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Predators-Flames Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:10:46 PDT)
Matt Cullen's return has provided another spark for the Nashville Predators, who are off to a solid start with first-year coach Peter Laviolette and a host of newcomers.

Fantasy top 30 goalies: Scrivens, Lehner solid adds (NHL)
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:00:00 PDT)
Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trending players and more, Goldman will be your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.

Will Arnett and Jay Baruchel lead Canadian team celebrity fandom (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:48:19 PDT)
Will Arnett does not shy away from being a Maple Leafs fan. The former “Arrested Development” actor, who hails from East York, Ontario got to live his dream – or nightmare maybe – of coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs in the below video. This comes on the heels of Montreal Canadiens commercials where “This is the End” star and Habs superfan Jay Baruchel creeps on some players. The recent actor love for these teams got us thinking. Who are our favorite celeb fans of other Canadian franchises?  Ottawa Senators … Matthew Perry: The former “Friends” actor was raised in Ottawa. Though he often claims the Kings, we’ll take the excuse that he can root for Los Angeles in the Western Conference and Ottawa in the Eastern Conference. Thankfully for Perry, they’ve never met in the Stanley Cup Final. Vancouver Canucks … Cobie Smulders: On “How I Met Your Mother," Smulders never hid her love of hockey, or the Canucks, often wearing shirts honoring her team … even after the Canucks crashed and burned in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Honorable mention goes to Elvis Costello who 'pumped it up' for the Canucks in the 2011 postseason.  Edmonton Oilers … Kevin Smith: The film director and New Jersey native is somehow an Oilers fan. We don’t get it, but his movies often include hockey scenes, so we dig it. Winnipeg Jets … Neil Young: The rock, and Manitoba, legend  famously gave up rooting for the San Jose Sharks to pull for the newly reincarnated Jets. Calgary Flames … Bret Hart:  The former and pro wrestler Calgary, Alberta native is the co-founder of the Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen and one of its original owners.    

Canadiens beat Flames 2-1 in shootout (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:59:03 PDT)
Carey Price had full confidence that P.A. Parenteau would score the winning goal in the shootout. Parenteau did just that, snapping a shot past Jonas Hiller to give Price and the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night. ''He told me he was going to take care of business,'' said Price, who made 37 saves before stopping shootout attempts by Jiri Hudler, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. He really came up big for us there.'' Tom Gilbert scored in the second period for the Canadiens (8-2-0), who lost their previous seven games in Calgary.

National Hockey League roundup
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:20:41 PDT)
(The Sports Xchange) - Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was placed on injured reserve with a fractured finger by the Columbus Blue Jackets, who added goalie Anton Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons. Bobrovsky was struck by a puck in practice on Monday and is expected to miss up to two weeks. He is 4-4-0 with a 2.81 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in eight games this season. ...

Dallas GM Jim Nill sees future in the Stars: 'There's a time for everything' (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:23:33 PDT)
Jim Nill took his time before finally becoming an NHL GM, and the lessons he learned are paying off for the Dallas Stars.

Canadiens-Flames Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:00:58 PDT)
The Montreal Canadiens' three-game trip through Western Canada is off to a bumpy start, and it's about to get tougher. The Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens attempt to bounce back from just their second defeat of the season Tuesday night with their first road win over the Calgary Flames in almost 13 years. Montreal (7-2-0) is tied with Anaheim for the league's overall lead, but it followed a perfect four-game homestand with Monday's 3-0 loss at Edmonton. History indicates rebounding from that defeat at Calgary (5-4-1) is unlikely.

Luongo's 'deer in headlights'; Darling's journey to NHL; Scott to have hearing (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:18:12 PDT)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. 

Fantasy All-Access: Buy low on MacKinnon, Rask (NHL)
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:00:00 PDT)
On average, forward Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche was drafted in the third round in Yahoo leagues, but he has no goals and four assists in nine games. This start might have owners thinking sophomore slump, but don't forget he had seven points in his first 11 games last season, yet finished the season with 56 points in his next 71. The talented center could be had for a low price. FANTASY HOCKEY ANALYSIS The 2014-15 NHL season is underway, so NHL.com has you covered with weekly fantasy hockey positional rankings, real-time spin updates and waiver wire advice. ...

Continuing adventures of Tim Peel, Terrible NHL Referee (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:04:11 PDT)


Lots of Power Play scoring (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:07:00 PDT)
Michael Finewax reports that 3 weeks into the season, 17 teams are at a 20 percent rate on the pp while only 3 teams did so last year.

What We Learned: Are the Minnesota Wild lucky or good? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:11:03 PDT)


Kelowna Rockets' Nick Merkley gets four points in blowout of Brandon: Saturday's 3 Stars (Buzzing The Net)
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 06:46:43 PDT)


Waiver Wired: Hamilton Rising (Rotoworld)
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:39:00 PDT)
Looking for help because of injuries to Hedman and Chara? Corey Abbott has some thoughts and more in Waiver Wired.

NHL Three Stars: Nielsen leads Islanders rally; Jagr, Larsson win in OT (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:26:27 PDT)


Ward scores 2, lifts Caps to 3-1 win over Flames (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:24:46 PDT)
Dropped to the fourth line by Barry Trotz, Joel Ward responded just as the Washington Capitals coach knew he would. Ward scored two goals - including the game-winner - to lead the Capitals to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

NHL-Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:18:04 PDT)
(Adds late games) Oct 25 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games. - - Penguins 3, Predators 0 The Nashville Predators finally have something in common with the rest of the NHL: a regulation loss. Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots for his 29th career shutout Saturday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins bagged a win before a sellout crowd at Bridgestone Arena. Crosby swatted in the rebound of his shot past Pekka Rinne at 6:21 of the first period for the only goal Pittsburgh needed.

Lightning-Wild Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:44:21 PDT)
The Tampa Bay Lightning had one of the most feared offensive attacks in the league even before Jonathan Drouin was healthy enough to make his NHL debut. Now that the rookie is getting into form, Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo knows his club will face an even tougher task to stop the Lightning. Tampa Bay looks to take four of five on a road trip that ends Saturday night in Minnesota. It's not surprising the Lightning (5-2-1) are led in goals by two-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner Steven Stamkos, who scored his sixth in the first period of Friday's 4-2 victory over Winnipeg.

Neal 'blindsided' by trade; Panthers to broadcast in Spanish; Bailey out with broken hand (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:28:45 PDT)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

Nicklas Backstrom on Top (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:53:00 PDT)
Michael Finewax reports that Nicklas Backstrom is the first player from his class to hit the 500 point mark in 'The Week Ahead'

Capitals-Flames Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:28:34 PDT)
Hopeful that Sean Monahan is back on track offensively, the Calgary Flames might have another reason to believe their early success will continue. The Flames expect their talented, young forward to build on a two-goal performance when they host the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. Monahan ranked fourth among NHL rookies with 22 goals last season, but didn't have any before snapping a six-game point drought with two scores in Calgary's 5-0 rout of Carolina on Thursday. ''Sooner or later, a guy with that skill is going to break out,'' said linemate Joe Colborne, who assisted on both goals to increase his team lead to eight.

Dose: B's Lose Big Z (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:49:00 PDT)
Friday's Dose discusses Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton's gains without Zdeno Chara, shutout streaks and much more.

NHL Three Stars: Neal tricks Blackhawks; Quick sets record (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:10:33 PDT)


Monahan, Hiller lift Flames over Hurricanes 5-0 (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:40:46 PDT)
Sean Monahan burst onto the scene as a rookie last season with the Calgary Flames, scoring six goals in his first eight games. Through eight games this season, Monahan had just two assists and no goals, despite the fact he was second on the team with 20 shots. Monahan's drought ended in a big way when he scored his first two goals of the season to lead Calgary to a 5-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night. ''Obviously it's been quite a few games,'' said Monahan, named the game's first star.

NHL Fantasy Hockey: Why Tyler Seguin a Stud, Matt Moulson a Dud (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:16:10 PDT)
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website   DobberHockey   back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.   Most teams are about six or seven games into the season and poolies are starting to get antsy about their goaltenders. But let's not forget that on October 31, 2013 Henrik Lundqvist was 3-5-0 with a 0.908 SV%. And Jonathan Quick was 8-4-0, which was pretty good but in fantasy his 0.903 SV% wasn't quite as rewarding. Here are some struggling netminders - and how you should play them… Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes - I have been pretty tough on Ward over the years and he's giving me no reason to change that. And Anton Khudobin has been impressive for brief stints with several teams now. I said in the preseason that Ward is the Golden Boy - meaning the Hurricanes need him to be successful more than any other player short of Eric Staal. So he'll get all the opportunities early on. But eventually it will become pretty clear that Khudobin is the better option if they want to win hockey games. Well, this transition seems to be happening sooner than I thought and Ward should be traded or dropped as soon as possible - assuming for some reason you still have him. Hopefully he was only a No.4 goalie on your squad. Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers - Mason is also a Golden Boy. The Flyers are desperate for a young goaltender with upside to become the face of the franchise and they'll be giving Mason all the easy match-ups they possibly can. Meanwhile, Emery will get the tough opponents (look no further than Thursday night). What I'm saying is - no matter how much Mason sucks, and he'll certainly have his moments, he's still getting 30 to 34 wins. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche - Still looking for his first win, but he's on a team that has only one of them. And he's been injured for a week on top of that. Varly is expected to return Friday. Most of us projected at least a small regression for the Avalanche. But a slow start like this is too much - this is easily a playoff team so the wins will start to roll in and Varlamov will get at least 35 of them if he can stay healthy. If there was ever a time to buy low on him, that time is now. John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks - Gibson has had a slow start to his campaign, including a stint in the AHL. Regardless of the fact that he's the most highly-touted prospect goaltender in the world, or that he made a huge impression in the NHL postseason last spring, Frederik Andersen is better. Andersen has been the top goalie in the league so far and he'll continue to get the starts as long as he stays healthy. Andersen was injured twice last year, so he may not be able to handle it - but if he can play 65-plus games he will. That means Gibson is not going to help you this year. In fact this has the potential to be the next Jonathan Quick/Jonathan Bernier situation in which the younger guy is stuck warming the bench for big chunks of several seasons.  Studs... These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...  Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars (4-5-5-10, plus-6, 2 PIM, 18 SOG, 3 PPPts) - After a slow start, Seguin and buddy Jamie Benn took flight against the Blue Jackets and haven't looked back. Now they're looking like this year's version of the 2011 Getzlaf-Perry connection. Torey Krug, Boston Bruins (3-2-3-5, plus-5, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 2 PPPts) - The 23-year-old has 55 points in his last 98 regular season and playoff games, making him one of the most prolific point producing blueliners in that span.  Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers (6-2-7-9, even, 0 PIM, 32 SOG, 3 PPPts) - This is a big difference from his craptacular start from a year ago, when it took 16 games for Giroux to score his first goal and six games to earn his first assist. With a hot start like this, a return to 90-plus points could be in the cards. 

Hurricanes-Flames Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:56:31 PDT)
Following some solid play during a six-game trip, the Calgary Flames stumbled with an overtime loss to open a long-awaited homestand. Now the Flames will try to bounce back Thursday night with their sixth consecutive home win against the injury-ravaged Carolina Hurricanes, who are looking to avoid a club-record six straight losses to open the season. Calgary (4-3-1) allowed just 13 goals while winning four games on its recent road swing, including impressive victories over Nashville and Chicago on back-to-back nights. The Flames, though, fell to 0-2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome with Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay in the opener of a five-game homestand.

Fantasy Top 60 'D': Flames' Brodie heating up (NHL)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:00:00 PDT)
Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.

NHL Three Stars: Night of the OT thrillers (and goalie interference) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:17:53 PDT)
No. 1 Star: Kevin Klein, New York Rangers Klein needed to do his goalie Henrik Lundqvist a solid after a few pucks had gone in off the defenseman this season, including one against the New Jersey Devils. So he gave Lundqvist the win with the third game-winner of his eight-season career, scoring at 2:18 of overtime to complete a Rangers rally for the 4-3 win. No. 2 Star: Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs Phil The Thrill led the Leafs’ rally on Long Island, scoring two goals and assisting on one by James van Riemsdyk as Toronto blew past the New York Islanders, 5-2. No. 3 Star: Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning Palat’s sweet backhand goal on a point blast from Anton Stralman gave the Bolts a 2-1 overtime victory against the Calgary Flames, as Evgeni Nabokov outdueled Karri Ramo. Honorable Mention: Antti Raata made 32 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks scored three first-period goals in a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Patrick Kane had two goals. … It wasn’t pretty, but the Boston Bruins defeated the San Jose Sharks, 5-3. Seth Griffith scored his first NHL goal. Torey Krug and Milan Lucic had 3-point nights. Logan Couture had two goals. … David Desharnais was the OT hero for the Montreal Canadiens, as they defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1. The Nashville Predators won again, this time in a shootout over the Arizona Coyotes. Ryan Ellis scored a goal in regulation and the eventual winner in the shootout. … Adam Lowery scored his first NHL goal and Dustin Byfuglien added the back-breaker in the second as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 21 of 22 shots. … The Dallas Stars got two goals from Erik Cole and a slew of other multi-point games in doubling the Vancouver Canucks. … Rick Nash scored his eighth for the Rangers. … Brad Boyes’ OT goal at 2:23 gave the Florida Panthers a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who rallied from three goals down.   Did You Know? The Devils and Rangers were a combined 5-for-8 on the power play. Dishonorable Mention: Thomas Hickey and Travis Hamonic were a minus-3. … Ryan Miller was pulled after giving up five goals on 13 shots. … Nick Bonino, Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins were minus-3; Kevin Bieksa was a minus-4. … This goalie interference penalty was bad. … This goalie interference penalty was terrible.  ... In fact, the overall officiating in the Panthers/Avs game was terrible. 

Fantasy Nuggets (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:54:00 PDT)
Kevin Brown's weekly installment of the Fantasy Nuggets highlights a number of unheralded defensemen making a name for themselves in fantasy circles.

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