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NHL Diary: Feb 3, 2014 - Friendly Foes Faceoff In Detroit


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All Times Eastern

Edmonton @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., SNET-W, MSG-B, BELL TV

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., RDS, TSN, ROOT

Vancouver @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., SNET-P, FS-D+

Colorado @ New Jersey, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Columbus @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., FS-O, KDOC

Chicago @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., NHLN-CA, WGN, FS-W

Philadelphia @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., TCN-PH, CSN-CA


With just one week from the Olympic break, the Canucks and Red Wings feature a combined 17 players* slated to suit up for their country in Sochi, including eight from Team Sweden:

Detroit Red Wings (10): FPavel Datsyuk(Russia); FTomas Jurcoand FTomas Tatar(Slovakia); GJonas Gustavsson, DJonathan Ericsson, DNiklas Kronwall, FDaniel Alfredssonand FHenrik Zetterberg(Sweden); GJimmy Howard(United States).

Vancouver Canucks (7): GRoberto Luongoand DDan Hamhuis(Canada); DAlexander Edler, FDaniel Sedinand FHenrik Sedin(Sweden); DYannick Weber(Switzerland); FRyan Kesler(United States).

* Datsyuk is out for the Red Wings with a lower body injury while Henrik Sedin has missed the last six games for the Canucks with an upper body injury.


The Colorado Avalanche make their first stop on a four-game Eastern road trip in New Jersey having won three straight and eight of their last 10 games (8-2-0). The Devils, who have earned points in 10 of the past 13 games (6-3-4), will look to stop rookie forwardNathan MacKinnonwho led Colorado, and all NHL rookies, with nine goals (9-413) in January.


The Blue Jackets continue to make a case to be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 11 wins in their past 15 games. Talented centerRyan Johansencontinues to produce for Columbus with three goals and two assists in his past four games he leads the Blue Jackets with 22 goals and 42 points (22-20--42) this season. Anaheim, the Leagues top team with 85 points, is in the middle of a five-game homestand and looking to regain dominance on home ice. A loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 21 ended the Ducks' season-opening home unbeaten streak (20-0-2) and the team is 2-2-0 at Honda Center since then.


Washington 6, Detroit 5 (OT)

Winnipeg 2, Montreal 1


An overtime goal fromAlex Ovechkinended a high-scoring affair in Washington, giving the Capitals a 6-5 win against Detroit.Jason Chimeraopened the scoring early in the first period, and Washington was able to fend off several comeback attempts, with Detroit responding to deficits of 2-0, 3-1, and 4-2 beforeJustin Abdelkaders third period strike sent the game to extra time.

* Ovechkin's 15th career overtime winner ranks tied for third in NHL history withSergei FedorovandMats Sundinbehind onlyJaromir Jagr(18) andPatrik Elias(16). Over the past nine seasons, Ovechkin has scored 142 power play goals, but Sundays game-winner was only his second career power play goal in overtime (Jan. 19, 2009 vs. Islanders).

* Ovechkin has earned a point in each of the 11 games he has played against Detroit accumulating 16 points (9-716). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Detroit is the only team Ovechkin has registered a point against in every career contest.

* Washington forwardJoel Wardscored twice and added an assist, and is now on his second three-game goal streak of the season. In 2013-14, Ward has 33 points (17-1633), just two points shy of his career high (17-1835 in 79 games in 2008-09 with Nashville). His 17 goals also match a career-best.

*Nicklas Backstroms two assists both came on the power play, giving him a League-leading 31 points with the man advantage (3-2831). He sits in fourth place overall with 42 assists this season.


The Winnipeg Jets improved to 8-2-0 under head coachPaul Mauriceafter earning a 2-1 victory against Montreal. The Jets have now allowed two or fewer goals in seven of ten games since their coaching change.

*Al Montoyamade 31 saves to improve to 8-2-0 in his last ten games, allowing two or fewer goals in each of the eight wins. With his tenth win of the season, Montoya (10-4-1) set a new career best for wins in a season (he had nine wins in 2010-11 and 2011-12).

*Dustin Byfuglienwas credited with 10 of Winnipegs 29 hits against Detroit, setting a single-game career-high. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Byfuglien did not record more than five hits in any of his first 53 games this season, but hes registered six-or-more hits (31 total) in each of his last four games.


Detroit forwardGustav Nyquist(3-14) earned his first career hat trick and four-point game. He has scored in six of his last seven games, and has 8-412 in his last eight games Detroit captainHenrik Zetterbergposted 0-33 and has 2-911 in his last six games Washington rookieConnor Carrickearned two assists, marking his first career multi-point game... DefensemanJohn Carlsonposted 1-12, giving him back-to-back multi-point games for the first time since December 5-7, 2011. He set a new career-best with his 10th goal of the season for Washington Canadiens defensemanDouglas Murrayskated in his 500th NHL contest.

Source: NHL Media


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