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Fantasy top 60 'D': Penguins' Letang king of January

Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 12:01 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.

The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't have a lot to be excited about during the month of January. They posted a 5-4-3 record, but that was only part of an overall run that saw them go 6-8-4 over their past 18 games. That has been enough to cause more than a little panic in and around the three rivers, but one bright spot has emerged over the past few weeks: defenseman Kris Letang.

Letang, who saw last season wrecked by a number of health issues including a stroke, has been one of the Penguins best players through their first 50 games and he took it to another level during January.

Five things to watch when Rangers face Bruins

Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 11:30 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Boston Bruins battled inconsistency and the injury bug this season while trying to keep pace in the Eastern Conference race to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It appears now they will be a tough out when the postseason begins.

With a healthy captain, Zdeno Chara, and center David Krejci back in the mix, the Bruins went 8-1-3 in January and can leapfrog the New York Rangers in the standings in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA).

Boston (27-16-7) and New York (29-15-4) will each be seeking its third consecutive victory. The Rangers enter the game one point ahead of the Bruins. Behind 30 saves from goalie Tuukka Rask, the Bruins defeated the Rangers 3-0 at TD Garden on Jan. 15.

Here are five things to watch in the game between the Bruins and Rangers:

Flames earn 'Cardiac Kids' reputation with late rallies

Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 9:20 AM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley has affectionately dubbed his team the "Cardiac Kids."

He wouldn't have it any other way.

"The bottom line is the outcome at the end of the game," Hartley said. "That's where it counts the most. As long as we have a goal more at the final buzzer, that's why we're here and that's why our fans come to Scotiabank Saddledome every game to see it. We take the game as they come. We adjust. We make changes if we need to. One thing is for sure: We can always count on the guys to come in and give us a very proud effort."

Around the League notebook for Tuesday, Feb. 3

Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

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PREDATORS RALLY TO REMAIN ATOP LEAGUE STANDINGS

Mike Fisher (1-2—3) and Colin Wilson (1-1—2) scored less than five minutes apart in the third period to lift the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, their franchise record ninth straight home win.

* At 33-11-6 (72 points), the Predators continue to occupy first place in the NHL. Their 20 home wins and 41 home points share second and third in the League, respectively.

* Fisher matched a career high with three points for the second time in his past four games. He ranks eighth on the Predators with 13-12—25 in 29 GP this season.

* Wilson has 16-19—35 in 48 GP this season, matching career highs for goals and points set in 2010-11 and 2011-12, respectively. His four game-winning goals are one shy of his personal best also set in 2011-12.

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He is, in my opinion, one of the best defensemen in the NHL and continuing to grow. I think his game, from an offensive standpoint, he continues to drive our offense... I think there's still tremendous upside for Oliver.

— Coyotes GM Don Maloney on defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson