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Unmasked: Predators' Rinne reflects ahead of ASG

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- For Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, the chance to play in his first NHL All-Star Game, in his home arena no less, has led to a lot of reflection.

It's given the 33-year-old the opportunity to think back on a career he didn't think possible as a kid in Finland, one that seemed only slightly more likely after the Predators selected him with the 258th pick of the 2004 NHL Draft, in an eighth round that no longer exists.

"If you would have told me growing up in Finland I would be playing in an All-Star Game, or even playing in the NHL, I would have never believed you," Rinne said.

Not all of Rinne's memories are positive.

Statistical breakdown of four leading Cup contenders

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 3:00 AM / Behind the Numbers

Rob Vollman - Correspondent

As we round the corner into the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game and toward the homestretch of the season, who has the inside track for the Stanley Cup?

A look behind the numbers can identify the top teams, and what each needs to do in order to set itself apart from the pack.

Based on the average of three different statistical models, the Washington Capitals have a 29.9 percent chance of winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in their history. Their primary weapons are strong goaltending and the NHL's best power play, but they could be vulnerable with regards to puck possession.

Puck possession is exactly where the Los Angeles Kings shine. Los Angeles doesn't have any obvious weaknesses, and it won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.

This season, the Chicago Blackhawks may not be as dominant as the versions that won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015, but they remain among the League leaders in most statistical categories.

The Dallas Stars are the wild card. They have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in six of the past seven seasons, but they have become one of the League's most dangerous teams offensively and could win their first Stanley Cup since 1999 with improved defensive play, especially in net and when shorthanded.

Pekka Rinne's All-Star guide to Nashville

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 3:00 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Pekka Rinne - Special to

Nashville has grown so much, even since I came to the city in 2008. It's not just the amount of people but the buildings; there is something coming up all the time either downtown or new neighborhoods popping up in new spots.

Even from the time I was there in the Gulch District, there was really nothing going on. Now, that area is really blooming and booming with restaurants and other stuff. The 12 South area and East Nashville is a really trendy spot nowadays, so I just feel like it's been cool to see that the city has grown so much.

Whenever I have my family and friends in town, obviously Broadway is a must-see. It's close to Bridgestone Arena, so it's easy and convenient after the game. Everyone knows about Broadway. You can go there and see a bunch of different bars and all kinds of music. There's always good music playing and a lot of live bands. It's a really cool atmosphere, really laid back. People are super friendly.

Penguins leaning on consistent all-star Malkin

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 3:00 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH – Flashes of brilliance have defined Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin's career, but this season, consistency has been the key to his success.

Entering his 10th NHL season, Malkin was known for going on lengthy stretches of dominance that even Penguins captain Sidney Crosby could not reach. Those were counterbalanced by equally lengthy droughts, however, framing Malkin as one of the League's most dangerous, but streaky, players.

Things have changed in 2015-16. As a result, Malkin is Pittsburgh's lone forward heading to the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Nashville.

"I think he's been one of our more consistent players," coach Mike Sullivan said. "He's a threat most nights. … He certainly generates a ton of offensive chances for his line and the people he's on the ice with. He's a big part of this team. I think all of our top guys understand the importance that they bring to the table to help us win, and when we have them all going, I think we're a dangerous team."

Crosby, Ovechkin head all-time 3-on-3 team of 2000s

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 3:00 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The NHL game has undergone massive changes over the course of the past 15-plus years.

The removal of the red line in 2005 immediately made the game faster than ever before. The speed has seemingly increased with each passing season because the players are bigger and stronger. The sophistication in their offseason and in-season training is at a new level because of the advancements in technology.

The addition of the salary cap has ushered in an era of unrivaled parity.

Through it all, the NHL has grown in size and popularity, both at home and abroad, aided by the greatness of two players, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, who have become the faces of a new generation of hockey stars.

Capitals' Ovechkin to miss All-Star Game with injury

Thursday, 01.28.2016 / 12:24 AM / 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Katie Brown - Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Forward Alex Ovechkin will miss the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Nashville on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) because of a lower-body injury, the Washington Capitals said Wednesday.

"This was a hard decision but we talk about it, coaching staff, trainers, and we tried to battle through it. But it's stayed the same," Ovechkin said after Washington's 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at Verizon Center. "I have to get ready for the rest of the year, get healthy, and I think we have a good chance to have success and I want to be a part of it. I don't want to miss important things."

Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov was named Thursday to replace Ovechkin.

Ovechkin said the injury has been nagging him for most of the season but he had hoped it would get better. When it didn't, the decision was made to preserve Ovechkin's long-term health in anticipation of a long run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Bruins goalie Gustavsson released from hospital

Wednesday, 01.27.2016 / 8:57 PM / News

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins issued the following update on Bruins goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, who left Tuesday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks after the first period:

Jonas Gustavsson was removed from Tuesday’s game for precautionary reasons due to an elevated heart rate. He was taken to Mass General Hospital and remained there overnight for testing. All preliminary tests came back negative and he was discharged Wednesday afternoon. Jonas is expected to rejoin the team after the NHL All-Star Break pending clearance from the Bruins medical staff.”

Kings Hall of Fame broadcaster taking medical leave

Wednesday, 01.27.2016 / 4:58 PM / News

LOS ANGELESLos Angeles Kings Hall of Fame Television Play-by-Play Broadcaster Bob Miller will take a medical leave of absence, the Kings announced today.

Miller is slated to undergo heart bypass surgery. The date of the surgery has not yet been determined. The timeline for Miller's return to the TV booth also is undetermined.

Islanders, Wild to host You Can Play Night

Wednesday, 01.27.2016 / 4:24 PM / News

The New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild on Wednesday announced their plans to host a You Can Play Night.

The Islanders will hold it Tuesday, Feb. 2 against the Wild at Barclays Center. By purchasing tickets through links on their website, fans can have $5 of the ticket price donated to the You Can Play Project.

The Wild will hold their night at a date to be determined. Along with the announcement was a video featuring a number of Wild players, among them forwards Zach Parise, Jason Zucker and Jason Pominville, supporting the cause.

The You Can Play Project was created to ensure equality, respect and safety for all athletes without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. It was co-founded by NHL director of player safety Patrick Burke, who also serves as YCP president.

Fantasy hockey top 60 defensemen rankings update

Wednesday, 01.27.2016 / 2:29 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - Correspondent

These rankings are based on expectations for this season. Value is quantified by defense pairings, power-play usage, past performance and overall upside in standard Yahoo categories (goals, assists, plus-minus, penalty minutes, power-play points and shots on goal).

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