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All-Star

Skills Competition changes to put emphasis on players, not teams

Individual cash prizes, technological advances part of new look to All-Star Weekend event

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Revamped events, enhancements in technology and cash prizes are changes the NHL expects will create a buzz around and add intrigue to the 2018 Geico NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Amalie Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).

Unlike in previous years, when the Skills Competition was as much about individuals as it was about a team competition, with the scores tabulated after each event to determine which division or conference was the winner, this year the focus will be on the individuals, with $25,000 going to the winner of each event: Enterprise NHL Fastest Skater, Dunkin' Donuts NHL Passing Challenge, Geico NHL Save Streak, Gatorade NHL Puck Control Relay, PPG NHL Hardest Shot and Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting.

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injury

Crawford to return to practice with Blackhawks soon, Quenneville says

Goaltender out since Dec. 27 with upper-body injury

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO - Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, out since Dec. 27 with an upper-body injury, has started working out again, and coach Joel Quenneville said there's a chance Crawford will be back on the ice soon.

"Yeah, I think he's getting closer," Quenneville said after the Blackhawks practiced on Tuesday. "He was in today, had a good workout and he's feeling much better. When we get him on the ice soon here, we'll get a better assessment of when [he'll be ready."

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column

Avalanche have come long way in short time

Extend winning streak to 10 with victory against Maple Leafs

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- About an hour after the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery was completed on April 29, Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic met New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero at a Toronto restaurant and made the following tongue-in-cheek proclamation.

"You know why we're here?" Sakic said to Shero with a chuckle. "Because we [stunk] at our jobs."

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NHL Insider

Lightning relieved following win against Blackhawks

Sense of urgency helps end three-game losing streak

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper had a smile on his face when he emerged from the coach's room at United Center on Monday. It was easy to sense his relief.

"Yeah, there's no question about that," Cooper said after a 2-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. "I thought in the end, we deserved to get that one."

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fantasy

Fantasy buzz: Red Wings trio thriving; McAvoy, Atkinson updates

Athanasiou, Bertuzzi scratching surface; Bruins rookie 'D' out two weeks; Blue Jackets wing practicing

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

All season long, NHL.com's fantasy hockey staff will have you covered with daily lineup news, production trends and injury notes from around the League. We will identify how these developments affect fantasy owners in year-long (Yahoo) and daily (DraftKings) formats.

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Press Release

NHL unveils details of All-Star skills competition

Hockey's top talent to be showcased in six individual events

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the details of the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey's top talent on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. ET at AMALIE Arena in Tampa, Fla., home of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. All six events of the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be individual competitions, with the winner of each event earning $25,000. 

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All-Star

Kane playing same game despite ever-changing Blackhawks linemates

Forward producing at all-star level skating with new supporting cast

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane described how he has adapted to different linemates, be it Artemi Panarin, who played with him the past two seasons, or Nick Schmaltz, who is center on his line now.

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news

McAvoy recovering after heart procedure

Bruins rookie defenseman, 20, out of hospital, expected to miss two weeks

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON-- Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy was out of the hospital and resting comfortably Tuesday, according to coach Bruce Cassidy, after having a procedure Monday to treat an abnormal heart rhythm.

"Everything went well," Cassidy said. "My concern and our concern as an organization is obviously his health going forward, whatever time he needs to recover. His health is our No. 1 priority. He's doing terrific, and we'll see how he recovers from there."

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news

Babcock to receive Order of Hockey in Canada

Maple Leafs coach along with Smyth, Goyette to be honored in June

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Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, former NHL player Ryan Smyth and women's Olympic champion Danielle Goyette will be honored with the 2018 Order of Hockey in Canada.

They will receive the honor at the Hockey Canada Foundation Gala and Golf in London, Ontario on June 18.

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Five Questions With...

Five Questions with Ray Bourque

Hockey Hall of Famer on Bruins young defensemen, Avalanche success

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" will run every Tuesday through the 2017-18 regular season. 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 Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque.

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All-Star

NHL reveals All-Star Game rosters

Kucherov, Hedman, Vasilevskiy join Lightning captain Stamkos among players named

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The Tampa Bay Lightning will be well-represented in their home rink for the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Amalie Arena on Jan. 28. (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).

Forward Nikita Kucherov, defenseman Victor Hedman and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy were named to the Atlantic Division All-Star Team by the NHL Hockey Operations Department on Wednesday, joining center Steven Stamkos, who was voted by fans as captain of the Atlantic team. Lightning coach John Cooper will coach the Atlantic Division All-Stars.

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All-Star

Bailey finding groove 10 seasons into career with Islanders

Forward has developed into top-line presence, first-time all-star

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- Josh Bailey is approaching the 10th anniversary of when he was drafted by the New York Islanders.

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fantasy

Fantasy top 100 forward rankings for 2017-18

NHL.com lists most valuable standard-league assets for rest of season

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

Each week during the regular season, NHL.com has you covered with an overview of the fantasy forward landscape. With production trends, injury news and top 100 rankings based on performance and upside in standard Yahoo leagues, fantasy owners should use this information as a basis for roster decision-making.

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Short Shifts

Predators get 'Smashville Mural' painted by country music star Paisley

With help from well-known artist Hendon, pair teams up for slick piece

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Brad Paisley Graffitis for Preds

Brad Paisley paints Preds mural at Bridgestone Arena

Country music superstar Brad Paisley and artist Rob Hendon spray paint a Preds mural on a Bridgestone Arena wall near Section 109

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"The most boring wall in Nashville" is no more.

After country music star Brad Paisley and artist Rob Hendon went to work on a blank slab of concrete near Section 109 of Bridgestone Arena.

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Short Shifts

Matthews signals his own goal following one that was disallowed

Maple Leafs forward makes the call almost in unison with referee

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Matthews' retaliation goal

COL@TOR: Matthews scores after having goal disallowed

After having a goal disallowed, Auston Matthews hammers home a rebound and celebrates emphatically as the Maple Leafs take a 2-1 lead

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Don't make Auston Matthews angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.

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Short Shifts

OHL player Clark pulls off impressive lacrosse-style goal

Ottawa 67s forward catches everyone by surprise with rare feat

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Sometimes you have to go top shelf. Like, really top shelf.

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news

Palat out 6-8 weeks for Lightning with lower-body injury

Forward was injured during loss against Wild on Sunday

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat will be out 6-8 weeks because of a lower-body injury.

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news

Wild brave blizzard conditions to get to game against Senators

Two players involved in minor accident in front of arena

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

Players talk commute in blizzard

Wild players talk pregame commute in blizzard

Following the win against Ottawa, Dumba, Granlund, Stalock, Winnik & Zucker talk about arriving late to the game in the blizzard conditions

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was keeping a close eye on the clock ahead of their game against the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. local time Monday.

Players are supposed to report to Xcel Energy Center by 5 p.m. on game nights, but blizzard conditions had commutes pushing three hours for some of them.

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NHL Draft

Svechnikov tops midterm ranking of North American skaters for NHL Draft

Central Scouting places Barrie forward ahead of Zadina, Tkachuk

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Andrei Svechnikov of Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League was named the No. 1 North American skater on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top prospects for the 2018 NHL Draft.

The draft will be held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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NHL Draft

Dahlin tops midterm ranking of international skaters for 2018 NHL Draft

Sweden-born defenseman regarded as 'clear-cut No. 1, pro-ready prospect'

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, a candidate to become the first Sweden-born player in 29 years to be chosen No. 1 in the NHL Draft, is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of international skaters.

The 2018 NHL Draft will be held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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Press Release

Subban to visit 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' on Jan. 24

Appearance by Predators defenseman to come four days before third straight appearance in NHL All-Star Game

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK - Nashville Predators defenseman and 2018 NHL All-Star captain P.K. Subban will appear as a guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Wednesday, Jan. 24 (11 p.m. ET/PT).

Subban will be making his third NHL All-Star appearance, and second straight as captain of the Central Division team, next weekend.

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NHL Insider

Rookie Watch: Hischier gets praise from Josi

Devils center impressing Swiss countryman, Predators defenseman, who he skated with in offseason

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

New Jersey Devils rookie center Nico Hischier is looking forward to playing against the defenseman he admits was the toughest to beat during their memorable summer skating sessions at PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland.

He'll get that chance against fellow countryman and friend Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators at Prudential Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-TN, NHL.TV).

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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 23: Red Wings score 15 straight goals

Plus: Beliveau first hockey player to make cover of Sports Illustrated; Francis appears in 1,700th regular-season game

by John Kreiser @JKreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 23

1944: The Detroit Red Wings set an NHL record by scoring 15 straight goals to defeat the New York Rangers 15-0 at Olympia Stadium. Syd Howe leads the Red Wings with three goals and two assists, and Connie Dion gets his first NHL shutout.

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