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Canucks' Henrik Sedin not making road trip

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 4:15 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks captain and top-line center Henrik Sedin won't be on a two-game road trip that starts against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday and is listed as day-to-day after sustaining a left knee injury Sunday, coach John Tortorella said Tuesday.

Sedin, who leads the Canucks with 46 points in 65 games, was injured after making a hit behind the net late in the second period of a 4-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Sabres forward Tyler Ennis bounced off the boards and fell into Sedin's left knee. Sedin didn't put much weight on his leg as he went to the locker room.


Maple Leafs sign 2009 fifth-round pick Knodel

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:23 PM / News


The Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday signed defenseman Eric Knodel to a one-year, entry-level contract for the 2014-15 season. Financial terms of the contract were not released.

Knodel also signed a professional tryout agreement to spend the rest of the 2013-14 season with the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League team, the Toronto Marlies. The Maple Leafs drafted Knodel in the fifth round (No. 128) of the 2009 NHL Draft.


Ducks sign 2011 sixth-round draft pick Manson

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:22 PM / News


The Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday signed defenseman Josh Manson to a two-year, entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Manson, 22, was a sixth-round pick (No. 160) in the 2011 NHL Draft. He has played the past three seasons for Northeastern University, totaling six goals, 21 points and 158 penalty minutes in 99 games.

Manson, 6-foot-3 and 223 pounds, was named a 2013-14 Hockey East Second Team All-Star and the Best Defensive Defenseman after captaining Northeastern to a 19-14-4 record this season.


Blackhawks prospect Teravainen set for NHL debut

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 2:12 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The wait is nearly over.

After spending a few days getting adjusted to his new surroundings, highly touted 19-year-old Finnish forward Teuvo Teravainen will make his NHL debut Tuesday night for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Teravainen will line up at center when Chicago hosts the Dallas Stars at United Center, and he's as fired up about it as Blackhawks fans are.

"I've always been waiting and waiting for this opportunity," Teravainen said. "I don't know if I'm that nervous, but it's a big night coming and a win is all that matters. So I'll do the best I can. It's been [getting to know] the guys around here and being able to practice the last couple days. No jet lag anymore, so I'm ready to go."


Sharks back in playoffs with potentially best team yet

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 12:27 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The San Jose Sharks are back in the postseason for the 10th consecutive season after clinching a place in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday.

It's the second-longest active postseason streak in the NHL, and it might become the longest in a few weeks if the Detroit Red Wings don't find their way into the top eight in the Eastern Conference. Though the Sharks never have reached the Stanley Cup Final, the franchise's ability to be among the top teams in the League consistently is remarkable.

The dawn of the salary cap era was expected to make it harder for teams to stay among the top contenders for extended periods of time. Nearly every team that was among the League's elite before the 2004-05 lockout either has missed the playoffs once or gone through a full rebuilding phase. The Sharks and Red Wings stand alone as franchises that were able to transition to the "new NHL" as it was called at the start of the 2005-06 season and remain among the League's elite.

San Jose has a chance to win a division title for the sixth time in this 10-season span, and doing so would help the Sharks avoid a potentially brutal first-round series with the Los Angeles Kings, who knocked them out of the playoffs last season in a seven-game series.

This Sharks team might be better equipped for a deep playoff run than any of the previous nine. Here are five reasons why they're going to have a chance:


The Front Line: Giroux closest to Crosby-like value?

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

I'll be the first to admit I was wrong about Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux. Back on Nov. 5, I said you should trade Giroux and I didn't believe there was "much of a resurgence coming." Here we are 141 days later and Giroux is currently the No. 8 overall player in Yahoo fantasy leagues. Clearly, Giroux has proven me wrong.

Prior to that story on Nov. 5, Giroux had no goals and six assists in his first 13 games of the season. He wasn't coming close to living up to his average draft selection (16th overall). In fact, he didn't score his first goal of the season until his 16th game. But from that 16th game onward, Giroux has pretty much been his usual self; that of an elite fantasy forward.

In his next 55 games, the 26-year-old forward has gone on to score 24 goals and 43 assists, a rate of 1.22 points per game. The only player to average more than that this season is Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby at 1.32 points per game. Of course, Crosby has done that for all 71 games he's played in, but the point is if you wipe away Giroux's first 16 games of the season, he's been the second-best point producer in the NHL behind only Crosby. He's also had 21 of his 22 multi-point games during this 55-game stretch. Only Crosby and the Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel have had more multi-point efforts all season (28 and 23 respectively).

Of players that have appeared in at least 25 games this season, 14 have averaged at least a point per game (Giroux being one of them despite the sluggish start). Last season there were 20 players that averaged at least a point per game (excludes the Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul, who averaged 1.12 but only played 16 of 48 games), which makes Giroux's inclusion on this season's list even more impressive.


Clinching scenarios: Spots for Pens, Hawks, Ducks?

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 10:45 AM / Drive to the Playoffs


* The Pittsburgh Penguins would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they defeat the Phoenix Coyotes in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Coyotes AND either the Washington Capitals lose to the Los Angeles Kings in any fashion or the Columbus Blue Jackets lose to the Detroit Red Wings in regulation. If the Penguins lose to the Coyotes in regulation, they also would clinch a playoff berth if the Toronto Maple Leafs lose to the St. Louis Blues in any fashion AND the Capitals lose to the Kings in regulation.

* The Chicago Blackhawks would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they defeat the Dallas Stars in regulation AND the Coyotes lose to the Penguins in any fashion OR if they defeat the Stars in overtime or a shootout AND the Coyotes lose to the Penguins in regulation.

* The Anaheim Ducks (idle) would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if either the Coyotes or Stars lose in any fashion to the Penguins and Blackhawks, respectively.


Daily Primer March 25: Maple Leafs aim to end skid

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


Three games on the NHL schedule Tuesday night will have a significant impact on the Eastern Conference wild-card race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs: St. Louis Blues at Toronto Maple Leafs; Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, FS-D, TSN2); and Los Angeles Kings at Washington Capitals.

The Maple Leafs face a daunting task as they attempt to end a five-game losing streak (0-5-0) when they host the Western Conference-leading Blues (103 points). If Toronto can't snap its skid, it's in danger of falling out of an Eastern Conference wild-card position.

Toronto and Detroit each has 80 points, but the Red Wings enter Tuesday in control of the first of two East wild-card spots because they've played two fewer games than the Maple Leafs.


Five Questions: Blue Jackets' Davidson on stretch run

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Columbus Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson:

John Davidson didn't need to hear the end of the question before he started answering in the affirmative.

"It's our biggest game of the year," Davidson, the Columbus Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, told NHL.com on Monday.

He's talking about Columbus' home game Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2), and there's no arguing with him on this one.


Choices abound for Central Scouting's No. 1 ranking

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Is it possible to predict the No. 1 choice at the 2014 NHL Draft in June?

If you were to ask five scouts to provide their top choice right now, you would hear several different names at the top.

At this stage in the season there seems to be four legitimate contenders in the mix for top honors: Forwards Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League, Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League and Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice of the WHL, and defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts of the OHL.

There's also a chance forward Michael Dal Colle of the Oshawa Generals of the OHL also might sneak into the mix at some point prior to the announcement of the No. 1 selection June 27 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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