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NBC broadcasters enjoy rivalry aspect of playoffs

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 5:17 PM / Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Since rivalries drive interest, it's no surprise the NBC Sports Group is thrilled with the eight matchups it will broadcast in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"This is probably going to be the best playoffs we've had, and we've had it on NBC for nine years now," said Pierre McGuire, NBC's lead Inside the Glass analyst.

"This has got a chance to be one of the most memorable playoffs we've had in the last 20 years."

For the third straight year NBC will broadcast every game of the playoffs on its series of networks, using the main network plus cable outlets NBC Sports Network, CNBC and NHL Network. The matchups this season are dictated by the NHL's division-based playoff format and feature five regional rivalries and an Original Six clash.

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2014 NHL Draft Lottery to be conducted Tuesday

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 3:38 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

NEW YORK – The 2014 NHL Draft Lottery, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 13 picks of the 2014 NHL Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 15, at 8 p.m., ET.

The League, in cooperation with TSN, will announce the results of the Draft Lottery live during a 30-minute program produced and televised by TSN in Canada. The special presentation also will air in the U.S. on NBCSN and will re-air on NHL Network U.S. at 8:30 p.m., ET.

Thirteen of the 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs – or the Clubs that have acquired the First-Round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams – will have a chance at winning the right to the first overall selection. The New Jersey Devils will not be eligible to win the Draft Lottery and will select 30th overall in the First Round.

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Bruins' Chiarelli built winner using Red Wings' model

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:43 PM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Long before Peter Chiarelli took over as general manager of the Boston Bruins, he admired the way the Detroit Red Wings went about their business.

Chiarelli, who started in his current role prior to the 2006-07 season, even tried to steal a little of the Red Wings' secret formula when he made Dave Lewis, a longtime assistant and former head coach in Detroit, the coach of the Bruins for that initial season in Boston.

Lewis' one-season tenure didn't get the Bruins headed in the direction Chiarelli wanted, so he opted to replace Lewis with Claude Julien. While the Bruins, having qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in seven straight seasons, have a long way to go to match the Red Wings' 23-year run, Chiarelli has accomplished his goal of making the Bruins a franchise that's as admired around the NHL as Detroit.

Chiarelli quickly learned there was no shortcut to building an organization on par with the Red Wings, and there are several areas a team has to strengthen in order to be in Detroit's class.

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As Predators coach, Trotz was Nashville institution

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 1:53 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The Nashville Predators literally might not be the Nashville Predators without Barry Trotz.

Trotz helped pick the team name. He also helped pick the carpeting in the team's office. He was hired on Aug. 6, 1997, exactly 14 months and four days before the Predators played their first game. He has coached every game the team has played in its 15 seasons, winning 557 of them. He is a Nashville hockey institution.

At least he was.

Trotz's tenure in Nashville came to an end Monday, when the Predators announced his contract will not be extended and the team will immediately begin a search for a new coach for the first time in franchise history. Trotz has been offered a position in the organization's hockey operations department, but according to the Predators' press release he is still considering his options before making a decision.

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Flyers forward Hartnell fined $5,000 for spearing

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 11:58 AM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK – Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has been fined $5,000 for spearing Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore in NHL Game No. 1222 in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 13, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 13:09 of the third period. Hartnell was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for spearing.

The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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X-Factor: Brassard could hold key for Rangers

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:50 AM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The emergence of Derek Stepan as a top center and Brad Richards' return to form after a difficult 2012-13 season gives the New York Rangers a prominent duo centering their top two lines heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But it has been the play of Derick Brassard which has helped put the Rangers on the fast track.

Acquired in the trade which sent Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline, Brassard enjoyed great success last year in his first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, leading New York with 12 points in 12 games.

A repeat performance could help lead the Rangers past the first round of this year's playoffs.

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Why the Bruins will win the Stanley Cup

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:48 AM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

The 2013-14 Boston Bruins are better than the team that lost the 2013 Stanley Cup Final in shocking fashion.

In fact, these Bruins are playing better hockey than the 2011 edition, which defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games to claim the organization’s first Stanley Cup since 1972.

Last spring, the Bruins were 76 seconds away from forcing a Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final only to see a comeback of epic proportions by the visitors turn a one-goal deficit into a 3-2 victory in a stunning 17-second span.

This spring, the Bruins are better than the team that trudged silently off the ice, casting furtive glances back at the improbable pig pile of Hawks at the other end of the TD Garden, cursing what could have been.

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Krejci becomes focal point of Bruins' playoff attack

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:46 AM / Bruins vs Red Wings - 2014 SCP First Round

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center David Krejci has a simple answer for the origins of his pass-first mentality.

"You know when you pass the puck as a kid, you have friends. When you don't pass the puck, then you don't have friends," said Krejci, who played youth hockey in his native Czech Republic before he joined the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

For the past several seasons, Krejci's desires have extended well beyond expanding his circle of friends. He's been driven to become one of the best two-way centers in the NHL, playing for a championship-caliber team. Nowhere has his desire manifested itself more than in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Why the Ducks will win the Stanley Cup

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:45 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Anaheim Ducks have spent their 20th season in the NHL celebrating an anniversary in style, and they will finish the campaign with a Stanley Cup parade to cap the festivities.

This is the best team in franchise history. The Ducks are deep and talented at every position. They do not have two all-time great defensemen like the 2006-07 team which won the Cup, but the Ducks are much deeper up front and boast plenty of potential Hall of Fame talent to claim a second championship in franchise history.

Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were a key part of the title run seven years ago, and they are among the top duos in the NHL. Perry has won the Hart Trophy and Getzlaf is a likely finalist this season. They've each won two Olympic gold medals and winning the Cup for a second time would help make them both likely candidates for eventual Hall of Fame enshrinement.

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Ducks' Selanne embraces playoffs curtain call

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:42 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM – For a few lucky Anaheim Ducks fans, patience paid off after a recent game.

More than an hour after Anaheim lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Honda Center on March 10, loyal Ducks fans milled about the north side of the building, hoping to get autographs from departing players.

Teemu Selanne, the popular veteran forward, stopped and signed, parking close to the loading dock.

There was just one slight problem.

"I blocked the intersection," Selanne said with a laugh. "The one bus came there and the driver was yelling, 'What are you doing?' [I said], 'Don't worry about it.' "

After 21 years, more than 1,400 games played and thousands of autographs signed, Selanne can block an intersection here or there, especially when he is once again giving back to the fans.

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