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Islanders' Okposo out because of upper-body injury

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 3:01 PM / News

NHL.com

New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo will miss approximately 6-8 weeks because of an upper-body injury, coach Jack Capuano told the Islanders website on Monday.

Okposo, who plays right wing on the Islanders' top line along with center John Tavares, is second on the Islanders with 44 points in 46 games and third with 14 goals.

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Sharks sign Jevpalovs to entry-level contract

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

SanJoseSharks.com

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Nikita Jevpalovs to an entry-level contract.

Jevpalovs, 20, has recorded 71 points (38-33=71) and 24 penalty minutes in 45 games with Blainville-Boisbriand of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The Armada's alternate captain currently ranks 2nd in the league in goals and 4th in points in his third QMJHL season. His nine game-winning goals lead the league, while he ranks 6th in power play goals (13).

"Nikita is a big-bodied forward who has a good combination of size and scoring ability," said Wilson. "He has represented his country numerous times and impressed against some of the world's top young talent and we're excited to add a young forward with his skill set to our organization."

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Sabres' Zadorov suspended for missing practice

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 2:57 PM / News

BuffaloSabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will suspend defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who missed today's practice, for failure to report to the team on time following the NHL All-Star break.

"We anticipate Nikita joining the team at some point during this week's western road trip," said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray.

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Predators goalie Mazanec recalled from AHL

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 2:46 PM / News

NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn.Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has recalled goaltender Marek Mazanec (MAIR-ehk muh-ZAN-ehk) from Milwaukee (AHL).

Mazanec, 23 (7/18/91), has gone 5-0-0 during the Admirals' franchise-record nine-game win streak, posting a 1.22 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage and a shutout in that span. He is tied for fifth in AHL shutouts (3), and for ninth in wins (13). On the season, the Pisek, Czech Republic, native is 13-8-3 with a 2.41 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.

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Stars recall Oleksiak, Jokipakka from AHL

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 1:44 PM / News

DallasStars.com

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled defensemen Jamie Oleksiak and Jyrki Jokipakka from the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Oleksiak, 22, has registered eight points (1-7=8), eight penalty minutes and 28 shots on goal in 31 games for Dallas this season. The Toronto, Ontario native has skated in six games with Texas this season, posting four assists (0-4=4) and a +4 plus/minus rating. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound defenseman was selected by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

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Flames recall Baertschi, two others from AHL

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 12:50 PM / News

CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled forwards Sven Baertschi and David Wolf, and defenceman Tyler Wotherspoon from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

Baertschi, a native of Langenthal, Switzerland has played in 14 games with Calgary this season where he has three assists and four penalty minutes. The 22-year-old has also played in 28 games for Adirondack and recorded five goals and 12 assists for 17 points.

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Johansen, Karlsson and Parise named stars of week

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORKColumbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen, Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 25.

FIRST STAR – RYAN JOHANSEN, C, COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Capping a weekend that celebrated the sport and the fans, Johansen was named the MVP – via Twitter vote – of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game. The 22-year-old Vancouver, B.C., native led Team Foligno (captained by Blue Jackets linemate Nick Foligno) with 2-2-4, including a pair of goals in the opening period, in a 17-12 loss to Team Toews Jan. 25. He also was the top pick in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft presented by DraftKings Jan. 23 and the winner of the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge Jan. 24. The Blue Jackets' leading scorer in 2014-15, Johansen was held without a point in each of team's two outings earlier in the week – a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild Jan. 19 and a 4-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets Jan. 21. That snapped his point streak at 13 games (8-8-16), a franchise record, career high and the longest in the NHL this season. Johansen paces the Blue Jackets (20-22-3, 43 points) with 26 assists and 43 points in 45 outings in 2014-15. He also is the only player in the NHL with two point streaks of at least 10 games this season (also Oct. 9 31: 5-8-13 in 10 GP).

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NHL.com draft experts predict 2015 first round

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

NHL.com

Almost every conversation about the 2015 NHL Draft involves Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University freshman center Jack Eichel.

It's almost a certainty McDavid and Eichel will be the first two players selected when the draft is held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Though NHL teams have to wait six more months to make their decisions, NHL.com has opted to make its picks today, based on League standings at the All-Star break.

The choice was unanimous for NHL.com writers Adam Kimelman and Mike Morreale, who predicted McDavid will be picked first, followed by Eichel.

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Maple Leafs recall Granberg, Leivo from AHL

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 10:13 AM / News

TorontoMapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that defenceman Petter Granberg and forward Josh Leivo have been recalled from the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

Leivo, 21, has played nine games for the Maple Leafs this season, recording one goal and four penalty minutes. In 19 games with the Marlies, he has registered 13 points (four goals, nine assists).

Granberg, 22, has collected seven points (one goal, six assists) in 28 games with the Marlies this season. He has previously appeared in one game for the Maple Leafs after making his NHL debut on April 12, 2014.

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AHL's experiments with overtime get mixed reviews

Sunday, 01.25.2015 / 11:59 PM / AHL Update

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

UTICA, N.Y. -- The American Hockey League has been trying to find a way to have more games end in overtime rather than in the shootout. The reviews have been mixed from players.

Before the start of the 2014-15 season, the AHL changed how overtime periods would be handled by switching from a five-minute overtime played 4-on-4 to a seven-minute period with four of them played 4-on-4 and three minutes played 3-on-3.

Through Saturday, 74.8 percent of games that went to overtime were settled in the extra period. When compared to last season, it’s an increase of 39.5 percent when 64.7 percent of games that went to overtime ended in the shootout. For AHL players who have spent time in the NHL, that difference has been noticeable.

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