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Question remains whether Devils would move Brodeur

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 10:47 AM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

There's little doubt New Jersey Devils veteran goalie Martin Brodeur will be grabbing much of the attention in the days leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5 at 3 p.m. ET.

Would the Devils even consider trading their likely Hall of Fame goalie for some offensive pop if the opportunity became available?

The Devils average 2.29 goals a game to rank 27th in the League. They have yielded 2.34 goals-per game, the fifth-lowest total in the NHL. If anything else, Brodeur gives the Devils added insurance in net if something were to happen to Cory Schneider.

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Tale of the Tape: Sabres host Bruins

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / Tale of the Tape

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The one constant in the history of the Buffalo Sabres has been the Boston Bruins. The teams have been in the same division since the Sabres entered the NHL in 1970. They're at opposite ends of the Atlantic Division standings this season, but there will be plenty of intensity when they face off for the fourth time this season in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2).

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Outdoor game evokes memories for Canucks' Higgins

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Chris Higgins didn't just grow up skating on frozen ponds along the north shore of Long Island, N.Y.

He survived it.

Barely.

As Higgins joined his Vancouver Canucks teammates in reminiscing about their childhood memories of outdoor hockey in anticipation of the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS), there was one that jumped out for him. And although Higgins was laughing as he shared the story, his fall through thin ice when he was 8 years old was a little more serious at the time.

Higgins said he could see it in his father's eyes, and Robert Higgins, a New York City firefighter, doesn't scare easy.

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Rivalry Night Faceoff: Smith vs. Hodgson

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

To help celebrate NBC Rivalry Night, NHL.com will look at a rivalry within the rivalry of the featured game on Wednesday nights. For this week we are wondering which emerging young forward, Reilly Smith of the Boston Bruins or Cody Hodgson of the Buffalo Sabres, would be the best option around which to build a team.

Reilly Smith was taken by the Dallas Stars with the 69th pick of the 2009 NHL Draft. He appeared in three games for the Stars near the end of the 2011-12 season after scoring 30 goals in 39 games for the Miami University.

Smith split his first full professional season between Dallas and the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. The right wing experienced more success in the AHL with 14 goals and 21 assists in 45 games; he also had three goals and nine points in 37 NHL games.

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Penguins' Crosby remains Hart Trophy favorite

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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

It hasn't seemed to matter who his linemates are, or what kind of teammates he's been on the ice with. All Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby has done is produce and help his team win games.

And with a daily injury report that has at times read like an all-star game roster, and a Penguins roster that at times has featured as many American Hockey League players as NHL, Crosby has shown this season why he's the best -- and most valuable player -- in the League.

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Past and present Canucks surprise students

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- For a couple of fourth-grade classes, a Tuesday field trip to skate on the outdoor rink at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver was already a nice escape from the classroom. With the sun melting away the last remnants of two days of snow, it was hard to imagine a better way to spend the day.

But when members of the Vancouver Canucks 1994 Stanley Cup Final team arrived unannounced to skate with the kids, it got even better. When injured Canucks center Mike Santorelli joined them and mascot Finn arrived to hand out tickets to the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday, a perfect day was complete for the students from Strawberry Hill Elementary.


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Canucks' Lack honors Swedish heritage with mask

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Eddie Lack pays tribute to the 1915 Stanley Cup-winning Vancouver Millionaires with his new goaltending equipment for the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic to be played Sunday (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS). But the Vancouver Canucks backup goaltender saved his new mask to honor other Swedish players who have played for the franchise.

Painted by David Gunnarsson of DaveArt Designs, Lack's new mask features pictures of former captain Markus Naslund and longtime defenseman Mattias Ohlund on one side, with Thomas Gradin, who works for the Canucks as a scout, and goalie Johan Hedberg on the other. Instead of a portrait, Hedberg is represented by his old mask, which also was painted by Gunnarsson.

Lack has some explaining to do, however, after he put current captain Henrik Sedin and twin brother Daniel on the back of the mask, which also features Lack's dad and the Swedish Chef from the Muppets.

"I explained to Henrik they are still active players and once they retire, they are in the front," Lack said with a smile.

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NHL Trophies to be on display at BC Sports Hall of Fame in celebration of 2014 NHL Heritage Classic

Stanley Cup will join exhibition March 1-2

NHL.com

NEW YORK – The NHL Trophies are coming to Vancouver in conjunction with the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic game between the Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks. From Wednesday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, March 2, visitors to the BC Sports Hall of Fame will get a closer look at all of hockey's most prized trophies, including the Hart Memorial Trophy (most valuable player to his team), Vezina Trophy (top goaltender), Calder Memorial Trophy (top rookie), James Norris Memorial Trophy (top defenseman) and more.

On Saturday, March 1 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. PT, the most recognizable trophy in sports – the Stanley Cup – will join the NHL Trophy display at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and remain there through the conclusion of the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic.

On Sunday, March 2, ticketholders to the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic will gain free entry into the BC Sports Hall of Fame to take in this inspiring display.

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Blackhawks have high hopes for Regin at center

Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 4:57 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It has the potential to be another of those under-the-radar trades that makes Stan Bowman look brilliant down the road.

The Chicago Blackhawks general manager traded a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft to the New York Islanders on Feb. 6 to acquire a couple of forwards who have NHL experience playing center.

Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard are now Blackhawks assets, with Regin starting out in Chicago and Bouchard playing for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Regin is likely to start by getting a shot to play with Patrick Kane on a highly talented second line.

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Capitals need top stars to shake Sochi disappointment

Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 4:04 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- When Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom returned to the Washington Capitals' practice facility on Tuesday, there was a general sense things were finally back to normal.

Their respective quests for gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics having come to turbulent ends, Ovechkin and Backstrom rejoined their teammates for an upbeat, hour-long practice as if the past two weeks were nothing more than a distant memory.

As the Capitals resume their schedule on Thursday against the Florida Panthers, that is the mindset Washington's two star forwards must foster in order to lead their team, currently sitting 11th in the Eastern Conference, to its seventh consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance.

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