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Posted On Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 5:05 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Thursday, June 4

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TRENDING:

Goalie Matchup: Inside Game 1 for Bishop, Crawford
Analysis by Kevin Woodley indicates each goalie benefitted from tight defensive structure during the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Big stage doesn't rattle Blackhawks rookie Teravainen
Chicago Blackhawks' forward Teuvo Teravainen showed composure beyond years in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final.



Lightning coach Cooper finds 2nd-year success again
Jon Cooper has a movie-inspired rule that involves winning in his second year as coach, and he's poised to continue it with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee statement
Co-chairs of the NHL / NHLPA Competition Committee issued the following statement on new rules recommendations after the Competition Committee met today in New York.

NEWS:

Senators coach Cameron agrees to two-year contract
The Ottawa Senators and coach Dave Cameron have agreed to terms on a new two-year contract.

Capitals forward Eric Fehr has elbow surgery
Forward Eric Fehr had successful elbow surgery Wednesday, the Washington Capitals said.

Maple Leafs sign Johnson, Brennan to contracts
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Andreas Johnson to a three-year entry level contract. The Leafs have also re-signed defenceman T.J. Brennan to a one-year contract.

U.S. names Ron Wilson coach for 2016 World Juniors
Ron Wilson was named the coach of the 2016 United States National Junior Team on Thursday.

TSN's McKenzie, Kings' Nickson honored by Hall
TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie was named the 2015 winner of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism, and Los Angeles Kings radio voice Nick Nickson the winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to broadcasting, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced in a release on Thursday.

FEATURES:

Lightning strategy may force split of Toews-Kane line

The Tampa Bay Lightning's defensive strategy in Game 1 may lead the Chicago Blackhawks to split up top forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

Lightning must find more offense in Game 2
The Tampa Bay Lightning tried to win a 1-0 game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. It didn't work.

Garrison: Playoff beard constant topic of conversation
In his latest blog for NHL.com, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jason Garrison discusses his beard that has been a storyline during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.



Lightning's Boyle laments missed chance in Game 1
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle is angered over a missed opportunity in a Game 1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Oilers' latest No. 1 pick viewed as rebuild accelerator
Edmonton Oilers head amateur scout Stu MacGregor knows it's a unique opportunity to pick No. 1 in a draft headlined by Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.


BLOG COVERAGE:

Blackhawks' van Riemsdyk could play in Game 2
Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk could play in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday.

Capitals' Mahoney talks impact of McDavid-Eichel
Washington Capitals assistant GM Ross Mahoney discusses the impact to be made by Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.

Sabres happy to be hosting NHL Scouting Combine
Buffalo Sabres president Ted Black said the organization is very happy to be hosting the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine.

Erie's Strome ready to help younger brother in OHL
Erie Otters forward Dylan Strome is ready to help younger brother Matthew adjust to the OHL the say way older brother Ryan helped him.

Saint John's Chabot not thrown by offbeat question
Saint John defenseman Thomas Chabot has had an interesting, and surprising, stay at the NHL Scouting Combine.

For more 2015 NHL Combine coverage, follow NHL.com's blog.

Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 8:14 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Illinois, Florida reps. wager goods on Cup Final

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, co-chair of the Congressional Hockey Caucus, joined with three fellow members of Congress from Illinois on Wednesday to wager home-state goods in a Stanley Cup bet against three congressmen from Florida. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helped finalize the bet with a "puck drop" in the morning, hours before the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks faced off in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final an Amalie Arena.

Also taking part in in the wager are Illinois Reps. Randy Hultgren, Danny Davis and Rodney Davis, as well as Florida Reps. Dennis A. Ross, David Jolly and Gus Bilirakis.


Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 5:38 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Wednesday, June 3

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TRENDING:

Blackhawks to keep Toews, Kane together for now
Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will start Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the same line.

Three questions for Blackhawks, Lightning in Game 1
NHL.com identifies questions facing the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning entering Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

2015 Stanley Cup Final picks
NHL.com and NHL Network predict the 2015 Stanley Cup Final with Cup champion, series length and MVP selections.

Riggle, Daughtry to headline 2015 NHL Awards
The 2015 NHL Awards will be hosted by actor and comedian Rob Riggle and will feature a live musical performance from rock band Daughtry.

NEWS:

Stevens interested in staying with Devils: report
Scott Stevens said Wednesday that he would be interested in remaining on the New Jersey Devils coaching staff as an assistant following the hiring of John Hynes as coach, according to NorthJersey.com.

Senators owner Melnyk discharged from hospital
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has been discharged from hospital.

Kings GM Lombardi wants conditioning to be focus
Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi says missing the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs should give his players time in the offseason to work on their conditioning.

Capitals extend AHL affiliation with Hershey Bears
The Washington Capitals have extended their AHL affiliation with the Hershey Bears.

FEATURES:

Lightning, Blackhawks stress importance of defense
Matching up the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks could lead to a Stanley Cup Final full of exciting plays, frenetic pace and lots of goals.

Strangis: Olczyk brings horse sense to Cup Final
Eddie Olczyk will call the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks, which starts with Game 1 at Amalie Arena on Wednesday. Ralph Strangis discusses Olczyk's expertise in hockey and horse racing.

Coyotes considering options with third pick in draft
The Arizona Coyotes don't expect Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel to be available when they pick No. 3 in the 2015 NHL Draft, leaving their options open for talent such as Mitchell Marner of the London Knights.


BLOG COVERAGE:

Lightning's Cooper not worrying about matching lines
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper expects the Chicago Blackhawks to mix up his lines frequently during the Stanley Cup Final.

Versteeg rejoins Blackhawks following birth of child
Kris Versteeg returned to the Chicago Blackhawks after flying to Toronto to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.

Blackhawks' van Riemsdyk could factor in series
It seems likely Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will play in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, though it won't be in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Blackhawks, Lightning
It should set up to be an amazing Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks, writes Kevin Weekes.

Flyers see 2015 draft as good time to have high pick
The Philadelphia Flyers don't like having a high pick because it meant missing the playoffs. But if there's a year to have one, 2015 is it.

Prospects adjust travel to reach NHL Combine
The trip to get to the NHL Scouting Combine may be just as memorable as the event itself for a dozen players eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.

For more 2015 NHL Combine coverage, follow NHL.com's blog.

Posted On Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 6:20 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Tuesday, June 2

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TRENDING:

2015 Stanley Cup Final picks
NHL.com, NHL Network predict the 2015 Stanley Cup Final with Cup champion, series length and MVP selections.

Canadiens agree to terms with defenseman Jeff Petry
Defenseman Jeff Petry agreed to terms on a six-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens through the 2020-21 season.

Hynes hired as coach of Devils
John Hynes, 40, was hired as coach of the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

Media Day new for Lightning, old hat for Blackhawks
Chicago very familiar with the first official event of the NHL championship series: Media Day. For everyone all but a few Tampa Bay Lightning players, talking to reporters in this setting was foreign.

Yzerman's patient approach paying off for Lightning 
Steve Yzerman took a patient approach to building the Tampa Bay Lightning and now it's paying off.



NEWS:

Penguins waiting for answer on Dupuis' future: report
The Pittsburgh Penguins are hopeful to learn by the end of the month if forward Pascal Dupuis can continue his NHL career after being sidelined with a blood clot this season, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday.

Capitals sign Mitchell to two-year, two-way contract
The Washington Capitals have re-signed right wing Garrett Mitchell to a two-year, two-way contract.

Rangers' Skapski out 4-5 months after hip surgery
New York Rangers goalie prospect Mackenzie Skapski had arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined for 4-5 months.

Gonchar, Zidlicky want to play in NHL in '15-16
Veteran defensemen Sergei Gonchar and Marek Zidlicky want to play in the NHL next season.

FEATURES:

Blackhawks' Toews gets high praise from Yzerman
Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, a star during his days with the Detroit Red Wings, said Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is a better player.

McDavid, Eichel start Combine interview process
Top 2015 NHL Draft prospects Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel started the interview process Tuesday at the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine.

Lightning's Filppula eager for another chance at Cup

Valtteri Filppula
Center - TBL
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 11
SOG: 24 | +/-: -6
Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula is excited for another chance to win the Stanley Cup. He previously won it in 2008 with the Detroit Red Wings.

Garrison: Lightning feeling excitement of community
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison says in his first blog for NHL.com that the players are feeling the love from their fans and the community heading into the Stanley Cup Final.

Devils will be fast, attacking, supportive, Shero says
Before New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero introduced new coach John Hynes on Tuesday, he spelled out the blueprint for what the Devils will look like under his leadership.

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Lightning's Bishop
Analysis shows where strengths, weaknesses lie for Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Mayors of Chicago, Tampa wager food, beer on Final
The mayors of Chicago and Tampa wagered food, drink and charitable donations for Stanley Cup Final.

Blackhawks forwards Bickell, Kruger to play Game 1
Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said forward Bryan Bickell and Marcus Kruger will play Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Posted On Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 11:10 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Mayors of Chicago, Tampa wager food, beer on Final

Great food and craft beer are on the line now that the mayors of Tampa and Chicago have made a friendly wager for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn and Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel agreed to terms for the best-of-7 series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks, which begins Wednesday with Game 1 at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Buckhorn is wagering a case of Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale as well as 122 mini Cuban sandwiches and the Original "1905" Salad from Columbia Restaurant, a 110-year-old restaurant in the Ybor City section of Tampa.

Emmanuel is countering with 122 slices of Eli's cheesecake, a case of craft beer from Slap Shot Brewing, a mustard fried catfish and peach cobbler from BJ's Market, and Giordano's best deep-dish.

The Stanley Cup was first awarded in 1893, 122 years ago.

Posted On Monday, 06.01.2015 / 5:06 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Monday, June 1

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TRENDING:

Blackhawks face youthful Lightning in Final
NHL.com previews the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks.

Rangers' Zuccarello had hairline fracture of skull
New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello sustained a brain contusion and a hairline fracture in his skull in the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.



Penguins defenseman Letang cleared for workouts
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, who suffered a concussion late in the 2014-15 season, has been cleared to resume workouts.

NEWS:

Lightning acquire Walcott from Rangers for draft pick
The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenseman Daniel Walcott from the New York Rangers on Monday for a seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Canadiens agree to terms with Dumont, Ellis
The Canadiens have agreed to terms on one-year, two-way contracts with forward Gabriel Dumont and defenseman Morgan Ellis.

Coyotes name Chayka, O'Hearn assistant GMs
The Arizona Coyotes have named John Chayka and Chris O'Hearn assistant general managers.

Hurricanes sign Ganly to entry-level deal
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Tyler Ganly to an entry-level contract.

Blue Jackets sign two to entry-level contracts
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defensemen Blake Siebenaler and Dean Kukan to multi-year entry level contracts.

FEATURES:

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Blackhawks' Crawford
NHL.com's Kevin Woodley breaks down positive and negative trends of Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.



Five reasons Lightning can win Stanley Cup
The Tampa Bay Lightning have the wherewithal to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final.

Rangers' St. Louis unsure about what future holds
New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis said Monday he doesn't know what his future holds, including if he would be playing hockey next season.

Rangers confident they can contend with core group
Despite being older next season, most of the New York Rangers players feel their chance of winning the Stanley Cup with the current group is still very high.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Stamkos, Lightning ready to experience Cup Final
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said it hasn't sunk in that he will be going to his first Stanley Cup Final.

Melrose: Speed of Blackhawks, Lightning defines Final
NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose breaks down the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning and offers his prediction.
Posted On Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 11:52 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Fans flock to airport to greet East champion Lightning

Hundreds of fans were waiting for the Tampa Bay Lightning early Saturday morning when their flight arrived at Tampa International Airport Center, according to the Tampa Tribune.

The Lightning defeated the New York Rangers 2-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2004.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper held up four fingers to the cheering fans, signifying the four more wins needed to win the Stanley Cup.

Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 11:26 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Kelowna advances to Memorial Cup title game

Justin Kirkland (Nashville Predators) had two goals and an assist, and Rourke Chartier (San Jose Sharks) had two goals to help the Kelowna Rockets defeat the host Quebec Remparts 9-3 on Friday in the semifinals of the 2015 Memorial Cup at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Joshua Morrissey (Winnipeg Jets) and Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) each had one goal and two assists for the Rockets, the champions of the Western Hockey League. Chance Braid and 2015 NHL Draft prospects Tyson Baillie and Cole Linaker each had a goal and an assist. Goaltender Jackson Whistle, also a 2015 draft prospect, made 18 saves. The Rockets outshot the Remparts 44-23.

Kelowna will play the Ontario Hockey League champion Oshawa Generals in the title game Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US).

Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 5:48 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Friday, May 29

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TRENDING:

Three keys for Rangers, Lightning to winning Game 7
Examining three keys to victory in for the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Weekes: Two Game 7s are better than one
NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes is ready for a pair of Game 7s that will decide who advances to the Stanley Cup Final.



Ducks cornerstone players face defining moment
Ryan Getzlaf has won his share of big games in the NHL and on the international level, but he and the Anaheim Ducks are trying to put a string of postseason failures behind them.

Ducks coach Boudreau eyes line changes for Game 7
Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau could be trying out some new wrinkles in his bottom-six forward group for Game 7 of the Western Conference Final.

NEWS:

Devils sign forward Kalinin to entry-level contract
The New Jersey Devils have signed former Avangard Omsk forward Sergey Kalinin to an entry-level contract.

Blues sign Schmaltz to entry-level contract
The St. Louis Blues have signed defenseman Jordan Schmaltz to a three-year entry-level contract.

Hurricanes sign goalie MacIntyre to one-year contract
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed goaltender Drew MacIntyre to a one-year, two-way contract.

Blue Jackets sign Falk to one-year contract
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Justin Falk to a one-year, two-way contract.

FEATURES:

NHL Scouting Combine to add new testing, technology
The 2015 NHL Scouting Combine will add new testing this year and incorporate new technology as it moves to Harborcenter in Buffalo, N.Y., to evaluate prospects in the 2015 NHL Draft.

McDavid nominated for three CHL awards
Center Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League was named a finalist for three Canadian Hockey League awards, the CHL announced Friday.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Rangers know better effort at home will be necessary
The New York Rangers have been successful on home ice in Game 7s, but their past two games at Madison Square Garden have been clunkers.

Lightning excited for Game 7 opportunity vs. Rangers
The Tampa Bay Lightning see Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Friday as an exciting opportunity.

Sabres' Bylsma likes what he sees in Jack Eichel
Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma offered his thoughts on Boston University freshman Jack Eichel.



Flames feel depth of 2015 draft works in their favor
The Calgary Flames, who have the 15th pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, feel the deep talent pool gives them a chance to add a quality young player.

Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 12:33 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Flames feel depth of 2015 draft works in their favor

The Calgary Flames relied on some of their younger players during their run to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and heading into the 2015 NHL Draft they expect to find another quality player to add to the organization.

Although most of the headlines surrounding this year's draft class has been centered on Erie center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel, Flames director of amateur scouting Tod Button said he likes the depth of the talent pool and expects to find a quality player when the Flames' turn in the first round comes at No. 15.

Who that player could be, however, Button isn't sure about. He and his scouts have assembled a list of players who could be available when their spot comes up. Button did say the Flames would not use their first pick on a goaltender.

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He's only 17 but he can see the ice so well and he moves the puck and goes to the open ice all the time, so I just think he's a player that is ready to play in the NHL. I'm really looking forward to coaching someone like this.

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