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Daily Primer Jan. 28: Howard back for Red Wings?

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


Jimmy Howard hasn't played in more than a week, but the Detroit Red Wings' starting goaltender seems primed for a return Tuesday night.

Howard, who sustained a knee injury in a game against the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 20, could make his return when the Red Wings face the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET, FS-D, CSN-PH).

Detroit and Philadelphia are in a heated race for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference; the Flyers trail the Red Wings by one point for the second wild card.

Here's a closer look at the action Tuesday:


'Safe' Chicago D-men could give Sweden edge

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Joel Quenneville doesn't need many words to describe what makes Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson such an effective defense pairing for the Chicago Blackhawks.

"Safe," the Blackhawks coach said this past weekend. "Safe, reliable, simple."

Quenneville likes simplicity in players, particularly defensemen. He also likes reliability quite a bit. Yet, if there's one thing the coach with the third-most wins in NHL history might value even more, it's safety.


Five Questions: Jets' Maurice finds fast success

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice:

He's seven games into his tenure as the coach of the Winnipeg Jets and so far it's been all good for Paul Maurice.

The Jets are 6-1-0 since Maurice replaced Claude Noel. They've scored 24 goals and allowed only 13. They became the first team this season to beat the Anaheim Ducks in regulation at Honda Center. Their lone loss was a 1-0 defeat on the road against the San Jose Sharks. They're coming off what can only be described as a huge and surprising 3-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday.

Chicago outshot Winnipeg 27-6 through 40 minutes but Jets goalie Al Montoya was spectacular and Winnipeg found some breaks in the third to get the win. Andrew Ladd scored the winning goal around two from Blake Wheeler.

After being out of the NHL for more than two years Maurice clearly has a lot to talk about now. We gave him the opportunity.

Here are Five Questions With … Paul Maurice:


Canadiens prospect Hudon deals with hectic month

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / In the Pipeline

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

The past month has been quite a whirlwind for 19-year old Montreal Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon.

As if playing for Hockey Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden wasn't enough pressure, the 5-foot-10, 171-pound forward, selected in the fifth round (No. 122) in the 2012 NHL Draft, was traded from his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team, the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Dec. 20. Hudon was overseas when he got the news and admitted it took him by surprise.

"It was tough," Hudon said. "Chicoutimi was my home and I loved it there. It was very tough. But playing for Team Canada at the time made it a bit easier and they gave me a good welcome here in Baie-Comeau by the players and the team and I'm excited to be playing here now."


Islanders' Bailey ready to practice at Yankee Stadium

Josh Bailey - Special to NHL.com

New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey has been looking forward to the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Isles and the New York Rangers (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC) at Yankee Stadium. In the first edition of the player blog he is doing for NHL.com for the next three days, Bailey talks about the his experience playing outdoors as a youngster and his thoughts about watching the outdoor game between the Rangers and the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

His first blog entry comes after the Islanders' 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday night:

This wasn't the way we had hoped to go into the outdoor game against the Rangers. It was a pretty bad start by us. They were all over us there, but I thought we rebounded well and clawed our way back into the game. The late goal they got in the second period hurt us, and we just didn't have enough in the third period. We weren't able to capitalize on a couple of chances and we lost the game.

They came out hard; I think they had 18 shots early, and you're just trying to weather the storm, find a way out of it. I thought we did an OK job of trying to keep them to the outside. We had a great second period, but we didn't find a way to get it done.


Rangers, Lundqvist seek second outdoor win vs. rival

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

More than 24 hours after New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist savored a historic atmosphere while playing on an ice rink planted in the middle of Yankee Stadium, he was still waxing poetic about the experience.

Entering the 7-3 win Sunday against the New Jersey Devils -- a game that came with considerable hype -- Lundqvist had intentions of looking around and appreciating his surroundings, which he also got to take in during the team's family skate Saturday.


Canadiens staying calm in midst of a storm

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 7:50 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Que. -- Josh Gorges walked into the Montreal Canadiens' dressing room at their suburban training facility after practice Monday and began removing his equipment when he was asked a simple question: How was your Sunday?

Gorges just laughed.

"You try not to think about hockey," Gorges said, after giving the question some thought. "But it's not easy."

The Canadiens' day off Sunday came after their most humiliating loss of the season, a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Capitals where the Bell Centre fans turned on their team, sarcastically applauding Montreal shots on goal and even cheering Casey Wellman's third-period goal that completed the scoring.

The loss Saturday was Montreal's fourth in a row in regulation time by a combined score of 19-5 and dropped its record to 8-11-2 since Dec. 9. The Canadiens have allowed 50 goals and scored 24 at 5-on-5 in those 21 games.


Red Wings' Howard to return Tuesday: report

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 4:45 PM / News


The Detroit Red Wings on Monday sent goaltender Petr Mrazek to the American Hockey League, paving the way for Jimmy Howard to return from injured reserve.

The Detroit Free Press and MLive.com reported Monday that Howard will be activated from IR and be available to play Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Howard left a game Jan. 20 against the St. Louis Blues in the second period with pain in his knee; he had missed nearly three weeks in December with a knee injury. This time Howard said he only expected to miss about a week after having fluid drained from the knee, and he previously had targeted a return for Tuesday against the Flyers.


Outdoor games packed with memorable moments


More than 200,000 fans have witnessed three NHL regular-season games played without a roof this season, and each has provided a unique take on the outdoor hockey experience.

Whether it was the steady snow at The Big House, the SoCal-flavored spectacle or the offensive explosion in the Bronx, games at Michigan Stadium, Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium have provided a variety of memorable moments and an experience fans and players alike will cherish.

There are three more outdoor games this season, with the next one back in the Bronx on Wednesday when the New York Rangers face their other regional rival, the New York Islanders, in a 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2). The final two are after a break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with the Chicago Blackhawks welcoming the Pittsburgh Penguins to Soldier Field for the conclusion of the Stadium Series on March 1, while the following day the Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks will clash across the street from the Canucks' normal home in the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic at BC Place.


Red Wings' Zetterberg out Tuesday vs. Flyers

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 3:45 PM / News


Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will not travel with the team for its game Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers due to a back injury.

Zetterberg sat out the Red Wings' game Sunday against the Florida Panthers with a back issue and is considered day-to-day. However, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press that Zetterberg would not be with the team when it traveled to Philadelphia.

Giving Zetterberg off Sunday and Tuesday would give the 33-year-old forward seven days out of game action if he is able to play in the Red Wings' following game, Friday against the Washington Capitals.

Holland also told the newspaper Pavel Datsyuk also will not travel with the team. Datsyuk last played Jan. 1 due to a lower-body injury. He's considered close to being able to return but apparently won't be ready for Tuesday.

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