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Mitchell, Lovejoy excited for Kings-Ducks outdoors

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Willie Mitchell and Ben Lovejoy have played more than 900 games in the NHL combined. They've been through numerous hard-fought Stanley Cup Playoff series, and Mitchell won the Stanley Cup in 2012.

Somehow, the defensemen have had the misfortune of missing out on an outdoor game despite previously playing in cold-weather cities, Mitchell with the Vancouver Canucks, among others, and Lovejoy for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

That's why the smiles on their faces is quite genuine when the Jan. 25 game at Dodger Stadium is mentioned. Mitchell and the Los Angeles Kings will play Lovejoy and the Anaheim Ducks in the first outdoor game in Southern California as part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The teams play Tuesday at Honda Center for the first time this season, with the outdoor game on the horizon.


Weight, Guerin lead U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 10:40 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

DETROIT -- Through all the teams, through all the years, Bill Guerin encapsulated his friendship with Doug Weight at the beginning of his speech Monday during the induction ceremony for the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

"Dougie told me he has an A speech and a B speech," Guerin said, laughing. "So I better tread lightly."

A friendship that began in the early 1990s at an Olympic festival when the two were amateurs came full circle Monday, when they were inducted together into the U.S. Hockey Hall.

Joining them in this year's group was former Michigan State University coach Ron Mason, women's hockey pioneer Cindy Curley, and Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos.

In addition, USA Today national hockey writer Kevin Allen was honored with the Lester Patrick Award for contributions to hockey in the United States.


Canada assembles best team, not all-star team

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 8:10 PM / Prospects

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

The last time Canada won a gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship was 2009, so the heat will be turned up as soon when coach Brent Sutter and Hockey Canada's brain trust begin final evaluations of the 25 players invited to attend National Junior Team selection camp Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario.

But in the spirit of Herb Brooks, Sutter and his staff insisted the 25 selections are not the "best" players, but the "right" players.

"The players that we've chosen for today give us the best chance to win," said Canada National Junior Team head scout Ryan Jankowski during a conference call. "The thing to remember is that it's not an all-star team. We are putting together the best team, and we feel that the 25 players named today give us that opportunity."


Hockey Canada streamlines camp roster for WJC

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 5:01 PM / Prospects

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- There will not be nearly as much drama surrounding the Canadian National Junior Selection Camp as there has been in past years.

Hockey Canada announced its roster Monday for the selection camp to be held Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario, and it looks very similar to the team that will ultimately go to Malmo, Sweden for the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

With 25 players invited to attend, including two goalies, eight defensemen and 15 forwards, Canadian coach Brent Sutter and his staff will need to make three cuts at camp, likely to be one defenseman and two forwards.

A year removed from finishing off the World Junior podium for the first time in 15 years, Hockey Canada wanted to streamline the selection process and base it more on play during the season rather than simply looking at a three-day camp.


USA Today writer Allen honored with Lester Patrick

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 5:00 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

DETROIT -- After years of asking players what it means to win the Stanley Cup, Kevin Allen finally understands what they mean by their answers.

Allen, the longtime national NHL writer for USA Today, is the 2013 winner of the Lester Patrick Trophy, awarded annually for contributions to hockey in the United States.

Allen received his award during the United States Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday at the Sound Board Theater in the Motor City Casino.

"It's really been a humbling experience," Allen told NHL.com. "I've interviewed so many guys when they win the Cup and they said it's surreal and indescribable and not knowing what to say, that's kind of what I'm going with now. I guess I understand what they're saying. I'm not comparing it to winning a Cup, but I think the emotions for them, it's similar to what I feel."


Drouin, McDavid highlight Canada WJC camp roster

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 2:15 PM / Prospects


Many pundits considered the inclusion of forward Jonathan Drouin on the Canadian roster a bit of a surprise at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia last season.

There was no question about Drouin's inclusion this season, and he might be considered the best player in the 2014 tournament in Malmo, Sweden.

The 18-year-old left wing, selected in the first round (No. 3) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, is in the midst of another spectacular season for the Halifax Mooseheads. Not surprisingly, he was one of 25 players invited to the country's WJC selection camp scheduled Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ont.


Fantasy All-Access: A November to remember

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

The second month of the fantasy season is over and some of the big names in the NHL reclaimed their spots at the top.

Evgeni Malkin
Center - PIT
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 28 | PTS: 35
SOG: 80 | +/-: 1
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin had only 10 points in 13 games played in October, but followed that up with 25 points in 15 games played to lead all scorers in November.

The Chicago Blackhawks embarked on their Circus Trip to end the month and Patrick Kane, the reigning Conn Smythe trophy winner, had a 12-game point-streak where he had eight goals and nine assists.

Finally, New York Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot burst on the scene with an NHL-leading 1.15 goals-against average and .956 save percentage for goalies with at least five November starts, and his two shutouts were tied for the most in the League in the 11th month of the year.


Daily Primer Dec. 2: Flyers, Wild set for rare matchup

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


Nearly two years have passed since the Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota Wild have shared the same sheet of ice, but that will change Monday night.

Philadelphia's next stop on its six-game, 13-day road trip is Xcel Energy Center, where the Flyers will face the Wild (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CSN-PH) in the first game between the teams since Jan. 17, 2012. The Flyers opened their trip with a 3-2 shootout victory against the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

"It was an ugly win," Flyers captain Claude Giroux told CSNPhilly.com. "I think we know we can play better, we can do better plays out there. But at the end, we got it done. We've just got to move forward and try to get better here."

Here's a closer look at the action Monday:


Senators fans give Alfredsson a standing ovation

Sunday, 12.01.2013 / 6:45 PM / NHL Insider

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators fans greeted former captain Daniel Alfredsson with a standing ovation Sunday prior to the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre.

Chants of "Alfie! Alfie!" enhanced the cheering during a pregame video tribute in honor of Alfredsson, who played his first game in Canada's capital city since leaving the Senators last summer to sign a one-year contract with Detroit.

U2's "Beautiful Day", which was Alfredsson's longtime goal song in Ottawa, played while the video scoreboard ran highlights from the 40-year-old Swede's 17-year career with the Senators.

Alfredsson, who was in the Red Wings' starting lineup, watched from in front of the bench and skated out to center ice while the video was still playing to raise his stick to salute the crowd.


Daily Primer Dec. 1: Alfredsson returns to Ottawa

Sunday, 12.01.2013 / 3:00 AM / Features


Daniel Alfredsson will be in a very familiar place Sunday night.

The 40-year-old right wing will return to Canada's capital city when the Detroit Red Wings visit the Ottawa Senators (5:30 p.m., NHLN-U.S., TSN, RDS, FS-D+). Alfredsson spent his first 17 NHL seasons with the Senators before signing with the Red Wings as a free agent last summer.

Alfredsson is the Senators' all-time leader in games played (1,178), goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108).

"I think I'm anxious to play the game," Alfredsson said after practicing with the Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday. "What happens is going to happen. It's a very different situation from anything I've ever gone through before, so I don't know what to expect or what's going to happen, but I'm hopeful that it's going to be a good night."

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— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round