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Style, depth deliver Kings to fifth straight postseason

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 10:06 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

With the same core in place from their 2012 Stanley Cup championship team and a couple of rookies which have made a difference, the Los Angeles Kings have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth straight season. The Kings haven't reached the playoffs in five straight seasons since 1987-93

The Kings, who clinched Wednesday night with a 4-0 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes, will likely finish third in the Pacific Division, but could reach 100 points for the first time since 2009-10 and for the fourth time in franchise history. They need two wins to set a new club record for wins in a season and three road wins to set a new club record for road wins in a season.

How did they get it done again?

Here are five reasons why the Kings are heading back to the playoffs:

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Playoff Countdown: Stretch-run storylines

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 9:32 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The conclusion to 2013-14 NHL regular season is fast approaching. After game play Wednesday, the League is down to 88 games remaining on the schedule, with nine to be played Thursday. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff qualification, playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the 11-day countdown to the end of the season April 13 and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 16, NHL.com will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are so close now that you can want to reach out, grab them, pull them in and have them start today.

Patience people, patience. There are still 11 days left in the 2013-14 regular season, still so much to be decided, so much to follow.

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Blues' Miller happy to see Sabres, not play them

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- When the Buffalo Sabres traded goalie Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 28, it ended nearly 15 years of Miller playing for one NHL organization.

So when Miller's new team and old team play for the first time since the trade Thursday at Scottrade Center, he'll be on the bench; Brian Elliott will make the start instead.

"It's fine," Miller said after practice Wednesday. "There will be a lot of time to worry about that later. This year it's pretty fresh leaving that situation, so maybe it's just a full break, get [Elliott] in there.

"Hopefully I get to see some of the boys for dinner or see them around the rink, catch up and see how they're doing."

Watching the Sabres without being part of the group will be something different for Miller. He was drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round (No. 138) of the 1999 NHL Draft and made his NHL debut with the Sabres during the 2002-03 season. He ranks as the Sabres' all-time leader in games played (540) and wins (284).

"It's going to be a little strange," Miller said. "There were a group of guys I played with for a number of years. It's going to be a little bit different but all great guys, all guys I count as friends. I'm looking forward to seeing them.

"On the human side of it I'm glad the guys are going to be in town. A chance to see some friends."

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Prospector Files: European draft-eligible All-Star team

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Sweden had a record number of players selected at the 2013 NHL Draft.

There were 26 players chosen from the country last year, eclipsing the former high of 25 in 2011. In all there were 46 international players chosen in the draft, which represented 21.8 percent of players picked. Three of the seven European skaters taken in the first round were from Sweden: Center Elias Lindholm (No. 5, Carolina Hurricanes), center Alexander Wennberg (No. 14, Columbus Blue Jackets) and left wing Andre Burakovsky (No. 23, Washington Capitals).

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Five-goal game showcase of Ritchie's skill, strength

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Peterborough Petes coach Jody Hull is accustomed to seeing forward Nicholas Ritchie take over games as he did two months ago against the Kingston Frontenacs.

The only difference being Hull never witnessed a five-goal outburst from his 6-foot-2.25, 231-pound power forward.

Ritchie finished that Feb. 7 game with a career-high six points in a 7-6 shootout loss to Kingston. It was a remarkable display of skating, shooting and toughness from the No. 7 player on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft.

It marked the first five-goal game for an Ontario Hockey League player since Ritchie's brother, Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie, scored five times for the Niagara IceDogs against the Petes on Nov. 4, 2012.

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Iginla sits out Bruins game vs. Red Wings with injury

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 2:06 AM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The Boston Bruins played without forward Jarome Iginla against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena due to a lower-body injury, but coach Claude Julien said the injury isn't serious.

Iginla, who participated in the Bruins morning skate, was a late scratch and was replaced in the lineup by Jordan Caron, who started on the third line. Loui Eriksson took Iginla's spot at right wing on the top line.

"He's day to day," Julien said after the Bruins' 3-2 loss to the Red Wings. Asked if iginla could have played if it were a playoff game, he replied, "That's why [it's] day-to-day. It's not a major injury here. He skated this morning."

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Blackhawks' Toews to miss rest of regular season

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 2:02 AM / News

NHL.com

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will miss the remainder of the regular season, but is expected to be "100 percent" for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday.

Jonathan Toews
Center - CHI
GOALS: 28 | ASST: 40 | PTS: 68
SOG: 193 | +/-: 26
The Blackhawks have six games remaining and are third in the Central Division with 99 points, three fewer than the second-place Colorado Avalanche, Chicago's likely opponent in the First Round.

"We're not gonna play him for the rest of these six games so he'll be ready to go [for the playoffs]," Quenneville said.

Toews sustained an upper-body injury Sunday when Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik checked him hard into the boards. He is third on the team with 28 goals and 68 points in 76 games.

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Daily Primer April 3: Playoff preview in San Jose

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 2:00 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

The Edmonton Oilers nearly did the San Jose Sharks a favor Wednesday night, but they blew a 2-0 lead in the third period in a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Instead, the Sharks enter Thursday three points behind the Ducks instead of one in the Pacific Division race. San Jose will look to get back within a point of Anaheim when it hosts the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Should the Sharks (48-20-9) be unable to pass the Ducks in the standings, they would almost certainly face Los Angeles (45-26-6) in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings are 3-0-1 against the Sharks this season.

Here's a closer look at the action Thursday:

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Trade to Flyers revived goalie Mason's career

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 7:09 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Steve Mason
Goalie - PHI
RECORD: 31-17-7
GAA: 2.53 | SVP: 0.916
Steve Mason says he was ready to walk away from hockey. The game he'd loved since childhood had become a chore.

As the conclusion of the 2012-13 season approached, Mason was at a crossroads. Tossing his goalie pads in the trash seemed like the best, perhaps only, course of action.

One year later, Mason's angst is a distant memory. His smile is omnipresent and the pads he was ready to trash have earned him his second 30-win season. He's virtually assured of making his second trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he has a three-year contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers that starts in July.

Thursday, Mason will celebrate the one-year anniversary of his arrival in Philadelphia. Coincidentally, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team that traded Mason to Philadelphia, will be the opposition.


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Goalie Josh Harding takes part in Wild practice

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 6:30 PM / News

NHL.com

Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding, sidelined since Dec. 31 with complications of multiple sclerosis, practiced with the team Wednesday for the first time since mid-January.

"It was a huge day today. I'm obviously really excited for today," Harding told the Wild website. "I have a lot to go, but it's good getting back out with the boys."

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