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Around the League notebook: Wednesday, Nov. 18

Thursday, 11.19.2015 / 1:32 AM / News

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The Edmonton Oilers tied the game twice in the third period, but Marian Hossa scored his 12th career overtime goal 68 seconds into overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to their third consecutive victory.

* Linemates Patrick Kane (0-2—2) and Artemi Panarin (1-2—3) each had multiple points to extend his point streak: Kane stretched his to 14 games (10-14—24), and Panarin pushed his to six (5-5—10).

* Kane has matched the longest point streak of his career, established from Nov. 30-Dec. 28, 2013 (8-17—25 in 14 GP). Via the Elias Sports Bureau, only one Blackhawks player other than Kane has recorded a point streak of at least 14 games in the last 20 years: Chris Chelios (Oct. 26-Nov. 28, 1995: 4-16—20 in 15 GP).

Okposo believes Islanders starting to play to potential

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 8:15 PM / NHL Insider

David Satriano - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- After a bit of a rough stretch early in the season, forward Kyle Okposo thinks the New York Islanders might finally be starting to click on all cylinders.

"We're getting there. It was a bit of a slow start," Okposo said Wednesday at the NHL Store Powered by Reebok before he signed autographs for fans at a launch for the OYO Sports Rink. "Definitely an adjustment period heading to Brooklyn and a feeling-out period. But I think we have kind of hit our stride. That West Coast trip was good for us, and we just have to keep playing well, keep stringing [wins] together. We have a huge home-and-home this weekend against Montreal."

The Islanders (10-6-3) have scored nine goals their past two games, each a win, after struggling offensively (seven in the previous four games), and Okposo has been one of the reasons for the turnaround. He had three assists in a 5-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday and has five assists in the past three games. projects rosters for 2016 NHL All-Star Game

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 8:00 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend Staff

The NHL announced a new format for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday.

The game, on Sunday, Jan. 31, will be a 3-on-3 tournament pitting the four divisions against one another in a winner-take-all format. The Atlantic Division will face the Metropolitan Division in one semifinal and the Central Division will face the Pacific Division in the other semifinal. The winners play in the championship game.

Games will be 20 minutes in length and will be decided by a shootout if tied after the 20 minutes.

Each division's roster will have six forwards, three defenseman and two goalies. One player from each division will be voted onto the team by the fans and the other 40 players will be selected by the League's Hockey Operations Department. Each team will have at least one player from every team in its division.

All-Star Game to take 3-on-3, division-based format

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 7:30 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The scoring chances, skill and intensity that have made 3-on-3 overtime a must-see part of the game this season will be on display in a revamped format for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Jan. 31.

The NHL and NHL Players' Association announced Wednesday that the All-Star Game will be transformed into a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament comprised of three 20-minute games played by divisional all-star teams competing for a winner-take-all $1 million prize.

The NHL has experienced a significant rise in the percentage of games that end in overtime instead of the shootout largely because of the implementation of the 3-on-3 format for the 2015-16 season.

Blues' Lehtera to be game-time decision: report

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 7:01 PM / News

St. Louis Blues center Jori Lehtera, who was taken to the hospital Tuesday after taking a stick to the throat area, will be a game-time decision Thursday when the Blues host the Buffalo Sabres.

Lehtera will participate in the pregame skate before his status is determined, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Hamonic requests trade from Islanders: report

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 5:16 PM / News

New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic has requested a trade to a Western Conference team, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported on Wednesday.

Hamonic, 25, would like to be traded to either the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers or Vancouver Canucks to be closer to his family in Western Canada, TSN's Darren Dreger said. According to Dreger, Hamonic has unspecified "family concerns" he would like to address.

Canadiens' Price practices; no target date for return

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 4:26 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price returned to practice Wednesday for the first time this month, earning a round of applause from his teammates around the pre-practice stretching circle.

Suffice it to say the Canadiens were relieved to see their best player back on the ice with them.

"He's such a big part of our team, when he's out there the guys get a boost," Canadiens forward Dale Weise said. "He's probably our biggest leader in this locker room; everyone just gets excited when you see him out there."

It is not yet known when Price, who has missed the past eight games with a lower-body injury, will be ready to play, but it won't be Thursday at home against the Arizona Coyotes.

Coach Michel Therrien said Mike Condon will start against the Coyotes. The Canadiens then play Friday at the New York Islanders and Sunday at home to the Islanders. It is not clear if Price would be available for any of those games.

Hall of Famer, five-time Cup winner Olmstead dies

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 3:40 PM / News

Bert Olmstead, a Hockey Hall of Fame member and five-time Stanley Cup champion who at one point co-held the record for points in a single game, died Monday. He was 89.

Olmstead, a Saskatchewan native, won the Cup four times as a member of the Montreal Canadiens and once with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was a runner-up for the Calder Trophy in 1949-50 for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kennedy joins Devils on professional tryout contract

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 1:56 PM / News

Forward Tyler Kennedy joined the New Jersey Devils on a professional tryout contract on Wednesday.

The Devils said Kennedy is with the team in Calgary and will practice. He attended training camp with the Devils on a PTO but was released after playing in three preseason games.

Kennedy, 29, split last season between the San Jose Shark and New York Islanders and had six goals and 14 points in 38 games. In 477 games, he has 86 goals, 199 points and 225 penalty minutes.

Sabres' Kane hopes to return Thursday against Blues

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 12:18 PM / News

Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane hopes to return from a knee injury Thursday when the Sabres face the St. Louis Blues.

"I think you'll have a pretty good chance to see me in the lineup tomorrow so I'm looking forward to that," Kane said Wednesday.

Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Kane has been making progress for several days and is skating well.

"He's really close. He's a possibility for tomorrow, yes," Bylsma said.

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