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Blackhawks not worried by lack of consistent scoring

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 2:08 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Brad Richards has been around the NHL long enough to recognize a hockey illusion when he sees one.

That's why he didn't flinch a couple weeks ago when asked about the Chicago Blackhawks having difficulty scoring goals. They were shutout Oct. 28 at United Center by the Anaheim Ducks, a 1-0 game highlighted by Anaheim rookie goaltender John Gibson.

It was the first time the Blackhawks were shut out this season, but not the first time they'd struggled to score despite controlling most facets of the game. Despite posting great puck-possession statistics, their 2.33 goals-per-game average was down almost a full goal per game from the previous two seasons, when Chicago ranked near the top of the League in that category.


Flyers' Raffl to miss six weeks with lower-body injury

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 1:59 PM / News

Philadelphia Flyers forward Michael Raffl will be out six weeks with a lower-body injury, the Flyers announced Wednesday.

Raffl was injured Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers, likely when he blocked a shot by the Oilers' Mark Fayne with 12:12 left in the third period. The block left Raffl on all fours on the ice momentarily but he stayed in the game and finished his shift. He played two more shifts, leaving the game with 4:02 remaining in Philadelphia's 4-1 win.

In 12 games Raffl has six goals, tied for the team lead with Wayne Simmonds, and has been the left wing on Philadelphia's top line alongside center Claude Giroux and right wing Jakub Voracek.


Wild's Parise sidelined with upper-body injury

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 1:21 PM / News

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise sustained an upper-body injury and will not accompany the team on the upcoming road trip, according to the team's official Twitter account.

Wild coach Mike Yeo said Parise will meet with doctors on Wednesday to determine the extent of his injury. The Wild begin a three-game road trip against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday before facing the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday and Parise's former team, the New Jersey Devils, on Tuesday.


Five things to watch as Rangers host Red Wings

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 1:00 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The New York Rangers are trying to get used to life with a depleted defense corps. The Detroit Red Wings are again wondering where the goals have gone after a mini-breakout against the Washington Capitals and Los Angeles Kings last week.

They're each in fourth place in their respective division, meaning they're surviving now. One win this early in the season has the potential to change that to thriving.

So, yes, there's a lot to watch in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET), but determining in advance where this game will be won is impossible because both teams are trying to overcome warts that are getting in the way of the consistency they're hoping to find.

Here are five things to watch in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game, the impossible to predict edition:


Devils' Merrill to miss time with upper-body injury

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 12:48 PM / News

New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill has an upper-body injury and won't accompany the team on its three-game road trip.

Merrill, who was a late scratch on Tuesday in a 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center, was slashed on his arm in a victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said X-rays were negative on Merrill's arm, but that he would be out at least two games, according to


Senators inform Lazar he'll remain in NHL

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 12:12 PM / News

Ottawa Senators rookie forward Curtis Lazar has been informed he'll remain with the team beyond his nine-game trial this season, according to the Senators Twitter account.

The Senators had the option of returning Lazar to the Edmonton Oil Kings prior to playing in his 10th NHL game without having the first year of his entry-level contract kick in. Lazar will likely play his 10th game with the team on Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.

Lazar, selected No. 17 in the 2013 NHL Draft, has three assists and 14 shots on goal in nine games with the Senators.


Flyers defenseman Manning returned to AHL

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 12:08 PM / News

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning was sent to Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League, the Flyers announced Wednesday.

Manning, 24, had one assist in two games with the Flyers. He was a healthy scratch Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers as veteran Carlo Colaiacovo made his Philadelphia debut.


Fantasy top 60 'D': Power-play points key category

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.

Scoring in fantasy hockey leagues has grown to include statistics like hits, blocked shots, and time on ice, but at its root it still comes down to goals, assists, and points. As part of that base scoring, many leagues have begun to give extra credit for things such as shorthanded points and what we're going to discuss today: points on the power play.

There are plenty of players getting power-play minutes around the NHL, but when you are trying to locate steady sources of productivity you have to consider a number of different variables.

First, you want to look at the team itself.

Is the power play clicking at a high rate? Which players make up the unit? Will the players in your lineup be the ones picking up the points when that power play scores?


Blue Jackets' Johnson to have Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 10:00 AM / Department of Player Safety News

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson faces a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday afternoon as the result of an incident with Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty in the third period at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

Johnson was given a two-minute penalty at 7:31 of the third period for an illegal check to the head of Tlusty, who left the game and did not return.

Carolina won the game 4-2.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.


Girardi carrying heavy load for depleted Rangers

Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Defenseman Dan Girardi believes it's time for the New York Rangers to do a little soul searching.

The Rangers have lost four regulars on defense to either injury or suspension and two straight games entering their matchup against the offensively charged Detroit Red Wings in the "Wednesday Night Rivalry" game at Madison Square Garden (NBCSN, 8 p.m. ET).

Captain Ryan McDonagh (left shoulder separation) and Kevin Klein (foot contusion) were the latest to joinDan Boyle (broken hand) and John Moore (suspension) on the outside looking in.

"It's a big gut-check time for us moving forward with the guys we have out and with new guys coming in," Girardi said.

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Quote of the Day

I don’t know if it was more relief for me that [Stamkos] scored or the power play scored. It was a whole compilation of Alka Seltzer.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Steven Stamkos broke a long scoring drought and Tampa Bay's struggling power play scored four times in Game 2 at Montreal