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Jones, Scrivens step up for Kings in Quick's absence

Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Before the Los Angeles Kings had goaltenders falling out of their pockets, captain Dustin Brown remembers the dark days.

From 2006-08, Los Angeles started 11 goalies, from the four-game Yutaka Fukufuji era to veteran Sean Burke. Not to disparage those players, but Brown recalls the instability before Jonathan Quick arrived.

"I think I've always said that was our biggest change," Brown said. "With Quickie coming in and the level he's played at kind of speaks for itself, but I also think a byproduct of that is the mentality around the team, because when you have a solidified No. 1 goalie, that goes a long way, [and] the uncertainty of not knowing who's going to be in net for you every night can have a negative effect on the team, and the morale, and how you play in front of a guy.


Prospector Files: A-listers impress at selection camp

Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Goalie Thatcher Demko and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo certainly weren't out of place this past week at U.S. National Junior Team selection camp here on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Both are considered A-rated players on NHL Central Scouting's December players to watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft and were involved in a regular rotation during four practice sessions at the camp held at Mariucci Arena this week.

The only difference is Boston College freshman Demko will be traveling with the team when selection camp continues in Sweden beginning Thursday while DeAngelo will be returning to the Ontario Hockey League's Sarnia Sting. DeAngelo was informed of his release Wednesday morning as the U.S. managerial team pared its roster to 26 players.


Rookie Maatta emerges for injury-ravaged Penguins

Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 1:07 AM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Olli Maatta
Defense - PIT
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 7 | PTS: 9
SOG: 52 | +/-: 3
NEW YORK -- It's unlikely Pittsburgh Penguins rookie defenseman Olli Maatta ever imagined he would be one of the team's most veteran defensemen at any point this season. But injuries to Pittsburgh's top four blueliners have suddenly forced Maatta into that very situation.

And he's making the transition look easy.

The 19-year-old easily topped his career high for minutes in Pittsburgh's 4-3 shootout victory against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. His 28:06 topped his previous high of 24:17, which he set in a 3-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs two nights earlier.

Senators hold meeting after loss to Devils

Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 12:30 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Ottawa Senators held a closed-door meeting Wednesday night to try to figure out how to get their season turned around.

The Senators shut the dressing room doors for nearly 10 minutes following a 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center for a gathering that included general manager Bryan Murray, coach Paul MacLean, his staff and the players.

"It was for the most part a message from the top of expectations from them and what we should be expecting of each other," Senators alternate captain Chris Phillips said. "It was a good message."

The Senators entered the season with high expectations after making the Stanley Cup Playoffs despite injuries to stars such as defenseman Erik Karlsson, center Jason Spezza and goalie Craig Anderson. However, they are sixth in the Atlantic Division with 34 points and have not been able to string together back-to-back wins since they won three in a row from Nov. 5-9.


Red Wings use outdoor practice to lift spirits

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The puck magician exited the rink inside Comerica Park on Wednesday afternoon and summed up the Detroit Red Wings' current situation as only he could.

"No black," said Pavel Datsyuk, when asked why he didn't wear eye black during an outdoor practice that was open to the public. "[Don't] need it. In Detroit, no sunny days. We start winning, it might be sunny."

His answer drew a round of laughs but was apt for the injury-plagued Red Wings, who were blown out 5-2 by the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena and haven't won in six games.

Like the famous song lyric, ain't no sunshine for the Red Wings when the wins are gone. And wins are harder to get with almost half the usual roster sidelined by various injuries.

Detroit is missing six of its top-nine forwards, including captain Henrik Zetterberg, along with goalieJimmy Howard and top-four rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser. The Red Wings also have a 5-9-6 record on home ice and a vexing five-game losing streak at Joe Louis Arena they'd like to snap Thursday night against the Calgary Flames.

There's also some concern about Daniel Alfredsson's status after he didn't participate in the outdoor practice.

All things considered, taking it outside might've been perfect timing. The Red Wings got to breathe in some cold air and take their mind off their woes. Datsyuk put it this way: "It's fresh air, what we needed … a little bit of breathe."


NHL Network-US 2014 World Junior Championship game broadcast schedule

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 4:10 PM / NHL Network


NEW YORK - NHL Network-U.S. and NHL.com will offer fans in the United States the opportunity to watch live competition from the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26-Jan. 5 from Malmo, Sweden. The IIHF World Junior Championship features the top men's hockey players in the world under the age of 20 and is one of the featured events on the world hockey calendar each year.

NHL Network-U.S. will broadcast 18 live contests from the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, including every game from Team USA's group -- which features games against Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia -- as well as the quarterfinals, semifinals, and bronze- and gold-medal games.


Penguins' Samuelsson to face off with dad's Rangers

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 3:13 PM / Features

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- As Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Philip Samuelsson participated in practice prior to his second NHL game Wednesday against the New York Rangers, there was a familiar face watching from up in the stands at Madison Square Garden.

It was Samuelsson's father, Ulf, who as New York's assistant coach was scouting the competition but also enjoying the sight of his son practicing with an NHL team.

So which role was the longtime player and current coach spending more time serving: proud papa or NHL coach?

"You tell me," Ulf Samuelsson told NHL.com. "[It will be the] same thing tonight. I've got to work and be a fan at the same time."


Engelland suspended five games for illegal check

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 3:00 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland has been suspended for five games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader during NHL Game No. 491 in Detroit on Saturday, Dec. 14, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:30 of the first period. Engelland was assessed a match penalty for an illegal check to the head.

Based on his average annual salary, Engelland will forfeit $14,529.90. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=514993&lang=en.


Capitals' Wilson faces disciplinary hearing

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 2:08 PM / Department of Player Safety News


Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for a hit on Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn in a game Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center.

At 15:17 of the second period Wilson was assessed a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. Wilson also received a five-minute major for fighting in the immediate aftermath of the hit.

Schenn did not return to the game due to an upper-body injury.


Compher, Fitzgerald, DeAngelo cut at U.S. WJC camp

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 1:21 PM / 2014 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- As exciting as it is to be a part of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in any capacity, releasing players in an attempt to reduce the roster to the maximum number never is easy.

That was the task put in the hands of United States National Junior Team coach Don Lucia and the managerial team following a 3-2 overtime victory Tuesday against Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn.

The end result was the decision Wednesday to cut University of Michigan forward J.T. Compher (Buffalo Sabres), Boston College forward Ryan Fitzgerald (Boston Bruins) and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo of the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft.

Lucia said the decision to cut Compher was due to a left foot injury sustained in practice Monday while blocking a shot. Compher had his foot in a walking boot Tuesday.

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Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild