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Stars reassign forward Ritchie to Texas of AHL

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 2:31 PM / News

DallasStars.com

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned right wing Brett Ritchie to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Ritchie, 21, has posted four points (3-1=4) and a +2 plus/minus rating in 10 NHL games with Dallas this season. He scored his first career NHL goal in his first career NHL game on his first shot on Dec. 31, 2014 vs. the Arizona Coyotes. In 23 games with Texas, he has posted 18 points (11-7=18) and a team-leading +10 plus/minus rating.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of Orangeville, Ontario was selected by Dallas in the second round (44th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Maple Leafs' Lupul out a week with lower-body injury

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 1:14 PM / News

NHL.com

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul will miss about a week with a lower-body injury, interim coach Peter Horachek said Wednesday.

The news was reported via Twitter by Maple Leafs writer David Alter.

Lupul, who has missed 23 games this season because of a lower-body injury and a broken hand, has nine goals and 19 points in 32 games.

Kings recall defenseman Forbort from AHL

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 1:00 PM / News

LAKings.com

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled defenseman Derek Forbort from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 6-4, 219-pound native of Duluth, Minn., has appeared in 46 game this season with Manchester (AHL), recording 11 points (2-9=11), a plus-15 rating and 37 penalty minutes. His two goals on the season are a career-best. At the time of his recall, he ranked tied for 10th in the league in plus-minus. Among team-leaders, he ranks second in plus-minus among active players (leads all team defensemen). He has yet to appear in an NHL game.

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Coyotes claim Arcobello off waivers from Penguins

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 12:58 PM / News

NHL.com

The Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday claimed forward Mark Arcobello off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Arcobello, 26, will be playing for his fourth team this season after stints with the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators and Penguins.

"Mark Arcobello is a quick, skilled player who will give us more depth at the center position," general manager Don Maloney said in comments tweeted by the team. "With center Marty Hanzal's extended injury, Mark is a welcomed addition to our club."

Fantasy top 60 'D': Defensive duos showing the love

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.

People around the globe will be celebrating Valentine's Day this Saturday. It is a chance for dynamic duos to show how much they care about one another and to celebrate their love and affection.

With that in mind, it seemed fitting to take a look at some of the highest scoring defensive duos that are earning lots of love from fantasy owners this season.

Flyers facing uphill climb in quest to make playoffs

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 9:46 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The Philadelphia Flyers are making a habit of testing the limits of how difficult it is to gain ground in the NHL standings.

The Flyers are one of the hottest teams in the League, picking up points in seven straight games after a 2-1 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday gave them a 5-0-2 record since Jan. 20, when they beat the rival Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 at home.

The morning of that game, the Flyers were 11 points out of a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

On Wednesday morning, not having lost in regulation time since then, the Flyers are eight points behind the Boston Bruins for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot.

Vasilevskiy adjusts to NHL, role as Lightning backup

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 9:34 AM / NHL Insider

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- In many ways Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is a victim of his own success.

The 20-year-old, a prospect from Tyumen, Russia, was expected to spend this season with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League and hopefully lead the team to Calder Cup.

When he was called up in December to play for an injured Ben Bishop, he went 3-1-0 with a 45-save effort against the New York Islanders in the lone loss.

If members of the Lightning organization expected Vasilevskiy, the 19th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, to have a bit of a setback when he returned to Syracuse, they were pleasantly surprised to see his numbers improve over the next month.

Around the League notebook for Tuesday, Feb. 10

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEAL'S OT HEROICS HELP PREDATORS INCREASE POINTS LEAD

The Nashville Predators surrendered a two-goal lead in the third period but James Neal scored his fifth career overtime goal with 33 seconds left to lift them to a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning, their fifth win in their past six games.

* The Predators improved to 36-12-6 (78 points), widening their lead atop the NHL standings over the Anaheim Ducks (34-14-7, 75 points), who lost Tuesday. Nine teams are within 10 points of Nashville for the top spot, including the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues (35-15-4, 74 points) and Chicago Blackhawks (33-18-3, 69 points).

* Nashville improved to 22-3-1 (45 points) at Bridgestone Arena to tie Tampa Bay for the League lead in home wins and home points. The Predators also recorded their NHL-best 24th win in one-goal games.

* Neal is tied with Filip Forsberg for the Predators lead with 18 goals, including five game-winners. He has 6-7—13 in 13 games against the Lightning.

Five things to watch for Wednesday Night Rivalry

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Detroit Red Wings have won three in a row and are two points shy of being atop the Eastern Conference. The Pittsburgh Penguins' past four games have featured shutouts, although they've won two of them.

Detroit (31-12-9) has won nine of its past 10 games, including a 3-1 victory against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. The Red Wings have allowed two goals over their three-game win streak. Pittsburgh (30-15-8), which is coming off a 5-0 loss at the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, are three points behind the New York Islanders for the Metropolitan Division lead.

The Red Wings will try to extend their win streak when they visit the Penguins in the first game of a Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader at Consol Energy Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN1).

On the West Coast, the Washington Capitals will face the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN). Washington (28-16-10) had a three-game win streak end with a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. The Capitals trail the Penguins by two points for second place in the Metropolitan. The Sharks (28-20-7) will try to avoid a three-game skid after a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Monday. San Jose has allowed nine goals in its back-to-back defeats.

Here are five things to watch in the two Wednesday Night Rivalry games:

Red Wings' Tatar an emerging talent in second season

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Paul Harris - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- Mike Babcock is tougher on forward Tomas Tatar than he is on any other player.

That's because the Detroit Red Wings coach thinks Tatar, who's 24 and in his second full NHL season, has so much potential.

"As long as he keeps working on his details and is committed to doing it all the time, he's going to get there," Babcock said. "That's the biggest challenge for a young player. What allowed you to be good last year isn't good enough this year and the years to come. You got to keep getting better if you want to be the best. That's what guys like [Pavel] Datsyuk and [Henrik] Zetterberg have done. So for our young players, they have great examples."

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