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Rinne to return for Predators on Tuesday

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 1:13 PM / News


Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is expected to start Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bridgestone Arena.

Rinne, who hasn't played since late October due to an infection in his surgically-repaired hip, stopped 33 of 35 shots in a pair of games for Milwaukee of the American Hockey League in a conditioning stint and declared himself ready to go over the weekend.


Franzen, Henrique, Kuemper named 'Stars' of week

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 1:00 PM / News


NEW YORK – Detroit Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen, New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique and Minnesota Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 2.


Franzen posted 3-2—5 in two games to lead the Red Wings (28-20-12, 68 points) to a pair of road wins following the Olympic break, helping the club maintain the second Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference. He assisted on both goals in a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Feb. 26, including the primary helper on Gustav Nyquist's overtime winner with 27.3 seconds remaining.


Fantasy All-Access: Calm before trade deadline storm

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET marks the NHL Trade Deadline, and after the dust settles will come a flurry of waiver wire activity and trades in fantasy hockey, as players' stocks rise and new opportunities arise.

The big names in play include Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks), Ryan Callahan (New York Rangers), Thomas Vanek (New York Islanders) and Matt Moulson (Buffalo Sabres). If traded, it won’t change that they are great fantasy plays. Sometimes it is the under-the-radar moves that can provide a spark for your team.

On Feb. 28, 2011, the Sabres acquired Brad Boyes from the St. Louis Blues and he went on to score 14 points in 21 games. On Feb. 27, 2012, the Colorado Avalanche acquired Jamie McGinn from the San Jose Sharks and he finished the season with 13 points in his final 17 games. On April 3 of last season it was Jussi Jokinen, acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Carolina Hurricanes, who finished the year with 11 points in 10 games.


Daily Primer March 3: Stars continue playoff push

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


The Dallas Stars will continue their pursuit of a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a nationally televised game Monday.

Dallas, which currently sits in the second wild-card spot due to games in hand on the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks (all three teams have 66 points), will host the Buffalo Sabres at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Here is a closer look at the action Monday:


Senators, Canucks confident in playoff chances

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VANCOUVER -- In the jam-packed Eastern Conference, you can make a case that 12 teams have a chance to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. So for the Ottawa Senators, there's certainly reason to believe their season is far from over.

The Senators' 4-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks in the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday moved them within three points of the Detroit Red Wings for the final wild-card spot in the East.

For a team coming off one of its worst losses of the season three days earlier, a 6-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, and starting a four-game road trip through Western Canada and Winnipeg, the win Sunday provided a needed dose of confidence.

"We hope it launches our march," Senators captain Jason Spezza said. "We had a tough one against Detroit. [Sunday] was a very important game. We knew that we needed this one. We have a tough trip. It's hard to come out here to Western Canada and play in all these rinks and take a lot of points. It's a necessity for us though. We hope this is a big jumping-off point for us."


Tortorella defends decision to start Lack over Luongo

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Eddie Lack had just given up the go-ahead goal when the chants inside BC Place started up.

The Vancouver Canucks goalie knew they weren't for him.

As if getting a controversial start ahead of veteran Roberto Luongo in a key game wasn't enough pressure, the 26-year-old rookie had to hear 54,194 fans asking for the goalie sitting on the bench.

The chants of, "We want Lu!" rang out shortly after Cody Ceci put the Ottawa Senators ahead 3-2 midway through the second period of the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday.


Capitals' Orlov to have phone hearing

Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 9:08 PM / Department of Player Safety News


Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov will have a phone hearing Monday for his hit on Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn during the third period Sunday at Verizon Center.

Orlov, who scored two goals in the game, was assessed a major penalty for boarding at 9:33 of the third.


MacArthur makes most of stadium opportunity

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- Ottawa Senators forward Clarke MacArthur was hoping he'd get this opportunity years ago.

As a young player with the Buffalo Sabres, he was sent to the American Hockey League two days before the 2008 Winter Classic against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a landmark event that set the precedent for the numerous stadium games that would follow. So when MacArthur took the ice for Ottawa at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place on Sunday, he made sure not to squander another opportunity to play on one of hockey's grandest stages.


Panthers acquire Pirri in trade with Blackhawks

Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 8:32 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline


The Florida Panthers acquired center Brandon Pirri from the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night in exchange for Florida's third-round pick at the 2014 NHL Draft and a fifth-round selection in 2016.

Pirri, 22, was selected by Chicago in the second round (No. 59) at the 2009 NHL Draft. He has split this season between the Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Pirri was playing with Rockford, where he had 11 goals and 15 assists in 26 games, at the time of the trade. He had six goals and five assists in 28 games for Chicago this season.


Canucks' Daniel Sedin sustains injury vs. Senators

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks didn't have an update on the status of forward Daniel Sedin after he left the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday with an apparent leg injury.

Sedin will be re-evaluated Monday after being hit into the boards by Ottawa Senators' defenseman Marc Methot at 14:20 of the second period. Sedin's legs splayed apart awkwardly as he went down behind the Ottawa net, and he clutched his left leg as he lay on the ice. He skated to the bench slowly under his own power, but went to the locker room moments later with assistance from team officials.

"He was done," coach John Tortorella said after the Canucks lost to the Senators 4-2.

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