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Predators recall goaltender Mazanec; Nystrom to IR

Monday, 11.09.2015 / 11:57 AM / News

Nashville, Tenn.Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has recalled goaltender Marek Mazanec from Milwaukee (AHL) on emergency conditions and placed forward Eric Nystrom on Injured Reserve.

Mazanec, 24 (7/18/91), has played in five games for the Admirals this season, posting a 2-2-1 record with a 3.09 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage. In his most recent start on Saturday at Rockford, he stopped 33-of-35 shots as Milwaukee won its third straight game, 3-2 in overtime. The Pisek, Czech Republic native has played in 27 career NHL games – all with Nashville – since his first North American professional season in 2013-14, posting an 8-11-4 record, two shutouts, a 2.76 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. The 6-foot-4, 202-pound netminder played the fifth-most minutes of any rookie NHL netminder (1,369:32) during the 2013-14 campaign and was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for November 2013 after going 5-4-1 with two shutouts, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.

Canucks reassign Bachman, recall Markstrom

Monday, 11.09.2015 / 10:14 AM / News

Vancouver, BCVancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has reassigned goaltender Richard Bachman and recalled Jacob Markstrom from his conditioning assignment with the Utica Comets.

Markstrom, 25, posted a record of 1-0-1, a 2.40 GAA, and a .909 save percentage during his two-game conditioning stint with the Comets. He returns from a hamstring injury sustained on October 6th. Prior to the injury, Markstrom appeared in four preseason games for Vancouver, posting a record of 2-0-0 including one shutout, a 1.01 GAA, and a .962 save percentage. He appeared in three games with the Canucks in 2014.15 and 32 games with the Utica Comets, where he posted a record of 22-7-2, a GAA of 1.88, save percentage of 0.934 and five shutouts. Markstrom backstopped the Comets to the Calder Cup Finals with a 0.925 save percentage and 2.11 GAA through 23 games.

Around the League notebook: Sunday, Nov. 8

Sunday, 11.08.2015 / 11:41 PM / News

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Tyler Seguin (1-1—2) and Patrick Sharp (1-1—2) each posted a goal and an assist to lead the Dallas Stars to their sixth victory in seven games.

* At 12-3-0 (24 points), the Elias Sports Bureau says the Stars are off to the best 15-game start to a season in franchise history.

* The Stars also improved to 7-2-0 in their first nine games on the road; their 14 points as visitors lead the NHL.

* Seguin extended his point streak to eight games (5-8—13). He leads the NHL with 14 assists and is tied with Patrick Kane (CHI) for the League lead in points with 23 (9-14—23).

* Sharp has 6-3—9 in his last seven games after going 0-3—3 in his first eight games with the team.

Red Wings goalie Howard leaves game after collision

Sunday, 11.08.2015 / 9:23 PM / News

Paul Harris - Correspondent

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard left the game Sunday against the Dallas Stars with 12:51 remaining in the third period after being hit in the head by Stars center Jason Spezza.

However, coach Jeff Blashill said after the Red Wings' 4-1 loss that Howard did not go through the concussion protocol.

"He has some contact issues from being bumped in the head," said Blashill, who added that Howard was fine and wanted to go back into the game after being replaced by Petr Mrazek.

Blackhawks' Keith skates for first time since surgery

Sunday, 11.08.2015 / 2:43 PM / News

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Duncan Keith, the Chicago Blackhawks' top defenseman and reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner, skated during a full team workout for the first time since having surgery Oct. 20 to repair a torn right meniscus.

Keith skated the previous couple days with other Blackhawks making their way back from injuries.

"I'm feeling good," said Keith, who had two assists in six games before the surgery. "Obviously I don't think the leg is as strong as it needs to be, but I definitely feel pretty good for not skating [in a few weeks]. Trainers have helped a lot in preparing to get on the ice. It's a quick turnaround. I try to do a lot of different things to be ready to go, so hopefully it can happen sooner."

Blues forward Fabbri to stay in NHL for rest of season

Sunday, 11.08.2015 / 10:30 AM / News

Forward Robby Fabbri will remain with the St. Louis Blues for the remainder of the season, the Blues announced Sunday.

Fabbri was given the news by general manager Doug Armstrong during the flight home from Nashville after the Blues' 4-0 victory against the Nashville Predators.

"He [Armstrong] told me that they're going to keep me for the year," Fabbri said in a video posted on the Blues website. "That's just the beginning. I have to keep going. But it's something I've been waiting for a while, just great to get the news."

Rogers Hometown Hockey: Fredericton, N.B.

Sunday, 11.08.2015 / 3:00 AM / News

NHL Network and Sportsnet 1 will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET, prior to the game between the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks. The location this week is Fredericton, New Brunswick and the show will celebrate the history of hockey in the city.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

Around the League notebook: Saturday, Nov. 7

Sunday, 11.08.2015 / 2:15 AM / News

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Of the 11 games contested Saturday, four featured a team scoring a tying or go-ahead goal late in the third period en route to victory (WSH: 19:59; MTL: 18:52; CAR: 19:56; and BUF: 19:43). Elias says there have been eight tying or go-ahead goals scored in the final minute of regulation this season, with the scoring team holding a 6-0-2 record in those contests.

* Nicklas Backstrom tied the game with 1.7 seconds left in regulation and Alex Ovechkin tallied the lone shootout goal to help the Washington Capitals (10-3-0, 20 points) equal the best 13-game start to a season in franchise history (1991-92: 10-3-0, 20 points).

* David Desharnais broke a 2-2 deadlock with 1:08 left on the clock – his second consecutive game-winning goal – to rally the Montreal Canadiens past the Boston Bruins for their League-leading 13th win of the season, continuing their best start in their 98-year NHL history.

Ovechkin ties Fedorov for goals by Russian player

Sunday, 11.08.2015 / 12:28 AM / News

Katie Brown - Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 483rd NHL goal Saturday to tie Sergei Fedorov for the most by a Russian-born player.

He almost passed him.

Ovechkin scored a third-period goal that would have tied the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs but it was disallowed after a coach's challenge for goaltender interference.

"Still have one to pass the tie," Ovechkin said. "If not today, tomorrow."

Actually Tuesday, when the Capitals next play at the Detroit Red Wings, where Fedorov spent much of his career (7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, FS-D, CSN-DC+).

Washington center Nicklas Backstrom tied the game Saturday with 0.8 seconds remaining in the third. Ovechkin scored in the fourth round of the shootout, and the Capitals defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2 at Verizon Center.

Wild forward Parise week-to-week with sprained MCL

Saturday, 11.07.2015 / 1:22 PM / News

Dan Myers - Correspondent

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise has a sprained MCL in his right knee and his return will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, the Wild announced Saturday.

"I think it's great news. He'll be out a few weeks but all things considered, in terms of knee injuries, it's best-case scenario," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "It's certainly not months but it's not days. He'll be out this week but next week we'll have a better feel for how the recovery is going."

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