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Jets' Clitsome has back surgery, out for season

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 12:35 PM / News

NHL.com

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Grant Clitsome underwent season-ending back surgery Thursday. Clitsome last played on Dec. 17.

The Jets announced that Clitsome had the surgery at the Marina Spine Center in Marina del Rey, Calif. The operation was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins, Sr.

Clitsome had 12 points and a minus-5 rating in 32 games this season. He has 67 points in 181 career NHL games.

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Predators send Mazanec to AHL

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 12:09 PM / News

NHL.com

The Nashville Predators on Friday sent goaltender Marek Mazanec to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Mazanec was the NHL's rookie of the month in November, when he won five of six decisions in one stretch and allowed two goals or less in eight consecutive games.

Overall, Mazanec is 8-10-4 with a 2.80 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He has also won all five of his starts with the Admirals, posting a 1.97 GAA and .933 save percentage.

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Maple Leafs place Clarkson on injured reserve

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 12:02 PM / News

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed forwards David Clarkson and Frazer McLaren on injured reserve.

Tom Gulitti of The (Bergen) Record reports Clarkson said Sunday, when his former team the New Jersey Devils was in town to face the Maple Leafs, that he would have to miss some time to get a bursa sac in his elbow removed.

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Craig reports good start to Dodger Stadium rink build

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The rink is taking shape at Dodger Stadium as preparations are well underway for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 25.

Dan Craig, the NHL's Senior Director of Facilities Operations, had his crew working from sunset Thursday to sunrise Friday spraying water to build the first quarter-inch of ice.

Craig told reporters Thursday night that the rink build was going as planned.

"We're right on schedule, right on the hour of scheduling," Craig said prior to the first spray on the rink. "We could have started making ice [Wednesday] night if we got pushed but we didn't need to."

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Hockey Day Minnesota details, programming set

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 9:58 AM / News

NHL.com

Hockey Day Minnesota on Saturday, the eighth annual celebration of hockey from peewees to pros, will feature more than 16 hours of original hockey-related programming on FOX Sports North and continuous coverage through the Minnesota Wild's social media channels and on Wild.com/hockeyday.

Fans can participate in the events through social media, with the opportunity to win prizes and be part of the telecast via text and photo submissions collected using #HDM2014.

The State of Hockey Legacy Award, first presented as a part of Hockey Day 2010, will be presented to Lou Nanne, the Minnesota hockey legend who this year celebrates calling his 50th high school state tournament.

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Blackhawks look forward to visit from red-hot Ducks

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Even the defending Stanley Cup champions are curious to see how they measure up against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Chicago Blackhawks get that chance Friday, when the red-hot Ducks put their eight-game winning streak on the line at United Center (8 p.m. ET, NHLN, RDS). With a 9-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, Anaheim joined the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens as the only NHL teams to have won 18 of 19 games in the same regular season.

The Ducks are six points ahead of the Blackhawks in the Presidents' Trophy race. Each team will be playing its 50th game of the season Friday.

"They're on a roll right now, so it'll be fun to try to get a win from them," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said. "When you're on a roll like they are, the rest of the League is going to take notice. When you've got one loss in your last [19] games you've gotta expect something like that to be said, right? They're playing great, so we'd like to beat them."

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Super 16: Ducks dominance raises many questions

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Before the Anaheim Ducks blasted the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night, they had played 48 games this season, which is obviously the same number as the entirety of the 2012-13 campaign.

Anaheim was 30-12-6 last season, good for third in the NHL standings. The Ducks were nine points better through 48 games this season and are setting the pace in the League, six points clear of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Are the Ducks better this season, or better yet, why are they better?

The goaltending has been almost identical. Anaheim's save percentage was .9169 in 2012-13 and it is at .9148 this season. Jonas Hiller had a .913 save percentage last season and is at .914 in 2013-14.

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Steve Begin retires from NHL

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 11:00 PM / News

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Forward Steve Begin announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday.

Referencing a doctor's visit, Begin said via Twitter, "This news sadly puts an end to my hockey career. Yes, for the first time I will listen to my body."

A veteran of 524 NHL games with five teams, Begin, 35, played 36 games with the Calgary Flames last season. He was their nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.


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Yakupov leaves Oilers game with injury

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 10:25 PM / News

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov sustained a head injury late in the second period against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night and the team said he will not return to the game.

Yakupov appeared to sustain the injury with just over a minute remaining in the middle period when he was checked off the puck by Wild forward Matt Cooke. Yakupov hit the ice hard and slid into awkwardly into the boards near the Edmonton bench.


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Ducks' win streak getting more impressive by day

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 1:20 PM / NHL Insider

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

By the time the dust settled on the latest victory by the Anaheim Ducks, coach Bruce Boudreau tried to pass it off as just another win and part of a routine stretch of the 2013-14 NHL season.

"I try not to pay attention to that," Boudreau said shortly after a 9-1 win Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks. "I really don't because it gets in your head. We're just trying to win games. You win enough games and then you look up and you go, 'Holy cripes. We got that many points? That's pretty good.' We wanted to make sure that nobody's head gets swelled. You take it for what it was: An unfortunate game by Vancouver and I'm sure that their next opponent is going to pay for that."

Boudreau's modesty is admirable and his philosophy is correct, so let the rest of us gloat over what the Ducks have accomplished not just Wednesday, but all season long. All they're doing is putting together a regular season that ranks somewhere between sublime, incredible and ridiculous.

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