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Lightning owner building legacy of winning, community involvement

NHL All-Star Weekend chance for Vinik to showcase investment in team

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Jeff Vinik has returned to his hotel suite for a 30-minute respite.

The popular 58-year-old chairman and governor of the Tampa Bay Lightning is between meetings with the NHL's Board of Governors on an early December afternoon in Manalapan, Florida. Stacks of papers cover the table near the living room, some neatly piled, some strewn about, all important to any number of his business ventures. The Sports Business Journal is sitting next to the stacks of papers. His laptop is open to the NHL.com stats page. Lightning forwards Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos are at the top as the League's leading scorers with 40 and 38 points, respectively.

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Nugent-Hopkins to miss 5-6 weeks for Oilers with cracked ribs

Center leads Edmonton in goals, ranks third in points

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will miss 5-6 weeks with cracked ribs.

"He's a guy that's going to be really missed," Oilers captain Connor McDavid said Friday.

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Shattenkirk's absence complicates Trade Deadline approach for Rangers

Play during defenseman's recovery from knee surgery likely to determine whether New York is buyer or seller

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The New York Rangers were already facing some difficult decisions ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 26 before their chances of reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs for an eighth consecutive season took a hit Friday.

The Rangers announced that defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will be out indefinitely because of a torn meniscus in his left knee that will require surgery, which he will have Monday. Shattenkirk, who has played in all 46 games this season and has 23 points (five goals, 18 assists), said he is planning to return before the end of the regular season so he can have "a meaningful impact."

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Shattenkirk out indefinitely for Rangers, will have surgery on left knee

Defenseman plans to return before end of regular season

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will be sidelined indefinitely because of a meniscus tear in his left knee and will have surgery Monday.

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game recap

Nash scores twice in Rangers win against Sabres

Forward gets three points, assists on Buchnevich winner late in third period

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Rick Nash scored two goals for the second straight game to help the New York Rangers defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday for their second straight win.

Pavel Buchnevich scored the game-winning goal at 16:02 of the third period, and had an assist on Nash's first goal, at 1:24 of the first period. Nash also had the assist on Buchnevich's goal. Nash has four goals in the past two games after not scoring in the previous 12.

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Sabres at Rangers preview

New York seeks consecutive wins for first time since Dec. 15-19; Buffalo 1-4-1 in past six games

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

SABRES (11-24-9) at RANGERS (23-17-5)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, MSG, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New York Rangers will try to win their second straight game for the first time in nearly a month when they host the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, in a rematch of the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

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Super 16

Super 16: Sharks return to top 10

Flames rise, Kings fall six spots in weekly rankings

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Three Pacific Division teams are in the top 10 of NHL.com Super 16 power rankings for the first time since Oct. 19. That one of those teams isn't the Los Angeles Kings might be the biggest surprise.

The Vegas Golden Knights stayed at No. 2, behind the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are No. 1 for a 14th consecutive week. The San Jose Sharks moved into the top 10, at No. 9, for the first time since Nov. 16, and the Calgary Flames are No. 10, their highest ranking since Nov. 22.

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Over The Boards

Mailbag: Green return to Capitals; draft options for Senators

NHL.com's Dan Rosen answers weekly questions

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Here is the Jan. 17 edition of Dan Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run every Wednesday throughout the 2017-18 NHL season. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

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Barzal's five-point game powers Islanders past Rangers

Rookie center has two goals, three assists; Halak makes 37 saves

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Rookie Mathew Barzal had his second five-point game of the season and his line combined for 12 points in the New York Islanders' 7-2 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Barzal, who also had five points against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 5, had two goals and three assists. Jordan Eberle had four assists and Anthony Beauvillier scored two goals and had an assist.

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Islanders at Rangers preview

Each team returns from five-day break for matinee at Garden; Dal Colle to make NHL debut

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

ISLANDERS (21-18-4) at RANGERS (22-15-5)

1 p.m. ET; MSG, MSG+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New York Rangers and New York Islanders return from a five-day break to play a matinee at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

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