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Saku Koivu is reportedly preparing to play at home in Finland if the NHL lockout extends past Christmas, which is highly likely.

The Finnish newspaper Iltalehti reported that Koivu will sign with his hometown club TPS Turku of the Finnish league with plans to play after the holidays if there is no new NHL collective bargaining agreement.The 38-year-old center played several seasons for TPS Turku before breaking into the NHL and returned to play there during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Koivu skated in 74 games last season for the Anaheim Ducks and scored 11 goals and 27 assists. The 16-year NHL veteran signed a one-year contract extension with the Ducks this past May that is worth $3 million with another $800,000 available to him in bonuses.
Sat, Dec 15, 2012 11:13:00 AM

Zach Parise scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-1 win over Carolina.

Don't look now, but the Wild are on an incredible run. They have now won five games in a row and eight of their last nine. Parise picked up an assist on Mikael Granlund's game-winning goal in the third period before scoring a goal of his own less than two minutes later. The 30-year-old now has 26 goals and 50 points in 58 games this season. Parise has now registered back-to-back multi-point games for the Wild. Charlie Coyle also scored for Minnesota.
Mar 6 - 9:42 PM

Thomas Greiss will play between the pipes on Friday.

Greiss has a 2.82 GAA and .906 save percentage in 14 contests this season. He's won three of his last four games, but he allowed at least three goals in three of those contests.
Mar 6 - 4:47 PM

The Boston Bruins have signed Reilly Smith to a two-year, $6.85 million contract extension.

Smith will consequently come with an annual cap hit of $3,425,000 through the 2016-17 campaign. He has 12 goals and 35 points in 63 games this season. Smith, who comes with a $1.4 million cap hit in 2014-15, would have become a restricted free agent this summer.
Mar 6 - 11:49 AM

Torey Krug has agreed to a one-year, $3.4 million extension with Boston.

Krug is getting a big raise over the $1.4 million he's earning for the 2014-15 campaign. That's to be expected though as he has 11 goals and 31 points in 59 contests. He would have been eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer.
Mar 6 - 11:46 AM

Nathan MacKinnon is expected to miss the next six-to-eight weeks with a fractured foot.

There's only five weeks left in the regular season, so it seems safe to drop MacKinnon in standard fantasy leagues. With 14 goals and 38 points in 64 contests, it's fair to say that MacKinnon's sophomore season didn't go as planned, but he's certainly not the first player to take a step back in his second season. We'll be looking for him to bounce back in 2015-16.
Mar 6 - 11:43 AM

Jaroslav Halak allowed three goals on 31 shots as the Islanders topped the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Thursday night.

Halak improves to 34-13-1, just two wins shy of league-leader Carey Price and one short of Pekka Rinne, who he beat on Thursday. His .911 save percentage and 2.48 goals against average aren't quite in the league of the two goalies mentioned, but as long as he keeps scooping up the victories, Halak is one of the best fantasy goaltenders in the game right now.
Mar 6 - 1:47 AM

Pekka Rinne couldn't handle the potent Islanders offense on Thursday night as he surrendered four goals on 26 shots for his fourth straight loss.

Rinne has allowed 14 goals in his past four games in what has been one of his worst stretches of the season so far. Nashville has faced tough competition though with Detroit, Minnesota and both New York teams providing the losses. He still has a marvelous 35-12-3 record with a .926 save percentage and 2.14 goals against average.
Mar 6 - 1:44 AM

Jhonas Enroth came in for a struggling Kari Lehtonen on Thursday night and earned the shootout victory over Florida by making 10 saves in regulation and another three in overtime.

Enroth came in just past the halfway point in the second period after Lehtonen had allowed three goals on 14 shots. A change in scenery was thought to be a boost to Enroth's stat line, but he's just 1-4 since joining Dallas with an .877 save percentage and 3.21 goals against average.
Mar 6 - 1:16 AM

Alex Ovechkin (lower-body) won't play in Thursday's game against Minnesota.

Ovechkin has played in 96 consecutive games coming into this one. The last game he missed was on January 24th, 2014 in New Jersey. The 29-year-old Hart Trophy candidate has been a huge part of Washington's success this season. He has 43 goals and 67 points in 65 games this season.
Mar 5 - 6:38 PM

Tyler Seguin (knee) skated with his teammates on Thursday for the first time.

He appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery. "Tyler is really closing in on 'day to day' for us," coach Lindy Ruff said. "So I would say probably within a week...or sooner. It depends on how he responds to some heavy workouts here today and tomorrow." Seguin is feeling better but he knows he still has work to do. Still, it's encouraging to see that he's moving in the right direction.
Mar 5 - 2:35 PM

Trevor Daley will be out of action for two-to-four weeks, according to coach Lindy Ruff.

He was injured on a knee-on-knee hit by Islanders winger Matt Martin on Tuesday. Martin received a one-game suspension on the play.
Mar 5 - 1:20 PM

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