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Kings' Gaborik misses game with upper-body injury

Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 10:20 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik was scratched Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks because of an upper-body injury, according to the team.

It is not known if it is related to the same injury that forced Gaborik to miss eight games in October. Gaborik, who is usually paired with center Anze Kopitar on the top line, has four points in his past five games and seven points in the past nine games.

Gaborik, 32, has four goals and four assists in 15 games this season.


Penguins' Letang misses game with lower-body injury

Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 10:20 PM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang sat out the game Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes because of a minor lower-body injury, according to coach Mike Johnston.

The Penguins announced on Twitter shortly before the game started that Letang would be a scratch because of an unspecified injury.


Scandella signs five-year extension with Wild

Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 8:31 PM / News

Dan Myers - Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild on Saturday signed defenseman Marco Scandella to a five-year contract extension reportedly worth $20 million.

Scandella led Wild defensemen with five goals and had a plus-7 rating entering the game Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. He's scored two overtime goals this season, most among NHL defensemen.

"We reached out to them at the beginning of the season. It came together pretty quickly," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "About a week ago, [assistant GM Brent Flahr] made an offer and it literally took three or four phone calls to get it done."


Gallagher signs 6-year extension with Canadiens

Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 7:28 PM / News

Sean Farrell - Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher signed a six-year, $22.5 million contract extension Saturday, and general manager Marc Bergevin said he had no qualms about securing him long-term.

Gallagher, 22, has 81 points (39 goals, 42 assists) in 149 NHL regular-season games since his debut in 2012-13 (Jan. 22).

He has 11 power-play goals and four winning goals, and is plus-16. Gallagher has 13 points (six goals) in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

In 24 games this season prior to Saturday, Gallagher has 12 points (five goals), 67 shots on goal and 33 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-9, 182-pound forward is plus-2 averaging 15:59 of ice time.


Former captain Potvin excited by Islanders' revival

Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 6:38 PM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Denis Potvin's No. 5 hangs from the rafters of the Nassau Coliseum in tribute to a career that included serving as a cornerstone of the New York Islanders' four consecutive Stanley Cup-winning teams from 1980-83.

But before being honored by the Islanders on Saturday as part of their final season at the Coliseum before moving to Brooklyn next fall, the Hall of Fame defenseman, now 61, said this edition of the Islanders has to grab the chance to write its own history.

"The one thing that coincides with moving to a new building is that now it's like the torch is really being passed to them," he said. "They have a chance to do something. It's all about them.


Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates Brandon

Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 6:15 PM / News

Prior to the telecast Sunday of the Vancouver Canucks and the Detroit Red Wings on CITY in Canada, the network will televise the "Rogers Hometown Hockey" broadcast at 1:30 p.m. ET. The show will also be carried on NHL Network in the U.S. This week’s location is Brandon, Manitoba, to celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Former NHL player Brad McCrimmon was a guy's guy, a man's man. That's how Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Todd Bertuzzi describe him. McCrimmon mentored those three and helped guide them through some difficult times during their careers.


Canadiens' Emelin fined for illegal check to head

Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 1:45 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NEW YORK – Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin has been fined $11,021.51, the maximum permitted under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for an illegal check to the head of Buffalo Sabres forward Brian Gionta during NHL Game No. 337 in Buffalo on Friday, November 28, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.


Predators' Rinne stating case for Vezina Trophy

Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

The Nashville Predators didn't qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. A main reason why was because their No. 1 goaltender, Pekka Rinne, was limited to 24 games because of a hip injury.

These days, Rinne is healthy. And it's no coincidence the Predators are rolling.

Rinne's performance to date (14-3-1, 1.97 goals-against average, .927 save percentage) has the Predators vying for first place in the Central Division. The problems he experienced when he first tried to come back from hip surgery are behind him.

"Like I said, I had a good summer," Rinne told reporters last week. "I fixed a few things that I usually do in the summer. I increased my training a lot. I wanted to be in the best shape that I could possibly be. That has helped a lot.

"Obviously being back on the ice and working on the ice, you can translate that on to the ice what you did off the ice. I was never scared [coming back], but obviously it's something that it's a little bit different struggling with something like that for the first time in your life or career. It was a little bit different, but I never once thought that, 'this is it.' Obviously this year I wanted to get off to a good start, but other than that I wasn't really scared about it."


Around the League notebook for Friday, Nov. 28

Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 12:51 AM / News

Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers recorded a goal and an assist to reach 1,000 career NHL points (379-621—1,000). St. Louis is the 81st player overall and the fifth active skater to reach the milestone, following Jaromir Jagr (709-1,061—1,770), Joe Thornton (349-865—1,214), Jarome Iginla (563-618—1,181) and Marian Hossa (467-544—1,011).

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, St. Louis is the sixth undrafted player to make his NHL debut in the 1969-70 season or later (when the amateur draft expanded to cover any amateur player of qualifying age throughout the world) and reach 1,000 NHL points, joining Wayne Gretzky (894-1,963—2,857), Adam Oates (341-1,079—1,420), Peter Stastny (450-789—1,239), Dino Ciccarelli (608-592—1,200) and Joe Mullen (502-561—1,063) – all of whom have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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