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Hemsky, Faksa and the Michalek brothers added to Czech Republic’s World Cup roster

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Team Czech Republic announced their full 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Like every other team, the Czechs named 16 players to their roster back in March. Joining the likes of Jakub Voracek, Tomas Plekanec, Ondrej Palat and David Krejci are Milan Michalek (Toronto), Dmitrij Jaskin (St. Louis), Ales Hemsky (Dallas), Radek Faksa (Dallas), Jakub Nakladal (Calgary), Zbynek Michalek (Arizona) and Michal Jordan (Carolina).

Hemsky posted 13 goals and 39 points in 2015-16 and added a goal and four points during the Stars’ postseason run.

Milan Michalek has represented his country a number of times, including in the last Olympics where he had no points in five contests. The 31-year-old was traded from Ottawa to Toronto as part of the Dion Phaneuf trade, but he didn’t have a good season, as a finger injury derailed his year. He finished the season with seven goals and 16 points in 45 games.

Milan’s older brother, Zbynek, has also represented his nation a number of times at the international level. He took part in each of the last two Olympics.

Nakladal completed his first season in the NHL in 2015-16. The 28-year-old had two goals and five points in 27 contests with the Flames.

Former St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka, who was named to the team back on Mar. 2, is the only player on the roster who isn’t currently in the NHL.

Here’s the full roster:

G Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
G Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers
G Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets

D Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers
D Michal Jordan, Carolina Hurricanes *
D Michal Kempny, Chicago Blackhawks
D Zbynek Michalek, Arizona Coyotes *
D Jakub Nakladal, Calgary Flames *
D Roman Polak, San Jose Sharks
D Andrej Sustr, Tampa Bay Lightning

F Radek Faksa, Dallas Stars *
F Michael Frolik, Calgary Flames
F Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes
F Ales Hemsky, Dallas Stars *
F Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks
F Dmitrij Jaskin, St. Louis Blues *
F David Krejci, Boston Bruins
F Milan Michalek, Toronto Maple Leafs *
F Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning
F David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
F Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens
F Vladimir Sobotka, Avangard Omsk (KHL)
F Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers

Earlier this week, Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr announced that he wouldn’t be taking part in the World Cup event.

In a surprising move, Jagr’s teammate in Florida, Jiri Hudler, was left off the roster. The 32-year-old had 16 goals and 46 points in 72 games with the Flames and Panthers in 2015-16. Radim Vrbata (Canucks), Tomas Fleischmann and Andrej Nestrasil (Carolina) also didn’t make the cut.

Ekholm scores in OT, Predators beat Hurricanes 2-1

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Mattias Ekholm scored with 1:51 left in overtime to lift the Nashville Predators over the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Saturday night.

Paul Gaustad tied the game for Nashville with a short-handed goal in the second period. Ekholm assisted and Gaustad got his first goal of the season.

Victor Rask put Carolina ahead 8:58 into the first with his 11th goal.

Nashville’s Pekka Rinne had 27 saves and Carolina’s Eddie Lack stopped 19.

In overtime, Ekholm corralled a deflected pass from Filip Forsberg, skated in on Lack and beat the goalie top shelf.

Nashville captain and defenseman Shea Weber played in his 724th game for the franchise, passing Martin Erat for second on the club’s career list. David Legwand played in 956 games.

Carolina’s Phil Di Giuseppe left with an upper-body injury in the second period and did not return. He assisted on Rask’s first-period goal.

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette coached the Hurricanes to the 2006 Stanley Cup, while his assistant Kevin McCarthy was an assistant with the Hurricanes from 1999-2009. The only remaining Carolina players from the 2006 team are captain Eric Staal and goalie Cam Ward.

Jeff Skinner assisted on Rask’s goal for his 21st point this season.

NOTES: The Predators had won the teams’ only other meeting of the season 2-1 in Nashville on Oct. 8. … Carolina visits Edmonton on Monday night in the first of a two-game Western Canada trip. … Nashville hosts Winnipeg on Tuesday night before heading on a four-game road trip. … Carolina C Jay McClement missed the game with an illness after playing in 198 consecutive contests. D Michal Jordan was a healthy scratch for the Hurricanes. … The Predators’ healthy scratches were LW Austin Watson and D Anthony Bitetto and D Petter Granberg.

‘Canes to ice All-American defense against Leafs tonight


Call it a Red, White and Blueline.

Per head coach Bill Peters, the ‘Canes defense will be comprised entirely of Americans on FridayJustin Faulk, Ron Hainsey, John-Michael Liles, Brett Pesce, Noah Hanifin and Jaccob Slavin, the 21-year-old prospect that’ll be making his NHL debut.

Slavin, a fourth-round pick in 2012, comes to the team after a strong showing in training camp that extended over to his time with AHL Charlotte. He has seven points in 14 games for the Checkers this year, all assists.

“He’s a big guy who skates well,” Peters said of Slavin, per the ‘Canes website. “He played well in Traverse City [rookie tournament in Detroit] and was good in the exhibition season here for us.

“With the way we’ve played recently, we’ve come off it a little bit, and we want to put him in to see what he can do at this level.”

The ‘Canes haven’t played since a 4-1 loss to Anaheim earlier in the week. Slavin will draw in for Michal Jordan on defense.

Hurricanes’ Ryan Murphy suffered a concussion


Tough news from Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters on Sunday: defenseman Ryan Murphy is sidelined with a concussion.

The Hurricanes believe that Murphy was injured thanks to a boarding hit by Ryan White of the Philadelphia Flyers last night. Murphy is considered day-to-day at the moment.

(Video of that hit wasn’t immediately available.)

Concussions have plagued Hurricanes players in the past, particularly Jeff Skinner.

As Peters notes, Carolina’s defense is dealing with some health issues.

“We’re banged up in our organization the back-end,” Peters said. “We’re not going to call anybody up until we need to. We’ve got six capable bodies, and we’ll play them.”

That likely means some playing time for Michal Jordan (giggles).

Zucker stays hot, nets OT winner as Wild top ‘Canes


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Jason Zucker scored his second goal of the game with 1:10 left in overtime, giving the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Minnesota had to kill off an overtime power play to set up the winner.

It was Minnesota’s first win in three overtime games this season and the Hurricanes first loss in four extra-period games. It was the third straight win for the Wild, which has also won three straight in the series.

Thomas Vanek scored the other Minnesota goal.

Andrej Nestrasil scored his first goal of the season for Carolina and Justin Faulk had the other.

Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk stopped 37 shots, while Carolina’s Cam Ward saved 18.

Faulk scored his sixth power-play goal of the season, ranking him first among NHL defensemen in that category.

The Hurricanes led 2-0 after a first period in which they outshot the visitors 19-5.

Faulk gave Carolina the lead on a power play at 4:26, beating Dubnyk glove side from the high slot with Eric Staal on the assist.

At 8:17, Nestrasil followed a Jay McClement rebound and scooped the puck over a prone Dubnyk’s skate to make it 2-0. The original call of goalie interference was overturned on video review.

Zucker cut the lead in half at 15:50 on a wrister from the left circle with Ryan Suter on the assist.

And the Wild tied the score at 9:41 of the second when Vanek buried a rebound of Mikael Granlund‘s shot.

The Wild has won five of the last nine games against Carolina, but is 2-5-1 all-time in North Carolina.

NOTES: This was the opener of a five-game homestand for the Hurricanes and the first of the Wild’s four-game road trip. … Carolina’s next game is at home on Saturday night against Philadelphia. … Minnesota visits Dallas on Saturday night. … C Brad Malone and D Michal Jordan were healthy scratches for the Hurricanes. … D Marco Scandella, D Gustav Olofsson and G Niklas Backstrom were healthy scratches for the Wild. … The teams’ only other meeting will be on March 19 in Minnesota.