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Around the League notebook for Thursday, Nov. 27

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 11:33 PM / News

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FORSBERG, RINNE LEAD PREDATORS TO OT VICTORY

Filip Forsberg scored at 3:55 of overtime and Pekka Rinne made 37 saves – including a penalty shot in overtime – for his second shutout of the season (also Oct. 17 at Winnipeg) as the Predators picked up their third straight victory. Nashville has won five consecutive home games and nine of its past 12 contests overall (9-3-0).

* With the win, the Predators (15-5-2, 32 points) moved two points ahead of the Blues for sole possession of first place in the Central Division and within one point of the Ducks for top spot in the Western Conference.

* Rinne improved to 9-1-0 with a 1.80 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage in his past 10 games. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Rinne has won nine of 10 appearances for the first time since he posted a career-long 11-game winning streak from Jan. 12 to Feb. 7, 2012. Overall, he leads all goaltenders with 15 wins and a .932 save percentage (tied) and ranks second in the League with a 1.86 save percentage.

Jets' Lowry suspended one game for boarding

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 2:30 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK -- Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry has been suspended for one game, without pay, for boarding Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta during NHL Game No. 323 in Buffalo on Wednesday, November 26, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 14:06 of the second period. Lowry was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Lowry will forfeit $4,453.41. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Stars' Garbutt suspended two games for kneeing

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 2:20 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK – Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt has been suspended for two games, without pay, for kneeing Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall during NHL Game No. 319 in Dallas on Tuesday, Nov. 25, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 12:17 of the third period. Garbutt was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.

Garbutt is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $43,902.44. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Lafontaine, Leclair ride float in Thanksgiving parade

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 1:18 PM / News

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NEW YORK -- A pair of enshrines at the United States Hockey Hall of Fame were on board the NHL's float Thursday in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014.

Pat LaFontaine, who entered the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003, and John LeClair, who joined him six years later, rode along with local kids dressed in New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers gear on the Frozen Fall Fun float.

Joining the kids, who took turns shooting pucks on Tom Turkey, were Joel and Benji Madden, formerly of the band Good Charlotte and now The Madden Brothers. They performed their song "Dear Jane" during the parade.

Flames assign Devin Setoguchi to Adirondack

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 1:15 PM / News

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CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have assigned forward Devin Setoguchi to the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League after clearing waivers earlier today.

Setoguchi, a 27-year-old native of Taber, Alberta has played 12 games with the Calgary Flames this season after signing as free agent on August 23, 2014.

Jets' Lowry faces Player Safety hearing Thursday

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 9:33 AM / Department of Player Safety News

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Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry will have a hearing Thursday afternoon with the Department of Player Safety after an incident with Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta in a game Wednesday night at First Niagara Center.

Lowry was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Kaleta with 5:54 left in the second period.

The Jets won the game 2-1.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

LeClair, LaFontaine to ride NHL's Thanksgiving float

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 8:47 AM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

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The NHL will feature its own float navigating the streets of Manhattan during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014 in New York, with former NHL stars John LeClair and Pat LaFontaine riding along.

The parade kicks off Thursday at 9 a.m. ET on NBC, and is the start of the NHL's Thanksgiving events. The float, Frozen Fall Fun, will feature Tom Turkey facing shots from some lucky kids, while LeClair and LaFontaine cheer them on.

Also on the float will be the Madden Brothers, Joel and Benji, of the popular band Good Charlotte. Providing the entertainment for the float, the Madden Brothers will be performing their hit song "Dear Jane."

The Thanksgiving lineup continues on Friday with the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown when the New York Rangers take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the Wells Fargo Center at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

Unmasked: Devils' Schneider dealing with workload

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

As Cory Schneider makes the transition to being an everyday goaltender in the NHL for the first time, a lot of the focus is on the increased workload and the effect a lack of rest can have on him physically.

The New Jersey Devils' new No. 1 goalie started their first 20 games this season, breaking the franchise record set by Martin Brodeur, before finally getting his first night off Saturday against the Calgary Flames. After one day off and one practice, Schneider was back in goal against his former team, the Vancouver Canucks, on Tuesday, and he talked openly about how big the adjustment has been.

Beyond the physical and mental fatigue is a bigger problem, one that jumped out when Schneider returned to Vancouver: As he tries to manage his rest, there is less time to manage his game.

Predators' Forsberg blossoming into dynamic star

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Rookie forward Filip Forsberg is off to a great start this season for the Nashville Predators and has solidified himself as an early favorite for the Calder Trophy.

Forsberg spent some time with the Predators in each of the past two seasons, playing five games in the 2012-13 season after being traded from the Washington Capitals and playing 13 games in 2013-14. He wasn't able to consistently find a way to produce at the NHL level.

Nashville made the decision to send Forsberg to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League to give him more playing time and the opportunity to develop his two-way game. Forsberg credits his time in Milwaukee as a big factor in the success he's had this season.

"I got to play a lot of games," said Forsberg, who leads all NHL rookies with 22 points and is tied for the lead with nine goals. "We played a lot of [three games in three nights] and you really get a feeling of what it takes to be successful every night. I think that's the most important part of the success I've had so far."

Bruins' Bergeron off to start deserving of Selke

Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

As Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter noted last season, teams that spend a lot of time playing in their own zone in this era of the NHL say they're playing defense but are typically just getting scored or on relying their goaltender to bail them out.

The best defensive players in the NHL are the ones who avoid having to play it a lot. There is a desire to possess the puck, and a player's ability to keep the puck and win it back have become incredibly valuable commodities.

Forwards, particularly centers, who are strong in all areas of the ice help drive the offense and support the defense. Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins has earned a reputation for being one of the best in the sport at this, and he is the favorite to win the Selke Trophy at the three-quarter pole of the 2014-15 season.

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