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The Anaheim Ducks can clinch the playoffs on Wednesday with a victory against the Colorado Avalanche.

"It's satisfying but I mean it's not the result," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I remember hearing some people say at the beginning, 'Let's have a good year and we can maybe make the playoffs if we work hard. But from day one, I've always believed that if you don't shoot for the moon, you're not going to get there. If you put the bar low, anybody can reach it. But you've got to put the bar as high as you can and then try to achieve those goals." The Ducks have certainly achieved their high goals, much to the surprise of many who overlooked them after their rough 2011-12 campaign. Anaheim will almost certainly finish the season with the second seed in the Western Conference, although they still have an outside shot at the first seed.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 08:44:00 AM

Scott Hartnell is on the ice in morning practice alongside Ryan Johansen and Jeremy Morin.

It looks like Hartnell will be back in the lineup as he has been out of action since December 11 with a broken finger. Since he is still on the injured reserve list, the Blue Jackets will have to make a move to get him off the list and into the lineup tonight.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 27 - 10:08 AM

Patrik Elias has tested positive for the mumps.

Elias missed Tuesday's game due to the disease and he shouldn't be expected to play on Saturday. It's hard to say what impact this will have the team's upcoming lines as Peter DeBoer's firing means that new unit combinations might be coming anyways.
Dec 26 - 1:38 PM

The New Jersey Devils have reportedly fired head coach Peter DeBoer.

DeBoer led the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final in his first season, but New Jersey hasn't made it to the playoffs since. That's not entirely his fault as GM Lou Lamoriello has struggled to build a competitive team since Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk left the club in back-to-back summers. That being said, this comes less than a week after DeBoer lamented after a loss to Washington that the Capitals "were fresher than us, bigger, stronger, faster, deeper and their best players were their best players." That doesn't sound like the words of a man that still had faith in his team's ability and perhaps that played a role in his departure. Not that it's shocking that the Devils would fire a coach when facing a third straight season of missing the playoffs even without that.
Dec 26 - 12:39 PM

Brandon Sutter's test results came back negative for the mumps.

In light of that Sutter has been cleared to come out of isolation. It's not clear if he'll also be available for Saturday's game, but with all the players the Penguins are missing, they could certainly use the help.
Dec 26 - 11:22 AM

Steve Downie has the mumps.

Downie hasn't played since Dec. 20 and it's not clear how much more time he'll miss due to the disease. For now he'll remain in isolation from the team. In the meantime, the mixture of injuries and sick players in Pittsburgh might lead to Bryan Rust continuing to receive ice time on a line with Sidney Crosby.
Dec 26 - 11:17 AM

Aaron Ekblad has already broken Florida's franchise record for assists by a rookie defenseman.

He has 14 helpers in 32 games, which surpasses Dmitry Kulikov's total of 13 during the 2009-10 campaign. Ed Jovanovski had 21 points as a rookie and Ekblad is close to breaking that record as well. He leads all rookie blueliners in goals (5), assists (14), points (19) and plus-minus (plus-6). He also ranks second among all first-year players with 22:05 of average ice time per game.
Dec 26 - 6:25 AM

Jack Eichel's presence alone makes the United States a contender in the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship, which kicks off on Boxing Day in Toronto and Montreal.

Eichel is widely considered as the best U.S. prospect since Mike Modano in 1988. He would be a shoe-in for first overall in the 2015 NHL Draft if it weren't for Canadian prodigy Connor McDavid, who seems to have the edge on Eichel for now. Nonetheless, a New Year's Eve showdown between the two marvels might shift the tide if Eichel can outshine McDavid. The Boston University freshman will be one to watch over the tournament, along with 16-year-old Austin Matthews and 18-year-old's Alex Tuch, Sonny Milano and Dylan Larkin.
Dec 25 - 11:48 PM

Curtis Lazar is set to captain Team Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships, which get rolling on Boxing Day in Toronto and Montreal.

Lazar will lead a deep Canadian squad that includes a strong array of top-end forwards. Eight Canadians were first round NHL draft picks, and of course there is Connor McDavid who will be one of the top two picks in 2015. Team Canada will face immense pressure trying to win their first Juniors tournament since 2009 in front of the home crowd, and will be an exciting team to watch due to their offensive firepower.
Dec 25 - 11:36 PM

Ben Bishop appears as though he'll be back from a lower-body injury on Saturday.

Tampa Bay reassigned Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was up with the team on an emergency basis, to the minors on Wednesday. He played well during Bishop's absence, picking up two wins in three appearances. We'll keep you posted but it looks like fantasy owners will get Bishop back this weekend.
Dec 25 - 10:59 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy has been returned to AHL Syracuse.

He was up with the Lightning on an emergency recall, but Ben Bishop is poised to return to the lineup on Saturday. Vasilevskiy was impressive in three appearances with Tampa Bay. He posted a 2-1-0 record with a 2.01 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.
Dec 24 - 4:43 PM

John Scott has been suspended for four games for punching an unsuspecting opponent.

The incident occurred on Monday when he hit Anaheim forward Tim Jackman in front of the Ducks goal. Jackman was injured on the play and Scott is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the CBA. He will be eligible to return on Jan. 5 when the Sharks begin a three-game road trip in Winnipeg.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 24 - 2:38 PM




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