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Kings' Nolan to have Player Safety hearing

Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 5:44 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday.

At 3:53 of the third period of the Kings' game Friday against the Detroit Red Wings, Nolan hit Red Wings center Darren Helm from behind into the boards. Nolan was assessed a minor penalty for boarding. Helm was not injured on the play.

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

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Kings' Kopitar could return to lineup Sunday: report

Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 4:21 PM / News

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Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar could return to the lineup Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Kopitar has missed the past three games because of an upper-body injury sustained Oct. 26 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"It felt good," Kopitar said after practicing in Detroit on Saturday. "I'm planning on [playing Sunday] unless there's something really drastic that happens. But I don't think I'm going to be doing anything [Saturday] afternoon. Hopefully it stays that way. And hopefully I feel that way [Sunday]."

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Predators' Volchenkov to have Player Safety hearing

Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 12:46 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

Nashville Predators defenseman Anton Volchenkov will have a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday at the player's request.

Volchenkov hit Calgary Flames forward Michael Ferland in the head with 48 seconds remaining in the second period of the Predators' game Friday against the Flames. No penalty was called on the play. Ferland did not return to the game.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: elbow and illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

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10 surprises that made October in the NHL intriguing

Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

One month in the books, and the Presidents' Trophy for October goes to the …

OK, so that's not actually a thing and we won't go there. It's way too early to hand out hardware, but it's not too early to be surprised and intrigued by what's happening in the NHL.

With that in mind, here are 10 surprises, in no particular order, that made October in the NHL intriguing:

OT changes working

This should not necessarily be considered a surprise because it was the intention when the NHL made the changes to the overtime format, but through Friday the percentage of overtime games that extend into a shootout is down from last season.

Here are the numbers:

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Movember returns as advocate for men's health

Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / Hockey Fights Cancer

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

An idea started as a fun concept hatched between friends over a few drinks in an Australian beer garden has grown into a leading global organization which has changed the face of men's health in 16 years.

Get ready hockey fans, Movember is coming.

The Movember Foundation challenges men to sign up at Movember.com and grow moustaches during the month of November in an attempt to spark conversation and raise funds for men's health programs. Since its inception, the foundation has reported a total of over 4 million moustaches grown worldwide and more than $550 million raised while funding over 800 programs in 21 countries. The fundraising and awareness promotions improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems, according to Movember Foundation CEO & co-founder Adam Garone.

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Around the League notebook for Friday, Oct. 31

Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 12:45 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

DUCKS RECLAIM TOP SPOT

Corey Perry scored his League-leading 10th goal of the season and assisted on Nate Thompson’s overtime winner to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars. Dallas forward Antoine Roussel forced the extra period with his tying goal at 14:33 of the third period. It was the first game between the clubs since Game 6 in their Western Conference First Round in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the Ducks overcame a two-goal deficit in the final minutes of regulation before winning in overtime to eliminate the Stars.

* Perry (10-4--14) had his fourth multiple-point game of the season to move within one point of the League points lead, behind Dallas’ Tyler Seguin (7-8—15), Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (7-8—15) and Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek (3-12—15).

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Markstrom falls short of AHL shutout record

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 8:26 PM / News

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Utica Comets goaltender Jacob Markstrom fell 30:09 short of the American Hockey League scoreless-streak record when he allowed a first-period goal against the Binghamton Senators on Friday.

Markstrom, a Vancouver Canucks prospect, allowed a goal to Alexander Guptill 5:55 into the game, ending his streak at 238:08.

Barry Brust of the Abbotsford Heat holds the record of 268:17, established in November 2012.


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Hurricanes could sit healthy Semin vs. Coyotes

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 8:11 PM / News

NHL.com

The Carolina Hurricanes are considering making right wing Alexander Semin a healthy scratch against the Arizona Coyotes at PNC Arena on Saturday.

“Right now, he’s not in the lineup,” Carolina head coach Bill Peters said Friday, according to the Hurricanes website. “We’ve got a couple guys back from injury so we’ve got the ability to take some guys out.”

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Jablonski ready for 'Night to Believe' with Wild

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 8:10 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Jack Jablonski is determined to turn a tragic event in his life into a reason to believe in miracles.

It was almost three years ago, in December 2011, when the then-sophomore was hit from behind while playing hockey for Benilde-St. Margaret's High School against Wayzata High during a game at a holiday tournament in St. Louis Park, Minn.

The check pushed him straight up against the boards and left Jablonski motionless on the ice. Following a 2 1/2-hour operation five days later, it was determined he had sustained a severed spinal cord in the neck. He was paralyzed from the chest down, and doctors felt at the time that it would take a miracle for Jablonski to recover full use of his arms and legs.

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Maple Leafs forward Lupul out with broken hand

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 6:57 PM / News

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul is out indefinitely with a broken right hand sustained after falling in practice Thursday, according to the Maple Leafs.

Lupul was scratched against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

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