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NHL Morning Skate ? Dec. 29th Winter Classic Update


* The Red Wings and Maple Leafs have met 645 times in the regular season since 1926-27. Their records are virtually identical:

DET: 276-273-96, 648 points (170-107-48 at home)

TOR: 276-275-94, 646 points (109-170-46 on the road)

* 145 players have worn both the famed Winged Wheel and Maple Leaf. One player managed to play in at least 500 games for both clubs ? Hockey Hall of Fame forwardNorm Ullman?(875 games for Detroit, 535 for Toronto).


The Big House continues to ready itself for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (photo courtesy of @Dave_Sandford). Check out the latest?time-lapse video of the rink build.

Sunday?s Schedule of Events

Ontario Hockey League Doubleheader, Comerica Park

London Knights vs. Saginaw Spirit ? 1:30 p.m. ET

Windsor Spitfires vs. Plymouth Whalers ? 5:00 p.m. ET

Reminder: The third episode of ?24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic? debuts in Canada tonight on Sportsnet at 7:30 p.m. ET.

ICYMI:?Justin Kovacs?scored at 2:01 of overtime to give Western Michigan a 1-0 victory over Michigan Tech in the championship game of the 2013 Great Lakes Invitational (photo courtesy of @DetroitRedWings).



Ottawa 4, Boston 3

Montreal 2, Tampa Bay 1 (SO)

Detroit 4, Florida 3

New Jersey 2, NY Islanders 1

St. Louis 6, Chicago 5 (SO)

Nashville 3, Los Angeles 2

Anaheim 3, Phoenix 2 (OT)

Philadelphia 4, Edmonton 3 (SO)


All eight games contested Saturday featured one-goal margins, with four requiring overtime or a shootout and three decided in the final seven minutes of regulation:

*?Kevin Shattenkirk?scored the decisive goal in the fifth round of the shootout to complete the Blues? comeback from three separate two-goal deficits, including a 5-3 margin with less than four minutes to play in regulation.?Vladimir Tarasenko?cut the lead to one at 16:09 of the third period before?Patrik Berglund?tied the score at 17:26.

* The Predators and Kings combined for three go-ahead/tying goals in the final four minutes of regulation.?Mike Fisher?(2-1?3) gave Nashville a 2-1 lead at 16:42 of the third period before?Jeff Carter?knotted the game with 36.7 seconds remaining. Fisher potted the winning goal 10 seconds later to propel the Predators to a 14-1-2 record when scoring first this season.

* The Coyotes scored two goals in the final five minutes of regulation, including?Mike Ribeiro?s tying marker with 44 seconds left on the clock, to force overtime.?Saku Koivu(2-1?3) tallied 51 seconds into the extra period to give the Ducks their franchise-record 10th consecutive victory.

* Bruins defenseman?David Warsofsky?scored the tying goal early in the third period (his first in the NHL), but?Bobby Ryan?posted the winning marker, his team-leading 18th of the season, with 4:35 remaining in regulation to lift Ottawa to its second victory over Boston in their last 13 meetings at Canadian Tire Centre (2-9-2).

* Islanders forward?Frans Nielsen?tied the game midway through the third period, butTravis Zajac?recorded the winning goal less than three minutes later (at 13:03) to give New Jersey points in six of its past seven outings (4-1-2).

*?Scott Hartnell?tied the game with 5:32 remaining in regulation and?Michael Rafflscored the decisive goal in the shootout to lead the Flyers to their first victory in Edmonton since March 19, 2001 (0-3-1) and third win overall against the Oilers since 2001-02 (3-7-1).

*?Lars Eller?scored the lone goal in the shootout and?Carey Price?made 23 saves, plus another three in the tiebreaker, to help the Canadiens improve to 2-1-0 on their six-game road trip.

*?Brendan Smith?and?Gustav Nyquist?tallied 38 seconds apart early in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and power the Red Wings to a 9-1-4 all-time record in Florida.


* The Ducks improved to 28-7-5 (61 points), their second-best 40-game start in franchise history (2006-07: 28-6-6, 62 points).

* They also improved to 14-0-2 at Honda Center, continuing their best home start in club history. The only other NHL team since 2005-06 to play its first 16 home games without suffering a regulation defeat was the 2008-09 Sharks (20-0-2).

* The last NHL team to win 10 or more consecutive games was the Penguins, who won 15 straight from March 2-30, 2013. The Ducks, however, are just the third team from the Western Conference to win 10 or more consecutive games since 2005-06, joining the Blackhawks (11 in 2012-13) and Sharks (11 in 2007-08).

* The Ducks also have recorded points in 13 consecutive games (11-0-2), three shy of the club record set Oct. 6-Nov. 9, 2006 (12-0-4).

*?Saku Koivu?recorded his first multi-goal game since Jan. 10, 2012, including his 10th career overtime goal (first since March 19, 2010) and 11th career shorthanded goal (first since Jan. 5, 2010).

*?Jonas Hiller?made 23 saves to set a career high and match a franchise record with his eighth consecutive victory.?Viktor Fasth?also won eight straight games for the Ducks from Jan. 26-Feb. 16, 2013.


* The Blues earned their fourth consecutive victory over the Blackhawks (third this season), their first four-game winning streak in the series since March 3, 1998-Jan. 7, 1999.

* The Blues improved to 11-0-1 versus the Central Division, the best intra-division mark in the NHL this season.

*?Kevin Shattenkirk?improved to 3-for-9 all-time in the shootout, with all three goals being game-winners. He also recorded an assist to extend his point streak to five games (2-3?5).

*?Vladimir Tarasenko?tied a career high with 1-2?3. His only other three-point performance came on Jan. 21, 2013 (1-2?3), his second career game.

*?Dmitrij Jaskin?scored his first NHL goal (4 GP) to tie the game at 3-3 midway through the second period.


Blackhawks forward?Patrick Kane?posted 1-2?3, his 16th multi-point game of the season and third with three or more points, to extend his career-long point streak to 14 games (8-17?25). Kane has recorded at least one point in 26 of his past 27 games dating to Nov. 3. He has 23-30?53 in 41 contests this season, placing second in the League in points and third in goals.


According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Predators forward?Mike Fisher?is the first NHL player to score a pair of go-ahead goals in the final five minutes of regulation since Feb. 21, 1988, when?Peter Stastny?did so for the Nordiques in a 6-5 victory over the Sabres.


Flyers forward?Wayne Simmonds?posted 2-0?2, his third consecutive multi-goal game (6-1?7). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is just the third player in Philadelphia history to record multiple goals in three straight team games of one season. The others:Reggie Leach, who did so twice (Jan. 3-7, 1976 and Oct. 11-15, 1981), and?Ross Lonsberry?(Feb. 5-8, 1976). Simmonds is the first player on any NHL team to tally multiple goals in three or more consecutive games since Sharks forward?Patrick Marleau, who compiled a four-game streak Jan. 20-26, 2013.

Simmonds also extended his point streak to five games (7-2?9), one shy of his career long set Nov. 25-Dec. 5, 2009 (4-4?8).


Red Wings captain?Henrik Zetterberg?scored his 12th goal of the season in his return from an 11-game absence . . . Devils forward?Jaromir Jagr?(694-1,028?1,722) recorded an assist to move one point behind former teammate?Mario Lemieux?(690-1,033?1,723) for seventh on the League?s all-time points list . . . Oilers goaltender?Ilya Bryzgalov?made 35 saves in his first game against the Flyers since they bought out his contract over the summer . . . Flyers forward?Jakub Voracek?posted two assists to extend his career-long point streak to nine games (6-9?15), while teammate?Claude Giroux?added two helpers to stretch his assist/point streak to a career-long eight games (5-10?15) . . . Lightning captain?Martin St. Louis?scored his 17th goal of the season to push his point streak to six games (4-4?8) . . . Islanders forward?Kyle Okposocollected an assist to extend his point streak to five games (2-3?5) . . . Ducks defenseman?Ben Lovejoy?posted an assist to stretch his assist/point streak to five games (0-5?5) . . . Oilers captain?Andrew Ference?recorded his 200th NHL point, while teammate?David Perron?scored his 100th career goal . . . Panthers forward?Marcel Gocposted his 100th NHL assist . . . Coyotes forward?David Moss?skated in his 400th career game, while teammate?Kyle Chipchura?appeared in his 300th NHL contest . . . Devils defenseman?Mark Fayne?played in his 200th career game.


All Times Eastern

Washington @ Buffalo, 5:00 p.m., CSN-DC, MSG-B, BELL TV

Montreal @ Florida, 5:00 p.m., TSN, RDS, FS-F

Pittsburgh @ Columbus, 6:00 p.m., ROOT, FS-O

St. Louis @ Dallas, 6:00 p.m., FS-MW, FS-SW

Carolina @ Toronto, 7:00 p.m., FS-CR, LEAFS TV

NY Rangers @ Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m., MSG, SUN

Vancouver @ Calgary, 7:30 p.m., SNET-P, SNET-W

NY Islanders @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, FS-N

Winnipeg @ Colorado, 8:00 p.m., RDS2, TSN-JETS, ALT

Anaheim @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., NHLN-CA, PRIME, CSN-CA


Two of the top five teams in the NHL clash when the Ducks (28-7-5, 61 points) visit the Sharks (24-8-6, 54 points) in their second meeting of the 2013-14 season. San Jose picked up a 4-3 shootout victory in the clubs? first matchup Nov. 30, with?Joe Pavelskiscoring the lone goal in the tiebreaker. The Ducks have won a franchise-record 10 consecutive games as well as six straight on the road, one shy of the club record (Nov. 28-Dec. 13, 2006). The Sharks have won three in a row and are 8-0-1 in their last nine at SAP Center dating to Nov. 21.


Source: NHL Media


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