NBC Sports NHL Analyst Eddie Olcyzk breaks down Friday's matchups on NHL Live and previews Hockey Weekend in America.
Prior to Friday, Datsyuk had registered goals in three straight games. It was the first time in more than a year that the Wings' Russian star had scored in three consecutive games. He has six goals and eight assists in 13 games.
Detroit recalled rookie forward Gustav Nyquist from their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, to take Datsyuk's place. He'll play with center Valtteri Filppula and forward Justin Abdelkader on the second line.
Couturier, who missed the opening two games of Philadelphia's current six-game road trip against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets, has two goals and five points in 12 games. He had 13 goals and 27 points in 77 games for the Flyers as a rookie last season.
The report states that the 20-year-old Colorado Avalanche captain skated for an unspecified length of time at the team's practice facility, with club medical personnel watching. Neither Landeskog nor the team would comment on where Landeskog is in his recovery.
It's unclear when Landeskog will skate again.
Landeskog was hit hard by the San Jose Sharks' Brad Stuart during a Jan. 26 game. Landeskog was able to return after missing a few shifts, but has yet to play again. He has one goal and a plus-3 rating in four games.
The defenseman returned as a franchise leader Friday.
As Rome walked down a hallway that became familiar during three seasons in Vancouver, he couldn't help but notice his name on the wall where the Canucks honor past team award winners. Atop each category, from all-stars and MVPs, to most exciting player and unsung hero, was a piece of white hockey tape with Rome’s full name scribbled across it.
Rome, who often made headlines in Vancouver for getting picked to play ahead of more established, higher-paid players, took it in stride.
"Nothing new," Rome said. "It's all good fun. Guys like to have fun here and I had a lot of fun in the three years I was here."
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Jaromir Jagr celebrated his 41st birthday Friday in the city where his NHL career started, giving the Dallas Stars forward a chance to reflect on being drafted almost 23 years ago.
A lot has changed since then, including the building the Canucks play in, as well as five players who will play with and against him Friday who hadn't been born when Jagr was drafted.
Evidently Jagr's opinion of himself has changed too.
"Back then I never thought I am going to play NHL," he said. "I didn't think I am good enough to play NHL and I was wondering why the Pittsburgh Penguins draft me. I was very thin, not very strong."
It would be his first back-to-back starts under coach Darryl Sutter, who talked about the need for better goaltending Thursday.
LOS ANGELES -- Jack Johnson has played his former team twice in Ohio, but Friday marks his first game at Staples Center since he was traded from the Los Angeles Kings to the Columbus Blue Jackets -- close to one year ago, on Feb. 23, 2012.
"It's easy, I know where I'm going," Johnson said.
Johnson wasn't drafted by the Kings but he came up through their organization and was seen, along with Drew Doughty, as a mainstay on the franchise's blue line. He was a fan favorite because of his hard-hitting play and booming shot. Kings fans used to shout an R-rated cheer in his honor.
But Johnson was traded, along with a 2013 first-round draft pick, to the Blue Jackets for Jeff Carter, a move that helped the Kings win the first Stanley Cup in their 45-year history.
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Sick. I said a couple of bad words in Russian, but I said, 'Sick.'