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Cup perks continue: Hawks to visit White House

Friday, 03.04.2011 / 1:08 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"It'll be a fun experience for all of us, a great day with family and friends there as well. It should be special." -- Chicago coach Joel Quenneville

CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane says his overtime, Stanley Cup-winning goal hasn't changed him, except for the fact that two days later he got a call from the President of the United States and next Friday he'll be shaking hands with Barack Obama himself as the Blackhawks visit the White House.

Oh sure, he's just like everybody else.

"I'll probably bring my flip cam, take it all in and get some good memories," Kane said Friday before the Blackhawks took on the Carolina Hurricanes at United Center.

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Around the West: Injuries shaping Western race

Friday, 03.04.2011 / 10:18 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

During the  first five months of the season, Around the West has been dedicated to each team in the Western Conference. Now with the playoff race absolutely on fire and probably the most interesting on-ice story in the NHL now, the focus is being narrowed to some of the biggest newsmakers, the teams you should be watching as the  conclusion to the regular season approaches.

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Rangers goal: Get more goals

Friday, 03.04.2011 / 9:53 AM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The Rangers have one goal right now -- get some more goals.

Scoring has been a problem for the Rangers during a 4-10-1 stretch that has turned their once-promising playoff chances into a major question mark. The Rangers were in fifth place in the Eastern Conference on Jan. 25, seven points clear of the ninth-place Carolina Hurricanes.

But with just 35 goals in 15 games, the Rangers have plummeted to eighth place in the East, just two points ahead of the Buffalo Sabres, who have three games in hand.

"We just have to find a way to put a few of our chances in the back of the net," said forward Brandon Dubinsky, who has just three goals in his past 23 games. "I am relied upon. I definitely have to feel the pressure. I have to find a way to use that pressure to get excited and elevate my game rather than let it wear on me."

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High ratings for often unnoticed Nielsen

Friday, 03.04.2011 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

It's a measure of Frans Nielsen's high standards that he didn't feel a performance good enough to earn him second star honors on Wednesday night was one of his better games.
 
Nielsen sent two writers into gales of laughter when he told them "I thought I played like (crap)" after setting up three goals to help the Islanders beat Minnesota 4-1, putting a crimp into the Wild's playoff hopes.
 
Jack Capuano, the Isles' interim coach, wasn't complaining.
 
"Maybe that's a good thing," he said. "The coaches think he played pretty good."
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Rob Blake discusses transition on NHL Hour

Thursday, 03.03.2011 / 7:44 PM / NHL Insider

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At this time last year, Rob Blake was in his 20th season as an NHL defenseman and gearing up for another run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as a member of the San Jose Sharks.

Fast-forward 12 months and Blake is still very much involved in the game -- but now instead of scoring goals and dishing out big hits, he's part of the League's Hockey Operations department. Hired on Jan. 27, the veteran of 1,270 regular-season games for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and Sharks, whose career highlights include winning the Stanley Cup and Olympic gold, works with Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell and his staff on all aspects of the game, including the All-Star Game and the NHL's summer Research and Development Camp.

"The transition's been good and (I'm) welcoming the change," Blake told Stan Fischler, guest-hosting during Thursday's "NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman."
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Defending champions rounding into form

Thursday, 03.03.2011 / 5:33 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- Has the unbeatable attitude that spread like wildfire through the Blackhawks' dressing room last spring finally returned?

"The one thing I talked to our guys about and our coaches earlier in the year was it doesn't happen overnight. As much as you'd like to have these things sorted out back in the fall, when you have a new group like we had this year it takes time before everyone really settles into what they can do to help the team."
-- Chicago GM Stan Bowman

Admitting it publically is too difficult, especially when they closely study how the final 20 minutes of their last two games unfolded with Minnesota and Calgary creating some scary moments for the Hawks and their fans. Believing it is different, and albeit in a very quiet way, that's definitely what is at least now starting to happen.

Chicago has won six straight games and is 8-1-2 in the last 11 to climb from 11th to fourth in the Western Conference.

"We've been looking for a run like this all season long," Patrick Sharp said following Chicago's latest win, 6-4 against Calgary on Wednesday.
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Bonus games impacting postseason chase

Thursday, 03.03.2011 / 4:25 PM / NHL Insider

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

Things may seem a bit odd for the Wild when they step on the ice at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, but the players can hardly be blamed for finding the surroundings unfamiliar. There was once a time when NHL teams played in every other team's building at least once a season, but the increase in divisional games and the expansion of the NHL from 21 to 30 teams over the past two decades has put an end to those days.

The Wild generally only find themselves in a particular Eastern Conference arena once every two years, and when they do it is often the only time they'll see that arena's home team that season, but that won't be the case tonight in New York. To fill out the 82-game schedule, every team has three cross-conference foes that it will face twice each year.

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Bowman remains confident Hawks will find way

Thursday, 03.03.2011 / 3:42 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- Based on their tight schedule and upcoming four-game road trip Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville gave his surging club a well-deserved day off Thursday. But General Manager Stan Bowman was in the office and he graciously gave NHL.com time for a phone interview in the afternoon:

NHL.com
: After doing some analytics on your schedule going down the stretch, you have 18 games left, 11 on the road, and your opponents have an average winning percentage of .586 (as of Thursday). I guess you would have to agree that it isn't easy going down the stretch, right?

Bowman: No, no. We play a lot of the teams in the East, which is different. Whether it's good or bad, it's just unusual to have half your games out of conference. You can't take anything for granted, truthfully. It doesn't matter who you play, what their record is, whether it's home or away, you still have to go out there and do it. We're not taking anything for granted at this point.
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Oilers embrace spoiler role as Blue Jackets visit

Thursday, 03.03.2011 / 2:04 PM / NHL Insider

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Out of playoff contention or not, the Edmonton Oilers have something to play for in their remaining 18 games, starting against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rexall Place tonight.

While they are 15th in the Western Conference and 24 points out of eighth place, the Oilers are embracing the role of spoilers against teams scrambling for playoff spots, like Columbus. And there's more.

"Guys who put the jersey on from this point on, you're auditioning for either more opportunity in our organization or the opportunity, period, to be here," coach Tom Renney said.
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Versteeg gets first shot at playing former team

Thursday, 03.03.2011 / 12:56 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- When Kris Versteeg arrived in Toronto over the summer, he circled March 5 on his calendar. That's the only time this season the Maple Leafs will play his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks.
 
However, when Versteeg was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 14, he had to get a new calendar. On that one, the first day he circled was March 3.
 
"I said I was looking forward to the March 5 game against Chicago," Versteeg said following Thursday's morning practice here at Wells Fargo Center. "I played four years there, built a lot of friendships there, so now I guess we're going to turn the Chicago game into Toronto because this is the only time I'll get to play against a former team."

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