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Predators' Rinne focused on keeping cool in return

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 2:54 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- As Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne prepares on Tuesday to play his first game in 133 days -- pretty much the equivalent of an offseason in the middle of the NHL season -- his goaltending coach Mitch Korn said he thought Rinne's biggest task would be to manage his emotions.

"Not be too energetic," Korn said of the game at Bridgestone Arena against the Pittsburgh Penguins. "Not want to do too much. Not want the puck so bad that he doesn't wait for it. Managing the energy, I guess."


Pirri's potential piqued interest of Panthers' Tallon

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 2:20 PM / NHL Insider

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Almost five years later, Dale Tallon remains a fan of Brandon Pirri.

In his last year as general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, Tallon selected Pirri in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Sunday, he acquired him for the Florida Panthers in a trade for a 2014 third-round pick and a 2016 fifth-round selection.

Pirri may not have panned out in Chicago, but Tallon likes the 22-year-old center's upside.

"I think it's a great move for our long-term future," Tallon said. "We're adding some tremendous knowledge and skill. [Our] hockey IQ has increased dramatically with this acquisition."


Daily Primer March 4: Blues set to host Lightning

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


Ryan Miller has already played his last game with the Buffalo Sabres. Will Tuesday be the last time we see Martin St. Louis skate for the Tampa Bay Lightning?

With the NHL Trade Deadline set for Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET, there's a chance St. Louis could be moved. That's why all eyes will be on the Lightning on Tuesday when they visit Miller and the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Here's a closer look at the action Tuesday:


Stars' Ruff has little time to celebrate milestone win

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 12:30 AM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- With the Dallas Stars' 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night at American Airlines Center, Stars coach Lindy Ruff became the 12th coach in NHL history to reach 600 career victories.

However, Ruff had little time to savor his milestone win.

After hanging on to beat the Sabres, the Stars boarded a plane and will visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

"I had some real good teams … a Presidents' Trophy team [in 2006-07 with Buffalo]," Ruff said. "Those wins for the most part belong to the guys on the ice who go out and get them for you. To me, we needed that two points to help move up the standings. It was the most important thing."


Blackhawks' Crawford has goalie gear go missing

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 2:19 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is just shaking his head in disbelief at this point.

First a specially-painted mask that he was supposed to wear this past Saturday night at Soldier Field in the final game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series never arrived. Now, his regular white-based goalie pads and accompanying gear are missing.

Crawford practiced Monday morning at United Center wearing the black gear with red trim that he wore in the Blackhawks' 5-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Asked afterward if he'd ever located the mask, Crawford shook his head.


Daily Primer March 3: Stars continue playoff push

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


The Dallas Stars will continue their pursuit of a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a nationally televised game Monday.

Dallas, which currently sits in the second wild-card spot due to games in hand on the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks (all three teams have 66 points), will host the Buffalo Sabres at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Here is a closer look at the action Monday:


Sabres president: LaFontaine leaves lasting legacy

Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 6:45 PM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Pat LaFontaine had a short, but lasting, impact on the Buffalo Sabres, team president Ted Black said Sunday, addressing LaFontaine's unexpected resignation.

LaFontaine's resignation of his president of hockey operations position was announced via club release Saturday evening. LaFontaine is returning to the NHL to assume his previous position as vice president of development and community affairs.

"[Buffalo owner] Terry Pegula hired me in November and my primary objective was to lead the Sabres organization through a time of transition," LaFontaine said in a release Saturday night. "I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish in a short period of time and want to thank Terry and Kim Pegula for the opportunity and their support during my time with the Sabres. I also want to convey my best wishes to all of the players in the Sabres organization and to wish them the best of success in the future. Most importantly, I want to convey my heartfelt appreciation to the great fans of the Sabres for the way I have been treated here as a player and as an executive."

Black and general manager Tim Murray spoke about the LaFontaine move on Sunday night at First Niagara Center.


14 storylines to watch during NHL's stretch run

Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

With three-quarters of the 2013-14 season complete, NHL.com looks at 14 of the top storylines for the final weeks of the season

Six weeks remain in the NHL regular season, and with the Sochi Olympics in the rearview mirror, it's time to gear up for the stretch run.

Canada was the big winner in Sochi, earning its second straight gold medal by beating Sweden in the championship game. Finland beat the United States for the bronze; the host Russians lost in the quarterfinals.

But there were five key injuries that came out of Sochi. The most significant was to New York Islanders captain John Tavares (Canada), who sustained a torn MCL and torn meniscus in his left knee. He was placed on injured reserve and is gone for the season.

Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg (Sweden) had back surgery on Feb. 21 and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (Norway) will be sidelined another could of weeks while recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his left hand sustained Feb. 16.


Daily Primer Feb. 28: Best of the West face off

Friday, 02.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


The Anaheim Ducks are the last team to take the ice after the break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. They'll face a tough assignment when they go back to work.

The St. Louis Blues come to Honda Center on Friday night for a showdown between the top two teams in the Western Conference. The Ducks, who haven't played since beating the Nashville Predators 5-2 on Feb. 8, have an NHL-high 87 points. The Central Division-leading Blues have 84 points despite losing 1-0 to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

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


Daily Primer Feb. 27: Blackhawks take Manhattan

Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


The Stanley Cup champions are ready for Broadway.

With the NHL back in full swing following the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the Chicago Blackhawks will visit the New York Rangers (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, CSN-CH, MSG) as part of a 12-game schedule Thursday.

It marks the first game for the Blackhawks and Rangers since the NHL schedule officially resumed Tuesday.

Here's a closer look at all the action Thursday:

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For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory