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Bure eager to see creativity, skill of All-Star Weekend

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 2:40 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Pavel Bure is excited about the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). He says he can't wait to see the new 3-on-3 format in action.

"The NHL always tries to be creative and changes things around when it comes to the All-Star Game," Bure said in his latest blog on "The League wants to make sure that the fans enjoy watching it."

Fan Fair provides perfect start to All-Star Weekend

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 2:24 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

NASHVILLE -- The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend started Thursday with the opening of the 2016 NHL Fan Fair presented by Bridgestone at the Music City Center, a state-of-the-art exhibit hall across the street from Bridgestone Arena, the site of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Fan Fair is a 250,000-square-foot festival of all things hockey. It features dozens of attractions, exhibits, activities and experiences that appeal to fans of all ages and will run from Thursday to Sunday.

"For us it is more than the weekend," Predators president and CEO Sean Henry said. "The celebration started when we announced the game 18 months ago and really picked up when we opened the outdoor rink [across the street]. And now, today, we really begin to have the fun."

NHL to host second annual 'Mascot Showdown'

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 1:44 PM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

NHL Public Relations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The National Hockey League will host the second annual NHL Mascot Showdown™ featuring all 26 NHL Mascots™ during the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star festivities in Nashville, Jan. 28-31. Thirteen Western Conference Mascots, led by the Nashville's own Gnash™, will face 13 Eastern Conference Mascots, led by Columbus Blue Jackets' Stinger™, in four days of friendly but fierce competition, including an all-mascot NHL All-Star Game prior to the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ at Bridgestone Arena.

The NHL Mascot Showdown™ is one of the most anticipated events at 2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone inside Music City Center. All 26 NHL Mascots™ (not every NHL team has its own mascot) will showcase their hockey skills and athletic prowess, offering family-friendly fun for fans of all ages. NHL in-arena host Mike Todd will handle play-by-play duties for each event. Select young fans in attendance will be able to take part in the warm up and stretching session prior to each planned event.

Fantasy goalies: Hurricanes' Lack pushes for No. 1 job

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

David Satriano - Fantasy Staff Writer

Eddie Lack's first season with the Carolina Hurricanes has been a bumpy ride. He was splitting time with Cam Ward and struggled to string together successive solid starts.

But that trend changed when Ward was diagnosed with a concussion, forcing him to miss Carolina's past four games. Lack (25 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) is 3-1-0 with two shutouts since Ward went down, making 32 saves in a 1-0 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 21 and 26 saves in a 5-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

All-Star Weekend to show Nashville's hockey passion

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 11:15 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Robby Stanley - Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators know they play in a nontraditional hockey market, but they wouldn't have it any other way.

The passion for hockey always has been there in Nashville, and it will be on display at the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) and at different events during All-Star Weekend.

Nashville has had a hockey fandom even if the popularity and a deep understanding of the history of the game wasn't always prevalent.

Fantasy hockey top 30 goalie rankings update

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 11:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

David Satriano - Fantasy Staff Writer

These rankings indicate fantasy expectations for the rest of the season. Value is quantified by projected starts, peripheral category coverage, timeshare situations, team defenses, past performance and upside in standard Yahoo categories, which include wins, goals-against average (GAA), save percentage (SV%) and shutouts. These rankings reflect fantasy value, not necessarily the most talented goalies in order.

World Juniors players eager for Prospects Game stage

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 10:19 AM / 2016 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- Defenseman Olli Juolevi called winning a gold medal for Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in his home country the most memorable experience of his hockey career.

Juolevi, who plays for London of the Ontario Hockey League, is hoping for another standout performance when he's on the big stage Thursday at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Pacific Coliseum (9 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports).

"I worked hard this season and I wanted to be great in those World Junior Championships. But there was really good guys on our team and it was fun to play with those guys," Juolevi said. "They helped me and I hope I helped them."

Juolevi is one of six players participating in the game who also played in the 2016 WJC.

Kuznetsov, Neal added to All-Star Game rosters

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 10:12 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nashville Predators forward James Neal were added Thursday to the rosters for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Kuznetsov replaces Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin on the Metropolitan Division team.

Neal replaces Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews on the Central Division roster.

New York Islanders center John Tavares has been named captain of the Metropolitan Division team in place of Ovechkin.

Youth hockey tournament key part of All-Star Weekend

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 10:00 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

Zach Jackson, the hockey coordinator at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tenn., wanted to figure out a way to involve the growing local youth hockey movement into the celebrations surrounding the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game this weekend.

"Basically, the All-Star Game is a way to celebrate hockey in general and here in Nashville," Jackson said. "The All-Star Game is for the kids. They love seeing all of their guys in one place showing off their skills, and we wanted to tap into that."

There was no better way than to have a youth hockey tournament at the Ford Ice Center with the Nashville Junior Predators as the host team.

"It's a cool way to bring everybody together here during the weekend so they can enjoy the All-Star Game while giving some high-level teams some pretty good competition," Jackson said. "For us, it is a great opportunity to bring youth hockey teams into Nashville and build on that Smashville name that the city has built for itself."

Around the League notebook: Wednesday, Jan. 27

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves and Steven Stamkos scored the only goal of the game to help the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 and close January with a 6-0-0 home record.

* At 27-18-4 (58 points), the Lightning leapfrogged the idle Boston Bruins (26-18-5, 57 points) and tied the idle Detroit Red Wings (25-16-8, 58 points), in terms of points, for second place in the Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay owns the ROW tiebreaker (TBL: 25, DET: 24).

* Vasilevskiy picked up his first shutout of the season and the second of his career (also March 3, 2015 vs. the Buffalo Sabres, 28 saves). He has wins in each of his past six decisions dating to Dec. 15 and is 8-4-0 overall (2.61 goals-against average, .914 save percentage, one shutout).

* Stamkos scored his team-leading 10th power-play goal and fifth game-winning goal of the season; he also leads the Lightning with 21 goals (49 GP). Stamkos, a native of Markham, Ontario, has 16-16—32 in 27 career games vs. Toronto, including six power-play goals and five game-winning goals.

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