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Islanders' Bailey ready to practice at Yankee Stadium

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, CBC) at Yankee Stadium. In the first edition of the player blog he is doing for NHL.com for the next three days, Bailey talks about the his experience playing outdoors as a youngster and his thoughts about watching the outdoor game between the Rangers and the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

His first blog entry comes after the Islanders' 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday night:

This wasn't the way we had hoped to go into the outdoor game against the Rangers. It was a pretty bad start by us. They were all over us there, but I thought we rebounded well and clawed our way back into the game. The late goal they got in the second period hurt us, and we just didn't have enough in the third period. We weren't able to capitalize on a couple of chances and we lost the game.

They came out hard; I think they had 18 shots early, and you're just trying to weather the storm, find a way out of it. I thought we did an OK job of trying to keep them to the outside. We had a great second period, but we didn't find a way to get it done.

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Rangers, Lundqvist seek second outdoor win vs. rival

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

More than 24 hours after New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist savored a historic atmosphere while playing on an ice rink planted in the middle of Yankee Stadium, he was still waxing poetic about the experience.

Entering the 7-3 win Sunday against the New Jersey Devils -- a game that came with considerable hype -- Lundqvist had intentions of looking around and appreciating his surroundings, which he also got to take in during the team's family skate Saturday.

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Canadiens staying calm in midst of a storm

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 7:50 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Que. -- Josh Gorges walked into the Montreal Canadiens' dressing room at their suburban training facility after practice Monday and began removing his equipment when he was asked a simple question: How was your Sunday?

Gorges just laughed.

"You try not to think about hockey," Gorges said, after giving the question some thought. "But it's not easy."

The Canadiens' day off Sunday came after their most humiliating loss of the season, a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Capitals where the Bell Centre fans turned on their team, sarcastically applauding Montreal shots on goal and even cheering Casey Wellman's third-period goal that completed the scoring.

The loss Saturday was Montreal's fourth in a row in regulation time by a combined score of 19-5 and dropped its record to 8-11-2 since Dec. 9. The Canadiens have allowed 50 goals and scored 24 at 5-on-5 in those 21 games.

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Red Wings' Howard to return Tuesday: report

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 4:45 PM / News

NHL.com

The Detroit Red Wings on Monday sent goaltender Petr Mrazek to the American Hockey League, paving the way for Jimmy Howard to return from injured reserve.

The Detroit Free Press and MLive.com reported Monday that Howard will be activated from IR and be available to play Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Howard left a game Jan. 20 against the St. Louis Blues in the second period with pain in his knee; he had missed nearly three weeks in December with a knee injury. This time Howard said he only expected to miss about a week after having fluid drained from the knee, and he previously had targeted a return for Tuesday against the Flyers.

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Outdoor games packed with memorable moments

NHL.com

More than 200,000 fans have witnessed three NHL regular-season games played without a roof this season, and each has provided a unique take on the outdoor hockey experience.

Whether it was the steady snow at The Big House, the SoCal-flavored spectacle or the offensive explosion in the Bronx, games at Michigan Stadium, Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium have provided a variety of memorable moments and an experience fans and players alike will cherish.

There are three more outdoor games this season, with the next one back in the Bronx on Wednesday when the New York Rangers face their other regional rival, the New York Islanders, in a 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2). The final two are after a break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with the Chicago Blackhawks welcoming the Pittsburgh Penguins to Soldier Field for the conclusion of the Stadium Series on March 1, while the following day the Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks will clash across the street from the Canucks' normal home in the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic at BC Place.

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Red Wings' Zetterberg out Tuesday vs. Flyers

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 3:45 PM / News

NHL.com

Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will not travel with the team for its game Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers due to a back injury.

Zetterberg sat out the Red Wings' game Sunday against the Florida Panthers with a back issue and is considered day-to-day. However, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press that Zetterberg would not be with the team when it traveled to Philadelphia.

Giving Zetterberg off Sunday and Tuesday would give the 33-year-old forward seven days out of game action if he is able to play in the Red Wings' following game, Friday against the Washington Capitals.

Holland also told the newspaper Pavel Datsyuk also will not travel with the team. Datsyuk last played Jan. 1 due to a lower-body injury. He's considered close to being able to return but apparently won't be ready for Tuesday.

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Lightning's Stamkos skips practice, plays it safe

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 1:23 PM / News

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Injured Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos was scheduled to practice Monday but decided to "err on the side of caution" after his right leg didn't feel right. Team reporter Missy Zielinski revealed that Stamkos briefly came out on the ice before saying his leg "didn't feel the best."

Stamkos broke that right leg in a Nov. 11 game against the Boston Bruins and underwent surgery the following day. He's seemingly made rapid progress in his comeback, which he hopes will put him back in the Lightning lineup prior to the start of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Despite being hurt, Stamkos was named to Hockey Canada's roster for Sochi.

"Whenever it doesn't feel good, it's a little frustrating," Stamkos told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday. "But I've not gone through something like this before, so when things don't feel well, you want answers right away, and you want to know how to fix it. But it's not necessarily that easy.

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Lehtonen, Nyquist, Sekera named 'Stars' of week

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 1:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK - Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, Detroit Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 26.

FIRST STAR – KARI LEHTONEN, G, DALLAS STARS

Lehtonen went 3-1-0 with a 1.25 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and two shutouts to help the Stars (24-20-8, 56 points) move within sixth points of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. He made 19 saves in a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators Jan. 20 before picking up three consecutive victories, recording 18 stops in a 4-0 shutout of the Minnesota Wild Jan. 21, 24 saves in a 7-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Jan. 23 and 24 stops in a 3-0 shutout of the Pittsburgh Penguins Jan. 25.

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Outdoor experience could provide edge for Rangers

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Long before lacing their skates against the New Jersey Devils for their 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, the New York Rangers held a sizable advantage when it came to outdoor experience.

Fresh off their 7-3 win against the Devils, the hope is that experience will serve them well when they return to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday for their Stadium Series game against the New York Islanders (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2), a team with practically no outdoor game experience.

"I think anytime you do something more than once it's going to help you prepare. It's going to help you know what to expect," said Rangers forward Carl Hagelin, who scored against New Jersey. "So I definitely hope we can have an advantage next game."

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Fantasy All-Access: Fire the cannons for Blue Jackets

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

The Columbus Blue Jackets won a franchise-record eight straight games and are one of the hottest teams in the NHL. So what has that done for fantasy owners and what is expected for the Blue Jackets as they continue their first year in the Eastern Conference?

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner, Sergei Bobrovsky, fueled the streak with 10 wins in his past 11 starts. The offense has come from both the front and back line as the Blue Jackets had three or more goals in all eight games of the run.

Although the win streak ended Saturday with a loss to the Buffalo Sabres, the Blue Jackets follow up with four games this week (@CAR, OTT, WSH, FLA), so activate all of your Columbus players and stick with them while they're hot.

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