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Byfuglien suspended four games for cross-checking

Thursday, 04.02.2015 / 4:30 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORKWinnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has been suspended for four games, without pay, for cross-checking New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller during NHL Game No. 1148 in Winnipeg on Tuesday, March 31, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 17:20 of the second period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, Byfuglien will forfeit $111,827.96. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Malkin practices with Penguins, not cleared to play

Thursday, 04.02.2015 / 4:19 PM / News

NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin skated at practice Thursday but is not cleared to play, coach Mike Johnston said.

Malkin did not play Wednesday in a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers because of an undisclosed injury and was declared day-to-day. Johnston said they found the injury when Malkin was evaluated Tuesday.

Malkin participated in the majority of drills at practice Thursday and the Penguins will see how he reacts. Johnston is hopeful Malkin can return this weekend when the Penguins play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday and the Flyers on Sunday, but that depends on what doctors have to say the next few days.

"With anything that's really nagging right now you want to be careful," Johnston said. "You just don't want to aggravate it so it spirals into something that could be a longer term"

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Oilers, Lander agree to terms on two-year contract

Thursday, 04.02.2015 / 1:23 PM / News

EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with center Anton Lander on a two-year contract extension.

Lander, 23, has appeared in 33 games with the Oilers this season, posting 17 points (6G, 11A) and 10 penalty minutes. He has established career highs in points (17), goals (6) and assists (11) this season.

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Kings sign forward Pearson to two-year contract

Thursday, 04.02.2015 / 1:09 PM / News

LAKings.com

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Tanner Pearson to a two-year contract extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 22-year-old Pearson (born on Aug. 10, 1992) is a 6-1, 205-pound native of Kitchener, Ontario, who has appeared in 67 career NHL regular season games, all with the Kings, totaling 23 points (15-8=23), a plus-16 rating and 22 penalty minutes.

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Eichel among three Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists

Thursday, 04.02.2015 / 12:25 PM / NCAA Update

NHL.com

Boston University center Jack Eichel, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, was named a 2015 Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist as college hockey's top player on Thursday.

Eichel, who is looking to become the first freshman to win the award since University of Maine forward Paul Kariya in 1993, is joined by junior goalie Zane McIntyre of the University of North Dakota and junior forward Jimmy Vesey of Harvard University as finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.

The winner will be announced April 10 at Matthews Arena in Boston and will be televised live on NHL Network at 5 p.m. ET.

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Fantasy top 30 goalies: AHL transitions unpredictable

Thursday, 04.02.2015 / 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.

Logic will tell you that if a player is performing at a certain level against the same level of competition consistently, should the competition get stiffer the expectation should not be for said player's performance to get better.

Goaltending though can be rather fickle, as we've learned this NHL season.

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Lucic does heavy lifting as Bruins battle for playoffs

Thursday, 04.02.2015 / 12:00 PM / Top Performer

NHL.com

With the Boston Bruins fighting to maintain a spot in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, forward Milan Lucic is doing his best to keep them there.

Lucic scored three goals in the past week, including his second multigoal game of the season against the New York Rangers, and the winner against the Florida Panthers in a crucial game in the race for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

"You talk about those four-point games where you're able to get two points but also not let them get anything," Lucic said after scoring the game-winner against Florida. "So I think it makes it that much bigger of a win to be able to come out and win that one in regulation."

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Stars recall Nichushkin from conditioning stint

Thursday, 04.02.2015 / 11:32 AM / News

DallasStars.com

Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled forward Valeri Nichushkin from a conditioning assignment with the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Nichushkin, 20, appeared in three games with Texas during his latest stint with the club, recording three assists and nine shots on goal. The forward had missed 59 NHL games from Nov. 8-March 27 after having hip surgery. Additionally, he missed seven games from Oct. 14-28 with a hip injury. He has skated in four games this season for Dallas, posting zero points and two shots. He also appeared in two games for Texas on a conditioning assignment from Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 and registered an assist.

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Playoff Countdown: Bruins in pursuit of Red Wings

Thursday, 04.02.2015 / 11:12 AM / Expert Picks

NHL.com

Saturday, April 11, marks the conclusion to the 2014-15 regular season. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the countdown to the end of the season and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15, NHL.com will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.

It wasn't long ago the Boston Bruins had slipped out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and their run at an eighth straight postseason berth seemed in serious jeopardy.

With a regulation win Thursday at the Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins (39-25-13) would tie the Red Wings (40-23-13) with 93 points. Detroit would still hold down third place in the Atlantic Division by virtue of having played one fewer game, but it would continue a late-season trend that has seen the Bruins come on strong and the Red Wings start to fade.

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Playoff clinching scenarios for Thursday, April 2

Thursday, 04.02.2015 / 11:08 AM / Expert Picks

NHL Public Relations

With 10 days remaining in the regular season, there are 11 berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The clinching scenarios for games Thursday:

* The St. Louis Blues would clinch a playoff berth if they get at least one point against the Calgary Flames OR if the Los Angeles Kings lose to the Edmonton Oilers in regulation.

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