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Fantasy top 30 goalies: Giving thanks to backups (NHL)
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:22:00 PST)
Every week during the season, 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.

Is Devan Dubnyk the answer? (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:22:00 PST)
Michael Finewax looks at Arizona's problems and wonders if it can be solved by putting Devan Dubnyk between the pipes.

Ranking every black NHL jersey ever on Black Friday (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:15:48 PST)

Oilers-Blues Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:33:30 PST)
The St. Louis Blues are among the best defensive teams in the NHL, but they've lost goaltender Brian Elliott indefinitely.

Alfredsson expected to announce retirement (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:24:58 PST)
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is expected to announce his retirement in the city where he became an NHL star.

Three Periods: On the Blues, Brodeur & rookie Allen; Weiss battles back for Wings; NHL notes (Yahoo Sports)
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:28:26 PST)
Three Periods: Martin Brodeur effect on St. Louis Blues rookie goalie Jake Allen; Stephen Weiss battles back for the Detroit Red Wings; NHL notes on the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and Pavel Datsyuk.

Senators-Panthers Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:17:09 PST)
The Ottawa Senators jumped out to a strong start this season in large part because of defensive consistency and strong goaltending.

Flyers-Red Wings: 5 things you need to know (NBC on Yahoo Sports)
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:32:02 PST)
Flyers at Red Wings 7:30 p.m., NBCSN/TCN The Flyers (8-9-3) will try to snap a five-game road losing streak when they take on the Detroit Red Wings (11-5-5) at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night. Here’s five things you should know before puck drop: 1. All about that Mase Let’s be clear: Steve Mason earned a point Monday night on Long Island, not the Flyers. It took a shootout for the Islanders to finally solve Mason, who made a season-high 46 saves from all angles in regulation/overtime for his first shutout of the season before allowing two goals in the dreaded shootout. The Flyers’ netminder was visibly upset after the game. You could tell he was disappointed with the team’s performance, but still tried to keep some of the attention on himself. "It's frustrating, but at the same time ... it has to be frustrating for the players when you don't perform well and you let in crap goals (in other games),” Mason said (see full story) . “It's just frustrating not being able to get the extra point.” Mason has every right to be agitated. He’s posted a 1.32 goals-against average in his last three starts but has just one win to show for it. Strong goaltending was absent in the early portion of the Flyers’ schedule, but it’s the least of the team’s worries right now. 2. Avoid the shootout The Flyers need to do everything they can to just win games in regulation or overtime. The shootout clearly isn’t doing them any favors. Since the shootout was instituted in 2005-06, the Flyers have posted an NHL-worst 27-54 record in the gimmick. They’ve dropped all three shootouts they’ve participated in this season and eight straight dating back to last season, when they went 3-8 overall. Flyers captain Claude Giroux was asked Monday if the Flyers’ shootout woes are starting to become frustrating. His answer was predictable. “Of course,” he said (see full story) . “Any time you have a chance to win and get an extra point in the shootout you wanna get it.” Flyers shooters have converted on just one of their 10 shootout attempts this season. Giroux potted the lone goal. Let’s just say there’s room for improvement. 3. Injuries Update: Forward Michael Raffl (lower-body) is making progress in his rehab. He initially was expected to miss Wednesday's game and return this weekend, but the 25-year-old could play against Detroit. Head coach Craig Berube said Raffl will be a game-time decision. Raffl scored two goals and added an assist in the Flyers' 4-2 win over the Red Wings on Oct. 25. Fellow forward Chris VandeVelde also has a lower-body ailment. He missed his second consecutive game Monday. His status for Wednesday night is questionable. For the Red Wings, goalie Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder) and defenseman Brendan Smith (hand) are out. Center Pavel Datsyuk missed his fourth straight game Monday with a sore groin, but will suit up against the Flyers. 4. Keep an eye on … Flyers: When Jakub Voracek isn’t piling up points, none of the Flyers are. The 25-year-old has been held off the scoresheet just three times this season. It’s no coincidence that all three of those contests were shutout losses. It wasn’t from a lack of effort, however. Voracek has easily been the Flyers’ most consistent forward all season. He’s been strong with the puck on his stick and has done a tremendous job finding open lanes to create opportunities. He’s due for a clutch goal. Don’t be surprised if he gets it Wednesday night. Red Wings: Big-name forwards like Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Datsyuk tend to steal the headlines but there’s another offensive force emerging in Detroit. I’m talking about Gustav Nyquist, who has a team-high 10 goals through 21 games for the Red Wings. The 25-year-old is an elusive skater and possesses tremendous offensive abilities. He’s a natural center, but has converted nicely to the wing. He’s not the biggest forward (5-11, 185), but he’ll burn any team if he’s given time and space. 5. This and that • The Flyers have won three consecutive matchups against the Red Wings, scoring 15 goals during that stretch. • Giroux has two goals and five assists in his last four games vs. Detroit. • In his second game of the season, Stephen Weiss scored two goals in the Red Wings’ 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators Monday. Weiss had two markers in 26 games last season, his first with Detroit. • The Flyers are just 3 for 31 on the power play in opposing arenas this season. • The Red Wings are 12 for 40 on the man advantage in their last nine games. -- Tim Riday,

Fantasy top 60 'D': Giordano powers blue line feast (NHL)
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:30:00 PST)
Every Wednesday during the season, 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-Highlights of Tuesday's NHL games
(Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:37:20 PST)
Nov 25 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's National Hockey League games. - - - Senators 3, Blues 2 (SO) Bobby Ryan scored the only goal in the shootout, lifting the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win over the St Louis Blues. Robin Lehner stopped all three St Louis (14-6-2) shots in the shootout from T.J. Oshie, Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko. Ottawa (9-7-4) sent the game to overtime with two goals in the third period, including the tying goal by Alex Chiasson with 41 seconds to play. ...

NHL Three Stars: Seguin nets two; Miller blanks Devils (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:58:03 PST)
No. 1 Star: Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars Another multi-goal game for Seguin, as the Stars star is up to 17 goals on the season with a 2-goal second period in their 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. No. 2 Star: Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks Miller made 20 saves in shutting out the New Jersey Devils, 2-0. Alex Burrows and Shawn Matthias had the goals. This was a shutout vs. former Canuck Cory Schneider. No. 3 Star: Danny Briere, Colorado Avalanche Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Briere flung the puck towards Zach Redmond, but it deflected off the stick of Martin Hanzal and past Mike Smith at 3:16 into overtime to complete an Avs’ rally, 4-3 over the Arizona Coyotes. Gabe Landeskog had two goals in the win. Honorable Mention: Evander Kane scored two goals and Michael Hutchinson made 32 saves as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2. Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd both had a goal and an assist. … Bobby Ryan scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Ottawa Senators defeated the St. Louis Blues, 3-2. … James Neal scored in the sixth round of the shootout as the Nashville Predators outlasted the Los Angeles Kings, 4-3. Marian Gaborik and Craig Smith had a goal and an assist. … Fredrik Andersen outdueled Jonas Hiller as the Anaheim Ducks topped the Calgary Flames, 3-2. Corey Perry scored his 12th. Did You Know? The Coyotes are 0-for-20 on power plays in their last five home games, including 0-for-1 on Tuesday. Dishonorable Mention: Reto Berra lasted eight shots, giving up three goals for the Avs. … Marek Zidlicky was a minus-2 and had a brutal turnover that led to Vancouver’s second goal, which went in off of him. … Brian Elliott left the Blues’ game with an injury. … Erik Johnson was injured in a collision with Martin Hanzal. … Ryan Garbutt went knee-on-knee with Taylor Hall. … Finally, Chris Thorburn was given an instigator after he jumped Jared Boll, following Boll’s charging penalty on Paul Postma:

Senators rally in 3rd period, beat Blues in SO (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:47:16 PST)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Bobby Ryan just missed scoring the winning goal in overtime. Given another chance in the shootout, Ryan came through for the Ottawa Senators.

Tom Sestito has some thoughts on Ferguson (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:42:44 PST)
Tom Sestito is forward for the Vancouver Canucks. On Monday night, like so many of us, he had opinions about the decision by a grand jury not to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, as well as the civil unrest in the community that followed.  So he went on Twitter.

McDavid talks fight; fancy stats all-stars; controversial junior hockey mascot benched (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:27:29 PST)
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.

NHL team values zoom upwards per Forbes (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:31:17 PST)
Forbes released its annual NHL team valuations Tuesday. Though some team officials gripe at these, saying that they're off for whatever reasons -- the news is generally positive. First, the good according to Forbes: "Fueled by a new Canadian media deal with Rogers Communications that begins with the 2014-15 season, the average NHL team value rose 18.6% during the past year, to an all-time high of $490 million. The 12-year, $4.6 billion agreement, which gave Rogers rights to all NHL games in Canada, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms, in all languages, is worth 2.6 times more annually than the league’s previous Canadian deals." Now the sort of bad -- which we already knew ... that the NHL lags behind other major North American pro sports because these television deals don't exactly equate to what MLB, the NFL or the NBA get from their respective partners: "The Rogers media deal notwithstanding, the NHL remains the most tribal of the four major North American team sports because the NBA, NFL and MLB still have much bigger equally-shared national media and sponsorship deals." And the mistake: "Still, 29 of the 30 teams rose in value, and the one exception, the Florida Panthers (down 21%), was due to a  mistake I made last September in reporting the sale price of the team as $240 million, which we used for our value of the team two months later. But subsequent to the publication of our 2013 valuations I learned that the true sale price was $160 million (the widely reported price of $250 million at the time of the deal included future operating losses that should not be included in calculating an enterprise value). Had we used the correct sale price of $160 million the value of the Panthers would have increased 19%." So for those who were chirping for the Panthers to move out of South Florida because of one game where they had miserable attendance ... chill.  Now that we have that all out there, nothing on their list is truly a major, super big surprise. The big market teams are worth more than the smaller market teams. Also, the falling Canadian dollar is not accounted for, since it says it uses the 93 cents per-US dollar figure from the 2013-14 season. It's currently (as of Tuesday anyway) at 89 cents per-US dollar.  Either way, when the NHL says business is on an upward tick, it's not kidding. Granted, we often bemoan how it could be better -- which it can. Yes, the league is locked into these super long-term television deals now, which have equated to a short-term windfall, but may look bad by the time they're up.  But at least for the moment, mostly everyone seems happy.  Note the Islanders massive increase in value -- which likely stems from a pending move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, away from that haven called Uniondale.  Below is the Forbes list of franchises and their values.  Rank Team Current Value (millions) % Change from 2013 `1 Toronto Maple Leafs 1,300 13 2 New York Rangers 1,100 29 3 Montreal Canadiens 1,000 29 4 Chicago Blackhawks 825 32 5 Vancouver Canucks 800 14 6 Boston Bruins 750 25 7 Philadelphia Flyers 625 25 8 Los Angeles Kings 580 29 9 Detroit Red Wings 570 21 10 Pittsburgh Penguins 565 18 11 Washington Capitals 500 21 12 Edmonton Oilers 475 19 13 Calgary Flames 451 7 14 San Jose Sharks 425 5 15 Dallas Stars 420 26 16 Ottawa Senators 400 5 17 Minnesota Wild 370 12 18 Anaheim Ducks 365 22 19 Colorado Avalanche 360 7 20 Winnipeg Jets 358 5 21 New Jersey Devils 330 3 22 New York Islanders 300 54 23 Buffalo Sabres 288 15 24 Nashville Predators 250 22 25 St. Louis Blues 235 27 26 Tampa Bay Lightning 230 28 27 Arizona Coyotes 225 12 28 Carolina Hurricanes 220 18 29 Columbus Blue Jackets 200 14 30 Florida Panthers 190 - 21   MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

Senators-Blues Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:45:15 PST)
The St. Louis Blues return home with momentum on their side after closing their road trip with back-to-back victories.

Weiss scores 2 goals, Red Wings beat Senators 4-3 (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:33:25 PST)
DETROIT (AP) -- Welcome back, Stephen Weiss.

NHL Three Stars: Malkin slams Bruins; Mason stops in loss; Weiss on the board (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:50:31 PST)
No. 1 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins Scored two goals, including the game-winner in Pittsburgh’s nationally televised Monday 3-2 overtime victory over Boston No. 2 Star: Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers Vanquished in the shootout, but stopped 46 shots on goal by the powerful Islanders in a 1-0 loss to New York.   No. 3 Star: Stephen Weiss, Detroit Red Wings In just his second game of the season, the oft-injured center scored two goals in leading Detroit to a 4-3 win over Ottawa. Honorable Mention:   Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby scored one goal and added two assists … Pens defenseman Kris Letang had three assists … Bruins defenseman Joe Morrow scored the first goal of his NHL career … Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson scored one goal and added one assist … Senators goaltender Craig Anderson saw 43 shots on goal in the loss to Detroit … Minnesota’s Jason Zucker scored two goals … Wild defenseman Ryan Suter notched one assist and was a plus-3 … Ottawa’s Kyle Turris scored a goal and added an assist … Detroit’s Luke Glendening was a minus-2   Did You Know?: Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury became the third-youngest goalie to 300 regular season wins, trailing only Martin Brodeur and Terry Sawchuk. Dishonorable Mention: Florida captain Willie Mitchell was a minus-3 … Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo made 34 saves on 37 Wild shots on goal faced … Ottawa’s Eric Gryba was a minus-2 … The Flyers and Islanders didn’t score a goal in regulation and overtime. The game had to be decided in a shootout … Pittsburgh’s Beau Bennett was a minus-2 … Boston’s Reilly Smith and Dennis Seidenberg were each a minus-2. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY  

Soviet legend Viktor Tikhonov, viewed as a hockey villain in the West, changed the game forever (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:24:46 PST)
Viktor Tikhonov was a mysterious figure who led the Soviet 'Red Machine' to three Olympic golds and eight world championships, and forever changed the way the game is played with his coaching innovations.

Quinn leaves indelible mark on junior hockey in Canada (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:22:14 PST)
The legendary Pat Quinn will be remembered as a great orator and the last man to coach Team Canada to world junior gold.

Jarome Iginla stuck on zero (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:52:00 PST)
Plenty of good players have zero or one point on the power play thus far. See who they are in Michael Finewax's Power Play Report.

Fantasy All-Access: Hutchinson emerging for Jets (NHL)
(Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:00:00 PST)
Every Monday, contributor Matt Sitkoff identifies waiver wire pickups, roster trends, schedule notes and a prospect to watch in fantasy hockey.

What We Learned: Failure could be Edmonton Oilers' only path to success (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:07:27 PST)

Senators-Red Wings Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:01:12 PST)
Poor third-period play plagued the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings in their most recent games.

Wired: Detroit's new threat (Rotoworld)
(Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:16:00 PST)
Tatar, Versteeg, Killorn and more make an appearance in this week's edition of Waiver Wired.

NHL Three Stars: Enroth, Pickard shine in the crease (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:44:01 PST)

Mitchell's goal lifts Sabres past Capitals, 2-1 (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:22:55 PST)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Buffalo coach Ted Nolan would rather discuss perseverance than luck. The Sabres used a little of both to extend their winning streak.

Steen lifts Blues to 3-2 win over Senators (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:29:20 PST)
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Clarke MacArthur had a simple explanation why the Ottawa Senators couldn't erase a one-goal deficit against the St. Louis Blues in the third period - pure execution.

O Canada: First-quarter MVPs for the Great White North's seven NHL teams (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:57:32 PST)
Picking the first-quarter MVP for each of Canada's seven NHL teams.

Blues-Senators Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:34:01 PST)
Ken Hitchcock has watched his St. Louis Blues struggle to score to begin their road trip, but he's more concerned with their lackluster play in their own zone.

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