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Stadium Series crew begins preparation for NY games

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The anticipation already is building for the pair of games that will be hosted at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 26 and 29 as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. But the countdown toward the doubleheader in the Bronx officially started Wednesday with the arrival of the ice truck responsible for turning the home of the New York Yankees into an outdoor hockey haven.

"[Wednesday] they're building the roadways and the staging around the stadium," said Michael Craig, NHL senior manager of facilities operations. "Starting [Thursday] we'll start laying out our piping and our ice pans, that's the refrigeration that takes place underneath. From that point we'll be filling the system with our refrigerant, building the dasher boards and hopefully making the ice by the 18th. So in the next few days we should be ready to go."


Olympics-bound Barkov doesn't act his age

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 2:50 PM / 2014 Olympics

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- In his usual quiet, low-key style, Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov called being named to Finland's Olympic team a big dream. Just as quietly, he said it wasn't his biggest goal for this hockey season.

"My first main goal for this season was to play here and get a big role on this team and play as good as I can," Barkov said. "But I'm very happy to be there on the Olympic team and it'll be fun. I was so excited I was called on the Olympic team. It will be very fun to be there and play with guys like Teemu Selanne."

At 43, Selanne is the oldest player in the NHL. Barkov is the youngest, having turned 18 on Sept. 2.

The rookie is meeting his NHL goals so far this season, and then some. Barkov leads the Panthers in scoring with 23 points and is second among forwards in average ice time at 17:09.

Though Barkov looks every bit the teenager outside the rink, he looks like a 30-something veteran on the ice. He has since his first NHL game Oct. 4 when the Panthers beat the Dallas Stars 4-2.


On the 'D'-Fence: Carle leading Lightning blue line

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy D-man insider all season long.

Care to guess who the leading scorer among all defenseman over the past two weeks in the National Hockey League is?

Would you say Erik Karlsson or Duncan Keith? What about Ryan Suter or P.K. Subban?

Keep guessing.


Daily Primer Jan. 15: Capitals, Penguins renew rivalry

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


It's always must-see TV when Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby go head-to-head. They'll meet again Wednesday night in front of a nationally televised audience.

Ovechkin, who scored his 33rd goal of the season Tuesday, and the Washington Capitals travel to the Steel City to take on Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS). Now division rivals, the Penguins enter this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game with a 16-point lead on Washington (22-16-8) in the Metropolitan Division.

Crosby, the NHL's leading scorer this season, has 15 goals and 45 points in 26 career games against the Capitals. Ovechkin has 22 goals and 40 points in 32 games against the Penguins.

Pittsburgh (33-12-2) has won 12 in a row at home.

Here's a closer look at the action Wednesday:


Tale of the Tape: Capitals face Penguins

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / Tale of the Tape

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will try to extend their domination of Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals when the teams meet in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2, RDS).

Each player has excelled against the other's team. Crosby, the NHL's leading scorer this season, has 15 goals and 45 points in 26 career games against the Capitals. Ovechkin, has 22 goals and 40 points in 32 games against Pittsburgh.

The Penguins have won 18 of the 32 games between the teams since Crosby and Ovechkin entered the NHL in 2005, including the past five. The Capitals haven't beaten Pittsburgh since Jan. 11, 2012.


Over the Boards: Grand impact in Detroit

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

It's partly by choice and partly because they have had no choice, but as many as 10 players who were part of the Grand Rapids Griffins' Calder Cup championship team last season have been playing key roles in helping the Detroit Red Wings stay in the hunt for a record 23rd consecutive berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season.

"I looked the other day we had eight guys from that team in our lineup," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told NHL.com. "Any way you look at it that's a chunk, and with that lineup we were able to win in Los Angeles (3-1) and lose 1-0 in Anaheim in a game I thought we could have easily won. They're ready to play."

They have had no choice but to be ready with all the injuries the Red Wings have endured this season to players such as Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen, Daniel Alfredsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Stephen Weiss and Brendan Smith.


Rivalry Night Faceoff: Caps vs. Pens power plays

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 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 are trying to determine which team has the better power play, the Pittsburgh Penguins or Washington Capitals.

Body movement, puck movement and superior skill are three ingredients that make any power play successful. It's no surprise that the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins have been feasting on opposing penalty-kill units all season.

"I've seen power plays with lots of good players, but they're static," NHL Network analyst Craig Button told NHL.com. "It's different with these two teams."


NHL unveils rendering of Dodger Stadium


NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today unveiled the architectural rendering of the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series™ outdoor NHL game at Dodger Stadium between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET.

The rendering illustrates the final transformation of iconic Dodger Stadium for the historic NHL game. The Kings and Ducks will face-off on the NHL-regulation size ice rink located in the infield. Platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks will sing the U.S. national anthem while singer/songwriter John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting will perform during the second intermission on the stage located at home plate. That stage will feature a special design created by Los Angeles art legend Mister Cartoon and children from the Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Para Los Niños.

The stage in right field will feature special pre-game and first intermission performances from legendary rock band and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees KISS. Local beach volleyball players will play throughout the game on the beach volleyball sand court located in left field. Centerfield will feature palm streets in a nod to the game's Southern California setting.


Sabres to host 2014, '15 All-American Prospect Games

Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 12:38 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

USA Hockey and the Buffalo Sabres announced a partnership Tuesday that will see the team and First Niagara Center host the 2014 and 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospect Games.

"We're extremely pleased to be returning to Buffalo, the site of the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects game in 2012," executive director of USA Hockey Dave Ogrean said. "The enthusiasm and support for hockey in Western New York will provide a great environment for the future stars of the NHL who will play in this game. It's terrific to be working with the Sabres organization and we appreciate their continued commitment and support of hockey at all levels."

The event, started in 2012, brings together 40 of the best American-born prospects eligible for that season's NHL draft. In the past, players in the game have come from the United States Hockey League, the Canadian Hockey League, the NCAA, and high school and prep school teams.

The inaugural game was played in Buffalo in September 2012 and featured defenseman Seth Jones, who went on to be taken by the Nashville Predators with the fourth pick of 2013 NHL Draft. The 2013 game was held at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh and among those taking part was Boston College freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko, who is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American goaltenders for the 2014 NHL Draft.


Josi, Switzerland aiming high at Olympics

Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 12:05 PM / 2014 Olympics

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE – Among the various issues that have plagued the Nashville Predators this season, one was the early loss of defenseman Roman Josi to a concussion.

Josi, 23, was coming off the 2013 IIHF World Championships last spring, where he was named the tournament's most valuable player, its best defenseman and an all-star in leading his native Switzerland to a silver medal, its first medal in 60 years.

All of that momentum hit the brakes when Josi was injured in the season's second game. He sat out the next 10, and when he returned, he had a minus rating in five of his first six games – minus-7 in total. By all accounts, it took him about 10 games to get back into form.

Named recently to the Swiss national team, which will carry higher expectations entering the 2014 Sochi Olympics based on the finish at the Worlds, Josi is back in top form. At 25:45 per game in time on ice, Josi ranks sixth in the NHL. In the 21 games starting on Nov. 30, Josi has averaged nearly 27-and-a-half minutes per game, twice topping the 32-minute mark.

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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