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Elite level now the expectation for Lightning's Hedman

Friday, 10.02.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman finally ended his near six-year chase to catch up to his high expectations in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

All it did for him was create even higher expectations going into this season.

"The one thing with Victor is he's always been blessed with these physical tools. But with him I think it came down to opportunity and then it came down to in some part believing he can be in that upper echelon of defenseman," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "Now Victor is so much more comfortable with himself and playing the game that I think what we're going to see is him playing at a consistently high level will be the norm now. Maybe that's the expectation of him now. Maybe it is."

Roundup: Canucks hand Oilers first loss

Friday, 10.02.2015 / 12:50 AM / News


Bo Horvat scored two goals and Sven Baertschi had four assists to help the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Thursday.

It was Edmonton's first loss of the preseason (6-1-0). It ends the preseason at Vancouver on Saturday.

Ben Hutton, Yannick Weber and Jake Virtanen scored for Vancouver (3-3-1).

Taylor Hall and Nail Yakupov scored for the Oilers.

Canadiens' Pacioretty has assist in preseason debut

Thursday, 10.01.2015 / 11:38 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- This was no regular preseason game for Max Pacioretty.

Pacioretty made his preseason debut Thursday in a 5-2 Montreal Canadiens loss to the Ottawa Senators at Bell Centre.

Not only was it his first game since recovering from fractures to the tibial plateau below his left knee, it was also Pacioretty's first game wearing the "C" on his jersey since being voted captain by his teammates on Sept. 18.

He admitted that it took some time to get used to the whole situation.

"It was a very special feeling," Pacioretty said. "It's obviously just preseason, but I still took a lot of pride in wearing that. After I settled down a little bit, I got back to playing my game and being myself."

Nash says time for Rangers to win Stanley Cup is now

Thursday, 10.01.2015 / 7:31 PM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The time for the New York Rangers to win the Stanley Cup is right now, and forward Rick Nash knows it.

"I feel like an organization like the Rangers has pressure to win a championship every single year," Nash said Thursday during an appearance at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store to celebrate the release of the first-ever Playmobil NHL figures and playsets. "I think [coach Alain Vigneault] is right when he says failure is not an option. We've been close, and in this business close isn't good enough. We have to be able to get the job done.

"I think our window is right now."

NHL Great Canadian Goalies stamps unveiled

Worsley, Bower, Esposito, Parent, Dryden, and Brodeur immortalized

Thursday, 10.01.2015 / 5:08 PM / Game Savers

NHL Public Relations

TORONTO -- Less than a week before the puck drops to start the 2015-16 NHL season, Canada Post lifted the veil today on a new stamp issue that celebrates six goaltending greats who transformed hockey.

The 2015 NHL® Great Canadian Goalies set highlights some of the finest goalies to play in the NHL between 1952 and 2015: Lorne "Gump" Worsley (Montreal Canadiens), Johnny Bower (Toronto Maple Leafs), Tony Esposito (Chicago Blackhawks), Bernie Parent (Philadelphia Flyers), Ken Dryden (Montreal Canadiens) and Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils).

All won the most coveted of prizes -- the Stanley Cup® Championship -- and the Vezina Trophy, recognizing the NHL's best goalkeeper. All changed the way the game was played or perceived, making them larger-than-life figures.

Oilers' Messier sees smooth transition for McDavid

Thursday, 10.01.2015 / 4:34 PM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers legend Mark Messier worked with Connor McDavid on an advertising campaign this summer, but prior to Thursday had never seen the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft play in person.

Messier, who works as a hockey adviser for the Oilers, was here to watch McDavid and the Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks in a preseason game at Rexall Place.

"This is the first time I've seen him live -- obviously, I follow the games on TV -- so I'm looking forward to it," Messier said following the Oilers morning skate. "Meeting Connor this summer and shooting the [Rogers Communications] commercials together, I got to see what a great young man he is and I know he's excited to get the season started."

Capitals' Backstrom practices but won't start season

Thursday, 10.01.2015 / 4:22 PM / News

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom, who participated in practice Wednesday for the first time since having arthroscopic hip surgery on May 27, is not expected to play at least the first four games of the season.

“He won’t start the season," coach Barry Trotz told The Washington Post on Thursday. "I know that for sure. I wouldn't think that he'd play through those first four games."

Backstrom is not ready to take contact at practice, and there is no indication when or if he will be cleared before the season begins.

The Capitals open the season at Verizon Center against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 10.

"I'm just trying to take it day by day," Backstrom said this week. "No timetable. I just want to feel healthy."

'Unfair to say' Bruins coach Julien on hot seat: Neely

Thursday, 10.01.2015 / 4:04 PM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- As a player, Boston Bruins president Cam Neely was known for his fearlessness.

Neely proved Thursday during a press conference to kick off Bruins media day that life in the front office hasn't tempered his aggressiveness.

When the subject of coach Claude Julien's job security was broached, Julien offered his thoughts on the matter. Neely, the Bruins president, didn't miss a beat when he burst out unprovoked with a soliloquy meant to take some of the heat off the coach.

"I just wanted to jump in on that because I've read some things where people have mentioned that Claude can be on the hot seat. I think it's unfair to say that," Neely said. "[New general manager Don Sweeney] came to us with how he'd like to see the team play. He's had many conversations with Claude about that. But a lot of things happen throughout the course of the year that's not necessarily just on the coach. So I mean it's unfair. I know why certain things are said at times. But it's really unfair to start the season where it's out there where the coach could be on the hot seat. I think it's unfair to Claude."

Blues join Schwartz family on charity ride

Thursday, 10.01.2015 / 1:02 PM / News


CHESTERFIELD, Mo. - After traveling more than 1,200 miles from her home in Regina, Saskatchewan on Saturday, Carol Schwartz thought "hey, what's 50 more?"

Carol, who made the trip to St. Louis with her husband Rick, participated in the 50-mile bike ride at Sunday's Pedal the Cause event in Chesterfield. The event is held annually to raise money for cancer research, a cause that’s especially important to the Schwartz family.

Their daughter, Mandi, passed away in 2011 after a two-and-a-half year battle with leukemia.

"It would bring tears to Mandi's eyes to know that we're here and still supporting anything we can to help families, because that's what she did - she helped people," Carol said. "I know she's happy that we're here, representing who she was in this bike ride."

Ducks defeat Canadiens for Cup in NHL 16 simulation

Thursday, 10.01.2015 / 11:30 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview


Can the Anaheim Ducks win the Stanley Cup this season? EA Sports believes they will.

The company behind NHL 16 simulated the 2015-16 season and the result was the Ducks defeating the Montreal Canadiens in seven games to win the Cup for the first time since 2007.

In the simulation, Ducks star forward Corey Perry had 23 points and was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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