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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 theNHL Outdoor Game Interactive Information Guideis now available for download via theLeagues 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:

Dodger Stadium

 

GRETZKY APPEARS ON CONAN

Hockey legendWayne Gretzkywas an in-studio guest on last nights episode of CONAN. Among the topics covered wereGretzkys playing careerand a1980s appearance on Saturday Night Live.

NHL REVEALED: BEHIND THE SCENES

Take abehind-the-scenes lookat 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 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.

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 herefor 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-producerCeeLo Greenwill headline the entertainment at the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium. Joining Green will be Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actressMichelle 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 BroadwayMarin Mazzie, Beatles tribute bandStrawberry Fields, and both theFDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drumsand theNYPD Pipes and Drums.

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LEAGUE REVEALS NHL HOCKEYBIRD

The NHL, in partnership with Rovio Entertainment creators of the international phenomenon Angry Birds has developedNHL 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 womens hockey playerMandi Schwartz, the older sister of Blues forwardJadenwho 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 wasnt 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 managerDoug 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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THURSDAYS RESULTS

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 PennerandPatrick Maroonscored 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 Andersenmade 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.

* ICYMI: Kings defensemanJake Muzzinand Ducks defensemanBen Lovejoyboth penned blogs following last nights game.

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 Bobrovskymade 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 Dubinskyregistered 1-12 and now has 7-1421 in his past 20 home games.

*James Wisniewskicollected an assist to extend his point streak to six games (1-78), one shy of his career long.

SUCCESSFUL HOMECOMING FOR SHATTENKIRK

New Rochelle, N.Y., nativeKevin Shattenkirkscored 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 Shattenkirks 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, joiningBrian Benning(five in 1987-88),Al MacInnis(seven in 1999-00 and four in 2001-02) andAlex Pietrangelo(six in 2011-12).

*Alexander Steenscored 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 Halakmade 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 sinceMike Liutfrom 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 CrosbyandChris Kunitzeach posted 1-23 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 25-5883 in 43 regular-season games versus the Islanders, his most assists and points against any NHL club.

*Evgeni Malkinscored the game-winning goal and now has at least one point in 24 of his past 27 games, totaling 11-3041 over that span.

*Matt Niskanencollected two assists to extend his point streak to six games (2-79), 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 Bennposted 1-34, 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 Nichushkincompiled 2-13 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, joiningBrian Bellows(four in 1982-83),Brian Lawton(one in 1983-84) andDave Archibald(two in 1987-88).

*Tyler Seguincollected 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 Lehtonenmade 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.

HOT HANDS

* Sharks forwardJoe Pavelskirecorded the lone goal to extend his scoring streak to four games (7-18), 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 forwardRick Nashpotted the teams lone goal to stretch his scoring streak to four games (6-06). He has registered 10 goals in his last 10 outings and leads the team with 17 goals in 36 games this season.

* Hurricanes forwardAlexander Semintallied twice to push his scoring streak to four games (6-06), his longest such run since Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 2010 (4-37). He had six total goals in his first 34 games of the season.

LOOSE PUCKS

Sharks goaltenderAlex Stalockmade 20 saves to earn his second consecutive shutout . . . Lightning defensemanVictor Hedman(0-33) matched a career high in assists/points . . . Hurricanes defensemanAndrej Sekera(1-23) scored his first game-winning goal since March 6, 2009 . . . Predators goaltenderCarter Huttonmade 33 saves to pick up his fourth straight victory . . . Wild forwardJason Pominvillereached the 20-goal plateau for the seventh time in his NHL career . . . Lightning captainMartin St. Louisposted an assist to extend his point streak to nine games (8-513) . . . Islanders teammatesFrans Nielsen(1-67) andJohn Tavares(2-57) stretched their point streaks to six and five games, respectively . . . Sabres forwardTyler Ennisscored to push his point streak to six games (3-47), a career long . . . Senators forwardChris Neilrecorded his 100th NHL goal . . . Wild forwardKyle Brodziakposted his 200th career point . . . Stars forwardErik Coleplayed in his 800th NHL game . . . Senators forwardMilan Michalekskated in his 600th career game . . . Stars teammatesRyan GarbuttandBrenden Dillonboth played in their 100th NHL game . . . Sabres forwardPhilip Varonemade his League debut.

SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAYS 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



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