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Wednesday Night Rivalry: DeKeyser vs. Hamilton

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 2:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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 defenseman is on the best path to becoming a franchise player, Danny DeKeyser of the Detroit Red Wings or Dougie Hamilton of the Boston Bruins.

In their second NHL seasons, defensemen Danny DeKeyser of the Detroit Red Wings and Dougie Hamilton of the Boston Bruins have become key cogs for teams with Stanley Cup aspirations.

How they got to this point, however, is starkly different.

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Johnson plays key role in Lightning's drive to playoffs

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 12:24 AM / NHL Insider

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

Tyler Johnson
Center - TBL
GOALS: 23 | ASST: 25 | PTS: 48
SOG: 161 | +/-: 20
TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are headed for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2011. They wouldn't have gotten there without unheralded rookie forward Tyler Johnson.

That's why it was appropriate that Johnson's shorthanded goal with 7:19 remaining in regulation Tuesday night turned out to be the game-winner in a 3-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens that assured the Lightning of a return to the postseason.

"It's awesome, especially in my first year," Johnson said of making the playoffs. "As a kid growing up you want that chance to win the Stanley Cup and right now we have that chance. Once you're in there, anything can happen."

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Comparisons continue between Vigneault, Tortorella

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 12:09 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella understands his unlikely job swap with Alain Vigneault last summer makes for easy comparisons between the two.

With Vigneault and the New York Rangers back in Vancouver to play his former team at Rogers Arena on Tuesday, Tortorella is also very aware those assessments don't flatter him right now.

Hired to get more out of veteran group that had been knocked quickly out of the past two Stanley Cup Playoffs, Tortorella has the Canucks on the verge of missing the postseason altogether for the first time in six seasons with 79 points. Vigneault's Rangers are second in the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference with 88 points after winning six of their past seven games.


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Kings' Kopitar earning attention for Selke Trophy

Monday, 03.31.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- It would be easy to think that Anze Kopitar got his defensive mindset from his father and coach, Matjaz, growing up in Slovenia. It would seem natural for a son to emulate his father’s style of play.

But the Los Angeles Kings center can't really say that was the case because he remembers what type of player his father was toward the end of his playing career.

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Giroux, Berube at forefront of Flyers' resurgence

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 7:30 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was sitting on the bench during the second period of a Nov. 9 game against the Edmonton Oilers when something caught his eye.

As a frustrated Claude Giroux slammed his stick on the ice after missing another scoring chance, Simmonds noticed something he hadn't seen much during a trying start to the season for the Flyers and their on-ice leader.

The Flyers entered that day 4-10-1. Coach Peter Laviolette had been fired three games into the season. The offense was missing in action; nine times in 15 games it had been held to one goal or fewer. The power play was non-existent, and only strong play by goaltenders Steve Mason and Ray Emery kept their goal differential from being worse than the minus-20 it was.

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Bruins' Iginla proving he's still a top-flight talent

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 7:20 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Free agency, mega-contracts and wealth disparity among owners have made the one-organization superstar almost as rare as the 150-point season.

When Nicklas Lidstrom retired from the Detroit Red Wings in 2012 after 20 seasons in one uniform, the ranks of the one-team legends was diminished further. In 2013 another icon of one city, Jarome Iginla, was traded from the Calgary Flames to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Iginla remains the Flames' all-time leader in games played, goals and points; he was in the midst of his 16th season with an organization that traded for him when he was 18 years old and anointed him captain at 26.

Some legends, like Brett Hull and Paul Coffey, get traded around the NHL their entire careers with varying levels of success at each stop. A few like Lidstrom make it all the way through to the end with one team. Others are shipped off late in their careers and the results historically have been mixed.

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Daily Primer March 29: Coyotes can pass Wild

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Phoenix Coyotes have been trying to hold on to the second Western Conference wild-card position in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They return home after a three-game road trip looking ahead, not behind.

The Coyotes went 2-0-1 on their trip, and a victory against the visiting Minnesota Wild on Saturday (9 p.m. ET) will move them into the first wild-card spot, ahead of the slumping Wild. Phoenix won games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils with backup goaltender Thomas Greiss, who's likely to get the call against Minnesota in place of starter Mike Smith, who's out with a lower-body injury.

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Stars forward Peverley wants to return to play

Friday, 03.28.2014 / 9:31 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley said Friday he would like to return to the NHL if the time is right, but he'll need time to decide on his future as he recovers from a successful heart procedure.

"I feel great. I've gone back into my sinus rhythm (normal heartbeat) and I think under instructions of the doctors, I've been able to start working out and monitoring my heart rate," Peverley said in his first press conference since having the procedure last week at the Cleveland Clinic. "Going on the ice leisurely I think is something that shouldn't be a problem."

Peverley was able to take the ice Thursday for the first time since his procedure, which was to correct atrial fibrillation, the technical name for an irregular heartbeat.

"I went on the ice yesterday, and ultimately my goal would be to come back if it's the right time," he said.

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Johansen enjoying breakout season with Blue Jackets

Friday, 03.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- There was a plenty of buzz surrounding Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen following a 3-2 victory March 20 against the Montreal Canadiens.

Most people wanted to talk about the third-year player's first NHL fight when he squared off against Max Pacioretty early in the game and how Johansen would respond after wading into unknown territory.

The answer came with 3:01 left in regulation when he showed the skill and savvy that made him the No. 4 pick by the Blue Jackets in the 2010 NHL Draft.

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Daily Primer March 28: Rangers head West

Friday, 03.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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The New York Rangers boosted their hopes of finishing second in the Metropolitan Division earlier this week with home victories against the Phoenix Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers. They'll get a different kind of test when they begin a four-game road trip Friday night with a game against the Calgary Flames (9 p.m. ET).

The Rangers (41-29-4) are three points in front of the Flyers as they begin their trip, which also includes games against the Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche. They've actually played much better on the road (23-13-0) than at home (18-16-4), and they are 3-2-0 in their past five visits to Scotiabank Saddledome.

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