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Blues' Tarasenko day-to-day with lower-body injury

Wednesday, 04.01.2015 / 2:25 PM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury and was ruled out of the Blues' next game Thursday against the Calgary Flames.

Tarasenko was injured Monday against the Vancouver Canucks. He leads the Blues with 36 goals and 71 points in 76 games.

The Blues (46-23-7), who trail the Nashville Predators by four points for first place in the Central Division with two games in hand, are already without second-leading scorer Alexander Steen. Steen missed one game with a lower-body injury and his status for Thursday is uncertain.

St. Louis has six games remaining in the regular season.

Flames' Gaudreau named March's Rookie of Month

Wednesday, 04.01.2015 / 2:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, who led all rookies with 16 points (7-9—16) in 15 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March.

Gaudreau edged Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (4-11—15 in 16 GP), Boston Bruins teammates Ryan Spooner (7-7—14 in 15 GP) and David Pastrnak (3-10—13 in 15 GP), Carolina Hurricanes center Victor Rask (3-8—11 in 15 GP), and Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (6-2-0, 2.50 GAA, .918 SV%) for the honor.

Gaudreau, a fourth-round selection (104th overall) by the Flames in the 2011 NHL Draft, recorded at least one point in 10 of his 15 March appearances, highlighted by four multi-point efforts. Those included his fourth career multi-goal game in a 6-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks March 11 (2-0—2) and his fourth career game-winning goal in a 5-3 triumph over the Dallas Stars March 30 (1-1—2).

Rangers sign 2012 first-round pick Skjei

Wednesday, 04.01.2015 / 1:19 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

The New York Rangers signed defenseman Brady Skjei to an entry-level contract Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed but Skjei will report to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.

Panthers agree to terms with defenseman Matheson

Wednesday, 04.01.2015 / 12:38 PM / News

FloridaPanthers.com

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with D Michael Matheson on an entry-level contract. Matheson will report to San Antonio (AHL) on an amateur try-out.

"Michael is a talented, young, mobile, hard-working defenseman who we are pleased to have signed," said Tallon. "Since being selected in the first round of the NHL draft in 2012, Michael has led Boston College to three consecutive NCAA appearances, while also serving as the team's captain this past season. He is another one of our top prospects who will continue to develop his game playing while playing in the American Hockey League."

Another 50-goal season puts Ovechkin in elite group

Wednesday, 04.01.2015 / 12:32 PM / News

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Alex Ovechkin continues to pile up milestones and memberships in exclusive clubs almost at the rate at which he is scoring goals.

Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the 2014-15 season Tuesday night for the Washington Capitals in a 4-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. It is the sixth time he has scored that many in his prolific career.

The list is impeccable: Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy have nine 50-goal seasons, while Mario Lemieux, Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne and now Ovechkin have six.

Jets' Byfuglien faces Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 04.01.2015 / 12:00 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will have a telephone hearing Thursday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a hit against New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller during a game at MTS Centre on Tuesday.

Miller was hit by Byfuglien in front of the Winnipeg net at 17:23 of the second period. No penalty was assessed on the play and Miller remained in the game.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: Cross checking. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

Fantasy top 60 'D': Niskanen heats up just in time

Wednesday, 04.01.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen burst onto the fantasy scene last season as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins with his best offensive showing since 2008-09, putting up a career best numbers in goals (10), assists (36), points (46), plus-minus (33), power play assists (12) and shots on goal (162).

That he did so during a contract year helped him cash in with lucrative seven-year, $40.25 million dollar contract with the Capitals.

Playoff Countdown: Pens fighting for second place

Wednesday, 04.01.2015 / 11:42 AM / Expert Picks

NHL.com

Saturday, April 11, marks the conclusion to the 2014-15 regular season. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the countdown to the end of the season and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15, NHL.com will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.

The Pittsburgh Penguins take center stage on a four-game night in the NHL, not only because they are part of the Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader on NBCSN, but because they have the best chance to re-order the muddled picture for the Stanley Cup Playoff berths in the Eastern Conference.

The Penguins host their primary rival, the Philadelphia Flyers, at Consol Energy Center (8 p.m.; NBCSN, TVA, SN1) with a chance to solidify its place in the Metropolitan Division standings.

Hurricanes agree to terms with defenseman McKeown

Wednesday, 04.01.2015 / 11:41 AM / News

CarolinaHurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Roland McKeown (muh-KOW-uhn) on a three-year, entry-level contract. On the NHL level, the deal will pay McKeown $625,000 in 2015-16, $675,000 in 2016-17 and $750,000 in 2017-18. His American Hockey League (AHL) salary will be $70,000 per year, and he receives a signing bonus of $277,500.

"We like what we've seen from Roland on the ice, and the leadership qualities he displays as Kingston's captain," Francis said. "He was an important part of the trade we made with Los Angeles in February, and we are excited to see him continue to develop."

Playoff clinching scenario for Wednesday, April 1

Wednesday, 04.01.2015 / 11:10 AM / Expert Picks

NHL Public Relations

With 11 days remaining in the regular season, there are 11 berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

There is one clinching scenario involving a game Wednesday:

* The Anaheim Ducks, who have already clinched a spot in the playoffs, would clinch the Pacific Division if they earn at least one point against the Edmonton Oilers.

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I think when you build a team, you look at pairs, and I think the pair of [Voracek and Giroux] is very good, certainly one of the top pairs in the League.

— Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek after giving Voracek a multiyear extension Thursday