NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 15, 2014
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ICE TRUCK SET TO ARRIVE IN NEW YORK
With less than two weeks until a pair of hockey games Jan. 26 and 29, the NHL officially takes over Yankee Stadium today with the arrival of the League’s ice truck at 12:30 p.m. ET. The 53-foot trailer houses state-of-the-art ice-making and ice-monitoring equipment used to create an NHL-caliber sheet of ice.
As part of the truck’s arrival, players and alumni from each of three teams participating in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series games at Yankee Stadium will be in attendance, including Rangers forwards Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello, Devils alumnus Grant Marshall, and Islanders alumnus Jean Potvin.
KINGS, DUCKS UNVEIL LEGACY DONATION
The NHL, Kings and Ducks unveiled their donation to Los Angeles- and Anaheim-area elementary schools as a legacy of their 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium. The announcement was made yesterday at Graham Elementary School in Los Angeles, one of the 50 schools to receive street hockey equipment as part of the NHL’s, Kings’ and Ducks’ commitment to growing the sport of hockey in Southern California, combating obesity and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.
The legacy initiative also marks an expansion of NHL Street, the League-wide grassroots hockey program, in Southern California. For more than 20 years, NHL Street has introduced the sport to approximately 250,000 boys and girls each year in more than 1,600 schools and community centers across North America.
To celebrate the donation and street hockey’s popularity in California, NHL Street participants from the Los Angeles and Anaheim areas will play pickup games on a street hockey rink alongside their NHL counterparts at Dodger Stadium throughout the Jan. 25 Kings-Ducks game.
The NHL’s legacy initiative is an ongoing philanthropic endeavor in which the League, the local teams and NHL partners support community organizations in the host city as a legacy of an NHL event.
* Click here for a time-lapse video of the rink build at Dodger Stadium.
TOP PROSPECTS GAME
The 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, featuring many of the brightest draft-eligible prospects, takes place tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary (7:00 p.m. MT / 9:00 p.m. ET). The 19th annual game showcases 40 of the CHL’s top draft-eligible players, including talent from the OHL, QMJHL and WHL.
“This is an event that all NHL scouts look forward to attending,” said NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr. “The 40 players competing in this game were chosen by the 30 NHL clubs, with the game being a unique opportunity to evaluate 40 of the top draft-eligible prospects on a single stage in what has annually become an intense competition.”
* Click here for the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game rosters.
* Click here for NHL Central Scouting’s mid-season rankings.
Toronto 4, Boston 3
Tampa Bay 2, NY Rangers 1
San Jose 2, Washington 1 (SO)
Philadelphia 4, Buffalo 3
New Jersey 4, Montreal 1
Florida 4, NY Islanders 2
Colorado 3, Chicago 2 (OT)
St. Louis 2, Phoenix 1
Nashville 4, Calgary 2
Ottawa 3, Minnesota 0
Dallas 5, Edmonton 2
BLUES CONTINUE TO ROLL
T.J. Oshie scored twice and Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves to lead the Blues to their fifth consecutive home victory, matching a season high (also Nov. 14-Dec. 5). St. Louis improved to 10-1-1 in its last 12 overall, including wins in eight of its past nine outings.
* Oshie has 6-3—9 in his last eight games and leads the Blues with 10-29—39 in 45 contests this season. He also has scored three game-winning goals, matching a career high most recently accomplished in 2011-12.
* Halak improved to 19-6-3 with a 2.27 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and three shutouts in 30 appearances this season, including a 3-0-1 mark in his last four decisions.
* Alex Pietrangelo posted an assist to extend his point streak to six games (2-7—9). He is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen (with teammate Kevin Shattenkirk) with 6-27—33 in 45 games this season.
* The Blues improved to 13-2-5 (.650 winning percentage) in one-goal games this season, second only to the Ducks (18-1-5, .750).
* The Blues have allowed two or fewer goals in eight consecutive games, their longest such streak since a 10-game run Feb. 23-March 11, 2012.
BRODEUR, JAGR LEAD DEVILS OVER CANADIENS
Martin Brodeur made 29 saves and Jaromir Jagr scored his 695th career goal to power the Devils to their fifth consecutive game with at least one point (3-0-2). Brodeur improved to 45-19-6 in 70 career regular-season appearances against his hometown team, including a 1.83 goals-against average (his lowest against any opponent), .930 save percentage and nine shutouts.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, 20 of Brodeur’s 45 career victories versus the Canadiens have come at Bell Centre, which ranks seventh among all goaltenders (including those who play for Montreal) since the building opened in March 1996. Brodeur has posted at least 20 regular-season wins as a visitor at two other rinks: the now-closed Mellon Arena (23) and Nassau Coliseum (22).
* Jagr (1-1—2) moved past Mark Messier and into sole possession of seventh place on the NHL’s all-time goals list. He sits 13 behind Mike Gartner (708) for sixth all-time.
* Ryane Clowe posted two helpers to extend his assist/point streak to five games (1-6—7).
BARRIE POWERS AVALANCHE (AGAIN)
Tyson Barrie recorded his first career two-goal game, including the winner with 50.7 seconds remaining in overtime, to help the Avalanche improve to 6-1-2 in their last nine games. Of Barrie’s seven career goals (71 GP), three have been game-winners – all of which have been scored in overtime, including the decisive marker last Wednesday versus the Senators.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Barrie is only the second defenseman in Avalanche/Nordiques history to post a multi-goal game that included the overtime winner (Adam Foote: March 10, 2004).
* Semyon Varlamov made a season-high 46 saves to improve to 9-0-5 in his last 14 decisions. He is the first Avalanche goaltender to record 14 consecutive decisions without suffering a regulation defeat since Peter Budaj went a franchise-record 16 games (13-0-3) without one Feb. 24-April 5, 2007.
Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov scored nine seconds apart in the second period and Ben Bishop made 33 saves to lead the Lightning to their eighth victory in their past 10 road games.
* The Lightning’s two goals in nine seconds matched a franchise record set Jan. 9, 2004, in a 4-1 win over the Devils (Dave Andreychuk, Fredrik Modin).
* Bishop improved to 5-0-0 with a 0.91 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and two shutouts in five career games versus the Rangers, including a 2-0-0 mark this season.
* Martin St. Louis collected an assist to extend his point streak to five games (3-3—6). He leads the Lightning with 20-24—44 in 47 games this season.
Vincent Lecavalier scored the tiebreaking goal with 14.8 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Flyers to their eighth win in their past 11 games. Lecavalier has 10 goals in 34 games this season, matching his total from 2012-13 (39 GP).
* The Flyers recorded their eighth victory of 2013-14 when trailing at some point of the third period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is one shy of the franchise record for third-period comebacks in a single season, set in 1996-97.
* Scott Hartnell posted 1-2—3 for his second three-point game of the season and the 25th of his career. He has 5-9—14 in his past 14 games.
* Wayne Simmonds collected two assists and has 10-7—17 in his last 14 outings.
MAPLE LEAFS END DROUGHT IN BOSTON
Tyler Bozak (2-1—3) and Phil Kessel (0-3—3) combined for six points to help the Maple Leafs snap a six-game, regular-season losing streak at TD Garden dating to March 31, 2011.
* Kessel matched a career high with three assists. He has recorded multiple points in each of his past three games, totaling 1-6—7 over that span.
* Bozak has recorded at least one point in 11 of his last 12 games, totaling 6-10—16 in that span. He had 3-3—6 in his first 12 games of the season.
Senators goaltender Robin Lehner made 27 saves for his second career shutout and first of the season . . . Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his League-leading 33rd goal of the season and has 3-3—6 over his past six games . . . Predators captain Shea Weber recorded his 11th goal of the season to move into sole possession of first place among NHL defensemen . . . Antti Niemi made 35 saves, plus another three in the tiebreaker, to backstop the Sharks to their League-leading eighth shootout victory of the season (tied with the Capitals and Maple Leafs) . . . Stars forward Ryan Garbutt matched a career high with three points (1-2—3) . . . Predators forward David Legwand posted his fourth career three-assist game and first since March 10, 2012 . . . Panthers forward Scottie Upshall scored his second career shorthanded goal and first since March 10, 2007 . . . Rangers forward Brad Richards scored his 12th goal of the season to extend his point streak to six games (3-5—8) . . . Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan collected an assist to stretch his point streak to five games (1-6—7) . . . Stars forward Ray Whitney played in his 1,300th NHL game . . . Bruins captain Zdeno Chara skated in his 1,100th career contest . . . Blues forward Patrik Berglund played in his 400th NHL game . . . Sabres forward Matt D’Agostini (1-1—2) recorded his 100th career point . . . The Bruins paid tribute to Sam Berns, who recently passed away at the age of 17 after a lifelong battle with the rare illness progeria.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Buffalo @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TSN, MSG-B
Washington @ Pittsburgh, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2, RDS
Vancouver @ Anaheim, 10:30 p.m., SNET-P, FS-W
CAPITALS-PENGUINS, OVECHKIN-CROSBY RENEW RIVALRY
The top two teams in the Metropolitan Division face off when the Capitals (22-16-8, 52 points) visit the Penguins (33-12-2, 68 points) on NBCSN’s “Wednesday Night Rivalry” telecast. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL with 33 goals and ranks 10th with 47 points, while Penguins captain Sidney Crosby paces the League with 67 points and is tied for second with 25 goals. Pittsburgh has won its past 12 home games dating to Nov. 15, equaling a franchise record set Feb. 22-March 30, 2013. Crosby has recorded at least one point in 16 straight contests at CONSOL Energy Center, totaling 8-17—25 in that span. His 35 points in 22 home games (11-24—35) are the most in the NHL this season.
Source: NHL Media