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John Scott (28) listens to the cheers as he gets ready to compete in the hardest shot competition at the NHL hockey All-Star game skills competition Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Scott was elected as captain of the Pacific Division while with the Arizona Coyotes. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens and he is now with the Canadiens' AHL affiliate in Newfoundland. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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NHL reveals All-Star voting guidelines, featuring new John Scott rules

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The NHL announced some new All-Star voting guidelines today, with the clear intention of discouraging another John Scott situation at the 2017 game in Los Angeles on Jan. 29.

Here are the guidelines:

— The 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote will allow fans to vote for one All-Star player from each Division, without regard to position. The top vote-getter from each Division will be named an NHL All-Star, as well as Captain of his respective team.

— Eligible players must be on an NHL Club’s active roster as of Nov. 1. Any player not on the active roster on that date due to injury or special circumstances can be added to the ballot if / when he returns to the NHL Club’s active roster.

— If a player is assigned / loaned to the American Hockey League (AHL) or any other minor league team between Nov. 1 and 5 p.m. on Jan. 26, the player is not eligible in All-Star balloting. However, if the minor league assignment / loan is due to conditioning reasons, the player remains eligible.

— In the event a vote leader is disqualified due to a minor league assignment or loan (or other reason) after close of the NHL All-Star Fan Vote on Jan. 2, the player with the second-most votes in that division will be named captain.

— Fans will be permitted to vote for a player from a list of all players that meet these eligibility guidelines. The list of eligible players will be updated as players are assigned to a minor league team or return from IR.

Last season, Scott played 11 games for the Coyotes before he was assigned to the AHL in January, but that assignment came after he was named an All-Star captain. He was then traded to the Canadiens and assigned to Montreal’s AHL club in St. John’s.

Scott, of course, ended up going to the All-Star game in Nashville, where he scored a couple of goals and was named MVP.

It was a great story — and there was even talk of a movie — but the NHL apparently has no interest in a sequel. (Or, at the very least, the NHL has created a potential escape clause, should one be required.)

Perhaps hockey fans will still rally around some other fourth-liner, someone who’s less at risk of being sent down like Scott was.

Ryan Reaves?

Jared Boll?

But the Scott story can never really be recreated, so while last year was fun, maybe just vote for the best players this time.

Klingberg will be a healthy scratch after missing team meeting

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As if the Dallas Stars weren’t off to a tough enough start already, today comes word that defenseman John Klingberg will be a healthy scratch tonight against Minnesota for disciplinary reasons.

Stars head coach Lindy Ruff told reporters that Klingberg missed a team meeting this morning, and that’s why he’ll be sitting versus the Wild.

“To me, it sums up our year,” Ruff said, per Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.

Combined with Johnny Oduya’s injury, the Klingberg scratch means the Stars defense tonight will feature the inexperienced likes of Julius Honka (making his NHL debut), Stephen Johns, Esa Lindell, and Jamie Oleksiak. Dan Hamhuis will be by far the most experienced of the Dallas defenders, followed by Jordie Benn.

The Stars (7-7-5) are coming off a 5-2 loss to Edmonton on Saturday. They have yet to string together more than two wins in a row this season, and it’s not just the goaltending that’s to blame.

Klingberg leads all Dallas skaters in average ice time (22:53). He has two goals and eight assists in 19 games, with a minus-9 rating.

Related: Healthy scratch sends Hamhuis a ‘strong message’

Devils, Oilers, Bruins among the most improved possession teams

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 15:  Damon Severson #28 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates a goal against the Dallas Stars during the first period at American Airlines Center on November 15, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Using data from Puck On Net, here are the differences in score-adjusted Corsi from this season to last:

1. New Jersey +4.6
2. Edmonton +4.4
3. Boston +4.1
4. Colorado +3.7
5. Minnesota +3.2
6. Florida +2.7
7. Philadelphia +2.3
8. Washington +2.2
9. Carolina +1.5
10. San Jose +1.2
11. Columbus +1.2
12. Calgary +1.2
13. St. Louis +1.2
14. New York Rangers +1.1
15. Vancouver +1.1
16. Buffalo +0.9
17. Toronto +0.7
18. Ottawa -0.1
19. Montreal -0.2
20. Chicago -0.4
21. Arizona -1.9
22. Tampa Bay -2.3
23. Nashville -2.8
24. Pittsburgh -2.9
25. Winnipeg -3.6
26. Los Angeles -3.7
27. New York Islanders -3.8
28. Anaheim -5.2
29. Detroit -5.5
30. Dallas -5.6

Notes:

— We use score-adjusted Corsi because it has greater predictive power than simply looking at the standings. It’s not a perfect measure and doesn’t pretend to be. But generally speaking, teams that own the puck are going to be more successful than teams that don’t.

— The surprising New Jersey Devils are the most improved, and their record (9-5-3) reflects it. Ditto for the second-most improved team, the Edmonton Oilers (10-8-1), who have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006. The third-most improved team, the Boston Bruins (11-7-0), actually have the highest score-adjusted Corsi (54.0) in the NHL, and not many predicted that. Next on the list is Colorado (8-9-0), which still has a ways to go but seems to be making progress under new coach Jared Bednar. The fifth-most improved team, the Minnesota Wild (9-7-1), also has a new coach in Bruce Boudreau.

— At the bottom of the list is the Dallas Stars (7-7-5), who’ve had to deal with all sorts of injuries early on. But they also bid adieu to a couple of veteran defensemen, Jason Demers and Alex Goligoski, so you have to wonder if that’s had an effect, too. The Detroit Red Wings (8-10-1) have had injuries, but losing Pavel Datsyuk to the KHL was always going to be a challenge. Meanwhile, the Anaheim Ducks (9-7-3) don’t seem to be thriving under new/old coach Randy Carlyle, and the New York Islanders (5-8-4) have been one of the NHL’s most disappointing teams. As for the Los Angeles Kings (10-9-1), they’ve been hammered by injuries and remain one of the top possession teams, so for now we’ll give them a pass on their decline.

— It’s still quite early in the season, so teams have lots of time to improve. The Pittsburgh Penguins last season are the perfect example. They went from a score-adjusted Corsi of 49.9 in their first 41 games to 56.2 in their last 41 games. It took a new coach to do it, but still.

Click here to see how all 30 teams rank overall.

The top five
Boston — 54.0
Washington — 53.7
St. Louis — 53.3
Los Angeles — 53.0
San Jose — 53.0

The bottom five
Arizona — 44.6
NY Islanders — 45.7
Detroit — 46.2
Ottawa — 46.9
Dallas — 46.9

Boudreau: ‘We can’t win a lot of games if we only score two goals’

ST PAUL, MN - OCTOBER 15: Head coach Bruce Boudreau of the Minnesota Wild looks on during the game against Winnipeg Jets on October 15, 2016 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Remember back in October when the Minnesota Wild were winning a bunch of games with a really high shooting percentage?

Well, that’s not happening anymore. In fact, just once in their eight games this month have they scored more than two goals. Saturday against Colorado, they put 43 shots on Calvin Pickard and still lost, 3-2.

The Wild actually led Saturday’s game 2-0 lead after two periods, only for the Avs to score three times in the first 10 minutes of the final frame.

“We stopped playing,” goalie Devan Dubnyk told reporters. “I don’t know what happened. That’s not like us. Things are going to happen, and they might get one or two, but we just stopped playing in our end. I don’t know if we thought it was going to be an easy third with the way the game was going, but we had a pretty good game going and that’s a waste of a game.”

And so, tonight in Dallas, the Wild will have some new lines. Mikael Granlund, Zach Parise, and Eric Staal will form a first line; Mikko Koivu will center a second line between Tyler Graovac and Charlie Coyle; the trio of Jason Zucker Nino Niederreiter, Erik Haula and Jason Pominville will be back together as a third line; and Jason Zucker, Zack Mitchell and Chris Stewart will round things out on the fourth line.

“We can’t win a lot of games if we only score two goals,” coach Bruce Boudreau said, per the Star Tribune. “I just think maybe some guys are getting stale with some other linemates … I’m a pretty patient guy when it comes to making lines, but I thought we could give this a try.”

The Wild have a tough week, schedule-wise. After tonight’s game in Dallas, they return home to host Winnipeg and Pittsburgh, and then it’s back on the road again for games in St. Louis and western Canada.

The Wild’s 3-5-0 record in November has already cost them in the standings. No longer in the top three of the Central Division, they’re barely in the Western Conference’s first wild-card spot, with San Jose, Dallas and Nashville lurking.

Report: Sabres, Canucks no longer discussing Kane trade

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 01: Evander Kane #9 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up to play the Edmonton Oilers at First Niagara Center on March 1, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)
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The Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres are no longer discussing a trade involving Evander Kane, according to a tweet by TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

McKenzie did not elaborate on his tweet, confirming only that “there was talk” between the two teams, but that a trade is “no longer being pursued.”

Most likely, the two sides simply couldn’t agree on a return. We wrote yesterday about Kane. The 25-year-old winger is a tough player to value, for numerous reasons:

Because it’s not just his off-ice issues, which are certainly a factor. He’s also been injury-prone. And on top of everything else, he can become an unrestricted free agent in July of 2018.

Last night against Tampa Bay, Kane notched his first point of the season (an assist) in a 4-1 Sabres loss, then made waves afterwards with a remark about Buffalo’s lack of scoring.

“It must be a joke floating around the league: You score two goals against the Buffalo Sabres and you’re going to win the hockey game,” he said.

It wasn’t that he was wrong in his analysis; the Sabres have had all sorts of trouble scoring. In fact, they have the worst offense in the league. But for a player who doesn’t exactly need the extra attention, it was perhaps unnecessary to put it the way he did.

The Sabres are 0-4-2 since Kane returned to the lineup. He has no goals and one assist, with 11 shots.

He could still be traded. But unless something changes, he won’t be going home to Vancouver.

Related: Benning says Canucks could trade a d-man for scoring help