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Ovi shooting more than ever during torrid streak

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 10:38 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The sun wasn't shining any brighter and the ice wasn't any smoother than normal for Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin when he woke up on the morning of March 17.

That night at Verizon Center against the Buffalo Sabres, Ovechkin was in the high slot when Nicklas Backstrom won a faceoff to him and he blistered a shot past Ryan Miller 19 seconds into the game to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead.

It was the 350th goal of his career but just the 10th of his season -- to that point.

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Daily Primer Oct. 25: End of road for Canucks

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The schedule-maker saved the toughest challenge of the Vancouver Canucks' seven-game road trip for last.

One night after beating the New Jersey Devils 3-2 at Prudential Center, the Canucks will conclude their trip with a game against the St. Louis Blues.

Vancouver is 4-1-1 on the trip after wins against the New York Islanders and the Devils this week. But the Blues bring a 5-1-1 record into the game at Scottrade Center, where they're 4-1-0, and they've had seven days off since a 4-3 shootout loss on the road against the Winnipeg Jets last Friday.

"It would be easy for us to go in there [with excuses] on a back-to-back, being on the road for two weeks," Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said, "but that's when we have to show up and play hard, play as a team."

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Super 16: Hope is not lost in Philadelphia

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux said something Monday that was sure to generate attention.

"… we will make the playoffs," Giroux said. There was more at the beginning of the quote, about not being far off and taking it game-by-game, but those last five words were what stood out.

Giroux's team has lost seven of eight games to start the season and has scored a total of 11 goals. That equates to the worst start in franchise history and one of the worst starts in the NHL in the past 40 years.

So Giroux was joking, yes? Vincent Lecavalier went home and wrote in his diary, "Claude had a very funny joke today," right?

The Flyers captain was not joking. And as bleak as it appears for Philadelphia, his proclamation isn't quite as crazy as it seems on the surface.

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Road-weary Canucks face one more challenge

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 1:53 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Logic dictates that the St. Louis Blues have the Vancouver Canucks right where they want them heading into their meeting at Scottrade Center on Friday night.

The Canucks will be playing for the second time in 24 hours and the third time in four nights. The Blues will be rested, having not played in a week.

The Canucks will be 60 minutes or more away from completing a two-week, seven-game road trip. The Blues have been waiting for them after spending a few off days together in Charleston, S.C., on a pre-arranged bonding trip.

The game has all the makings of a potential blowout. The Canucks know it -- but in a way, it's also serving as motivation for them.

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Analysis: NHL best place for Maatta, Rielly to grow

Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 5:10 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Olli Maatta and Morgan Rielly have a lot in common.

Both were first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft -- Rielly at No. 5 by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Maatta at No. 22 by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

And at just 19 years old, each has become a key contributor to a team with serious Stanley Cup Playoff aspirations.

Are both ready for full-time NHL duty? Whether they are or not, it's the only logical place they can continue their development.

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Koivu, Montreal prepare for possible final encounter

Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 3:01 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- It's not easy to be considered an iconic hockey figure in Montreal, but Saku Koivu comes pretty close despite lacking most of the mandatory criteria.

There are 24 Stanley Cup banners that hang from the rafters of Bell Centre, and Koivu was not associated with a single one of them. There are 62 players who once donned the CH in Montreal who are honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Koivu probably won't be joining that group either.

In his 792 games with the Canadiens over 14 years in Montreal, a record-tying 10 of them as team captain, Koivu had 641 points, ranking him 10th on the all-time franchise list.

But when he takes the ice Thursday with his Anaheim Ducks to face the Canadiens for his second career game as a visitor at Bell Centre, Koivu will, in all likelihood, be received as a hero.

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Flames' Monahan takes strong start in stride

Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 2:56 PM / Features

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Through the first nine games of his NHL career, Calgary Flames rookie center Sean Monahan has been a point-per-game player.

However, the talented 19-year-old who was the sixth pick in the 2013 NHL Draft is taking all of his early success in stride, even one day after the Flames announced he would remain in Calgary for the rest of the season.

"Yeah, it's been good. Some of the older guys on the team talk to me a lot and I think that really helped with me knowing what to expect going into the game," Monahan said. "It's been going well. I've been working hard and trying to stay focused on doing my job."

Monahan, who has six goals and three assists in his first nine NHL games, is skating on a line alongside two savvy veterans in Jiri Hudler and Michael Cammalleri, something he feels has already benefited him greatly. Flames left wing Curtis Glencross has yet to skate on the same line as his rookie teammate, but he's still quite impressed with what Monahan has brought to the table thus far.

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Schneider not viewing himself as Devils' No. 1 goalie

Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 1:14 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider believes it's too early in the season to think he's the No. 1 man between the pipes moving forward.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer announced Wednesday that Schneider would be making his third straight start Thursday when New Jersey hosts the Vancouver Canucks at Prudential Center.

Upon hearing the news that Schneider was going to earn the start against the Canucks, Martin Brodeur, the Devils' future Hall of Fame goaltender, told reporters he didn't think the situation was "going to change any time soon," but he'd be ready to take over if and when it does.

"It's still early," Schneider said after the team's morning skate Thursday. "I think we alternated starts at the beginning and a lot can happen now until the end of the year. We have a tough schedule of back-to-backs and, ultimately, it's about wins. I just have one and the team has one, so we need to win more games."

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In the Cage: West goalies racking up stats vs. East

Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment: "In the Cage." From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

When Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 34 saves in a 1-0 shutout over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, it revealed a noteworthy early-season fantasy trend. Giguere, who has been voted the "First Star" in all three of his appearances (two shutouts), earned all of his wins against Eastern Conference foes.

But beyond Giguere's stellar play against East teams is the play of Western Conference goalies as a whole. Heading into Thursday's action, they are a combined 42-16-7 against the East this season, a remarkable .700 points percentage.

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HBO's '24/7' to chronicle 2014 NHL Winter Classic

NHL.com

The NHL and HBO Sports are joining forces for a third season of "24/7," this time featuring two Original Six rivals, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, as they prepare to meet at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2014.

HBO will debut a new episode of "24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic" on four consecutive Saturday nights, beginning Dec. 14. The series follows the teams simultaneously, chronicling their highs and lows each week, and builds to the sixth edition of the Winter Classic, with more than 100,000 fans expected to attend the game at the "Big House" on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery