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* The Kings and Ducks meet this evening at Dodger Stadium in the first matchup of the four-game 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, SiriusXM Radio).
* The game will mark a series of firsts for the NHL and its fans: it will be the first outdoor regular-season NHL game played in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River, the southernmost outdoor game in League history and the first-ever outdoor NHL game in California.
* The Kings and Ducks have faced off 114 times in the regular season during their 20-year rivalry, with Los Angeles (53-41-20) holding a 126-123 edge in total points (ANA: 50-41-23).
* The Kings are 6-2-1 versus the Ducks since Dec. 22, 2011, Darryl Sutter’s first game as head coach, but Anaheim won the most recent matchup by a 2-1 margin Thursday at Honda Center.
* The Ducks (38-10-5) lead the NHL with 81 points this season, their best record ever through 53 games. They are 20-3-0 in their last 23 outings, including a 9-2-0 mark on the road and 11 comeback victories.
* Opened in 1962, Dodger Stadium is the third-oldest continually used park in Major League Baseball (trailing Fenway Park, which opened in 1912, and Wrigley Field, which celebrates its centennial in 2014).
* ICYMI: Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin and Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy both posted new blogs after Friday’s practices at Dodger Stadium . . . Check out photo galleries from the Kings’ and Ducks’ practices . . . View the latest time-lapse video from Dodger Stadium.
* Reminder: From 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. PT, part of Dodger Stadium’s left-field parking lot (Lot 4) will be transformed into an outdoor hockey and entertainment festival for fans of all ages, with live musical performances; interactive hockey-themed attractions, prizes and giveaways; food and beverages; and an extensive selection of officially-licensed 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series merchandise and collectibles. Click here for more information.
* The Weather Channel forecast for this evening at Dodger Stadium:
“This is the crown jewel for hockey in Southern California. We both live in a great part of the world, and this will be a great showcase for how far hockey has come in this area.” – Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy
“I think the excitement is that it’s never been done here in LA and especially in Dodger Stadium. There’s a lot of excitement over in the Dodger organization right now, to be able to come in here and use their facility and to have the fans fill in the Dodger Stadium for a hockey game will be a unique experience for players and for fans as well.” – Kings captain Dustin Brown
“You see the strides the NHL and USA Hockey have gone to grow the game. It’s cool. You see guys like [Long Beach’s] Emerson Etem making the NHL and stuff like that. It’s becoming so much bigger in California for this game to happen. It’s pretty cool to be a part of it, the first one ever.” – Ducks forward Nick Bonino
“It will be something that many guys will never get to experience and it’ll be awesome. It’s awesome for the game.” – Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick
“It’s still pretty amazing they were able to do it. It’s a great venue. Sometimes I have to pinch myself that it’s actually happening. It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime thing.” – Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller
“This is the first time I’ve been in Dodger Stadium and this is a huge stadium compared to what I’m used to. And then there was the environment, with the warmth, and it was pleasant outside, the ice the way it was, and being able to skate around afterward in T-shirts. You usually don’t get that opportunity.” – Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr
“This is something, especially here in Los Angeles, [that’s special]. If somebody would tell me 10 years ago that we’re going to have an outdoor game, that would really sound crazy. It’s a big thing. The last 10 years, the hockey has really exploded here. The Kings and Ducks have done a great job to make this bigger here.” – Ducks forward Teemu Selanne
“I mean you’re skating in the middle of Dodger Stadium. There’s a lot of history here in baseball and things like that. It’s a pretty cool feeling with the beach volleyball setup and everything.” – Kings defenseman Alec Martinez
“I’ve been asking for an outdoor game here for a long time. I’m just glad I don’t have to go out and freeze my butt off at one of these.” – Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf
“It’s awesome to be able to get out there and be a part of it and see the action – see what the players see when they’re down there. It’s a lot of fun. It’s a building with a lot of history and it’s really cool to take part in it.” – Kings defenseman Matt Greene
The Devils (12:00 p.m. ET) and Rangers (3:00 p.m. ET) will practice this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Both practices will be followed by media availabilities.
* ICYMI: Take a tour of the Rangers’ locker room at Yankee Stadium.
* An evening view of Yankee Stadium:
* The Weather Channel forecast for game time at Yankee Stadium:
The Blues traveled to New Haven, Conn., yesterday 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.
Click here for a recap of the day.
New Jersey 2, Washington 1
Detroit 4, Montreal 1
Colorado 3, Florida 2
Calgary 5, Nashville 4 (SO)
Phoenix 4, Edmonton 3
Jaromir Jagr assisted on both New Jersey goals to help the Devils improve to 5-1-3 in their last nine games. Jagr now has 1,033 career assists, tied with Mario Lemieux for 10th all-time.
* A look at where Jagr stands in NHL history:
6. Mike Gartner: 708
7. Jaromir Jagr: 697
8. Mark Messier: 694
9. Marcel Dionne: 1,040
t-10. Jaromir Jagr, Mario Lemieux: 1,033
12. Joe Sakic: 1,016
6. Steve Yzerman: 1,755
7. Jaromir Jagr: 1,730
8. Mario Lemieux: 1,723
* Cory Schneider made 30 saves to improve to 4-0-2 in his last six decisions and has yielded two or fewer goals in eight consecutive starts dating to Dec. 28. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other goaltenders in Devils history to accomplish that feat are Martin Brodeur (eight times) and Johan Hedberg.
Eric Nystrom (4-0—4) recorded the first four-goal game in Predators history and the first hat trick of his NHL career in a losing effort to the Flames. He had scored only three goals in his last 35 games combined and hadn’t produced a multi-goal game since Nov. 25, 2011 (2-0—2).
* Nystrom’s four-point performance matched a career high set April 2, 2008 (2-2—4).
* Nystrom’s father, Bob, totaled three hat tricks in his 14-season NHL career with the Islanders, though he never scored four goals in a game.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there are five other active players who have posted three or more goals in a game whose fathers also registered hat tricks in the NHL: Sam Gagner (and his father, Dave), Ryan Malone (Greg), Zach Parise (J.P.), Paul Stastny (Peter) and Alexander Steen (Thomas).
Jonas Gustavsson made 30 saves and Riley Sheahan scored his first career game-winning goal to lead the Red Wings to their first victory over the Canadiens since Dec. 10, 2010.
* The Red Wings earned consecutive home wins for the first time since Oct. 12-15.
* Gustavsson improved to 5-0-0 in his past five appearances, his second five-game winning streak of the season (also Nov. 21-Dec. 6).
* Henrik Zetterberg posted 1-1—2 to extend his point streak to four games (2-6—8).
* Gustav Nyquist scored for the third straight game, a career long, and now has 3-3—6 during a four-game point streak.
Mike Smith made 36 saves to lead the Coyotes to their fifth consecutive victory over the Oilers. They also have earned at least one point in 12 consecutive meetings dating to March 17, 2011 (8-0-4) . . . Semyon Varlamov recorded 34 saves to backstop the Avalanche over the Panthers in their first visit to Sunrise since Dec. 7, 2010. Varlamov improved to 12-1-5 in his past 18 decisions dating to Dec. 12 . . . Flames captain Mark Giordano scored to extend his point streak to a career-long six games (3-3—6) . . . Panthers forward Scottie Upshall (2-0—2) recorded his 100th and 101st career goals . . . Oilers forward Ryan Jones collected his 100th NHL point . . . Devils forward Stephen Gionta played in his 100th career game, while teammate Joe Whitney made his League debut . . . Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly (1-1—2) scored his 19th goal of the season (48 GP), besting his previous career high of 18 set in 2011-12 (81 GP) . . . The Sharks signed captain Joe Thornton and forward Patrick Marleau to three-year contract extensions through the 2016-17 season . . . Vinny Prospal announced his retirement from the NHL following a 16-season career. The 38-year-old forward compiled 255-510—765 over 1,108 regular-season games with the Flyers, Senators, Panthers, Lightning, Ducks, Rangers and Blue Jackets.
All Times Eastern
Ottawa @ Carolina, 12:00 p.m., SNET-E, FS-CR
St. Louis @ NY Islanders, 1:00 p.m., FS-MW, MSG PLUS
Boston @ Philadelphia, 1:00 p.m., NESN, CSN-PH
Washington @ Montreal, 7:00 p.m., CBC, RDS, CSN-DC
Colorado @ Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m., ALT2, SUN
Buffalo @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., MSG-B, FS-O
Toronto @ Winnipeg, 7:00 p.m., CBC
Pittsburgh @ Dallas, 8:00 p.m., ROOT, FS-SW
Anaheim @ Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS2
Minnesota @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., FS-N, FS-WI, CSN-CA
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