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Doug Wilson reflects on Sharks' long journey

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

Doug Wilson and the San Jose Sharks have shared many firsts.

In 1991, Wilson was a member of the first Sharks team. He was there when the Sharks played their first game against the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 4, 1991, and there the next night when the Sharks played their first game on home ice against those same Canucks.

He was there Oct. 8 when the Sharks won their first game against the Calgary Flames, 4-3, at Cow Palace in Daly City, Calif., where they played their home games their first two seasons; Wilson assisted on the first goal of the game. Wilson was the Sharks' first captain and their first representative in an NHL All-Star Game.

So it's only fitting that 22 years after he retired from his playing career, Wilson is Sharks general manager when they host their first outdoor game, the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series against the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 21 (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2).

Around the League notebook for Tuesday, Feb. 17

Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 12:23 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


The New York Islanders and Washington Capitals each earned victories over division rivals to keep pace in the Metropolitan Division, where the top four teams are separated by five points.

* Chad Johnson stopped 37 shots and Brock Nelson scored the game-winner to lift the Islanders to their fourth straight win against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Islanders improved to 19-3-0 against Metropolitan Division opponents. They have won 12 of their last 13 division matchups, the lone setback a 6-5 home loss to the New York Rangers on Monday.

* Johnson was two saves shy of his career high, set on Dec. 12, 2013, when he made 39 saves at the Edmonton Oilers while playing for the Boston Bruins. He improved to 7-7-0 in 16 appearances this season.

Sharks, Kings conquer slumps in EPIX episode 3

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

If the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the events of the past week may be remembered as critical for each team.

The third episode of "EPIX Presents Road to the NHL Stadium Series" chronicles the Sharks' search for answers while they slumped and the Kings' rise after struggles of their own. Along the way, there is lots of storytelling away from the ice.

It begins with an inside look at a San Jose power-play meeting, a scene that is one of the most revealing of this genre for the NHL. Sharks coach Todd McLellan has video and facts prepared as he implores them to place more value on their extra-man opportunities.

McLellan asks defenseman Brent Burns if there are any teams in the NHL that can place five better players on the ice than San Jose's top power-play unit. Burns' response, "No," and McLellan's retort, "No, not even [expletive] close," illuminates the frustrations for everyone involved as they watch video and the coach meticulously points out mistakes.

Preparations for Stadium Series game are on schedule

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Don Renzulli, the NHL's executive vice president of events, got a pleasant surprise when he headed to work at Levi's Stadium on Tuesday.

The skies were overcast and the temperature was cool enough to need a jacket during the day for the first time since preparations began in earnest eight days ago for the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings.

"This is perfect weather for a hockey game; overcast," Renzulli said.

And not bad weather for making ice at the home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.

Workmen continued walking up and down the rink, spraying water from an eight-foot wide wand and thickening the sheet of ice for Saturday night's game.

NHL Network,, NHL Social unveil programming plans for 2015 NHL Stadium Series

Countdown to game day includes exclusive live coverage of the rink build via's Stadium Series web cam

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League's takeover of Levi's® Stadium for the much-anticipated 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ outdoor game between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, Feb. 21, will continue with on-the-ground, live coverage from, NHL Network and NHL Social.

The site is the official online destination for the event. Fans can watch the Levi's® Stadium rink take shape through the lens of the exclusive 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ webcam, view time-lapse footage of the rink build presented by Levi's®, read features about participating players and teams, watch live coverage of team practices and pregame shows, get weather updates and much more. Postgame, will feature highlights, analysis, blogs and feature stories. In addition, also features a comprehensive list of reminders about stadium policies, traffic, parking, security and other helpful information for fans attending the game.

Ducks' Beleskey, Vatanen sidelined with injuries

Tuesday, 02.17.2015 / 3:14 PM / News

Ducks winger Matt Beleskey is out 2-4 weeks with an upper-body injury, and defenseman Sami Vatanen is out 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury, the team announced today.

Both injuries were suffered in the first period of Sunday night's 5-3 defeat to the Washington Capitals at Honda Center.

The 26-year-old Beleskey has a career-high 21 goals in 56 games with the Ducks this season, including an NHL-best eight game-winning goals.

Bruins' Miller sidelined for road trip by shoulder injury

Tuesday, 02.17.2015 / 2:54 PM / News

Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller injured his shoulder again and has flown back to Boston to be evaluated, coach Claude Julien said Tuesday.

Miller won't play for the remainder of the Bruins' four-game road trip, which concludes with games at the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday and St. Louis Blues on Friday.

Senators' Lehner, MacArthur likely out Wednesday

Tuesday, 02.17.2015 / 2:14 PM / News

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators goaltender Robin Lehner and forward Clarke MacArthur continued to be evaluated Tuesday after they were injured Monday in the second period of a 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes and did not return for the third period.

Lehner and MacArthur most likely won't be available when the Senators host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, the Senators said via Twitter. Ottawa recalled goalie Chris Driedger from the Evansville IceMen of the ECHL on an emergency basis.

MacArthur collided with Lehner when he skated back to try to break up a 3-on-1 which resulted in a goal by the Hurricanes with 52 seconds left in the period.

MacArthur’s head hit Lehner in the chest. Each player was motionless on the ice for several minutes before getting up and leaving the ice.

Red Wings recall Pulkkinen, reassign Mrazek to AHL

Tuesday, 02.17.2015 / 12:10 PM / News

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled right wing Teemu Pulkkinen from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned goaltender Petr Mrazek to the Griffins.

Pulkkinen, 23, has racked up 57 points (30-27-57) in 44 games with the Griffins this season, including 18 points (10-8-18) in 11 games with the team since being assigned by Detroit on Jan. 20. He scored his AHL-leading 30th goal of the season on Sunday at Chicago – seven more goals than the next-highest in the league – becoming the first Griffin to score 30 goals in back-to-back seasons. He also leads the league in points and is second in game-winning goals (6), power-play goals (10) and shots on goal (178). The Vantaa, Finland, native has also skated in six games with the Red Wings this season, notching his first NHL goal on Jan. 20 versus Minnesota. Originally drafted by Detroit in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Pulkkinen also appeared in 185 professional games with Jokerit of Finland's SM-Liiga from 2009-13 prior to coming to North America, totaling 128 points (49-79-128).

Fantasy top 100 forwards: Don't sleep on Panthers

Tuesday, 02.17.2015 / 12:03 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

You can't always judge a book by its cover in fantasy hockey.

No one is mistaking the 2014-15 Florida Panthers for an offensive juggernaut. Their 2.36 goals-per-game average ranks 25th out of 30 teams and they haven't had much of a presence in these top 100 fantasy forward rankings.

But that's not to say their forward group won't be fantasy relevant down the stretch. The Panthers happen to have two under-the-radar forwards who can aid your fantasy squad in the goal-scoring department.

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He's only 17 but he can see the ice so well and he moves the puck and goes to the open ice all the time, so I just think he's a player that is ready to play in the NHL. I'm really looking forward to coaching someone like this.

— U.S. National Junior Team coach Ron Wilson on Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft