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Ducks acquire Jackman from Flames for pick

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 6:39 PM / News


The Anaheim Ducks acquired veteran forward Tim Jackman from the Calgary Flames on Thursday for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Jackman, 32, has played 10 NHL seasons, the past four in Calgary, and has 24 goals, 64 points and 654 penalty minutes in 400 games. In 10 games with the Flames this season, Jackman had one goal and 41 penalty minutes. He had a season high 17 penalty minutes Nov. 5 and scored his first goal Nov. 7 in a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.


Bruins' Soderberg OK with net-front punishment

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 2:41 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- There are parts of the ice where some players fear to tread.

The area near the start of the blue paint is one of those places where physical harm can come to someone who not only skates past it but stops there. It takes a certain type of courage to set up shop too near the opposition's goaltender.

Now that Boston Bruins forward Carl Soderberg has shaken off the rust from a lengthy injury absence and gotten comfortable playing in North America, he has proven to be one of those fearless types that's willing to "get dirty," as the parlance goes.

"Yeah, you got to," Soderberg said. "But still in front of the net, you score goals and get points. So it's important to have players who go to the net. And I want to be one of them."


Methot shuts down Granlund's finesse game

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 2:27 PM / Ford Tough Performance of the Week


The playmaking ability of Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund has been evident this season, as the first-round pick (No. 9) in the 2010 NHL Draft has 10 assists to tie for third on the team.

Granlund, 21, can make magic happen at any time playing on a line with another young talent in Nino Niederreiter on his left and veteran Jason Pominville on his right. Pominville is among the NHL's goal leaders with 13, a testament to Granlund's strong work.

Sometimes the best way to stop a player with Granlund's finesse is to play a physical game, the approach Ottawa defenseman Marc Methot took in a game between the teams Wednesday.


Analysis: Quick injury not concern yet for USA Hockey

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 1:21 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The groin injury suffered by Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is expected to keep him out of the lineup at least until the final week of December, according to Kings general manager Dean Lombardi.

It should not, however, affect his status with the United States Olympic team.

Even if Quick doesn't play a game between now and the time the United States reveals its roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics on New Year's Day, he should be one of the three goalies for the Americans listed by general manager David Poile and coach Dan Bylsma. It would be a mistake to leave Quick out solely because he'll miss several weeks recovering from a Grade-2 groin strain.

Binding rosters are due Feb. 11, the day before the Olympic hockey tournament starts. The United States doesn't play its first game in the Olympic tournament until two days after that meeting, which means Quick should have ample time to scour the rust off before departing for Sochi.


Youth won't hold Jones back in Olympic bid

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 12:29 PM / 2014 Olympics

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- In discussing the recent play of his highly touted rookie defenseman Seth Jones last Saturday, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile used the adage "momentum is a wonderful thing."

At the time the Predators had lost four straight games by a score of 17-2 and Jones was a collective minus-4 in that span.

Poile then flipped that adage on its head.

"It's a terrible thing when you've got it going in the other direction," he said, "and everybody's caught up in that. Seth has had a strong year to this point. His last few games, have they been his best? No."

Momentum has begun to swing in a more positive direction since. That night Nashville defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 7-2 and followed it with a 2-0 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Jones had an even rating in both games and played a combined total of more than 42 minutes.

The subject at hand is one of great interest and speculation: Will the 19-year-old Jones land a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, of which Poile also serves as general manager?


In the Cage: Injury replacements thriving in fantasy

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment: "In the Cage." From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

After a 5-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens has now compiled a 4-0-0 record, 1.00 goals-against average, .963 save percentage, and two shutouts since Jonathan Quick suffered his Grade 2 groin strain.

Scrivens' shutout streak finally ended at 191:19 minutes, nearly eclipsing Quick's franchise-record 202:11 streak. With some simple, yet effective style refinements that include a narrower stance and a more traditional glove hand positioning, Scrivens' impressive play has also revealed a key fantasy trend through the first quarter of the season: The injury replacements are thriving.


Pair of American goalies top Central Scouting's list

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Goalies Thatcher Demko and Alex Nedeljkovic are the top-rated players at their position on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft.

Demko, a San Diego native, and Nedeljkovic, born in Ohio, each have a chance to become the first American-born goalie drafted in the first round since the Dallas Stars selected Jack Campbell with the 11th pick of the 2010 draft. They are the only goalies to receive an A rating on Central Scouting's most recent players to watch release.

That's where the similarities end.


Daily Primer Nov. 21: Blues build success in Boston

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

For the first 34 years of the St. Louis Blues' existence, a trip to Boston was something to be dreaded. The Blues went 13-35-9 in Boston during the regular season and lost all four visits during the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- including the deciding game of the 1970 Final in which Bobby Orr scored the Cup-winner in overtime.

That's all changed in the past 12 years. The Blues haven't lost in Boston since Jan. 30, 2001, and they've won their past five visits while outscoring the Bruins 21-9. They'll try to extend that streak when they come to TD Garden on Thursday night.

Here's a complete look at the NHL's busy Thursday schedule:


Steen, Harding, Avalanche among top 10 surprises

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 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.

Some of the NHL's biggest surprises this season can be found atop the leaderboards for goals, assists, points, wins, save percentage, goals-against average and shutouts.

A who's who of NHL superstars it is not, but with a quarter of the season now complete, the players and teams at or near the top of the stat sheets and standings deserve to be taken seriously.

Here are the top 10 surprises so far in the 2013-14 NHL season (listed in no particular order):


Milano combines talent with hard-nosed play

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Sonny Milano is a big fan of 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane.

It makes perfect sense, as Kane is an American and former standout for the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Milano, born in Massapequa, N.Y., is currently starring for the U.S. Under-18 NTDP in the United States Hockey League.

"The reason I'm a big Patrick Kane fan is because I not only like the way he plays, but how he makes players around him better; how he can see the ice and make plays," Milano said. "That's how I want to be."

Milano will often display the offensive pop Kane showcases daily for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, but don't think for a second he doesn't enjoy getting his hands dirty in the corners to help his teammates. Milano does bring an edge to his game.

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I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round