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NHL, Rovio Entertainment to launch 'Hockeybird'

NHL HockeyBird to debut at 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game in L.A. on Saturday, January 25


NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League (NHL®), in partnership with Rovio Entertainment – creators of the international phenomenon Angry Birds – have developed NHL® HockeyBird™, the newest addition to the NHL Mascot line-up. NHL® HockeyBird™ will make its debut during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium SeriesTM outdoor game between the Los Angeles Kings® and Anaheim Ducks® in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 25.

NHL® HockeyBird™ bids farewell to the Angry Birds flock to pursue his NHL dream. After his top selection in the NHL Mascot Draft, NHL® HockeyBird™, who serves as a symbol of the energy, intensity and joy of the game, will make his NHL debut during the Kings-Ducks outdoor game on Saturday, January 25. A virtual version of NHL® HockeyBird™ will appear on stadium screens in two animated crowd games using voice activated fan engagement technology created by Uplause, Ltd.


CeeLo Green headlines entertainment lineup for 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium

CeeLo Green, Michelle Williams, the Cast of Jersey Boys, Broadway’s Marin Mazzie, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Strawberry Fields and More to Perform at the NHL’s Upcoming New York Outdoor Games


NEW YORK -- Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-producer CeeLo Green will take the stage at Yankee Stadium during the much-anticipated 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ in New York, the National Hockey League announced today. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actress Michelle Williams, the cast of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Jersey Boys, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, star of the upcoming musical Bullets Over Broadway Marin Mazzie, Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields, and both the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums and the NYPD Pipes and Drums, will join CeeLo as part of the entertainment line-up for the two outdoor games later this month.

At the Jan. 26 face-off between the New York Rangers® and New Jersey Devils®, the cast of Jersey Boys will perform their classic hits during the pre-game festivities, which also will include a flyover by the Black Diamond Jet Team, North America's premier civilian jet team. The FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums and the NYPD Pipes and Drums will perform as the Rangers and Devils are introduced and take to the ice; members of the NYPD / FDNY Color Guard will present the game's colors. Three-time Tony Award® nominee Marin Mazzie will sing the U.S. National Anthem; New Jersey Shore rock band Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will rock during the first intermission. The Jan. 26 game, and performances, will be broadcast live from Yankee Stadium at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC in the U.S. and CBC in Canada.


Super 16: Devils' Jagr joins exclusive club

Friday, 01.24.2014 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

This season has been full of milestones for Jaromir Jagr as he climbs the NHL's all-time leaderboard in goals and points.

He added another slightly more obscure one Tuesday when his goal for the New Jersey Devils in a 7-1 rout of the St. Louis Blues gave him 40 points this season. Jagr became the 15th member of the NHL's "40/40 club," reaching 40 points in his age-40 season or later.

It is a feat that has happened 26 times in League history. Gordie Howe did it four times, while Igor Larionov, Mark Messier and Mark Recchi reached 40 after 40 three times each. The 41-year-old Jagr was close last season with 35 points in 45 games. His birthday is Feb. 15, so he missed the Feb. 1 cutoff for this exercise two seasons ago when he had 54 points.


Lovejoy: Game will showcase hockey in SoCal

Ben Lovejoy - Special to NHL.com

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy can barely contain his enthusiasm for the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings (Saturday, 9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC) at Dodger Stadium. In his first edition of the player blog he is doing for NHL.com for the next three days, Lovejoy talks about the history of Dodger Stadium, the uniqueness of playing hockey in Southern California, the rivalry that will be on display Saturday night for the rest of the hockey world to see and a special skate he has planned during Friday’s family skate after the Ducks practice.

His first blog entry comes after the Ducks' 2-1 victory against the Kings at Honda Center on Thursday:

ANAHEIM -- This is so exciting. This is a game where, when it was announced this summer, everyone in the room circled their calendars. We can't wait to be a part of the first outdoor game in a warm-weather climate. We've all watched them on TV or been a part of them in the past, but they have all been in big-market, northern cities. This will be the crown jewel for hockey in Southern California, and everybody is so excited to be a part of it.

I think the three California teams have made a statement about California hockey all year. I think that all three are locations where players want to play. Guys want to come to Anaheim, guys want to come to L.A., they want to live in San Jose. Guys will play hard because they want to stay there. These are special places to play. The fans are into it. You live in a great part of the world. I think we are going to show the rest of North America that hockey is huge in Southern California, hockey is special here and what better place to showcase the two Southern California teams than in Dodger Stadium.


Muzzin: Outdoors is fun, but we need to win

Jake Muzzin - Special to NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin is a veteran of outdoor hockey, except he played on ponds in his hometown of Woodstock, Ontario. Muzzin's first NHL outdoor game will be nothing like what he's used to. The first game in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series is on Saturday between the Kings and Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC). Muzzin will be blogging for NHL.com through the end of the game Saturday.

His first blog entry comes after the Kings 2-1 loss to the Ducks at Honda Center on Thursday:

ANAHEIM -- I know the outdoor game here is now, but I haven't really thought too much about it because as a team we need to put some wins together. That's been our focus.

The game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday will be fun, but we've got to get a win. We played another tight game Thursday at Honda Center, but couldn't come away with what we needed.


Daily Primer Jan. 24: Stadium Series tuneup

Friday, 01.24.2014 / 1:42 AM / NHL Insider


The New Jersey Devils are eager to take the ice at Yankee Stadium for their Coors Light NHL Stadium Series matchup against the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon. But there's the little matter of a game against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center to take care of first.

New Jersey is sixth in the Metropolitan Division but trails the second-place Rangers by only four points and can catch their biggest rival by beating the Capitals and winning in regulation Sunday. The Capitals have fallen to seventh in the division with 52 points and have dropped six games in a row, the past four in regulation.

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


Rangers need points from outdoor games

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers need victories as they try to hang onto a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Having lost back-to-back games at Madison Square Garden, they'll try to bounce back when they play their next two games outdoors.

The Rangers face the New Jersey Devils on Sunday and the New York Islanders on Wednesday. Both games will be played at Yankee Stadium as part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. After a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis on Thursday, the Rangers' next practice is slated for Saturday at the stadium, and it's dawning on them what the experience will be like.

"We'll see on Saturday when we get to go there and skate. I think it will start to settle in once we get there," defenseman Marc Staal said. "We'll regroup tomorrow and get back to work."


In the Cage: Turnarounds for Pavelec, Lundqvist

Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 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.

Over the past few weeks, two goalies on opposite ends of the fantasy value spectrum have experienced positive turnarounds. This happens throughout the season for most of the top-30 fantasy goalies, but because of the workload these two carry, the timing may be shedding light on at least one hidden gem.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has mostly been a fantasy dud this season. He had just 11 wins in his first 35 games and suffered an NHL-high 19 losses. Allowing an average of more than three goals a game, his ownership was hovering around the 60-percent mark in Yahoo Fantasy leagues.

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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp