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Perlini's success as top prospect a family affair

Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

Brendan Perlini shoulders the heritage of an impressive hockey lineage on his back. Literally.

The son of longtime international standout Fred Perlini, Brendan wears No. 11 for the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League as a tribute to his father's playing days with the Guildford Flames of the British Hockey League.

"Basically most of the top footballers over there, if they're bringing in a big signing, they give them 11," Brendan said. "That's what the team did with my dad and it just kind of stuck with him over there and then his last game he got the number retired by the team.

"That’s where I grew up playing. Me and my brother both wear 11. It just kind of stuck with us too."


Avalanche's MacKinnon leads race for Calder

Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

With three-quarters of the 2013-14 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of the biggest storylines and award contenders.

The number of precocious newcomers to the NHL seems to increase annually, and that's made handicapping the Calder Trophy race for 2013-14 more difficult than predicting exactas.

But there's something about Nathan MacKinnon's makeup. Life in the League immediately became routine for the 18-year-old Colorado Avalanche rookie, who was taken No. 1 in a fertile 2013 NHL Draft.

"First time I met him I realized this is going to be a piece of cake for him on his own," Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. "Off the ice you can't tell he's a rookie. He's certainly one of the guys on the ice. He's gotten more and more comfortable as the season has gone along and gotten better and better and has been one our best players over the past couple of months."


Senators recall Hammond with Anderson at home

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 6:07 PM / News


The Ottawa Senators have recalled goaltender Andrew Hammond to serve as the backup to Robin Lehner on Thursday in the absence of Craig Anderson.

Anderson traveled home to Florida this week to be with his wife, who was expecting the couple's second child.

The Senators announced the recall of Hammond from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Wednesday, and the Ottawa Sun reported he would back up Lehner against the Detroit Red Wings.

"Nothing forthcoming at this point," coach Paul MacLean said after practice prior to the recall. "We'll wait to hear, and right now we're prepared for Robin to be the goalie, and if we need to bring Hammond or [Nathan] Lawson, we're prepared to do that. So right now that's where it stands."


Wild get Winchester in trade with Blackhawks

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 5:11 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline


The Minnesota Wild acquired veteran forward Brad Winchester from the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday in a trade for defenseman Brian Connelly.

Winchester, 32, has 16 goals and 30 points in 55 games this season with Rockford of the American Hockey League.

A second-round pick (No. 35) of the Edmonton Oilers in the 2000 NHL Draft, he has 37 goals and 68 points in 390 NHL games with the Oilers, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks.


Blackhawks' Kane senses better days ahead

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- His stats dipped after the new year started and he didn't score a single goal for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but Patrick Kane isn't concerned.

In fact, he sounds quite the opposite heading into the Chicago Blackhawks' final stretch of 22 games in the regular season.

"I'm excited about what we have left in the season," Kane said Wednesday, after his first practice since returning from Russia. "I think going through the Olympics was obviously a little bit of a struggle, but I still feel like I played decent and had enough chances to put up some good numbers. It just didn't happen that way. I'm actually, if you can believe it or not, excited where my game is and where I can improve and get better."


NHL, Soldier Field issue fan reminders for Stadium Series game between Blackhawks, Penguins


NEW YORK – The National Hockey League®, Chicago Blackhawks, Soldier Field and the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications would like to remind fans attending Saturday's 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins about traffic impacts and weather precautions on game day, as well as ticket and security matters.

Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on Saturday. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid anticipated last minute crowds at the gates and to enjoy pregame festivities inside and outside the stadium. Parking lots around Soldier Field will open at 3 p.m. CT and gates to Soldier Field will open at 5 p.m. CT. Spectator Plaza, the official interactive hockey and entertainment festival featuring live music, hockey-themed attractions and more, is a free event and opens to the public at 3 p.m. on game day. It is located on the Stadium Green near Gate 6.


Predators send Rinne on conditioning assignment

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 3:19 PM / News

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators announced Wednesday they will send goalie Pekka Rinne, who has missed the past four months with a hip infection, to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment, signifying the two-time Vezina Trophy finalist is close to playing NHL games.

Coach Barry Trotz would not say when Rinne, 31, might be able to return to the ice for the Predators. Nashville has not set any kind of timetable during Rinne's rehabilitation process, but the goalie said he is close.

"I'm just going to try and focus on trying to get my own game back, but so far I feel real comfortable," Rinne said. "I'm happy how things have gone in practices and how things have gone so far. I'm actually a little bit surprised it's been going so well, but like I said, it's still a process.

"For sure, I feel like I'm really close to the game shape and now it's just a final couple of games before I jump on the ice with the Nashville team."


Gaborik activated by Blue Jackets, to return vs. Devils

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 2:54 PM / News


The Columbus Blue Jackets activated forward Marian Gaborik off injured reserve Wednesday and he will return to the lineup for their game Thursday at the New Jersey Devils.

Gaborik has been limited to 18 games this season, one since Nov. 14. He returned from a knee injury Dec. 21 against the Philadelphia Flyers but suffered a broken collarbone in the first period while setting up Ryan Johansen's goal and has been out since.

Gaborik, acquired by the Blue Jackets from the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline, has five goals and 12 points this season.


On the 'D'-fence: Defensemen left mark in Sochi

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy D-man insider all season long.

It seems as if it were yesterday that we were releasing our preseason rankings, but the NHL season has already entertained us for close to five months. If that is hard to believe, it is even more so that the 2014 Sochi Olympics have already come and gone.

Four years of speculation, debate and analysis of each competing country has culminated in another gold medal for Canada, and while this tournament might not have been as high-scoring as the one that took place in Vancouver in 2010, defensemen played a huge role in the outcome.

Our top-ranked defenseman, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, tied for the tournament lead in scoring with eight points, leading Sweden to a silver medal. His four goals tied for second and he looked a lot like the player who won the Norris Trophy back in 2012.


'14 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic by the numbers


VANCOUVER – On Mar. 2, 2014, the Vancouver Canucks® will face the Ottawa Senators® at BC Place. Since opening in 1983, BC Place has hosted some of the province's most iconic events including musical performances by Michael Jackson; the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter games; as well as visits from Pope John Paul II, and Queen Elizabeth II.

The 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ will mark the first time a hockey game has ever been played at BC Place – it will also be the biggest crowd ever to watch the Vancouver Canucks. A look at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ "by the numbers":

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