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Stastny finally healthy to play in All-Star Game

Wednesday, 01.26.2011 / 5:14 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

"You always want to play in one to enjoy the opportunity and the experience, and I'm excited. I was supposed to go to the mountains (during the four-day All-Star break), but I can't pass this up. Once I got the opportunity, I wanted to jump all over it." -- Paul Stastny

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny finally will get to play in an NHL All-Star Game when he takes the ice with the League's best this Sunday at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.

The irony is Stastny was named to the roster Wednesday morning as an injury replacement, and injuries and illness cost him the chance to play in previous All-Star games.

Stastny, 25, probably would have been named to the Western Conference team in 2009, but he was recovering from a broken forearm at the time. He was named to the team in 2008, but missed the game after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.

Zuccarello making up for size with skill in N.Y.

Tuesday, 01.25.2011 / 9:23 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Mats Zuccarello is the same height of an average high school sophomore. There's no way around it -- the first thing anyone notices when Zuccarello takes the ice is his almost surreal 5-foot-7, 174-pound frame.

But when it comes time for a shootout, there might not be a more imposing figure in the NHL right now.

Zuccarello is 4-for-4 in shootouts after scoring another one Monday night in the New York Rangers' 2-1 victory against the Washington Capitals. He has employed the same blueprint for all four attempts -- skate fast, slow down as he gets closer, sell the backhand, and shoot quickly on the forehand as the helpless goaltender slides in the wrong direction.

It's a confident move by a confident player who has just 16 games under his belt with the Rangers and wasn't on the radars of NHL teams until he burst onto the scene with Norway during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Zuccarello was the MVP of the Swedish Elite League last season, but his stature was clearly a turn-off for a lot of NHL scouts. 

'The Great One' reflects, discusses turning 50

Tuesday, 01.25.2011 / 4:35 PM / NHL Insider

"To me, no disrespect because it is a great day and it is another birthday -- I feel good at the age of 50 and life goes on." -- Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky turns 50 on Wednesday and is ready to party in celebration. Throughout the rest of Tuesday, we will be showcasing some of the Great One's greatest highlights on as a primer for tomorrow's celebration, which will feature numerous stories and videos, as well as a career retrospective in photos. To whet the appetite for the day-long celebration, here is some of what Gretzky discussed Tuesday afternoon on NHL Live! Join us again tomorrow for all things Gretzky!

If anyone was thinking that crashing a regal celebration of Wayne Gretzky's 50th birthday would be a great idea, the "Great One" has some disappointing news on that front. 

Toews, Hossa miss morning skate for Blackhawks

Tuesday, 01.25.2011 / 1:14 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa both missed the Chicago Blackhawks' morning skate, but only Hossa is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center.
Toews will suit up despite battling an undisclosed lower-body injury that happened this past Saturday during a 4-1 road win against the Detroit Red Wings. Hossa, however, might miss the game with an illness.
"We'll say [he's] questionable going into tonight's game," Quenneville said. "He wasn't feeling well this morning. We'll see how he is tonight."


More defensive-minded Kovy producing offensively

Tuesday, 01.25.2011 / 12:08 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Ilya Kovalchuk has so much respect for Jacques Lemaire and thinks he's one of the greatest hockey minds that the following question had to be asked of the 65-year-old coach:

Can he coach the Devils for another 14 seasons?

Lemaire, cracking up, quickly picked up on the concept that 14 seasons is what Kovalchuk will have left on his deal with the Devils after this season.

"My contract is shorter than that," he said with a laugh.

Jokes aside, Kovalchuk knows he better learn all he can now from Lemaire because there's no guarantee the Cup-winning coach will be around beyond April. According to Lemaire, the Devils' $100 million star begs for knowledge on a daily basis.


Sacco hoping practice makes perfect for Avs

Monday, 01.24.2011 / 4:40 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

"Basically my job is to make sure that preparation-wise we are where we need to be, that our focus is where it needs to be. For me, it started with practice (Sunday). I just thought that we needed a good, hard, crisp practice. There was a lot of battle drills involved. I thought that hopefully that would carry over to the game tonight." -- Joe Sacco

DENVER -- Joe Sacco will learn Monday night if his grueling practice Sunday has the positive carry-over effect he is hoping for.

The Colorado Avalanche coach, whose team has been outscored 11-3 during a two-game losing streak, put his players through a nearly 90-minute session that included battling for pucks in the corners, along with sprints between the blue lines.

The Avalanche has fallen into ninth place in the Western Conference and has two games remaining before the NHL All-Star break, starting with Monday's contest against the St. Louis Blues at the Pepsi Center.

"Basically my job is to make sure that preparation-wise we are where we need to be, that our focus is where it needs to be," Sacco said following Monday's morning practice. "For me, it started with practice (Sunday). I just thought that we needed a good, hard, crisp practice. There was a lot of battle drills involved. I thought that hopefully that would carry over to the game tonight."


Forsberg skates with Avs

Sunday, 01.23.2011 / 6:23 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The South Suburban Family Sports Center, practice rink for the Colorado Avalanche, was packed with fans Sunday, many of whom wore Swedish jerseys and waved small blue and yellow Swedish flags.

They came to watch Peter Forsberg's first official practice with the team, and he didn't disappoint while taking part in every drill during the hour and 15-minute workout. It was a longer and more difficult session than usual, probably because the Avalanche has been outscored 11-3 during a two-game losing streak and has skidded into ninth place in the Western Conference.

The standing room-only crowd of 200-plus fans didn't go unnoticed by Forsberg, who is auditioning for a place on the roster nearly three years after he last played in an NHL game with the Avalanche.

'Puck Gate' continues to befuddle Pronger, Hawks

Sunday, 01.23.2011 / 5:09 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- For a moment, it seemed like "Puckgate," from last season's Stanley Cup Final had finally been solved.

Following a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Sunday, Philadelphia Flyers veteran defenseman Chris Pronger seemed to claim that he swiped the puck after Patrick Kane scored the series-clinching  in the Hawks' Game 6 overtime win in Philadelphia.

"Yeah, it'll wind up on eBay at some point," Pronger said, smiling. "All proceeds will go to charity. I have it. It's tucked away somewhere. It's going to go to charity."

Forsberg hopes oft-injured foot allows for a return

Saturday, 01.22.2011 / 3:25 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

DENVER -- His heart still remains in the game, but will Peter Forsberg's oft-injured foot hold up for him to resume his NHL career?

He's 37 years old and hasn't played in an NHL game since the first round of the 2008 playoffs with the Colorado Avalanche, but Forsberg is getting what likely will be one final chance to determine if he's able to perform at a satisfactory level with his former team.

It seemed like old times Saturday morning at the Pepsi Center, where Forsberg skated, stickhandled and shot pucks into an empty net for about 45 minutes with Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury, and assistant coach Steve Konowalchuk.

Free-falling Kings have work cut out in Phoenix

Saturday, 01.22.2011 / 2:16 PM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Welcome to a ride on the Los Angeles Kings roller coaster.

The Kings started the season on a major high, winning 12 of their first 15 games and zooming to the top of the NHL standings. Just as quickly, they plummeted back to earth by losing seven of eight games to end November.

December saw another surge upward, when the Kings won nine of 12 and pushed back into the top four of the Western Conference by Christmas. But since then, the roller coaster has headed down again and seemingly has yet to reach bottom.
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Quote of the Day

I didn't even know how to celebrate. I threw my hands up, they gave me a hug, so I guess that's all I needed.

— Sabres forward Tim Schaller on scoring his first NHL goal Sunday against the Bruins