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Penguins' Maatta could return Tuesday vs. Canadiens

Monday, 11.17.2014 / 1:52 PM / News

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta practiced Monday and coach Mike Johnston termed him "a game-time decision" for Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

Maatta had surgery Nov. 4 to remove a cancerous tumor from his thyroid gland. He started skating again a week later, but the original prognosis was for Maatta to miss about four weeks. Tuesday will mark two weeks since the procedure.

"I'm feeling good, I am," Maatta said via the Penguins website. "But we've got to (wait and) see until after [Tuesday] morning's skate, how I'm feeling after that. And then make some decisions after.

"Mentally for sure, I want to get out there. It's been a couple weeks since I've played, so yeah, I'm hungry there. But I've got to still take it easy, not rush it. But we'll see tomorrow."

Lehtera, Price and Forsberg named stars of the week

Monday, 11.17.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

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NEW YORK -- St. Louis Blues center Jori Lehtera, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 16.

FIRST STAR – JORI LEHTERA, C, ST. LOUIS BLUES

Lehtera tied for the League lead in goals (four) and points (six) and posted a +5 rating as the Blues (12-4-1, 25 points) won all three games for the week to move into first place in the Central Division. Lehtera began the week by recording his first career hat trick, including the game-winner, in a 6-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 11. He recorded two assists in a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators Nov. 13 and closed the week by notching one goal in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals Nov. 15, the Blues' 10 win in 11 starts. Lehtera extended his point streak to seven games (5-6--11) and the "STL Line" of Lehtera, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko has combined for 33 points in its past eight contests.

Wild place goaltender Josh Harding on waivers

Monday, 11.17.2014 / 11:35 AM / News

NHL.com

The Minnesota Wild activated goaltender Josh Harding off injured reserve Monday and placed him on waivers.

Harding had 18 wins and a 1.65 goals-against average in 29 appearances last season, but didn't play after Dec. 31 because of issues with the medication he takes to fight multiple sclerosis.

Harding was expected to battle for the No. 1 goaltending job in training camp, but fractured his foot in an off-ice incident and was suspended by the team.

Devils put Salvador on IR, recall Harrold, Clemmensen

Monday, 11.17.2014 / 10:28 AM / News

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The New Jersey Devils placed defenseman Bryce Salvador on injured reserve Monday and assigned goaltender Keith Kinkaid to Albany of the American Hockey League.

The Devils recalled defenseman Peter Harrold and goaltender Scott Clemmensen from Albany.

New Jersey starts a four-game road trip Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets. Forward Adam Henrique and defenseman Jon Merrill will make the trip. Henrique has been out with an undisclosed injury and Merrill with an arm injury.

Around the League notebook for Sunday, Nov. 16

Monday, 11.17.2014 / 12:42 AM / News

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MONTREAL WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT

The Montreal Canadiens recorded their sixth straight win in a 4-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings. The win pushed Montreal’s record to 14-4-1 this season and it remains atop the NHL standings with 29 points. Prior to Sunday, the last time Montreal had won six consecutive games was March 6-16, 2010.

* P.K. Subban (1-1-2), Brendan Gallagher (1-1-2) and Tomas Plekanec (1-1-2) each had multi-point efforts in the Montreal win.

* Max Pacioretty had an assist to extend his point streak to five games (3-4-7). He leads the team in goals (8), points (16) and is tied for the team lead in assists (8).

Howe slowed after minor stroke, serious back pain

Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 2:59 PM / News

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Gordie Howe's health has taken a downturn because of a minor stroke and back pain that is causing his blood pressure to fluctuate into dangerous areas, according to MLive.com.

"The last 10 days have been difficult," Mark Howe, Gordie's son, told MLive.com. "His health is trending in the opposite direction. Right now it's a lot for Dad to handle."

Mark Howe said the 86-year-old Mr. Hockey had a small stroke a week ago and has been bed-ridden since then.

Prior to the latest issue Gordie had been making positive steps after having a major stroke Oct. 26, including walking with assistance.

Hurricanes mourn death of U.S. Army Sgt. Cathcart

Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 1:08 PM / News

United States Army Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, who skated with the Carolina Hurricanes last season during a practice at Fort Bragg, N.C., died Friday following injuries sustained during combat operations Friday in Kunsuz Province, Afghanistan.

"We are deeply saddened to hear that we've lost Sgt. Cathcart," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis told the Hurricanes website. "The day that Mike practiced with our team at Cleland Ice Rink at Fort Bragg was a very special day for our players.

"People throw around the word 'hero' too easily sometimes, but Mike Cathcart was a true hero. He proudly served our country and died protecting our safety and freedom. We are grateful for that day we were able to spend with him and the impact he left on our team. On behalf of the Hurricanes organization, I send heartfelt condolences to his family and his unit."

Blue Jackets forward Tyrell sent to AHL

Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 11:38 AM / News

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned center Dana Tyrell to the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Tyrell, 25, made his Blue Jackets debut November 8 vs. Tampa Bay and has averaged 6:56 of ice time in three games. The Airdrie, Alberta native has also collected five goals and four assists for nine points with six penalty minutes and a +7 plus/minus rating in seven games with Springfield this season. Acquired by the Blue Jackets in a trade with the Lightning on Mar. 3, 2014, he has registered 7-17-24 and 26 penalty minutes in 135 career NHL games.

Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates Kelowna

Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 11:12 AM / News

Prior to the telecast Sunday of the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings NHL Network will televise the "Rogers Hometown Hockey" broadcast at 6:30 p.m. ET on CITY and the NHL Network in the United States. This week's location is Kelowna, British Columbia, to celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Shea Weber is one of the best defenseman in the NHL, but it almost never happened. He went undrafted in the Western Hockey League Bantam draft and was cut from a couple of teams. Everything changed when the Kelowna Rockets took a chance.

Around the League notebook for Saturday, Nov. 15

Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 10:52 AM / News

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Of the 12 games contested Saturday:

* Ten were tied or within one goal entering the third period.

* Eight saw the winning club overcome a deficit at any point in the game, including one third-period comeback that led to a win when the Los Angeles Kings beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in overtime.

* Seven featured one-goal margins, including two that went past regulation, the Kings' defeat of the Ducks and the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 shootout win against the New York Rangers.

* Five saw the game-winning goal scored in the third period, including two decisive goals in the final three minutes of regulation; the Colorado Avalanche's Matt Duchene at 17:07 against the New Jersey Devils, and the Nashville Predators' Craig Smith at 17:58 against the Winnipeg Jets.

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