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Blues' Oshie juggles celebrity, hockey after Olympics

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 7:03 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- There he was, face to face in the slot, staring into the eyes of another goalie with the puck on his stick.

But this time, T.J. Oshie wasn't going against Sergei Bobrovsky and he wasn't being thrust into the spotlight of an entire nation and a global television audience.

Oshie just needed rhythm. He needed style points more than anything. That's all Enterprise Rent-A-Car was asking of the St. Louis Blues forward who represented the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics when they asked him to represent them and the NHL in the making of a commercial that will air during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The commercial being shot Wednesday afternoon at the Blues' practice facility inside St. Louis Outlet Mall's Ice Zone had Oshie shooting pucks at an Enterprise employee in a suit and tie.

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Vancouver GM discusses Tortorella, team's struggles

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 1:59 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis emerged from the three-day meetings of the NHL's GMs at the Boca Beach Club with the understanding that his team faces a rocky road in the future, but also a fuller understanding of the hardships already endured.

While Gillis was here for the meetings, the Canucks allowed the New York Islanders to score seven third-period goals in a demoralizing 7-4 loss Monday at Rogers Arena.

It was, perhaps, the nadir of what has been a trying season for the usually competitive Canucks.

"It's been tough, but it's been a tough month-and-a-half for us," Gillis said. "When you're not performing up to a standard that you think is acceptable, it's never easy."

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Bruins at loss to explain Canadiens' success in rivalry

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 10:48 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins appears to exist in a vacuum.

Every metric imaginable would suggest the Bruins should dominate the Canadiens, much like they do the great majority of the NHL's 28 other teams.

Except, for some reason, they don't.

When the Canadiens play the Bruins in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS) they will do so riding a five-game winning streak against their Atlantic Division rivals.

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Henrik Sedin not in mood to celebrate 1,000th game

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 9:47 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVERVancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin isn't in the mood to celebrate his upcoming milestone.

Reaching 1,000 NHL games Wednesday night against the Winnipeg Jets amid the worst slump since he joined the Canucks in 2000 has put a damper on the occasion. But as Sedin looked back on some tough early years in Vancouver, it was easy to find perspective on the Canucks' current woes.

Sleep didn't come easy then, and it isn't coming easy now.

"A lot of nights you lay in bed and wonder what has happened," Sedin said of a 2-11-1 slide that has dropped Vancouver into 11th place in the Western Conference, six points out of the final wild-card position for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Daily Primer March 12: Blackhawks out for revenge

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 12:06 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Colorado Avalanche came to United Center eight days ago and left with a 4-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks, their third in four games this season against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

The Blackhawks will seek revenge Wednesday night when they visit Pepsi Center for a game that will leave the winner in second place in the Central Division. Colorado and Chicago are chasing the St. Louis Blues, who lead the NHL with 95 points.

Here's a look at all of the action Wednesday.


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New role for Vanek in first Canadiens home game

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 10:07 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Thomas Vanek
Left Wing - MTL
GOALS: 21 | ASST: 32 | PTS: 53
SOG: 191 | +/-: -2
MONTREAL -- When Thomas Vanek was traded by the New York Islanders minutes before the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5, he became the most prolific scorer acquired in a trade by the Montreal Canadiens in decades.

Since the start of the 2006-07 season, three players have scored more goals in the NHL than Vanek's 246: Alex Ovechkin, Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk.

However, when Vanek plays his first home game for the Canadiens on Wednesday against the Boston Bruins (7:30 ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN-HABS), he will line up on what has traditionally been Montreal's top defensive line.

Through Vanek's first two games with the Canadiens, he has played on the left side with center Tomas Plekanec and captain Brian Gionta, two of coach Michel Therrien's most trusted two-way forwards who are often given the mandate of shutting down the opposing team's top line.

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Rivalry Night Faceoff: Krejci vs. Plekanec

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 8:32 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff 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 Czech Republic countryman is the better center, David Krejci of the Boston Bruins or Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens.

In each of the past four seasons, the top-scoring Czech centers in the NHL have been David Krejci of the Boston Bruins and Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens.

Martin Hanzal of the Phoenix Coyotes is ahead of Plekanec for a top-two spot among Czech centers in 2013-14, but Plekanec and Krejci clearly have been the country's top two centers for nearly a decade. Krejci leads all Czech centers in points since he joined the Bruins for his first (mostly) full season in 2007-08, with Plekanec not far behind and Hanzal in third, significantly off the pace.

Krejci and Plekanec also have worked together as the Czech Republic's top two centers in four major international competitions, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, 2014 Sochi Olympics and IIHF World Championships in 2008 and 2012. They helped the Czechs win a bronze medal in 2012.

Plekanec helped his country win bronze in 2011 at the World Championship while Krejci was helping the Bruins return the Stanley Cup to Boston for the first time in 39 years.

Which of these talented Czech centers deserves the title of best countryman at his position?

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Day-by-day approach pays off for Bruins

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 8:07 PM / NHL Insider

MONTREAL -- The Boston Bruins bring a five-game winning streak into this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN-Habs).

The Bruins are cruising to the Atlantic Division title and battling the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings. But neither the Bruins nor coach Claude Julien appear very excited about their success.

That even-keeled approach has been a Bruins trademark since Julien took over for the 2007-08 season. It's a major reason they won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and have been among the NHL elite during the past five seasons. The Bruins' core players have been through plenty of highs and lows, and they know they're still a month away from having to be in playoff mode.

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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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