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Fantasy top 100 forwards: Seguin, Nash fit the bill

Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, 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.

There hasn't been much changing of the guard atop the NHL's goal-scoring list in recent seasons.

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals has led the League in that category in four of the past seven seasons. Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning finished tied for first in 2009-10 and won the title outright in 2011-12. Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks led the way in 2010-11 and finished second behind Ovechkin in 2013-14. The lone players to reach 60 goals in a single season since 2005-06 are Ovechkin (65 in 2007-08) and Stamkos (60 in 2011-12).

Those were the three clear Maurice Richard Trophy (most regular-season goals) favorites entering 2014-15, but things aren't playing out that way.


Five Questions: GM Nill preaches patience with Stars

Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill comes from the Detroit Red Wings' school of team-building, so patience in development is basically in his DNA. No team waits on prospects quite the way the Red Wings do, and it typically works out for them.

Nill, who worked alongside Detroit general manager Ken Holland for 19 years, has needed every bit of his patience this season because after overachieving to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, the Stars have struggled, particularly in their own end.

Dallas (11-13-5) is sixth in the Central Division with 27 points and last in the NHL in goals-against per game (3.52).

"We were fortunate to make some moves last season that probably put us ahead of what anybody really thought, and now it all has to come together," Nill told "That's what takes time. Other than [Jason] Spezza and a few others, it's a very young core, and that's why we have to be very patient, let it come together. It's easy to say, 'Well, it's not coming together, we need to make another change,' but you've gotta let things gel on their own a little bit too."


Around the League notebook for Monday, Dec. 15

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 11:52 PM / News

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Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lighting. The Penguins improved to 20-6-4 (44 points) to remain first in the Eastern Conference; they have earned at least one point in 13 of their last 16 games (10-3-3). The Penguins also improved to 9-0-1 against Atlantic Division opponents and 17-1-4 when scoring three or more goals.

* The Penguins have won 10 consecutive games against the Lightning, the longest winning streak in the series between the clubs. Pittsburgh's last loss to Tampa Bay was a 4-1 defeat on Nov. 17, 2011. At home, the Penguins have won eight consecutive games against the Lightning, which is the club's second-longest active home winning streak behind a 13-game streak against the Winnipeg Jets.

* Fleury stopped 28 of 30 shots and is 17-4-2 with a 2.10 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. He's tied for second among goaltenders in wins and has lost just once in regulation in his last 11 starts (8-1-2). Fleury also improved to 8-1-0 in his last nine home starts against the Lightning.


Lightning goalie Bishop leaves game with injury

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 10:50 PM / News

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop left the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on Monday because of a lower-body injury. He did not return.

Coach Jon Cooper said it is not likely Bishop will be available Tuesday when the Lightning visit the Philadelphia Flyers.

"We play in less than 24 hours," he said, according to the Lightning website. "He pulled himself out tonight. It'd be hard to go in less than 24 hours."


Blackhawks recall Nordstrom from AHL

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 5:27 PM / News

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled forward Joakim Nordstrom from the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.

Nordstrom, 22, has recorded two assists in 10 games with Chicago this season. The Stockholm, Sweden, native has tallied 13 points (8G, 5A) in 17 games with Rockford this year; he collected his first career hat trick and added an assist on Dec. 13 at Lake Erie. Nordstrom, who was the team’s third-round selection (90th overall) in the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, has registered five points (1G, 4A) in 26 career regular-season games with Chicago and appeared in seven 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff games.


Judge: Enough evidence for Voynov to stand trial

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 4:48 PM / News

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hector M. Guzman ruled Monday that there is enough evidence against Slava Voynov for him to stand trial on a felony domestic violence charge.

Voynov, a Los Angeles Kings defenseman, has pleaded not guilty to one felony count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury and will be re-arraigned on the charge on Dec. 29.


Oilers fire Eakins; Nelson eventually to take over

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 4:15 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers have made another coaching change, firing Dallas Eakins on Monday after 113 games in parts of two seasons.

General manager Craig MacTavish will take over as interim coach as a transition for Todd Nelson, who has been promoted from Edmonton's American Hockey League affiliate in Oklahoma City. Nelson eventually will take over on an interim basis until the end of the season.

MacTavish said the rest of the coaching staff remains intact for the time being.

"I really feel the same way now as I did when I hired [Eakins]," MacTavish said. "He's an excellent coach. I was happy with a lot of things. I had no real good reason to do this outside of performance. That's really the bottom line that we're all judged by, is the performance level of the hockey club and certainly the record. I would point to those things solely as the reason for this change."

The Oilers (7-19-5) are last in the NHL standings and have lost 15 of their past 16 games. A 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday left teh Oilers 29th in the League in scoring at 2.10 goals per game, and 29th in goals-against at 3.32 goals allowed per game.


Nelson hopes to bring winning ways to Oilers

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 3:53 PM / News

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

Implementing a winning culture is nothing new to Todd Nelson, who as a new addition to the Edmonton Oilers coaching staff will embark on the biggest challenge of what has been a successful coaching career.

Nelson was promoted to the Oilers staff Monday after coach Dallas Eakins was fired. Nelson will work under interim coach/general manager Craig MacTavish while he transitions into the interim coaching role for the remainder of the season.

"He's done a terrific job with our minor league team in the American Hockey League," MacTavish told the Oilers website. "He's deserving of this opportunity. I want to help him transition this group and … give myself a chance to get my hands on it."


Ducks recall Bryzgalov, Heatley from AHL

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 1:24 PM / News

The Anaheim Ducks recalled goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and forward Dany Heatley from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on Monday and reassigned forward Chris Wagner and goaltender Jason LaBarbera to Norfolk, according to the team website.

Bryzgalov was in the AHL on a conditioning stint after signing a one-year contract last week. A second-round pick (No. 44) by Anaheim in the 2000 NHL Draft, his last appearance in a Ducks jersey came Nov. 7, 2007 against the Arizona Coyotes, who claimed Bryzgalov off waivers nine days later.

Heatley had been loaned to the Admirals for conditioning after he came off injured reserve. He has six shots on goal and a minus-2 rating in four games for the Ducks this season.


Ennis, Suter and Lundqvist named stars of the week

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

NEW YORKBuffalo Sabres center Tyler Ennis, Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec. 14.


Ennis shared second in the NHL with five points (1-4—5) in three outings, helping the Sabres (12-16-2, 26 points) post their third three-game winning streak of the season. He opened the week by recording the lone marker, his third career game-winning goal and first since Dec. 3, 2011, in a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Dec. 9. He then matched career highs for assists and points in one game with three helpers in a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames Dec. 11. Ennis capped the week with his 13th assist of the season in a 4-3 overtime triumph against the Florida Panthers Dec. 13. The 25-year-old Edmonton, Alta., native leads the Sabres with 21 points in 30 games this season. The 26th overall selection by Buffalo in the 2008 NHL Draft, Ennis has 77-110—187 in 297 career games, all with the Sabres.

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I was going nuts and I saw [Subban], he was going crazy, and the ref had no idea where to go. [Subban] was skating to me, and I was skating to him and the ref was right in between us and I don't know, I kind of hit him pretty hard, I thought, but those were some emotions and I'm pretty sure he understands that.

— Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk on the celebration following his OT goal against Ottawa in Game 2