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Blackhawks' Kane senses better days ahead

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- His stats dipped after the new year started and he didn't score a single goal for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but Patrick Kane isn't concerned.

In fact, he sounds quite the opposite heading into the Chicago Blackhawks' final stretch of 22 games in the regular season.

"I'm excited about what we have left in the season," Kane said Wednesday, after his first practice since returning from Russia. "I think going through the Olympics was obviously a little bit of a struggle, but I still feel like I played decent and had enough chances to put up some good numbers. It just didn't happen that way. I'm actually, if you can believe it or not, excited where my game is and where I can improve and get better."

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NHL, Soldier Field issue fan reminders for Stadium Series game between Blackhawks, Penguins

NHL.com

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League®, Chicago Blackhawks, Soldier Field and the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications would like to remind fans attending Saturday's 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins about traffic impacts and weather precautions on game day, as well as ticket and security matters.

Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on Saturday. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid anticipated last minute crowds at the gates and to enjoy pregame festivities inside and outside the stadium. Parking lots around Soldier Field will open at 3 p.m. CT and gates to Soldier Field will open at 5 p.m. CT. Spectator Plaza, the official interactive hockey and entertainment festival featuring live music, hockey-themed attractions and more, is a free event and opens to the public at 3 p.m. on game day. It is located on the Stadium Green near Gate 6.

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On the 'D'-fence: Defensemen left mark in Sochi

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy D-man insider all season long.


It seems as if it were yesterday that we were releasing our preseason rankings, but the NHL season has already entertained us for close to five months. If that is hard to believe, it is even more so that the 2014 Sochi Olympics have already come and gone.

Four years of speculation, debate and analysis of each competing country has culminated in another gold medal for Canada, and while this tournament might not have been as high-scoring as the one that took place in Vancouver in 2010, defensemen played a huge role in the outcome.

Our top-ranked defenseman, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, tied for the tournament lead in scoring with eight points, leading Sweden to a silver medal. His four goals tied for second and he looked a lot like the player who won the Norris Trophy back in 2012.

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'14 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic by the numbers

NHL.com

VANCOUVER – On Mar. 2, 2014, the Vancouver Canucks® will face the Ottawa Senators® at BC Place. Since opening in 1983, BC Place has hosted some of the province's most iconic events including musical performances by Michael Jackson; the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter games; as well as visits from Pope John Paul II, and Queen Elizabeth II.

The 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ will mark the first time a hockey game has ever been played at BC Place – it will also be the biggest crowd ever to watch the Vancouver Canucks. A look at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ "by the numbers":

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Miller, Vanek among top fantasy trade candidates

Fantasy Hockey Trade Deadline Decisions - Part 1

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

The NHL Trade Deadline is at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. The standard fantasy hockey league trade deadline is the very next day.

In order to have you fully prepared, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with a three-part "Fantasy Hockey Trade Deadline Decisions" series. Each part will feature a different list of players. Part 1: A list of players who could be traded before the NHL Trade Deadline and how it would affect their fantasy value. Part 2: A list of players Cubeta believes you should be trying to acquire before your deadline -- also known as buy-low candidates. Part 3: A list of players you should be trying to trade away before your deadline -- also known as sell-high candidates.

Remember, when you're trying to make a trade, don't be afraid to start your negotiation off a little higher than what you're hoping to eventually land. You can always lower your asking price, but you won't be able to raise it if the other person you're trading with already accepts the deal.

Players who could be traded before the NHL Trade Deadline and how it would affect their fantasy value

Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres -- 39 games: 14-22-3, 2.74 GAA, .923 SV%, 0 SO

Miller currently ranks 313th among all players in Yahoo fantasy leagues. Not exactly what his drafters were hoping for. However, the American goalie has a .923 save percentage, which is good for seventh best in the NHL among goalies that have made at least 30 starts. The Sabres have allowed the third-most shots on goal per game (34.2) and are dead last in goals per game by an enormous margin (1.82 for Buffalo, 2.25 for the Los Angeles Kings). Assuming Miller gets dealt to a playoff-contending team, you can expect his wins and goals-against average to improve significantly, making Miller a potential top-10 fantasy goalie for the rest of the season.


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Daily Primer Feb. 26: Rest for Rask; Price sidelined

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 11:43 AM / NHL Insider
After leading their countries to medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Carey Price and Tuukka Rask won't be in the lineup Wednesday when their NHL teams return to action.

Price aggravated a lower-body injury and left the Canadiens' skate early Wednesday. He's day-to-day and will miss the next two games. Peter Budaj will get the start against the Detroit Red Wings. Rask won't be anywhere near First Niagara Center when the Boston Bruins visit the Buffalo Sabres; the Bruins left him home after he led Finland to the bronze medal. 
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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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