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Chicago Blackhawks

Blackhawks' Kane can set American point-streak mark

Saturday, 11.28.2015 /

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane can set the record for most consecutive games with a point by an American-born player at 19 on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (10:30 p.m. ET; WGN, FS-W).

Kane had the secondary assist on Duncan Keith's tying goal with 27 seconds left in the third period Friday against the Anaheim Ducks in a game the Blackhawks would win 3-2 in overtime. Kane tied Eddie Olczyk (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1989-90) and Phil Kessel (Boston Bruins, 2008-09) with a point in his 18th consecutive game.

Olczyk was the third pick in the 1984 NHL Draft by the Blackhawks and played for them for three seasons (1984-87). He is an analyst on CSN Chicago and NBC.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets' Dubinsky to have Player Safety hearing

Saturday, 11.28.2015 /

Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday for cross-checking the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby on Friday.

Dubinsky was assessed a two-minute penalty for cross-checking Crosby in the back of the neck at 18:40 of the second period.

Crosby went to the dressing room but returned for the start of the third period.

Around the League notebook: Friday, Nov. 27

Saturday, 11.28.2015 /


After a one-day break, the NHL returned Friday with 12 games, eight of which required overtime. Overall, 77 games have (22.6%) have gone past regulation; 52 have been decided in the 3-on-3 overtime period (67.5%).

* Via the Elias Sports Bureau, eight games went past regulation on the same day for the first time since Feb. 22, 2007 (also 8 of 12). Two teams secured victories after 60 minutes on both days: the Arizona Coyotes, who defeated the Calgary Flames in overtime on both occasions (GWG: Shane Doan in 2007, Oliver Ekman-Larsson in 2015); and the Montreal Canadiens, who had shootout victories on both dates (6-5 W at the Nashville Predators in 2007, 3-2 W at the New Jersey Devils in 2015).

NHL ties record; 8 games end in OT or shootout

Saturday, 11.28.2015 /

There were eight NHL games Friday that ended in overtime or a shootout, tying a record set Feb. 22, 2007.

Here are the games and how they ended:

New York Rangers

Rangers forward Stepan out with broken ribs

Friday, 11.27.2015 /

BOSTON -- New York Rangers center Derek Stepan sustained broken ribs during the second period of a 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Friday and will be out indefinitely, coach Alain Vigneault said.

Stepan was injured 8:06 into the second period when he made a pass up the right side of the Rangers' zone and was hit on the forecheck by Bruins forward Matt Beleskey. Stepan hit the wall awkwardly and had to be attended to by a trainer. Stepan skated off and didn't miss a shift the rest of the second period, but he did not play in the third.

"We lost a really good player and a key player for us, and hopefully he's going to be back soon," Rangers forward Derick Brassard said.

San Jose Sharks

Sharks' Couture participates in full practice: report

Friday, 11.27.2015 /

San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture participated in a full practice on Friday for the first time since sustaining a fractured right fibula Oct. 15, according to CSN Bay Area.

Couture took part in practice for 40 minutes and wasn't on a specific line. He worked with development coach Mike Ricci prior to practice, testing out his ankle.

"[Couture] looked great," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. "Obviously it's a process, and we're just starting to ease him back in to the group with his fitness and everything else, but it was really nice to have him there and I think it's a lift for the guys."

Minnesota Wild

Wild get forward Parise back in lineup against Jets

Friday, 11.27.2015 /

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise returned to the lineup Friday against the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center (4 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-N, FS-WI).

Parise returned to practice Thursday for the first time since injuring his right knee Nov. 5 and said he felt comfortable doing everything. He was medically cleared to play and joined teammates for morning skates prior to each of the past two games but had not taken part in contact drills until Thursday.

Edmonton Oilers

Oilers' McDavid progressing ahead of schedule: report

Friday, 11.27.2015 /

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, who sustained a fractured clavicle earlier this month, is progressing in his recovery and could return to the lineup in January, according to Sportsnet.

"He's ahead of schedule," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday. "He's been in the pool, been lifting weights. … There are no soft-tissue injuries, which is important. When you get a break like that, oftentimes there is accompanying soft-tissue injuries. That slows down the recovery."

McDavid, who fractured his clavicle Nov. 3 after crashing into the boards in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, had surgery and was expected to miss four months.

Fantasy Black Friday: Cubeta's bargain bin deals

Friday, 11.27.2015 /

Now that Thanksgiving has ended here in the United States, it's time for everyone to prepare for the holiday shopping spree that is Black Friday. And what better way to tie this crazy day into fantasy hockey than to give you a list of some of the best fantasy bargains.

I'll start by looking at three players (a forward, defenseman and goalie) that have provided the best bang for their buck to this point in the 2015-16 season, and then I'll give you three players (all available in at least 70 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues) that can be potential bargains for the remainder of this season.

Twelve predictions for second quarter of season

Friday, 11.27.2015 /

As the 2015-16 NHL season enters its second quarter, some may feel trends have been firmly established.

Not so.

A short 20-game sample can fool many into thinking what they are seeing is reality, whereas oftentimes it is simply an indication of a team or player either needing some time to warm up, or some time to come back to earth.

Here, then, are 12 bold predictions of what is absolutely guaranteed to happen in the second quarter of this season. You can take these to the bank. They are guaranteed.