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Jets forward Kane scratched against Canucks

Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 10:16 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane was a surprise late scratch against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.

Kane, who is from Vancouver and played his junior hockey locally, talked excitedly about playing in his hometown Tuesday morning. Coach Paul Maurice did not mention Kane in his meeting with the media two hours before opening faceoff.

The 23-year-old left wing has 10 goals and 22 points in 37 games this season, but is minus-7 and hasn't scored a point in his past three games.

EPIX debuts four-part Stadium Series show Tuesday

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The first episode of the four-part "EPIX Presents Road to the NHL Stadium Series" serves as an introduction to a California rivalry that is as hot now as it ever has been.

The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings will meet at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Feb. 21 for the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game this season. The first episode of the series opens with behind-the-scenes, on-the-ice, and on-the-bench footage of the last game the two rivals played before they take it outdoors under the Northern California sky.

The Sharks beat the Kings 4-2 at SAP Center on Jan. 21 in what was fittingly part of NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry series. EPIX had cameras all over SAP Center to prove how deep-rooted the rivalry between the teams is.

"When it comes to hockey we don't like each other," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty says. "We want bragging rights."

Islanders' Okposo has detached retina: report

Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 3:52 PM / News

NHL.com

New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo has a detached retina in his eye, according to ESPN.com.

Okposo has not played since Jan. 19 against the Philadelphia Flyers because of an upper-body injury. He practiced with the Islanders on Jan. 20, but Jan. 26 the Islanders announced Okposo would miss six to eight weeks with his injury.

Maple Leafs' Phaneuf skates, remains week-to-week

Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 2:44 PM / News

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf participated in a full morning skate Tuesday for the first time since sustaining a hand injury on Jan. 21 against the Ottawa Senators.

Phaneuf won't be in the lineup Tuesday against the Nashville Predators, but he spoke with reporters after the morning skate at Bridgestone Arena and addressed his status.

"Right now it's still week-to-week, to be honest with you, is how we're handling it," Phaneuf said. "But today was a good day. That's about all I can say. If you ask me tomorrow, I'll tell you how I feel tomorrow and tell you when I'll be ready, but I want to get back as quick as I can."

Fantasy top 100 forwards: Pavelski, Steen avoid dip

Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks and Alexander Steen of the St. Louis Blues were two of the fantasy crown jewels of the 2013-14 NHL season. Each posted career-best shooting percentages of 18.2 and 15.6, respectively.

Entering 2014-15, the law of averages indicated each would come back to Earth. But while their high shooting rates have regressed (Pavelski: 16.1; Steen: 10.9), their fantasy value has hardly dipped.

The common denominator is quantity of shifts and first-rate scoring chances each generates (and converts on) for his respective team.

Vic Howe, brother of hockey legend, dies at 85

Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 10:34 AM / News

NHL.com

Vic Howe, the younger brother of hockey legend Gordie Howe and a former player for the New York Rangers, died Saturday at age 85. No cause of death was listed in his obituary in the Star Phoenix (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan).

Vic Howe, a right wing, played parts of three seasons with the Rangers between 1950-51 and 1954-55. In 33 games he had three goals and seven points. He spent most of his hockey career playing in minor leagues throughout North America and in Europe.

Around the League notebook for Monday, Feb. 2

Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 9:08 AM / News

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KINGS VISIT THE WHITE HOUSE

The Los Angeles Kings renewed acquaintances with President Barack Obama on Monday at the White House, where they were honored for their 2014 Stanley Cup championship. This marked the Kings' second trip to the White House in the past three seasons. The Kings were joined on stage in the East Room and on a pre-ceremony tour and gathering with President Obama by members of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, who won the MLS Cup last season. President Obama congratulated the Kings for their 2014 Stanley Cup championship, and Luc Robitaille and Dustin Brown also spoke to the press outside of the White House.

EDMONTON EDGES SAN JOSE IN FRANCHISE RECORD 13-ROUND SHOOTOUT

Rob Klinkhammer scored on his first attempt of the season for the shootout-winner after 13 rounds and propelled the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-4 win against the San Jose Sharks. The Oilers improved to 14-28-9 (37 points).

* The 13-round shootout was the longest shootout in Edmonton franchise history; it eclipsed the previous record of 12 rounds on Jan. 17, 2008 where the Oilers dropped a 5-4 decision to the Washington Capitals.

Wild goalie Dubnyk feeling comfortable, confident

Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The designs on the front of Devan Dubnyk's mask have changed a lot over the past two seasons, but as he remodeled his look again after a trade to the Minnesota Wild last month, the portrait of his 17-month-old son on the back remained a constant.

Whether Dubnyk needed perspective amid a nightmare season in 2013-14 that included time in the American Hockey League, inspiration to get back to the NHL, or a break from the mental grind of goaltending now that he is back, he could find it in his son, Nathaniel.

"To see him is the best part of your day so it doesn't matter what else is going on, you can forget about it," Dubnyk said. "In order to come to the rink focused every game you have to be able to let it go on the days between, otherwise you tire out mentally. So to have him there and see him helps, no matter how much other stuff is going on."

Busy month could precede NHL Trade Deadline

Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Every Stanley Cup contender in every season is interested in filling a need for top-end talent or depth to solidify its position before the trade deadline passes, but the run-up to 2015 NHL Trade Deadline, which is 3 p.m. ET on March 2, likely will put the focus on the sellers for two reasons:

1. Connor McDavid

2. Jack Eichel

"We're having a poor year and there are certain rewards for being real bad this year. I think we're all aware of that," Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said last week on TSN 1200 Radio in Ottawa. "If we ever had to have a down year this is probably as good as any of them."

Five Questions: Flames' Giordano on road to the top

Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Mark Giordano's path to NHL stardom can be seen as either the blueprint for all fledgling professional defensemen or the envy of everyone who is or once was in his shoes.

Giordano, now a Norris Trophy candidate and an all-star, started as an undrafted defenseman out of the Ontario Hockey League and spent a year playing professionally in Russia. He has been a full-time NHL player since the 2008-09 season. He was a first-time all-star this season.

Along the way Giordano has figured things out about himself, his game, and about what makes the great ones in the NHL great. He has learned to play a two-way game without sacrificing what he does best, which is join the rush and provide offense. He has become a leader.

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He's only 17 but he can see the ice so well and he moves the puck and goes to the open ice all the time, so I just think he's a player that is ready to play in the NHL. I'm really looking forward to coaching someone like this.

— U.S. National Junior Team coach Ron Wilson on Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft