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Blues to accompany Schwartz to honor late sister

Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz never did get an opportunity to visit the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn., where his older sister starred for the women's hockey team for three seasons.

That was before she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December 2008. Mandi Schwartz lost her 27-month battle with cancer in April 2011; she passed away in the presence of family and friends, including her mother Carol, father Rick, and brothers Jaden and Rylan.

"Mandi never gave up," Jaden said of his sister. "She inspired me a lot and I learned a lot from her. Before she got sick, I wasn't really aware of cancer or knew a lot about it, but when something like that happens you learn a lot and want to do things to help whenever you can."

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Ducks hope to avoid pitfalls of 2010 Capitals

Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- See if this scenario sounds familiar: There is an NHL team that just completed an incredible run of success to vault to the top of the League standings as the Olympic break approaches.

Yes, that team in 2014 is the Anaheim Ducks, which won 18 of 19 games before losing Friday to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Ducks still lead the Blackhawks by four points for the top spot in the standings and have won 19 of 22 games as they prepare to face the rival Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night and as the 2014 Sochi Olympics draw near.

This is almost the exact same situation from four years ago for the Washington Capitals, who used a 14-game winning streak to surge to the top of the NHL as the Vancouver Games beckoned.

"It is very similar," said Ducks center Mathieu Perreault, who bounced between Washington and its American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears, in 2009-10. "In Washington it was the same thing. We would get production from throughout all of the lineup, fourth line, third line. It seems like every night there is a line that steps up and gets big goals."

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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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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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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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Over the Boards: Sabres' Nolan keeps focus on today

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Ted Nolan has rekindled his love affair with hockey and coaching in places such as Moncton, New Brunswick and Latvia. Buffalo is where he wants to continue to ply his trade for years to come, but he has no idea if he'll be allowed to do that.

Nolan, though, insists his focus is so much on today and what is happening right now with the Buffalo Sabres that he can't and won't allow himself to think about tomorrow, his future or if he will have the interim tag removed from his title and receive a multi-year contract to coach the club going forward.

"I'm more concerned in trying to prove that I'm the guy for this job to really turn it around and eventually try to win," Nolan, the Sabres interim coach since Nov. 13, told NHL.com.

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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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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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No place like home for record-challenging Ducks

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 3:02 PM / NHL Insider

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2013-14 NHL season is more than three months old and the Anaheim Ducks remain unbeaten in regulation at Honda Center.

LONGEST HOME POINT STREAKS TO START NHL SEASON – SINCE 1973-74
TEAM YEAR GP RECORD
Philadelphia Flyers 1979-80 26 19-0-7
New York Islanders 1978-79 23 19-0-4
San Jose Sharks 2008-09 22 20-0-2
Anaheim Ducks 2013-14 22 20-0-2
Boston Bruins 1973-74 21 19-0-2
Credit: Elias Sports Bureau

Anaheim continued its incredible run on home ice Jan. 15 with a 9-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks. The Ducks have won 10 straight games at Honda Center, and enter their game Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets with a 20-0-2 home record that is tied for third among the longest home streaks from the start of a season.

The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers own the record with 26 straight.

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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