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Whirlwind trip for hockey fanatic has charitable payoff


Monday, 03.30.2015 / NHL.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- For years, Rob Suggitt dreamed about visiting every rink in the NHL.


Finally, he acted this year and finds himself in the midst of a whirlwind, month-long tour of hockey across North America.


Suggitt, a self-professed hockey fanatic from Edmonton, is on a quest to visit 30 different NHL rinks in 30 consecutive nights. It is part bucket-list adventure and part charity fundraiser. It has also been an unforgettable experience.


"For me, it's going to be the memories of this trip," Suggitt said as he sat at the Prudential Center before a game Sunday night between the New Jersey Devils and the Anaheim Ducks. "Right now, they are just incredible. As I finish it, I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life."




Columbus Blue Jackets

Fantasy All-Access: Blue Jackets' Atkinson heats up


Monday, 03.30.2015 / NHL.com

Every Monday, NHL.com contributor Matt Sitkoff identifies waiver wire pickups, roster trends, schedule notes and a prospect to watch in fantasy hockey.


April Fools' Day is celebrated this week and some players have been playing practical jokes on owners all season with streaks of hot and cold play.




Dubnyk, Atkinson and O'Reilly named stars of week


Monday, 03.30.2015 / NHL.com

NEW YORK – Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson and Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 29.


FIRST STAR – DEVAN DUBNYK, G, MINNESOTA WILD


Dubnyk went 4-0-0 with a 1.22 goals-against average and .962 save percentage to lead the Wild (44-25-7, 95 points) to four consecutive victories, including their franchise-record 10th straight on the road. He opened the week with 35 saves in a 2-1 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs March 23. Dubnyk followed that performance by stopping 37 shots – and all three attempts he faced in the shootout – in a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders March 24. He capped the week with victories on consecutive days, making 23 saves in a 4-2 triumph over the Calgary Flames March 27 and 31 stops in a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings March 28. The 28-year-old Regina, Sask., native has won a career-high 35 games while ranking second in the NHL with a 2.05 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 53 appearances this season. That includes a 26-6-1 record with a 1.70 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and five shutouts since joining the Wild Jan. 15.




Los Angeles Kings

Playoff Countdown: Kings, Blackhawks in rematch


Monday, 03.30.2015 / NHL.com

Saturday, April 11, marks the conclusion to the 2014-15 regular season. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the countdown to the end of the season and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15, NHL.com will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.


The Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues can clinch a berth in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday while the Los Angeles Kings continue their playoff push in a rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Final.


The Kings (37-24-14) face the Chicago Blackhawks (45-24-6), who they defeated in seven games last spring en route to their second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons.


While the Blackhawks are closing in on a seventh consecutive postseason berth, the Kings enter one point behind the Calgary Flames for third place in the Pacific and two points behind the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card into the playoffs from the West. They have a game in hand on each of those teams.




Playoff clinching scenarios for Monday, March 30


Monday, 03.30.2015 / NHL.com

With 13 days remaining in the regular season, there are 12 berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Two clubs can clinch playoff berths Monday, while the Anaheim Ducks can lock up the Pacific Division title:


* The St. Louis Blues would clinch a playoff berth if they win in regulation or overtime OR if they win in a shootout AND either the Calgary Flames or Los Angeles Kings lose in any fashion OR if they get one point and either the Flames lose in regulation OR the Flames lose in any fashion and the Kings lose in regulation. The Blues CANNOT clinch a playoff berth if they lose in regulation.




Minnesota Wild

Wild agree to terms with Hoffman, Palmquist


Monday, 03.30.2015 / NHL.com

The Minnesota Wild has agreed to terms with goaltender Brody Hoffman and defenseman Zach Palmquist to entry-level contracts for the 2015-16 season.


Hoffman, 24 (2/18/91), went 13-6-2 with a 2.06 goals-against average (GAA), a .922 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout in 22 games during his junior season with the University of Vermont in 2014-15. He ranked second in Hockey East and 18th in the NCAA in GAA. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound native of Wilkie, Saskatchewan, posted a record of 34-33-9 with a 2.45 GAA, a .914 SV% and three shutouts in 78 games during three seasons with the Catamounts.




St-Louis Blues

Elliott, Allen aim to end Blues playoff struggles in goal


Monday, 03.30.2015 / NHL.com

ST. LOUIS -- When St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock decided to start rookie goalie Jake Allen in a recent set of back-to-back games against the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins, that looming question that seems to hover around the Gateway City came to light again.


"Is there a goalie controversy in St. Louis?"


The question is understandable, considering the events of the past couple of seasons involving Jaroslav Halak, Brian Elliott and last season, when the Blues traded for Ryan Miller.


Elliott always seemed to be in the middle of those events, but Hitchcock made no mistake when asked: Elliott will be the guy going forward into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Allen will be right there as the capable backup to give the Blues a formidable 1-2 punch.




Around the League notebook for Sunday, March 29


Monday, 03.30.2015 / NHL.com

CAPITALS, BRUINS REMAIN IN WILD CARD POSITIONS WITH VICTORIES...

The Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime. Washington, which occupies the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, improved to 41-25-10 (92 points) and Boston, which holds the second wild-card spot in the East, improved to 38-25-13 (89 points).




Gillies, Welman lead Providence to Frozen Four


Sunday, 03.29.2015 / NHL.com

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Less than 24 hours after giving up five goals to Miami, Providence goaltender Jon Gillies was back on his game.


Gillies, a third-round pick (No. 75) by the Calgary Flames in the 2012 NHL Draft, made 23 saves Sunday to lead the Friars to a 4-1 victory against Denver in the NCAA East Regional final, sending Providence to the Frozen Four for the first time in 30 years. Providence will face Nebraska-Omaha in one of two national semifinal games.


Gillies, a junior, leads all Hockey East goaltenders with a .929 save percentage and a 2.01 goals-against average. He had no trouble shaking off the wild ending to the semifinal game against Miami, in which the RedHawks nearly overcame a four-goal deficit in the third period.




Providence, Nebraska-Omaha win, make Frozen Four


Sunday, 03.29.2015 / NHL.com

Tom Parisi scored a tie-breaking power-play goal with 5:01 left and Providence College defeated Denver 4-1 on Sunday to win the NCAA East Regional final and advance to the Frozen Four.


Providence (23-13-3), of Hockey East, will face Nebraska-Omaha, which defeated Rochester Institute of Technology 4-0 in the Midwest Regional final later Sunday, on April 9 at TD Garden in Boston. North Dakota will play Boston University in the other semifinal.