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Capitals' Holtby makes case for role with Canada

Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 7:29 PM / 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- There is little debate about who is the face of Canada goaltending.

His name is Carey Price, he plays for the Montreal Canadiens, and he has a shiny gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Olympics sitting at home.

That much is certainly clear, but with the World Cup of Hockey making a return in 2016, Canada's next wave of goaltenders, who will likely need to fight to be Price's backup, could be the source of great debate. However, an argument can easily be made that as of now the man sitting in the pole position for that job would be Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals.

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Brodeur learning on fly in Blues front office

Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 7:11 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The last time Martin Brodeur had three games in three nights was more than 20 years ago when he played in the American Hockey League.

But Brodeur, in his new role as adviser to the general manager of the St. Louis Blues, was seated next to GM Doug Armstrong in the press box at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday to watch the Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs.

"It's four in four because we played Thursday too," Armstrong said.

After 22 seasons of watching NHL hockey from the top of his goal crease, Brodeur is getting a crash course in evaluating games from the top of the arena. He announced his retirement as a player Thursday to work in the Blues front office and that night was next to Armstrong to watch St. Louis host the Nashville Predators.

The next night he traveled with the Blues to see them play the Carolina Hurricanes. With the Blues off Saturday, he and Armstrong took a train from Washington to Philadelphia. They'll leave late Saturday night and be back in Washington in time for the Blues' game against the Washington Capitals on Sunday (1 p.m.; NBCSN).

"There's no nights off when you're on the road," Armstrong said.

That's one of the many adjustments for Brodeur.

"It's fun," the 42-year-old said. "I'm learning, asking a lot of questions. It's something that has really interested me. The last three days have been fun, being involved."

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Wild defenseman Suter could be out against Canucks

Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 6:55 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter did not practice Saturday and might not play against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday because of a lower-body injury.

"Suter is maintenance, but if there is a point where we feel that he is not ready or putting himself in a bad spot as far as potentially hurting himself worse, then he wouldn't play," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We'll make that decision tomorrow."

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Richards, in AHL, says he can 'only go up from here'

Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 6:42 PM / News

NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards, now with their American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, wasn't happy with his play in the NHL this season. He also said there is room for improvement after his first game with the Manchester Monarchs on Friday.

Richards, who was waived by the Kings earlier this week, cleared, and was sent to Manchester, was in the starting lineup and had two shots and two penalty minutes in a 3-1 victory against the Portland Pirates.

"I wasn’t great," Richards told Mayorsmanor.com. "I had some good shifts, did some good things, did some bad things, had some bad shifts. [You can] only go up from here."

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Malkin practices with Penguins, out Sunday

Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 6:13 PM / News

PittsburghPenguins.com

The Pittsburgh Penguins practiced Saturday afternoon at Southpointe and they had an old friend join them.

Center Evgeni Malkin, who has missed the last four games with a lower-body injury, joined his teammates for practice for the first time following the All-Star break.

Malkin didn't participate in every drill, but did a majority of the work. He centered a line with Nick Spaling and Patric Hornqvist.

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Around the League notebook for Fri., Jan. 30

Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 10:12 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Pittsburgh 2, NEW JERSEY 1 (OT)

St. Louis 3, CAROLINA 2 (SO)

COLORADO 3, Nashville 0

VANCOUVER 5, Buffalo 2

Chicago 4, ANAHEIM 1


IGINLA RECORDS 1,200TH CAREER POINT IN WIN OVER PREDATORS

Jarome Iginla (1-0—1) recorded the 1,200th point of his NHL career in the Colorado Avalanche’s 3-0 shutout victory over the Nashville Predators. The Avalanche improved to 21-18-11 (53 points) this season and passed the idle Dallas Stars for sole possession of fifth in the Central Division standings. With the win, Colorado also extended their season-high home winning streak to four straight games and are 6-1-0 in their last seven games at Pepsi Center.

* With his team-leading 16th goal of the season, Iginla became the 47th player in NHL history to record 1,200 points (576-624—1,200) and tied Dino Ciccarelli for 46th on the NHL’s all-time points list. With 576 career goals, Iginla is also one shy of tying Mark Recchi for 19th on the NHL’s all-time goals list.

* Iginla has scored in three consecutive games and netted a team-high seven goals in the month of January. Additionally, Iginla has recorded 60 points (35-25—60) in 55 career games against Nashville and passed Nicklas Lidstrom for sole possession of second-most points all-time against the Predators franchise, trailing only Pavel Datsyuk (71 points).


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Containing Ovechkin unique challenge for Canadiens

Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- When facing an elite scorer, a common last-gasp tactic is to hit him early, hit him hard, and hit him often.

Assuming you can catch him, the strategy should bear fruit as the star player will begin to wear down, and ultimately, or hopefully, become a little tentative to go to the areas of the ice where he can hurt you.

As the Montreal Canadiens prepare to face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals at Bell Centre on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, SN), they know that is not an approach that will slow down the hottest goal scorer in the NHL.

The problem with hitting Ovechkin is not catching him; it's avoiding hurting yourself while doing it.

"I've lined up beside him a few times," Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher said after practice Friday. "I actually tried to hit him a couple of times. That didn't go well."

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Coyotes GM Maloney says 'everybody up for grabs'

Friday, 01.30.2015 / 2:31 PM / News

NHL.com

Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney has made an honest appraisal of his team and has decided it's time for the Coyotes to make some changes to the roster.

"Where we're at, we have to look at everybody and everything," Maloney said Friday during an appearance on TSN 1200 in Ottawa. "There's nobody we wouldn't talk about in a deal. … Shane Doan isn't going anywhere. Oliver Ekman-Larsson we would be very reluctant to part with."

Among the players who could be most desirable for other teams are center Antoine Vermette and defenseman Keith Yandle. The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 p.m. ET on March 2.

"When you're sitting with our record, then everybody is up for grabs," Maloney said. "If there's a deal out there that will make us better long-term … we're not doing anything to plug a hole short-term."

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Brodeur made early impression on Penguins' Crosby

Friday, 01.30.2015 / 2:14 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby can recall like it was yesterday his NHL debut against one of the greatest goaltenders in the history of the game.

It was Oct. 5, 2005 at what was then known as Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., against New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur. Crosby would finish his rookie season with 39 goals and 102 points, but Brodeur had his number on this day in a 5-1 win for the Devils.

"I had a great chance on my first shift and he made the save; that will always be a big memory for me," Crosby said. "When I look back on that moment, it's the only time I can remember smiling or laughing at missing a scoring chance. It was my first NHL game, my first shift and you get robbed by Martin Brodeur.

"It could be a lot worse."

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Blackhawks' Mikita diagnosed with dementia: report

Friday, 01.30.2015 / 12:17 PM / News

NHL.com

Chicago Blackhawks legend and Hockey Hall of Fame member Stan Mikita has been diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia, according to a statement from a family spokesperson to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"Stan has been diagnosed with suspected Lewy Body dementia, a progressive disease, and is currently under the care of compassionate and understanding care-givers," the statement said. "A true Chicago sports icon, Stan has always felt that fans are first and foremost. The family of Stan Mikita truly appreciates the support he has received over the many years he has played, worked and lived in the Chicago area. They hope the fans will keep him in their thoughts and prayers, and respect his privacy during this difficult time."

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Quote of the Day

For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday