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McDavid expected to be ready for start of WJC

Monday, 12.01.2014 / 12:40 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Injured Erie Otters center Connor McDavid is on schedule to start the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on time, Hockey Canada director of player personnel Ryan Jankowski said Monday.

McDavid was one of 29 players named Monday to Canada's National Junior Team selection camp, which begins Dec. 11 in Toronto.

Considered one of the top two players available for the 2015 NHL Draft, McDavid sustained a fractured bone in his right hand in a game against the Mississauga Steelheads on Nov. 11 and was expected to miss up to six weeks.

"Everything's coming along real well with Connor. I think we're real happy and Connor's real happy with the recovery," Jankowski said. "He has another doctor's appointment on Dec. 9 when we'll learn a little bit more. But everything is on time for him to be back for the start of the tournament. Hopefully we have no setbacks with that along the way."


Halak, Callahan and Ramo named stars of the week

Monday, 12.01.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

NEW YORKNew York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan and Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 30.


Halak posted a 3-0-0 record with a 0.95 goals-against average, .964 save percentage and one shutout to help the Islanders (17-7-0, 34 points) win three of four starts and complete their best November in 34 years. He opened the week by earning his 33rd career shutout, stopping all 21 shots he faced through overtime – plus another two in the shootout – in a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Nov. 24. Halak then made 25 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against the Washington Capitals Nov. 26 and closed the week with 34 saves in a 3-1 triumph over the New Jersey Devils Nov. 29. With the victory, Halak extended his personal winning streak to a career-long nine games (1.18 GAA, .956 SV%, 3 SO); only Billy Smith has posted a longer such streak in Islanders history (Jan. 23 – Feb. 25, 1982: 10-0-0). The 29-year-old Bratislava, Slovakia, native is 12-4-0 in 16 appearances this season, ranking in the top 10 in the NHL in wins, goals-against average (2.13), save percentage (.926) and shutouts (3).


Gordie Howe 'comfortable' after another minor stroke

Sunday, 11.30.2014 / 8:43 PM / News

Gordie Howe had another minor stroke Saturday, but his son told the Detroit Free Press on Sunday that Mr. Hockey is comfortable.

"We were able to get rid of his back pain, so basically he's kind of resting comfortably," Mark Howe told George Sipple of the Free Press at the Detroit Red Wings-Vancouver Canucks game at Joe Louis Arena. "I'd say he probably has more good days than bad days. I mean, it's hard. He's not walking. Speech is extremely, extremely difficult.

"He knows what we're saying. He understands what's going on. When you're there with him, you can interact; it's still a nice thing."


Around the League notebook for Sunday, Nov. 30

Sunday, 11.30.2014 / 8:05 PM / News

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Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and Danny DeKeyser’s first goal of the season stood as the game-winner as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 to earn their first four-game win streak of the season. Detroit has recorded points in 10 of their last 12 games (8-2-2) overall. Datsyuk now has nine goals and 15 points (9-6—15) in 13 games this season. The game was delayed 29 seconds into the first period after a power surge knocked out the lights in the building.

*Henrik Zetterberg (0-2—2) extended his point streak to four games (1-5—6). It was Zetterberg’s sixth multi-point/assist game of the season. He leads all Red Wings in assists (18) and points (23).


Canucks-Red Wings game delayed by power outage

Sunday, 11.30.2014 / 2:46 PM / News

Paul Harris - Correspondent

DETROIT -- The game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday afternoon was halted 29 seconds into the first period because of a power issue at Joe Louis Arena.

Some of the lights went out in the arena, and both teams were sent back to their dressing rooms while the problem was being addressed.

The game resumed at 2:45 p.m. ET. following a delay of about 35 minutes.


Around the League notebook for Saturday, Nov. 29

Sunday, 11.30.2014 / 10:30 AM / News

The Nashville Predators (16-5-2, 34 points), New York Islanders (17-7-0, 34 points), Pittsburgh Penguins (16-5-2, 34 points), St. Louis Blues (16-6-2, 34 points) and Tampa Bay Lightning (16-6-2, 34 points) all recorded wins Saturday night to pull even with the Montreal Canadiens (16-7-2, 34 points) for the most standings points in the NHL.


Both the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres swept their home-and-home series with the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens respectively.


Penguins' Letang misses game with lower-body injury

Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 10:20 PM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang sat out the game Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes because of a minor lower-body injury, according to coach Mike Johnston.

The Penguins announced on Twitter shortly before the game started that Letang would be a scratch because of an unspecified injury.


Kings' Gaborik misses game with upper-body injury

Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 10:20 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik was scratched Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks because of an upper-body injury, according to the team.

It is not known if it is related to the same injury that forced Gaborik to miss eight games in October. Gaborik, who is usually paired with center Anze Kopitar on the top line, has four points in his past five games and seven points in the past nine games.

Gaborik, 32, has four goals and four assists in 15 games this season.


Scandella signs five-year extension with Wild

Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 8:31 PM / News

Dan Myers - Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild on Saturday signed defenseman Marco Scandella to a five-year contract extension reportedly worth $20 million.

Scandella led Wild defensemen with five goals and had a plus-7 rating entering the game Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. He's scored two overtime goals this season, most among NHL defensemen.

"We reached out to them at the beginning of the season. It came together pretty quickly," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "About a week ago, [assistant GM Brent Flahr] made an offer and it literally took three or four phone calls to get it done."


Gallagher signs 6-year extension with Canadiens

Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 7:28 PM / News

Sean Farrell - Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher signed a six-year, $22.5 million contract extension Saturday, and general manager Marc Bergevin said he had no qualms about securing him long-term.

Gallagher, 22, has 81 points (39 goals, 42 assists) in 149 NHL regular-season games since his debut in 2012-13 (Jan. 22).

He has 11 power-play goals and four winning goals, and is plus-16. Gallagher has 13 points (six goals) in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

In 24 games this season prior to Saturday, Gallagher has 12 points (five goals), 67 shots on goal and 33 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-9, 182-pound forward is plus-2 averaging 15:59 of ice time.

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Quote of the Day

I mean, any of those 14 teams (in the lottery) it would have been an absolute honor. If I am selected by Edmonton it will be amazing, a dream come true. They have a lot of amazing young players there.

— Likely No. 1 pick Connor McDavid after the Oilers won the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday