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Brodeur records first win with Blues in relief

Saturday, 12.06.2014 / 7:18 PM / NHL Insider

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Among many platitudes, Martin Brodeur is often lauded for his calm demeanor. But even a veteran of 21 seasons and a three-time winner of the Stanley Cup, four-time winner of the Vezina Trophy and owner of NHL records in games played, minutes played and shutouts still gets nervous before every game.

Once he was tapped on the shoulder by St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, his team trailing by three goals to the New York Islanders after one period of play at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, there were no nerves, only the mission of keeping his team in the game and hoping to provide a spark.

"It seems that when you're preparing yourself you're nervousness comes from what if, what if. … When you get into the momentum of a game, I think that's what probably what players saw in me in New Jersey through the years, how composed I am when I play the game," Brodeur said. "It doesn't mean I'm not excited or nervous in between periods or before games."


Brodeur replaces Allen in net for Blues

Saturday, 12.06.2014 / 2:24 PM / News

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Martin Brodeur made his second appearance for the St. Louis Blues when he replaced Jake Allen to start the second period with the Blues trailing 3-0 to the New York Islanders.

Brodeur, 42, made 20 saves in his season debut Thursday in a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators, his first game since April 16. He signed a one-year contract Tuesday with goalie Brian Elliott sidelined by a knee injury.

The four-time Vezina Trophy winner and three-time Stanley Cup winner went 688-394-176 in 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils.

Allen allowed three goals on 12 shots.


Perry leaves Ducks game vs. Wild with injury

Friday, 12.05.2014 / 11:38 PM / News

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry missed the final 2 1/2 periods Friday against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center with a lower-body injury, and his status moving forward remains undetermined.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said there was no further update on Perry immediately after the game, but that he was expected to travel with the team to Winnipeg, where Anaheim will practice Saturday before a game Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets.

"I know probably what [the media] knows, which is it is a lower-body injury," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We could all tell where he got hit. We'll see more and we'll know more tomorrow."

Perry was knocked into the boards along the right wall on a hip check by Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard with the Ducks on the power play at 9:37 of the first period. Perry, who was favoring his left leg after the hit, needed assistance to leave the ice and immediately left the bench for further evaluation.


Halak, Islanders have proven to be perfect match

Friday, 12.05.2014 / 11:09 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

Jaroslav Halak has found a home.

After watching 26 goaltenders get selected before him at the 2003 NHL Draft.

After stealing the No. 1 job from Carey Price and leading the Montreal Canadiens to an unlikely berth in the 2010 Eastern Conference Final, only to be traded to the St. Louis Blues a few weeks later.

After playing extremely well for the Blues for four seasons, only to be traded to the Buffalo Sabres for another goalie, Ryan Miller, last season.


Penguins acquire Klinkhammer from Coyotes

Friday, 12.05.2014 / 7:35 PM / News

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday traded defenseman Philip Samuelsson to the Arizona Coyotes for forward Rob Klinkhammer and a conditional draft pick.

Klinkhammer, 28, has three goals and in 19 games this season. Last season he set career highs with 11 goals and 20 points in 72 games.

Injuries have left the Penguins thin at forward. Pascal Dupuis (blood clot), Chris Kunitz (foot) and Beau Bennett (lower body) are out, and Patric Hornqvist left the game Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks in the second period after a hit by Ryan Stanton.


Islanders recall Pulock, put Hamonic on IR

Friday, 12.05.2014 / 3:28 PM / News Staff

The New York Islanders have recalled 2013 first-round draft pick Ryan Pulock from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.

In 20 games with the Sound Tigers, Pulock, 20, has eight goals, seven on the power play. His 13 points are tied for eighth among AHL defensemen, first among rookie defensemen.

Earlier in the day, defenseman Travis Hamonic was placed on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury.


MacTavish sticking with core, but looking for results

Friday, 12.05.2014 / 1:29 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish admits he is frustrated with their current state but said Friday he will not be making drastic changes at this time.

Edmonton has lost 11 straight games (0-7-4) and entered play Friday 30th in the NHL standings.

The Oilers are winless (0-12-4) against Western Conference opponents this season.

"Visually we're a better hockey team, and I think our most ardent detractors would have to admit that we are a better hockey team visually," MacTavish said. "But there isn't any tangible evidence of any of that improvement, and that's what so difficult for everybody to swallow. In particular, the fans, the faithful fans that flock to Rexall [Place] night in and night out to see some material evidence of improvement. There just hasn't been that level of improvement."


NHL, Capitals unveil refurbished street hockey rink

Adam Vingan - Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- The unveiling of the refurbished Watkins Rush Rink brightened a dreary Friday morning in southeast Washington, D.C.

Twelve Watkins Elementary School students slipped on the deep red sweaters that the Washington Capitals will wear against the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic on Jan. 1 over their raincoats.

With navy blue toques on their heads, the kids, who sat through a 15-minute dedication presentation, grabbed multicolored sticks and played an impromptu street hockey game officiated by Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Rod Langway.

The renovated rink, located at the Watkins Elementary School and Recreation Center, is less than two miles from where the Winter Classic will be played at Nationals Park.

The event Friday was part of the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic powered by Constellation Legacy Initiative, in which the League works in conjunction with the team hosting an NHL event to support community organizations.


Senators forward a Prince of a prospect

Friday, 12.05.2014 / 12:22 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to

Hockey is a game. A fun, fast-paced, emotional game. But at its core, it is also a way of life.

Early morning practices, long drives to tournaments across state lines, and giving up a lot in order to gain even more somewhere down the line. Shane Prince, the Ottawa Senators’ second round pick (No. 61) of the 2011 NHL Draft, especially knows this to be true.

“As a kid, I always envisioned [making it]. I wasn’t in hockey just for the fun of it,” Prince said. “My dad was very passionate about it, and he sacrificed a lot to make me as good of a player as I could possibly be, and I obviously sacrificed a lot, too. It ended up paying off, and it’s been awesome.”

The 22-year-old Spencerport, N.Y. native played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League with Kitchener and Ottawa. He put up 42 points in 128 games over his first two seasons, and then recorded a total of 178 points in 116 games during his final two years, finishing fourth in the OHL in scoring in 2011-12.

Now playing for the Senators’ American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y., Prince says that hunger to produce still drives him each night on the ice.

“Everyone wants to score goals, but he’s really driven by scoring goals,” Binghamton Senators coach Luke Richardson said. “He’s a real competitor, and that’s a good thing. You can coach systems, and positions, and even a little technique, but you can’t coach emotion. He’s got it.”


Fantasy: Point-per-game scorers rising in 2014-15

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

Not since the 2007-08 NHL season have we seen so many players scoring at such a high rate. Back in that '07-08 season, players like Dany Heatley, Vincent Lecavalier and Marc Savard were household names in terms of point production. All three of them averaged at least a point per game that season. In fact, of players that appeared in at least 35 games in the '07-08 season, 23 of them ended up averaging at least one point per game.

After the '07-08 season, scoring seemed to drop a bit. In the 2011-12 season, only nine players that played in at least 35 games averaged over a point per game. And just last season, only 13 players accomplished the feat.

Fast forward to this season and things seem to be looking up.

With most teams having played somewhere around 25-26 games this season, I used the benchmark that a player must have appeared in at least 10 of their team's games (approximately 40 percent). And at this moment, 22 players are averaging at least one point per game this season.

From Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby at the top of the list averaging 1.38 points-per-game to Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg averaging exactly 1.00 point-per-game, we've seen plenty of household names among the 22 players, and plenty of unlikely, pleasant surprises. If you've been fortunate enough to have any of these guys on your fantasy team, it's likely helped you immensely in the standings. But can they keep it going for a full 82-game season? That is the big question.

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I mean, any of those 14 teams (in the lottery) it would have been an absolute honor. If I am selected by Edmonton it will be amazing, a dream come true. They have a lot of amazing young players there.

— Likely No. 1 pick Connor McDavid after the Oilers won the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday