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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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