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Blues would enjoy spoiling Hawks' chances

Wednesday, 04.06.2011 / 3:35 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

"It's a heated rivalry. For us, obviously we wish there was more to play for, but what better thing to play for than to help them stumble a little bit and put the pressure on them a little more? We don't want to be in the position we're at, on the outside looking in, but at the same time it could be some real positive reinforcement for us -- knowing that if we help them stumble and at the end of it they're on the outside looking in, we were the cause of it" -- St. Louis Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo

CHICAGO -- Maybe the St. Louis Blues just aren't as nice as the Detroit Red Wings when it comes to their rivalry against the Chicago Blackhawks.
 
While the Red Wings sidestepped questions last week about getting satisfaction from possibly knocking the Hawks out of the playoffs, the Blues aren't dancing around anything. St. Louis wraps up its season series against Chicago at the United Center Wednesday night (8 p.m., Versus) and the Blues would love to elicit boos with a win.
 
"It's a heated rivalry," Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo told NHL.com at St. Louis' optional morning skate. "For us, obviously we wish there was more to play for, but what better thing to play for than to help them stumble a little bit and put the pressure on them a little more? We don't want to be in the position we're at, on the outside looking in, but at the same time it could be some real positive reinforcement for us -- knowing that if we help them stumble and at the end of it they're on the outside looking in, we were the cause of it."
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Hawks hoping to avoid history

Wednesday, 04.06.2011 / 10:59 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Martin Brodeur gave a 22-word quote shortly after New Jersey was eliminated from playoff contention in 1996 that pretty well summed up how the Devils were feeling one year after winning the Stanley Cup.

"It was really hard to explain when we won it," Brodeur said, "and now it's really hard to explain when we're not in it."

Jonathan Toews does not want to be saying the same thing Sunday. The Chicago Blackhawks do not want to feel how the Devils felt in 1996, how the Hurricanes felt in 2007, how the Canadiens felt in 1970 and how the Maple Leafs felt in 1968.

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Win puts Habs in; Leafs need win to stay alive

Tuesday, 04.05.2011 / 5:08 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

It's been a struggle recently for the Montreal Canadiens, but they can push all the bad feelings away with 60 minutes of good hockey Tuesday.

If the Canadiens can beat the Chicago Blackhawks tonight, they'll clinch a playoff spot for the fourth straight season.

Montreal has won just five of its last 12 games (5-7-0), and is looking to win consecutive games for the first time since its five-game win streak ended March 8.

However, the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks will be a desperate squad. Entering the night eighth in the Western Conference, they're just a point ahead of ninth-place Calgary and three ahead of 10th-place Dallas.
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Hart/Ross double not on Sedins' minds

Tuesday, 04.05.2011 / 3:15 PM / NHL Insider

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin won the Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring leader and was voted the Hart Trophy winner as League most valuable player last season.

"Right now, you're so caught up in everything and even the summer, too. There's always next season to look forward to ... when Henrik won it last year, that's the one thing he said. After his career is done, that's one thing he can look back on." -- Daniel Sedin

If twin brother Daniel Sedin, who leads the scoring race with 100 points going into Tuesday's game against the Edmonton Oilers, can do the same this season, it'll be a first -- brothers never have won back-to-back scoring titles, let alone scoring titles paired with MVP awards.

"I don't think you think about it during the year, though," Daniel Sedin said. "You try to come into every game and play as solid as you can. Our goal the last few years has been to be consistent every night. That's more key to us than scoring goals or scoring points. Obviously, I'm in a position to have a chance to win it, but it's nothing I really think about. Probably more after you're done playing.

"Right now, you're so caught up in everything and even the summer, too. There's always next season to look forward to ... when Henrik won it last year, that's the one thing he said. After his career is done, that's one thing he can look back on."
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Long road for Crawford reaches Montreal

Tuesday, 04.05.2011 / 3:04 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Corey Crawford wasn't sure this day would ever come.

A native of Chateauguay, just across the St-Lawrence River from Montreal, the Chicago Blackhawks standout rookie goalie grew up idolizing Patrick Roy and the Canadiens.

Except as the years went by, Crawford -- a second-round pick in the 2003 Entry Draft -- watched as the Blackhawks turned to the free agent market to sign first Nikolai Khabibulin in 2004, then Cristobal Huet in 2008 and finally Marty Turco last summer.

In the meantime Crawford patiently waited his turn in the AHL, playing only eight games for the Blackhawks coming into training camp this year.
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Pens more concerned with momentum than seed

Tuesday, 04.05.2011 / 12:54 PM / NHL Insider

Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- First in the conference, probably not. Fourth? Most likely. Fifth? They hope not.

The Pittsburgh Penguins go into their final three regular-season games knowing that, with a late-season rush and a lot of help, they could own home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. That wasn't considered likely when they began playing without injured stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin several months ago.

The Penguins trail Atlantic Division leader Philadelphia and Southeast Division frontrunner Washington by three points, 103-100, after winning five of seven and seven of 10.

Conversely, a late-season slide as they face non-contenders New Jersey on Tuesday, the New York Islanders on Friday and Atlanta on Sunday could result in them losing the home-ice edge altogether. The Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1 winners over the Penguins on Thursday, began the final six days of the season in fifth place in the conference, but trailing the Penguins by only one point, 100-99.

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Crosby continuing to skate, recovery from concussion

Tuesday, 04.05.2011 / 12:37 PM / NHL Insider

Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent

"Sidney continues his prescribed rehab from his doctor and there's still no timetable for the next step in that progression." -- Dan Bylsma

PITTSBURGH -- With slightly more than a week remaining before the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Sidney Crosby's injury status hasn't changed.

Crosby, who last played for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 5 due to a concussion, took to the ice with strength coach Mike Kadar for a workout Tuesday, then stayed around to take part in the team's optional and relatively short morning skate.

Crosby has participated in the Penguins' last three game-day skates, and he also practiced with the team in a non-contact role Friday. However, the Penguins said his return to full-contact practicing -- which he must do before he can begin preparing to play again -- remains uncertain.

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Trips to playoffs now more special for Lidstrom

Tuesday, 04.05.2011 / 11:58 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

When the Detroit Red Wings clinched their spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- the 20th straight season they've done it -- Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland talked about one of the major reasons for that streak, the longest current run in North American professional sports.

Nicklas Lidstrom.

"He's a big reason why we have been in the playoffs for 20 years, and Nick has been here for 19 of them," Holland said. "He's the best defenseman of his era and I think he's the most valuable player of his era."

Lidstrom's Hall of Fame resume already was well-polished even before this season. But at 40 years old, he's having another average -- read: stellar for mere mortals -- season. His 62 points are second among all NHL defensemen, and his 16 goals are third. His average ice time of 23:31 per game leads all Red Wings players. It's 27th among all blueliners, and one second more per game than No. 28, the Senators' Erik Karlsson, who is exactly half Lidstrom's age. 
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Samuelsson set to return to Canucks' lineup

Monday, 04.04.2011 / 5:44 PM / NHL Insider

Dhiren Mahiban - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Vancouver Canucks will have one injured body back in the lineup when they face the Edmonton Oilers in the second half of a home-and-home, as Mikael Samuelsson will return to the team's second line Tuesday night at Rexall Place.

The 34-year-old suffered a lower-body injury in the team's 3-1 loss to Phoenix on March 18 and missed six games with the injury.

"I was tired out there today," he said. "Give me three games -- I'm in (game shape)."

Samuelsson will skate on a new-look second line alongside Chris Higgins and Ryan Kesler.

"I've played against (Higgins) a lot, he's a great player," Samuelsson said of his new linemate. "At the time I was injured I tried to see what he was doing out there and try to learn from that and see where he goes.

"He has good hands and work ethic -- he's a good player."
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O'Reilly developing offensive game for Avs

Monday, 04.04.2011 / 4:56 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Drafted as a defensive specialist, Ryan O'Reilly is opening eyes with his sudden offensive prowess.

One of two 20-year-old Colorado Avalanche centers -- Matt Duchene is the other -- O'Reilly has been on a tear with 7 goals in the past 14 games. He has 12 goals overall in 70 games, four more than he scored in 81 games as a teen-aged rookie a year ago.

"A lot of it is just getting into the right areas of the ice and going to the net," he told NHL.com after practice Monday. "If you work hard there, you seem to get bounces, and that's what's been working for me lately. The nice thing about when you have the puck on offense is you can be more creative and show the different skills you have."

A third-liner for most of his brief NHL career, O'Reilly has been given more responsibility -- and freedom -- to produce offensively because so many Avalanche forwards are sidelined with injuries.
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