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Around the League notebook for Thursday, Feb. 12

Friday, 02.13.2015 / 9:13 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

PREDATORS MAINTAIN CUSHION ATOP NHL STANDINGS . . .

Shea Weber had one goal and two assists, including an assist on Filip Forsberg’s game-winning goal, to power the Nashville Predators to their fourth consecutive victory and a 6-1-0 mark in their past seven contests.

* The Predators became the first team to reach 80 points this season. They continue to hold a three-point edge on the Anaheim Ducks and a four-point advantage on the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues for first place in the NHL.

* Weber registered his second three-point game of the season (three assists Nov. 18 at the Toronto Maple Leafs) and 11th of his career. He ranks fourth on the Predators and shares sixth among NHL defensemen with 39 points in 55 games.

* Forsberg scored his 19th goal of the season to set a Predators record for most goals by a rookie, breaking the previous mark of 18 (Alexander Radulov, 2006-07). Forsberg has 13 multipoint games this season and leads all rookies in goals, assists (31), points (50) and plus/minus (plus-22) in 55 games.

* Pekka Rinne stopped 32 shots, including one with his head in the third period, to earn his 13th win in his last 15 games (13-1-1). He leads the NHL with 32 wins and a 1.99 goals-against average while his .930 save percentage ranks second behind the Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price (.933).

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Super 16: Bet on Kane could pay off big for Sabres

Friday, 02.13.2015 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Too often the focus on a young player in the NHL is about what he doesn't do well or facets of his game or personality that may be a product of being a young player.

When Alex Ovechkin entered the League, he reached levels of performance no hockey player has since before a combination of goaltending equipment and instruction and evolution of defensive systems and video technology made suppressing offense easier for even bad teams.

Yet there was always a but. Sure, he's the most gifted goal scorer of his generation, but questions about his defensive play and ultimately the failures of the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs were pinned on him.

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Hawks recall Hartman, Cumiskey; reassign Teravainen

Thursday, 02.12.2015 / 8:57 PM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled forward Ryan Hartman and defenseman Kyle Cumiskey from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Additionally, the team has reassigned forward Teuvo Teravainen to the IceHogs.

Hartman, a West Dundee, Ill., native, has 18 points (8G, 10A) in 47 games with the IceHogs in his professional debut; he shares third on the club with eight goals. Hartman was Chicago’s first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2013 National Hockey League Draft. The 20-year-old ranks third on Rockford with 81 penalty minutes and fifth with 94 shots on goal.

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NHL unveils architectural rendering of 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series

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Architectural rendering of 2015 NHL Stadium Series at Levi's Stadium. (Courtesy: NHL)

Architectural rendering of 2015 NHL Stadium
Series at Levi's Stadium.
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NEW YORK – The National Hockey League® today unveiled an architectural rendering of the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™, the outdoor match-up between the San Jose Sharks® and Los Angeles Kings® at Levi's® Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 21. The design elements for the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series pay tribute to the wide-ranging topography unique to Northern California.

A showcase of a Northern California vs. Southern California NHL rivalry, the event will be broadcast live nationally on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC and TVA2 in Canada at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. SiriusXM Satellite Radio will provide radio coverage. Construction of the rink at Levi's® Stadium began on Monday, Feb. 9.

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Coyotes' Hanzal likely out for season for back surgery

Thursday, 02.12.2015 / 4:06 PM / News

NHL.com

Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal needs to have back surgery that will likely end his season, general manager Don Maloney said Thursday.

"Marty is going to have a procedure on his back next week, which will put him week-to-week and in all likelihood finish his season," Maloney told the Coyotes website. "The good thing is he'll have time to recover and we'll get him back as soon as possible. The likelihood of him returning this season is remote, but we do anticipate a full recovery."

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Flyers' Hextall updates conditions of Mason, Timonen

Thursday, 02.12.2015 / 3:27 PM / News

NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason had successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will miss the next 2-3 weeks, and defenseman Kimmo Timonen could join the team for the morning skate next Tuesday, general manager Ron Hextall said Thursday.

Mason sustained his injury in the second period of the Flyers' 3-1 victory against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

"Mason has been here for rehab and there's not much of an update other than to say the timeline is the same," Hextall said.

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Myers looking forward to new beginning with Jets

Thursday, 02.12.2015 / 3:24 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE – New Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers is looking forward to starting the next chapter of his career Thursday against the Nashville Predators.

Myers was traded from the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday with forward Drew Stafford, forward prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux, and a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft for forward Evander Kane, defenseman Zach Bogosian and goaltending prospect Jason Kasdorf. He joins a Jets team in the middle of the Stanley Cup Playoff race in the Western Conference.

"I'm excited," Myers said. "I see the position these guys were in before we came and always playing against them, they play a hard game. To be stepping in to be a part of that now, it's very exciting as a player.

"It was a pretty quick turnaround. [My] agent called me in the morning and said 'It's looking like it could get done.' A few hours later, we were on a flight connecting in Atlanta so there wasn't really much time to think about it or let it sink in."

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Panthers' Bjugstad set for Minnesota homecoming

Thursday, 02.12.2015 / 3:06 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In Nick Bjugstad's second season as an NHL player, the Florida Panthers forward isn't afraid to admit he still leans heavily on his mom for help.

Case in point: His return to his home state Thursday, when the Panthers play the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

Bjugstad's mother Janeen was in charge of soliciting friends and family for ticket requests. The response was overwhelming, with 160 people part of the Bjugstad cheering section.

"Hopefully they'll all be wearing red," Bjugstad said, quickly adding, "Panthers red," because the Wild use red as part of their color scheme. "My mom got a package deal. Thankfully, she took care of it all, seeing who is going to get the tickets, and I didn't have to worry too much about that. Mom came up big there."

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Canucks claim McMillan off waivers from Coyotes

Thursday, 02.12.2015 / 12:36 PM / News

VancouverCanucks.com

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning announced Thursday that the Canucks have claimed left winger Brandon McMillan off waivers.

McMillan, 24 has three points in 50 games for the Arizona Coyotes this season and has recorded 16 penalty minutes. In 163 career NHL games McMillan has 35 points and 60 penalty minutes playing for the Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks organizations.

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Penguins' Crosby in elite company through 600 games

Thursday, 02.12.2015 / 12:18 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is in Hall of Fame company 600 games into his NHL career. Though that isn't necessarily surprising considering what he's done and what he's won, there is statistical data to back it up for anybody who might for some reason disagree.

Crosby has the ninth-highest point total (825) through a player's first 600 games in NHL history. The eight players ahead of Crosby on the list are in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Crosby is five points away from being tied for seventh.

The players ahead of him are: Wayne Gretzky (1,451 points through 600 games), Mario Lemieux (1,215), Mike Bossy (921), Peter Stastny (901), Bobby Orr (864), Jari Kurri (848), Bryan Trottier (830), and Denis Savard (827).

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