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Red Wings struggling to find secondary scoring

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 4:43 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The subject isn't even open to discussion right now.

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock insisted he's not going to break up his top line by making star forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg his top two centers, something he's done in recent seasons. Though he briefly split the duo for a game Oct. 26 against the New York Rangers, don't expect to see it again in the near future, including Friday against the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m., NHLN-US).

"Yeah, [I did it] for about seven minutes," Babcock said Friday after an optional morning skate. "I'm not doing it."

Instead, the Red Wings will have to find secondary scoring other ways. Zetterberg and Datsyuk are too effective playing next to each other and alongside power forward Todd Bertuzzi.

That top line has combined for 10 of the 18 goals Detroit has scored in the past six games, not to mention 12 assists. Detroit also went 2-1-3 in those games, but the Red Wings haven't won on home ice for a full month (0-1-5) and continue to have issues getting goals from their other three lines and defensemen.

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McDonald, Peplinski to coach at Top Prospects Game

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 3:10 PM / Prospects

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Lanny McDonald and Jim Peplinski, who captained the Calgary Flames to the 1989 Stanley Cup, will serve as opposing coaches at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The game, which will feature 40 of the top players from the Canadian Hockey League eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, will be played Jan. 15, 2014 at Scotiabank Saddledome.

"These are the next stars of tomorrow and we will be very proud to be a very small part in helping them get to the top," McDonald said. "Obviously with all the [NHL] scouts here we know how important it is so we are not taking this lightly. We obviously want to win but we want to showcase the talent more than anything."

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Henrique thrilled to play at Yankee Stadium

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique remembers sitting in the stands at Yankee Stadium with then-teammates Krys Barch and Tom Kostopoulos in mid-April. They were there to catch a ballgame, but the conversation turned to a major what-if.

"We were saying how cool it would be to play a game in there one day," Henrique told NHL.com. "Sure enough, the next day they announced it."

Well, not officially, because the NHL didn't release the details about the Devils' participation in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series until about a month later, but the news leaked into the media while Henrique and his ex-teammates were inside the ballpark in the Bronx.

As the details of the event came to light -- Jan. 26, 2014 against the New York Rangers at 12:30 p.m. ET (NBC, CBC) -- Henrique started to grow more and more intrigued.

"We weren't sure if they were serious or not," Henrique said. "Once we found out it was a sure thing we just said, 'It's going to be awesome.'"

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Rangers happy to bring outdoor games to New York

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

For the New York Rangers, once was nice, but twice is going to be extra special.

The Rangers will take part in the Coors Light Stadium Series games at Yankee Stadium, against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, and against the New York Islanders on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.

It will mark the second and third time in three seasons the Rangers have been part of a regular-season outdoor game. They played the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

This season, though, they're a bit closer to home, which makes it that much more special.

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Devils players ready for their outdoor opportunity

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Since the Winter Classic became an annual NHL event in 2008, it's become the highlight of the regular-season schedule.

This season, the overwhelming popularity of playing outside has produced the Coors Light Stadium Series, which will hit Yankee Stadium for a pair of games, with the first set for Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, between the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers.

The puck won't drop for that event for another six weeks, but for a few members of the Devils, the time can't go fast enough.

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Kings, Ducks eager for iconic Dodger Stadium stage

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Kings, and Honda Center, where the Anaheim Ducks play, are separated by about 30 miles of Interstate-5 in southern California.

Their proximity, as well as the teams' success, has created quite a rivalry that sees both buildings get packed with raucous fans when they face off.

That rivalry will shift a few miles north when the Coors Light Stadium series opens with the Kings and Ducks meeting at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.

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Super 16: Niedermayer the model for today's top D's

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Scott Niedermayer was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, and despite all of his accomplishments and his reputation as one of the greatest defensemen in the history of the sport, it still is surprising to see one Norris Trophy on his resume.

That can be explained partly because of Nicklas Lidstrom, who won seven times in eight years (Niedermayer broke his run of dominance in 2004) and partly because Niedermayer's talents probably were not properly appreciated.

He didn't have a booming shot or the offensive numbers of players in more goal-friendly systems, and he didn't dish out the highlight-reel hits like Scott Stevens or Chris Pronger. He was like Lidstrom, an all-round marvel who didn't make mistakes.

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Daily Primer: First rematch for '12 Cup Finalists

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 2:50 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

There won't be nearly as much on the line this time when the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils get together Friday at Prudential Center.

The Kings and Devils haven't seen each other since June 11, 2012, when the Kings won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history by beating the Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the Final. The hero of that series, L.A. goaltender Jonathan Quick, will be back on the West Coast for this one; he's sidelined with a groin strain sustained Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.

Here's a complete look at a busy Friday in the NHL:

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Maple Leafs' Kadri suspended three games

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 5:31 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been suspended for three games, without pay, for interference with Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom during NHL Game No. 274 in Minnesota on Wednesday, Nov. 13, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 7:07 of the first period. Kadri received a minor penalty for goaltender interference.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Kadri will forfeit $44,615.37 The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Capitals' Ovechkin packs punch with more than shot

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 1:34 PM / Ford Tough Performance of the Week

NHL.com Staff

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin packs a punch with his shot; just ask any of the goaltenders who have been victimized by one of the Russian sniper's 385 career goals. Ovechkin has 14 already this season to tie for the NHL lead, including the overtime winner in the Capitals' most recent game, Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Ovechkin is a superstar because he can impose his will on a game through more than just his shot, however. Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda learned that in a game against the Capitals on Sunday.

Four minutes into the opening period Hejda went back to collect the puck in his end after a Washington dump-in. As Hejda skated into the right corner, he had a 6-foot-3, 230-pound express train heading straight for him. Hejda reversed the puck across to defense partner Erik Johnson just before Ovechkin leveled him with a thunderous shoulder check, momentarily knocking Hejda off his skates and down to the ice.

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