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3 Stars of the Week

Pastrnak leads 3 Stars of the Week

Bruins forward, Capitals defenseman Carlson, Sabres goalie Hutton earn honors

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK - Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak, Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 20.

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NHL Insider

Carlson lets play speak for itself during fast start with Capitals

Defenseman leads League in scoring, is third ever at his position with 18 points first 10 games

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- John Carlson's fast start has him being mentioned in the company of some of the best defensemen to play the game.

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facts & figures

Facts and Figures: MacKinnon aims to join elite group for Avalanche

Forward can be fifth NHL player with points in at least nine games to start consecutive seasons

NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Nathan MacKinnon can join a list featuring three members of the Hockey Hall of Fame with one point for the Colorado Avalanche against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+, FS-MW, ALT, NHL.TV).

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NHL Insider

Rangers struggle to solve 'troubling' play in four-game losing streak

Doomed by slow start against Canucks in latest defeat

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers have lost four in a row and they're worried about what coach David Quinn is calling their "troubling" inconsistencies.

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Short Shifts

Fallon lets NJ Devil pie him in face to settle bet

'Tonight Show' host made wager with mascot on New Jersey's game against Rangers last week

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Jimmy Fallon made a deal with the devil and lost.

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fantasy

Fantasy hockey top 10 waiver wire pickups

Samsonov, Demko must-add goalies; Stastny, Henrique valuable centers with expanded roles

by James Harding / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Every Monday during the season, NHL.com will provide the top 10 players to add off the fantasy hockey waiver wire. For more coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

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news

Projected lineups, starting goalies for today

Latest line combinations, defense pairs, injury news from NHL.com writers

NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Here are the projected lineups as compiled by NHL.com staff writers and independent correspondents:

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Weekly Primer

Heritage Classic, Blues-Bruins Cup Final rematch highlight week in NHL

Flames, Jets competing in Regina, Saskatchewan among can't-miss events

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets face off in the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, and the St. Louis Blues visit the Boston Bruins for the first time since Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. Here are the top five stories to watch this week along with fantasy can't-miss players.

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game recap

Backlund, Talbot help Flames end Ducks' home winning streak

Forward breaks tie in third period, goalie makes 29 saves for Calgary

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Backlund's go-ahead goal

CGY@ANA: Backlund fires home feed from Tkachuk

Mikael Backlund fires a pass from Matthew Tkachuk past John GIbson on the rush to give the Flames a 2-1 lead midway through the 3rd period

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ANAHEIM -- Mikael Backlund scored at 8:57 of the third period, and Cam Talbot made 29 saves to help the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Sunday.

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game recap

Markstrom helps Canucks send Rangers to fourth straight loss

Makes 38 saves, 16 in third, after Vancouver scores three times in first

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Beagle pads lead with SHG

VAN@NYR: Beagle races in for shorthanded goal

Jay Beagle skates into the zone and rips a wrist shot past Henrik Lundqvist for the shorthanded goal, extending the Canucks' lead to 3-0

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NEW YORK -- Jacob Markstrom made 38 saves, and the Vancouver Canucks scored three times in the first period to defeat the New York Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

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NHL Heritage Classic

Tkachuk relishes opportunity to play Heritage Classic with Flames

Forward raised in Arizona says outdoor game against Jets will be 'great experience'

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

CALGARY -- Matthew Tkachuk is excited for the chance to take his game outside when the Calgary Flames play the Winnipeg Jets at the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN1, CITY, TVAS2, NHL.TV).

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fantasy

Fantasy hockey line top 25 rankings for 2019-20

Palat joins Kucherov, Stamkos on Lightning's first unit; Sharks have two on list; Ducks enter mix

by Jonathan Baron / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

NHL.com ranks the top 25 forward lines from a fantasy hockey standpoint for the 2019-20 season. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

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free agency

Boyle agrees to terms on one-year contract with Panthers

34-year-old forward will play for seventh NHL team

NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Brian Boyle agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers on Sunday. Financial terms were not released.

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NHL Heritage Classic

Pionk has high expectations for Heritage Classic with Jets

Defenseman prepares for outdoor game against Flames with eye on childhood memories

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- Neal Pionk spent much of his childhood playing hockey on frozen ponds and backyard rinks, so he has high expectations for his first NHL outdoor game at the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic between the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN1, CITY, TVAS2, NHL.TV).

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Color of Hockey: Saganiuk making impression with U.S. Under-17 team

Forward gets support from grandfather, retired NHL forward who taught him to play

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past seven years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March and will be writing about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles USA Hockey National Development Team Program forward Colby Saganiuk and his grandfather, retired NHL player Rocky Saganiuk.

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column

King delivers inspiration, motivation at Women's Hockey Showcase

Tennis legend fires up Olympians, says creating opportunities key to grow game

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Billie Jean King was a pioneer in helping women tennis players earn better opportunities and pay. Now she's helping the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association try to do the same.

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fantasy

NHL DFS picks, projections, strategy

Konecny off to hot start for Flyers; more daily fantasy targets

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com will identify daily fantasy hockey picks, lineup notes, relevant injuries and strategies for FanDuel DFS contests throughout the 2019-20 season. For more coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

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Short Shifts

Gritty shows up on 'The Simpsons' with purple fur, green Flyers jersey

Mascot makes animated cameo on long-running series 'Treehouse of Horror' show

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Gritty appeared on "The Simpsons." Well, sort of.

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news

Rookie watch: Lafferty providing physical presence

Making most of opportunity with Penguins after injuries to key forwards

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

The play of several high-profile rookies, including forwards Jack Hughes of the New Jersey Devils and Kaapo Kakko of the New York Rangers, the No. 1 and No. 2 picks of the 2019 NHL Draft, respectively, is one of the major storylines of the 2019-20 season. Each Monday, NHL.com will examine topics related to this season's class in the Rookie Watch.

This week, a look at some top rookies capable of playing physical while generating offense:

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Short Shifts

Ducks 'Look Alike Cam' searches for doppelgangers in crowd, finds Selanne

Franchise leader in goals and points gets big ovation at Honda Center

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Teemu Selanne Doppelganger

Teemu Selanne Doppelganger at Ducks Game

The Look-a-Like Cam at Honda Center discovers a fan who bears more than a striking resemblance to Teemu Selanne

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Wow, that guy at the Anaheim Ducks game really looks like Teemu Selanne.

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news

Capitals owner touts O'Ree documentary at festival

Leonsis wants film about NHL's first black player to become 'mass-market phenomenon'

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

MIDDLEBURG, Va. -- Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis called the screening of "Willie," the documentary about Hockey Hall of Famer Willie O'Ree, at the influential Middleburg Film Festival on Saturday a crescendo moment.

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Short Shifts

Fleury pranks Penguins TV reporter in return to Pittsburgh

Golden Knights goalie can't help himself from having a little fun with an old friend

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Fleury pranks Dan Potash

VGK@PIT: Fleury pranks Penguins TV host Dan Potash

Marc-Andre Fleury pranks Penguins TV reporter Dan Potash by tying his microphone up in knots before the Golden Knights' game in Pittsburgh

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Marc-Andre Fleury is used to tying potential goal scorers up in knots, but he makes an exception for announcers when he returns to Pittsburgh.

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Short Shifts

Tennis legend Billie Jean King scores from center ice at Blackhawks game

All-time great trades racket for hockey stick, buries goal

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Shoot The Puck: Billie Jean King

Shoot The Puck: Billie Jean King

Tennis legend Billie Jean King shows she's talented in more than one sport

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Hockey, anyone?

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Short Shifts

Maple Leafs honor tennis hero Andreescu before game against Bruins

Mississauga, Ontario native won US Open in September

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Bianca Andreescu drops the puck

BOS@TOR: US Open champion Bianca Andreescu drops puck

19-year-old US Open champion Bianca Andreescu drops the puck prior to the Maple Leafs' game against the Bruins

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The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrated a national sports hero Saturday.

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fantasy

NHL fantasy team power rankings for 2019-20

Sabres rise after Hutton's back-to-back shutouts; Sharks rebound from cold start; more season-long trends

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

NHL.com has updated the fantasy team power rankings based on the latest top 200 list. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

'Meet Your Sheros' clinic a hit with hockey-loving girls

Coyne Schofield headlines Olympians instructing at event to inspire young players

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Kendall Coyne Schofield wants girls to have more opportunities to play hockey. And Coyne Schofield, who won a gold medal playing for the United States at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, was one of several Olympians who instructed at the "Meet Your Sheros" girls clinic at United Center on Friday.

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Short Shifts

Gritty helps viral Philadelphia sports fan unveil new tattoo

Rob Dunphy adds Flyers mascot to existing Philly Phanatic

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

The city of Philadelphia got to see Rob Dunphy's newest tattoo, with some help from Gritty.

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fantasy

Fantasy hockey top 200 rankings for 2019-20

Impact of Tavares injury; Kane biggest riser on Sharks' PP1; Demko joins list

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com's fantasy hockey top 200 overall rankings are based on past production and expectations for the rest of the 2019-20 season in standard leagues. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 21: Lafleur, Dionne score as teammates for first time with Rangers

Plus: Esposito reaches 1,500 points, Lindros gets 200th NHL goal

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 21

1988: After 2,283 NHL games and 1,245 goals between them, Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne score as teammates for the first time.

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