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Celebrities take over Dodger Stadium ice

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

LOS ANGELES -- From the moment the NHL announced Dodger Stadium as one of the sites for the inaugural 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Luc Robitaille has tried to imagine what would take place.

Robitaille invited 30 or so of his of his friends to Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night to give the ice its first game action, an hour-long shinny session featuring Hollywood celebrities and former NHL players.

"We got a good group of friends together," Robitaille said after the spirited game was over. "I'm glad all these guys got to enjoy it and feel it because it is certainly something that is going to be memorable for a long time.

"I can't wait to see Saturday, it's going to be absolutely amazing with the crowd here. It's going to be something so special. We just have to take a few minutes to enjoy it."

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Daily Primer Jan. 23: NHL's top two scorers face off

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 11:37 PM / NHL Insider

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Sidney Crosby's closest pursuer in the NHL scoring race will have a chance to gain some ground Thursday.

Crosby and John Tavares will oppose each other when the Pittsburgh Penguins come to Nassau Coliseum for a game against the New York Islanders (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2). Crosby leads the NHL with 69 points, including a goal in the Penguins' 5-1 home victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. Tavares is second with 62 points and had three assists Tuesday in the Islanders' come-from-behind 5-3 victory against the New York Rangers. He has 18 points in 11 games since the start of the new year; Crosby has 10 points in eight 2014 games for the Penguins.

Here's a look at all of the action on a busy Thursday:

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Predators seek offensive boost by acquiring Del Zotto

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 6:05 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile thinks that the way the NHL is going, teams are going to need better-skating defensemen with more offensive upside.

It's how, as general manager of the U.S. Olympic Team, he sought to build the roster for the 2014 Sochi Games. And it's why he traded Kevin Klein, a defensive-minded defenseman, to the New York Rangers on Wednesday for Michael Del Zotto, a younger defenseman who has more offensive upside.

"It's a good comparison," Poile said. "Obviously, the less time you spend in your end, it's a good situation. So to have those defensemen who can either skate the puck out or who can make that first pass to forwards and transition from defense to offense, you're better than most if you're one of the best at that. We think that we have those types of players and that Del Zotto is one of those types of players."

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Airplane replays one highlight of Stadium Series

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NBC is bringing the airplane replay back for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series games.

NBC executive producer Sam Flood said on a conference call Thursday that the production teams for the game Saturday at Dodger Stadium and at Yankee Stadium for games Sunday and Wednesday will have the ability to use replays captured from a camera placed in an airplane that will be flying over the venue.

The airplane replay is something NBC has done for most of the NHL's outdoor games.

"The production enhancement is being at a baseball stadium, in the elements with an open sky and an airplane overhead to show you the cool angles," Flood said. "One of our favorite things to do in an outdoor game is show a replay from an airplane. Can't do that indoors."

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Avalanche ready to welcome back Tanguay

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 4:56 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

The 34-year-old right wing has missed 36 games with knee and hip injuries he sustained in a Nov. 2 game against the Montreal Canadiens, and he wondered as recently as two weeks ago if he'd be able to play again this season.

"It's such a roller coaster when you're hurt," Tanguay said Wednesday after passing a grueling skating test at the Avalanche's practice facility. "One day you feel good and you think you're going to be back soon, and a couple days later you feel like you're never going to get back. Not as long as two weeks ago I probably would have said the chances (weren't good).

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Yankee Stadium crew combats snow, set to paint ice

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- NHL senior manager of facilities operations and ice guru Mike Craig had his crew spending most of Tuesday removing the foot of snow that fell on Yankee Stadium over the course of the evening.

The winter storm put a sizable halt to the work they were hoping to do in preparation for the two games the stadium will host as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, with the New York Rangers facing the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 26 and the New York Islanders on Jan. 29.

In fact, there was still plenty of snow to clear when Craig's crew arrived Wednesday morning at 5:30 am. But with a large group volunteering their shoveling services, the snow was eventually cleared, paving the way for the next step in the Yankee Stadium transformation.

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Red Wings, Blackhawks learned from epic series

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 3:35 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- It wasn't a Stanley Cup Final, but last season's Western Conference Semifinals series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings was nearly as memorable.

It was also educational for both teams, who will meet for the first of two scheduled games against each other this season Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2). Detroit's injury situation means the Red Wings won't look much like they did in that classic Stanley Cup Playoff series, but 12 of their healthy players and all of their coaches still have some painful memories left behind.

"We played really well [in that series]," Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith said after his team's morning skate. "I thought we could have wrapped it up, but they’re a great team and obviously they won. There’s a reason why they were able to beat us, because they were the best. We want to come out and prove something, just maybe get redemption. For sure, we want to come out and play our best."

Detroit learned losing a 3-1 series lead, especially to a longtime rival, stings the heart for a long time. Chicago learned winning a series like that, at home in overtime of Game 7, does wonders for a team's confidence.

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Historic storm produced history for Devils in '87

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 9:00 AM / History

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The game between the Calgary Flames and the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 22, 1987 wasn't expected to be a historic affair. But close to two feet of snow descending on the tri-state area turned it into one of the most unusual evenings in the history of the National Hockey League.

The Devils expected 11,247 fans -- the number of tickets sold -- for the game. But with horrible weather causing severe traffic congestion, only 334 fans made it to the arena, which is believed to be the lowest-attended game in modern NHL history.

For players and fans in attendance at that 7-5 Devils win, it inspired a unique club -- the Devils formed the 334 Club to honor those diehards -- as well as a bond that remains 27 years later.

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

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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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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Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1