NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 24, 2014
Welcome to the “NHL Morning Skate,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from around the League.
OUTDOOR GAME GUIDE
The latest edition of the NHL Outdoor Game Interactive Information Guide is now available for download via the League’s Media site. The guide features information on the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic and 2014 Olympic Winter Games. It also includes the history of outdoor games as well as a register, records and metrics.
REMINDER: KINGS, DUCKS TO PRACTICE AT DODGER STADIUM
The Kings (4:00 p.m. PT) and Ducks (6:15 p.m. PT) will practice this afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Both practices will be followed by media availabilities.
An evening view of Dodger Stadium:
GRETZKY APPEARS ON “CONAN”
Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky was an in-studio guest on last night’s episode of “CONAN.” Among the topics covered were Gretzky’s playing career and a 1980s appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”
“NHL REVEALED”: BEHIND THE SCENES
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other,” the seven-part series that will tell the stories of more than two dozen of the League’s top stars – on and off the ice – as they participate in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic and 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
ICYMI: Sportsnet in Canada (Jan. 26 at 9:00 p.m. local) and NHL Network in the U.S. (Jan. 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET) will re-broadcast the first episode of the series. TVA Sports also will broadcast the premiere episode in French on Saturday, Feb. 1.
Click here for a recap of the first episode.
CEELO GREEN HEADLINES NEW YORK ENTERTAINMENT
The NHL announced this morning that five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-producer CeeLo Green will headline the entertainment at the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium. Joining Green will be Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actress Michelle Williams, the cast of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit “Jersey Boys,” Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, star of the upcoming musical “Bullets Over Broadway” Marin Mazzie, Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields, and both the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums and the NYPD Pipes and Drums.
Click here for more information.
LEAGUE REVEALS NHL HOCKEYBIRD
The NHL, in partnership with Rovio Entertainment – creators of the international phenomenon Angry Birds – has developed NHL HockeyBird, the newest addition to the NHL Mascot lineup. The character will make its debut during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game on Saturday between the Kings and Ducks.
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SCHWARTZ, BLUES TO SUPPORT “WHITE OUT FOR MANDI”
The Blues will travel to New Haven, Conn., today to support “White Out for Mandi,” an annual game at Yale University that honors former women’s hockey player Mandi Schwartz, the older sister of Blues forward Jaden who passed away in 2011 after a 27-month battle with cancer.
“Mandi never gave up,” said Jaden. “She inspired me a lot and I learned a lot from her. Before she got sick, I wasn’t really aware of cancer or knew a lot about it, but when something like that happens you learn a lot and want to do things to help whenever you can.”
The annual game raises money for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation, which seeks to honor the life and legacy of Mandi by helping others in her name.
“When I found out about the ‘White Out’ through Jaden and his parents, it sounded like a no-brainer for the organization to attend,” said Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. “Once everyone found out about it, it became apparent everyone wanted to support Jaden and his family in a great cause. If we can draw a little bit of attention to the charity, the better off it is.”
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Carolina 5, Buffalo 3
St. Louis 2, NY Rangers 1
Columbus 5, Philadelphia 2
Tampa Bay 4, Ottawa 3 (SO)
Pittsburgh 6, NY Islanders 4
Minnesota 2, Chicago 1
Dallas 7, Toronto 1
Nashville 2, Vancouver 1
Anaheim 2, Los Angeles 1
San Jose 1, Winnipeg 0
DUCKS RALLY PAST KINGS IN STADIUM SERIES PREVIEW
Dustin Penner and Patrick Maroon scored 4:02 apart in the second period to help the Ducks overcome an early one-goal deficit and defeat the Kings in a preview of their 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium.
* With the victory, the Ducks improved to 21-1-2 this season at Honda Center, matching the second-best home start in NHL history (Elias Sports Bureau):
MOST POINTS THROUGH 24 HOME GAMES, NHL HISTORY
1943-44 Canadiens: 21-0-3, 45 points
2013-14 Ducks: 21-1-2, 44 points
2008-09 Sharks: 21-1-2, 44 points
* The Ducks also improved to 20-3-0 in their last 23 games overall, including 11 comeback victories.
* The Ducks are 16-6-1 (.696) when trailing first this season, the highest winning percentage in the NHL.
* Frederik Andersen made 30 saves to improve to 13-2-0 with a 1.87 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in 16 appearances. He leads all rookie netminders in wins and also ranks in the top three in goals-against average and save percentage.
GRAND TIME IN COLUMBUS
Playing the 1,000th regular-season game in team history, the Blue Jackets scored four unanswered goals to pick up their franchise-record eighth consecutive victory. The team also improved to 16-6-1 in its past 23 games overall and 10-2-1 in its last 13 at home.
* Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves to record his ninth straight win dating to Nov. 29. He has a 1.80 goals-against average, .940 save percentage and one shutout in that span.
* Brandon Dubinsky registered 1-1—2 and now has 7-14—21 in his past 20 home games.
* James Wisniewski collected an assist to extend his point streak to six games (1-7—8), one shy of his career long.
SUCCESSFUL HOMECOMING FOR SHATTENKIRK
New Rochelle, N.Y., native Kevin Shattenkirk scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to power the Blues over the Rangers in his first career visit to Madison Square Garden. St. Louis improved to 7-0-1, including three consecutive victories, in its past eight trips to MSG dating to Oct. 12, 1998, the longest such point streak in franchise history and longest active streak among NHL teams.
* Four of Shattenkirk’s eight goals this season have been game-winners (49 GP). That matches his career total prior to 2013-14 (201 GP).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Shattenkirk is the fourth defenseman in Blues history to record four or more game-winning goals in a single season, joining Brian Benning (five in 1987-88), Al MacInnis (seven in 1999-00 and four in 2001-02) andAlex Pietrangelo (six in 2011-12).
* Alexander Steen scored his 26th goal of the season, adding to his career high (39 GP). His previous best of 24 was set in 68 games during the 2009-10 season.
* Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves to improve to 10-3-1 on the road this season. He is the first Blues goaltender to post 10 or more road wins in three different seasons since Mike Liut from 1979-81. Halak previously went 10-9-5 on the road in 2011-12 and 10-11-2 as a visitor in 2010-11.
PENGUINS EDGE ISLANDERS IN HIGH-SCORING AFFAIR
Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each posted 1-2—3 to help the Penguins overcome an early two-goal deficit en route to their seventh victory in their past nine games (7-1-1).
* Crosby leads the League with nine games of three or more points this season. He has 90 such performances in his NHL career (521 GP).
* Crosby now has 25-58—83 in 43 regular-season games versus the Islanders, his most assists and points against any NHL club.
* Evgeni Malkin scored the game-winning goal and now has at least one point in 24 of his past 27 games, totaling 11-30—41 over that span.
* Matt Niskanen collected two assists to extend his point streak to six games (2-7—9), a career long.
* The Penguins improved to 13-4-2 in their last 19 visits to Nassau Coliseum, including four straight wins.
BENN SHINES FOR STARS
Jamie Benn posted 1-3—4, including the 100th goal of his NHL career, to help the Stars end the Maple Leafs’ six-game winning streak. Benn leads the team with 27 assists this season and ranks second in both goals (18) and points (45).
* Valeri Nichushkin compiled 2-1—3 for his first career multi-goal game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the fourth player in Stars/North Stars history to record a multi-goal game at age 18, joining Brian Bellows (four in 1982-83), Brian Lawton (one in 1983-84) and Dave Archibald (two in 1987-88).
* Tyler Seguin collected two assists for his team-leading 13th multi-point game of the season. He also paces the Stars in goals (21) and points (47).
* Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves to record the 200th win of his NHL career. He also picked up his third assist of the season and now has 20 in his career.
* Sharks forward Joe Pavelski recorded the lone goal to extend his scoring streak to four games (7-1—8), including the game-winner in each of the past three. Pavelski has 19 goals in his last 21 games and ranks second in the NHL with 28 goals in 51 contests this season.
* Rangers forward Rick Nash potted the team’s lone goal to stretch his scoring streak to four games (6-0—6). He has registered 10 goals in his last 10 outings and leads the team with 17 goals in 36 games this season.
* Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin tallied twice to push his scoring streak to four games (6-0—6), his longest such run since Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 2010 (4-3—7). He had six total goals in his first 34 games of the season.
Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock made 20 saves to earn his second consecutive shutout . . . Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (0-3—3) matched a career high in assists/points . . . Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera (1-2—3) scored his first game-winning goal since March 6, 2009 . . . Predators goaltender Carter Hutton made 33 saves to pick up his fourth straight victory . . . Wild forward Jason Pominvillereached the 20-goal plateau for the seventh time in his NHL career . . . Lightning captainMartin St. Louis posted an assist to extend his point streak to nine games (8-5—13) . . . Islanders teammates Frans Nielsen (1-6—7) and John Tavares (2-5—7) stretched their point streaks to six and five games, respectively . . . Sabres forward Tyler Ennisscored to push his point streak to six games (3-4—7), a career long . . . Senators forward Chris Neil recorded his 100th NHL goal . . . Wild forward Kyle Brodziak posted his 200th career point . . . Stars forward Erik Cole played in his 800th NHL game . . . Senators forward Milan Michalek skated in his 600th career game . . . Stars teammatesRyan Garbutt and Brenden Dillon both played in their 100th NHL game . . . Sabres forward Philip Varone made his League debut.
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Washington @ New Jersey, 7:00 p.m., CSN-DC, MSG PLUS
Montreal @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, FS-D
Colorado @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., ALT, FS-F
Nashville @ Calgary, 9:00 p.m., FS-TN, SNET-CGY
Phoenix @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m., FS-A PLUS, SNET-W
Source: NHL Media