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Stadium Series crew begins preparation for NY games

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The anticipation already is building for the pair of games that will be hosted at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 26 and 29 as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. But the countdown toward the doubleheader in the Bronx officially started Wednesday with the arrival of the ice truck responsible for turning the home of the New York Yankees into an outdoor hockey haven.

"[Wednesday] they're building the roadways and the staging around the stadium," said Michael Craig, NHL senior manager of facilities operations. "Starting [Thursday] we'll start laying out our piping and our ice pans, that's the refrigeration that takes place underneath. From that point we'll be filling the system with our refrigerant, building the dasher boards and hopefully making the ice by the 18th. So in the next few days we should be ready to go."


Olympics-bound Barkov doesn't act his age

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 2:50 PM / 2014 Olympics

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- In his usual quiet, low-key style, Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov called being named to Finland's Olympic team a big dream. Just as quietly, he said it wasn't his biggest goal for this hockey season.

"My first main goal for this season was to play here and get a big role on this team and play as good as I can," Barkov said. "But I'm very happy to be there on the Olympic team and it'll be fun. I was so excited I was called on the Olympic team. It will be very fun to be there and play with guys like Teemu Selanne."

At 43, Selanne is the oldest player in the NHL. Barkov is the youngest, having turned 18 on Sept. 2.

The rookie is meeting his NHL goals so far this season, and then some. Barkov leads the Panthers in scoring with 23 points and is second among forwards in average ice time at 17:09.

Though Barkov looks every bit the teenager outside the rink, he looks like a 30-something veteran on the ice. He has since his first NHL game Oct. 4 when the Panthers beat the Dallas Stars 4-2.


Two-time Cup champion Langenbrunner retires

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 1:51 PM / News


Two-time Stanley Cup champion Jamie Langenbrunner announced his retirement Wednesday, the National Hockey League Players' Association announced in a press release.

Langenbrunner, 38, spent 16 full seasons in the NHL and parts of two others. He won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999 and the New Jersey Devils in 2003. He represented the United States twice in the Olympics and took home a silver medal from Vancouver in 2010.

In 1,109 games he had 243 goals and 420 assists for 663 points. He also had 34 goals and 87 points in 146 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Langenbrunner had 10 goals and 17 points during the Stars' Cup run in 1999; he had 11 goals and 18 points in the Devils' Cup run in 2003.


Islanders send Strome to Bridgeport

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 12:22 PM / News


The New York Islanders have sent center Ryan Strome to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League and will activate veteran defenseman Radek Martinek off injured reserve.

According to Newsday, anyone who plays more than 15 of 20 games prior to the Olympic break cannot be assigned to the AHL during the break.

"The development of all our young players is important," Islanders general manager Garth Snow told Newsday. "[Strome] needs to play during the break."


On the 'D'-Fence: Carle leading Lightning blue line

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 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.

Care to guess who the leading scorer among all defenseman over the past two weeks in the National Hockey League is?

Would you say Erik Karlsson or Duncan Keith? What about Ryan Suter or P.K. Subban?

Keep guessing.


Daily Primer Jan. 15: Capitals, Penguins renew rivalry

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


It's always must-see TV when Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby go head-to-head. They'll meet again Wednesday night in front of a nationally televised audience.

Ovechkin, who scored his 33rd goal of the season Tuesday, and the Washington Capitals travel to the Steel City to take on Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS). Now division rivals, the Penguins enter this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game with a 16-point lead on Washington (22-16-8) in the Metropolitan Division.

Crosby, the NHL's leading scorer this season, has 15 goals and 45 points in 26 career games against the Capitals. Ovechkin has 22 goals and 40 points in 32 games against the Penguins.

Pittsburgh (33-12-2) has won 12 in a row at home.

Here's a closer look at the action Wednesday:


Tale of the Tape: Capitals face Penguins

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / Tale of the Tape

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will try to extend their domination of Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals when the teams meet in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2, RDS).

Each player has excelled against the other's team. Crosby, the NHL's leading scorer this season, has 15 goals and 45 points in 26 career games against the Capitals. Ovechkin, has 22 goals and 40 points in 32 games against Pittsburgh.

The Penguins have won 18 of the 32 games between the teams since Crosby and Ovechkin entered the NHL in 2005, including the past five. The Capitals haven't beaten Pittsburgh since Jan. 11, 2012.


Over the Boards: Grand impact in Detroit

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

It's partly by choice and partly because they have had no choice, but as many as 10 players who were part of the Grand Rapids Griffins' Calder Cup championship team last season have been playing key roles in helping the Detroit Red Wings stay in the hunt for a record 23rd consecutive berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season.

"I looked the other day we had eight guys from that team in our lineup," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told NHL.com. "Any way you look at it that's a chunk, and with that lineup we were able to win in Los Angeles (3-1) and lose 1-0 in Anaheim in a game I thought we could have easily won. They're ready to play."

They have had no choice but to be ready with all the injuries the Red Wings have endured this season to players such as Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen, Daniel Alfredsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Stephen Weiss and Brendan Smith.


Rivalry Night Faceoff: Caps vs. Pens power plays

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

To help celebrate NBC Rivalry Night, NHL.com will look at a rivalry within the rivalry of the featured game on Wednesday nights. For this week we are trying to determine which team has the better power play, the Pittsburgh Penguins or Washington Capitals.

Body movement, puck movement and superior skill are three ingredients that make any power play successful. It's no surprise that the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins have been feasting on opposing penalty-kill units all season.

"I've seen power plays with lots of good players, but they're static," NHL Network analyst Craig Button told NHL.com. "It's different with these two teams."


Devils' Jagr passes Messier for 7th on goals list

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 12:02 AM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Jaromir Jagr
Right Wing - NJD
G: 695 | A: 1031 | PTS: 1726

MONTREAL -- Some people may look at Jaromir Jagr's career NHL statistics and wonder what could have been.

To those people, Jagr says don't bother. He doesn't.

Jagr passed another milestone is his prolific NHL career Tuesday when he scored his 695th goal in a 4-1 New Jersey Devils win against the Montreal Canadiens, passing Mark Messier for seventh place on the League's all-time goals list.

Jagr scored at 17:23 of the first period with a nice move to the middle around Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges before putting a low shot through a crowd past Carey Price just inside the far post.

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