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Penguins' Letang 'darn good' in return from stroke

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 12:05 AM / NHL Insider

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang noticed some areas he could improve in his first game back after having a stroke but was pleased with his performance Wednesday.

Letang finished with one assist and two shots in 22:30 of ice time in Pittsburgh's 4-3 shootout win against the Detroit Red Wings. He said he didn't feel any lingering effects of his stroke after the game.

"There are some things I felt good about, some things I have to get my timing back," Letang said. "Hockey is about timing and, I don't know, maybe it's going to take a week, maybe it's going to take two weeks."

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Call-ups reason Red Wings are back in playoffs

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 11:55 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

There was talk coming out of the Olympic break that the Detroit Red Wings' quest for a 23rd consecutive appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was far from a sure thing.

Now we know the fifth-longest playoff streak in NHL history and longest active streak among the four main professional sports leagues is alive and well.

The last time the Red Wings failed to qualify for the postseason was 1990, when George H.W. Bush was president. The Boston Bruins own the NHL record at 29 seasons (1968-96), followed by the Chicago Blackhawks (28 seasons; 1970-1997), St. Louis Blues (25; 1980-2004) and Montreal Canadiens (24; 1971-1994).

Since the start of the 1997-98 season, the Red Wings have won more regular-season games than any team in the NHL. The team's 113 playoff wins, which includes four Stanley Cup championships, also are tops in the League in that span.

Here are five reasons why the Red Wings are heading back to the playoffs:

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Forward depth, physical play help Jackets to playoffs

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 11:30 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Columbus Blue Jackets are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in five seasons. They clinched the berth Wednesday night with a 3-1 win against the Dallas Stars.

It's been a long haul to get to this point, particularly after losing out on a tiebreaker to the Minnesota Wild for the eighth seed in the Western Conference at the close of the 2012-13 regular season. But the Blue Jackets are a better team this season with depth at forward and a world-class goalie itching to make his mark in the postseason.

In addition, there are several young players in significant roles this season under third-year coach Todd Richards, including forwards Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner and defenseman Ryan Murray.

If the regular-season home finale Tuesday night was any indication, Nationwide Arena will be rocking when the team returns to Columbus to open the playoffs. It was a memorable night too, when Johansen continued his torrid offensive pace with an unbelievable wrist shot to defeat the Phoenix Coyotes in overtime.

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Canadiens' Galchenyuk leaves game with injury

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 11:26 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Montreal Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk sustained a lower-body injury in the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night and did not return.

Galchenyuk took a hit into the boards near the Montreal bench from Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw less than 30 seconds into the game and finished his shift. He took one more shift and left the bench.

Galchenyuk has 13 goals and 18 assists in 64 games with a minus-12 rating.

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Canucks name Linden president of hockey operations

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 5:18 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Trevor Linden is the face of the Vancouver Canucks again.

Their all-time leader in games played and former captain was introduced as president of hockey operations Wednesday.

Picked second by the Canucks at the 1988 NHL Draft, Linden played 16 of his 19 NHL seasons for Vancouver before retiring in 2008 and having his No. 16 retired. He walked away from the game for six years but never left the city and never stopped cheering for the Canucks.

"I came to Vancouver 26 years ago. I've never left," Linden said. "I love this city. It is my home and the Canucks have always been a big part of my family.

"Part of the reason you love the game as a player is because you love the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. It becomes addictive, and part of the reason I am back is the chance to win and do something special here."

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AHL announces All-Rookie team

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 2:40 PM / News

NHL.com

The American Hockey League on Wednesday announced its 2013-14 All-Rookie team, which was voted on by coaches, players and media in each of the league's 30 cities. Each player will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection.

Here are the six players named to the team:

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Lightning's Bishop to miss rest of regular season

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 2:30 PM / News

NHL.com

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will miss the remainder of the regular season but could be available "at some point" during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, coach Jon Cooper said Wednesday.

Bishop left Tampa Bay's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday at 5:43 of the first period with an upper-body injury.

Tampa Bay Times beat writer Damian Cristodero reported that an MRI on Bishop apparently did not show any structural damage.

"This is just another bump in the road," coach Jon Cooper said. "I didn't expect we would go through a cobblestone street this whole year."

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Penguins defenseman Letang returning to lineup

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 12:47 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Defenseman Kris Letang will return to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2), 10 weeks after having a stroke.

"Kris has been cleared almost for a few weeks now to be back practicing with us with contact," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said. "The doctors had left it up to him when he felt he was ready to play and come back. Kris has been bugging me for a little while here to return to play. I talked to him on the road trip, talked to him again [Tuesday]. He feels real good on and off the ice, so he'll be back playing this evening.

"I'm excited for him because I think the main thing is health-wise he feels good, and everything is trending in the right direction for him short term and long term."

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Osiecki to coach 2015 U.S. World Junior team

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 12:22 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Mark Osiecki, who has been a part of championship teams at almost every level of his hockey career, will look to add another next winter.

USA Hockey on Wednesday named Osiecki, 45, coach of the United States team for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Osiecki is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

"I'm thrilled to accept the role of head coach for the U.S. National Junior Team," Osiecki said. "Each time I've been on the Team USA staff it's been an extremely rewarding experience. I will incorporate a lot of what I learned from Phil Housley, Keith Allain and Dean Blais at previous tournaments, as well as what I gained from Mike Eaves at Wisconsin. We have great emerging young talent across the country and I can't wait to start working with them in Lake Placid this August."

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On the 'D'-fence: Final rankings and a look ahead

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Jim Morrison, front man of the classic band The Doors, once penned these haunting words:

"This is the end

Beautiful friend

This is the end

My only friend, the end"

They are very fitting for where we are today -- the end of the fantasy hockey season. While most leagues have already wrapped, others are going through their championship rounds and will end this weekend.

It seems as if it were just yesterday that we posted our preseason defensemen rankings, and now we are about to cross the finish line on another season. While some have won and some have lost, here's hoping these rankings helped you on a weekly basis as you encountered tough decisions on who to acquire, who to drop and who to ride for the duration of each scoring period.

It has been an exciting ride as we saw the Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson reclaim the throne atop of the defensive heap, the Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien put up career numbers while earning eligibility on the right wing in most formats and Victor Hedman far surpassed expectations in helping the Tampa Bay Lightning weather the loss of Steven Stamkos.

Nine of our preseason top 15 have managed to rank in the top 13 scorers at the position as of April 8, but there were also plenty of surprises at the position that will change the face of our rankings well into the future. While the structure of many blue lines around the NHL is sure to change over the summer, below is where we feel the position stands as the season concludes.

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