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Rangers' Lundqvist misses practice for child's birth

Saturday, 03.21.2015 / 1:10 AM / News

NHL.com

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist did not practice Friday in order to be with his wife, who gave birth to the couple's second child.

"My little girl is here!! Everyone is doing great. She did not get the memo of me returning to practice today so we'll try that again," he said via Twitter on Friday evening.

Lundqvist was scheduled to participate in his first practice since being diagnosed with a vascular injury in his neck Feb. 3.

He was injured Jan. 31 against the Carolina Hurricanes when a shot from forward Brad Malone deflected off the stick of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and struck Lundqvist in the throat. He remained in the game and then defeated the Florida Panthers two nights later before being diagnosed with the injury. On Tuesday doctors gave him the clearance to begin practicing.

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Jakaitis sets ECHL record with fourth straight shutout

Friday, 03.20.2015 / 9:44 PM / News

NHL.com

Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis had his fourth straight shutout, and the South Carolina Stingrays won their 20th game in a row, a 4-0 win against the Indy Fuel at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Jakaitis extended his league-record shutout streak to 319:32. Jakaitis, who leads the ECHL with six shutouts, has not allowed a goal since 3:01 into the first period of a 5-1 win against Gwinnett on March 6. The 31-year-old has 22 ECHL shutouts, three behind ECHL leader Marc Magliarditi.

Jakaitis' shutout streak is the second-longest in professional hockey history, trailing Brian Boucher, who had a streak of 332:01 with the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2003-04 NHL season. The American Hockey League record was set by Matt Murray of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins earlier this month at 304:11.

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Blue Jackets activate Jenner, Morin off IR

Friday, 03.20.2015 / 9:21 PM / News

ColumbusBlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forwards Boone Jenner and Jeremy Morin off Injured Reserve and assigned forward Ryan Craig to the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Jenner, 21, who has missed the last 40 games with a stress fracture in his back, has recorded six goals and six assists for 12 points and 10 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He has registered 22-19-41 and 55 penalty minutes in 92 career NHL games, including 16-13-29 and 45 penalty minutes in 72 games as a rookie a year ago.

The Dorchester, Ontario native was the club’s first pick, 37th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft. He posted 111-135-246, 265 penalty minutes and was +22 plus/minus rating in 227 career games with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League from 2009-13.

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Maple Leafs sign Soshnikov to three-year contract

Friday, 03.20.2015 / 6:46 PM / News

TorontoMapleLeafs.com

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the club has signed free agent forward Nikita Soshnikov to a three-year entry level contract.

Soshnikov, 21, skated in 57 games with Moscow Oblast Atlant of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) this season, collecting 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) and 22 penalty minutes. Soshnikov led his team with 14 even strength goals this season. The 5-11, 185-pound forward also ranked second on his team with 139 shots. Soshnikov had the third highest point total (32) among all KHL skaters under the age of 23. In 90 career KHL games, Soshnikov has collected 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists) and 49 penalty minutes.

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Jets agree to terms with 2013 pick Lodge

Friday, 03.20.2015 / 5:22 PM / News

WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with forward Jimmy Lodge on a three-year, two-way, entry-level contract with an average annual value of $805,000.

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Kings' Martinez activated from injured reserve

Friday, 03.20.2015 / 4:51 PM / News

LAKings.com

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated defenseman Alec Martinez off of injured reserve, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

A fourth round (95th overall) selection of the Kings at the 2007 NHL Draft, Martinez has played in 45 games this season, registered 17 points (5-12=17), a plus-11 rating and eight penalty minutes. Martinez missed 18 games due to an upper-body injury and was placed on injured reserve Feb. 7.

The 27-year-old Martinez (born on July 26, 1987) is a 6-1, 205-pound native of Rochester Hills, Michigan who has appeared in 248 career NHL regular season games, all with the Kings, totaling 72 points (28-44=72), a plus-34 rating and 60 penalty minutes.

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Flames assign forward Poirier to AHL

Friday, 03.20.2015 / 4:46 PM / News

CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have assigned forward Emile Poirier to the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

Poirier, a first round pick (22nd overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, played his first five NHL games this season and recorded his first point (an assist). The Montreal, Quebec native has also featured in 42 games for Adirondack this season, scoring 14 goals and adding 16 assists for 30 points.

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Oilers' Hall could return to lineup Saturday vs. Flyers

Friday, 03.20.2015 / 4:00 PM / News

NHL.com

Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall, who has missed the past 19 games with a cracked bone in his lower leg, was no longer wearing a non-contact jersey during practice Friday.

Hall, who was rotating with Andrew Miller on a line with Anton Lander and Ryan Hamilton, is questionable to play against the Philadelphia Flyers at Rexall Place on Saturday.

Oilers coach Todd Nelson said a decision on Hall will be made in the morning.

"We'll make a decision collectively as a staff and with Taylor on what we will do moving forward," Nelson told the Oilers website. "He's been out for a while and it's one thing to skate in practice and another to skate in a game. We haven't made a concrete decision where he will play, that's something we'll discuss as a group. But first and foremost we have to make sure he's healthy."

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Coyotes recall forward Hodgman from AHL

Friday, 03.20.2015 / 3:17 PM / News

ArizonaCoyotes.com

GLENDALE, ARIZONAArizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled forward Justin Hodgman on an emergency basis from the Portland Pirates, the club's American Hockey League affiliate (AHL).

The 26-year-old Hodgman has recorded 1-0-1 and two penalty minutes (PIM) in four games with the Coyotes this season. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound native of Brampton, Ontario has also registered 10-20-30 and 49 PIM in 51 games with the Pirates.

Hodgman signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on July 1, 2014.

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Panthers, Stevens agree to entry-level contract

Friday, 03.20.2015 / 3:16 PM / News

FloridaPanthers.com

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with G Colin Stevens on an entry-level contract.

"We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Colin," said Tallon. "He attended our development camp this summer and performed very well. Our scouts have followed Colin's development closely this season and look forward to his contributions to our organization."

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