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Winter Classic a big undertaking at Big House

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Three years ago, when the University of Michigan hosted "The Big Chill at the Big House," the school operated the event as they do on a normal football Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

The staff was the same. Parking rules were the same. Catering was the same. The only real difference was the sport the spectators showed up to watch.

The event provided Michigan officials insight into what it takes to pull off a unique winter event at Michigan Stadium, but to say it prepared them for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic would be wrong.

No event in the history of Michigan Stadium will be quite like the one the NHL is putting on Wednesday, when the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs ring in 2014 with the sixth edition of the Winter Classic (1 p.m.., NBC, CBC).

"The difference with this game is the NHL has come in and they're taking it to a whole other level," said Rob Rademacher, Michigan's associate athletic director of facilities and operations. "They've described it as their Super Bowl. We took some entertainment for the Big Chill, fireworks and other things, to another level that we hadn't done before here at Michigan; but from everything I've seen that we're going to do on Wednesday with the NHL, it's going the next step."


Ducks find multiple ways to win during streak

Sunday, 12.29.2013 / 1:26 PM / NHL Insider


Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu was humble in victory Saturday night, even after the triumph stretched his team's winning streak to 10 games.

Koivu tipped Ben Lovejoy's shot past Thomas Greiss 51 seconds into overtime to gave the Ducks 3-2 win against the Phoenix Coyotes. Koivu, though, said the result was "more luck than anything else." Yet the Ducks have proven their place atop the NHL standings (Anaheim and the Chicago Blackhawks have 61 points) is due to sheer talent and a will to win by creating their own breaks.

Sunday night against the San Jose Sharks, the Ducks have an opportunity to extend their run to 11 games. Already riding an 11-0-2 stretch, three shy of a club record, in which it hasn't lost in regulation, Anaheim takes a six-game road winning streak and League-high 14 road victories into SAP Center, where the Sharks are 13-1-3, in a battle of Western Conference goliaths.


Daily Primer Dec. 29: Ducks go for 11 in a row

Sunday, 12.29.2013 / 10:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Anaheim Ducks have been able to win anywhere. To extend their franchise-record streak to 11 victories, they'll have to do it at one of the NHL's toughest stops for visiting teams.

One night after beating the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 in overtime at home, the League-leading Ducks head to the Bay Area for a game against the San Jose Sharks, who've been terrific in their own building. San Jose is 13-1-3 at SAP Center; the Ducks (14-0-2) are the only team with fewer regulation losses at home. But Anaheim is also tops in the NHL with 14 road victories, though the Ducks had to settle for one point in their previous trip to San Jose, a 4-3 shootout loss Nov. 30.

Here's a look at all of the action on one of the busiest Sundays of the NHL season:


Coyotes will vouch for Yandle's Olympic credentials

Sunday, 12.29.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle has stated his case for a spot on the United States roster at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Since the previous NHL Olympic season in 2009-10, Yandle has 154 points in 166 regular-season games and 14 points in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Between the 2009-10 season and the current one he was a combined plus-32. He has played in two NHL All-Star Games and is a main reason the Coyotes reached the Western Conference Final in 2012.

Yandle stands fifth among active American-born NHL defensemen with 57 goals and 182 assists in 449 games. Only four American defensemen -- Paul Martin, Ryan Whitney (not currently on an NHL roster), Dustin Byfuglien and Ryan Suter, who leads all active American-born blueliners with 292 points in 629 games -- are ahead of Yandle.


Sunday Long Read: Discovering joys of outdoors

Sunday, 12.29.2013 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

A fresh sheet of ice covering a lake. The powdery snow shoveled off to the sides. A sharp chill hanging in the air. If you're lucky, a warm drink waiting for you at the end of the day.

These are the elements that made outdoor hockey so special for a generation of players. As the game began to move indoors, they became symbols of a bygone era. But with a little help from the massive annual spectacle that is the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, many modern players are discovering the joy of the outdoor game.

And a generation of Hockey Hall of Fame members who grew up playing on the local pond couldn't be happier.


Spots remain up for grabs on Czech Olympic team

Sunday, 12.29.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Though Czech Republic coach Alois Hadamczik informed the local media of his intentions to reveal the country's Olympic roster no later than Jan. 7, many spots remain up for grabs at this juncture.

Hadamczik received some bad news this month when it was learned that Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek and San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl each would miss significant time, making their availability for the Olympics a major question mark. In fact, Hadamczik told a Czech media outlet that Hertl will not participate in the 2014 Sochi Games.

Hertl, who needs surgery to repair a right knee injury, is expected to miss at least a month. His absence will be a big blow for the Czech offense considering he leads NHL rookies with 15 goals and 25 points in 35 games.

Andy Murray savors WMU's GLI championship

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

DETROIT -- Andy Murray has played and coached hockey all over the world, so being behind the bench for Western Michigan at the 2013 Great Lakes Invitational was not his first outdoor experience.

It has been a while though.

Murray participated in games outdoors as a player in Europe. But the games Friday and Saturday at Comerica Park were his first outdoor games as a coach in more than two decades. His Broncos needed overtime before beating Michigan Tech 1-0 in the championship game on a goal by junior forward Justin Kovacs 2:01 into the extra period.


Western Michigan wins Great Lakes final


DETROIT -- Justin Kovacs scored at 2:01 of overtime to give Western Michigan a 1-0 victory against Michigan Tech on Saturday night to claim the 2013 Great Lakes Invitational championship at Comerica Park.

It is the first GLI title since 1986 for the Broncos, who are coached by former Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues bench boss Andy Murray.

This season, the Great Lakes Invitational is part of the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival, a five-day celebration of the sport leading up to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1.

Viewers get inside look outdoors in Part 3 of '24/7'

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The overriding theme of two struggling teams battling adversity and trying to find some solid ground to get their seasons going in the right direction was again ever-present in the latest episode of HBO's "24/7: Red Wings-Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic" that debuted Saturday night in the United States.

However, Part Three of the four-part series also served as foreshadowing to the one major event that binds the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs this season.

The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be played Wednesday at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. HBO brought the viewer outside at the end of the near-hour long episode.

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg was filmed skating on his frozen backyard pond with narrator Liev Schreiber providing the information that it was the first time he had ever skated there.


Michigan State wins Great Lakes consolation game


Michigan State scored once in the first period and twice in the third to defeat Michigan 3-0 in the consolation game of the Great Lakes Invitational on Saturday at Comerica Park in Detroit.

The championship game between Michigan Tech and Western Michigan was to be played outdoors later Saturday.

This season, the Great Lakes Invitational is part of the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival, a five-day celebration of the sport leading up to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1.
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I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday