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Canadian organizations offer help to 'Active at School'

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 12:24 PM / News

NHL.com

TORONTO - Canada's most influential sport, wellness and health organizations today offered unprecedented support to Canada's provincial and territorial governments in order to inject an hour of daily physical activity into Canada's schools. The group of more than 60 private sector and not-for-profit organizations offered to share responsibility to get Canada's kids active at school – representing a historical and unrivaled movement to solve the overwhelming problem of inactive youth in Canada.

The "ACTIVE AT SCHOOL" initiative announced today represents a multi-year movement by the organizations involved to work with governments and offer access to their considerable networks, resources, investments and marketing efforts to reverse the staggering trend of inactivity amongst millions of Canadian children and youth.

The group initiated meetings with governments over the past two months and will seek meetings with Premiers, Education and Health Ministers from all governments in the next 90 days to detail the breadth of what the group is offering to make an hour a day of activity in schools a reality.

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Hartman signs entry-level contract with Blackhawks

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 12:07 PM / News

NHL.com

Forward Ryan Hartman, a first-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2013 NHL Draft, on Monday signed a three-year, entry level contract.

Hartman, who was chosen No. 30 by the Blackhawks, has 10 goals and a team-leading 21 points in 20 games with the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League this season.

Last season he had 23 goals and 60 points in 56 games with Plymouth and had three points in seven games to help the United States win the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

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Scrivens, Seguin, Harding named 'Stars' of week

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK - Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens, Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin and Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 17.

FIRST STAR – BEN SCRIVENS, G, LOS ANGELES KINGS

Scrivens went 3-0-1 with a 0.66 goals-against average, .977 save percentage and two shutouts to help the Kings improve to 14-6-1 (29 points), their best record through the first 21 games of a season since 1990-91 (15-5-1, 31 points). He relieved injured starter Jonathan Quick for the final 1:20 of overtime, serving as the goaltender of record in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 12.
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Fantasy All-Access: Quarter-mark bold predictions

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

The NHL has season has reached the first-quarter mark and that is a perfect time to make some bold fantasy predictions for what will we see for the rest of the fantasy season:

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall will be a top-20 fantasy player. The first pick of the 2010 NHL Draft missed seven games due to a knee injury but is back and producing even with the struggling offense around him. The Oilers have 14 of their next 19 games at home so you can expect Hall and the Oilers to break out of their offensive slump and Hall to move up the rankings.

The San Jose Sharks' Antti Niemi will be the first goalie to start 75-plus games in a season since Martin Brodeur in 2009-10. The Finnish netminder has started 18 of the Sharks' first 21 games, and with only eight back-to-backs on the schedule for the rest of the season, look for Niemi to get into the net and carry Fantasy teams for the entire season.

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Gostisbehere's brilliant season suggests bright future

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 11:17 AM / On Campus

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Last season went about as well as possible for Union College defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.

It started not long after he was picked by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft (No. 78). He won a gold medal with the United States at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, and had eight goals and 18 assists in 36 games as Union won a second consecutive ECAC title and advanced to the NCAA East Regional final. Gostisbehere was named to the NCAA East Second All-American Team.

While the history major appreciates where he's been, the junior is focused solely on the present. And that present has looked about as successful as his past.

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Nabokov to injured reserve, Islanders recall Nilsson

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 10:04 AM / News

NHL.com

The New York Islanders have placed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on injured reserve and called up Anders Nilsson from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.

Nabokov, 38, started Saturday but left in the first period of the game against the Detroit Red Wings with a groin injury. Newsday projects that Nabokov will be sidelined for at least four weeks, but adds there are no plans to look outside the organization for goaltending help at this time.

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Penguins' Crosby leads Hart Trophy race

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

With the first quarter of the 2013-14 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of its biggest storylines and award contenders.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby started the season with a bang and hasn't really slowed down. His outstanding play has helped keep the Penguins at or near the top of the Metropolitan Division standings through the first quarter of the season, putting him in the lead to win his second Hart Trophy.

Crosby had his scoring stroke in place right from the first drop of the puck. He scored a goal opening night and had at least a point in eight straight games, the best season-opening run of his outstanding career; he had seven goals and 17 points in his scoring streak.

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Biggest storylines so far in 2013-14

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

With the first quarter of the 2013-14 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of its biggest storylines and award contenders.

An unexpectedly hot goalie in Minnesota, a surprising MVP candidate, the power of the Western Conference, an injury that rocked a team, its fan base and a country, and a culture change in western New York are some of the storylines that have dominated the headlines throughout the first quarter of the NHL season.

Here are 10 of the biggest storylines so far this season:

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Daily Primer Nov. 18: Ducks meet Penguins

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Things haven't gone well recently for the Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins. Something's got to give when they face each other Monday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS, TSN2).

Anaheim, which is winless in its past three games (0-2-1), concludes a four-game road trip at Consol Energy Center against the Penguins, who have lost four of their past five games.

"At the end of the day you've got to score, but if you're getting chances, I mean, I don't know what you really change," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said after the team's 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. "You try to go to the net just as much, work on those little things like stop at the net, get a screen, competing down at those areas. But ultimately it's a matter of putting it in when you get a chance."

Here's a closer look at the action Monday:

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Flames' Monahan, Baertschi still works in progress

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- They're both hailed as cornerstones of the Calgary Flames' future, but the trajectories for first-round picks Sven Baertschi and Sean Monahan couldn't be more different.

Baertschi and Monahan are finding the NHL's rigors to be a grind, but each is navigating through his rookie season as best he can.

"I've learned a lot," said the 19-year-old Monahan, who has now played 20 games. "Coming to the rink with NHL players, you learn something new every day. You've just got to soak up any information you get. The little details in this League are the biggest thing, and that's something I'm really paying attention to."

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I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday