward Travis Boyd to a two-year entry-level contract beginning with the 2015-16 season, the team announced.

Boyd, 21, who recently completed his senior season at the University of Minnesota, will join the Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears, on a tryout agreement.

Islanders, Johnston agree to terms on contract

Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 10:06 AM / News

NewYorkIslanders.com

The New York Islanders announced today that forward Ross Johnston has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract.

The 22-year old forward scored 32 points (18 goals, 14 assists) along with 124 penalty minutes in 44 games with the Charlottetown Islanders this past season. Johnston also served as an alternate captain for Charlottetown.

Red Wings legend Howe celebrates 87th birthday

Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 9:37 AM / News

DetroitRedWings.com

Over the years, Mark Howe has lost track of how many fishing trips he's taken with his dad.

Excursions along the Jersey Shore, in northern Michigan and charter adventures throughout the Western Hemisphere have resulted in numerous trophy catches.

But that was before Gordie Howe suffered a major stroke last October, leaving him unable to walk let alone cast a line.

Since then, Mr. Hockey underwent controversial stem-cell treatments in Mexico setting him on a miraculous road to recovery. Gordie is doing so much better now that last week Mark and his brother, Murray, took their dad fishing for catfish on a Texas ranch.

Five Questions: Capitals' Green on current role, future

Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com'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 Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green:

NEW YORK -- Mike Green has always had the skill to help the Washington Capitals win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now he feels he again has the tool to do so as well.

Green's stick has become something of a big deal in Washington because the one he uses on occasion, the discontinued Easton Stealth CNT, is a throwback to his 31-goal, 73-point season in 2008-09, which was by far Green's best season in his 10 years in the NHL.

He has 40 points this season in what is arguably his strongest season since 2008-09. Part of the reason might have something to do with the rare stick, which Easton stopped making in 2007.

"Every time I see that stick and I pick it up, whether it's to sign for a fan or whatnot, I can tell right away why I liked it," Green said Sunday prior to Washington's 5-2 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. "They discontinued it and ever since then I haven't had that same feel."

Seidenberg stepping up game at key time for Bruins

Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- When Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is at his best, he's a player who punishes opponents in battles down low with his body checking and serves as a second goaltender with his shot blocking.

Seidenberg's usually at his best in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He wrote his legend during the Bruins' run to the 2011 Stanley Cup championship as sidekick to Boston captain Zdeno Chara on the No. 1 pairing. Since then Seidenberg has been a rugged pillar of stability at the most important times for the Bruins.

In case anyone missed it, the Bruins have gotten a head start on playing playoff-caliber games because they're battling the Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers and others to extend their postseason streak to eight consecutive years. And Seidenberg has again played a central role in the Bruins tightening up their defense and winning two in a row to take a three-point lead on the Senators for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Bruins also lead the Panthers by four points heading into their game at TD Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m., SNE, SNO, SNW, NESN, FS-F).

Around the League notebook for Monday, March 30

Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 1:35 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

LIGHTNING CLAIM POSTSEASON BERTH WITH WIN AGAINST CANADIENS

Vladislav Namestnikov (2-1—3) had his first three-point game in the NHL to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-3 victory against the Montreal Canadiens. With the win, the Lightning (47-23-7, 101 points) moved within a point of the Canadiens (47-22-8, 102 points) who lead the Atlantic Division and clinched a berth in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Lightning reached the playoffs for the eighth time and for the second consecutive season.

* With 47 wins this season, the Lightning set a new franchise record for victories in a season. They eclipsed their previous best of 46 wins set during the 2013-14, 2010-11 and 2003-04 seasons.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Lightning swept their season series versus the Canadiens (5-0-0) for the first time in history. Elias says that Tampa Bay is the first team to sweep a season series of at least five games versus Montreal since the Buffalo Sabres went 8-0-0 against the Canadiens during the 1983-84 season.

Lightning continue to win despite spate of injuries

Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 1:25 AM / Expert Picks

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL – Center Brian Boyle signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning during the offseason as an unrestricted free agent after spending years as a key role player with the New York Rangers.

But while Boyle has not been the Lightning around for that long, in the past two games he has come to epitomize what the Lightning have become over the past two seasons.

During a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, coach Jon Cooper moved Boyle back to defense when he lost defenseman Jason Garrison very early in the game. Prior to the Lightning's game Monday against the Montreal Canadiens, Boyle talked about how difficult that transition was for him.

"But if it's needed, I want to be effective," Boyle said. "I want to be good back there."

Little did Boyle know how soon he would get another chance.

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I first met him when I was 19 years old and he coached me for 13 consecutive years. I don't know how many athletes who have had that pleasure. Al Arbour was a man that left us not only feeling like champions, but left us with a lot of great memories that we can carry on through life.

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