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Canadiens' Price practices; no target date for return

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 4:26 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price returned to practice Wednesday for the first time this month, earning a round of applause from his teammates around the pre-practice stretching circle.

Suffice it to say the Canadiens were relieved to see their best player back on the ice with them.

"He's such a big part of our team, when he's out there the guys get a boost," Canadiens forward Dale Weise said. "He's probably our biggest leader in this locker room; everyone just gets excited when you see him out there."

It is not yet known when Price, who has missed the past eight games with a lower-body injury, will be ready to play, but it won't be Thursday at home against the Arizona Coyotes.

Coach Michel Therrien said Mike Condon will start against the Coyotes. The Canadiens then play Friday at the New York Islanders and Sunday at home to the Islanders. It is not clear if Price would be available for any of those games.

Hall of Famer, five-time Cup winner Olmstead dies

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 3:40 PM / News

NHL.com

Bert Olmstead, a Hockey Hall of Fame member and five-time Stanley Cup champion who at one point co-held the record for points in a single game, died Monday. He was 89.

Olmstead, a Saskatchewan native, won the Cup four times as a member of the Montreal Canadiens and once with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was a runner-up for the Calder Trophy in 1949-50 for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kennedy joins Devils on professional tryout contract

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 1:56 PM / News

NHL.com

Forward Tyler Kennedy joined the New Jersey Devils on a professional tryout contract on Wednesday.

The Devils said Kennedy is with the team in Calgary and will practice. He attended training camp with the Devils on a PTO but was released after playing in three preseason games.

Kennedy, 29, split last season between the San Jose Shark and New York Islanders and had six goals and 14 points in 38 games. In 477 games, he has 86 goals, 199 points and 225 penalty minutes.

Sabres' Kane hopes to return Thursday against Blues

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 12:18 PM / News

NHL.com

Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane hopes to return from a knee injury Thursday when the Sabres face the St. Louis Blues.

"I think you'll have a pretty good chance to see me in the lineup tomorrow so I'm looking forward to that," Kane said Wednesday.

Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Kane has been making progress for several days and is skating well.

"He's really close. He's a possibility for tomorrow, yes," Bylsma said.

Penguins D-man Maatta sustained upper-body injury

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 11:40 AM / News

NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta sustained an upper-body injury against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and spent the night in the hospital, the Penguins said Wednesday.

Maatta remained in the hospital Wednesday and was to be re-examined later in the day. The Penguins said Maatta's injury was not related to any injuries he has sustained in the past.

Maatta did not sustain any internal injuries, TSN reported, but had soft tissue and muscle damage to his midsection, the result of being checked into the boards near the Minnesota bench with its door open by Wild forward Nino Niederreiter.

Callahan day-to-day as Lightning injury list grows

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 11:22 AM / News

NHL.com

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, the Lightning announced Wednesday.

The Lightning, already without forward Ondrej Palat for 3-5 weeks because of a lower-body injury, were also missing forwards Tyler Johnson, Jonathan Drouin and Cedric Paquette when they lost 1-0 to the Florida Panthers on Monday. Johnson and Paquette have upper-body injuries; the injury to Drouin was undisclosed.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper ruled Johnson and Paquette out for the game Thursday against the New York Rangers. Drouin and Callahan are most likely out, Cooper said.

Around the League notebook: Tuesday, Nov. 17

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 12:49 AM / News

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STARS CONTINUE RECORD-SETTING START

Jason Spezza scored the eventual game-winning goal at 7:35 of the third period to help the Dallas Stars earn their third consecutive victory and continue their record-setting start to the season.

* At 15-4-0 (30 points), the Stars are off to their best 19-game start (in terms of wins and points) in the franchise's 48-year history. Their 15 wins lead the NHL and their 30 points share top spot with the New York Rangers (14-2-2, 30 points) and Montreal Canadiens (14-3-2, 30 points).

* The Stars also improved to 8-2-0 (16 points) away from American Airlines Center this season, the most road wins and road points in the League.

Blues forward Lehtera leaves game, taken to hospital

Tuesday, 11.17.2015 / 11:25 PM / News

NHL.com

St. Louis Blues forward Jori Lehtera was taken to the hospital Tuesday after being hit in the throat area during a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock did not have an update on Lehtera's condition and said there would be one Wednesday.

Around the League notebook: Monday, Nov. 16

Tuesday, 11.17.2015 / 12:28 AM / News

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EKBLAD (AGAIN) PROVIDES LATE HEROICS IN MILESTONE WIN FOR LUONGO

Aaron Ekblad scored the lone goal with 20.2 seconds remaining in regulation, and Roberto Luongo made saves on all 39 shots he faced to help the Florida Panthers sweep their home-and-home series with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

* Ekblad also scored the tying goal at 19:22 of the third period Saturday at Tampa Bay in an eventual 5-4 win for the Panthers. Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player to score a tying or go-ahead goal in the final minute of regulation in consecutive team games was Dany Heatley on March 17 and 19, 2003 (w/ ATL) – he broke a 2-2 tie in a 3-2 W vs. CBJ and two nights later evened the score in an eventual 5-4 OT loss vs. DAL.

* Ekblad has 3-1—4 in his past four games after beginning with 1-2—3 in his first 14 games this season.

Capitals reunite Ovechkin, Backstrom at practice

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 4:22 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin might have a familiar center riding shotgun with him when he gets his next chance at scoring his record-breaking goal.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz reunited Washington's captain and leading scorer with Nicklas Backstrom for practice Monday, but offered no guarantees they would play together against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports), when Ovechkin will again try to break Sergei Fedorov's record for the most goals scored in the NHL by a Russian player.

Ovechkin is currently tied with Fedorov with 483 goals. He has played all season with Evgeny Kuznetsov as his center, but he hasn't scored in three straight games and has only five shots on goal in the past two after getting 15 shots against the Red Wings last Tuesday.

"I don't even know if that's how we will be, I just wanted to change it up, change the thought process a little bit," Trotz told the Capitals website after practice Monday. "I think we can be better in some areas. I haven't put [Backstrom], Osh [T.J. Oshie] and Ovi together to see how that looks."

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