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Capitals defenseman Oleksy recalled from AHL

Tuesday, 02.10.2015 / 9:05 AM / News

WashingtonCapitals.com

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Steve Oleksy from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Oleksy, 28, registered 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) and 86 penalty minutes in 61 career games with the Capitals. The 5'11", 183-pound defenseman recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and 53 penalty minutes in 33 games with Washington last season. Oleksy made his NHL debut and tallied his first NHL point with an assist on March 5, 2013, against Boston. He signed with Washington as a free agent on March 4, 2013.

Oleksy skated in 44 games with the Hershey Bears (AHL) this season, earning 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and 106 penalty minutes. The Chesterfield, Mich., native leads Hershey in penalty minutes this season and ranks second among Bears defensemen in goals. Oleksy has registered 52 points (seven goals, 45 assists) and 433 penalty minutes in 196 career AHL games with Hershey, Bridgeport and Lake Erie.

Five Questions: Babcock talks Red Wings' depth

Tuesday, 02.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock:

Mike Babcock has a trusted, old-school way of telling if the season is going as planned.

"You wake up every day, you look at the standings, and if you don't have to turn the paper upside down to be happy it's a positive thing," Babcock told NHL.com.

The standings look good right-side up to the Detroit Red Wings nowadays.

Detroit currently sits third in the Atlantic Division with 71 points. The Red Wings are two points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning and a notch below the Montreal Canadiens because of the head-to-head tiebreaker (Detroit is 0-1-1 against Montreal this season).

There is no team hotter in the NHL than the Red Wings, who are 9-1-0 in their past 10 games, all played without No. 1 goalie Jimmy Howard. Howard has been out with a groin injury, but he's scheduled to return Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets.

"I think we're a pretty good team," Babcock said. "Are we a great team? We're going to find out."

Babcock is right; the Red Wings are about to be tested.

Stars' Klingberg playing at level that belies his age

Tuesday, 02.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- John Klingberg is not your average rookie.

Through 39 games, the Dallas Stars defenseman has 10 goals and 18 assists. He has points in three straight games; included in that run is two assists in a 3-2 loss at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, already his eighth multipoint game in the NHL.

A fifth-round pick (No. 131) in the 2010 NHL Draft, Klingberg, 22, who also has a plus-10 rating, has showcased a dazzling array of offensive skills, among them a deadly shot from distance and the vision to deliver a pinpoint pass to set up a teammate at the perfect time.

He'll have a chance to add to those numbers when the Stars visit the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, SN1).

Around the League notebook for Monday, Feb. 9

Tuesday, 02.10.2015 / 2:20 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

ELIAS HONORED IN NEW JERSEY

The New Jersey Devils honored forward Patrik Elias in a pre-game ceremony for reaching multiple career milestones this season. Elias scored the 400th goal of his career on Feb. 6, becoming the 91st player in NHL history to accomplish the feat, and also recorded his 600th career assist on Jan. 6. The Devils' all-time leader in goals (401), assists (605) and points (401-605-1,006) became the 82nd player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. Elias' next game will be the 1,200th of his NHL career, all which have been played as a member of the Devils.

KING, CARTER LIFT LOS ANGELES PAST COLUMBUS ...

Dwight King (1-1-2) and Jeff Carter (1-1-2) each posted two points to propel the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Kings swept the season series against the Blue Jackets and are 23-18-12 (58 points) this season. With the win, Los Angeles moved within three points of the Vancouver Canucks, who occupy the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference with a record of 29-20-3 (61 points).

Stadium Series rink construction set to get underway

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Dan Craig, the NHL's senior director of facilities operations, was able to take a deep breath Monday.

The NHL's state-of the-art mobile ice making and monitoring unit arrived on schedule at Levi's Stadium after a four-and-a-half day, 3,300-mile trip. Work can begin on time to build a rink for the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 21.

Instead of taking a more direct route to Santa Clara, the massive truck and 53-foot trailer traveled a southern path from Toronto to avoid the potential of getting stopped in mountain passes by snow storms. That added an extra 500 miles to the trip.

Blues forward Rattie assigned to AHL

Monday, 02.09.2015 / 4:47 PM / News

StLouisBlues.com

St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has assigned forward Ty Rattie to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, Chicago Wolves.

Rattie, 22, has dressed in five games for the Blues this season, including Feb. 5 against Buffalo, when he posted his first career National Hockey League (NHL) point (assist). The 6'0, 192-pound forward has also appeared in 43 games with the Wolves, ranking fourth on the club with 28 points and sharing ninth in the AHL overall with 17 goals.

The Calgary, Alberta, native was originally drafted by the Blues in the second round, 32nd overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Capitals captain Ovechkin donates new car to charity

Monday, 02.09.2015 / 3:25 PM / News

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin stood inside the showroom at a local Honda dealer, a brand new Accord by his side.

"Finally," he said, eliciting laughter from the crowd.

Honda formally presented Ovechkin with the car Monday after he feverishly campaigned for one during the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft presented by DraftKings on Jan. 23. It will be auctioned off, with the proceeds benefiting the American Special Hockey Association, funding grants for new teams, tournaments and camps.

Ducks' Andersen, Lindholm day-to-day with injuries

Monday, 02.09.2015 / 3:22 PM / News

NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks announced Monday that goaltender Frederik Andersen and defenseman Hampus Lindholm are day-to-day after sustaining injuries Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Andersen sustained an upper-body injury 10:02 into the third period when the goal fell on top of him. He made 17 saves on 22 shots and was replaced by Ilya Bryzgalov in the 5-3 loss.

Lindholm didn't take a shift during the final nine minutes of the third period after sustaining a lower-body injury.

Flyers' Mason needs arthroscopic surgery: report

Monday, 02.09.2015 / 3:12 PM / News

NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, according to CSNPhilly.com.

Mason sustained a lower-body injury Sunday in the second period of the Flyers' 3-1 win against the Washington Capitals. Mason was at the bench during a stoppage in play, and when he turned to skate back to his goal crease he immediately returned to the bench in pain, unable to put much weight on his right leg. He needed help from the Flyers' training staff to get off the ice.

Canadiens' Ruel was a teacher unlike any other

Monday, 02.09.2015 / 2:55 PM / News

Serge Touchette  - Special to NHL.com

He had one eye, but few hockey men could see as far, or as clearly, when it came to unearthing new talent.

The Montreal Canadiens lost a rare bird, an unsung hero, Monday when Claude Ruel died at the age of 76.

Ruel, who went blind in one eye when he was hit by a puck playing junior hockey in 1958, wore many hats in the Canadiens organization. He was a scout, a coach, a scout again, and a coach again. But most importantly, Ruel played a significant role in developing the best young players in the Canadiens organization in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a teacher of the highest order, the likes of which rarely has been seen.

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