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Lightning's Carle to have surgery, miss 6-8 weeks

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 6:45 PM / News

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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matthew Carle will have surgery to repair torn adductor muscles in his lower abdomen, the Lightning announced Monday.

The procedure will be performed in Philadelphia on Tuesday by Dr. William Meyers. Carle is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

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Canadiens' Price could return Tuesday vs. Predators

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 1:00 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price took part in practice Monday and said if he wakes up Tuesday morning feeling good he should be able to face the Nashville Predators that evening.

"We'll see in the morning," Price repeated at least four times when asked whether he will face the Predators.

Price missed the Canadiens' 6-4 win Saturday against the New York Islanders with an upper-body injury he sustained in a collision with Chris Calvert of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 14. Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty pushed Calvert from behind as he was breaking in on goal, and Price's back was driven into the goalpost in the ensuing collision.

"I had a lingering problem before that and this kind of compounded the issue," Price said. "We thought it best to just take a couple of days and get it better."

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Byfuglien, Tatar and Okposo named stars of the week

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

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NEW YORKWinnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar and New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 18.

FIRST STAR – DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN, D, WINNIPEG JETS

Byfuglien paced all defensemen with three goals and shared third among all skaters with six points (3-3-6) in four games to power the Jets (25-14-8, 58 points) to four straight wins. He opened the week with 2-1-3, including the game-winning goal, in an 8-2 victory over the Florida Panthers Jan. 13. It marked Byfuglien's first multi-goal and three-point performances since March 16, 2014 (2-1-3 vs. DAL). After being held off the scoresheet in a 2-1 triumph over the Dallas Stars Jan. 15, Byfuglien collected two assists – his sixth multi-point game of the season – in a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Jan. 16. He closed the week with his 12th goal of the season, tied for first among defensemen, in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Arizona Coyotes Jan. 18. The 29-year-old Roseau, Minn., native ranks seventh among blueliners with 12-19-31 in 47 appearances this season, including 4-7-11 in his past nine outings.

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Sabres reassign forwards Ellis, Varone to AHL

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 11:56 AM / News

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Forwards Matt Ellis and Philip Varone were reassigned Monday by the Buffalo Sabres to Rochester of the American Hockey League.

Ellis, 33 is scoreless in four NHL games this season. He has seven goals and 13 assists in 36 games with the Americans.

Varone, 24, has two goals in seven NHL games this season. He is tied for the Rochester scoring lead with 29 points (eight goals) in 36 games.

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Predators reassign forward Stalberg to AHL

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 11:52 AM / News

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Forward Viktor Stalberg was reassigned by the Nashville Predators on Monday to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

Stalberg, 29, has three assists in 10 games this season.

Stalberg has 60 goals and 125 points in 323 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Predators.

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Around the League notebook for Sunday, Jan. 18

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 12:07 AM / News

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ZETTERBERG HAS HAT TRICK IN DETROIT RALLY VS. BUFFALO

Facing a 3-0 deficit at the outset of the second period, the Detroit Red Wings scored five consecutive goals en route to a 6-4 win against the Buffalo Sabres. The Red Wings improved to 26-11-9 (61 points) and passed the idle Montreal Canadiens for second in the Atlantic Division standings. With the win, Detroit also concluded the season series against Buffalo with a 3-1-0 record.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time Detroit rallied from a three-goal deficit and won was earlier this season on Nov. 28, 2014 when the Red Wings overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 in a shootout.

* Henrik Zetterberg (3-1—4) scored three goals in the third period to record his first hat trick of the season and his first since Feb. 1, 2013 in a 5-3 win against the St. Louis Blues. Zetterberg's hat trick was the sixth of his career. According to Elias, the last member of the Red Wings to record a hat trick via three goals in one period was Johan Franzen, who had three goals in the third period on Feb. 2, 2011 in a 7-5 victory against the Ottawa Senators. Franzen finished the game with five goals.

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Devils' Schneider practices, expected to start Monday

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 4:53 PM / News

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The New Jersey Devils plan to start goaltender Cory Schneider against the San Jose Sharks on Monday, interim co-coach Lou Lamoriello told NorthJersey.com on Sunday.

"I had [Saturday] off, felt OK today and should be good to go," Schneider said after practice, according to NorthJersey.com. "So, it's more just I got my bell rung a bit and they wanted to be careful. So, fortunately, it wasn't any more than that."

Schneider, 28, was struck in his mask by a Matt Beleskey shot in the first period of a 5-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday and sat the final two periods as a precaution. Goalie Keith Kinkaid allowed four goals on 25 shots in relief.

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Staal, Rangers agree to terms on contract extension

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 3:36 PM / News

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Defenseman Marc Staal and the New York Rangers agreed to terms on a contract extension, the Rangers announced Sunday after a 5-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Terms were not disclosed, but ESPN.com reported a six-year extension with an average annual value of $5.7 million, a full no-trade clause in the first three years and a full-no movement clause.

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Around the League notebook for Saturday, Jan. 17

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 10:25 AM / News

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KINGS HONOR BLAKE

Former Los Angeles Kings captain/defenseman, current club executive and 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Rob Blake had his No. 4 jersey raised to the rafters at STAPLES Center.

Blake became the sixth Kings player to be so honored, joining Luc Robitaille (No. 20/2007), Wayne Gretzky (No. 99/2002), Dave Taylor (No. 18/1995), Marcel Dionne (No. /1990) and Rogie Vachon (No. /1985).

Blake is the all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points by a Kings defenseman. He played 14 of his 20 NHL seasons with the Kings, including six as captain. He helped L.A. reach the Stanley Cup Final in 1993, won the franchise's first Norris Trophy in 1998 and made seven trips to the NHL All-Star Game, representing the Kings four times.

Click here to watch Blake's speech and here for Robitaille honoring his former teammate.

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Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates Charlottetown

Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 3:00 AM / News

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City TV in Canada and NHL Network in the U.S. will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday. In Canada, the show will be followed by the game between the Arizona Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets. The location this week is Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and the half-hour program will celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Lanterns hang in the windows on Prince Edward Island to welcome sailors home from sea. They also help Chicago Blackhawks center Brad Richards find his way back to his family.

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