Flyers-Red Wings Preview (The Associated Press)

If anything positive has come out of a poor stretch of road games for the Philadelphia Flyers, it might be the strong goaltending that was often absent in the early portion of their schedule.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on November 26, 2014 at 10:53 am

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Blackhawks-Avalanche Preview (The Associated Press)

Jonathan Toews wouldn't use fatigue as the convenient excuse for the Chicago Blackhawks' latest performance, but a couple days of rest might help them have a better showing on their lengthy road trip.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on November 26, 2014 at 3:51 am

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Capitals-Islanders Preview (The Associated Press)

With their recent string of victories, the New York Islanders continue proving they merit among the Eastern Conference's top teams.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on November 25, 2014 at 10:02 pm

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Canucks acquire Pedan from Islanders for Mallet (The Associated Press)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks have acquired defenseman Andrey Pedan from the New York Islanders in exchange for center Alexandre Mallet and a third-round pick in 2016.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on November 25, 2014 at 6:39 pm

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Maple Leafs-Penguins Preview (The Associated Press)

The Pittsburgh Penguins avoided a season-high third straight loss with a big victory their last time out. They've had plenty of success against Toronto, although the Maple Leafs appear to have righted the ship just in time after an ugly three-game losing streak.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on November 25, 2014 at 4:22 pm

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NHL team values zoom upwards per Forbes (Puck Daddy)

Forbes released its annual NHL team valuations Tuesday. Though some team officials gripe at these, saying that they're off for whatever reasons -- the news is generally positive. First, the good according to Forbes: "Fueled by a new Canadian media deal with Rogers Communications that begins with the 2014-15 season, the average NHL team value rose 18.6% during the past year, to an all-time high of $490 million. The 12-year, $4.6 billion agreement, which gave Rogers rights to all NHL games in Canada, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms, in all languages, is worth 2.6 times more annually than the league’s previous Canadian deals." Now the sort of bad -- which we already knew ... that the NHL lags behind other major North American pro sports because these television deals don't exactly equate to what MLB, the NFL or the NBA get from their respective partners: "The Rogers media deal notwithstanding, the NHL remains the most tribal of the four major North American team sports because the NBA, NFL and MLB still have much bigger equally-shared national media and sponsorship deals." And the mistake: "Still, 29 of the 30 teams rose in value, and the one exception, the Florida Panthers (down 21%), was due to a  mistake I made last September in reporting the sale price of the team as $240 million, which we used for our value of the team two months later. But subsequent to the publication of our 2013 valuations I learned that the true sale price was $160 million (the widely reported price of $250 million at the time of the deal included future operating losses that should not be included in calculating an enterprise value). Had we used the correct sale price of $160 million the value of the Panthers would have increased 19%." So for those who were chirping for the Panthers to move out of South Florida because of one game where they had miserable attendance ... chill.  Now that we have that all out there, nothing on their list is truly a major, super big surprise. The big market teams are worth more than the smaller market teams. Also, the falling Canadian dollar is not accounted for, since it says it uses the 93 cents per-US dollar figure from the 2013-14 season. It's currently (as of Tuesday anyway) at 89 cents per-US dollar.  Either way, when the NHL says business is on an upward tick, it's not kidding. Granted, we often bemoan how it could be better -- which it can. Yes, the league is locked into these super long-term television deals now, which have equated to a short-term windfall, but may look bad by the time they're up.  But at least for the moment, mostly everyone seems happy.  Note the Islanders massive increase in value -- which likely stems from a pending move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, away from that haven called Uniondale.  Below is the Forbes list of franchises and their values.  Rank Team Current Value (millions) % Change from 2013 `1 Toronto Maple Leafs 1,300 13 2 New York Rangers 1,100 29 3 Montreal Canadiens 1,000 29 4 Chicago Blackhawks 825 32 5 Vancouver Canucks 800 14 6 Boston Bruins 750 25 7 Philadelphia Flyers 625 25 8 Los Angeles Kings 580 29 9 Detroit Red Wings 570 21 10 Pittsburgh Penguins 565 18 11 Washington Capitals 500 21 12 Edmonton Oilers 475 19 13 Calgary Flames 451 7 14 San Jose Sharks 425 5 15 Dallas Stars 420 26 16 Ottawa Senators 400 5 17 Minnesota Wild 370 12 18 Anaheim Ducks 365 22 19 Colorado Avalanche 360 7 20 Winnipeg Jets 358 5 21 New Jersey Devils 330 3 22 New York Islanders 300 54 23 Buffalo Sabres 288 15 24 Nashville Predators 250 22 25 St. Louis Blues 235 27 26 Tampa Bay Lightning 230 28 27 Arizona Coyotes 225 12 28 Carolina Hurricanes 220 18 29 Columbus Blue Jackets 200 14 30 Florida Panthers 190 - 21   MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on November 25, 2014 at 1:31 pm

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Your Top Plays for Today (The Associated Press)

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on November 25, 2014 at 3:18 am

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Islanders outlast Mason, Flyers 1-0 in SO (The Associated Press)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Steve Mason was good enough to earn a shutout and get the Philadelphia Flyers a rare point on the road. Jaroslav Halak and the New York Islanders are just too good in shootouts for Mason to leave Long Island with a win, too.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on November 25, 2014 at 12:10 am

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Fantasy All-Access: Hutchinson emerging for Jets (NHL)

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

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on November 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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What We Learned: Failure could be Edmonton Oilers’ only path to success (Puck Daddy)

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on November 24, 2014 at 9:07 am

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