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Canucks' Hansen injured, did not return vs. Islanders

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 9:12 PM / News

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen was forced to leave during the first period of a game Tuesday night against the New York Islanders following a collision with defenseman Brian Strait. He did not return.

Hansen crashed into the boards while chasing a loose puck behind the Islanders' net. He quickly headed to the Canucks' dressing room at Nassau Coliseum, leaving Vancouver with 10 forwards for the rest of the game.


Bobby Orr inspires awe at New York book signing

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 7:55 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The Bobby Orr book tour came to the NHL offices Tuesday when the 65-year-old Hall of Fame defenseman continued to promote his memoir, "Orr: My Story."

During three hours in Manhattan, Orr sat down with NHL.com for an interview, met with Commissioner Gary Bettman, appeared on "NHL Live" on NHL Network, and conducted a book signing for 150 people that lasted longer than the 60 minutes it was scheduled for because he wanted to make sure he got to everyone's copy.

From men wearing suits to women wearing Orr sweaters to young hockey players, Orr made a point to shake everybody's hand and thank them for coming.

The line stretched outside of the NHL Powered by Reebok Store onto 47th Street. Comments like "That's Bobby Orr" and "I can't believe that's him" were heard from people waiting for their turn at the table.

All of them smiled. Some of them cried.

"Am I red?" a blushing Colleen Manley, from Scranton, Pa., told NHL.com after meeting Orr and getting a picture with him. "This is a great day."


Red Wings lose Ericsson, gain Kronwall

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 4:27 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The start of this week was a roller coaster of emotions for Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.

After the birth of his first child Monday, Ericsson received some bad news after an MRI showed damage to his left shoulder that will keep him out at least 2-3 weeks.

Ericsson, who missed his team's 1-0 shootout loss against the San Jose Sharks on Monday at Joe Louis Arena, was injured in a collision in front of the net in the third period of a 5-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night at Jobing.com Arena.

"It felt bad right away," Ericsson said. "But then after the game, we re-evaluated it and it felt a lot better. Then the next day it was a lot worse again and it was pretty much the same [Monday]."

Rangers' Lundqvist questionable with minor issue

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 3:10 PM / News


New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is dealing with a minor issue and missed practice for a second straight day Tuesday.

Lundqvist is day-to-day and could sit out the team's next game, Thursday at the Philadelphia Flyers.

"I can't say 100-percent sure that [Lundqvist] is going to be good to go on Thursday, but I can't say 100-percent sure that he's not going to be there," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Tuesday "He's getting better. He's got something that he's been dealing with here for a little bit of time, and since we had four days in between games we figured it was the right time to try and nip this in the bud here."

Lundqvist is 2-4-0 with a 3.45 goals-against average and .890 save percentage in seven games; in his most recent outing he allowed four goals on 19 shots Saturday in a 4-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils.


Rangers behind him, Tortorella focused on Canucks

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 2:35 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella barely had time to take a breath before he started getting peppered with questions about his former employer Tuesday.

Tortorella is back in the New York metropolitan area this week, although he won't be facing the New York Rangers. Vancouver takes on the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday and will visit the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

The showdown at Madison Square Garden won't take place until Nov. 30, but that didn't stop the questions from being asked. Tortorella was fired by the Rangers on May 29 despite leading them to the Eastern Conference Final in 2012 and the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. He was replaced by former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, who was fired by Vancouver on May 22.

"I'm here to win a hockey game. That's all I'm concerned about,” Tortorella said when asked about how it felt to be back in the New York area.


Wild finally getting shots, waiting for goals to follow

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 12:41 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For much of its recent history, at least on the shot chart, the Minnesota Wild have been trying to do more with less.

Minnesota won its only Northwest Division title in 2007-08 despite finishing 26th in the NHL in shots on goal. Until recently that was a high-water mark.

The four seasons after that the Wild finished 30th in that category, missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs each time and dismissing a pair of coaches over that span.

When current coach Mike Yeo took over prior to the 2011-12 season, he sought to turn the Wild into a team that moved the puck "north," scoring more goals while playing a structured, simple system designed to get pucks deep and using an aggressive forecheck to pressure teams into mistakes.

Now in his third season, after yet another tweak to his system the results are starting to show on the shot chart.


The Front Line: Crosby channeling 1988-89 production

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

There hasn't been much talk about Sidney Crosby in fantasy leagues despite the fact that he's easily the No. 1 player to this point. Is it simply because we've come to expect this out of him when he's healthy? Is it because people are waiting for him to get hurt? Is it because we don't think he can keep up this absurd pace? No matter the answer, Crosby is looking as good as ever and it made me wonder, "Could Crosby be doing something we haven't seen in a long time?"

Through nine games Crosby has seven goals, 10 assists, a plus-3, four penalty minutes, six power-play points and 37 shots on goal. He started the season with at least one point in his first eight games and also leads the League with five multi-point games. There has been no flaw to his game and any fantasy owner that didn't take Crosby with the first pick in their draft surely is kicking themself right now.

If you extrapolate his current point production across a full 82-game season, Crosby would finish the season with 64 goals and 155 points. That sounds unrealistic in this day and age, but is it that far-fetched to think Crosby won't be able to post something close to that if he can stay healthy all season? After all, he is the best player in the world.

In 1988-89 there was another superstar that was turning heads with his production -- Wayne Gretzky.


Senators recall Zibanejad from AHL

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 10:16 AM / News


The Ottawa Senators on Tuesday recalled forward Mika Zibanejad from the club's American Hockey League team, the Binghamton Senators.

Zibanejad has two goals and five assists in six AHL games, and leads the team in scoring with seven points.

The sixth pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, Zibanejad had seven goals and 13 assists in 42 regular-season games with the Senators last season, and a goal and three assists in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games.


Compher making a name for himself at Michigan

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 9:00 AM / In the Pipeline

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

Reference the name Joseph Taylor Compher on the campus at the University of Michigan and it's likely few eyebrows will rise.

Mention J.T. Compher, however, especially among the school's hockey community, and the name quickly is gaining momentum as one of the Wolverines' star players.

One of 10 freshmen and 12 NHL draftees on the 2013-14 roster, the 18-year-old from the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, Ill., was ranked No. 34 by NHL Central Scouting in its final ranking of North American skaters heading into the 2013 NHL Draft.

No surprise that the Buffalo Sabres tabbed Compher early in the second round, with the 35th pick.

"That was right around where I expected," Compher told NHL.com. "I had interviewed with them a couple of times as well as other teams. But I knew they were one of the teams interested in me and I'm happy to be with the organization."


Daily Primer Oct. 22: Wild aim to slow Predators

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


The Nashville Predators have their work cut out for them if they plan to keep pace with the likes of the Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks in the Central Division. Tuesday night, they’ll try to extend their points streak to six games.

Nashville (5-3-1) is one of 16 teams in action Tuesday, when they’ll face the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN). The Predators are 4-0-1 in their past five games and sit one point behind the Chicago Blackhawks for second place in the Central.

Here's a look at the action Tuesday night:

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Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild