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Flyers' Lecavalier out because of lower-body injury

Monday, 10.13.2014 / 1:00 PM / News

NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier will miss two weeks and defenseman Braydon Coburn is day-to-day with lower-body injuries, the Flyers said Monday.

Lecavalier appeared to sustain an injury to his left foot when he blocked a shot taken by defenseman Mark Streit during a 4-3 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. He played a season-high 16:10 Saturday and was one of the Flyers' four shooters in the shootout, but he walked out of Wells Fargo Center with a boot on his left foot, according to Philly.com.

Lecavalier has one goal and two assists in three games. He's averaging 15:37 of ice time per game, including 4:32 on the power play to lead all Philadelphia forwards.

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Blackhawks forward Mashinter assigned to AHL

Monday, 10.13.2014 / 12:47 PM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have activated forward Brandon Mashinter from injured reserve and assigned him to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Mashinter, 26, appeared in 47 regular-season games for Rockford last season, tallying 28 points. The Bradford, Ontario, native also played in six games for the New York Rangers and 11 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) last season, where he recorded seven points.

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Fantasy All-Access: Another NHL season underway

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

The new fantasy season has just begun and owners already are overloaded with big decisions. On Saturday we saw all 30 teams play on the same night for the sixth time in League history.

In the 919 minutes played there were 86 goals scored (5.73 per game), with 25 of those goals being scored on the man-advantage. There were 911 shots on goal (60.7 per game), 465 penalty minutes (31.0 per game), 767 hits (51.1 per game) and 910 faceoffs (60.7 per game).

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Montreal Canadiens defenseman, Andrei Markov led all scorers with three points. Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty had a hat trick and his teammate, Jay Harrison, tied the Colorado Avalanche’s Erik Johnson for the most penalty minutes with 17.

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Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils (owned in 22 percent of Yahoo Leagues) -- The surprising offensive juggernaut of the first five days of the season has been the Devils, with 11 goals in two games. They have been led by the line of Henrique, Michael Ryder and Ryane Clowe, who have combined for nine points. Henrique, who scored a career-high 25 goals last season, has three points in two games and we expect the scoring to continue in the Devils' three games this week, at the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals, and home against the San Jose Sharks.

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Plekanec, Kuemper and Crosby named 'Three Stars'

Monday, 10.13.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORKMontreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec, Minnesota Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 12.

FIRST STAR – TOMAS PLEKANEC, C, MONTREAL CANADIENS

Plekanec tied for the League lead with four goals (4-1—5), helping the Canadiens pick up a trio of road wins to open the season with a 3-0-0 record for the first time since 2005-06. He began the season with two goals, including the game-winner with 42.9 seconds remaining in regulation, in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 8. Plekanec then scored Montreal's lone regulation goal in a 2-1 shootout win over the Washington Capitals Oct. 9. He closed the week with 1-1—2 in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 11, marking his first three-game goal streak since Oct. 25-29, 2010 (3-1—4). The 31-year-old Kladno, Czech Republic, native is playing in his 10th full NHL season and has compiled 180 264—444 over 682 regular-season games.

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Stars assign forward McKenzie to Texas

Monday, 10.13.2014 / 11:34 AM / News

DallasStars.com

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned left wing Curtis McKenzie to the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

McKenzie, 23, posted a goal in Texas' season-opening game Saturday night against Iowa. In 2013-14, he won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award, given to the AHL's most outstanding rookie, and was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team leading all AHL rookies with 65 points (27-38=65) in 75 games played. He added 14 points (3-11=14) in 21 postseason contests helping Texas win their first Calder Cup.

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Revived top line sparks Maple Leafs' first victory

Sunday, 10.12.2014 / 11:43 PM / News

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Before his team's game Sunday at Madison Square Garden, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle intimated that his top line needed to do a couple of things to be more effective after he split them up the night before.

One problem for James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel was a lack of opportunities, caused in part by "being one and done," which is hockey speak for not creating second chances and extending shifts in the offensive zone. Another was the trio's work on the power play.

Reunited against the New York Rangers, Toronto's top trio combined for three goals and seven points and sparked the Maple Leafs to a 6-3 victory.

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Flyers prospect Morin breaks jaw, will have surgery

Sunday, 10.12.2014 / 10:23 PM / News

NHL.com

Defenseman Samuel Morin, a Philadelphia Flyers prospect, sustained a fractured jaw and is expected to have surgery Monday, the team announced.

Morin, a first-round pick (No. 11) at the 2013 NHL Draft, is playing for the Rimouski Oceanic in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He has three assists in four games.

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Leafs goaltender Reimer leaves with injury

Sunday, 10.12.2014 / 10:08 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer left the game Sunday early in the third period after a collision with New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore.

Moore’s hip hit Reimer’s head and he fell awkwardly to the ice with 13:17 left in the third period. Reimer was replaced by Jonathan Bernier. He did not return but was credited with the 6-3 victory.

Rangers forward Rick Nash also left the game because of the pending birth of his child.

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Wild sign defenseman Brodin to six-year extension

Sunday, 10.12.2014 / 3:20 PM / News

NHL.com

The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jonas Brodin to a six-year contract extension, the team announced Sunday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Elliotte Friedman of "Hockey Night in Canada" reports the contract is worth $25 million

"I'm really excited," Brodin told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I really like the organization, my teammates, the whole staff. I believe we can win. I'm really happy right now. I'm really confident my game will continue to develop."

Brodin, 21, has an assist and a plus-5 rating in two games this season while averaging 22:25 minutes per game. The No. 10 pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, Brodin finished fourth in Calder Trophy voting in 2012-13, and has 10 goals and 31 points with a plus-8 rating in 126 NHL games.

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Bruins hoping to have Krejci back against Avalanche

Sunday, 10.12.2014 / 3:07 PM / News

NHL.com

Boston Bruins forward David Krejci practiced Sunday for the second straight day and is hopeful to return to the lineup Monday against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden.

Krejci left the Bruins' preseason finale Oct. 4 with an undisclosed injury and has missed the first three games of the regular season.

"Every day [is] better," Krejci told the Bruins website. "Today was a pretty good day, so hopefully [I'll] wake up tomorrow and feel good enough to play. But we got to wait till tomorrow."

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Quote of the Day

He scores 50 goals, they go in, they go in, and they go in. And I think, 'Why can't I do that?'

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on teammate Alex Ovechkin, who scored his 50th goal of the season Tuesday in a 4-2 win vs. the Hurricanes