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Nash to debut first-ever PLAYMOBIL NHL playsets

Unveiling set for Oct. 1 at NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York City

Thursday, 09.24.2015 / 11:11 AM / News

NEW YORK -- To help celebrate the release of a brand-new line of NHL figures and playsets, PLAYMOBIL has partnered with New York Rangers All-Star Rick Nash and the National Hockey League (NHL) to help unveil the toy line at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET.

Fans will be able to see, play and interact with the Original Six™ line at the event. In addition to having Nash and his family at the launch event, a full-sized Zamboni® ice resurfacing machine also will be a key centerpiece outside the NHL Powered by Reebok Store.

Huberdeau, Allen lead Cubeta's fantasy breakout picks

Thursday, 09.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

Last season, forwards Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues and Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers went from reliable fantasy producers to elite-level assets. On the defenseman and goalie fronts, fantasy owners witnessed Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators and Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils joining the likes of stardom at their respective positions.

These were players who made their mark on the fantasy landscape before, but never to the degree of statistical prowess that they put forth last season. Sleepers are under-the-radar players who are drafted much later than they should be. Breakout players are known commodities who elevate their fantasy production to new heights, usually in an expanded role.

Targeting breakout candidates in your fantasy draft can go a long way in building a championship-caliber roster. Here are five players I believe can make the jump from household name to superstar in 2015-16.

1. Jonathan Huberdeau, C/LW, Florida Panthers

Yahoo average draft position: 148.5

Yahoo end-season rank: 102

Soderberg, Johnson, Barrie are Avalanche X-factors

Thursday, 09.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche fell to last place in the Central Division last season with 39 wins and 90 points after finishing first in 2013-14 with 52 wins and 112 points.

Offseason moves were made to try and prevent the Avalanche from missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

Here are three X-factors that will have an impact on whether they can return to the playoffs:

Avalanche look to use speed to return to playoffs

Thursday, 09.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams.

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche head into the 2015-16 season, their 20th since moving from Quebec, determined to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Patrick Roy's third season as coach.

The Avalanche added size and grit, and they'll have more depth through offseason trades, free agent signings and the return of several key contributors from injuries.

"We're very excited about this year; I like the changes we made," Roy said. "It's a big change, no doubt about it. Not only did we add size, but I also feel that we're faster. When I say fast, I want us to play and think fast."

Hertl rebound, Torres' health among Sharks' X-factors

Thursday, 09.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks had made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for 10 straight seasons before finishing fifth in the Pacific Division and 12th in the Western Conference with 89 points in 2014-15.

Coach Todd McLellan and the Sharks parted ways on April 20, and Peter DeBoer was hired as McLellan's replacement on May 27.

Here are three X-factors that could help determine whether the Sharks return to the playoffs this season:

Sharks aim to return to playoffs under DeBoer

Thursday, 09.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams.

SAN JOSE -- For the first time since 2008, the San Jose Sharks opened training camp with a new coach. Center Joe Thornton said he liked what he heard from Peter DeBoer, who replaced Todd McLellan, the winningest coach in Sharks history.

"I think he has a powerful voice," Thornton said of DeBoer. "He comes in and tells us right away [that] this is how we're going to play. But it's going to be nice. Nothing against Todd, but maybe it was time to get a new voice in here. We're all excited to have Pete behind the bench now."

The Sharks had a busy offseason after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Not only did they replace their coach, they traded for goaltender Martin Jones and signed two quality free agents, right wing Joel Ward and defenseman Paul Martin. The Sharks' biggest offseason addition last year was forward John Scott.

Gordie Howe attends Red Wings preseason game

Thursday, 09.24.2015 / 12:15 AM / News

Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe visited Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday for their preseason home opener against the Chicago Blackhawks.

It was the first time Howe, 87, has visited the Red Wings' home since a series of strokes last year, including a major one on Oct. 26. He hadn't been at Joe Louis Arena since March 31, 2013, when he attended a Red Wings game to celebrate his 85th birthday.

Howe watched the first period from Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch's suite before heading home. Howe lives in Sylvania, Ohio, with his son Murray.

Roundup: Tatar's hat trick lifts Wings past Blackhawks

Wednesday, 09.23.2015 / 11:52 PM / News

Tomas Tatar had a hat trick to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 against the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday.

Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader also scored, center Brad Richards had three assists, and defensemen Jakub Kindl and Niklas Kronwall had two assists each. Goalie Petr Mrazek made saves on all 16 shots he faced before being relieved by Jared Coreau, who made 15 saves.

NHL mentoring twins aiming to inspire women in India

Wednesday, 09.23.2015 / 4:40 PM / News

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

Nungshi Malik and Tashi Malik are 24-year-old identical twins born in the state of Haryana in the northern part of India. They think big, dream big and have conquered big, literally and figuratively.

They are the youngest of 33 people to have completed the Adventurer's Grand Slam, the successful scaling of the highest peak on each of Earth's seven continents and reaching the North and South Poles. The first of the summits was Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet. The last was Mount Vinson, measuring 16,050 feet in Antarctica. In between was Mount Everest in southern Asia, elevation 29,029 feet to form the planet's tallest peak.

"You're not focused about reaching the summit, you're just focused on reaching one step," Nungshi said. "We kept telling this to each other, just focus on where you're going next, just keep doing that one step-one step and that will become momentum."

To the twins, mountaineering is a metaphor for meeting life's challenges and achieving visions designed to change the world for the better. The quest continues with their participation in the U.S. Department of State Global Sports Mentoring Program, a collaboration between the U.S. State Department, the University of Tennessee and espnW offering young women across the world the chance to work with American sports properties and consumer brands.

For the third straight year the NHL is a host organization for the GSMP. The Maliks' goal is to learn marketing, sports management and fundraising to promote their NungshiTashi Foundation that empowers girls through mountaineering.

Bruins' Seidenberg to have surgery, miss eight weeks

Wednesday, 09.23.2015 / 3:20 PM / News

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will have surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back and is expected to miss eight weeks, the Bruins said Wednesday.

The Monday before training camp opened last week, Seidenberg complained to the Bruins' training staff about some nerve irritation that flared up during an off-ice workout. Seidenberg had been trying to recover from the injury with rest by not participating in training camp, which opened last Thursday. With little to no improvement, the decision was announced that Seidenberg would have surgery Thursday to repair a lumbar spine disk herniation.

Seidenberg was so disappointed about his latest injury that he apologized, according to general manager Don Sweeney.

By the time the 34-year-old's two-month absence is through, one or more of Boston's defensemen who currently lack Seidenberg's NHL pedigree might be thanking Sweeney and Seidenberg for the opportunity to pick up the slack.

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