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Blackhawks' Seabrook, the 'other guy,' now an All-Star

Wednesday, 01.21.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- He's seen as the "other guy" in the top defense pairing for the Chicago Blackhawks, but Brent Seabrook means a lot more than that to his teammates.

If they need an emotional lift, he'll provide it. If they need a huge goal, his slap shot is often a reason they get it. If they need a big brother, on the ice or off, he's never too far away.

"He's been here through thick and thin," said center Andrew Shaw, 23, who's playing his fourth season with Seabrook. "He's seen a lot, he's done a lot, and he's just a great leader. He says what needs to be said and then he goes out there and does it."

Seabrook has a career full of accomplishments to back that up. The 29-year-old won a gold medal with Canada in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010 and 2013, playing a big role in each championship. He's steadily climbing Chicago's all-time statistical categories in his 10th season for the team that selected him with the 14th pick in the 2003 NHL Draft.

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Price's goaltending has Canadiens among best in East

Wednesday, 01.21.2015 / 1:43 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- As the race for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender became more and more of a two-man derby, the game Tuesday at Bell Centre between the Nashville Predators and the Montreal Canadiens was looking like it could be a showdown between those leading men.

An injury to Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne prevented that from happening. But someone forgot to tell Carey Price.

The Canadiens' goaltender returned from a one-game absence due to injury to make 36 saves in a 2-1 overtime win against the Predators. In the process, Price made a convincing case for why he might be the Vezina frontrunner instead of his injured rival.

When the Predators scored at 12:10 of the second period on a Mike Ribeiro deflection directly in front of Price, Nashville was outshooting Montreal 26-6 but led 1-0. At one point the Canadiens went 22:15 without forcing Predators goalie Carter Hutton to make a single save.

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Brodeur to extend leave from Blues: report

Wednesday, 01.21.2015 / 12:07 AM / News

NHL.com

St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur will extend his leave of absence from the team, ESPN.com reported Tuesday.

Brodeur was granted the leave Jan. 14. A statement from the Blues then said, "Brodeur will rejoin the club in one week and his future will be addressed at that time."

Brodeur's agent, Pat Brisson, told the website the Blues have granted Brodeur an extension to ponder his future.


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Rangers, in tight playoff race, treasure extra point

Tuesday, 01.20.2015 / 11:59 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers entered their game against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square on Tuesday with 15 wins in 18 games. Considering such a run, one would think they would have created some separation in the Metropolitan Division.

Not a chance.

Not when their rival on the other side of the East River, the New York Islanders, has won seven of 10 and reeled off at least three wins in a row seven times this season. The Washington Capitals have earned at least one point in eight of their past 10. As long as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are in the fold, the Rangers know it's difficult to envision the Pittsburgh Penguins going away anytime soon.

That's why it was crucial for the Rangers to overcome a sluggish start and earn a 3-2 overtime win against the Senators, capped by Carl Hagelin's goal at 2:55 of the extra period. It allowed the Rangers to move into a tie with the Penguins for second place in the Metropolitan, one point ahead of the Capitals.

The Rangers enter the All-Star break five points behind the Islanders, although they do have two games in hand. The bitter rivals will face each other at Nassau Coliseum when play resumes next Tuesday.

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Penguins defenseman Letang leaves game with injury

Tuesday, 01.20.2015 / 11:03 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang left the game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday with 4:24 left in the first period after being hit into the boards by Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo.

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Sharks place Braun, Wingels on IR

Tuesday, 01.20.2015 / 8:00 PM / News

SanJoseSharks.com

San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Dylan DeMelo from the Worcester Sharks (AHL).

DeMelo, 21, has registered 13 points (3-10=13) and 14 penalty minutes this season with the Worcester Sharks. Last season with Worcester, DeMelo posted 24 points (2-22=24) in 68 games, finishing first amongst all Worcester defensemen in points and assists.

In 120 career games with the Worcester Sharks, DeMelo has posted 42 points (5 goals, 37 assists) and 73 penalty minutes.

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Flames activate Ramo, recall Wotherspoon from AHL

Tuesday, 01.20.2015 / 2:32 PM / News

NHL.com

Goaltender Karri Ramo was activated off injured reserve Tuesday by the Calgary Flames, who recalled defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon from Adirondack of the American Hockey League.

The Flames created roster space for Ramo and Wotherspoon by placing defenseman Ladislav Smid on IR and reassigning forward Drew Shore to Adirondack.

Ramo is 8-5-1 with a 2.67 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in 16 games. In his absence, Joni Ortio was recalled from the AHL and has won four straight decisions, allowing five goals.

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2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition a showcase of talent and fun featuring six events

Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. ET across the U.S. (NBCSN) and Canada (CBC, TVA Sports)

Tuesday, 01.20.2015 / 2:00 PM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

NHL.com

NEW YORK – The 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ will mark the first on-ice matchup between Team Foligno, under the helm of Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno, and Team Toews, led by Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Each of the 48 All-Stars and Rookies will compete in at least one of the six rounds of skill-based contests. Fans can watch the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ live on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC and TVA Sports in Canada.

Each captain will lead the team selection process to determine which players will participate in the six Honda All-Star Skills Competition events:

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Panthers reassign forward Trocheck to AHL

Tuesday, 01.20.2015 / 12:08 PM / News

FloridaPanthers.com

Sunrise, FL -- Florida Panthers Executive Vice-President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has reassigned F Vincent Trocheck to San Antonio (AHL).

Trocheck, 21, has appeared in 28 games with Florida this season, scoring four goals with nine assists. For his career in the National Hockey League, he has played in 48 games, all with Florida, registering 21 points (9-12—21) and 18 PIM. He has played in eight games with San Antonio this year recording six points (2-4—6)

Trocheck was drafted by Florida in the third round (64th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.

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Fantasy top 100 forwards: Props to Caps' Backstrom

Tuesday, 01.20.2015 / 12:01 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com 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.

Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom has never been selected to an NHL All-Star Game, but his fantasy value should never be questioned.

Backstrom appears on 25.2 percent of this season’s top 500 Yahoo public-league teams, the fourth-highest frequency among forwards behind Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators, Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Which one is not like the others? Backstrom was drafted on average with the 68th pick in Yahoo drafts, while the other three were taken well outside the top 100.

So Backstrom, 27, has met expectations, yet is still fueling fantasy teams around the globe in a similar fashion as those who have caught everyone by surprise. Sounds like a pretty valuable guy.

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The fans love it, and it looked like they were having fun. It was great to see this city [Columbus]. They had been waiting a couple years for this game. They did it right.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos after the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday