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Maple Leafs jump into third place in Atlantic

Defeat Blue Jackets, who fail to tie for lead in Metropolitan, NHL

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- The Toronto Maple Leafs moved into third place in the Atlantic Division with a 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday.

Nazem Kadri scored his 30th goal of the season for Toronto (34-23-15), which moved one point ahead of the Boston Bruins. The Maple Leafs are 6-1-1 in their past eight games.

"Coming into a hostile building, it's a great team we're facing in Columbus," Kadri said. "They do a lot of good things well, so we had to play a structured game."

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NHL Insider

Sergei Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets ready for showdown

Visit Capitals with first place in Metropolitan Division, NHL on line

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

COLUMBUS -- Sergei Bobrovsky sat at the end of the bench and stared up at the clock as the final seconds counted down at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday. When the horn sounded on the Columbus Blue Jackets' 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, he didn't move. He waited patiently as his teammates headed to the locker room. Finally, he stood up and joined them.

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Super 16

Super 16: Penguins take over No. 1

Blackhawks, Capitals each slide a spot, Oilers move into top 10

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

There's a new No. 1 in the NHL.com Super 16 power rankings for the second straight week. And it was the closest race of the season to get there.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, who have won three games in a row and eight of their past 10 (8-1-1), finished No. 1 this week, edging the Chicago Blackhawks by one point in the voting. The Blackhawks were No. 1 last week, when they received two more points than the Washington Capitals.

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Ducks pass Oilers for second place in Pacific

Anaheim defeats Edmonton to break tie in division

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks moved within two points of the Pacific Division lead with a 4-3 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center on Wednesday.

Defenseman Hampus Lindholm had an NHL career-high three points (one goal, two assists), and Ryan Getzlaf had three assists for the Ducks (39-23-11), who broke a tie for second place in the Pacific with the Oilers (39-25-9).

Rickard Rakell had a goal and an assist, and Josh Manson and Patrick Eaves each scored for Anaheim, which has won four of its past five games (4-0-1).

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Islanders win, get closer to wild card

Defeat Rangers, two points out of second spot from Eastern Conference

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

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders moved within two points of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

Andrew Ladd scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play with 7:22 left in the third period for the Islanders (34-26-12), who trail the Boston Bruins with one game in hand. Thomas Greiss made 34 saves.

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NHL Insider

Doug Weight makes point, Islanders get crucial win

New York battles back, inches closer to playoff spot with victory at Rangers

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Doug Weight had to undo his top button and loosen his tie.

Weight, the New York Islanders coach, was getting too tight, too agitated and too animated when talking to his team during the first and second intermissions at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

"I had to undo my button because I was going to blow up," Weight said.

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NHL Insider

Pacific Division notebook

Canucks find building block in defenseman Troy Stecher; Kings forward Adrian Kempe adjusting to NHL game

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

In their internal search for some future building blocks, the Vancouver Canucks can put a check mark beside one name.

Rookie defenseman Troy Stecher, 22, has played like he'll be around for some time.

"He's been great right from the start of the year," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. "We sent him down [to the American Hockey League after training camp] and he came back with the attitude that he was here to stay.

"He's a small guy (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) but he plays hard. The best thing about Stecher is that he probably gets better when the situation gets tougher, like late in games when things are getting tough. That's when he probably moves his feet and does his best things. He's been good for us all year."

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news

Henrik Lundqvist to play this weekend for Rangers

Goaltender will start two of three games on road trip after missing seven with hip injury

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist will make his return from a hip injury by playing two of the team's three games on its upcoming California road trip, coach Alain Vigneault said Wednesday.

Lundqvist said if it were up to him he could return against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV). But the Rangers are opting for patience and precaution with their injured No. 1 goalie, so Lundqvist will miss his seventh consecutive game with a muscle strain in his hip. Antti Raanta will start his seventh straight game.

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Paul Stastny week to week for Blues

St. Louis forward has lower-body injury

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St. Louis Blues forward Paul Stastny is week to week with a lower-body injury.

Stastny did not play the final two periods of a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. Coach Mike Yeo said Stastny was not injured when hit by a shot taken by teammate Vladimir Tarasenko but that the center tweaked something.

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NHL Centennial

Wayne Gretzky enjoyed chase for Gordie Howe's records

NHL all-time scoring leader passed Mr. Hockey with 802nd NHL goal on March 23, 1994

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Wayne Gretzky was on the verge of breaking Gordie Howe's NHL record for points in 1989 when he started thinking about the different eras of hockey.

Fortunately his father, Walter Gretzky, was around, and passed along some fatherly advice about the pursuit of Howe during breakfast.

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NHL Centennial

Maurice Richard's five-goal, three-star night

Canadiens star made Stanley Cup history by scoring all of Montreal's goals in 5-1 win March 23, 1944

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- The angry hooting began when the three-star announcement boomed through The Forum on the night of March 23, 1944.

"La troisième étoile, the third star … Maurice Richard!"

Unhappiness turned to mild amusement as the announcement continued:

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Short Shifts

#TBT: Wayne Gretzky, Mats Sundin shoot for burgers

In late 1990s McDonald's ad, Big Macs are on the line in competition

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Wayne Gretzky made a career of putting pucks into nets. Back in the late 1990s, he made a commercial about it with some tasty implications.

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Player Safety

Roman Polak to have Player Safety hearing

Maple Leafs defenseman was penalized for boarding Oliver Bjorkstrand of Blue Jackets

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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for boarding Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand on Wednesday.

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Carey Price might not start for Canadiens on Thursday

Montreal goalie has minor ailment, could sit out against Hurricanes

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price may not start against the Carolina Hurricanes at Bell Center on Thursday because of what coach Claude Julien described as a very minor ailment.

Price practiced with the Canadiens on Wednesday after backing up Al Montoya in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

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fantasy

Fantasy top 50 defenseman rankings for 2016-17

NHL.com lists most valuable standard-league assets during regular season

by Brian Metzer / NHL.com Correspondent

All season long, NHL.com will rank the top 50 fantasy defensemen for standard Yahoo leagues (goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes, power-play points, shots on goal). Players with long-term injuries have been removed from this list.

These rankings are based on expectations for the rest of the season. Value is quantified by defense pairs, power-play usage, past performance and overall upside in standard leagues. Changes in value each week are based on recent performance and/or lineup trends.

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Edward Jones FaceOff

Ryan O'Reilly to participate in Edward Jones FaceOff

Sabres forward will take questions from fans in live Q-and-A

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Fans will have the opportunity to talk to Buffalo Sabres foward Ryan O'Reilly Thursday at 12:30 p.m. ET in our next edition of Edward Jones FaceOff.

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fantasy

Fantasy: Schedule guide for head-to-head playoffs

Remaining games, strength of opponents, home/road splits key for stretch run

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy / NHL.com

The fantasy playoffs in standard leagues are underway, and it's essential to know how the NHL schedule will impact your roster.

Games in hand are extremely important during each round of the fantasy playoffs, but whether a player's remaining games will be played at home and/or against non-contending teams can go a long way in determining a championship run. When mulling add/drop decisions, a good tiebreaker is to see if either player's team has more games remaining, a favorable or difficult schedule, or a home- or road-heavy slate.

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AHL

AHL Notebook: Zane McIntyre enjoying learning process

Bruins prospect finding out what areas need improvement to get to NHL

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

The word "process" is often heard when discussing player development with NHL management figures.

Serving as the top incubator for that process is the American Hockey League, and Providence Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre is a prime example. His first eight NHL games with the Boston Bruins served as another learning experience for the 24-year-old.

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100 Greatest Players

Serge Savard: 100 Greatest NHL Players

Stay-at-home defenseman formed Canadiens' 'Big Three' with Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, won Stanley Cup eight times with Montreal

by Stu Hackel / Special to NHL.com

He was known as "le Senateur," a nickname reflective of his cool, unflappable control of the game on the ice and his respected presence in the dressing room among one of the greatest collections of hockey talent ever assembled, the Montreal Canadiens of the 1970s. He could be quietly diplomatic or a clandestinely mischievous prankster, but, regardless of his manner, Serge Savard was, above all else, the consummate team player.

For most of his 16 NHL seasons -- 14 with Montreal, two with the Winnipeg Jets -- Savard was a dominant defensemen, though he was forced to drastically change his style after a series of devastating injuries.

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Player Safety

Rasmus Ristolainen to have hearing with Player Safety

Sabres defenseman faces discipline from NHL for interference against Penguins forward Jake Guentzel

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Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for interference against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel.

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NHL Draft

2017 Draft: Cale Makar rapidly gaining attention

Brooks defenseman has risen up prospect ranking since strong World Junior A Challenge

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday, NHL.com will look ahead to the 2017 NHL Draft with an in-depth profile on one of its top prospects.

Defenseman Cale Makar of Brooks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League can already imagine himself walking across the stage during the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft and pulling on the jersey of the team that calls his name at United Center in Chicago on June 23.

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news

Alex Ovechkin to auction custom skates for charity

Capitals star to donate funds to American Special Hockey Association

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will wear Russian-American themed Bauer Vapor 1X skates for pregame warmups as part of Russian Heritage Night when the Capitals host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, FS-O, NHL.TV).

Ovechkin will autograph the skates and they will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA), which was founded in 2005 to give those with physical and developmental disabilities the opportunity to play ice hockey. ASHA uses hockey to try to instill confidence and teach responsibility and socialization to its players.

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This Date in NHL History

March 23: Wayne Gretzky scores 802nd NHL goal

Plus: Gerry Cheevers extends unbeaten streak to 31 games; Brendan Shanahan gets No. 500

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: March 23

1994: Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings scores his 802nd NHL goal, breaking Gordie Howe's career record

The goal comes at 14:47 of the second period in the Kings' 6-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Gretzky takes a cross-ice pass from defenseman Marty McSorley on a give-and-go that leaves Vancouver goalie Kirk McLean badly out of position and allows Gretzky to score into a virtually empty net.

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fantasy

Fantasy picks: Matt Dumba seizes power-play role

Wild defenseman among March 23 DFS targets against Flyers at home

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

DraftKings Daily Picks: Thursday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Thursday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Thursday night including Patrick Maroon and John Quenneville

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Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This article includes expensive and value plays and should be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.

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