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Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Nov. 26

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 2:54 AM / News

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EASTERN CONFERENCE JOCKEYING

The Penguins, Islanders and Lightning each won Wednesday to move within one point of the Canadiens (16-6-1, 33 points) for top spot in the Eastern Conference:

* The Penguins (15-4-2, 32 points) maintain their spot atop the Metropolitan Division and have two games in hand on the Canadiens.

* At 16-6-0 (32 points), the Islanders are off to the best 22-game start in franchise history and remain tied with the Penguins atop the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh holds one game in hand.

* The Lightning (15-6-2, 32 points) have set new franchise records for wins and points through 23 games and have more regulation and overtime wins than any team in the NHL (ROW = 14).

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Panthers goalie Luongo leaves game with injury

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 12:21 AM / News

Cristina Ledra - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo left the game Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes with an upper-body injury with 9:38 remaining in the second period and did not return.

Al Montoya made 22 saves in relief for a 1-0 win.

Luongo left the game 10:22 into the period. He did not appear to be injured on a specific play but skated to the Panthers bench during a timeout and spoke with coaches before going into the locker room.

Florida coach Gerard Gallant said after the game Luongo’s injury wasn’t serious, based on what the trainers told him, though they would know more about the extent on Thursday.

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Blues' Elliott week-to-week; Brodeur in as tryout

Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 7:09 PM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- With goalie Brian Elliott week-to-week because of a lower-body injury he sustained Tuesday, the St. Louis Blues have announced they will bring in Martin Brodeur on a tryout basis.

Elliott's injury will not require surgery, according to the Blues. With Elliott for an undetermined time frame, St. Louis might turn to Brodeur to help rookie Jake Allen handle the workload.

Brodeur, 42, will join the Blues on Friday for a morning skate prior to their game against the Edmonton Oilers at Scottrade Center. He will continue to practice for at least a week before St. Louis decides whether to offer him a contract.

The Blues also recalled goalie Jordan Binnington from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

"I think we looked at our schedule and we're playing four games a week," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told NHL.com. "We have [Binnington] in the American Hockey League who's just getting his career started. We've got [Niklas Lundstrom with the Alaska Aces] in the East Coast Hockey League who's just getting his career started, and we've got [Allen] in the NHL who's getting his career started.

"In fairness to all three goalies, they need to have some support. Marty offers, depending on how he looks, he offers organizational support. I have a background with him, so we know each other."

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Martin Brodeur to practice with Blues as tryout

Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 6:50 PM / News

Goaltender Martin Brodeur will join the St. Louis Blues for practice on a tryout basis, the team said Wednesday.

General manager Doug Armstrong announced Brodeur will begin practicing with the Blues on Friday. Earlier Wednesday, St. Louis said goaltender Brian Elliott is out week-to-week with a leg injury but will not need surgery after leaving the game Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators.

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Stars' Garbutt to have Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 3:05 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt will have a hearing Thursday afternoon with the Department of Player Safety after an incident with Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall in a game Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.

Garbutt was assessed a two-minute penalty for tripping Hall near center ice. Hall remained in the game.

The Stars won the game 3-2.

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

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Former Canadien Gilles Tremblay dies at 75

Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 2:50 PM / News

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Gilles Tremblay, who played nine NHL seasons for the Montreal Canadiens and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a broadcaster, died early Wednesday at the age of 75.

Tremblay, a native of Montmorency, Quebec, was a member of four Stanley Cup championship teams with the Canadiens. He had 168 goals and 330 points in 509 regular-season games and was considered a strong two-way player.

His obituary on the Canadiens website states that in Tremblay's first NHL game, Nov. 12, 1960 at the Montreal Forum, he skated on a line with legends Bernie Geoffrion and Jean Beliveau. The Canadiens faced the Detroit Red Wings and Tremblay's job duties that night included keeping an all-time great, Gordie Howe, in check.

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Rangers' St. Louis could hit milestone in Tampa return

Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 12:36 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA – New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis has a knack for big games on special nights.

On Nov. 25, 2013, the Tampa Bay Lightning honored their former captain upon his return home after playing in his 1000th game earlier in the week. He scored two goals and had an assist against the New York Rangers for the Lightning that night.

On Wednesday the team will honor St. Louis with a pre-game video ceremony in his first game at Amalie Arena since he was traded to the Rangers in March. St. Louis needs two points to reach 1,000 for his career. He scored 953 points (365 goals, 588 assists) with the Lightning over 13 seasons.

"I'd love to do it here," St. Louis said. "I'm hoping for it. With the game in Buffalo being canceled [last week] it seems to have worked out."

The fact that the game falls on the 26th, his number, wasn't lost on St. Louis either.

"I thought that was great," St. Louis said. "Everything seems to be lining up."

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Fantasy top 60 'D': Giordano powers blue line feast

Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 12:30 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com 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.

Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving back on Oct. 13 and those of us in the United States will do the same on Thursday. The holiday brings friends, families and loved ones together as they reflect on all that they are thankful for.

Those friends, families and loved ones come together for celebrations featuring traditional fare such as turkey and stuffing, as well as covered dishes and desserts provided by each of the arriving guests.

In keeping with that spirit, it is time for the defensemen of the NHL to gather for the second annual defensive fantasy feast!

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Around the League notebook for Tuesday, Nov. 25

Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 9:45 AM / News

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AVALANCHE, SENATORS RALLY FOR WINS

The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators staged rallies to record comeback wins on Tuesday night:

* Down 3-0 to the Arizona Coyotes beginning the second period, Gabriel Landeskog (2-0—2) started the comeback and Matt Duchene (1-0—1) scored at 4:05 of the third period to force overtime where Daniel Briere scored for a 4-3 victory. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Avalanche overcame a three-goal deficit en route to victory was in a 5-4 win on Feb. 28, 2013 vs. CGY.

* Colorado's previous game also saw the Avalanche rally from a multigoal deficit to win when they edged Carolina 4-3 after trailing 2-0 early in the first period and 3-2 late in the third. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Avalanche overcame multigoal deficits to win in back-to-back games was Feb. 21 and Feb. 23, 1997, when they posted 4-3 victories against the Edmonton Oilers and Senators, respectively.

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Quote of the Day

That's the biggest goal I've ever scored. It's a great feeling any time you do that, especially at home. We're one game away from a Stanley Cup berth. It was a huge goal and it felt unbelievable.

— Anaheim forward Matt Beleskey on scoring the overtime winner Monday to give the Ducks a 3-2 series lead against the Blackhawks