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Red Wings' Cole out for season with spine contusion

Wednesday, 04.08.2015 / 3:26 PM / News

NHL.com

Detroit Red Wings forward Erik Cole said Wednesday he has been advised by doctors to sit out the remainder of the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of a spine contusion.

Cole said he sustained the injury in the first period of an overtime loss against the Arizona Coyotes on March 24. He had missed the past eight games with what was termed a neck injury. The Red Wings acquired the veteran left wing in a trade with the Dallas Stars on March 1.

"I consulted with a few doctors last week and I've been advised not to play the remainder of this season," Cole said Wednesday, according to MLive.com. "Just really disappointing and I was looking forward to be a part of the playoff run here and helping this team make a run to the [Stanley] Cup and I'm not going to be able to do that.

"Doctors feel that right now there's just a little too much risk for me to be playing, so just going to have to wait and see how things go down the road."

Canadiens' Pacioretty could return for start of playoffs

Wednesday, 04.08.2015 / 12:58 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty will miss the final two games of the regular season with an upper-body injury, but there is a possibility he will return in time for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, coach Michel Therrien said Wednesday.

"It's a heavy loss, we won't hide that," Therrien said after practice. "He's a guy that had quality ice time, not only offensively but defensively. At the end of games when we're up a goal, he's the guy we send on the ice. We used him on the penalty kill. But don't make the mistake of tossing him aside. There's a possibility he plays next week."

Nill named Canada GM for 2015 World Championship

Wednesday, 04.08.2015 / 11:28 AM / News

NHL.com

Hockey Canada on Wednesday named Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill the GM for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

The tournament will be played May 1-17 in Prague and Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

Nill previously served as GM for Canada at the 2004 World Championship and director of player personnel at the 2003 Worlds, winning the gold medal both times.

On Nill's staff are former Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee, former Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Claude Loiselle, Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager Sean Burke, Tampa Bay Lightning assistant general manager Pat Verbeek, and Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations and national teams for Hockey Canada.

Around the League notebook for Tuesday, April 7

Wednesday, 04.08.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

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ROOKIES RALLY SENATORS AS PLAYOFF PUSH CONTINUES

Mike Hoffman scored the tying goal with 1:48 left in regulation and Mark Stone scored at 2:43 of overtime to rally the Ottawa Senators from an early three-goal deficit to a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins, their fourth victory in their past five games (4-0-1).

* The Senators (41-26-13, 95 points) moved into a tie with the idle Boston Bruins (41-25-13, 95 points) in terms of points for the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. They also kept pace with the Detroit Red Wings (42-25-13, 97 points), who won in regulation to move into third place in the Atlantic Division. Boston has one game in hand on both Detroit and Ottawa, while the Red Wings lead in the ROW tiebreaker (DET: 38, BOS: 37, OTT: 35).

* Elias Sports Bureau says the Senators overcame a 3-0 deficit to win for the second time this season, following a 4-3 overtime win on Dec. 7 vs. VAN.

* Also via Elias, different rookies scored the tying goal in the third period and the overtime winner for the first time in franchise history. The last time different rookies did that for any team was Feb. 8, 2011 (Nick Palmieri and Mattias Tedenby w/ NJD vs. CAR).

Jagr interested in Panthers return, may play at Worlds

Tuesday, 04.07.2015 / 4:28 PM / News

Michael Langr - NHL.com Correspondent

Jaromir Jagr won't be hanging up his skates for the summer following the Florida Panthers' final two regular-season games against the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils.

The 43-year-old forward has decided to join the Czech National Team at training camp for the IIHF World Championship in Prague this May, and if he sees his performance on the larger ice surface as sufficient, he will represent the Czech Republic.

Jagr told Czech Daily Sport he agreed with Czech coach Vladimir Ruzicka to join practices and play in exhibition games to see if he feels comfortable before making a final decision on playing in the World Championship.

"When the NHL season is over, I'll pack up as soon as possible and come back to the Czech Republic," Jagr told Daily Sport. "I'm gonna join the national team. But it doesn't automatically mean I'll play at the Worlds. I'll work at practices and see how it turns out."

Blackhawks' Kane takes slap shots, progressing well

Tuesday, 04.07.2015 / 3:52 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Anybody who thinks right wing Patrick Kane might return early from surgery to repair his fractured left clavicle only needs to glance at the Chicago Blackhawks' opponent at United Center on Tuesday.

There's a strong chance Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker will play against the Blackhawks (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CSN-CH) about eight weeks after having surgery Feb. 12 to repair his right clavicle. Even if Zucker doesn't play Tuesday, his return is close.

Kane, who was injured Feb. 24 and had surgery the next day, started participating in practices and morning skates April 1. The only limitations were no contact and no slap shots, but Tuesday morning he took multiple one-timer slap shots.

"He's progressing real well," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Every day he seems like he's getting a little stronger. His skating has always been fine and he's handling the puck extremely well, so it's good signs every day, seeing the progress."

Hockey fans embrace 'Bracketology' with the Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Samsung

Starting April 12, fans can make their Stanley Cup predictions at NHL.com/Bracket

Tuesday, 04.07.2015 / 10:45 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK / TORONTO – When the mad scramble for playoff positioning ends and before the incomparable drama of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins, NHL fans will get the chance to show off their powers of prognostication. The 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Samsung at NHL.com/Bracket enables the most passionate fans in sports to predict each and every series through the Stanley Cup Final in a competition for exciting prizes and bragging rights. New this year, Match-up Analysis with Insights from SAP will help fans determine who has the edge in each series.

Starting now, fans can register for the Bracket Challenge at NHL.com/Bracket in English or French and create leagues to challenge their friends. Once the match-ups are set, fans can make their predictions in the interactive bracket online up until April 15, the first day of the Playoffs.

Canadiens' Pacioretty out Thursday vs. Red Wings

Tuesday, 04.07.2015 / 10:45 AM / News

NHL.com

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty will not play in their game against the Detroit Red Wings at Bell Centre on Thursday, coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Florida on Tuesday.

Pacioretty appeared to sustain an upper-body injury at 5:48 of the first period against the Florida Panthers on Sunday when he hit his head against the boards after being checked by Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and then getting his feet tangled with Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic.

Around the League notebook for Monday, April 6

Tuesday, 04.07.2015 / 2:21 AM / News

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STEPAN POWERS RANGERS TO OVERTIME WIN AGAINST BLUE JACKETS

Facing a 3-2 deficit, Derek Stepan (2-1-3) tied the game with 27.5 seconds left in regulation and potted the overtime-winner with 49.6 seconds remaining in extra time to power the New York Rangers to a 4-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Rangers, who have won four straight games, are 51-21-7 (109 points) and moved two points ahead of the idle Anaheim Ducks (50-23-7, 107 points) for the top spot in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy.

* The 51 wins and 109 standings points are tied for the second-highest single-season totals in Rangers history; they also registered 51 wins in 2011-12 and earned 109 standings points in 1970-71, 1971-72 and 2011-12. The only season in which the Rangers earned more than 51 victories and 109 standings points was 1993-94 (52-24-8, 112 points).

* The Rangers have earned at least 25 wins at home (25-10-5) and on the road (26-11-2) in the same season for the first time.

Bruins' Chara day-to-day with undisclosed injury

Monday, 04.06.2015 / 1:10 PM / News

NHL.com

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara did not practice Monday and is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, coach Claude Julien said.

"He's day-to-day; today was a maintenance day," Julien said, according to the Bruins official Twitter account. "I know he's better today than he was after last game. We'll hope for the best."

The Bruins don't play until Wednesday, when they visit the Washington Capitals (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports).

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