NHL Diary: Jan 22, 2014 - "NHL Revealed" Debuts Tonight
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NHL REVEALED DEBUTS TONIGHT
NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other, a seven-part series that will tell the stories of more than two dozen of the Leagues 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, debuts in the U.S. tonight on NBCSN (10:30 p.m. ET) and in Canada tomorrow on CBC (9:00 p.m. ET).
Click herefor a sneak peek of the show featuring Devils goaltenderMartin Brodeur.
CELEBRITIES, NHL ALUMNI SET TO SKATE IN LOS ANGELES
Celebrities and NHL alumni will skate at Dodger Stadium this evening as part of the NHL Media Skate (5:30 p.m. PT) and Media Game (6:15 p.m. PT). Among those participating will beDavid Boreanaz,Cuba Gooding Jr.,Michael Vartan,Alan Thicke,Neal McDonough,Michael Rosenbaum,Matisyahu,Chuck Tatham,Mia Hamm,Luc Robitaille,Stephane Quintal,Sean ODonnell,Daryl EvansandNelson Emerson.
Alyssa Milanoalso will be rink side for interviews and a takeover of theNHLs Instagram accountfrom 6:00-7:00 p.m. PT.
NHL LEGENDS PLAY SHINNY IN BRYANT PARK
Legendary former Rangers, Devils and Islanders, as well as special guests and youngsters from the Tier 1 Squirt Minor team from the North Jersey Avalanche, took over Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday for a game of shinny in Bryant Park. Among those participating were former RangersBrian Leetch,Mike RichterandDave Maloney, who were joined by special guestBoomer Esiason; former DevilsKen Daneyko,Grant MarshallandJim Dowd; and former IslandersPatrick Flatley,Glenn HealyandEric Cairns, who were joined by NHL Network hostEJ Hradek.
TALBOT GETS NEW LOOK
David Gunnarsson, a pro airbrush artist who creates custom masks, released several images of the special mask Rangers goaltenderCam Talbotwill wear for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.Click herefor more pictures.
Florida 4, Buffalo 3
New Jersey 7, St. Louis 1
NY Islanders 5, NY Rangers 3
Ottawa 2, Washington 0
Columbus 5, Los Angeles 3
Dallas 4, Minnesota 0
Toronto 5, Colorado 2
Vancouver 2, Edmonton 1
Winnipeg 3, Anaheim 2
ISLANDERS WIN STADIUM SERIES PREVIEW
The Islanders scored four unanswered goals to overcome a pair of two-goal deficits and defeat the Rangers in a preview of their Jan. 29 matchup at Yankee Stadium in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.
* The Islanders improved to 12-5-2 in their last 19 games, including wins in seven of their past nine. They also improved to 9-2-0 in their last 11 road contests.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Islanders have won six games since Dec. 29 by overcoming deficits of two or more goals, including five in regulation.
* The line ofJohn Tavares(0-33),Thomas Vanek(1-12) andKyle Okposo(0-22) combined for seven points. All three rank in the top four in League scoring since Dec. 17.
MOST POINTS IN THE NHL, SINCE DEC. 17
1.John Tavares(NYI): 10-1525 in 17 GP
2.Thomas Vanek(NYI): 8-1523 in 18 GP
3.Wayne Simmonds(PHI): 12-1022 in 17 GP
4.Kyle Okposo(NYI): 10-1222 in 17 GP
5.Sidney Crosby(PIT): 6-1521 in 14 GP
* Vanek extended his point streak to six games (3-58), whileFrans Nielsenpushed his assist/point streak to five games (1-56).
PAVELEC, JETS END DUCKS HOME STREAK
Ondrej Pavelecmade 40 saves, including 15 in the third period, to help the Jets snap the Ducks season-opening streak of 22 consecutive home games without a regulation loss (20-1-2). The Ducks had equaled the longest such streak in the past 34 years, matching the 2008-09 Sharks, who also went 20-0-2 at home to begin the season.
* The Jets improved to 4-0-0 under head coachPaul Maurice, equaling their longest winning streak of the season (also Nov. 8-15).
*Bryan Littlecollected two helpers to extend his assist/point streak to five games (2-68).
*Mark Scheifeleadded an assist to move into sole possession of first place in assists among rookies (19). He also ranks fourth among first-year players with 28 points in 51 games.
LUCKY SEVEN FOR BLUE JACKETS
R.J. Umberger(2-02) recorded his second multi-goal game of the season to power the Blue Jackets to their seventh consecutive victory, a franchise record. The team also improved to 9-2-1 in its past 12 home games dating to Nov. 29.
* With 115 goals, Umberger passedDavid Vybornyfor sole possession of second place on the franchises all-time goals list.
*Sergei Bobrovskymade 26 saves to improve to 8-0-0 with a 1.77 goals-against average, .941 save percentage and one shutout in his last eight starts dating to Nov. 29.
*James Wisniewskiposted a pair of assists to extend his point streak to five games (1-67).
*Nathan Hortonadded his third goal of the season while playing in his 600th NHL game.
MAPLE LEAFS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT
The line ofPhil Kessel(2-02),James van Riemsdyk(1-12) andTyler Bozak(0-22) combined for six points to lead the Maple Leafs to their sixth consecutive victory, their longest winning streak since Dec. 23, 2005-Jan. 2, 2006 (6-0-0).
* Kessel has 6-814 during a seven-game point streak, including six multi-point performances.
* Van Riemsdyk reached the 20-goal plateau for the second time in his career (21 G in 75 GP in 2010-11).
DEVIL OF A TIME
Seven different players scored to lead the Devils to their highest offensive output since April 10, 2010, a 7-1 victory over the Islanders. The team has recorded points in 14 of its last 18 contests (9-4-5), including seven of its past eight (4-1-3).
* Playing in his first game since Dec. 20,Damien Brunnerposted a season-high 1-23.
*Eric Gelinasalso recorded 1-23, his first career three-point game. He leads all rookie defensemen with 16 assists and ranks second among first-year blueliners with 25 points in 40 games.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Gelinas is the second rookie defenseman in the past 23 seasons to register three or more points in a game for the Devils:Brian Rafalskicollected 1-23 in a 3-1 victory over the Sharks on Feb. 13, 2000.
*Jaromir Jagrscored his 697th career goal and is now 11 shy of tyingMike Gartnerfor sixth place on the NHLs all-time goals list.
ANDERSON, LEHTONEN SHUT THE DOOR
* Senators goaltenderCraig Andersonmade 34 saves to record his third shutout of the season and the 25th of his career. He also improved to 11-5-1 with a 2.28 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and two shutouts in 17 career appearances versus the Capitals, including seven straight victories.
* Stars goaltenderKari Lehtonenmade 18 saves to earn his second shutout of the season and the 24th of his career, 10 of which have come in a Dallas uniform. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is just the third goaltender to reach double-figures in shutouts since the franchise relocated to Texas in 1993, joiningMarty Turco(40) andEd Belfour(27).
SEDINS IRONMAN STREAK ENDS
Canucks captainHenrik Sedinmissed his first game since March 19, 2004, ending his franchise-record ironman streak at 679 games. He played nine consecutive NHL seasons without missing a game, as well as two Olympics, two World Championships and a season in the Swedish Elite League.
LONGEST IRONMAN STREAKS, NHL HISTORY
1.Doug Jarvis: 964
2.Garry Unger: 914
3.Steve Larmer: 884
4.Craig Ramsay: 776
5.Jay Bouwmeester: 684*
6.Henrik Sedin: 679
Tuesdays game between the Flyers and Hurricanes, NHL Game No. 749, was postponed due to the snow emergency declared in the city of Philadelphia. The game has been rescheduled for tonight at Wells Fargo Center. Opening face-off will be at 6:00 p.m. ET.
To accommodate the change, the Hurricanes game versus the Senators, originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, has been moved to Saturday, Jan. 25. Opening face-off for that game, NHL Game No. 770, will be at 12:00 p.m. ET at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
Rangers forwardRick Nashrecorded two goals and now has nine scores in his past nine games, including five in his past three . . . Blues forwardAlexander Steenscored his 25th goal of the season, besting his previous career high set in 2009-10 (24 G in 68 GP) . . . ForwardNathan MacKinnontallied both Avalanche goals. He leads all rookies with 17 goals and 33 points in 49 games this season . . . Kings forwardJeff Carterreached the 20-goal plateau for the eighth time in his career, extending his scoring streak to four games and point streak to five games (4-15) . . . Sabres forwardTyler Ennisregistered an assist to stretch his point streak to five games (2-46) . . . Panthers captainEd Jovanovskiposted 1-12 while playing in his 1,100th NHL game . . . Sabres captainSteve Ottscored his 100th career goal . . . Maple Leafs forwardJay McClementrecorded his 200th NHL point . . . Canucks forwardKellan Lainscored his first career goal.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAYS ACTION
All Times Eastern
Carolina @ Philadelphia, 6:00 p.m., FS-CR, CSN-PH
Montreal @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., TSN, RDS, ROOT
Chicago @ Detroit, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2
Phoenix @ Calgary, 9:30 p.m., FS-A PLUS, SNET-W, SNET-CGY
BLACKHAWKS, RED WINGS RENEW RIVALRY
The Blackhawks (32-8-11, 75 points) and Red Wings (21-18-10, 52 points) renew their Original Six rivalry when they meet at Joe Louis Arena on NBCSNs Wednesday Night Rivalry telecast. The clubs have faced off 725 times during the regular season, with Detroit (363-265-97) holding an 823-649 edge in points (CHI: 278-354-93). Chicago, however, has won nine of their 16 all-time playoff series, including a seven-game victory in the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals in which it overcame a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in franchise history.
Source: NHL Media