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Hurricanes forward Lindholm to play in WJC

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 4:23 PM / News


The Carolina Hurricanes will allow forward Elias Lindholm to play for Sweden at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, general manager Jim Rutherford announced Wednesday.

With this year's WJC in Malmo, Sweden, the national junior team certainly is happy to have Lindholm, who was not available for the summer evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., in August so he could prepare for the start of the NHL season.

Lindholm, 19, has split the season between the Hurricanes and the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. In 21 NHL games Lindholm has three goals and four assists. He was the fifth pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.


Red Wings use outdoor practice to lift spirits

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The puck magician exited the rink inside Comerica Park on Wednesday afternoon and summed up the Detroit Red Wings' current situation as only he could.

"No black," said Pavel Datsyuk, when asked why he didn't wear eye black during an outdoor practice that was open to the public. "[Don't] need it. In Detroit, no sunny days. We start winning, it might be sunny."

His answer drew a round of laughs but was apt for the injury-plagued Red Wings, who were blown out 5-2 by the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena and haven't won in six games.

Like the famous song lyric, ain't no sunshine for the Red Wings when the wins are gone. And wins are harder to get with almost half the usual roster sidelined by various injuries.

Detroit is missing six of its top-nine forwards, including captain Henrik Zetterberg, along with goalieJimmy Howard and top-four rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser. The Red Wings also have a 5-9-6 record on home ice and a vexing five-game losing streak at Joe Louis Arena they'd like to snap Thursday night against the Calgary Flames.

There's also some concern about Daniel Alfredsson's status after he didn't participate in the outdoor practice.

All things considered, taking it outside might've been perfect timing. The Red Wings got to breathe in some cold air and take their mind off their woes. Datsyuk put it this way: "It's fresh air, what we needed … a little bit of breathe."


NHL Network-US 2014 World Junior Championship game broadcast schedule

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 4:10 PM / NHL Network


NEW YORK - NHL Network-U.S. and NHL.com will offer fans in the United States the opportunity to watch live competition from the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26-Jan. 5 from Malmo, Sweden. The IIHF World Junior Championship features the top men's hockey players in the world under the age of 20 and is one of the featured events on the world hockey calendar each year.

NHL Network-U.S. will broadcast 18 live contests from the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, including every game from Team USA's group -- which features games against Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia -- as well as the quarterfinals, semifinals, and bronze- and gold-medal games.


Penguins' Samuelsson to face off with dad's Rangers

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 3:13 PM / Features

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- As Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Philip Samuelsson participated in practice prior to his second NHL game Wednesday against the New York Rangers, there was a familiar face watching from up in the stands at Madison Square Garden.

It was Samuelsson's father, Ulf, who as New York's assistant coach was scouting the competition but also enjoying the sight of his son practicing with an NHL team.

So which role was the longtime player and current coach spending more time serving: proud papa or NHL coach?

"You tell me," Ulf Samuelsson told NHL.com. "[It will be the] same thing tonight. I've got to work and be a fan at the same time."


Engelland suspended five games for illegal check

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 3:00 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland has been suspended for five games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader during NHL Game No. 491 in Detroit on Saturday, Dec. 14, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:30 of the first period. Engelland was assessed a match penalty for an illegal check to the head.

Based on his average annual salary, Engelland will forfeit $14,529.90. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=514993&lang=en.


Capitals' Wilson faces disciplinary hearing

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 2:08 PM / Department of Player Safety News


Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for a hit on Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn in a game Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center.

At 15:17 of the second period Wilson was assessed a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. Wilson also received a five-minute major for fighting in the immediate aftermath of the hit.

Schenn did not return to the game due to an upper-body injury.


Stars sign Fortunus, send Oleksiak to AHL

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 1:26 PM / News


The Dallas Stars on Wednesday signed defenseman Maxime Fortunus to a one-year contract.

Fortunus, 27, had 16 points in 24 games for the Stars' American Hockey League team, the Texas Stars.

His only NHL experience came in 2009-10 with the Stars, when he had a minus-6 rating and four penalty minutes in eight games.


Compher, Fitzgerald, DeAngelo cut at U.S. WJC camp

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 1:21 PM / 2014 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- As exciting as it is to be a part of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in any capacity, releasing players in an attempt to reduce the roster to the maximum number never is easy.

That was the task put in the hands of United States National Junior Team coach Don Lucia and the managerial team following a 3-2 overtime victory Tuesday against Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn.

The end result was the decision Wednesday to cut University of Michigan forward J.T. Compher (Buffalo Sabres), Boston College forward Ryan Fitzgerald (Boston Bruins) and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo of the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft.

Lucia said the decision to cut Compher was due to a left foot injury sustained in practice Monday while blocking a shot. Compher had his foot in a walking boot Tuesday.


Flyers' Schenn says no concussion after hit by Wilson

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 12:59 PM / News


Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn told reporters Wednesday that he does not have a concussion but is questionable for the Flyers' game Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson hit Schenn face-first into the boards at 15:17 of the second period of the Flyers' game Tuesday against the Capitals. Wilson received a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. He also received a five-minute major for fighting in the immediate aftermath of the hit.

Wilson will have a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday.

Schenn stumbled three times trying to regain his footing and skate off the ice. He finally was able to leave on his own, with Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin walking next to him.


On the 'D'-fence: Familiar path for Stars' Gonchar

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Many around the NHL raised an eyebrow when the Dallas Stars traded for the rights to defenseman Sergei Gonchar back on June 7 and signed him to a two-year, $10 million contract that would keep the veteran with the team through the 2014-15 season.

Though the move seemed a bit strange to some, it filled a need for the Stars, who were lacking a true quarterback for their power play. It also provided an opportunity for him to work with Alex Goligoski in much the same capacity that he had while the duo patrolled the blue line for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sounded like a nice plan until the season started and Gonchar produced just one point, an assist, over his first 15 games.

He has now played in 32 games for the Stars and finds himself with just 11 points, seven of which have come on the power play. That production isn't up to his standards, but those who have followed Gonchar's career closely are reacting with a wink and a nod as if they are in on a secret.

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I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round