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Letang will practice with Penguins on Monday

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 4:36 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will return to full practice Monday, less than two months since suffering a stroke, coach Dan Bylsma said Sunday.

Doctors ruled Letang, who has not played since Jan. 27, is well enough to return after not practicing with the Penguins in six weeks. Bylsma said the team knew there was a chance he could return to practice at this point, but the 2013 Norris Trophy finalist "still has some other things to go through."

Bylsma said the date of Letang's full return is to be determined.

"He's been working out. He's been skating on his own, doing quite a bit on his own," Bylsma said. "It's not a complete surprise."

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Daily Primer March 16: Hawks, Wings renew rivalry

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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The Chicago Blackhawks are fighting to have home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Detroit Red Wings are fighting to earn a playoff spot for a 23rd consecutive season.

The Original Six teams will clash Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Red Wings at United Center (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2). Chicago sits in the third place in the Central Division, one point behind the Colorado Avalanche. Detroit trails the Philadelphia Flyers by two points for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

"It's been 22 [years] in a row now and we're trying to get into the playoffs 23 in a row," Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist said. "That's what we do here in Detroit and that's what our expectations are every year. Right now we're in the playoff hunt with a lot of different teams and it's going to be a race right down to the end."

Here's a closer look at the action Sunday:


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Sunday Long Read: Catch up with our stories here

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

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NHL.com has presented a weekly Sunday Long Read since the start of the season in October. If you have missed any of the in-depth stories, please take the time to catch up with them here.

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Olympic star Shannon Szabados debuts in SPHL

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 1:45 AM / News

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Goalie Shannon Szabados made history Saturday night when the two-time Olympic gold medalist led the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League onto the ice for their game against the Knoxville Ice Bears.

Szabados, who helped Canada win the women's ice hockey gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, stopped 27 shots but wound up losing when Knoxville overcame an early two-goal deficit for a 4-3 victory before 4,295 fans in Columbus, Ga.

"It was fun," Szabados told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer after becoming the first female player in the SPHL's 10-year history. "I saw a few Szabados shirts out there. It was definitely a great moment."

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Maatta getting bigger role on Penguins blue line

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 1:20 AM / NHL Insider

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- If Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has his way, rookie defenseman Olli Maatta will get serious consideration for the Calder Trophy.

As injuries have decimated the Penguins' defense this season, the 19-year-old's role on the blue line has continued to grow. With top-four defensemen Kris Letang (stroke) and Paul Martin (broken hand) gone for the rest of the regular season, Maatta has played more than 20 minutes in eight of Pittsburgh's past nine games, with a high of 24:38 against the San Jose Sharks on March 6.

Maatta has scored four times during that stretch, including twice against San Jose, and entered the weekend with nine goals, 28 points and a plus-12 rating in 64 games while averaging 18:08 of ice time. Those numbers may not compare with some other Calder hopefuls, but Bylsma believes the 19-year-old's value goes well beyond statistics.


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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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