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Fantasy top 30 goalies: Sabres' Ullmark gets chance

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey staff writer David Satriano provides in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trending players and more, Satriano is your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.


The Buffalo Sabres traded for goalie Robin Lehner hoping that he would be a stabilizing force for them. Unfortunately, Lehner sustained an ankle injury in the opening game of the season and likely won't return until December.

Backup Chad Johnson has not performed well (3-6-0, 3.16 goals-against average, .881 save percentage) and has allowed three or more goals in each of his past three starts, which is why rookie Linus Ullmark is getting his chance.

Ullmark has started the past two games and three of the past five, and gets the call Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. After allowing four goals on 28 shots in a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 24, he's been impressive, winning each of his past two games and stopping 56 of 58 shots. He should see majority of the starts for the Sabres while Lehner is out and is owned in six percent of Yahoo leagues.

Maple Leafs place goalie Bernier on IR: report

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 11:40 AM / News

NHL.com

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier was placed on injured reserve Thursday because of a lower-body injury, according to the National Post, meaning he will miss at least their games Friday against the Detroit Red Wings and Saturday against the Washington Capitals.

Bernier last played Oct. 31 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was the backup to James Reimer on Monday against the Dallas Stars and was out of the lineup Wednesday against the Winnipeg Jets.

In games this season Bernier is 0-6-1 in seven games with a 3.02 goals-against average and .899 save percentage.

Unmasked: Fleury has improved tactically, mentally

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 9:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Ask Pittsburgh Penguins goaltending coach Mike Bales why Marc-Andre Fleury was one of the NHL's best goalies through the first month of this season and perhaps it's fitting his answer involves baseball, a sport where legends are made in October.

When it comes to Fleury's improvements since Bales arrived in 2013, one the biggest was getting the athletic goaltender to stop swinging for the fences when he struggled.

"He was almost like a home run hitter who struck out three times, so he wants to hit a home run to prove to his teammates that 'I can still hit a home run,'" Bales told NHL.com. "Sometimes those guys get back up there and swing even harder and it just compounds the situation."

Around the League notebook: Wednesday, Nov. 4

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 8:54 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

BLUES RALLY FOR OVERTIME WIN VS. BLACKHAWKS ...

The St. Louis Blues scored three consecutive goals in the second period to overcome a 5-2 deficit and Vladimir Tarasenko (1-1—2) scored with 1:06 remaining in overtime to snap the Chicago Blackhawks' six-game home winning streak and improve to 9-3-1.

* Tarasenko leads the Blues with 12 points (7-5—12). Alexander Steen scored twice and is tied with Tarasenko for the Blues lead with seven.

* Jake Allen made 27 saves to earn the victory after relieving Brian Elliott in the first period. Per Elias, Allen is the first Blues goaltender to make 27 or more saves and earn a win in a relief appearance since Pat Jablonski (31 saves) on Feb. 26, 1991 against the Blackhawks (3-1 W).

* Robby Fabbri (1-1—2) recorded the first multipoint game of his NHL career (seven games), while Jay Bouwmeester (1-1—2) and David Backes (1-1—2) also both had a goal and an assist.

Bure built experience in Russia before starring in NHL

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Vassili Ossipov - NHL.com Staff Writer

It didn't take long after Pavel Bure's NHL debut for it to become clear he was a special talent, not only because of his extremely high hockey IQ, explosiveness and speed, but because of the experience he already had.

Bure debuted with the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 5, 1991, coming to North America after winning two World Junior Championship gold medals and one World Championship with the Soviet national team. Bure also played three seasons with the juggernaut Red Army, which dominated Soviet club hockey by recruiting all the best talent in the country. In his last season with the Red Army, at age 19, Bure scored 35 goals in 44 games.

"I was named the best forward at the WJC tournament in 1989," Bure said. "I thought to myself that if I could be successful against NHL players at this level, I would do well playing in the NHL."

Sharks forward Marleau on verge of 1,000 points

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Patrick Marleau has spent much of his 18-season career with the San Jose Sharks rewriting their record book.

Marleau has played more games (1,341), scored more goals (459), scored more game-winning goals (88) and amassed more points (996) for the Sharks than any player.

Now Marleau is closing in on another milestone: He needs four points to become the first player with 1,000 for the Sharks.

"As a kid, you grow up, you want to be one of those players," Marleau said. "You dream about doing things like that. So it's nice to be able to say that you're one of those guys."

By the Numbers: OT switch delivers scoring boost

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / Behind the Numbers

Rob Vollman - NHL.com Correspondent

One of the most exciting rule changes this season has been the transition from 4-on-4 overtime to 3-on-3. Not only have there been some dazzling displays of skill, but the majority of games have been decided before reaching the shootout portion of the tiebreaking process.

Though few knew exactly what to expect with the change, there was a general belief that scoring would rise and more games would be decided in the overtime period. The rate at which each has occurred is likely shocking to even the most ardent supporters of the switch.

Graham McPhee looking to follow father's footsteps

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday, NHL.com will look ahead to the 2016 NHL Draft with an in-depth profile on one of its top prospects.

Graham McPhee is hoping legendary collegiate coach Jerry York can do for him what he did for his father more than three decades ago.

George McPhee, who played seven seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils before beginning a successful managerial career, won the 1982 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player at Bowling Green State University under York.

"It was a great life experience to be able to play for Jerry York because he had his priorities in the right order for a young person in that family was first, education was second and then hockey," McPhee told NHL.com.

Housley sharing Hall of Fame know-how with Preds

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Phil Housley will be one of seven individuals be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 9.

Since joining the Nashville Predators as an assistant coach in May 2013, Phil Housley has been able to share with others those things that benefited him over 21 NHL seasons.

"I like helping in all aspects of the game, whether it's having input with 5-on-5, or working with the defense," Housley said. "Everyone is eager to learn and the players are willing to listen, and that's rewarding. Even veteran players like Shea Weber and Roman Josi are eager to learn.

Position switch propelled Housley into Hall of Fame

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com takes a look at each of the seven individuals who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 9.

Phil Housley always was one of the more-skilled forwards on the ice growing up before his high school coach switched him to defense in a move that led Housley to the NHL and, ultimately, the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Housley garnered instant acclaim in his new position under coach Doug Woog. The teenager was one of the more dynamic offensive defensemen in the Minnesota scholastic hockey ranks in the early 1980s, was named all-state, and started getting attention from NHL scouts as a sophomore.

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