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Krejci won't play for Bruins on Sunday; Miller out

Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 4:47 PM / News

NHL.com

Boston Bruins forward David Krejci will not play Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks (3:30 pm ET; NBC) after leaving the game Friday with an undisclosed injury.

"We won't know the severity of his injury until we get back home," coach Claude Julien said Saturday.

The Bruins end their five-game road trip Sunday.

Krejci was injured Friday in the second period against the St. Louis Blues in a collision with Blues forward Alex Steen.

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Kane sees Sabres as 'headed in the right direction'

Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 3:26 PM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Forward Evander Kane was formally introduced as a member of the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday and said he's ready to move on to this opportunity.

"It's definitely exciting to be here and meet the guys and see the city a little bit," Kane said at First Niagara Center. "The facility that they have here, it's pretty phenomenal. My excitement was definitely met since first coming here."

The Sabres acquired Kane on Feb. 11, with defenseman Zach Bogosian, from the Winnipeg Jets in a trade for defenseman Tyler Myers, forward Drew Stafford, forward prospects forwards Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux, and a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

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NBC to celebrate 'Hockey Weekend' with tripleheader

Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NBC will feature a tripleheader on its family of networks Sunday as part of the celebration of Hockey Weekend Across America.

Sunday is the third and final day of the annual celebration, and marks the 35th anniversary of the 1980 Lake Placid Miracle on Ice.

Coverage begins at 12 p.m. ET with the pre-game show prior to the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the Washington Capitals (12:30 p.m., NBC). The day continues at 3:30 p.m. on NBC in a rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final as the Boston Bruins travel to take on the Chicago Blackhawks.

The third and final game of the day (8 p.m., NBCSN) features the Minnesota Wild against the Dallas Stars.

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Flames assign forward Bennett to junior team

Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 11:01 AM / News

CalgaryFlames.com

The Calgary Flames announced today that they have assigned center Sam Bennett to the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League.

Bennett, a native Holland Landing, Ontario was the Flames first round pick (4th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and he has been in Calgary while rehabbing from shoulder surgery.

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Blues' Lehtera adjusting to North America, NHL life

Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 2:50 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- It's been a year since St. Louis Blues center Jori Lehtera made a name for himself in front of what would turn out to be his future employers in the NHL.

For Lehtera, 27, the competition of representing Finland at the 2014 Sochi Olympics now seems like a distant memory.

It was a good first impression for the Helsinki, Finland native, who holds a key top-six role for the Blues, for what he hopes parlays into a prolonged NHL career.

The Blues (38-16-4), who hold one of the NHL's best records, were impressed after Lehtera scored a goal and had three assists in six games to help Finland win bronze in Sochi, and he went on to score three goals and 12 points in 10 games at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.

The Blues were impressed enough to sign Lehtera to a two-year, $5.5 million contract even though he had no NHL experience.

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Around the League notebook for Friday, Feb. 20

Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 1:55 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

DUBNYK BACKSTOPS WILD TO SHUTOUT VICTORY OVER OILERS

Devan Dubnyk stopped all 15 shots he faced to backstop the Minnesota Wild to a 4-0 shutout victory against the Edmonton Oilers. The Wild, who have earned points in 14 of their last 16 games (12-2-2), improved to 30-21-7 (67 points) and moved within one point of the idle San Jose Sharks, who occupy the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference with a record of 30-22-8 (68 points).

* Dubnyk recorded his sixth shutout and his career-high 21st win of the season. Dubnyk is 21-7-3 overall with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. Since being acquired by Minnesota from the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 15, Dubnyk has a record of 12-2-1, which includes five shutouts. Dubnyk also improved to 5-0-0 this season against the Oilers, his former club.

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Kings on a roll entering Stadium Series game

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- It was only two weeks ago that the Los Angeles Kings were stuck in a rut so deep that for the first time in what has been an inconsistent season, people were wondering out loud if last season's Stanley Cup champions would give themselves a chance to defend their title.

The Kings had lost three in a row and 12 of their previous 15 games (3-7-5). They were behind the Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars in the Western Conference standings -- and none of those teams was in a Stanley Cup Playoff position.

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Sharks and Kings take playoff battle outdoors

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Since arriving in the NHL in 2009, San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture has watched 16 other teams play in outdoor games, some twice, all the while wishing and hoping he would one day get a chance to do what they were doing.

He gets that chance Saturday night at Levi's Stadium, and he couldn't ask for a bigger moment in the season to have it happen.

"It's more than just a hockey game," Couture said, "It's a massive hockey game."

He's spot on.

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Like Sharks, Hertl having up-and-down season

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- For San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan and forward Tomas Hertl, it's a simple formula when it comes to usage.

When Hertl skates the way he's capable of skating, he gets to play center, where he's most comfortable. When Hertl doesn't move the way McLellan knows he can, he's pushed to the wing and the Sharks lose the depth they need in the middle to compete in the Western Conference.

The problem is Hertl has been pushed to the wing, or even the fourth line, too often this season because he hasn't delivered the way McLellan knows he can.


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Sharks enjoy Stadium Series practice, ready for Kings

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- As San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels came out of the south tunnel Friday afternoon at massive Levi's Stadium and walked toward the rink for practice, he was hit by a wave of emotion.

"Just kind of some shock and awe of how cool this experience is going to be," Wingels said. "We've all watched and hoped to play in one of these games, and I think from the moment we were announced to host a game, we've had a lot of thoughts and countdowns to tomorrow. So to go out there today and get all the jitters out, to really enjoy the experience with our friends and family, it's really cool. It's something I'll remember for my whole life."

The Sharks soaked up the atmosphere at Levi's Stadium on the eve of their game Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings in the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2).

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