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Blues' Steen sidelined by lower-body injury

Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 11:17 PM / News

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen left the game against the New York Rangers on Thursday night with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.

"We'll see where he is in a day or so," coach Ken Hitchcock said after the Blues' 2-1 victory at Madison Square Garden. "He'll be back."

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In the Cage: Turnarounds for Pavelec, Lundqvist

Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment: "In the Cage." From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

Over the past few weeks, two goalies on opposite ends of the fantasy value spectrum have experienced positive turnarounds. This happens throughout the season for most of the top-30 fantasy goalies, but because of the workload these two carry, the timing may be shedding light on at least one hidden gem.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has mostly been a fantasy dud this season. He had just 11 wins in his first 35 games and suffered an NHL-high 19 losses. Allowing an average of more than three goals a game, his ownership was hovering around the 60-percent mark in Yahoo Fantasy leagues.

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Prospector Files: Twin engines power Salisbury

Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 9:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Mitchell Smith of Salisbury School in Connecticut was the final player ranked on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top draft-eligible skaters in North America at No. 210 earlier this month.

What makes the 5-foot-11, 182-pound senior an easy target for discussion, however, doesn't have anything to do with that distinction. What does is the fact his twin brother and linemate, Evan Smith (6-0, 190), is ranked six spots ahead of him at No. 204.

"They both can play a little center and wing, and they are players that really grow on you for a couple of reasons," Central Scouting's David Gregory told NHL.com. "First, they're not the biggest kids, but they work so hard and are not afraid to be proactively physical.

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Quote of the Day

We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp