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Justin Abdelkader skated with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk in Thursday's intrasquad scrimmage.

Abdelkader potted two goals, while Datsyuk and Zetterberg produced one marker apiece, in Team Delvecchio's 4-0 win against Team Howe. Abdelkader feels be can "bring something different to that line," but he isn't sure if he'll get that chance when the regular season opens. Coach Mike Babcock wouldn't be surprised if the Abdelkader took big strides forward this season. "He's 26 years old, it's about that time to become a player in league, it takes that long," Babcock said. "He has confidence. Going to the (U.S.) Olympic camp hasn't hurt. You shoot two in the net, you just begin to think that's your job." Abdelkader has grit and he can finish scoring opportunities, so he could be a savvy pick in the latter rounds of your draft if he can stay on Detroit's top line.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 09:04:00 AM

Nicklas Backstrom had arthroscopic hip surgery on Wednesday afternoon.

"Based on the nature of this procedure we are confident that Nick will be completely healthy prior to the start of the 2015-16 regular season," said a statement by the Washington Capitals. He suited up in all 82 games during the regular season for the fifth time in his career and he has played six years without missing a game. Backstrom didn't reveal an injury after the Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs and an exact timetable for his recovery could be announced after he begins rehabilitating his hip several weeks from now.
May 28 - 11:53 AM

Ryan Getzlaf didn't like the way he played in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

"It started with me," Getzlaf said after Anaheim's 5-2 loss to Chicago on Wednesday night. "I was terrible." He didn't have a point, attempted only four shots, lost 11 of 15 faceoffs and finished with a minus-3 rating. Getzlaf has amassed 19 points in 15 games this playoffs and he's played very well even though he hasn't scored a goal since Game 1 of the second round against Calgary. He will look to rebound in Game 7 on Saturday night.
May 28 - 10:31 AM

Star defenseman Duncan Keith assisted on three goals in less than four minutes during the second period Wednesday night to help the Blackhawks defeat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

The seventh and deciding game of the series will be played Saturday night in Anaheim. Wednesday, there were no goals in the first period but the Hawks jumped ahead 3-0 in the second when Keith drew his 12th, 13th and 14th assists of the playoffs on goals by Brandon Saad (fifth), Marian Hossa (third) and Patrick Kane (10th). The Ducks cut Chicago's lead to 3-2 at 1:57 of the third period but Andrew Shaw scored his second goal of the post-season at 16:28 of the third to make it 4-2 for the Hawks. Shaw then found the empty net at 19:11 to cement the 5-2 victory for the Hawks. Andrew Desjardins assisted on both of Shaw's goals, his first two assists of the playoffs. Shaw also led the game in hits, with seven.
May 27 - 11:29 PM

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews may see time on the same line during Game 6.

Coach Joel Quenneville said he is considering the possibility, but the two of them were on separate lines in the morning skate. The Blackhawks have used Kane and Toews on the same line in the past and Bryan Bickell has typically been the third member of that combination. It's certainly something to keep an eye on for Wednesday night, as Chicago will look to send the Western Conference Final to a seventh game.
Source: NHL.com
May 27 - 4:39 PM

Peter DeBoer will be the next head coach of the San Jose Sharks, according to reports.

DeBoer was fired 36 games into the 2014-15 campaign after a 12-17-7 start to the season. The Devils missed the playoffs two straight years after losing in the Stanley Cup Final against Los Angeles. The Sharks and ex-coach Todd McLellan parted ways after the 2014-15 season after the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
May 27 - 1:41 PM

Washington GM Brian MacLellan admitted that re-signing Mike Green is "probably going to be a little complicated."

Green was Washington's highest-paid defenseman last season at just over $6 million, but he had a diminished role after Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik were added to the equation. He slipped to fifth among the team's blueliners in average ice time per game (19:06) but he remained the Capitals' top option for power-play situations. Green recorded 10 goals and 45 points in 72 games last year, but he may have to take a significant pay cut to stay in Washington. We would expect him to test the market because he could probably land a much better contract elsewhere, but a return to the Caps shouldn't be completely ruled out.
May 27 - 12:32 PM

Ryan Callahan tallied his first goal of the 2015 playoffs on Tuesday night.

He scored a power-play goal late in the first period after he was sprung on a breakaway by defenseman Anton Stralman. The former Rangers will try to send Tampa Bay into the Stanley Cup Final on Friday when they play in Game 7. Callahan's goal snapped a 24-game playoff drought that dates back to his days with the Blueshirts. He has four points in 18 postseason contests this year.
May 27 - 10:59 AM

Ben Bishop struggled through a difficult outing Tuesday as he allowed five goals on 26 shots in just over two periods of work as the Lightning were handed a 7-3 defeat by the Rangers.

Bishop has mixed a couple of strong performances in amongst a few less-than-stellar ones so far in this series so it's anyone's guess which version of the netminder will show up for Friday's Game 7. Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed one goal on seven shots in relief of Tampa Bay's starter.
May 26 - 11:13 PM

Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 36 of 39 shots Tuesday night as the Rangers cruised to a 7-3 victory over the Lightning.

King Henrik made a number of exceptional saves early in the contest to keep the score close and was rewarded when his teammates padded their lead in the final frame. The man known for his Game 7 heroics will get another opportunity in a series-deciding matchup Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
May 26 - 11:05 PM

Derick Brassard notched a hat trick and produced five points, as he and his Rangers teammates dominated the Lightning on Tuesday with a 7-3 victory to force Game 7.

The entire Rangers top line of Brassard, Rick Nash and J.T. Miller broke out in a big way as they combined for 13 points in the thrashing with Nash and Miller each registering a goal and three helpers. James Sheppard and Keith Yandle were the other goal scorers for the Blueshirts in the win.
May 26 - 11:02 PM

Ken Hitchcock will be back behind the bench in St. Louis for the 2015-16 season.

Coach Hitchcock has signed a one-year contract with the Blues after his future with the club was cloudy following another short playoff appearance. St. Louis has been incredibly successful during the regular season under Hitchcock, but he's won just one playoff series in four seasons.
May 26 - 11:20 AM




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