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Sabres, Lightning, Jets among those with long break before All-Star Game

NHL.com looks at 10 teams that begin mandatory time off starting Sunday

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

For the third consecutive season, the NHL schedule includes a mandatory break for each team that consists of at least five consecutive days without games. Ten teams have their break beginning Sunday and running through the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Saturday at SAP Center in San Jose (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports). The remaining 21 teams will have their break after the All-Star Game.

Today, we look at the teams that begin their break on Sunday:

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Kane's offense among bright spots for struggling Blackhawks

Forward piling up points despite playing with variety of linemates on last-place team

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane just rolls with the line changes.

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'Hockey Night in Canada': 5 Storylines

Flames, Oilers set for latest chapter in Alberta rivalry; Canadiens host Flyers, seek fifth straight win

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Two of the NHL's top four scorers will oppose each other when the Edmonton Oilers host the Calgary Flames in the second game of a "Hockey Night in Canada" doubleheader on Saturday at Rogers Place (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, SN360, SN1, CITY, NHL.TV).

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Perron turnaround sparking improvement with Blues

Forward has rebounded after being healthy scratch last month with 13-game point streak

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- It's an open question whether this can all be traced back to the scratch. It might be too tidy, too pat, too easy, to assume that the seat David Perron took in the press box on Dec. 9 for the St. Louis Blues' game against the Vancouver Canucks can be connected all the way to the offensive roll that Perron is riding now.

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Montgomery, Quinn maintain bond with former college players in NHL

First-year coaches of Stars, Rangers value 'lifelong relationships'

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Jim Montgomery had plenty of free time on New Year's Day. His family was away for his son's hockey tournament, so the Dallas Stars' first-year coach did something almost unheard of in the NHL.

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Rask fulfilling destiny on way to top of Bruins wins list

Goalie one victory from setting record, impressed Boston from start with talent, fire

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- It was not long after the Boston Bruins traded for Tuukka Rask -- a goalie-for-goalie swap with the Toronto Maple Leafs for Andrew Raycroft on June 24, 2006 -- that Bob Essensa headed over to Finland to see him.

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Lundqvist, tied with Sawchuk in NHL wins, appreciates place among greats

Rangers goalie tells of being inspired by Hasek, other legends near top of list

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Henrik Lundqvist admits he's not been a student of goaltending history, too sharply focused on the task at hand to concern himself with the names of the legends in front of or behind him on various lists.

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Staying focused key for Lightning, other top teams down stretch

Lacroix says coaches, players must maintain sense of urgency to prepare for playoffs

by Daniel Lacroix / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a weekly column by one of four former NHL coaches and assistants who will turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher.

In this edition, Daniel Lacroix, a former assistant with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders, discusses the challenges the Lightning might face though they are in first place in the League standings.

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Sharks GM looking for 'piece that fits' before Trade Deadline

Wilson talks team chemistry, Karlsson's adjustment to San Jose in wide-ranging discussion with NHL.com

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

NHL.com is sitting down with newsmakers for interviews leading up to the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 25. Today, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson talks about Erik Karlsson's adjustment, the Sharks' turnaround and the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game at SAP Center on Jan. 26 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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Rangers got City Hall welcome after winning Stanley Cup in 1928

New York mayor Walker greeted second-year team following first NHL title

by Stan Fischler / Special to NHL.com

Legendary hockey reporter and analyst Stan Fischler is writing a weekly scrapbook for NHL.com this season. Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," will share his knowledge, humor and insight with readers each Wednesday. Once a month, he will let a picture from his vast collection do the talking in his "Picture is Worth 100 Words" feature.

Today, he recounts the day the 1928 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers were honored at City Hall.

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