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Five Questions: Rangers' Boyle on future, winning

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle:

NEW YORK -- As the grind of his 17th NHL regular season presses on, defenseman Dan Boyle is trying to do his part to help the New York Rangers win while coming to grips with the idea that he probably won't be winning on the ice in the NHL beyond this season.

Although he hasn't made it official, Boyle is likely going to retire at the end of this season, he told last week. He cited his desire to spend more time at home, specifically with his daughters Eastin and Wesley, who are seven and five, respectively.

Boyle, 39, said he plans to return to Northern California with his family following this season. He is in the process of building a home there. He played six seasons with the San Jose Sharks before signing a two-year contract with the Rangers prior to last season.

For Boyle, part of coming to grips with this likely being his final season in the NHL has been him having to understand and accept that his role has changed.

Devils' Hynes early favorite for Jack Adams Award

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

Before the first day of training camp, New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero told his players and prospects they virtually had no shot at competing for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It was easy for the outside world to believe such low expectations. Following a trip to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, the Devils have missed the playoffs three straight seasons and bottomed out last season with a punchless offense finishing 27th in the NHL at 2.15 goals per game. The 27-year reign of president and GM Lou Lamoriello ended with 78 points and a 25th-place finish.

Shero took over with a clean slate and hired coach John Hynes, who he was familiar with from his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins, to introduce a fresh ideology. Shero issued a challenge to the players to defy the experts, especially those who predicted the Devils to finish 30th in 2015-16.

To date, the Devils are penning a story nobody saw coming. They're 11-5-0 since a 0-3-1 start when they were outscored 13-6. Scoring is up, goalie Cory Schneider is playing like an MVP, and morale in the locker room is high. The desire to dig in and work hard started in the summer and held ground even after the slow start, and that has Hynes leading the race for the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year.

Blackhawks' Panarin early leader for Calder Trophy

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Top rookies aren't seen as secondary players in the NHL today. Coaches and general managers expect their best young players to have an immediate impact in a salary-cap world and help propel their teams through the grind of an 82-game regular season.

The 2015-16 season is turning out to be a banner one for first-year players. The loss of Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid to a broken left clavicle Nov. 3 has put on hold his chances of winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year, but there are many other gifted young players who have filled the void.

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin is one who has excelled. He's spent the season in a top-six role, mostly alongside center Artem Anisimov and right wing Patrick Kane.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Russian, who agreed to a two-year contract May 1, leads rookies in assists (14), points (21), primary assists (eight), power-play points (five) and shot attempts percentage (56.94) among those to play at least 10 games. He's also first among rookie forwards in average ice time per game at 19:11.

That level of play makes him the front-runner for the Calder Trophy.

Around the League notebook: Monday, Nov. 23

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 1:27 AM / News

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Henrik Lundqvist (31 saves) earned his second shutout of the season to help the New York Rangers to their ninth consecutive victory on home ice.

* At 16-3-2 (34 points), the Rangers are off to their best 21-game start to a season – in terms of wins and points – in their 89-year history.

* Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers have won nine consecutive home games for the first time since Nov. 10-Dec. 15, 1971.

* Lundqvist improved to 12-3-2 (1.74 GAA, .946 SV%, 2 SO) and is tied with Braden Holtby (WSH) for the League lead in wins. With a franchise-leading 57 career shutouts, Lundqvist trails only FLA’s Roberto Luongo (69) for the lead among active goaltenders.

Panthers goalie Montoya leaves game with injury

Monday, 11.23.2015 / 10:26 PM / News

Alain Poupart - Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers goalie Al Montoya did not return Monday against the Los Angeles Kings after leaving midway through the first period because of an apparent head injury.

Montoya, making his first start since Nov. 5, was injured when he collided with Kings forward Nick Shore after stopping Dustin Brown's wrist shot on a 2-on-1. Shore's shoulder appeared to hit Montoya's head when he dove headfirst to try to poke home the rebound.

Detroit Red Wings unveil Stadium Series jersey

The Detroit Red Wings on Monday unveiled the jersey they will wear in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series against the Colorado Avalanche on Feb. 27.

The game will be held at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball.

"The coloration of the uniform is primarily red, with simplified white accents, creating a bold, striking stadium scale visual while staying true to the color identity of the franchise," the Red Wings said in a statement. "The crest features a redesigned 'D' logo, updated in its design style to connect more directly with the iconic modern-day Winged Wheel logo."

Blue Jackets' Dubinsky practices, talks elbow surgery

Monday, 11.23.2015 / 4:43 PM / News

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky, recovering from an infection in his elbow that required surgery, returned to practice Monday.

Dubinsky told The Columbus Dispatch that a cut on his elbow sustained Oct. 22 became infected and the situation worsened when he did not act on it right away.

"I guess I was naïve," Dubinsky told reporter Aaron Portzline. "I knew something was going on but I didn’t realize the severity of the infection and how quickly it spread and how quickly you can be in trouble.

"It hurt a little the morning of the Pittsburgh game (Nov. 13). But then in the afternoon it just got huge, like the size of a knee. It escalated fast. It kept growing up and down both sides of my arm, almost wrist to armpit."

Gordie Howe feeling happy, healthy and comfortable

Monday, 11.23.2015 / 4:34 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Gordie Howe's son, Mark Howe, said his father has his personality back and has been living comfortably with his brother Murray Howe and Murray's wife at their home in Sylvania, Ohio.

Brothers Mark and Marty Howe were here to represent the family on a float that will be part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. They spoke to about the health of the legendary Hockey Hall of Fame member Monday.

"I talk to [Murray] frequently and dad is eating and sleeping a lot in the early-morning hours and spending quality time during the afternoon and evenings," Mark Howe said.

Mark Howe said he plans on visiting his father, brother and sister-in-law, Colleen, after Thanksgiving.

"The most difficult thing for him right now is probably his speech," he said. "He's getting around pretty well and he knows who you are. I do a lot a lot of Facetime [communication] with him and he knows me. When he's speaking, every so often it disappears so he does a lot of hand gesturing. Other than that, from where he was a year ago to now it's just amazing how well he's doing."

Wild's Parise to miss at least three more games

Monday, 11.23.2015 / 4:32 PM / News

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise is doubtful to play during a homestand that ends Nov. 28, coach Mike Yeo said Monday.

He was on the ice during the morning skate Saturday but did not practice Monday.

Parise has missed seven games because of an MCL sprain in his right knee; he hasn't played since Nov. 5. He was scheduled to meet with doctors Saturday to see if he would be cleared for contact; the original prognosis was that he would be out one month.

Jets' Pavelec out through December with knee sprain

Monday, 11.23.2015 / 2:48 PM / News

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets placed goaltender Ondrej Pavelec on injured reserve Monday with what coach Paul Maurice called a significant knee sprain that will keep him out through at least December.

Pavelec sustained the injury in the second period of the Jets' 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday after a collision with Coyotes captain Shane Doan.

Doan was pushed by Jets defenseman Mark Stuart before crashing into Pavelec.

"The window of recovery is harder to pin down on goaltenders than it is on skaters," Maurice said. "Our best information is that it is going to January or February [before he returns]. It's a wider window because it's a goaltender. He is not getting back in an NHL net until he is 100 percent."

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