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Nielsen to treasure outdoor game with Islanders

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Growing up in Herning, Denmark, New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen said it never really got cold enough for him and his friends to skate outdoors. On those rare occasions, he said, it felt like they had won the lottery.

He's holding another winning ticket, with the prize being a date for him and his team with the New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 29, 2014, as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

"It's awesome," Nielsen told NHL.com. "It's going to be just like it was the first [Stanley Cup] Playoff game, something you'll always remember. It's going to be special. I was very excited when I heard the news [that they'd be playing outside]. Should be fun."

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Isles' Vanek embracing the outdoor game experience

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Thomas Vanek learned very quickly one of the benefits to being traded to the New York Islanders.

It wasn't long after the Oct. 27 trade that sent him from the Buffalo Sabres to New York that his phone started ringing, with ticket requests for the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series game between the Islanders and New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 29, 2014.

"That was one of the first things when I got traded here," Vanek told NHL.com. "Days after I'm getting texts out of nowhere, you guys are playing outdoors. My ticket list is growing."

The Yankee Stadium game will mark the second time Vanek has taken part in an NHL outdoor game. He was with the Sabres on Jan. 1, 2008 for the inaugural NHL Winter Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.

The day featured more than 70,000 fans packed into the home of the Buffalo Bills, and the game had the raucous atmosphere of an NFL Sunday.

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Daily Primer Nov. 24: Wings shuffle off to Buffalo

Sunday, 11.24.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Maybe a visit to the Buffalo Sabres is what the Detroit Red Wings to snap out of their funk.

The Red Wings pay an early-evening call on the last-place team in the overall standings Sunday, hoping they'll find a way to break out of a slump that has dropped them to fifth place in the Atlantic Division. Detroit is 1-3-5 in its past nine games, including a 4-2 home loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, but the Red Wings are 10-1-1 in their past 12 games against the Sabres and have won five of their past six visits to First Niagara Center.

Here's a look at Sunday's action:

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Sunday Long Read: Sid vs. Ovi has defined generation

Sunday, 11.24.2013 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- There have been so many memorable moments, so many indelible images in the careers of Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby since they were the No. 1 picks in back-to-back NHL Drafts. Yet, the outcome of one shot could have made everything different.

The two superstars had willed their teams, Ovechkin's Washington Capitals and Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins, through six games of an epic, breathtaking Stanley Cup Playoffs series when they collided in a winner-take-all showdown on May 13, 2009 in the Chinatown district of the nation's capital. The series, which offered the potential for greatness and then delivered beyond anyone's highest expectations, had reached its climax.

Less than three minutes into Game 7 at Verizon Center, Ovechkin collected in stride a puck that had caromed off the boards. The red-clad crowd rose to its feet as its favorite Russian locomotive steamed past a helpless defenseman and moved in alone toward the goaltender.

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Tapped In: Thompson talks finding success in Tampa

Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

The Tampa Bay Lightning have surprised many with their surge to the top of the Eastern Conference. A combination of leadership and skill, good coaching and solid goaltending is what Nate Thompson attributes to the team's success. Thompson, who has found the right fit in Tampa Bay, discusses life growing up in Alaska, the journey he took to the NHL and his new brother-in-law.

Kathryn Tappan: Growing up in Alaska what were some of the activities you participated in outside of hockey?

Nate Thompson: In Alaska fishing was the big thing. If I wasn’t a hockey player I’d be a fly fisherman. In the winter I actually skied and snowboarded. We also played hockey outside. I really enjoyed playing football. I was a running back and loved playing the game. I did so right up until I left to play hockey in Seattle [for the Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League].

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Daily Primer Nov. 23: California Dreamin' for Devils

Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 1:23 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The New Jersey Devils have already had a successful trip to California. A victory against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night would be a perfect ending.

The Devils come to San Jose after back-to-back overtime wins against the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. New Jersey got a gift goal to win in Anaheim when the Ducks shot the puck into their own net, then used a historic one by Jaromir Jagr to win in L.A. Jagr's goal in overtime was the 690th of his career, tying him with longtime teammate Mario Lemieux for ninth place on the all-time list, and his 121st game-winner, equaling the record set by Gordie Howe.

Here's a complete look at the schedule on a busy Saturday:


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LeBlanc learning on the ice, teaching off it

Friday, 11.22.2013 / 1:51 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

For the vast majority of NHL prospects, playing in the American Hockey League is a time to learn.

For Rockford IceHogs center Drew LeBlanc, it's also a time to teach.

Just seven weeks into his rookie season, the 24-year-old has already become a regular at community appearances for the IceHogs, the top development team of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks. Most recently, he has reached out to begin tutoring students in math at a Rockford-area middle school.

"For me, it's kind of selfish because I like teaching and I like being around kids," LeBlanc said. "Honestly, it was just something that I've wanted to do and be a part of.

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NHL Network tripleheader on Saturday

Friday, 11.22.2013 / 12:41 PM / NHL Network

NHL.com

NHL Network-U.S. will get an early start to the Thanksgiving celebration with a weekend hockey smorgasbord.

Saturday will feature a tripleheader, staring with the Carolina Hurricanes visiting the Boston Bruins for a 1 p.m. ET puck drop. The Bruins will be looking for a repeat of the teams' game Monday when Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg each had a goal and an assist in the Bruins' 4-1 win in Raleigh.

Then at 7 p.m. ET the Washington Capitals and hot-shooting captain Alex Ovechkin will visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ovechkin is tied for the League lead with 17 goals and has 40 goals in his past 43 games.

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Second-quarter storylines: Lightning, Steen, Suter

Friday, 11.22.2013 / 10:15 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

With the first quarter of the 2013-14 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of its biggest storylines and award contenders.

The halfway point of the 2013-14 season will coincide with the end of the 2013 portion of the schedule. Questions that have arisen in the first quarter of the season could be answered in the second quarter.

Here are a few storylines worth keeping an eye on as we head into the next portion of the season:

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Sedins still face pressure to produce offensively

Friday, 11.22.2013 / 9:45 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Their minutes are up, their roles have expanded and they are spending more time apart this season, but the pressure on Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin to generate offense hasn't changed.

The Vancouver Canucks' top-line twins may have added ice time, penalty-killing and shot-blocking responsibilities under first-year coach John Tortorella, but they are still expected to score regularly. With the Canucks mired in a goal drought that has led to a five-game losing streak (0-3-2), that means a renewed focus on the slumping Sedins.

"The pressure is always there," said Daniel, who hasn't scored in seven games. "It doesn't matter if you score 10 games in a row, you are going to have to score the next game too. That's my mindset. I go out there every game thinking that way, but when you lose like this it is tough for sure because one goal would go a long way for us."

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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