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Face Time with Weekes: Join live online video chat

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 4:00 PM / Edward Jones Face Time


Chat live with NHL Network analyst and former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes during the first intermission of next Wednesday's Blues-Blackhawks game on NBCSN. Weekes will field questions spanning many hockey topics.

To participate in next week's chat, register here. Learn more and access complete chat archive at facetime.nbcsports.com.


Canadiens goalie Price full participant at practice

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 3:37 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had his best day at practice Friday, according to coach Michel Therrien, but his status remains day-to-day in his recovery from a lower-body injury he aggravated playing for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Price has missed eight NHL games since his return from the Olympics; the Canadiens are 3-4-1 and have allowed 28 goals in his absence.

"Watching how he's played goal since the start of the season and seeing how he played at the Olympics, we can say he's one of the best goalies in the National Hockey League," Therrien said. "When you lose your best player it's going to have an effect on you.

"We can't use that as an excuse; we have no excuses on our team. But Carey is our best player and one that is very important. Any team that loses its No. 1 goalie for a period of time is going to be affected."


Islanders' Tavares reaches out to young fan

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 12:58 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Living in Winnipeg, 11-year-old Jake Lotocki tends to stick out from time to time. That happens when you're a die-hard New York Islanders fan in the middle of Winnipeg Jets country.

Lotocki was wearing the jersey of his favorite player, Islanders captain John Tavares, when he and his family went to MTS Centre on March 4 to watch the Islanders' win 3-2 against Winnipeg. Tavares, out for the season due to a knee injury sustained during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, isn't traveling with the team, but Lotocki's appreciation for his favorite player only grew after he was jeered that night for wearing the Islanders jersey.

Two days later the Islanders were in Vancouver preparing for a game against the Canucks when Tavares called Kimber Auerbach, the Islanders' director of communications.

"During the game I got a call from [Tavares] saying, 'Did you read this story about the kid in Winnipeg?'" Auerbach said. "I read the story and he texted me back saying he wanted to do something."


Penguins' Neal out with concussion; Kunitz practices

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 12:34 PM / News


Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal has been diagnosed with a concussion and is out indefinitely.

Neal saw the doctor Thursday and the Penguins announced the news Friday.

Neal, who has missed 21 games this season, has 22 goals and 49 points in 44 games.

"It won't be easy without him," left wing Jussi Jokinen told Triblive.com. "He is a great player. Everyone needs to chip in. It's been a tough year for him."


Brody Sutter proving he's more than just family name

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 11:00 AM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

For Brody Sutter of the American Hockey League's Charlotte Checkers, an affinity for the game is all in the family.

Currently in his second year with the Carolina Hurricanes' top affiliate, Brody is part of the second generation of one of the most renowned families in NHL history. His father, Duane, and uncles Brent, Brian, Rich, Ron and Darryl collectively played in almost 5,000 NHL games between 1976 and 2001 and have remained active in the League in various coaching, scouting and managerial capacities.

Brody was born in Calgary but raised in southern Florida, where his father, a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the New York Islanders and current scout for the Edmonton Oilers, was a member of the Florida Panthers' coaching staff.


Nedved announces retirement from hockey

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 9:57 AM / News


Former NHL forward Petr Nedved, who has spent the past seven seasons playing in Europe, has retired from professional hockey at age 42.

CBC reported Nedved made the announcement Thursday after Bili Tygri Liberec, his team in the top Czech Republic professional league, was eliminated in the playoffs.

"I can hardly find anything as beautiful as hockey in my life," Nedved said, according to CBC.

Nedved was fourth in the Czech league with 50 points this season and had 19 goals in 49 games. He had one assist in five games for Czech Republic at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.


Bernier leaves with lower-body injury

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 5:00 AM / News

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier left the game against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday after the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

James Reimer replaced Bernier to start the second period and defeated the Kings 3-2.


Avalanche's MacKinnon taking success in stride

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche were convinced they were getting someone very special when they selected forward Nathan MacKinnon with the first pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

"We wanted somebody who was not only a good hockey player but someone who would entertain our fans and give them a good reason to come and watch our games," said coach Patrick Roy, who also serves as the Avalanche vice president of hockey operations.

Fans haven't been disappointed. The Avalanche have been one of the surprise teams in the NHL. Entering action Thursday, they sat second in the Central Division and third in the Western Conference with a 43-18-5 record. After finishing 29th in the overall standings a year ago, they are in line for their first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance since 2010.

The play of MacKinnon, who turned 18 on Sept. 1, has been a major factor in Colorado's improvement. He leads NHL rookies in goals (22), assists (29) and points (51), had a 13-game scoring streak to break Wayne Gretzky's 1979-80 record for an 18-year-old, and is a leading candidate for the Calder Trophy.


Super 16: MacKinnon's rookie year one for the ages

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 2:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Shortly after Sidney Crosby joined the NHL, tales of the next "Next One" began to percolate.

John Tavares gained notoriety for becoming the first 15-year-old allowed into the Ontario Hockey League in 2005. He quickly became the most talked about prospect in North America, despite there being two more NHL drafts between then and the one he was eligible for. During that period, a few great hockey players (like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Nicklas Backstrom and Phil Kessel) almost were overshadowed by what the youngster who NHL teams couldn't yet draft was doing in Oshawa.

Nathan MacKinnon was in a similar situation last season. Though he was lighting up the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League en route to being the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft, there were plenty of stories written about the new "best prospect since Crosby."

It wasn't MacKinnon, who hails from the same small town as Crosby, but Connor McDavid, who isn't eligible to be drafted until 2015 but produced great numbers with Erie in the OHL after gaining "exceptional-player status" to play in the OHL at 15 like Tavares did.


Jets goalie Pavelec injured vs. Rangers

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 1:20 AM / News

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec left the team's game Friday against the New York Rangers at MTS Centre with a lower-body injury.

The Jets did not provide any further information on Pavelec's injury. Pavelec played the entire first period, but was replaced by Al Montoya to start the second and did not return.

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— Tampa Bay Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness on Steven Stamkos' potential linemates for the 2014-15 season