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Parking is among the challenges at Winter Classic

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Bridgestone 2014 NHL Winter Classic is expected to be the largest gathering of people to watch a game in hockey history.

The game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will take place in Michigan Stadium, one of college football's most revered stadiums and known for bringing more than 100,000 people together on Saturday afternoons in the fall.

One thing the Big House is not known for is an abundance of nearby parking.

A popular option for parking at Michigan football games are the driveways and front yards of Ann Arbor residences. That's a viable option on a nice fall day, but maybe not so on a potentially snowy one in the middle of winter.

Finding alternative parking options is just one of the challenges NHL Senior Vice President of Events Don Renzulli has dealt with in the days leading up to the League's marquee day on the regular-season calendar.


Outdoor game inspires friendly rivalry among Rangers

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- When the New York Rangers take the ice at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 26 against the New Jersey Devils and Jan. 29 against the New York Islanders as part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, they'll already have a wealth of experience playing stadium games.

A number of Rangers players competed in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, where New York beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2.

But one outdoor game in particular gets three Rangers teammates especially riled up. On Feb. 6, 2010, the University of Wisconsin hosted the Camp Randall Hockey Classic, an outdoor double-header in which the Badgers played in front of 55,031 fans at the school's Camp Randall Stadium.

After the UW women's team beat Bemidji State, 6-1, a Wisconsin men's team featuring future Rangers Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh faced off against the University of Michigan and another current Ranger, forward Carl Hagelin.


Draper made sure Red Wings got bang for their buck

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

Kris Draper laughs about it now, but there was something surreal about his involvement in a transaction dated June 30, 1993, when the original Winnipeg Jets traded him to the Detroit Red Wings -- for $1.

To this day the memory elicits laughter from those with whom Draper shares a small but significant part of his hockey story. One day while retelling the tale to his 11-year-old son's youth hockey team, the group of kids broke out in hysterics.

"What? You were traded for $1?" they exclaimed.

"Now you can have some good laughs about it," Draper said.


Combo of skill, heart made Leafs' Clark a success

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

Wendel Clark knew one way to play during his 15 NHL seasons. His 5-foot-11, 200-pound physique meant nothing competing with an indomitable work ethic against the beasts of the League.

One of the oldest of frayed cliches explains how it's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog. Clark played all-out with no thoughts of putting his body in peril. His will to win made him immensely popular with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but at times overshadowed a natural ability that helped him total 330 goals and 564 points in 793 NHL games.

"I think because of his smaller stature people started to think, well, here's a guy who just made it on his heart. He was a very skilled guy too," said Barry Melrose, Clark's cousin, a former NHL player and coach and current NHL Network analyst. "He was an awesome combination of toughness, skill and heart. I think he was a pretty complete player."


Daily Primer Dec. 27: NHL returns with 10 games

Friday, 12.27.2013 / 10:37 AM / NHL Insider

After three days off for Christmas, the NHL returns with 10 games Friday, including a playoff rematch between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals.

After a seven-game series last season that saw the Rangers win to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, New York and Washington have split their first two games in 2013-14, with each team winning in the other's home arena. They'll play for the third time Friday at Verizon Center.

Here's a look at all the action Friday:


Super 16: Blackhawks hold top post-Christmas spot

Friday, 12.27.2013 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The holiday break has given players, coaches and general managers for every team in the NHL a chance to stop, take a couple of deep breaths, and evaluate where this season has been and where it is headed, which is a mad dash to the Olympic break and another compressed scramble to the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

There have been plenty of prominent pre-Christmas storylines, from the fast starts by the San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs, to the outstanding goaltending depth in Southern California, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin dominating leaderboards, and, of course, the incredible tale of goaltender Josh Harding.


Sweden's goaltending makes it contender for gold

Friday, 12.27.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

After a fifth-place finish in Vancouver four years ago, Sweden is hoping to bounce back in a big way at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Several players from the 2010 team will be back, but an influx of young, talented players could be the shot in the arm the Swedes need to contend for what would be their second gold medal in the past three Olympics. The goaltending is arguably the best in the tournament (led by the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist), which automatically gives Sweden a chance to win each game.

The Swedes will need more from the likes of Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin, but Alexander Steen has been arguably the most pleasant surprise through the first quarter of the 2013-14 NHL season, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson is developing into a Norris Trophy candidate for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Here's a look at who NHL.com believes Sweden should take to Sochi for the 2014 tournament:


Winter Classic rink close to getting logos, lines

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- As NHL Facilities Operations Manager Dan Craig put the finishing touches on his final planned activity Thursday for building a rink inside Michigan Stadium, the weather presented him with an opportunity.

Craig could have kept his crew later than planned, but part of his job is also to manage the guys in charge of creating the playing surface for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. He knew his crew would have willingly stayed and continued to work, but his management experience helped him decide it was time to call it a day.


Prospector Files: Finns still strong without Kapanen

Thursday, 12.26.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Just because the Finnish National Junior Team is without one of their top 2014 draft-eligible players at the IIHF World Junior Championship in forward Kasperi Kapanen, that doesn't mean one of the six other prospects on the roster couldn't grab the spotlight.

Kapanen, an A-rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting's December players to watch list, sustained a shoulder injury during a Dec. 20 practice that will keep him out for at least three weeks. The son of former NHL player Sami Kapanen had five goals and eight points in seven games at the Under-18 World Championship last season and figured to be a star performer in this year's U-20 tournament.

"Kapanen is a big loss for Finland," NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb told NHL.com. "Now, the team will be much more dependent on just one line."

That top line might consist of Artturi Lehkonen (Montreal Canadiens), Teuvo Teravainen (Chicago Blackhawks) and Saku Maenalanen (Nashville Predators), which should turn out to be one of the more offensively dynamic trios in the tournament.


Competition intense for Canadian roster spots

Thursday, 12.26.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Arguably no country boasts as many Olympic-caliber players as Canada. Often you'll hear people say the Canadians have enough talent to field at least two teams at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The rules make that argument moot.

Like the rest of the field, Canada will have 25 players (14 forwards, eight defensemen, three goalies) going for gold in Russia. The rest will be home watching. The task of selecting these players is one of the most difficult in hockey this season because so many factors go in to finding the best 25 out of a large field of deserving candidates.

Canada has a lot of players who are strong skaters, but who are the strongest? The Canadians have plenty of forwards who are responsible with the puck, but which are the most reliable? There are a lot of Canadian centers who can move to the wing, but who can do it without any drop off in their game?
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It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday