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Daily Primer Oct. 26: Rangers' trip comes to an end

Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 12:43 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The longest season-opening trip in New York Rangers history comes to an end Saturday night.

With Madison Square Garden undergoing the final phase of remodeling, the Rangers were forced to open the season with nine consecutive road games. The ninth and final one will see the Rangers meet the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, a place where they haven't won in the 21st century. New York's last win in Detroit came on Jan. 30, 1999, and the Rangers have won only twice at the Joe since the start of the 1986-87 season.

The Red Wings hope they're catching the Rangers at the right time. Detroit has dropped three in a row and was hammered 6-1 at home by the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.


Sabres forward Scott to have hearing Oct. 31

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 5:40 PM / Department of Player Safety News


Buffalo Sabres left wing John Scott will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday, Oct. 31 for a hit on Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson during the game Oct. 23 at First Niagara Center.

Scott was offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing as required by provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for any suspension that can exceed five games.


Sgarbossa, Agozzino hope same path leads to NHL

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 3:28 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

In the game of hockey, on-ice chemistry is the key to success. For Colorado Avalanche prospects Michael Sgarbossa and Andrew Agozzino, the bond began forming well before they got to the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.

"We definitely knew about each other," Sgarbossa said. "I didn't really like playing against him because he was obviously a good player on the other team and was always tough to compete against."

Natives of the Toronto area, the two competed against each other in the Ontario Hockey League from 2008-12, Agozzino with the Niagara IceDogs and Sgarbossa with the Barrie Colts, Saginaw Spirit and Sudbury Wolves.

"We were in the same division so we played each other quite a bit," Agozzino said. "Mike was a great player in the OHL. We were kind of familiar with one another and did some training together in the summer so when we both got here it was pretty easy to connect."


Versatile forward Silfverberg settling in with Ducks

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 3:19 PM / Features

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Jakob Silfverberg got a call from a teammate in Rome shortly after he learned he had become a member of the Anaheim Ducks as part of the trade that saw the Ottawa Senators acquire Bobby Ryan. It came from Erik Karlsson, who himself was just coming to terms with the news.

"He was obviously very shocked at the moment, and so was I," said Karlsson, who was celebrating his anniversary with his wife in Italy when he learned his fellow Swede had been traded. "I didn't expect that on my vacation."

Neither did Silfverberg, who made a solid impression in his first NHL season with Ottawa, contributing 10 goals and nine assists while playing all 48 games.


Rask, Niemi could be battling for Finland job, Vezina

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 2:10 PM / 2014 Olympics

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- The San Jose Sharks arrived in the Boston area earlier in the week without a regulation loss on their record.

The Boston Bruins still had a road game against the Buffalo Sabres to take care of before they returned home to face the Sharks at TD Garden on Thursday.

Regardless of the wait and the Bruins' schedule, this was a major game between the defending Eastern Conference champions and the hottest-starting team in the League, so there was plenty of buildup for the showdown between the Sharks and the Bruins, who had lost just twice in their prior eight games.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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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For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory