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Fantasy All-Access: Start eyeing Devils on waiver wire

Sean McCullen - Staff Writer

Every Monday, staff writer Sean McCullen identifies potential waiver-wire pickups and points out lineup moves and schedule impacts for fantasy hockey.

Fantasy owners apparently have not taken notice of the New Jersey Devils, who have won six of their past seven games, including a 3-2 shootout win against the John Tavares-less New York Islanders on Saturday.

Goalie Cory Schneider has been good (6-2-1, 2.17 goals-against average, .919 save percentage), as expected, but he's not the only reason behind New Jersey's recent success.

Since their 0-3-1 start under first-year coach John Hynes, the Devils have been scoring goals. Yes, the New Jersey Devils. They have 20 non-shootout goals in their past seven games; that 2.86 per-game average would be 10th in the NHL for the season. Veteran forward Mike Cammalleri (C/LW, owned in 62 percent of Yahoo leagues), a known fantasy commodity for the past decade, has three goals and a Devils-high 11 points.

Blackhawks goalie Crawford learns to ignore critics

Monday, 11.02.2015 / 10:49 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The slights used to be taken as personal attacks by Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who would use them as motivation.

Now a 30-year-old veteran, Crawford has learned to block out the noise and focus on winning championships. His two Stanley Cup rings are all the validation he needs.

But it wasn't always that way for Crawford. Prior to helping the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015, he said he was aware of his critics and what they would say.

"I took some stuff personally, when [media] would bash on me," said Crawford, who will start for the Blackhawks at United Center on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SNE, SNO, SNW, FS-W, CSN-CH) looking to end the Los Angeles Kings' seven-game winning streak. "My [rookie] year, I just came in and it was great. I started playing a lot of games and I was winning. In the second year it's a different story when you're declared a No. 1 guy. I didn't play as well."

Top prospect Matthews already 'class of the league'

Monday, 11.02.2015 / 9:16 AM / 2016 NHL Draft

Tim Wharnsby - Correspondent

Until last week, 18-year-old Auston Matthews' first season of professional hockey with Zurich in National League A, Switzerland's top professional league, was ticking along as efficiently as one of the country's finest timepieces.

But Matthews' smooth season hit a bump in the road during a game Oct. 23 when he fell and crashed into the boards, sustaining a back injury.

He finished that game and played in the next two. But the Zurich medical staff decided it was best to hold Matthews out of a game last Friday, especially since the league now is on a two-week break.

While the injury will prevent Matthews from playing for the United States at the Deutschland Cup, which will be held Nov. 6-8 in Augsburg, Germany, Matthews hopes to be ready when Zurich resumes its schedule Nov. 12.

Kings go for eighth straight; Crosby vs. McDavid

Monday, 11.02.2015 / 3:00 AM / Weekly Primer

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

The Los Angeles Kings got off to a rough start this season, losing their first three games. That has become a distant memory.

The Kings will be seeking their eighth straight victory when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SNE, SNO, SNW, FS-W, CSN-CH).

After scoring two goals in their first three games, the Kings offense has come alive over the past two weeks. Los Angeles has outscored its opponents 22-9 over the course of its seven-game winning streak.

"We're playing with a lot of confidence," defenseman Drew Doughty said, according to LA Kings Insider. "Obviously, we can't let it get too far up into our heads, because when we're playing confident like this and at the same time still trying to do all the right things, we're winning games, and we need to continue winning."

Around the League notebook: Sunday, Nov. 1

Monday, 11.02.2015 / 1:57 AM / News

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Tomas Fleischmann (2-1—3) and David Desharnais (1-2—3) each had three points to lead the Canadiens to the win and an 11-2-0 record.

* Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the Canadiens have 22 or more standings points through the first 13 games of a season for the fourth time in franchise history and the first time since 1972-73 (9-0-4, 22 standings points). Montreal's best start to a season through the first 13 games was in 1943-44 (10-0-3, 23 standings points).

* The Canadiens improved to 5-0-0 at home this season (all regulation wins). Per Elias, the Canadiens won their first five home games to start a season for the first time since 1979-80 (6-0-0), which were also all regulation wins.

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