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Devils goalie Schneider leaves game with injury

Saturday, 01.17.2015 / 2:09 AM / News

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider left the game against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday with an upper-body injury. He did not return.

Schneider was replaced by Keith Kinkaid to start the second period. Schneider may have been injured when he was hit by a shot by Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey.

New Jersey interim co-coach Lou Lamoriello said the extent of Schneider's injury won't be known until he is evaluated later.

"He got hit with a shot in the first period. He's feeling better right now, but he couldn't go back in," Lamoriello said.

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Avalanche goalie Berra scores in AHL game

Friday, 01.16.2015 / 11:55 PM / News

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Reto Berra of the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday became the 11th goaltender in American Hockey League history to score a goal.

The Colorado Avalanche prospect scored into an empty net in a 5-1 win against the Chicago Wolves at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

With Chicago goaltender Matt Climie on the bench for an extra attacker, Berra shot the puck the length of the ice into the vacated net to give Lake Erie a 4-1 lead at 18:34 of the third period.

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Bruins' Marchand banned two games for slew-footing

Friday, 01.16.2015 / 5:07 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK – Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for two games, without pay, for slew-footing New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard during NHL Game No. 644 in Boston on Thursday, January 15, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 14:30 of the second period.

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Jets prospect Hellebuyck carrying load for St. John's

Friday, 01.16.2015 / 12:36 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to NHL.com

Winnipeg Jets goaltending prospect Connor Hellebuyck has logged a lot of miles on his road to professional hockey.

A native of the Detroit suburb of Commerce, Mich., Hellebuyck played a year of junior hockey in Odessa, Texas, then set up camp on the goal line at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

"I always wanted to go to college," Hellebuyck said. "[UMass Lowell] were the first people to come down to Odessa and see me. After I talked to their goalie coach, Cam Ellsworth, he kind of sold the school really well to me. I thought it was a perfect fit. If there was anywhere I would choose, I would choose there."

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Blues forwards, Pastrnak among hot fantasy topics

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Here's a look at five of the hottest topics in fantasy hockey right now.

1. Is the buy-low window gone for some Blues forwards?

The St. Louis Blues players this question refers to are T.J. Oshie, David Backes, Alexander Steen and Paul Stastny. And yes, that window of opportunity is long gone. If you're trying to acquire any of them via trade, you'll have to pay a premium for them. It still might be worth it, but they won't be on the cheap any longer.

Coming into the season fantasy owners had to spend a pretty decent draft pick to land any of these players. Backes (drafted on average with the 50th pick), Steen (75th) and Oshie (82nd) each were drafted before the end of the eighth round. Stastny was selected on average with the 129th pick, late in the 11th round. They all got off to slow starts this season, leaving many fantasy owners in doubt about how best to utilize them. Should they drop them? Trade them? Bench them? Hopefully you stuck with each of them, because as of now all four are ranked as top-30 forwards in Yahoo fantasy leagues during the past 30 days (No. 5 Steen, No. 6 Backes, No. 14 Oshie, No. 27 Stastny).

They likely won't all remain top-30 players for the rest of the season, but it's safe to say they've returned to their expected, high-producing ways.

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Fall Out Boy, O.A.R. headline All-Star entertainment

Friday, 01.16.2015 / 10:00 AM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

NEW YORK – The 2015 Honda NHL® All-Star Game will feature performances from Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum selling recording artist Fall Out Boy, rock band O.A.R. and power-pop band Locksley, the National Hockey League announced today. Fans can watch the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game live on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC and TVA Sports in Canada. Fans outside of North America will be able to watch the game via NHL GameCenter LIVE and international broadcast partners in more than 160 countries and territories around the world.

Fall Out Boy will perform during the first intermission of the 2015 Honda NHL® All-Star Game followed by a performance from Ohio State alumni O.A.R. during the second intermission.

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Staal, Rangers close to six-year extension: report

Friday, 01.16.2015 / 9:32 AM / News

NHL.com

Defenseman Marc Staal and the New York Rangers are closing in on a six-year contract extension, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Friday.

The contract is expected to have an average annual value of $5.7 million and contains a no-move clause, ESPN.com reported.

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Around the League notebook for Thursday, Jan. 15

Friday, 01.16.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

PALAT PROPELS LIGHTNING TO TOP SPOT IN EAST

Down 2-1 after 40 minutes, Ondrej Palat scored the tying goal early in the third period and the game-winner with 8:01 remaining in regulation to lift the Lightning to their sixth consecutive home win, 3-2 against the Edmonton Oilers.

* The Lightning (28-14-4, 60 points) again passed the idle New York Islanders (29-13-1, 59 points) into first place in the Eastern Conference. New York has three games in hand, but Tampa Bay holds the ROW tiebreaker (TBL: 27, NYI: 23).

* Palat had his first multigoal game since April 8, 2014 vs. TOR and his third game-winner of the season (seventh of his career). He has 3-14—17 in his past 11 games, including six multipoint performances.

* Steven Stamkos stretched his goal streak to four games (5-0—5). His 26 goals this season are tied for the NHL lead with Tyler Seguin and Rick Nash.

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Flyers' Voracek excited for All-Star homecoming

Friday, 01.16.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Jakub Voracek started his career with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and now the Philadelphia Flyers forward will be going back to Columbus for the biggest moment of his professional career.

Voracek was picked for the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, which will be played Jan. 25 at Nationwide Arena (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

He'll also take part in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft presented by DraftKings on Jan. 23 (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports), and the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 24 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"When I was a kid, every kid dreams [of the All-Star Game]," Voracek said. "I'm very excited about that. It's been a lot of people through my career, especially this season, that helped me to get there. My teammates, the organization. Couldn't do it without them."

Here's more from Voracek on returning to Columbus and some other things you might not know about the 25-year-old first-time All-Star:

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Trotz returns to Nashville, where he instilled culture

Friday, 01.16.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Hockey players, coaches and front-office staffs often speak of instilling cultures. David Poile and Barry Trotz literally built one from scratch.

The Nashville Predators were in their infancy in the late 1990s, and as the franchise's first general manager and coach, Poile and Trotz set out to entrench an identity in a nontraditional market.

"When you have someone that's working alongside you for so many years, you certainly have to be on the same page in terms of your overall strategies and game plans," Poile said. "Our thought process in a nutshell was to make Nashville a hockey city."

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For us it's a little bit different. I've never been in front of this much media. This is more than we've ever had to deal with in Tampa. I guess we're on a little bit bigger stage now. It's nice, you have to enjoy it. This doesn't happen too often.

— Lightning forward J.T. Brown after his first Media Day experience on Tuesday in preparation of Game 1 on Wednesday