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Rangers rue missed chances in loss to Islanders

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 10:50 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- When you win five straight and 13 of your past 14 games, there's no doubt you need some bounces along the way.

In the first period at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, the New York Rangers didn't get any breaks against the New York Islanders. It played a huge role in what turned out to be a 3-0 loss.

With a chance to pull within three points of the first-place Islanders in the Metropolitan Division, the Rangers came out buzzing. They were doing all the right things and generated several quality scoring chances, none better than the two they had seconds apart late in the first period.

About eight minutes after Mats Zuccarello's one-timer hit the post, Rick Nash made a power move around Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy and let go a wrist shot that beat goalie Jaroslav Halak but hit the far post. The puck caromed right out to the slot for Derick Brassard, who managed to hit each post on his chance.

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Penguins defenseman Maatta to miss rest of season

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 10:06 PM / News

PittsburghPenguins.com

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will undergo shoulder surgery Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season, General Manager Jim Rutherford announced.

Maatta, 20, has not played since a Dec. 6 game vs. Ottawa. He attempted a rehab program but it was determined that surgery was the best option.

Maatta had one goal and eight assists for nine points in 20 games this season.

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Hasek proud number will hang with Sabres legends

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 1:29 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Hockey Hall of Fame member Dominik Hasek will have his number retired by the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, prior to their game against the Detroit Red Wings. The ceremony serves to be a homecoming for him.

Hasek was inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame last season, but with his No. 39 destined for the rafters at First Niagara Center, the memories of his time here have flooded back.

"It's an accomplishment of what I was able to do for this organization and for this community and for this city, for the people of Buffalo," Hasek said. "I'm honored to be one of seven players whose jersey was retired and be next to the greatest, Gilbert Perreault and his linemates and Tim Horton and Danny Gare and my great teammate Pat LaFontaine.

"It's going to be a great honor to have my No. 39 retired. I cannot be more thankful for what this city and this organization has done for me. I was trying to do the best on the ice and now they feel like my jersey's retired and I appreciate it. It's a great honor.”

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Flyers' Coburn out four weeks with lower-body injury

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 1:19 PM / News

NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn will be out four weeks after sustaining a lower-body injury in a victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, according to Flyers general manager Ron Hextall.

Coburn was injured in the first period after taking 10 shifts and playing 6:49. He has one goal and six points and has averaged more than 20 minutes in 31 games this season.

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Fantasy top 100 forwards: Brassard most undervalued

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

How much more will it take for fantasy hockey owners to realize that New York Rangers center Derick Brassard has reached must-own territory?

News flash: arguably the most undervalued fantasy forward in the game right now is there for the taking in over half of Yahoo leagues.

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Penguins' Maatta could miss rest of season: report

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 11:34 AM / News

NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will likely miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury, TribLive.com reported Monday.

Maatta, 20, has not played since re-injuring his surgically repaired shoulder against the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 6. Maatta's doctors are deciding whether or not he should have a second surgery; he had a torn labrum repaired last May.

"Olli is going through further tests. Nothing is definitive yet," coach Mike Johnston said Tuesday.

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Devils' Jagr, Ruutu have flu, won't play against Kings

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 11:04 AM / News

NHL.com

New Jersey Devils forwards Jaromir Jagr and Tuomo Ruutu, who each have the flu, did not practice for the third consecutive day and will not travel or be in the lineup against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, according to the team.

Jagr leads the Devils with 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 43 games. Ruutu has five goals and eight points in 43 games.

The Devils recalled forward Joe Whitney from Albany of the American Hockey League and assigned defenseman Seth Helgeson to the AHL.

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Capitals recall Steve Oleksy from Hershey

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 9:14 AM / News

WashingtonCapitals.com

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Steve Oleksy from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Oleksy, 28, registered 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) and 86 penalty minutes in 61 career games with the Capitals. The 5'11", 183-pound defenseman recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and 53 penalty minutes in 33 games with Washington last season. Oleksy made his NHL debut and tallied his first NHL point with an assist on March 5, 2013, against Boston. He signed with Washington as a free agent on March 4, 2013.

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Around the League notebook for Monday, Jan. 12

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

FLYERS SCORE SEVEN GOALS IN VICTORY AGAINST LIGHTNING

Seven different skaters scored for the Philadelphia Flyers en route to a 7-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flyers improved to 17-19-7 (41 points) this season and passed the idle Columbus Blue Jackets for sole possession of fifth in the Metropolitan Division standings. The victory is Philadelphia's first win against Tampa Bay since it defeated the Lightning at home by a score of 2-1 on Feb. 5, 2013. With the win, the Flyers also improved to 11-6-3 on home ice.

* Philadelphia's seven-goal performance matched a season-high set in a 7-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 20, 2014. The performance was also the most the club has scored at home since Feb. 16, 2012 when they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 7-2.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Flyers had seven or more goals by seven or more different skaters was on Nov. 5, 2011 when they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 9-2; Sean Couturier scored twice while Matt Carle, Claude Giroux, Jaromir Jagr, Wayne Simmonds, Maxime Talbot, James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek each scored once.

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Rangers have found consistency after slow start

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For the first two months of the 2014-15 season, the conversation coming out of the New York Rangers dressing room focused on their search for consistency. Injuries and illness, particularly on defense, made it difficult for the Rangers to play the way they want to play, meaning a low-risk, high-reward game built on speed through the neutral zone backed by superior goaltending.

Consistency, like the health of their defensemen, is no longer a problem. Watch the Rangers now and it looks like they're playing in fast forward. They're playing at a breakneck speed, particularly when they transition from defense to offense. The results have been staggering.

The Rangers have won five games in a row and 13 of their past 14 heading into their game against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Last week, the Rangers became the third team since 2000-01, and first since the Buffalo Sabres in 2011-12, to sweep the three California teams in the same season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

With a regulation win Tuesday, the Rangers can move within three points of first place in the Metropolitan Division; they were 12 points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins and Islanders on Dec. 8, when they defeated the Penguins in overtime to start their current hot streak.

Here are five reasons why the Rangers have found the consistency they were looking for in the first two months of the season:

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It was a different game in the past, that's for sure. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I think the experience paid off for a lot of our guys that realized what it takes in a Game 7. Realistically the effort we put forward, we might not even had to put 60 [minutes], but we just couldn't get a couple bounces to go our way and we just kept pushing.

— Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on Washington's play in Game 7 vs. the Islanders