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Maatta getting bigger role on Penguins blue line

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 1:20 AM / NHL Insider

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- If Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has his way, rookie defenseman Olli Maatta will get serious consideration for the Calder Trophy.

As injuries have decimated the Penguins' defense this season, the 19-year-old's role on the blue line has continued to grow. With top-four defensemen Kris Letang (stroke) and Paul Martin (broken hand) gone for the rest of the regular season, Maatta has played more than 20 minutes in eight of Pittsburgh's past nine games, with a high of 24:38 against the San Jose Sharks on March 6.

Maatta has scored four times during that stretch, including twice against San Jose, and entered the weekend with nine goals, 28 points and a plus-12 rating in 64 games while averaging 18:08 of ice time. Those numbers may not compare with some other Calder hopefuls, but Bylsma believes the 19-year-old's value goes well beyond statistics.


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Flyers' Couturier continues to frustrate Penguins

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 6:21 PM / Features

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Now in his third NHL season, Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier has played 189 regular-season games and another 11 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He enters every game with the same goals -- play well in all areas of the ice, be strong in the faceoff circle, follow the game plan installed by the coaches -- but he also knows that he can't bring his "A" game every night.

But in the 12 regular-season games he's played against the Pittsburgh Penguins -- No. 13 will come Sunday when the Flyers and Penguins play the second half of their home-and-home weekend set at Consol Energy Center (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN2) -- Couturier always has found a way to raise his game.

The 21-year-old did that Saturday, picking up two assists and providing blanket coverage on Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, holding the League's scoring leader to two shots, two attempts on net that were blocked to help the Flyers earn a 4-0 victory.


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Former Flyers coach Shero honored with statue

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 1:16 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The leader of the Broad Street Bullies has been immortalized in the spot where he did his best work.

On Saturday, the Flyers unveiled an 8-foot, 1,300-pound bronze statue of coach Fred Shero on the former site of the Spectrum, where he coached for seven seasons and won the Stanley Cup twice. That resume earned him enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame in November and a permanent spot in Philadelphia sports history. Shero passed away in 1990.

"He coached here, the Spectrum was here, he's now in front of the area where we all had so many great memories," Flyers chairman Ed Snider said at a ceremonial unveiling for the statue. "He'll be remembered here forever. I think it's fantastic. He was the greatest coach we ever had, one of the greatest guys you'll ever want to meet."

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Kings hope Gaborik can provide offensive spark

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- When Marian Gaborik got his first full day off in Los Angeles on Tuesday, he poked around what has become a playground for hockey players here. He took in sunny Manhattan Beach, where many of his Los Angeles Kings teammates live.

"It's beautiful around here," Gaborik said. "It's nice to get some vitamin D and just get ready for the game. I think it's pretty easy to get comfortable here."

Gaborik, though, won't have many more days off and the Kings have a small window to get their offense going with their new forward in order to improve their position for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Daily Primer March 15: Weekend in Pennsylvania

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 2:36 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins will see a lot of each other this weekend.

The Pennsylvania rivals begin a home-and-home series Saturday afternoon when they face off at Wells Fargo Center (1 p.m., NHLN-US, ROOT, CSN-PH). After that game is over, they'll head to the other end of the state for a rematch on Sunday (12:30 p.m., NBC, TSN2).

In terms of the standings, the games likely mean more to the Flyers than the Penguins. Philadelphia is fighting to hang on to a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; the Penguins are cruising to the Metropolitan Division title.

Here's a look at all the action on a busy Saturday:

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Tapped In: Ryan on Ottawa and Olympic break fun

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 12:47 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

Drafted No. 2 by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2005 NHL Draft, Bobby Ryan played five seasons for the Anaheim Ducks before being traded this past summer to the Ottawa Senators. Ryan, 26, has endeared himself to his new teammates this season, totaling 22 goals and 45 points while playing solid defensively with a plus-9 rating. The New Jersey native talks about how he learned to play the game, his involvement in helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy and why proposing at the top of the Eiffel Tower was a necessity.

Kathryn Tappen: I heard you were quite busy during the Olympic break. Congratulations on your proposal to longtime girlfriend Danielle Rhodes.

Bobby Ryan: We did; we got engaged in Paris. It was pretty cool, so thank you.

KT: You do realize you’ve set the bar incredibly high for men everywhere by proposing atop the Eiffel Tower?

BR: I waited so long to propose I had to go all in, so that was my only choice.

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Face Time with Weekes: Join live online video chat

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 4:00 PM / Edward Jones Face Time

NHL.com

Chat live with NHL Network analyst and former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes during the first intermission of next Wednesday's Blues-Blackhawks game on NBCSN. Weekes will field questions spanning many hockey topics.

To participate in next week's chat, register here. Learn more and access complete chat archive at facetime.nbcsports.com.

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Canadiens goalie Price full participant at practice

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 3:37 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had his best day at practice Friday, according to coach Michel Therrien, but his status remains day-to-day in his recovery from a lower-body injury he aggravated playing for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Price has missed eight NHL games since his return from the Olympics; the Canadiens are 3-4-1 and have allowed 28 goals in his absence.

"Watching how he's played goal since the start of the season and seeing how he played at the Olympics, we can say he's one of the best goalies in the National Hockey League," Therrien said. "When you lose your best player it's going to have an effect on you.

"We can't use that as an excuse; we have no excuses on our team. But Carey is our best player and one that is very important. Any team that loses its No. 1 goalie for a period of time is going to be affected."

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Islanders' Tavares reaches out to young fan

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 12:58 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Living in Winnipeg, 11-year-old Jake Lotocki tends to stick out from time to time. That happens when you're a die-hard New York Islanders fan in the middle of Winnipeg Jets country.

Lotocki was wearing the jersey of his favorite player, Islanders captain John Tavares, when he and his family went to MTS Centre on March 4 to watch the Islanders' win 3-2 against Winnipeg. Tavares, out for the season due to a knee injury sustained during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, isn't traveling with the team, but Lotocki's appreciation for his favorite player only grew after he was jeered that night for wearing the Islanders jersey.

Two days later the Islanders were in Vancouver preparing for a game against the Canucks when Tavares called Kimber Auerbach, the Islanders' director of communications.

"During the game I got a call from [Tavares] saying, 'Did you read this story about the kid in Winnipeg?'" Auerbach said. "I read the story and he texted me back saying he wanted to do something."

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Brody Sutter proving he's more than just family name

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 11:00 AM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

For Brody Sutter of the American Hockey League's Charlotte Checkers, an affinity for the game is all in the family.

Currently in his second year with the Carolina Hurricanes' top affiliate, Brody is part of the second generation of one of the most renowned families in NHL history. His father, Duane, and uncles Brent, Brian, Rich, Ron and Darryl collectively played in almost 5,000 NHL games between 1976 and 2001 and have remained active in the League in various coaching, scouting and managerial capacities.

Brody was born in Calgary but raised in southern Florida, where his father, a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the New York Islanders and current scout for the Edmonton Oilers, was a member of the Florida Panthers' coaching staff.

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