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Brown making the most of chance to be core piece again for Kings

Forward getting top-line ice time, has 18 points in 19 games

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown didn't get his groove back overnight.

It only seemed that way.

Brown will tell you that his first inkling that things could be different this season came in the summer when he met with John Stevens, who had been promoted from assistant to coach, replacing Darryl Sutter.

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Schenn's strong play driving Blues' early success

Forward acquired in June trade with Flyers tied for St. Louis scoring lead, playing well defensively

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- A fresh start has agreed with St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn.

Schenn, 26, was acquired by the Blues in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Jori Lehtera, the Blues' first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and a conditional first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft on June 23, and he's on pace for his best NHL season.

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McDavid can't see Gretzky's 50 goals in 39 games being equaled

Oilers center says no one will come close to record, which is in running for Greatest NHL Moment

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

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid believes Wayne Gretzky's NHL record of 50 goals in his team's first 39 games of a season is safe.

"Never ever [will it be done again], I don't think," McDavid said of the feat Gretzky accomplished during the 1981-82 season. "If it's someone maybe scoring 50 goals in 50 games again (done eight times), maybe, but I don't think anyone will ever come close to [Gretzky's] record. I've definitely watched a few of the highlight-reel goals he scored that season. They were all pretty remarkable."

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Coyotes taking big-picture approach amid rough start

Tocchet, Chayka find positives despite 2-15-3 record in first 20 games

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

MONTREAL -- The Arizona Coyotes are 2-15-3, last in the NHL standings, seven points behind anyone else. They're the first team in the League's 100 years without a regulation win in the first 20 games of a season.

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MacKinnon hitting stride as No. 1 center for Avalanche

Has 15 points in 16 games after adjusting to new role last season

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

STOCKHOLM -- Nathan MacKinnon brings up their names, the elite players, just a few from the Central Division, as he talks about what it's like being the Colorado Avalanche's No. 1 center.

"You've got [Patrick] Kane or [Tyler] Seguin or [Vladimir] Tarasenko matching up against you the whole night," MacKinnon said. "It's different. It's a challenge."

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Bishop returns to Tampa for first time since being traded

Stars goalie was sent by Lightning to Kings on Feb. 26

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Ben Bishop is quick to remind anyone who will listen that Thursday won't be the first time he'll be in the visitors' locker room at Amalie Arena preparing to play the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-SW, NHL.TV).

"I actually got my first win with [the] Ottawa [Senators] here," the Dallas Stars goalie said Wednesday. "Back in 2012."

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Another day, another team, but Niemi still having fun

Now with Canadiens, working with former goaltending coach, confident he can play at high level

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

BROSSARD, Quebec -- His mask was white, blank. His goalie equipment was white with black and gold, to fit the Pittsburgh Penguins, but his pads had red stickers over the gold, to fit the Florida Panthers. The stickers were starting to peel.

What mattered most for Antti Niemi on Wednesday, though, was that his practice jersey displayed the crest of the Montreal Canadiens. He has another team, his third in three weeks, his fourth in five months. But he has another chance, however fleeting it might turn out to be.

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Bobrovsky's spectacular play saving day for Blue Jackets

Goalie helps Columbus win back-to-back games

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

MONTREAL -- He had no chance. At least he shouldn't have.

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Shattenkirk building confidence with Rangers by focusing on power play

Defenseman's focus on man-advantage fueling New York's six-game winning streak

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Kevin Shattenkirk wanted to come out on fire with the New York Rangers to prove he deserved the four-year, $26.6 million contract he signed on July 1, to show that he was the prize of the 2017 free agent class for a reason.

Instead, the 28-year-old defenseman, much like his team, found himself in a fog for most of the first month. He was worrying about impressing, which led to playing out of his element, thinking he could help turn around a woeful start by doing more than what was asked of him.

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Late Jets fan being honored in traveling jersey tribute

Friend arranges for it to reach all 31 NHL arenas with help from across League

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

A special Winnipeg Jets jersey was part of an equally special photo at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Oct. 6, when the Dallas Stars played the Vegas Golden Knights in the season opener for each. 

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