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GMs discuss adjustments to faceoff procedures

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 5:58 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Though the NHL's general managers are against proposing any major rule changes at present, they agree that some minor tweaks to the overtime format and faceoff procedures could make for a better on-ice product as early as next season.

The general managers came out of the Tuesday session at the Boca Beach Club with the consensus to make three formal recommendations to the Competition Committee, which next meets in June.

The managers will recommend that the hash marks on the faceoff circle be separated by two additional feet, from three feet to five feet. They would also like to change the penalty for a faceoff violation. Instead of removing a player that commits a faceoff foul from the draw, the player will be forced to move 12-18 inches back. Finally, the GMs are expected to propose that teams should switch ends for overtime, creating the "long-change" factor.

Any rule changes have to be approved by the GMs, the Competition Committee and the NHL's Board of Governors before they can be implemented.

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Stars teammates relieved for Peverley, ready for Blues

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 3:10 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin expressed the sentiment shared by his teammates and organization in light of the incident Monday night involving forward Rich Peverley.

"Thank God he's OK," Seguin said of Peverley after a morning skate Tuesday before the Stars play the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. "Hockey's just a game at that point. It really puts things in perspective."

Peverley, who collapsed Monday night on the bench during the first period of the Stars' home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, is resting comfortably, general manager Jim Nill said in a statement released by the team.

The NHL postponed the game Monday at 6:23 of the first period. The Stars are working with the NHL to determine scheduling arrangements for the game, according to a statement on the team's website.

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Miller's influence apparent for surging Blues

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Manning the pipes for the first time with a team other than the Buffalo Sabres, goalie Ryan Miller was put in a precarious position by his new team.

Not once, but twice.

Winning games in the NHL normally is built on teams scoring first; the records speak for themselves. But in Miller's first two starts with the St. Louis Blues, he was faced with a 2-0 deficit each time.

If there's one character trait the Blues have learned, and will continue to grasp with the 33-year-old in goal, it's Miller's low-key presence.

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Daily Primer March 11: Critical clash in Columbus

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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The Detroit Red Wings are vying for an invitation to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a 23rd consecutive year. A win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday would certainly help their chances.

Tied at 71 points apiece in the Eastern Conference standings, the Red Wings and Blue Jackets will clash at Nationwide Arena (7 p.m. ET, FS-D+, FS-O). Columbus is technically ahead with four more victories than Detroit.

"Biggest game, really, if I think about it right now after losing that one to the Rangers [on Sunday]," Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith told the team website. "We need to take this one, especially if there's a four-point swing."

Here's a closer look at the action Tuesday:


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Memories abound as Carlyle returns to Anaheim

Monday, 03.10.2014 / 5:08 PM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Emotions have always been a trademark of Randy Carlyle, despite his gruff exterior, and it was difficult for him to ignore them when he arrived at Honda Center on Monday morning.

Carlyle said hi to the parking lot attendant -- "He's the guy that used to look after your wife and your kids when you came to the rink … it's an emotional time when you see him." -- and then he saw the man that washes the players' cars in the parking lot.

"I see players have new cars," Carlyle said, joking. "I don't see any coaches' cars out there. It's always nice to come back and see the people that you spent seven-plus years with."

There will be more emotions when the Anaheim Ducks recognize Carlyle on Monday night, when he returns to coach in Anaheim for the first time since he was fired Nov. 30, 2011, and hired a few months later by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Anaheim will do a video tribute during the first television timeout to honor the coach who guided the team to its first Stanley Cup in 2007. Carlyle can look up and see the banner. He won't go so far as to wear his Cup ring.

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Capitals will have to beat the best to make playoffs

Monday, 03.10.2014 / 2:45 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals' road to a Stanley Cup Playoff berth is littered with potential potholes.

Beginning with a home-and-home series with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday and Tuesday, seven of Washington's next nine games are against teams currently ranked among the NHL's top 10.

Six of the Capitals' seven opponents during this stretch occupy playoff spots as of Monday, and the one that does not, the Vancouver Canucks, is not exactly a pushover despite its recent pratfalls.

A three-game road trip through California awaits March 18-22. The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks are tied for the second-most home wins League-wide with 24. In regards to the Sharks specifically, the Capitals are 1-15-2 against them since the start of the 1999-00 season and have not won in San Jose since Oct. 30, 1993.

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Daily Primer March 10: Crosby, Ovechkin face off

Monday, 03.10.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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Two of the top stars in the NHL will go head-to-head Monday at Verizon Center.

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins continue their pursuit of the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference when they face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US), who are in a heated battle for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Here's a closer look at the action Monday:

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Rangers' Lundqvist takes time to appreciate 300th win

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 5:07 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist admits he never took the time to appreciate individual accomplishments early in his career. Back then, he was always focused on the next game.

Now that Lundqvist won his 300th game to put him one victory shy of Mike Richter's New York Rangers record, and tied Ed Giacomin for the franchise mark with 49 shutouts, he's allowed himself to be more nostalgic.

"Coming into the League you're so focused on getting better and keep pushing yourself. Now you let yourself enjoy where you are a little more," Lundqvist said after earning the historic win by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 Sunday afternoon. "You still want to push yourself, but at the same time you want to enjoy the ride. So I definitely think back about how it all happened. You do it sometimes. It's fun."

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After four-year wait, Kuznetsov joins Capitals

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 3:11 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Ever since the Washington Capitals selected forward Evgeny Kuznetsov at No. 26 in the 2010 NHL Draft, the 21-year-old has taken on an almost mythical aura.

As Kuznetsov dazzled in the KHL and at various World Junior Championships, highlights of his most sensational goals and performances were passed around Washington's fan base as if they were folk tales, his burgeoning legend growing exponentially.

That awe-inspiring feeling was not lost on the Capitals' brain trust when Kuznetsov arrived at Verizon Center on Saturday to sign his entry-level contract.

"It's kind of like seeing the Loch Ness Monster when he walked in," general manager George McPhee said. "We've heard of you, but we haven't seen you and there he was. I found it hard to believe he was standing there after all this."

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Daily Primer March 9: Blues look for room at top

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 3:05 AM / NHL Insider

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The St. Louis Blues spent most of the season chasing the Chicago Blackhawks for first place in the Central Division. After passing Chicago, they turned their sights on the Anaheim Ducks, who have led the overall NHL standings for the past few weeks.

A win Sunday night against the Minnesota Wild will leave the Blues at the top of the heap.

The Blues come into the game with a 4-0-0 record since acquiring goaltender Ryan Miller on Feb. 28. That includes a 26-save performance by the 2010 Vezina Trophy winner in a 2-1 road win against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

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


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