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Canadiens offense has run dry over past month

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Michel Therrien listened to the question and laughed.

When the Montreal Canadiens' coach was asked following a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at home Tuesday whether his team's offensive issues run deeper than what was shown that night, Therrien pointed to the outrageous number of pucks the Canadiens threw toward the Sabres' net.

Facing the worst possession team in the NHL by far, one desperately trying to hold on to a one-goal lead in order to end a franchise-record 14-game losing streak, the Canadiens did throw a ton of rubber in the general direction of the Sabres' goal.


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Devils goalie Schneider still growing into No. 1 role

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Is the dust finally beginning to settle for New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider?

After replacing arguably the best goaltender in NHL history, Martin Brodeur, and establishing a Devils record by starting a career-high 20 straight games to begin the season, it appears Schneider has discovered a nice rhythm playing for co-coaches Lou Lamoriello, Scott Stevens and Adam Oates.

"Early on it was tough with the number of games I played, the travel, the road games; for me that was a learning experience to try and figure out how to do that on the fly and settle into a rhythm," Schneider said.

He went 9-8-2 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .914 save percentage during his 20-start run to begin the season; he was pulled four times during that stretch. Since Lamoriello replaced Peter DeBoer as coach Dec. 27, Schneider is 7-3-1 with a 1.90 GAA and .937 save percentage.

"I was sharp one night and inconsistent the next, but I think I've gotten over that," Schneider said. "Once you get into a rhythm you can really focus on that job and take more of a leadership role."

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Ducks captain Getzlaf day-to-day with injury

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 12:07 AM / News

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was scratched against the Nashville Predators on Thursday after aggravating a lower-body injury during warm-ups.

Getzlaf, listed as day-to-day, leads the Ducks in scoring, and is sixth in the NHL, with 52 points (16 goals) in 50 games. He missed one game this season prior to Thursday.

"It's a lower-body injury," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "That's all I'm saying right now. It's day-to-day, and we'll probably know more before we hit Tampa [Bay on Feb. 8] anyway. I don't even know if he can play [Friday against the Washington Capitals], but he's coming to Washington with us."

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Jets place Evander Kane on injured reserve

Thursday, 02.05.2015 / 6:07 PM / News

NHL.com

Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Kane missed practice because of a meeting with doctors, coach Paul Maurice said. Kane had been playing through an undisclosed injury, Maurice confirmed to the Winnipeg Free Press.

Kane was scratched Tuesday when the Jets lost to the Vancouver Canucks in overtime, their fifth straight defeat. Maurice said it was a coach's decision.

"We've dealt with it from my end and so far as it can be dealt with," Maurice said.

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Oilers put Nikitin on injured reserve, recall Marincin

Thursday, 02.05.2015 / 2:07 PM / News

EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled defenceman Martin Marincin from the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.

Marincin, 22, has registered seven points (7A) and 20 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Barons this season.

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Fantasy top 30 goalies: Habs' Price earns No. 1 rank

Thursday, 02.05.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com's Evan Sporer will provide you with in-depth analysis of goaltenders. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trending players and more, Sporer will be your go-to guy for advice on fantasy goalies all season long.

Wins in baseball can be a deceiving stat for pitchers. Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners went through stretches of being one of the most dominant starters in the majors, but with win totals that didn't reflect it because of poor run support.

It's a concept somewhat analogous to hockey and goalies, and if there is currently a king of doing more with less, it's Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.

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Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Feb. 4

Thursday, 02.05.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

FLAMES SINK SHARKS, CLIMB IN PACIFIC DIVISION

The Calgary Flames scored three straight goals in the second period and Jonas Hiller made 28 saves in a 3-1 win against the San Jose Sharks to help Calgary improve to 5-1-0 in its last six games against the San Jose Sharks and move into second place in the Pacific Division.

* Per Elias, the Flames last registered at least 29 wins through 52 games in 2008-09 when they started 30-18-4 en route to a second-place finish in the Northwest Division.

* The Flames improved to 16-4-1 against Pacific Division opponents. They tied the New York Islanders (16-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division) for most wins against divisional rivals in 2014-15.

* Elias says the Flames last posted 16 intradivision wins in 2007-08, when they finished with a 16-12-4 record against Northwest Division rivals. The franchise record for intradivision wins in a season is 24, set in 1992-93 against Smythe Division opponents.

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Unmasked: Ducks goalie Andersen covers his bases

Thursday, 02.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen is a baseball fan, which may seem odd for someone from a country that produced its only major league ballplayer in 1911.

Then again, Andersen is the only NHL goalie from Denmark, so it may be fitting that one of the things he likes about baseball is how it can make him a better goaltender. His work with a California strength coach led him to a hitting coach and some baseball-inspired drills to train his vision.

"It's something I picked up from baseball and it made a big difference," Andersen said. "We do baseball drills -- not batting practice, but I'd like to -- and it's similar. As soon as you see the ball you have to make a decision or react to it."

Andersen got a tour of the Los Angeles Angels locker room and a story from one of the coaches about slugger Albert Pujols halting a batting practice session to ask what was wrong with the ball.

"They looked at the ball and the logo was smeared," Andersen said. "That's how good his vision was. That is amazing, something to strive for. If you can pick up that detail that fast I think you've got a good shot at stopping a puck."

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Senators' Phillips cherishing games-played milestone

Thursday, 02.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Defenseman Chris Phillips is poised to set the Ottawa Senators record for games played against the Washington Capitals at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

Phillips, who turns 37 on March 9, will play in his 1,179th NHL game, all with the Senators, one more than retired captain Daniel Alfredsson.

While reflecting on his career Wednesday, Phillips was asked if somewhere in his longevity there was a message for the young defensemen on the Senators (five of the eight are 25 or younger).

"Yeah, I'm not ready for them to take over," he said with a straight face and then broke into a laugh.

Turning serious, Phillips said, "I just try and lead by example. Do what I do and let them see that if you quietly go about what's asked of you this is possible of anyone. I was a high draft pick, but never a superstar or anything like that, just a journeyman guy who put in hard work and time. Good, long stories can come of that."

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Clock ticking on champion Kings' playoff hopes

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- There is only so long a team can bend before it breaks. The Los Angeles Kings aren't broken yet, but their cracks are getting longer and their time to fix them is getting shorter.

"We've got to figure this thing out in a hurry," Kings center Anze Kopitar said after the latest loss, a lackluster 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Tuesday.

The Kings have battled adversity in the past only to twice come out with the Stanley Cup in their hands. The problem is, what they're battling now isn't adversity, it's themselves.

They are five points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot with four teams to jump. They have been passed by the Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild -- the three teams previously thought of as the most disappointing in the Western Conference this season -- because of uncharacteristic mistakes and an indescribable lack of passion of late.

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It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6