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Predators' Forsberg emerges as early Calder favorite

Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Two seasons ago Filip Forsberg was impressing NHL scouts with regularity in his native Sweden.

At the time, he was regarded as the top European skater eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft because he had a nose for the net, better-than-average speed and played an effective two-way game. Goran Stubb, the NHL Director of European Scouting, compared him to Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry because in addition to sacrificing himself to make the big play, he had a knack for scoring the big goal.

"He started playing with men at an early age and when you do that it forces you to mature earlier and forces you to start playing the professional game right away," Colorado Avalanche captain and fellow Swede Gabriel Landeskog said. "I think it's probably helped him in the transition coming over here and having played so many years of professional hockey back home. I played with him on a few teams back home and he's a skilled player, very talented."

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Chicago Blackhawks dominate week one of 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM

Canadiens defenseman Subban sits atop leaderboard

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 / 2:00 PM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

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NEW YORK -- The Chicago Blackhawks occupy four of the top 10 spots in the first week of voting in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM. Forwards Patrick Kane (73,551) and Jonathan Toews (71,734), defenseman Duncan Keith (66,723), and goaltender Corey Crawford (51,212) ranked fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively. More than 3.2 million votes were cast in the first week of voting.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was the top vote-getter in week one with 100,133 votes. Teammate Carey Price collected 83,612 votes for the third spot in the top 10 and top spot among goaltenders. Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby holds the second spot in votes with 87,858, while teammate Kris Letang's 51,502 votes were enough for the ninth spot.

The leaderboard of the top vote-getters is available at NHL.com/vote. Fans can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #NHLAllStar.

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Puck possession has Wild's Suter leading Norris race

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Ryan Suter has led the NHL in time on ice per game for each of the past two seasons.

Logging a lot of ice time, and his reputation from having a successful tenure with the Nashville Predators, helped make Suter a candidate for the Norris Trophy and a consistent subject in "who are the best defensemen in the NHL?" discussions in his first two years with the Minnesota Wild.

Suter's statistics, both "advanced" and "traditional," beyond the time on ice, left questions about whether or not he was really having the impact of an elite defenseman. His puck possession stats were mediocre, especially last season when Wild coach Mike Yeo didn't give him a high percentage of defensive zone starts.

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Fantasy All-Access: Hutchinson emerging for Jets

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Every Monday, NHL.com contributor Matt Sitkoff identifies waiver wire pickups, roster trends, schedule notes and a prospect to watch in fantasy hockey.

Thanksgiving is a time for family, food, faceoffs and a chance to reflect on what we are most thankful for. In the fantasy world we are thankful for all the great top line combinations; from the "STL Line" to "That 70's Line" to the top-line threats of the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators.

These trios have been supplying fantasy owners with plenty of points. We are also thankful for the Calgary Flames defense. The top four of Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie, Dennis Wideman and Kris Russell have combined for 60 points, were all drafted in low rounds or plucked of waiver wires, and have been gravy for fantasy teams. Lastly, we are thankful for Darcy Kuemper, who was drafted on average in the 13th round but is making saves as easy as pie.

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2015 NHL Winter Classic Prohibited Items

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The following items are expressly prohibited inside ticketed areas:

- Metal, plastic or glass containers of any kind (except for clear, factory-sealed plastic water bottles no larger than 1 liter, juice boxes, insulin containers and baby food). Only one bottle of water per person will be permitted
- Food items not in adherence to the following policy: All food items must be contained in single serving bags within a soft-sided container or cooler that does not exceed 16”x16”x8”
- Hard coolers or ice chests
- Backpacks and bags that exceed 16”x16”x8”
- Umbrellas
- Brooms, poles and staffs of any kind
- Weapons, fireworks and other illegal substances
- Camera lenses in excess of eight inches, tripods and monopods
- Animals (except service animals)
- Beach balls and other inflatable items
- Laser pens and laser pointers
- Alcohol not purchased at Nationals Park
- Noisemakers not provided by the NHL
- Skateboards
- Strollers
- Any other item deemed dangerous or inappropriate or otherwise violating the Guest Conduct Policy

Violators of any District of Columbia laws will be refused admission, asked to leave or ejected from the ticketed areas.

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4