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Dry scrape scrapped by GMs, other topics put on hold

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 6:44 PM / News

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- There will no longer be a dry scrape of the ice surface between the end of regulation and the start of overtime.

Using the ice resurfacing machines to clean the playing surface was implemented at the start of the 2014-15 season with the hope that cleaner ice would help improve the play during overtime. The general managers, at their annual November meeting Tuesday, decided the process was taking too long.

Starting Saturday, the ice will be shoveled by hand, as is traditionally done during television timeouts, according to Colin Campbell, the senior executive vice president of hockey operations. It will be the only ice-cleaning procedure after regulation. There will be no ice-cleaning process before the start of the shootout.

"It's one of the few things that has never worked out," Campbell said. "It hasn't worked out. It's not good for the fans, it hasn't been good for the players. We were trying to come up with good ice, and we were trying to have more completions in overtime. Results aren't great at more completions in overtime, and more than anything it was a killer for everybody at the end of the game."

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Blackhawks place van Riemsdyk on long-term IR

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 6:19 PM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled defenseman Stephen Johns and goaltender Antti Raanta from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and reassigned forward Joakim Nordstrom and goaltender Scott Darling to Rockford.

Additionally, the Blackhawks have placed defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk on long-term injury (LTI). van Riemsdyk, 23, has one assist in 18 games this season.

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Bryan Murray raising awareness through cancer fight

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 6:05 PM / Hockey Fights Cancer

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

TORONTO – Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray did not want to share the fight he is waging against Stage 4 colon cancer.

Yet he knew he had to share it to help others.

In one of his first appearances since the advanced stage of his disease became public knowledge, Murray spoke in-depth Tuesday about his battle, which he revealed Friday during an interview with Michael Farber of TSN.

Murray, 71, said he initially wanted to keep his battle as private as possible, but he soon realized he had a platform that could be beneficial to getting the word out about preventative cancer screenings and decided that opportunity trumped a desire for privacy.

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Arizona State to have Division I hockey in 2016-17

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 4:00 PM / News

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Arizona State University will become the 60th Division I hockey school, starting in the 2016-17 season, the school announced in a press conference Tuesday.

One of the most successful club teams in the nation, the Sun Devils will become the first Pac-12 school and the first school in the Southwestern United States to house a Division I hockey program. ASU won its first American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship in 2013-14, going 38-2-0.

"When I heard the news, I just thought that is a really cool thing," said Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving, who spent the past decade in the front office of the Arizona Coyotes before joining the Flames this summer.

According to the school, the elevation of the program was made possible by hockey supporters, including Don Mullett, the father of former Sun Devil hockey student-athlete Chris Mullett, who came together to donate $32 million.

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Avalanche's Wilson to have season-ending surgery

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 3:52 PM / News

NHL.com

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson is expected to have season-ending shoulder surgery Wednesday, coach Patrick Roy said.

Wilson was scoreless in three games this season before going on injured reserve. He was limited to 40 games over the previous two seasons after tying his career high with 21 points in 2011-12.

The 27-year-old has seven goals and 67 points in 230 games, all with the Avalanche.

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Canadiens, Penguins view game as measuring stick

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 2:20 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens enter games Tuesday as the top team in the NHL, but doubts have swirled all season about their legitimacy in holding that spot.

Just about the only statistic that would suggest the Canadiens are an upper-echelon team is their 14-4-1 record, which is the most important one, but can sometimes be the most misleading as well.

The Canadiens, and the rest of the NHL, should have a better idea of where they stand by the end of this week, starting Tuesday when they put their six-game winning streak on the line at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m. ET) in a battle between the two Eastern Conference division leaders.

Montreal then welcomes the St. Louis Blues, the hottest team in the Western Conference, to Bell Centre on Thursday before visiting the rival Boston Bruins on Saturday and the New York Rangers on Sunday.

The Canadiens can erase or confirm the doubts surrounding their strong start to the season by the end of this brutal stretch.

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Rangers defenseman McDonagh skates on own

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 2:05 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who has missed the past eight games with a separated shoulder, skated on his own for the first time on Tuesday, according to the team.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault provided no timetable to his return to the lineup. McDonagh sustained his injury on Nov. 1 when he was checked into the boards by Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane in the first period of a 1-0 shootout loss. The Rangers captain is expected to be out 3-to-4 weeks.

Vigneault confirmed after practice on Tuesday that goalie Cam Talbot would start against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. It will be his first appearance in six games.

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Varlamov day-to-day; Avalanche recall Pickard

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 12:20 PM / News

ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche announced today that netminder Semyon Varlamov will be day-to-day with a groin injury. Goaltending prospect Calvin Pickard has been recalled from the Lake Erie Monsters to support Reto Berra during Varlamov's absence.

Varlamov is coming off of consecutive road victories, against the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, and has played in 10 of the Avalanche's past 13 contests. He owns a 4-5-4 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.95 goals-against average in that span.

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Fantasy top 100 forwards: Nashville trio breaking mold

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 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.

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber has been their leading scorer in each of the past two seasons. The Predators haven't had a 60-point producer since J-P Dumont in 2008-09, the longest active drought in the NHL.

But times are changing in the Music City under coach Peter Laviolette, and fantasy owners are cashing in on the Predators' offensive resurgence. Through 17 games, each of Nashville's top-line components, James Neal, Mike Ribeiro and rookie Filip Forsberg, is on pace for more than 60 points.

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Five Questions: Lidstrom discusses life after hockey

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom:

NEW YORK -- Barely noticed in the crowd, future Hall of Fame defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom went to get a hot dog with his wife Annika after the first period of the Detroit Red Wings game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5.

It's not often Lidstrom can walk around without being stopped for an autograph or picture, selfie or otherwise, but there he was with his wife, nobody getting in the way of them and their dinner.

Lidstrom, not surprisingly, was smiling as they walked around like any other couple at the Garden. Of course, they are not any other couple. He is not any other fan.

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