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Lidstrom, Fedorov highlight potential 2015 Hall class

Wednesday, 11.19.2014 / 11:24 AM / Hall of Fame

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- The Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was a celebration of greatness at the NHL and international levels, and the Class of 2015 could have a similar sentiment.

For the first 44 years of the Hall of Fame, the list of enshrined members was almost exclusively North American-trained players. Vladisav Tretiak went into the Hall in 1989, and Borje Salming followed in 1996 to help start the flow of European-trained players into the sport's museum of excellence.

The Class of 2014, with Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano, was the first to have players from four different countries, and the first to have three players not from Canada. The Class of 2015 is almost certain to have two more European-trained players, and three is a possibility.

Four candidates, including three NHL players, have a great chance to be elected in their first time on the ballot. There is certain to be advocating for several other players who have yet to earn their place in the Hall of Fame. Here is a look at the top candidates for the Class of 2015:

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Penguins' Fleury continues to clear mental hurdles

Wednesday, 11.19.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Marc-Andre Fleury is not judged the same as any other goalie in the NHL.

Marc-Andre Fleury
Goalie - PIT
RECORD: 11-3-0
GAA: 1.98 | SVP: .930
The Pittsburgh Penguins' franchise goaltender's history of meltdowns in the Stanley Cup Playoffs will probably stick to him until Fleury personally removes it with an outstanding spring performance, and it will unfortunately taint everything else he does until that happens.

When Fleury was signed to a four-year, $23 million contract extension on Nov. 6, removing his lame-duck status, it was his history in the Stanley Cup Playoffs that became the source of a raging online debate on the wisdom of the move by Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford.

The knee-jerk reaction when it comes to Fleury has been, and will likely remain, "Yeah, but can he do it in the playoffs?"

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Flyers' Del Zotto focused on two points vs. Rangers

Wednesday, 11.19.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

When Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto walks into Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, he says his focus will be on two things: the two points at stake when his team plays the New York Rangers (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN1, TVA SPORTS).

But in the back of his mind the 24-year-old will be looking to show the Rangers what they gave up when he was traded to the Nashville Predators on Jan. 22.

"I think anytime you get too emotional, too caught up in a certain game or a moment, it seems to get the best of you," Del Zotto said. "I'm sure [Wednesday] when I get there it'll hit me a little bit, bring back some memories."

Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Del Zotto's most recent hockey memories weren't very good.

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Five things to watch when Rangers host Flyers

Wednesday, 11.19.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube said he doesn't try to reflect on what happened the last time the Flyers played the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

It was Game 7 of their 2014 Eastern Conference First Round series and the Flyers lost 2-1.

"I don't think about it anymore," Berube said. "I think once it was over it's really over with me. I think the way I look at it is we played good hockey at times but we didn't play very good hockey a lot of times during that series and it cost us. If we had been more consistent we could have beaten them. They're a very good team, not taking anything away from them. We gave them a good battle. In my mind we could play better."

He'll have a chance to see if he's right when the Flyers visit the Rangers in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

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Sabres goalie Neuvirth sustains lower-body injury

Wednesday, 11.19.2014 / 12:32 AM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALOBuffalo Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth sustained a lower-body injury Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks and did not return to the game.

Neuvirth was replaced by Jhonas Enroth at the start of the second period. Neuvirth played through the scoreless first period, making 10 saves, but did not return to the bench after intermission.

"We'll have a look at him, but I think it will be a little bit more than day-to-day," Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said. "I don't think he's going to be back in a day or so."

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Fucale's 40 saves lead QMJHL to win at Super Series

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 10:00 PM / News

NHL.com

Montreal Canadiens prospect Zachary Fucale made 40 saves to lead the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to a 3-1 victory against Russia on Tuesday in the fifth of six games in the Subway Super Series.

It was the second straight victory for a Canadian Hockey League team against Russia, which won the first three games of the series.

Center Daniel Audette had a goal and an assist to help the QMJHL jump out to a 2-0 first-period lead at K.C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst, New Brunswick.

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Flyers forward Giroux will not play Wednesday

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 9:16 PM / News

NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux has sustained a lower-body injury and could be sidelined as many as two games, general manager Ron Hextall said Tuesday.

Hextall said Giroux was injured during practice Monday.

"He was examined by a doctor [on Monday night] and everything looked fine, but between [Monday] night and [Tuesday] morning the injury didn't react the way we had hoped upon further examination and we decided to shut him down," Hextall said.

Hextall said Giroux will miss the Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN1, TVA SPORTS) and will likely be out Thursday against the Minnesota Wild at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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Dry scrape scrapped by GMs, other topics put on hold

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 6:44 PM / News

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- There will no longer be a dry scrape of the ice surface between the end of regulation and the start of overtime.

Using the ice resurfacing machines to clean the playing surface was implemented at the start of the 2014-15 season with the hope that cleaner ice would help improve the play during overtime. The general managers, at their annual November meeting Tuesday, decided the process was taking too long.

Starting Saturday, the ice will be shoveled by hand, as is traditionally done during television timeouts, according to Colin Campbell, the senior executive vice president of hockey operations. It will be the only ice-cleaning procedure after regulation. There will be no ice-cleaning process before the start of the shootout.

"It's one of the few things that has never worked out," Campbell said. "It hasn't worked out. It's not good for the fans, it hasn't been good for the players. We were trying to come up with good ice, and we were trying to have more completions in overtime. Results aren't great at more completions in overtime, and more than anything it was a killer for everybody at the end of the game."

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Blackhawks place van Riemsdyk on long-term IR

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 6:19 PM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled defenseman Stephen Johns and goaltender Antti Raanta from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and reassigned forward Joakim Nordstrom and goaltender Scott Darling to Rockford.

Additionally, the Blackhawks have placed defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk on long-term injury (LTI). van Riemsdyk, 23, has one assist in 18 games this season.

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Bryan Murray raising awareness through cancer fight

Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 6:05 PM / Hockey Fights Cancer

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

TORONTO – Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray did not want to share the fight he is waging against Stage 4 colon cancer.

Yet he knew he had to share it to help others.

In one of his first appearances since the advanced stage of his disease became public knowledge, Murray spoke in-depth Tuesday about his battle, which he revealed Friday during an interview with Michael Farber of TSN.

Murray, 71, said he initially wanted to keep his battle as private as possible, but he soon realized he had a platform that could be beneficial to getting the word out about preventative cancer screenings and decided that opportunity trumped a desire for privacy.

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