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Fantasy All-Access: Thankful for Klingberg, Panarin

Sean McCullen - Staff Writer

Every Monday, staff writer Sean McCullen identifies potential waiver-wire pickups and points out lineup moves and schedule impacts for fantasy hockey.

It's Thanksgiving week here in the United States.

Some of you are thankful for taking Alex Ovechkin, not Sidney Crosby, with the No. 1 pick of your league's draft.

Many of you are thankful you had the foresight to draft the Dallas Stars' John Klingberg, whose 19 assists are tied for first in the NHL and 23 points are tied for fifth in the League after he was selected on average after 30 other defensemen in Yahoo leagues, or Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Artemi Panarin (Yahoo average draft position: 154.7), who has seven goals, 14 assists and 51 shots on goal in 21 games.

Nash powers Rangers into Thanksgiving Showdown

Monday, 11.23.2015 / 9:00 AM / Weekly Primer

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

New York Rangers forward Rick Nash hasn't been the dominant power forward he was for much of last season, but his lack of production has flown under the radar thanks to the Rangers' scorching start.

But Nash was on top of his game on Saturday when he scored three goals, including the game-winner, in New York's 5-4 overtime win at the Florida Panthers.

Nash, who scored 42 goals last season, has five goals in 18 games. He'll have a chance to show a national audience that he remains one of the NHL's premier power forwards when the Rangers (15-3-2) face the Boston Bruins (10-8-1) at TD Garden on Friday in the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown (1 p.m. ET; NBC, SN).

"There's no doubt Rick Nash played one of his better games this year," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said after the win Saturday. "Time will tell [whether this was a breakout game]. He had a good game tonight, and we'll see if he can follow it up."

Here are other games that should garner plenty of attention:

Twelve things we learned in first quarter of season

Monday, 11.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Predictions are great for clicks on a website and debates pretty much everywhere hockey fans gather, online or in person, but in reality they're meaningless because nobody making them has a crystal ball to see into the future. Storylines and trends have to develop. Teams and players have to deal with adversity by living through it or crashing and burning because of it.

Ultimately, a season in the NHL teaches us more than we ever could have predicted. Through 25 percent of this season, here are 12 things we have learned so far:

Brind'Amour inducted into Flyers Hall of Fame

Monday, 11.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Rod Brind'Amour felt he never had a proper chance to say goodbye when the Philadelphia Flyers traded him to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Prior to the game between Flyers and Hurricanes on Monday at Wells Fargo Center, Brind'Amour will have the opportunity to thank the people that were most important to him during his nine seasons with the Flyers when he is inducted into their Hall of Fame.

"I left Philadelphia and it kind of felt kind of weird," Brind'Amour said. "One day I was there and then I was gone and that was it, and I never got the chance to thank the people that meant so much to me there. So this is kind of a long time coming for that. But it is great for me to do, to be able to thank the people that made Philadelphia great for me."

Senators' Karlsson early favorite for Norris Trophy

Monday, 11.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

It has become commonplace for Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson to contribute offensively. The Senators captain has two 70-point seasons and scored an NHL career-high 21 goals in 2014-15.

But Karlsson, who has five goals in his past five games, is much more than an offensive defenseman. He is relied on in all situations and is averaging 27:05 of ice time per game, which puts him among the top three skaters in the NHL. That's why Karlsson currently is the front-runner to win the Norris Trophy as the League's top defenseman.

Karlsson previously won the Norris in 2012 and again last season, when he had 66 points and a plus-7 rating in 82 games. With 21 points in 19 games this season, the 25-year-old likely will finish with at least 70 points for the third time in his NHL career.

Analysis: Canadiens weather storm without Price

Sunday, 11.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban hesitated to the point where he almost stopped walking on his way to the team bus.

The question to Subban following the Canadiens' 5-3 win against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Friday was if he senses anything different about the Canadiens because they survived, and thrived, without goalie Carey Price, who missed nine games with a lower-body injury before returning in Brooklyn.

"Um, I don't know about that," Subban told

Stars' Klingberg coming of age as two-way D-man

Friday, 11.20.2015 / 4:44 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- John Klingberg is making this look easy.

Through 20 games, the second-year Dallas Stars defenseman leads the NHL with 18 assists, is tied for the League lead with a plus-13 rating, and is tied for fourth with 22 points.

Not bad for someone who is 23 years old.

"Obviously [my start] has been pretty good offensively. I've been having a lot of assists, obviously playing with good players who score goals, and the power play has been good too," Klingberg said Friday.

Fantasy Friday: The curious case of Anze Kopitar

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

The Los Angeles Kings finished the 2013-14 season with 100 points, sixth most in the Western Conference. Center Anze Kopitar led the team with 29 goals, 41 assists, 70 points and a plus-34 rating during the regular season. He recorded another 26 points in 26 playoff games en route to the team's second Stanley Cup in three years.

The 29 goals and 70 points weren't career-highs for Kopitar, but he finished the season as the 15th ranked fantasy player in Yahoo leagues because of his well-balanced statistical coverage across the board.

Last season, Kopitar struggled out of the gate. He had just three points in his first 11 games and 12 in his first 25 games overall. Kopitar, a likely top-20 overall fantasy pick heading into this season, had been on pace for under 40 points over a full season at that time.

What NHL community is saying about Alex Ovechkin

Friday, 11.20.2015 / 11:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin became the all-time leading goal scorer among Russian players in the NHL on Thursday night by scoring No. 484 in a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.

Ovechkin passed center Sergei Fedorov, who had 483 goals in 1,248 games. Ovechkin has played 777 games. Fedorov was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last week. Ovechkin may very well be on his way there.

Here is a sample of what people around the hockey community are saying about Ovechkin as he approaches his next milestone, 500 goals:

Super 16: Stars making goaltending tandem work

Friday, 11.20.2015 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff has no intention of putting a No. 1 goalie label on either Antti Niemi or Kari Lehtonen any time soon, if ever.

"I told them at the start of the year if they're playing well they're both going to play," Ruff said.

Lehtonen and Niemi have equally split the starts through 20 games this season, which wasn't intentional but is a byproduct of how they're playing, Ruff said.

Dallas entered its game Thursday against the Washington Capitals with 30 points, first in the Central Division, arguably the deepest and toughest division in the NHL this season.

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