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On the D-Fence: Giordano heats up for Flames

Wednesday, 01.29.2014 / 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.


The Calgary Flames entered a rebuilding mode last season when they traded core players like defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and long-time captain Jarome Iginla. They started the 2013-14 season with a youthful roster that still is developing, but they do have some carryovers from the old regime, including new captain Mark Giordano.

Giordano was knocked out of the lineup Oct. 21 when he was struck in the ankle by a shot during a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings. It was a significant blow to the team as Giordano had sparked them to a 4-2-2 record in their first eight games by picking up two goals and seven assists in that span.

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NHL, Yankee Stadium issue fan reminders for Stadium Series game between Islanders, Rangers

NHL.com

NEW YORK - The National Hockey League and Yankee Stadium would like to remind fans attending Wednesday's 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the New York Rangers and New York Islanders about some ticket, weather and security matters.

Start time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid anticipated heavy traffic and last minute crowds at the gates, and to enjoy pregame festivities inside the stadium. All gates to Yankee Stadium will open at 5:30 p.m. ET.

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Suter hopes to join father as Olympic gold medalist

Wednesday, 01.29.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Growing up in Wisconsin, there were a few basic rules that Minnesota Wild and U.S. Olympian Ryan Suter had to abide by. Among the most basic: Don't lose Dad's Olympic gold medal.

Of course, Suter couldn't help but forget the medal in his locker when he was asked to bring it to school for show-and-tell. At that age, he didn't yet understand exactly what that gold medal represented. By the time he became the third member of his family to play on the U.S. Olympic team, he finally figured it out.

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Over the Boards: Ducks deep at center

Wednesday, 01.29.2014 / 2:15 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Look no farther than Nick Bonino's stat line this season if you want to analyze just how deep the Anaheim Ducks are at center.

Bonino, considered the Ducks' third- or fourth-line center, depending on the game, opponent and his linemates, would lead eight teams in scoring right now despite being 77th among centers in ice time per game (16:27).

He has 40 points, which is third on the Ducks behind fellow center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry. Bonino is one of five centers who routinely make coach Bruce Boudreau's job one of the easiest yet toughest in the NHL.

"When you've got that many guys that can play minutes, I mean, Bruce has a task every night," Getzlaf said.

The Ducks talk about their four-line balance as one of the main reasons for their success this season. They wouldn't have that four-line balance without at least four centers Boudreau trusts in nearly all situations.

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Brodeur admits being traded from Devils possibility

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 11:48 PM / News

NHL.com

Martin Brodeur said Tuesday that being traded by the New Jersey Devils is "definitely something that is possible" and he would not be insulted if the team asked him to accept a deal.

"It's within the team's rights to try and make themselves better," the goaltender said in an interview with NJ.com. "The fact is, I have the luxury to decide what I want to do. I hope if [general manager Lou Lamoriello] is able to help the team, he'll ask, regardless of what it is. It's definitely something that is possible."

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Islanders put Hamonic on IR; Nabokov likely to start

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- One day after the New York Islanders welcomed back defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, they learned they will remain without another defensive regular, Travis Hamonic.

Hamonic was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, retroactive to Jan. 12, with a concussion, the same ailment that sidelined Visnovsky for more than three months.

"He's starting to progress a little bit and is still not feeling well," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said Tuesday after his team practiced at Yankee Stadium in preparation for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the New York Rangers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2). "It's a little bit of a process for him and we'll just take it as it goes. For me, just talking to our doctors and our trainers, you can't really control what you can't control. It's a situation with him that we have to make sure he's 100 percent before we decide to move forward with him."

Matt Donovan, sent down Monday to make room for Visnovsky, was recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League and could replace Matt Carkner opposite Visnovsky on Wednesday night. Capuano said following practice that he has yet to finalize who will play against the Rangers.

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Outdoor ice a return to childhood for Islanders

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- As a child, New York Islanders captain John Tavares spent the majority of his free time skating on the backyard rink of Sam Gagner, a neighborhood friend who has gone on to play for the Edmonton Oilers. Those memories came flooding back Tuesday.

Tavares' trip down memory lane was triggered when he and his teammates found themselves at Yankee Stadium, preparing for their 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series showdown with the New York Rangers on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).

"We used to spend six, seven hours out there," Tavares said of his childhood days of skating with Gagner. "I remember not being able to feel my fingers or toes for a few hours. That was a lot of fun.

"Ramsey Lake, up in Sudbury, Ontario, where my family's from, being a little kid my dad used to bring me out there. Minor hockey too, before I played with Sam, we used to play once a week outside on just a local outdoor rink. It wasn't so much practice, we would just go out there and play shinny and have fun and just enjoy playing the game. We played a lot outside, and I'm looking forward to create some more memories [Wednesday]."

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Stadium experience for Okposo, Kreider began in '10

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Before the 2014 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic drew more than 105,000 spectators to Michigan Stadium and the University of Michigan hosted Michigan State University in a hockey game in front of an all-time record crowd of 113,411, there was Gelsenkirchen.

That German town hosted the first game of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Hockey Championship. The game pitted the host nation against the United States at Veltins Arena, a sprawling soccer stadium that drew 77,803 fans. At the time, that attendance figure established a world record for a hockey game, topped seven months later at Michigan Stadium. The Americans lost that game 2-1, but two of the youngest players on the team will meet again, against a historic backdrop, when the New York Islanders host the New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2) as part of the 2014 NHL Coors Light Stadium Series.

"It was a different experience. At the time, it was the most [spectators] ever at a hockey game. That was a pretty cool experience," Islanders forward Kyle Okposo said Tuesday after his team finished practice at Yankee Stadium. "You watched the soccer games on TV over there and you heard the hum of the crowd, the little buzz. That's how it was in the stadium. It was pretty neat."

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Bailey: Stadium a cool atmosphere for practice

Josh Bailey - Special to NHL.com

New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey has been looking forward to the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Isles and the New York Rangers (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2) at Yankee Stadium. In the second edition of the player blog he is doing for NHL.com this week, Bailey talks about his experience Tuesday practicing with his teammates at baseball's most famous ballpark.

We had the opportunity to skate at Yankee Stadium today, and it felt like junior hockey a little bit again with practice being later in the afternoon. But it was a good experience. Just to come down and see Yankee Stadium, you just try to soak it all in.

It was a good practice. We had some fun with the families out there afterwards. I was able to be out there with my girlfriend and my brother. It was a really enjoyable day.

I know everyone thinks about memories of playing outside, but I think that gets played up a little more than it actually is. To me, it felt like another practice. At the same time, it was obviously cool. It was a different atmosphere. The rink felt really small just because the area is so big. But it was a good experience.

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Defenseman Brian Rafalski ends comeback bid

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 5:54 PM / News

NHL.com

Defenseman Brian Rafalski has ended his attempted comeback with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

"I'm done," Rafalski told the Ft. Myers (Fla.) News-Press on Tuesday. "My back is no good. That was one of the hurdles."

Rafalski joined the Everblades on Jan. 10 and played three games.

"There's no reason to keep going," the 40-year-old told the newspaper. "This is not something you can push or play through or goes away."

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I think I'm lucky to be here and you definitely don't take very many things for granted, if you take anything for granted. I definitely put my family and my wife and my close family in perspective, that they're the most important thing in the world. I want to do whatever I can to play hockey, but like I said, under the right circumstances.

— Stars forward Rich Peverley to "The Musers" radio show on The Ticket 1310 AM in Dallas