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Grand Forks, N.D., to host 2016 Under-18 World Championships — USA Hockey has announced that Grand Forks, N.D., has been chosen as the site for the 2016 Under-18 World Championships. That tournament will showcase many players expected to be chosen in the first round of the June 2016 NHL draft.

Penguins patiently adjusting to change — The first thing you notice about the new Pittsburgh Penguins is that they look a lot like the old Pittsburgh Penguins. They are scoring plenty and have given up more goals than they would like. How many years have we been saying that about the Pens?

Which free agents have been good value signings? — When the Calgary Flames signed veteran goaltender Jonas Hiller and speedy forward Mason Raymond in the midst of the NHL's annual free agent frenzy last summer, it didn't rate a banner headline. The signings around the league of Paul Stastny, Matt Niskanen, Ryan Miller, Brad Richards and Jarome Iginla garnered more attention.

How to Boost Your YouTube Ranking (Infographic) — Of all the pieces of content you create to promote your brand, none are more labor-intensive, perhaps, than videos. With all that work, you want to make sure your video is seen. But that depends on how Youtube indexes it. So, how do you make sure you're correctly boosting your Youtube rankings?

Red Wings-Capitals matchup has the look of a classic — Here's predicting that today's NBC Sports Network rivalry game between the Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals will be the best Wednesday night special the network has had so far. Both teams are 4-2-2, and the Capitals have given up 19 goals and the Red Wings have surrendered 18.

Right now, Henrik Lundqvist vs. Darcy Kuemper isn’t an easy call — Who would you rather have in net tonight for your team -- Darcy Kuemper of the Minnesota Wild or Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers? Before the season, that was an easy call because Kuemper was still considered unproven and Lundqvist is one of the most respected goalies in the game.

Penguins' Olli Maatta needs surgery on potentially cancerous tumor — Pittsburgh Penguins second-year player Olli Maatta, one of the NHL's top young defensemen, will have surgery next week to remove a tumor in his neck that could be low-grade thyroid cancer. The prognosis is for a full recovery, and he is expected to return to the Penguins' lineup in four weeks.

Ryan Johansen’s hot start further proof training camps are way too long — Ryan Johansen's impressive start could be used as Exhibit A for those who believe that NHL training camps are too long. After missing training camp because of a contract squabble, the Columbus Blue Jackets center boasts five goals and five assists in seven games. He ranks 10th in the league's scoring race.

Canadian NHL teams to honor soldiers who died in recent attacks — It will be an emotional evening for Canadians tonight when the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs coordinate a special tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives this week in acts of terror on Canadian soil. The salute will be televised in the U.S.

Zdeno Chara's loss is a big blow to strained Bruins defense — Defenseman Zdeno Chara's knee injury is another reminder of how much the Boston Bruins miss Johnny Boychuk. With Chara expected to be gone 4-6 weeks with a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the Bruins will face more strain on a defensive unit that hasn't been quite right since Boychuk was dealt to the New York Islanders before the season.
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Grand Forks, N.D., to host 2016 Under-18 World Championships via @usatoday

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Stars might have to look at a new backup goalie via @forthewin

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Penguins patiently adjusting to big changes via @usatoday

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RT @ByMikeBrehm: Sabres return Sam Reinhart to junior team via @usatoday

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RT @ByMikeBrehm: Flyers sign defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo via @usatoday

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RT @ByMikeBrehm: Great interview by @HeleneStJames with Steve Yzerman about Gordie Howe via @usatoday

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Which free agents have been good value signings? via @usatoday

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RT @ByMikeBrehm: Rangers' John Moore suspended for five games via @usatoday

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