NHL MORNING SKATE – FEB. 25, 2014
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NHL RETURNS FROM OLYMPIC BREAK
The NHL returns to action following the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, during which 63 NHLers – representing 25 of the League’s 30 clubs – won a medal.
A reminder of where the NHL stands as it returns from the break:
* A wide-open playoff race
features 25 teams holding a playoff berth or within four points of one.
* A close race at the top of the standings
has the Ducks, Blues, Blackhawks and Penguins separated by just four points in the battle for the Presidents’ Trophy.
* Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
(28-50—78) holds an 11-point lead in the NHL scoring race; Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin
already has tallied 40 goals, nine more than his closest pursuer; New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr
, who is two goals shy of 700 for his NHL career, is the team’s leader in goals (17), assists (32), points (49), plus-minus (+21) and shots (151); and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury
has a League-leading 31 wins in 47 appearances, a pace that could see him challenge the single-season record of 48 held by Martin Brodeur
OUTDOOR GAME GUIDE
The latest edition of the NHL Outdoor Game Interactive Information Guide
, including updated stats from the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, is available for download via the League’s Media site
. The guide features information on the Chicago Blackhawks-Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks-Ottawa Senators rivalries as well as a register and records of outdoor games.
UPCOMING DATES OF NOTE
Thursday, Feb. 27
– “NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other
” returns with a special, two-hour episode from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games (8:00 p.m. ET on CBC / 10:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Click here
for a sneak peek.
Friday, Feb. 28
– Start of USA Hockey’s Hockey Weekend Across America
Saturday, March 1
– 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series
: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Chicago Blackhawks @ Soldier Field (7:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. ET, NBC, SiriusXM Radio). Sidney Crosby
’s first regular-season game in Chicago since 2006, his rookie year.
Sunday, March 2
– 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic
: Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks @ BC Place (1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, NBCSN, SiriusXM Radio).
Wednesday, March 5
– Trade Deadline
(3:00 p.m. ET).
Thursday, March 6
– The Detroit Red Wings retire Nicklas Lidstrom
’s number (vs. Colorado Avalanche).
Friday, March 7
– The Calgary Flames honor Joe Nieuwendyk
with a “Forever a Flame” banner (vs. New York Islanders).
Saturday, March 8
– The Dallas Stars retire Mike Modano
’s number (vs. Minnesota Wild).
Monday, March 10
– General Managers’ Meeting
, Boca Raton, Fla. (through March 12).
Tuesday, March 18
– Former Canadiens star Patrick Roy
is scheduled to bring his Colorado Avalanche to Montreal for the first time.
Thursday, March 20
– Ex-Devil Zach Parise
is scheduled to return to Prudential Center for the first time as a member of the Minnesota Wild.
Thursday, March 27
– The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins are scheduled to meet in their only matchup at TD Garden of the season.
Tuesday, April 1
– Former Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault
is scheduled to make his regular-season return to Vancouver as the head coach of the New York Rangers.
Sunday, April 13
– The 2013-14 regular season concludes with 10 games.
Monday, April 14 (TBC)
– NHL Draft Lottery
Wednesday, April 16
– Stanley Cup Playoffs
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Carolina @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, SPSO, MSG-B, BELL TV
HURRICANES VISIT SABRES IN FIRST GAME FOLLOWING BREAK
The NHL resumes its regular season when the Carolina Hurricanes visit the Buffalo Sabres in a makeup of their Jan. 7 game that was postponed due to hazardous weather conditions in Buffalo (NHL Game No. 647). The Hurricanes are 5-0-1 in their last six games versus the Sabres, including a 5-3 victory in their first meeting of the season Jan. 23. Overall, Carolina is 6-3-0 in its past nine games, while Buffalo lost its last four outings prior to the Olympic break.
Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Duncan Keith
and Brent Seabrook
will make a guest appearance
on tonight’s episode of “Chicago Fire” (10:00 p.m. ET, NBC) . . . Milan Hejduk announced his retirement
from hockey. The 38-year-old forward played 14 seasons in the NHL, all with the Colorado Avalanche, compiling 375-430—805 in 1,020 regular-season games. He also played in 112 playoff games (34-42—76), helping the team capture the Stanley Cup in 2000-01.