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Flames' Monahan, Baertschi still works in progress

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- They're both hailed as cornerstones of the Calgary Flames' future, but the trajectories for first-round picks Sven Baertschi and Sean Monahan couldn't be more different.

Baertschi and Monahan are finding the NHL's rigors to be a grind, but each is navigating through his rookie season as best he can.

"I've learned a lot," said the 19-year-old Monahan, who has now played 20 games. "Coming to the rink with NHL players, you learn something new every day. You've just got to soak up any information you get. The little details in this League are the biggest thing, and that's something I'm really paying attention to."

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Struggling Penguins confident goals will come

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Dan Bylsma compared the Pittsburgh Penguins’ scoring problems to a baseball player in a batting slump being worried about when he'll get his next hit.

The difference is the Penguins aren't worried about when they'll score their next goal, not with the chances they've been getting and the firepower they know they have.

"You don't always look at the production as an indicator that you're doing the right things," Bylsma said.

Offensive-zone time, shots on goal, shot attempts, and chances for and against are some of the key stats coaches look at to judge how their team is playing. Production, though, is all that matters in the end, and the Penguins haven't gotten enough of it in the past 12 games.

Pittsburgh enters its game against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday at Consol Energy Center (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2) having lost four of its past five games and seven of the past 12 because they simply haven't scored enough goals.

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Shutouts come in bunches for Kings' Scrivens

Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 11:45 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens admits it's a cliché, but it's the truth. When it comes to his play, he takes things one game at a time, one save at a time.

With a shutout streak now extended to 155:02 following his 37-save, 1-0 shutout against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night, the 27-year-old is in a zone.

It's not the first time that Scrivens has enjoyed this kind of run. In fact, it's the third time in less than four years that he has collected consecutive shutouts.

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Senators to introduce NHL Heritage Classic jersey

NHL.com

The Ottawa Senators will officially unveil their NHL Heritage Classic jersey on Nov. 28. The Senators will wear the jersey when they play the Vancouver Canucks in the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on March 2 at BC Place in Vancouver.

The Heritage Classic will be the first NHL game held in a retractable-roof facility and just the third time a regular-season game will take place outdoors in Canada. In 2003, the Montreal Canadiens faced off against the Edmonton Oilers at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. In 2011, the Canadiens played the Calgary Flames at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.

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Daily Primer Nov. 17: One more for the road

Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

If it's mid-November in Chicago, it must be time for the circus. If you're a Chicago Blackhawk, that means it's time for the "Circus Trip."

The Blackhawks hit the road this week, making their Sunday night visit from the San Jose Sharks that much more important. It's their final home game this month; Chicago spends the next two weeks touring North America while playing seven in a row on the road.

For the Sharks, Chicago is the final stop on a five-game trip on which they're 3-0-1. After a 5-4 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets last Sunday, the Sharks swept the three Western Canada teams for the first time in franchise history, including a 3-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

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Sunday Long Read: '03 Heritage Classic starts boom

Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

For the NHL, a flight of fancy from a group of beer drinkers provided the impetus for the outdoor-game boom that has shaped the past decade for the League.

Patrick LaForge, who as the president and chief operating officer of the Edmonton Oilers, was one of the driving forces behind the League's first regular-season outdoor game, the 2003 Heritage Classic played at Commonwealth Stadium on Nov. 22. His idea, sketched out on a flight back to Edmonton, found its roots in a survey of Molson customers.

The game, played on a brutally cold day in the City of Champions featured the Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens. It was preceded by a Legends Game that proved to be one of the most memorable alumni games in the history of the sport, if not all sports.

The successes of that day, which spawned the outdoor-game boom to follow, provided the blue print for a series of Winter Classic games beginning in 2003. It also spawned another Heritage Classic, in Calgary in 2011, as well as one to be played in 2014 in Vancouver. The four-game Stadium Series to be played in three different venues during the 2013-14 season is also a linear descendant of the audacious plan by the Edmonton Oilers to take the game back outside to its roots.

With the 10-year anniversary of the landmark event looming next week, as well as the approaching 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich., coming into focus, NHL.com revisited the magical spectacle in Edmonton that forever altered the course of the National Hockey League and hockey in general.

In this Sunday Long Read, 25 different individuals involved with the day share their memories of a game -- and a spectacle -- that proved to be beyond the strongest imaginations at the time.

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Kings' Regehr intrigued to play in Stadium Series

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- There was the cold air funneling into his lungs, the vision of his breath coming out of his nose and mouth, and the bundled up boisterous crowd at McMahon Stadium. Robyn Regehr, then a defenseman for the Calgary Flames, knew exactly what to expect heading into the 2011 Tim Horton's Heritage Classic in Calgary.

"I had been in that situation before," Regehr told NHL.com from Prudential Center prior to a game between his Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils. "Not in a NHL game, but as a kid growing up."

Regehr can't have the same feeling heading into his second NHL outdoor game. For a guy from Saskatchewan, the thought of playing a hockey game of any kind under the Southern California sky is foreign and can't even be called a dream come true because, frankly, how could he have ever drummed up such a dream in the first place?

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Daily Primer Nov. 16: Rangers look for win in Montreal

Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The New York Rangers always have struggled to beat the Montreal Canadiens, especially on the road. During the past four seasons they've found scoring in Montreal a real challenge.

The Rangers take an eight-game losing streak at Bell Centre into their game Saturday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, CBC, RDS). Six of those eight losses, including four of the past five, have been shutouts.

In all the Canadiens have won 202 and tied 40 of the 306 games between the teams in Montreal, where the Rangers haven't won since a 4-3 shootout victory March 17, 2009. New York's last regulation win at Montreal was a 5-3 victory Feb. 3, 2008.

Here's a complete look at all of the action on the schedule Saturday:


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Paths of top picks cross as Panthers visit Avalanche

Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Nathan MacKinnon and Aleksander Barkov play the same position and were the first two players picked in the 2013 NHL Draft. However, the early days of their NHL careers have seen them take divergent paths.

Those paths will converge Saturday when Barkov's Florida Panthers visit MacKinnon's Colorado Avalanche.

Though they've had strong starts to their rookie seasons, each has been used differently by his team, attesting to the different paths they've taken to reach the NHL.

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Tapped In: Ducks' Bonino has championship pedigree

Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

Nick Bonino was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round (No. 173) in the 2007 NHL Draft and his rights were traded to the Anaheim Ducks in March 2009. It’s been in Anaheim where Bonino has flourished as a pro hockey player. And perhaps he can bring his penchant for winning to the Ducks this season.

Kathryn Tappen: You played under legendary prep school coach John Gardner at Avon [Conn.] Old Farms. Describe the experience of being a part of such a hockey culture there.

Nick Bonino: It was very special for me because I grew up [in] the town over and Avon Old Farms is such a staple of hockey in the area that everyone wanted to play there and go watch games there. To get a chance to attend the school, learn from coach Gardner and play with a lot of great players -- my linemate was Cam Atkinson over in Columbus -- was a great experience. It’s fun to know you’re going to a great school where players like Brian Leetch, Quicky [Jonathan Quick] have come out of; it helped me in my progression as a hockey player.

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I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— 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