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Special teams plague Caps in another road loss

Sunday, 02.12.2012 / 5:06 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The Washington Capitals made their first trip Sunday to the partially renovated Madison Square Garden. Their next visit here is on Apr. 7, and if they don't start playing better away from Verizon Center it might just be their last road game of the 2011-12 season.

Washington's struggles away from home continued against the Rangers in a 3-2 loss, their 18th loss in 27 road games this season.

"Everybody plays better at home," Washington coach Dale Hunter said. "Everyone's home record is better because you are in our building and you have the fans behind you. Our special teams aren't good enough on the road. If you look at our stats, they are way down on the road. At home, we are one of the best power-play and one of the best penalty-killing teams. We've got to work on the road on our special teams."

That may be true, but no NHL club has a wider gap in results depending on the game's location than the Capitals. Washington is 19-7-2 at home, which is the fourth-best mark in the NHL. The Capitals are also 9-15-3 on the road, and that ranks 26th.

No other team in the League has a bigger discrepancy between those two rankings.
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McDonald returns to St. Louis lineup Sunday

Sunday, 02.12.2012 / 2:40 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The long-awaited return to the lineup for Andy McDonald is over. The veteran forward will mark his return to the Blues' lineup when they host the San Jose Sharks tonight.

McDonald, 34, has not played since the third game of the season on Oct. 13, when he suffered a concussion at the end of the second period of a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on a bit of a fluky play.

McDonald, who has two assists in three games, has missed the last 51 games but has been skating on a regular basis since Dec. 23 and has been deemed fit and ready to go.

"I'm excited. It's been kind of a tough recovery," McDonald said. "Obviously a long time, but I'm excited that this day is finally here. I'm looking forward to tonight.

"There were some levels I needed to pass. You do the neuro-psych, then you do the bike test and then you get on the ice and you skate on your own. Then you get into a practice with the team in a red jersey and get the red jersey off ... kind of all those steps along the way. Get bumped around a little bit in practice is probably the final stage. Getting hit for real tonight will probably be the last step."
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Stars Look to Extend Kings' Road Misery

Sunday, 02.12.2012 / 12:35 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- Later today, the Los Angeles Kings will conclude a six-game road trip against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. So far, the Kings are just 1-3-1 on this trip after a 2-1 overtime loss to the Islanders Saturday and have scored just six goals the entire trip.
   
Los Angeles (26-19-11, 63 points) will be facing a Dallas team (28-23-3, 59 points) that heads into tonight's contest after getting three of a possible four points in a quick, two-game trip to Columbus and Buffalo. The Stars fell 3-2 to the Sabres on Friday night in a shootout but still picked up a point in Buffalo and came within seconds of getting their first win in the second game of a back-to-back this season.
   
But now, Glen Gulutzan's club is squarely focused on extending the Kings' current road misery and scoring woes.
   
"Sounds like us (a team having problems scoring goals)," Gulutzan said. "They have a little bit of defensive identity in their game. We have to be defensively good against them and keep it tight against them. But they have guys that can score over there -- (Justin) Williams and (Anze) Kopitar and (Mike) Richards. They've got guys that can put the puck in the net."
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Carlyle hopes to get back behind a bench soon

Saturday, 02.11.2012 / 10:04 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Having spent seven seasons behind the bench with the Anaheim Ducks, Randy Carlyle was used to seeing the NHL from one angle.

But since he was fired by the Ducks in November, Carlyle has gotten to see the game from an entirely different perspective while working as a scout for the team.

"I've done this before, just a long time ago, so it's not something new, but it is a refresher," Carlyle told NHL.com prior to Saturday's Flyers-Rangers game at Wells Fargo Center. "The buildings are different, little bit different routes, but I'll spend here nine games on the road, catch eight games straight. That's all part of scouting."
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Roenick joins Coyotes' Ring of Honor

Saturday, 02.11.2012 / 9:25 PM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Before a standing-room only crowd packed with Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks fans, Jeremy Roenick entered the Coyotes Ring of Honor on Saturday – but not before coming up with one more stunning effort on the ice.

He held his acceptance speech to less than the allotted four minutes.

Roenick joined former Coyotes teammates Keith Tkachuk and Teppo Numminen on the ring high above Jobing.com Arena and was presented with an array of gifts – including the special mask attachment he wore to protect his broken jaw in Game 7 of the postseason series against the St. Louis Blues.
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Leafs add Mats Sundin's No. 13 to "honored numbers"

Saturday, 02.11.2012 / 8:21 PM / NHL Insider

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Mats Sundin thanked his family, teammates, coaches and the fans of Toronto before a banner honoring his No. 13 was raised to the rafters of the Air Canada Centre prior to the Maple Leafs' game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
 
The Leafs also honored Sundin, the franchise's all-time leader in goals (420) and points (987) by having all of their players wear jerseys with his uniform number during warmups. He was saluted with a video presentation of career highlights and a roaring, tumultuous ovation when he was introduced to the sellout crowd – many of whom wore jerseys with his name and number.
 
"The No. 1 thing I miss about being retired and not living in Toronto is the people of Toronto," said Sundin, who lives in his native Sweden. "They are friendly, warm people who care about each other and care about their beloved Maple Leafs. There are no fans more loyal, passionate or committed about their team than you Leaf fans."

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Wings not thinking about record

Saturday, 02.11.2012 / 6:38 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The purists have already spoken up.

They say that even if the Detroit Red Wings beat the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night at Joe Louis Arena for their 20th straight victory on home ice – tying the NHL record shared by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Flyers – it should come with an asterisk.

They argue that because neither of those old Bruins and Flyers teams had the advantage of winning games in overtime or shootouts, their home winning streaks are still more impressive and more "legit" than the current run the League-leading Red Wings are riding.

If that logic bothers the Wings, however, it's near-impossible to tell – not because they're so focused on joining the NHL's history book yet again, but because they seem so nonchalant about the whole ordeal.
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Coyotes' honor is humbling for Roenick

Friday, 02.10.2012 / 5:45 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Jeremy Roenick says he rarely gets humbled by anything, but the honor that will be bestowed on him on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz., is one of those rare moments that can bring even the most confident star to tears.

Roenick will watch his No. 97 go up to the rafters of Jobing.com Arena as he becomes the seventh player to be inducted into the Coyotes Ring of Honor. He will join Wayne Gretzky (99), Bobby Hull (9), Thomas Steen (25), Dale Hawerchuk (10), Teppo Numminen (27) and Keith Tkachuk in the exclusive fraternity.

"When an honor like this is bestowed on you, when they're actually putting your jersey up in the rafters, that is special," Roenick told NHL.com Friday from the Bellagio, where he is taking part in Wayne Gretzky's Fantasy Camp. "I don't think it has hit me yet that they're doing this for me. The ultimate goal is the Hall of Fame, and I think the second best honor you can be given is for what you have done for a team. It's great that the Coyotes are doing this for me."

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Healthy, refocused Coyotes on another February roll

Friday, 02.10.2012 / 3:45 PM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Who looks forward to the month of February on the calendar more than florists, candy confectioners and greeting card companies?

It could be the Phoenix Coyotes.

In the past few years, no NHL team is annually happier to see the shadow of Groundhog Day and the feeling of romance in the air more than the Coyotes. Two years ago, Phoenix wrapped up a run of eight wins in nine games before the Olympic break to position themselves for a franchise-record 50 wins. Last year, the Coyotes won eight straight from Feb. 5-22, collecting 16 points in 17 days and putting them back in the playoff hunt.

It's happening again.
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Habs excited to see Gomez break goal drought

Thursday, 02.09.2012 / 11:57 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Scott Gomez has played alongside far too many legendary players in his career to not know how to carry himself when things aren't going well.

Some may have been just a tad melancholy going 368 days without a goal. But when you spent your early days in the National Hockey League learning from the likes of Scott Stevens, Joe Nieuwendyk and Martin Brodeur, you know it's more important to put the team ahead of any personal struggles.

That's what Gomez has done in Montreal during the past year. That's why he's earned the admiration of his teammates -- the ones who went ballistic on the bench when Gomez fired a rebound from the right circle past Evgeni Nabokov at 9:50 of the third period in the Montreal Canadiens' 4-2 win against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Thursday night.
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