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Rivalry Night Faceoff: Miller vs. Crawford

Wednesday, 03.19.2014 / 2:00 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 goaltender is better equipped to lead his team to the Stanley Cup, Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks or Ryan Miller of the St. Louis Blues.

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford won the Stanley Cup last year, but he still has critics who need to see more to be convinced he's among the elite players at his position in the NHL. St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller has an Olympic silver medal from four years ago and nothing more, yet he has been referred to as the final piece to his new team's championship puzzle this season.

The comparing statements don't seem to add up, but neither is all that farfetched considering Crawford still hears about inconsistencies in his game and Miller has been almost unbeatable since joining the Blues from the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 28.

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Blackhawks look to 'huge game' vs. Blues

Wednesday, 03.19.2014 / 12:45 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The Chicago Blackhawks bagged enough points through the first three months of the season that they haven't really had to face a true gut-check moment yet, the kind a team can look back on months later as a turning point, either positively or negatively.

That changes now.

Fresh off a 3-2 overtime loss in a physical, grinding game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, the Blackhawks return home to United Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2) to face the St. Louis Blues, the NHL's best team according to the standings and, well, the Blackhawks too.

"Right now, they're the best team in the League," Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said. "It's going to be a fun game, a good challenge. They've got a lot of depth on that team. It seems like they've been building that team, that same group of guys, for three or four years now, and you know they're going to be hungry."


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Daily Primer March 18: Roy returns to Montreal

Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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He helped the Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1986 and 1993. Now, former goalie Patrick Roy will try to beat the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

Roy, now the coach of the Colorado Avalanche, will face the Canadiens as a competitor for the first time since Nov. 6, 2001 when Montreal hosts Colorado (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS, ALT).

"I learned a lot from this franchise," Roy said of the Canadiens on Monday. "It helped me to become the person I am. Not only the person I am, but also the player I was."

Here's a closer look at the action Tuesday:

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Avalanche coach Roy ready to return to Bell Centre

Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 12:34 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Patrick Roy's relationship with the Montreal Canadiens and their legion of fans is, in a word, complicated.

It could be argued Roy was the historic franchise's greatest Stanley Cup Playoff hero, playing goal behind two teams in 1986 and 1993 that had no business winning the championship, but did almost exclusively because of him.

The Stanley Cup victory in 1993 was the 24th in Canadiens history, by far the most in the NHL.

It was also the most-recent.


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Tortorella savors process that won 2004 Stanley Cup

Monday, 03.17.2014 / 3:10 PM / NHL Insider

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- John Tortorella took time Monday to do something he rarely does, look back and reminisce.

The occasion is the 10-year reunion of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2003-04 Stanley Cup team. The organization has gathered 14 former players from that team along with Tortorella, currently coach of the Vancouver Canucks, who was behind the bench for Tampa Bay, and they will be recognized before the game against Vancouver on Monday.

"I'm not a big guy to get reminiscent about all this stuff, but I think I owe that team to speak on it," Tortorella said. "It is the 10th-year anniversary. You're locked in with those guys and that will never change."

The players and Tortorella got together for dinner Sunday after the Canucks arrived from Sunrise, Fla., where they played the Florida Panthers earlier in the day.

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Daily Primer March 17: Bruins seek ninth win in row

Monday, 03.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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The Boston Bruins will go for a ninth consecutive victory in front of a nationally televised audience Monday night.

Boston plays the Minnesota Wild for the first time in more than two years when it hosts them at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2). The Bruins lead the Eastern Conference with 95 points and made it eight in a row with a 5-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

"We [don't] talk about the streak. We just talk about game by game, and it just seems to give us a better feeling and a better focus," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "So that's the way you don't get content or comfortable and you keep plugging away."

Here's a closer look at the action Monday:


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Sharks coming together at perfect time

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 8:43 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- With one month remaining in the regular season, numerous teams across the NHL are moving up and down in the standings, jockeying for position as the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs approach.

Through it all, the San Jose Sharks are doing what they always do: winning games and readying themselves for a deep playoff push.

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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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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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Former Flyers coach Shero honored with statue

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 1:16 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The leader of the Broad Street Bullies has been immortalized in the spot where he did his best work.

On Saturday, the Flyers unveiled an 8-foot, 1,300-pound bronze statue of coach Fred Shero on the former site of the Spectrum, where he coached for seven seasons and won the Stanley Cup twice. That resume earned him enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame in November and a permanent spot in Philadelphia sports history. Shero passed away in 1990.

"He coached here, the Spectrum was here, he's now in front of the area where we all had so many great memories," Flyers chairman Ed Snider said at a ceremonial unveiling for the statue. "He'll be remembered here forever. I think it's fantastic. He was the greatest coach we ever had, one of the greatest guys you'll ever want to meet."

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Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild