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Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 8:07 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Blackhawks' Bickell out, Versteeg in for Game 1

TAMPA -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell will not play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday at Amalie Arena.

Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen said on NHL Network that Bickell was out for precautionary reasons and that forward Kris Versteeg would replace him in the lineup.


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

Have #FOMO? Simply want to catch up after a busy day? No worries, NHL.com has you covered. Welcome to our new ICYMI blog, a daily digest of all news, features and blogs we publish. Consider it your one-stop shop for all written NHL.com content.



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 Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 2:52 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Flyers see 2015 draft as good time to have high pick

The Philadelphia Flyers would have preferred a more successful season to having the seventh pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, but they are excited about the talent that will be available to them.

In addition to having their own pick in the first round, they also have the Tampa Bay Lightning's top pick, acquired for defenseman Braydon Coburn earlier this season. Philadelphia has five picks in the first three rounds and seven of the first 99 selections of the draft, which will be held in Sunrise, Fla., on June 26-27.

"I think we're really excited about the opportunity," Flyers director of scouting Chris Pryor said Wednesday. "It's something that Ron [Hextall, Flyers general manager] has spent a lot of time with, accumulating assets. It's a good year to have a lot of picks, as deep as it is. We're excited. Hopefully it enables us to fill some areas we need a little more of and there's some quality guys available that we're hoping are still there when we pick."

Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 2:10 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Versteeg rejoins Blackhawks following birth of child

TAMPA -- The Stanley Cup Final can be an overwhelming experience, even if you've been through it before.

Compared to what Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg has just experienced, however, it should be a breeze.

Versteeg arrived in Tampa to join his teammates Tuesday after flying to Toronto on Monday to be with his wife, Brittany, as she gave birth to the couple's first child, a son, Jaxson James Versteeg.

"It's been a whirlwind," Versteeg said. "I said in hockey I've been able and fortunate to be a part of some great things, but nothing really compares to the birth of your child. It's been exciting and intoxicating, but now it's about getting ready for hockey."

Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 2:02 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Blackhawks' van Riemsdyk could factor in series

TAMPA -- It won't happen in Game 1 at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports), but it seems likely Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will play at some point in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

If so, the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk will make his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut on the NHL's biggest stage.

"Not playing today, but he's real close," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after Chicago's morning skate. "We asked could he play today. He's sitting there. He's that close. We expect a very good chance he's going to be in the series."

Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 1:52 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Blackhawks to keep Toews, Kane together for now

TAMPA -- All season long Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has preferred to keep his two best forwards on separate lines.

Now, at the most important time of the year, he has veered away from that philosophy of balance in favor of the fireworks that can be produced when captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane play together.

Toews and Kane will at least start Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports) together on the top line with Brandon Saad, giving the Tampa Bay Lightning a high-powered line to worry about shutting down.

"Last two games, they were so good together, it's tough to get them apart now," Quenneville said, referring to Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks. "We'll see how the game goes matchup-wise. Certainly have some balance if you get them apart. Together, pretty dynamic the last two games."

Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 12:56 PM

By Corey Long -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Lightning's Cooper not worrying about matching lines

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper is not ready to tip his hand on how he plans to handle situations when Chicago Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are on the ice together in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Cooper expects Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville to mix up his lines frequently during the best-of-7 series and hopes to have a plan for each change he makes.

"We'll just have to see how things go, how things start," Cooper said. "I can't predict what he's going to do. I'm fairly certain the lineup he starts with won't be the lineup he finishes with. He'll move things around."

Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 12:40 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Prospects adjust travel to reach NHL Combine

BUFFALO -- The trip to get to the NHL Scouting Combine may turn out to be just as memorable as the event itself for a dozen of the top Swedish hockey players and one Slovakian eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.

After arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport to catch his connecting flight Sunday, Linkoping defenseman Gabriel Carlsson and 11 of his Swedish friends, along with Slovak goaltender Matej Tomek of the Topeka Roadrunners in the North American Hockey League, learned their flight to Buffalo had been canceled because of severe weather conditions.

Since catching another flight would encompass shuttles to different airports in New York for different groups of players, everyone agreed to get on a bus Monday morning and make the seven-hour ride to Buffalo.

"I was glad we got the bus because I wouldn't have wanted to go by plane the next day since I only had tickets for a connected flight; it would have been really hard with my baggage and time scheduling," Tomek said. "I was glad the NHL found a bus very quickly and we could get here."

Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 6:35 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Frontenacs' Crouse excited to begin fitness testing

BUFFALO -- This is the chance Kingston Frontenacs left wing Lawson Crouse has been waiting for at the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine.

An opportunity to speak his piece and defend himself during the interview process at First Niagara Center before giving it his best shot in the fitness tests at nearby HarborCenter.

Crouse (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) is No. 5 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. 

"Everyone wants to be the best they can be, and to do that you have to take down some of the other guys. But that's just the competitiveness we all have as hockey players," Crouse said. "The Combine is just a way to get a grade of how strong and fit you are as a person and player. I'm out to beat everyone here, but that's just the type of person I am. I know I probably won't do that in all the categories, but I'll do my best to try."

Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 6:23 AM

By Noah Hanifin -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Noah Hanifin blog

Eagles' Hanifin to prove work ethic at NHL Combine

Noah Hanifin, No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, completed his freshman season at Boston College in Hockey East in 2014-15. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound left-shot defenseman had five goals and 23 points 37 games. He also represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. He had eight goals and 33 points in 45 games for the United States National Team Development Program under-18 team in 2013-14. The native of Norwood, Mass., has offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla. His latest entry comes from the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo.

Hello everyone. 

I arrived in Buffalo for the NHL Scouting Combine on Monday afternoon at about noon. It was a good flight in and since I had nothing scheduled that night, caught up with some of the guys who were here. I had two interviews on Tuesday and have 13 total interviews for the week.

The interviewing process is definitely done to retrieve some background information, but they do push you a little bit. The general managers or scouts will ask you some tough questions just to see how you react. I think that's a good thing. They need to get a better feel for the players. And from our perspective it's nice to get to know some of the scouts on the teams. It's been a great experience so far.

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