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Zucker, Wild defeat Islanders

Has two goals; Dubnyk makes 32 saves in win

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Jason Zucker scored two goals to help the Minnesota Wild to a 5-3 win against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Monday.

Matt Cullen and Tyler Ennis each had a goal and an assist for Minnesota (32-20-7), which scored three goals in 4:12 during the second period and moved three points ahead of the Calgary Flames for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference. Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves.

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3 Stars of the Week

Hischier leads 3 Stars of the Week

Devils center, Coyotes goalie Raanta, Jets forward Scheifele earn honors

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL /

Hischier earns first star of week

Hischier, Raanta, Scheifele named 3 Stars of the Week

Devils’ Nico Hischier, Coyotes’ Antti Raanta and Jets' Mark Scheifele are named the NHL's 3 Stars of the Week ending Feb. 18th

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NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier , Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta  and Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele  have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb. 18.


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Fantasy: Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 19

Rookies Hischier, Connor producing in top-line roles, have low ownership

by James Harding / Fantasy Correspondent

Every Monday during the season, will provide the top 10 players to add off the fantasy waiver wire. Based on Yahoo transaction data and other factors including production, lineup and/or injury trends, we have identified appealing options at each position for fantasy owners in season-long leagues.

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Foligno out 1-2 weeks for Blue Jackets

Forward sidelined with lower-body injury @NHL

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno is expected to miss 1-2 weeks because of a lower-body injury sustained Sunday.

Foligno left a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide Arena late in the second period and did not return after playing one shift in the third. Forward Cam Atkinson said after the game it appeared Penguins forward Conor Sheary's skate made contact with Foligno.

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Johnson, Lindholm out indefinitely for Avalanche

Defensemen each have upper-body injuries

by Rick Sadowski / Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Colorado Avalanche defensemen Erik Johnson and Anton Lindholm are out indefinitely with upper-body injuries, coach Jared Bednar said Monday.

They were injured in a 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Lindholm left with 3:40 remaining in the second period and Johnson needed to be helped off the ice at 1:59 of the third.

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Fantasy buzz: Goalie injury updates; Foligno out for Blue Jackets

Lehner, Neuvirth could miss time; Avalanche lose defenseman Johnson; Penguins rookie Aston-Reese worth adding on Crosby's line

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy /

All season long,'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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Trade Coverage

Kempny traded to Capitals by Blackhawks

Defenseman acquired for conditional third-round pick in 2018 NHL Draft @NHL

Defenseman Michal Kempny was traded to the Washington Capitals on Monday by the Chicago Blackhawks for a conditional third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Kempny, an undrafted free agent who agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on May 24, 2016, has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 81 NHL games, including seven points (one goal, six assists) and is plus-13 in 31 games this season.

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The Buzz

NHL Trade Buzz: Kempny trade to Capitals could impact Green market

Flyers may revisit trade for Mrazek; Avalanche dealing with injuries to Johnson, Lindholm @NHL

Welcome to the NHL Trade Buzz. There are seven days remaining until the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET; Feb. 26). The market for defenseman had some movement on Monday, the goalie market has narrowed for the Philadelphia Flyers and the Avalanche could be sellers because of injuries. 

Here's a look around the League at the latest deadline doings:

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NHL Insider

Red Wings won't tear it down to aid search for difference-makers

Defenseman Green, goalie Mrazek two players who might be moved by Trade Deadline

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings will not hold a clearance sale before the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 26.

They have two players they'll look to move: pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Mike Green and restricted free agent goalie Petr Mrazek, who they probably won't extend a qualifying offer.

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NHL Insider

Rookie Watch: Jankowski finds niche with Flames

Hard work paying off for Calgary's first-round pick in 2012

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

Center Mark Jankowski has learned plenty since being selected by the Calgary Flames in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.

He has a good idea today what he'd say to that young man from Stanstead College of the Quebec Prep League who went No. 21 in the draft six years ago.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Persistence pays off for Maharaj with Ducks

Goaltending coach rewarded after long road from Trinidad

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- One night almost 18 years ago, Sudarshan Maharaj picked up the telephone with a goaltender in tears on the other end.

It was New York Islanders rookie Steve Valiquette from Atlanta. Moments earlier, Valiquette made 37 saves for his first NHL win, a 4-2 victory against the expansion Atlanta Thrashers on March 16, 2000.

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Flyers' goalie situation in limbo after Neuvirth injury

With Elliott also out, Lyon up next for Philadelphia pending trade

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The cheers were easily heard outside of the visitors dressing room at Madison Square Garden, where the Philadelphia Flyers were rewarding goalie Alex Lyon for his first NHL win by giving him the Ric Flair replica robe, their prize for being most valuable player in the game.

Lyon made 25 saves in relief of Michal Neuvirth, who didn't return after the first period because of a lower-body injury, in a 7-4 win against the New York Rangers. 

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Sunday Long Read

Barkov brings unique two-way game to Panthers, game film shows

Viewing video with Florida coaches reveals what makes center so effective

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- The first video clip runs for a few seconds. Florida Panthers coach Bob Boughner spots something already.

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Smith-Pelly addresses racial taunts in Capitals game

Forward says fans 'crossed the line' during incident in Chicago

by Joe Yerdon / Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly spoke Sunday about the incident the previous evening when Chicago Blackhawks fans used racist taunts against him at United Center.

Smith-Pelly was in the penalty box serving a five-minute major for fighting in the third period of Washington's 7-1 loss when the incident occurred.

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Press Release

NHL statement on incident in Chicago

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL /

NEW YORK - "Last night in Chicago, individuals directed racial taunts and abuse at Washington Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "The National Hockey League condemns this unacceptable and reprehensible behavior. The League fully supports the actions taken by the United Center and the Blackhawks to eject the offenders and would expect the same response to any similarly unacceptable behavior at any of our arenas.

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Trade Coverage

As NHL Trade Deadline approaches, coveted assets come into focus

Nash, Pacioretty, Green, McDonagh among those on most-wanted list

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

The 2018 NHL Trade Deadline is fast approaching, which means the speculation has started, the rumors are flying, the lists of which scouts are at which games are being tweeted out by reporters, and the buyers and sellers are emerging.

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Short Shifts

Postma's best friend, two-year-old dog Copper, attends Bruins practice

Parents take pooch on 90-minute drive from Red Deer, defenseman's hometown @NHL

Paul Postma was reunited with his best friend on Sunday.

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Short Shifts

Once a lifesaving donor to brother, Schaller backs charitable Timmyheads

Bruins forward lends face to older sibling's philanthropic drive for The Jimmy Fund

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / Staff Writer

What started out as a joke between brothers has grown into a worthy cause benefitting cancer-stricken kids, all thanks to Tim Schaller's face and Dave Schaller's copy machine skills.

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Fantasy trends: Underachieving players poised for strong finish

Underlying stats suggest Karlsson could erupt; Allen's late-season splits indicate bounce back

by Pete Jensen and Rob Reese @NHLFantasy / Fantasy Editors

Each week, will identify fantasy-relevant developments from the past week based on injuries, lineup changes and production trends. This week, we look at underachieving players who have missed no more than five games this season and are in position to rebound down the stretch.

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Trade Coverage

Big moves at Trade Deadline not vital to winning Cup

Acquiring role players, depth can make difference for championship teams

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / Staff Writer

TORONTO -- He didn't have the star power of Kevin Shattenkirk or the playoff experience that would be a key for any team's Stanley Cup run. What veteran defenseman Ron Hainsey did have, however, was a gnawing hunger for postseason success, having played 891 regular-season games but none in the playoffs.

Jim Rutherford knew it, too.

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Player Safety

Wood suspended two games for actions in Devils game against Lightning

New Jersey forward punished for boarding Tampa Bay center Namestnikov

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL /

Wood suspended two games

Wood suspended two games for boarding

New Jersey Devils forward Miles Wood has been suspended for two games for boarding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov

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NEW YORK - New Jersey Devils forward Miles Wood has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov during NHL Game No. 898 in Tampa on Saturday, Feb. 17, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

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Short Shifts

Wideman joins kids for impromptu pick-up pond hockey game in Ottawa

Senators defenseman calls for game on Twitter, shows up to play with locals @NHL

Some lucky youngsters got an unexpected guest during their game of shinny on Sunday.

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Short Shifts

Burns, Thornton get their wine on in latest 'Sharks for Life' commercial

San Jose defenseman, forward get classy for most recent ad @NHL

What pairs perfectly with cabernet?

A pair of rowdy San Jose Sharks, of course.

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Facts and Figures: Islanders goalies stand tall

Halak, Greiss become first tandem to earn shutouts of at least 40 saves on consecutive days

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

The New York Islanders have a rare Saturday-Sunday off. Goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss can probably use the rest.

The Islanders allow more goals and shots on goal per game than any team in the NHL. The first number is down to 3.55 after back-to-back 3-0 shutouts of the New York Rangers on Thursday and Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. The second number continues to rise; it's at 36.2 shots per game after Halak made 50 saves against the Rangers and Greiss made 45 in the win at Carolina.

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Short Shifts

Panthers wear special patches, decals to honor Parkland tragedy victims

Flames hold moment of silence as Florida takes ice with heavy hearts @NHL

Flames honor Parkland victims

FLA@CGY: Flames, Panthers hold a moment of silence

The Flames and Panthers observe a moment of silence at Scotiabank Saddledome to remember the victims of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida

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The Florida Panthers played with heavy hearts on Wednesday after the tragic shooting in Parkland, Fla. rocked their community.

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Short Shifts

Hurricanes first-ever moms trip a time for bonding, pizza, Broadway

Carolina players take their mothers on the road to New York, New Jersey

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J.-- Denise Williams had seen Craig Williams off on nearly a dozen dads trips during their son Justin's 17-season NHL career. Thanks to the Carolina Hurricanes' first moms trip, it was finally her turn to get in on the fun.

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Fantasy: 2018 NHL Trade Deadline preview

Kane, Green among players to target before potential moves leading up to Feb. 26

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Senior Fantasy Editor

With the NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 26 approaching, has identified players to consider targeting in fantasy trades or on the waiver wire before potential moves happen in reality. Players who play for non-contending teams, have expiring contracts after this season or next season and/or have underachieved based on preseason fantasy expectations have been included on this list.

NOTE: Elite players who are potential free agents after this season (e.g. John Tavares) or next season (e.g. Erik Karlsson, Drew Doughty, Max Pacioretty), as well as those with injuries (e.g. Joe Thornton: potential 2018 UFA), have been excluded from this list. ... Yahoo ownership and rank are as of Friday, Feb. 16.

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