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Senators' Stone a game-time decision vs. Canadiens

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 12:44 PM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone's status for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports) will be determined at game time, coach Dave Cameron said Friday.

"It's like every other player," Cameron said. "As long as it's not detrimental to his health that's the first thing you ask and you go from there."

Stone participated in Ottawa's optional morning skate Friday. He worked on his stickhandling and shot pucks before taking part in a light shooting drill and leaving for the dressing room about six minutes after he jumped on the ice.

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2015 NHL Draft Lottery procedure

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

NHL Public Relations

A weighted system used to determine the order for the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft for the 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery will take place on Saturday, April 18, in Toronto.

2015 DRAFT LOTTERY INFORMATION

In coordination with the League, the results of the NHL Draft Lottery will be revealed in a live television broadcast on CBC and TVA in Canada and on NBC in the U.S. Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET, leading up to the networks' broadcast of Game 2 of the First Round series between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The team winning the draw will secure the right to the first overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft. Each of the 14 Clubs is eligible to win the first overall pick. The remaining 13 teams will be slotted in reverse order based on their regular season point totals. The drawing determines the order for the first round only. For all subsequent rounds, the order reverts to the original order of regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs results.

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2014-15 NHL.com Fantasy Hockey award selections

NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff

With the 2014-15 regular season now in our rearview mirror, it's time for NHL.com's fantasy hockey insiders to reflect on players that have defined the landscape -- for better or worse.

Matt Cubeta, Pete Jensen, Matt Sitkoff, Brian Metzer and Evan Sporer have cast their votes, outlining the best fantasy players at each position based on eligibility in Yahoo leagues.

The list of year-end awards is also complete with the biggest underachievers and most notable rookies, as well as sleeper and bounceback candidates to keep an eye on for next season.

So, as we officially say goodbye to another compelling season, here are the 2014-15 NHL.com Fantasy Hockey awards.

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NHL Draft Lottery to determine first shot at McDavid

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

There's a significant jackpot awaiting the winner of the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

The team winning the lottery will be able to choose between two players projected to be generational talents eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft: Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University freshman Jack Eichel. The NHL Draft will be held at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., June 26-27.

McDavid, who had 44 goals and 120 points in 47 regular-season games this season, is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 draft. Eichel, winner of the 2015 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's best player, is ranked No. 2.

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Canadiens' Pacioretty question mark for Game 2

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 11:54 AM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

NHL.com

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty remains a question mark for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Ottawa Senators on Friday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports).

Pacioretty has not played since April 5 because of an upper-body injury.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after the Canadiens held an optional morning skate Friday that he had not spoken with the medical staff and could not give an update on Pacioretty's availability.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Thursday, April 16

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 9:10 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations

PERRY POWERS DUCKS' RALLY IN GAME 1

Corey Perry tallied 2-2—4, including the tying and winning goals in the third period, to help the Anaheim Ducks defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 and grab a 1-0 series lead.

* In 2014-15, the Ducks set a single-season NHL record with 18 victories when trailing at any point of the third period. They also matched a League record with 12 wins when trailing after two periods.

* Perry had his first career four-point game in the postseason. The only other Ducks with at least four points in a postseason game are Joffrey Lupul (May 9, 2006: 4-0—4 at COL, 4-3 OT W) and Andy McDonald (April 25, 2007: 3-1—4 vs. VAN, 5-1 W).

* Perry had four points on Jan. 15 vs. VAN (2-2—4 in 9-1 W). The most points he has had in the regular season is five, last accomplished Dec. 12, 2010 vs. MIN (3-2—5).

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Penguins know they must be more disciplined

Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 11:35 PM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Penguins know if they're going to have any chance of defeating the Presidents' Trophy-winning New York Rangers in their Eastern Conference First Round series, they're going to have to refrain from taking unnecessary penalties.

The Penguins looked eager to hand Game 1 of this best-of-7 series to the Rangers on a silver platter in the first period, when they took four minor penalties and played shorthanded for 6:43. As a result, an already injury-depleted defense corps was forced to constantly contain one of the NHL's fastest units, captain Sidney Crosby saw 3:42 of ice time, and the Penguins fell behind 2-0 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

"I can't remember a single [penalty] off the top of my head, but they're able to generate a lot of momentum out of those," Pittsburgh defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. "We have half our team sitting on the bench for far too long and can't get into a rhythm, and the other half is out there killing, playing very difficult minutes. It tires you out, and that gets a team out of their rhythm; we can't do that."


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Rangers' Girardi sustains injury in Game 1 win

Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 10:58 PM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi was injured with 9:29 remaining in the third period Thursday at Madison Square Garden after he was struck on the right side of his face by a deflected shot from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz.

Girardi did not return to the game. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Girardi was being seen by the team dentist, but he did not have any further update.

The Rangers protected their one-goal lead while playing with five defensemen in the final 9:29 of the third to defeat the Penguins 2-1 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round. The Rangers have a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series, which continues on Saturday with Game 2 at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA).

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Flames rookie Bennett impressive in playoff debut

Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 8:21 PM / Canucks vs Flames - 2015 SCP First Round

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Rookie center Sam Bennett impressed Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley with his play Wednesday in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Vancouver Canucks. He had already impressed Hartley with his character.

Bennett, in his second NHL game, was one of Calgary's best players in the 2-1 victory at Rogers Arena. When asked after practice Thursday about Bennett's performance, Hartley referenced the 18-year-old center's inability to do a single pull-up at the NHL Draft Combine last May. Though it was seen as an indictment of Bennett's fitness and commitment at the time, Hartley now views it as a sign of his character.

"There was many reports the kid was not a good worker and couldn't do pull-ups," he said. "When your shoulder is broken in pieces but you won't tell no one because you are a competitor and you want to be there, that speaks volumes about his character."

Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is Friday in Vancouver (10 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Islanders' young players benefiting from patience

Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 5:00 PM / Capitals vs Islanders - 2015 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- During the first half of the 2013-14 season, Ryan Strome had to watch and wait for his NHL dream to come true.

Every other player selected in the top 10 of the 2011 NHL Draft had reached the League. The New York Islanders preached patience and sent Strome, the No. 5 pick, to Bridgeport, Conn., for further development in the American Hockey League.

No player's path to the NHL and success at the highest level is ever the same. Strome may have had to wait a little longer than some of his peers, but he's now a top-line forward for a 101-point team and a key contributor for a franchise on the rise.

"It feels like my road was a little longer," Strome said. "I just wanted to do the right thing and they wanted to do the right thing for me. It was frustrating at times, watching the other guys play in the NHL, but all in all it is about the big picture and our team is in the playoffs my first full year. I think things have worked out pretty well.

"I took a little bit of time to develop. I don't think I was quite ready. It was frustrating to see at the time, but looking back at it, it was probably the best thing."

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Hockey means everything to people here [Winnipeg]. They take their team's success to heart. We've had an incredible year and they've given us incredible support.

— Jets center Mathieu Perreault after losing to the Ducks in Game 3 of their playoff series on Monday