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Helm could return to Red Wings this weekend

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 5:44 PM / News


Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm has been medically cleared to play and could suit up against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Helm has missed the past eight games with a concussion and 40 games this season because of injuries.

"I'm excited to get back in. I want to get back out there and get going with the team," Helm told the Red Wings website after Detroit skated Friday. "A bunch of good skates, cleared by the doctor, did my concussion test, did well on that, and I feel good and ready to go."


Canucks' Kesler, Sedin practice; Burrows now ailing

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 4:57 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks got two important players back from injury for practice Friday but lost another.

Top-six forwards Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin were on the ice with teammates for the first time since missing time with leg injuries, but top-line left wing Alexandre Burrows was missing after being slashed on his left hand late in a game Wednesday against the Nashville Predators.

Kesler, who has missed four games with a knee sprain, and Sedin, out for nine with a hamstring injury, took part in the full practice and said returning against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday would depend on how they felt after practicing again Saturday.


Maple Leafs eye run with Bolland, Bernier close

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 4:45 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

With 10 points in 12 games, and the Toronto Maple Leafs starting the season 10-4-0, forward Dave Bolland was enjoying a memorable first month with his hometown team after winning the Stanley Cup twice with the Chicago Blackhawks. Then came Nov. 2, when Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian accidentally stepped on Bolland's left leg, leaving Bolland with a lacerated tendon in his ankle.

Bolland hasn't played since, but that could be about to change.

After missing 56 games, Bolland could return Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, CBC). With goaltender Jonathan Bernier also possible to return after missing three games with a groin injury, Toronto could be getting healthy at the right time. Having lost three straight, they certainly can use both players.


Bruins ride depth, balance to top spot in East

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 4:33 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Boston Bruins are surging toward the top of the NHL standings, and look like a top title contender as the Stanley Cup Playoffs beckon.

The Eastern Conference-leading Bruins will look for their 11th straight victory when they visit the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. It would mark the longest win streak in coach Claude Julien's seven seasons.

"Our whole team is feeling good about their game and when you feel good about your game, you seem to have that energy and right now our whole team has a lot of energy," Julien said after the Bruins beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Tuesday.


Blackhawks give Teravainen a look as Kane rests

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 4:31 PM / Features

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The much-anticipated arrival of Teuvo Teravainen dominated a busy morning skate for the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday at United Center.

The 19-year old Finnish forward, Chicago's top prospect, officially joined his new team on the ice for drills but won't play Friday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Instead, the Blackhawks want to give Teravainen some time to get acclimated to his surroundings.

They also want to take as much pressure off his shoulders as possible, even as fans look to him to ease the sting of losing right wing Patrick Kane to a lower-body injury for the rest of the regular season.

"The thing we just want to be cautious about is he's a 19-year-old kid," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "He's not coming in here to carry the team. We certainly have high hopes for him in the future, but this is more just an experience for Teuvo to come in and see what the NHL is all about."


Penguins' Neal fined $5,000 for cross-checking

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 3:27 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORKPittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal has been fined $5,000 for cross-checking Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening in NHL Game No. 1046 in Detroit on Thursday, March 20, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 5:19 of the second period. Neal was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


Red Wings' Legwand fined $5,000 for butt-ending

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 3:27 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NEW YORKDetroit Red Wings forward David Legwand has been fined $5,000 for butt-ending Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin in NHL Game No. 1046 in Detroit on Thursday, March 20, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 16:14 of the third period. Legwand was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for butt-ending.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


Canadiens' Prust ruled out for rest of regular season

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 12:52 PM / News


Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust will miss the remainder of the regular season with an upper-body injury, the team announced Friday.

The Canadiens did not specify if the injury was related to Prust's shoulder, which has caused him trouble throughout the season. Prust missed a month earlier in the season and more time once the NHL reconvened following the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Prust returned to the lineup March 12 and played four games before sitting out the Canadiens' 3-2 home loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.


Islanders' Okposo, Visnovsky day-to-day

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 11:55 AM / News

New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo and defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky are day-to-day with injuries, according to coach Jack Capuano.

Okposo left practice early Friday with a lower-body injury. Okposo is tied for sixth in the NHL with 69 points and leads the Islanders in points and goals (27) in 69 games. Okposo is the first player other than John Tavares to lead the Islanders in scoring since the 2008-09 season.


Jets prospect Kichton ready to kick-start career

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 10:56 AM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

Brenden Kichton knows a thing or two about being a leader.

The 21-year-old spent the past five seasons with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, serving as team captain and winning the Bill Hunter Trophy as the league's top defenseman with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists) in 71 games during his final season.

This year, he's taken up the role of learner, as he continues to develop in his first professional season with the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

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