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Lottery to copy NBA format

NEWARK, N.J. — The NHL is borrowing a page from the NBA with the draft lottery.

The NHL announced Monday that all 14 teams that miss the playoffs, or the teams that hold the rights to the top 14 picks, will be eligible to win the No. 1 draft pick when the lottery is held April 29.

Under the previous system, the five teams with the fewest points had the opportunity to win the top selection since no team could move up more than four spots.

The league also announced that all seven rounds of the draft at the Prudential Center will be held June 30. The previous six drafts were held over two days.

The lottery will be weighted with the teams having the fewest points in the regular season having the best chance of winning. The team with the fewest points will have a 25 percent chance of winning. The non-playoff team with the most points will have a 0.5 percent chance of winning, much like the NBA system.

While the top pick can now go to any of the 14 non-playoff clubs, or the team owning the rights to the first pick of a non-playoff club, the odds of winning the lottery are unchanged from previous years.

No club will move down more than one position as a result of the lottery. The remaining first-round drafting positions are determined by the playoffs.

game highlights: Nazem Kadri continued his points streak with a goal and an assist in the visiting Maple Leafs' 4-2 victory over the struggling Devils. Clarke MacArthur, Jay McClement and Phil Kessel — with his first goal on home ice this season — scored in the third period for Toronto. Kadri connected in the first period and assisted on MacArthur's goal to earn points in his fifth straight game. Kadri, 22, leads the Leafs with 23 points in 23 games. Marek Zidlicky scored twice for New Jersey, which hasn't won in five games. Ryan Carter assisted on both goals.

Suspension: The league suspended Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta for five games without pay for shoving Rangers forward Brad Richards from behind and into the boards Sunday during New York's 3-2 shootout win. Kaleta was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. Richards was shaken up, but returned.

Hurricanes: The team said goalie Cam Ward will miss six to eight weeks with a sprained knee ligament but won't need surgery.

at Maple Leafs 1 0 3 4
Devils 0 2 0 2

First1, Toronto, Kadri 9 (MacArthur, Komarov), 10:34. PenaltiesMcLaren, Tor (boarding), 2:36; Clarkson, NJ (interference), 7:28; Ponikarovsky, NJ (slashing), 11:29.

Second2, New Jersey, Zidlicky 2 (Carter), 5:43. 3, New Jersey, Zidlicky 3 (Carter), 11:18. PenaltiesFranson, Tor (interference), 17:38.

Third4, Toronto, McClement 3, :39. 5, Toronto, MacArthur 6 (Kadri, Franson), 7:25 (pp). 6, Toronto, Kessel 5 (van Riemsdyk, Gunnarsson), 9:52. PenaltiesMatteau, NJ (hooking), 1:56; Loktionov, NJ (tripping), 7:17; Bozak, Tor (hooking), 14:52; Kadri, Tor (freezing the puck), 19:47. ShotsNew Jersey 8-10-12—30. Toronto 5-5-13—23. Power playsNew Jersey 0 of 4; Toronto 1 of 4. GoaliesNew Jersey, Hedberg 2-5-2 (23 shots-19 saves). Toronto, Reimer 8-3-0 (30-28). A19,435 (18,819). T2:36. Referees—Tom Kowal, Wes McCauley. LinesmenMark Shewchyk, David Brisebois.

at Coyotes 0 2 2 0 5
Ducks 1 1 2 0 4
Coyotes win shootout 2-1

First1, Anaheim, Beleskey 5 (Getzlaf, Lovejoy), 10:12. PenaltiesLovejoy, Ana (slashing), 16:53.

Second2, Phoenix, Vermette 6 (Moss, Ekman-Larsson), :59. 3, Phoenix, Yandle 4 (Ekman-Larsson, Sullivan), 6:34 (pp). 4, Anaheim, Getzlaf 8 (Perry), 19:52 (sh). PenaltiesLovejoy, Ana (tripping), 2:22; Hiller, Ana, served by Ryan (delay of game), 5:42; Beleskey, Ana (high-sticking), 18:29.

Third5, Anaheim, Perry 6 (Getzlaf, Fowler), 1:56 (pp). 6, Phoenix, Doan 6 (Chipchura, Lombardi), 2:07. 7, Anaheim, Ryan 6 (Bonino, Cogliano), 6:31. 8, Phoenix, Lombardi 3 (Stone, Chipchura), 7:49. PenaltiesMichalek, Pho (tripping), 1:22; Brown, Pho (holding), 4:04.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesNone.

ShootoutAnaheim 1 (Selanne NG, Getzlaf G, Perry NG, Bonino NG, Ryan NG), Phoenix 2 (Boedker NG, Sullivan G, Vermette NG, Doan NG, Ekman-Larsson G). ShotsAnaheim 14-9-8-0—31. Phoenix 13-15-7-5—40. Power playsAnaheim 1 of 2; Phoenix 1 of 4. GoaliesAnaheim, Hiller 6-2-2 (40 shots-36 saves). Phoenix, Smith 9-6-2 (31-27). A11,024 (17,125). T2:44. Referees—Ghislain Hebert, Chris Lee. LinesmenThor Nelson, Jay Sharrers.

Lottery to copy NBA format 03/04/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 12:19am]

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