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Red Wings forwards Pulkkinen, Miller out with injuries

Friday, 12.04.2015 / 7:24 PM / News

Detroit Red Wings forward Teemu Pulkkinen will miss 6-8 weeks with a dislocated shoulder and forward Drew Miller will be out six weeks with a broken jaw, general manager Ken Holland said Friday.

The injuries occurred in the first period of a 5-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

"Those are two guys that are big part of us and who we are, and certainly I don't like to see guys go down," coach Jeff Blashill told the Red Wings website.

Buffalo Sabres to host '18 World Junior Championship

Friday, 12.04.2015 / 6:28 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The IIHF World Junior Championship is returning to Buffalo in 2018, and it will include an outdoor game for the first time in tournament history.

USA Hockey announced Friday that the 2018 World Juniors will be hosted by the Buffalo Sabres. It's the sixth time the tournament will be held in the United States, but the first time it will be played in the same location in the U.S. twice in a row.

"In the opportunities we have had to host it in the United States, our most successful experience was in Buffalo in 2011," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey.

USA Hockey also announced an outdoor game will be held at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL's Buffalo Bills. It will be the first game of its kind for the WJC.

Around the League notebook: Thursday, Dec. 3

Friday, 12.04.2015 / 1:51 AM / News

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Braden Holtby made 33 saves, including 16 stops in the second period, to extend his personal winning streak to a career-high eight games and lead the Washington Capitals to their sixth consecutive victory overall.

* At 18-5-1 (37 points), the Capitals pulled ahead of the New York Rangers (17-7-3, 37 points) – who lost in regulation vs. COL – for first place in the Metropolitan Division, by virtue of having more wins.

* Holtby’s winning streak is the longest by an NHL goaltender this season. The Elias Sports Bureau adds that Holtby is the first Capitals goalie to win eight or more consecutive decisions in one season since Jose Theodore in 2009-10 (10-0-0).

Patrick Kane point streak at 21 games, ties Bobby Hull

Friday, 12.04.2015 / 12:09 AM / News

Forward Patrick Kane tied the Chicago Blackhawks record by extending his point streak to 21 games with a power-play goal 3:27 into the second period of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

He tied the record established by Bobby Hull from Dec. 5 to Jan. 23 during the 1971-72 season.

"It's one of those things I'm not too worried about when I'm playing the game," Kane said. "I guess when you're tied for anything with Bobby Hull, it's pretty special considering the career that guy had."

Flames prospect Gillies out for season with hip injury

Thursday, 12.03.2015 / 7:15 PM / News

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames goaltending prospect Jon Gillies is expected to miss 4-6 months following hip surgery, the Flames said Thursday.

"Obviously, it's never ideal that he's going to be missing the time that he's going to be missing," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. "For all intents and purposes, he'll miss the remainder of the season. It needs to be done. We don't anticipate any problems. The majority of his rehab will be done here in Calgary, so our people will have their hands on them and we don't expect any issues."

Gillies will have the surgery next Wednesday in Nashville.

Blue Jackets sign Malhotra to AHL tryout contract

Thursday, 12.03.2015 / 1:20 PM / News

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Cleveland's Lake Erie Monsters, the Columbus Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate, have signed former Jackets center Manny Malhotra to an AHL tryout contract, Blue Jackets Assistant General Manager and Monsters General Manager Bill Zito announced today. Malhotra is expected to join the club in time for tonight's game against the Iowa Wild at Quicken Loans Arena.

Malhotra, 35, has registered 116 goals and 179 assists for 295 points and 451 penalty minutes in 991 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens. He notched 1-3-4 and 12 penalty minutes in 58 games with the Canadiens last season.

Sabres' Ennis, Pysyk week-to-week with injuries

Thursday, 12.03.2015 / 1:03 PM / News

Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis, who has missed the past four games because of an upper-body injury, is week-to-week as far as his return, the Sabres announced Thursday.

Ennis has three goals and 10 points in 19 games this season.

USA Hockey expected to select 2018 WJC site Friday

Thursday, 12.03.2015 / 12:51 PM / News

USA Hockey will hold a press conference Friday (3 p.m. ET; NHLN) at the 18-yard-line of Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills football team, where it is expected to announce the city of Buffalo as the host of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula and president Russ Brandon are scheduled to be at the event.

USA Hockey previously had announced Buffalo, St. Louis and Pittsburgh as finalists to host the event.

Around the League notebook: Tuesday, Dec. 2

Thursday, 12.03.2015 / 9:11 AM / News

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Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves through 65 minutes and stopped all three shooters in the shootout as the New York Islanders defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 in their first game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

* The Islanders earned their third consecutive victory and extended their point streak to five games (4-0-1).

* Halak extended his personal point streak to four games (3-0-1) and improved to 7-4-2 with a 1.93 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and two shutouts on the season. Halak also improved to 11-6-0 in 18 career games against the Rangers.

* John Tavares scored in regulation and leads the Islanders in goals (12) and points (22) in 23 games this season.

Panthers' Bjugstad to miss next two games: report

Wednesday, 12.02.2015 / 4:13 PM / News

Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad is expected to miss the next two games with an upper-body injury, according to the Florida Sun Sentinel.

The nature of the injury was not specified, but Panthers coach Gerard Gallant told the Sun Sentinel it isn't a back injury. Bjugstad had back surgery in March that ended his 2014-15 season.

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