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Fantasy All-Access: Gearing up for Olympic break

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

The NHL takes a break starting this weekend to allow some of your fantasy players to compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Some big-time point producers will be staying home but have been helping fantasy teams since not being named to their country's respective Olympic teams.

New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo has nine goals and 18 points since being left off the U.S. roster on Jan. 1. Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux has five goals and 14 points since being left off Canada's roster on Jan. 7, while Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis has eight goals and 15 points. His teammate, defenseman Victor Hedman, has 11 assists and 14 points since not being named to Sweden's roster and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has nine points since being left off the U.S. team. New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider has allowed more than two goals once in 10 starts since not being named as the third U.S. goalie.

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Kevin Roy brings Beanpot hope to Northeastern

Monday, 02.03.2014 / 10:43 AM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- It's been a long drought since the Northeastern University Huskies won the Beanpot Tournament, played annually the first two Mondays in February in Boston since 1952.

Twenty-six years to be exact.

If a 5-foot-10, 170-pound kid from Lac-Beauport, Quebec -- and his NU teammates -- can replicate last season's Beanpot effort in the first round, the second Monday this February could be a historic date in the school's long and storied hockey history.

Last February Kevin Roy, then a freshman, pumped home three goals in the first-round game against Boston University, punching Northeastern's ticket to a Boston bragging-rights shot against Boston College in the championship game.

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Daily Primer Feb. 3: Tortorella returns for Canucks

Monday, 02.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Vancouver Canucks won twice during coach John Tortorella's 15-day suspension, but they will have their bench boss back Monday night.

Tortorella is set to return when Vancouver faces the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m. ET (SNET-P, FS-D+).

Here's a closer look at the action Monday:

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Jets' Maurice: Olympic ice won't make big difference

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 4:11 PM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- There is a widely held assumption that a big factor at the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be the ability of each team to adjust to the international ice surface.

Montreal Canadiens center and Czech Olympic team captain Tomas Plekanec went so far as to say that hockey on international ice, which is 15 feet wider than NHL rinks, is "a completely different sport."

You can count Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice among those that may disagree with Plekanec's description.

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Daily Primer Feb. 2: Rematch in Washington

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Two teams in desperate need of points will face each other in front of a national-TV audience Sunday afternoon.

The Washington Capitals, who have fallen into seventh place in the Metropolitan Division, return home to face the Detroit Red Wings at Verizon Center (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, NHLN-CA). The Capitals (24-22-9) are two points behind the Red Wings (24-19-11) after Detroit beat Washington 4-3 in a shootout at Joe Louis Arena on Friday.

Here's a closer look at the action Sunday:

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Analysis: February could define Ovechkin's career

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Russian forward Alex Ovechkin is a week away from arriving at a cauldron already bubbling on his native soil, where the opportunity for a career-defining moment is waiting near a resort city on the coast of the Black Sea.

Canada's Sidney Crosby vividly remembers what that felt like four years ago when the sports world turned its collective eye to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and a hockey-mad nation looked to No. 87 and his teammates for validation.

"In some ways you have to embrace it," Crosby told NHL.com. "You want to win so bad and you know the expectation is exactly that. You have to remind yourself that that's why you're a hockey player, you want to be in those situations because everyone does care that much and they are so passionate about it.

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Sunday Long Read: Career never a job for Hitchcock

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- When it comes to hockey, Ken Hitchcock is a creature of habit.

During the season, the routine of the St. Louis Blues coach rarely changes, no matter the day's agenda.

First, Hitchcock heads to a nearby Starbucks, or any of his favorite coffee shops in the area. Then it's off to the rink, where he preps his players with video sessions while preparing for a practice or a morning skate with his assistant coaches. In the afternoon, he spends the majority of his time scouting an opponent. Then, as evening arrives, Hitchcock sends his players out on the ice or watches other NHL games.

The scenery has changed greatly since Hitchcock began the life of a full-time coach in the Western Hockey League in 1984, but the routine has rarely wavered. Why should it? Despite the fact he had no top-level experience as a player or coach, Hitchcock's routine has served him well in a long and winding career in the NHL.

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Kronwall evolves into Sweden's leader on blue line

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Swedish defenseman Niklas Kronwall was working out with the Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League during the early part of the NHL's Olympic break eight years ago.

Lavish it wasn't, but Kronwall, then 25, only recently had returned from knee surgery and didn't think taking a vacation while more than 100 players went to play in the 2006 Turin Olympics.

He was right.

"I kept skating with them and out of the blue I get a phone call that says, 'Hey, they might need a body out there,'" Kronwall, now 33 and an alternate captain with the Detroit Red Wings, told NHL.com. "The next day I was on a flight [to Turin]. One day I was watching it on TV and the next day I was right in there. Everything just happened so quickly. [Mattias] Ohlund went down and all of a sudden I was playing in the gold-medal game."

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Daily Primer Feb. 1: Reunion in Los Angeles

Saturday, 02.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / Features

NHL.com

The Philadelphia Flyers haven't been to Los Angeles in more than three years. They'll find some familiar faces when they take the ice at Staples Center on Saturday afternoon (4 p.m. ET; NHLN-US).

Two players who were keys to the Flyers' run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, will face their former teammates in L.A. for the first time. Both were Flyers when Philadelphia came to Los Angeles on Dec. 30, 2010. The Kings got Richards from the Flyers in the summer of 2011 and obtained Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets in February 2012, a few months after the Flyers traded him. The forwards were part of the Stanley Cup-winning team in the spring of '12.

Richards and Carter aren’t the only Kings who have connections to Philadelphia: Assistant coach John Stevens played and coached the Flyers. Philadelphia also has plenty of L.A. connections: Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn came from the Kings in the trade for Richards, assistant general manager Ron Hextall held the same job with the Kings, and assistant coach Ian Laperriere spent most of his career with the Kings before finishing with the Flyers as a teammate of Carter and Richards.

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

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Tapped In: Sharp embraces life in Windy City

Saturday, 02.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

He may be considered one of Chicago's sexiest athletes as voted by publications on multiple occasions, but Patrick Sharp is all about hockey. The father of two baby girls, Sharp has two Stanley Cups, will represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and serves as a radio host. Yet, somehow the Chicago Blackhawks star still has time to give back to the community where he grew up. There's not much Sharp hasn't accomplished.

Kathryn Tappan: What is the best part about playing hockey in Chicago?

Patrick Sharp: The fans. The city is great, there's so much to do. But the way the fans respond to the players, especially for guys like Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and I that were here in 2005 when things weren't so good in Chicago. We really appreciate how the fans take care of us now.

KT: Two Stanley Cups for you in that city. Do you ever pinch yourself with what you've already accomplished in your career?

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