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Idle Ducks clinch Stanley Cup Playoff berth

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 3:10 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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The Anaheim Ducks clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday night without playing a game. The Ducks were assured of a postseason berth when the Dallas Stars lost 4-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.

Anaheim (46-18-7) is in second place in the Pacific Division. The Ducks are four points behind the first-place San Jose Sharks, who beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Tuesday night, but have played three fewer games. Anaheim's next game is Wednesday night against the Calgary Flames in the opener of a three-game road trip.

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Over the Boards: Three trades, three winners

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- More than two years later, the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings have no complaints about the returns they got in what amounted to three blockbuster deals involving star forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. If the Columbus Blue Jackets become a perennial Stanley Cup Playoff contender with Jack Johnson as their cornerstone defensemen, they won't have any reason to gripe either.

All three teams could be in the playoffs this season.

"If you look at [the trades], it's worked out well for everybody," Philadelphia assistant general manager Ron Hextall told NHL.com before watching the Kings beat the Flyers 3-2 on Monday.


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Rivalry Night Faceoff: Berube vs. Vigneault

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Alain Vigneault came to the New York Rangers last summer with ideas for how to create a culture change off the ice and a new and improved team on the ice, using the slogan "Clean Slate." He had all of training camp and nine road games in October to work on creating the team he wanted before he stepped up behind the home bench at Madison Square Garden.

Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube had to make his changes on the fly after he was named as Peter Laviolette's replacement three games into the regular season. After nine seasons as an assistant in Philadelphia, Berube had ideas too, but he knew for them to work he'd have to incorporate them slowly and carefully to try to get his struggling, fragile team back on a path to success.

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Daily Primer March 26: Rangers-Flyers showdown

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 12:34 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

All eyes will be on the heated race for second place in the Metropolitan Division and home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night.

The New York Rangers, who currently reside in second in the Metropolitan, will host the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. New York has a one-point lead on Philadelphia, but the Flyers have two games in hand.

It's one of three games on the schedule Wednesday. The night gets underway when the Minnesota Wild host the Vancouver Canucks at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota is in possession of the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference, three points ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes. Minnesota has won three of its past 10 games, but has earned points in seven of them (3-3-4). The Canucks are seeking their third straight win; they trail the Coyotes by six points. Each team has nine games remaining.

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Tale of the Tape: Flyers visit Rangers

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 12:21 AM / Tale of the Tape

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Three weeks into the season, the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers were scrambling to end slumps that threatened to keep them out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Things have changed a lot since then: They will meet at Madison Square Garden in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game with the winner having the inside track on second place in the Metropolitan Division and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs -- likely against the loser.

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Capitals' Backstrom sustains upper-body injury

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 10:38 PM / News

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom sustained an upper-body injury against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, forcing him out of the game early in the second period.

At 5:03 of the second, Backstrom absorbed a heavy check from Kings defenseman Drew Doughty near the Washington bench with his left shoulder and took the brunt of the collision. Backstrom's shift ended four seconds later and he did not return.

Washington lost 5-4 in a shootout.

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Rangers' Chris Kreider out with hand injury: report

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 7:06 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider will be out at least a month with a hand injury, TSN reported Tuesday.

Kreider left the game Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes midway through the third period. The Rangers confirmed that Kreider will not play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, but they did not disclose any other information.

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Canucks' Henrik Sedin not making road trip

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 4:15 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks captain and top-line center Henrik Sedin won't be on a two-game road trip that starts against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday and is listed as day-to-day after sustaining a left knee injury Sunday, coach John Tortorella said Tuesday.

Sedin, who leads the Canucks with 46 points in 65 games, was injured after making a hit behind the net late in the second period of a 4-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Sabres forward Tyler Ennis bounced off the boards and fell into Sedin's left knee. Sedin didn't put much weight on his leg as he went to the locker room.

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Maple Leafs sign 2009 fifth-round pick Knodel

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:23 PM / News

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The Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday signed defenseman Eric Knodel to a one-year, entry-level contract for the 2014-15 season. Financial terms of the contract were not released.

Knodel also signed a professional tryout agreement to spend the rest of the 2013-14 season with the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League team, the Toronto Marlies. The Maple Leafs drafted Knodel in the fifth round (No. 128) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

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Ducks sign 2011 sixth-round draft pick Manson

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:22 PM / News

NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday signed defenseman Josh Manson to a two-year, entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Manson, 22, was a sixth-round pick (No. 160) in the 2011 NHL Draft. He has played the past three seasons for Northeastern University, totaling six goals, 21 points and 158 penalty minutes in 99 games.

Manson, 6-foot-3 and 223 pounds, was named a 2013-14 Hockey East Second Team All-Star and the Best Defensive Defenseman after captaining Northeastern to a 19-14-4 record this season.

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