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Wild goalie Dubnyk feeling comfortable, confident

Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The designs on the front of Devan Dubnyk's mask have changed a lot over the past two seasons, but as he remodeled his look again after a trade to the Minnesota Wild last month, the portrait of his 17-month-old son on the back remained a constant.

Whether Dubnyk needed perspective amid a nightmare season in 2013-14 that included time in the American Hockey League, inspiration to get back to the NHL, or a break from the mental grind of goaltending now that he is back, he could find it in his son, Nathaniel.

"To see him is the best part of your day so it doesn't matter what else is going on, you can forget about it," Dubnyk said. "In order to come to the rink focused every game you have to be able to let it go on the days between, otherwise you tire out mentally. So to have him there and see him helps, no matter how much other stuff is going on."
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Busy month could precede NHL Trade Deadline

Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Every Stanley Cup contender in every season is interested in filling a need for top-end talent or depth to solidify its position before the trade deadline passes, but the run-up to 2015 NHL Trade Deadline, which is 3 p.m. ET on March 2, likely will put the focus on the sellers for two reasons:

1. Connor McDavid

2. Jack Eichel

"We're having a poor year and there are certain rewards for being real bad this year. I think we're all aware of that," Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said last week on TSN 1200 Radio in Ottawa. "If we ever had to have a down year this is probably as good as any of them."

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Five Questions: Flames' Giordano on road to the top

Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Mark Giordano's path to NHL stardom can be seen as either the blueprint for all fledgling professional defensemen or the envy of everyone who is or once was in his shoes.

Giordano, now a Norris Trophy candidate and an all-star, started as an undrafted defenseman out of the Ontario Hockey League and spent a year playing professionally in Russia. He has been a full-time NHL player since the 2008-09 season. He was a first-time all-star this season.

Along the way Giordano has figured things out about himself, his game, and about what makes the great ones in the NHL great. He has learned to play a two-way game without sacrificing what he does best, which is join the rush and provide offense. He has become a leader.

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Gordie Howe progressing after stem-cell treatment

Monday, 02.02.2015 / 8:27 PM / News

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

Hockey legend Gordie Howe is "doing fantastic" in his ongoing recovery from a stroke, his son Dr. Murray Howe told NHL Live on Monday.

Dr. Howe said his father has gained at least 20 pounds since having stem-cell treatment in Mexico on Dec. 8. Gordie Howe is rehabbing at his daughter Kathy's house in Lubbock Texas, where he helps with the household chores. Upon visiting, Howe's sons take turns playing hockey, throwing a football or kicking a soccer ball with their father.

"He's doing very, very well," said Dr. Howe, the director of sports medicine imaging of Toledo Hospital. "He has good days and bad days like anybody who's 86 [years old], but overall he's heading in the right direction really every day, a little bit better. He had his stem cell treatment Dec. 8 and really since that time he's just been doing fantastic.

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Blues' Shattenkirk to have abdominal surgery

Monday, 02.02.2015 / 7:08 PM / News

NHL.com

St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will undergo abdominal surgery after sustaining an injury in a 4-3 win at the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Shattenkirk will have the procedure in the next 7-10 days and be listed as week-to-week following its completion, according to the Blues.

The 26-year-old leads all defensemen with 32 assists and ranks second with 40 points in 49 games this season.

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Kings enjoy second White House visit in three years

Monday, 02.02.2015 / 4:38 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles Kings renewed acquaintances with President Barack Obama on Monday at the White House, where they were honored for winning the Stanley Cup championship last year.

The Kings were joined on stage in the East Room and on a pre-ceremony tour and gathering with President Obama by members of the Los Angeles Galaxy, who won the MLS Cup last season. President Obama also honored the Kings and Galaxy for winning their respective league championships on March 26, 2013.

Both franchises are owned by AEG.

"As a Chicago fan I'm a little resentful, you guys have an embarrassment of riches," President Obama said during his seven-minute speech. "Today feels like Groundhog Day. If you're feeling a little déjà vu you're not alone. Two years ago we had the Galaxy and the Kings here together. So if you see Bill Murray playing the piano in the foyer you know something weird is going on, and we're probably going to do this again."

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Ovechkin, Tavares, Rask named 'Stars' for January

Monday, 02.02.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, New York Islanders center John Tavares and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of January.

FIRST STAR – ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Ovechkin led all players with 12 goals, six power-play markers and 59 shots on goal to power the Capitals (25-15-10, 60 points) to a 7-3-3 January and the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. He registered points in nine of 13 contests (12-3—15), highlighted by six multi-point performances and nine games in which he found the back of the net. That included a trio of multi-goal outings (Jan. 16 at NSH, Jan. 20 vs. EDM and Jan. 28 vs. PIT) as well as a pair of game-winning markers (Jan. 12 vs. COL and Jan. 28 vs. PIT).

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Stars' Klingberg named Rookie of the Month

Monday, 02.02.2015 / 2:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORKDallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg, who led all rookies with 13 points (5-8—13) in 13 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for January.

Klingberg edged Ottawa Senators teammates Mark Stone (4-7—11 in 12 GP) and Mike Hoffman (6-2—8 in 12 GP), Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson (5-3-0, 2.62 GAA, .912 SV%, 1 SO), Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (5-4—9 in 12 GP), Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell (4-5—9 in 11 GP), and San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (7-1—8 in 12 GP) for the honor.

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Fantasy All-Access: Keep eye on Kings down stretch

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Every Monday, NHL.com contributor Matt Sitkoff identifies waiver-wire pickups, roster trends, schedule notes and a prospect to watch in fantasy hockey.

The Los Angeles Kings visit the White House on Monday to celebrate winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons in 2014. But entering the week the Kings are on the outside of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, three points behind the Calgary Flames for the second Western Conference wild-card spot. But the Kings always save their best for the end.

Some players to keep an eye on that traditionally turn up their play as the season goes on are center Anze Kopitar and defenseman Alec Martinez. Kopitar led the Kings in points in games played after Feb. 1 in 2013-14 (27 points in 26 games) and 2011-12 (32 points in 32 games). Martinez had a combined 25 points in games after Feb. 1 in the Kings' championship seasons.

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Price, Paquette and Dubnyk named stars of the week

Monday, 02.02.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORKMontreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette and Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb. 1.

FIRST STAR – CAREY PRICE, G, MONTREAL CANADIENS

Price posted a 3-0-0 record with a 0.66 goals-against average, .980 save percentage and two shutouts to backstop the Canadiens (32-14-3, 67 points) to three victories in four outings. He made 40 saves in a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars Jan. 27, marking his second 40 plus save performance of the season (also Dec. 12 vs. LAK: 44 saves). Price then notched a pair of 1-0 shutouts, registering 24 saves in a victory over the New York Rangers Jan. 29 and 36 saves in an overtime triumph against the Washington Capitals Jan. 31. The 27-year-old Anahim Lake, B.C., native has appeared in 39 games this season, sharing second in the NHL with 27 wins while also placing in the top five in save percentage (2nd; .933), goals-against average (3rd; 2.03) and shutouts (t-5th; 4). Price now has 29 career shutouts, all with the Canadiens, tying Patrick Roy for fifth in franchise history.

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Quote of the Day

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday