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Penguins D-man Maatta sustained upper-body injury

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 11:40 AM / News

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

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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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

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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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 - 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."

Oilers' McDavid staying positive, playing waiting game

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 3:42 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid said he is trying to stay positive while he recovers from a fractured clavicle sustained when he crashed into the end boards Nov. 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

McDavid spoke to the media Monday for the first time since the injury occurred.

The No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft had surgery the following day and is expected to be out for months, Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said.

"I think the main part is just getting back to 100 percent," McDavid said. "If there is any positive to it, it's a bone and it can heal. It's not like it's a separated shoulder or torn labrum or anything like that. Bones heal, and I just have to wait for it to get 100 percent."

Wild's Parise skates for first time since knee injury

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 2:26 PM / News

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise skated Monday, the first time he's been on the ice since sustaining a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee Nov. 5 against the Nashville Predators, coach Mike Yeo said.

However Parise isn't ready to start playing games yet. The Wild said he is week-to-week with the injury, and Yeo said there is no timetable for his return.

"Zach skated today," Yeo said in a video posted to the Wild website. "He isn't going to travel on the road with us but he will continue to skate. He's getting better and we'll see where he's at when we get back from the road trip."

Duchene, Zuccarello and Reimer named stars of week

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

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NEW YORKColorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 15.


Duchene led the NHL with four goals and eight points – including three multi-point performances in as many outings – to help the Avalanche (7-9-1, 15 points) begin their season-long, seven-game road trip with a 3-0-0 record. He posted 2-1-3 in a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Nov. 10. Duchene then recorded 1-1-2, including the game-winning goal midway through the third period, in a 3-2 comeback victory over the Boston Bruins Nov. 12. He finished the week with 1-2-3 in a 6-1 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 14. The 24-year-old Haliburton, Ont., native and No. 3 overall pick from the 2009 NHL Draft has 8-6-14 in 17 games this season, including 7-5-12 and a +6 rating in his past seven contests.

Panthers' Barkov returning to lineup against Lightning

Monday, 11.16.2015 / 11:44 AM / News

Alain Poupart - Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Center Aleksander Barkov will be back in the Florida Panthers lineup Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SUN, FS-F) after missing 10 games because of a broken bone in his right hand.

Barkov, 20, was second on the Panthers with three goals and six points in seven games when he was injured Oct. 22 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"He's real dependable," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. "He's a young player but he's so young at both ends of the ice. He's a 200-foot player and he's a big, strong guy. Faceoffs, power play, penalty killing; he does it all for us. He's a big part of our team. But other guys stepped up and played big roles and that's how you win."

The Panthers went 4-4-2 during Barkov's absence.

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