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Daily Primer Jan. 22: Blackhawks, Red Wings face off

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Detroit Red Wings changed conferences this season and thus haven’t faced the Chicago Blackhawks since last spring, but the Original Six teams are finally set to share the same ice Wednesday night.

The Red Wings host the Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2) in the first showdown featuring these teams since Chicago rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate Detroit in the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, culminating with Brent Seabrook’s overtime goal in Game 7.

Here’s a closer look at the action Wednesday:


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Rivalry Night Faceoff: Toews vs. Zetterberg

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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're analyzing the captains, Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks, trying to determine which team has a more influential leader.

Jonathan Toews had to learn how to be a captain in the National Hockey League on his own. He didn't have a mentor.

The Chicago Blackhawks' captain before Toews was Martin Lapointe, who was traded midway through Toews' rookie season. Toews was named captain as a second-year pro. He was 20 years old, the third-youngest team captain in NHL history behind Sidney Crosby and Vincent Lecavalier.

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Tale of the Tape: Red Wings host Blackhawks

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / Tale of the Tape

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings no longer reside in the same division. But the Red Wings' move to the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference as part of the NHL’s realignment won’t diminish the feelings between the teams when they meet in this week’s Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2).

It’s the first meeting between the teams since their seven-game showdown in the Western Conference Semifinal series last spring, when the Blackhawks lost three of the first four games but won the final three on the way to the Stanley Cup.

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Armstrong expects Sochi to positively impact Blues

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong believes representing your country on an international scale is one thing, but being able to share the spotlight with other tremendously talented athletes will also provide lasting memories of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Armstrong, associate director of player personnel for Canada at this year's Olympics, said that's something he really took away from the 2010 Vancouver Games.

"You get to see what type of commitment these people have made and what type of sacrifices they had to make to be there," Armstrong told NHL.com. "I think it humbles you on the Olympic experience because some of the people competing had families that mortgaged homes just to be able to participate."

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Over the Boards: Sabres' Nolan keeps focus on today

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Ted Nolan has rekindled his love affair with hockey and coaching in places such as Moncton, New Brunswick and Latvia. Buffalo is where he wants to continue to ply his trade for years to come, but he has no idea if he'll be allowed to do that.

Nolan, though, insists his focus is so much on today and what is happening right now with the Buffalo Sabres that he can't and won't allow himself to think about tomorrow, his future or if he will have the interim tag removed from his title and receive a multi-year contract to coach the club going forward.

"I'm more concerned in trying to prove that I'm the guy for this job to really turn it around and eventually try to win," Nolan, the Sabres interim coach since Nov. 13, told NHL.com.

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Ice makers in L.A. face new challenges

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

LOS ANGELES -- Southern California has thrown a whole new set of variables for Dan Craig and his ice-making crew to figure out. So far, they've met the challenge.

"It doesn't matter what event we go to, we study the weather trends that come through," said Craig, the NHL's Senior Director of Facilities Operations and the man responsible for making an ice surface in the middle of the infield at Dodger Stadium, which will host the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. "I think that's one of the things we have been very diligent on. We know how to react to a situation when it does arise."

Instead of dealing with brutal cold, heavy winds and snow, all of which have plagued previous outdoor ice builds by Craig, this rink build has featured obstacles of a very different nature. Instead of wintry conditions, Craig and his crew are figuring out how to deal with the challenges presented by slightly higher-than-expected temperatures and direct sunlight.

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Yankee Stadium rink work slowed by snowstorm

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The beginnings of a snowstorm expected to dump up to a foot of snow on the New York area halted the progress Tuesday of readying an ice rink at Yankee Stadium for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

Senior manager of facilities operations Mike Craig and his crew of eight rink-builders were on schedule to paint the surface white at the Stadium, but the storm arrived and the rest of the day involved a lot of shoveling.

"There's nothing we can do other than wait it out and keep removing snow so that when it does stop we can keep going," Craig said. "Basically our schedule for today was to get ourselves ready to paint white, and we were going to do lines and logos tomorrow. What this does is, tomorrow is going to be a longer day for us because we have to make sure we get all of the white down and all the lines and logos and sealed up and ready to build up from there."

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Ex-players turn Bryant Park into winter wonderland

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- There they were walking through the snow with sticks in hands, bags slung over their shoulders and hockey jerseys on. If this was put on a green screen it could have been made to look like Mike Richter, Brian Leetch, Dave Maloney, Ken Daneyko and Grant Marshall were walking through the woods to the frozen pond, where they would shovel off the surface to make enough room for a game of shinny.

Except this was happening Tuesday in the heart of New York City, during a walk five blocks down Sixth Avenue from the NHL Store on 47th Street to Bryant Park, with a backdrop of honking cars, yellow cabs, sirens coming from fire engines trying to speed down 44th Street, and impatient pedestrians jaywalking.

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No place like home for record-challenging Ducks

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 3:02 PM / NHL Insider

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2013-14 NHL season is more than three months old and the Anaheim Ducks remain unbeaten in regulation at Honda Center.

LONGEST HOME POINT STREAKS TO START NHL SEASON – SINCE 1973-74
TEAM YEAR GP RECORD
Philadelphia Flyers 1979-80 26 19-0-7
New York Islanders 1978-79 23 19-0-4
San Jose Sharks 2008-09 22 20-0-2
Anaheim Ducks 2013-14 22 20-0-2
Boston Bruins 1973-74 21 19-0-2
Credit: Elias Sports Bureau

Anaheim continued its incredible run on home ice Jan. 15 with a 9-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks. The Ducks have won 10 straight games at Honda Center, and enter their game Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets with a 20-0-2 home record that is tied for third among the longest home streaks from the start of a season.

The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers own the record with 26 straight.

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NHL to host free hockey and entertainment festival prior to NHL Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium

NHL.com

LOS ANGELES -- The National Hockey League (NHL) will roll out the red carpet for its Southern Californian hockey fans leading into the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ outdoor game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 25 with its official 2014 NHL Spectator Plaza presented by Time Warner Cable, a free hockey and entertainment fan festival.

From 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, Jan. 25, just prior to puck drop, part of Dodger Stadium's left field parking lot (lot 4) will transform into an outdoor hockey and entertainment festival for fans of all ages, with live musical performances; interactive hockey-themed attractions, prizes and giveaways; food and beverages; and an extensive selection of officially-licensed 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series LA merchandise and collectibles.

WHAT: 2014 NHL Spectator Plaza presented by Time Warner Cable, a free outdoor hockey and entertainment fan festival in celebration of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PT

WHERE: Dodger Stadium, parking lot 4, Los Angeles

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Quote of the Day

When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization. There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago.

— Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz on signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions