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Lines and Pairings at Practice Today For 11 Teams

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers lines and Pairings: Poul-Brass-Zucc, Nash-Step-MSL, Hag-Rich-Fast, Boyle-DMoore-Dorsett. McDonagh-G, Staal-Stral, JMoore-Klein.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning lines: Palat Johnson Stamkos, Killorn Filppula Callahan, Brown Paquette Kucherov, Purcell Thompson Panik. Erik Erlendsson: Power play units: Hedman-Stamkos-Filppula-Palat-Callahan; 2nd unit Carle-Kostka-Killorn-Purcell-Johnson.
  • Luc Gelinas: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty-Desharnais-Vanek Prust-Plekanec-Gallagher Bourque-Eller-Gionta Weise-Brière-Bournival.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets lines: Jenner – Johansen – Skille; Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson; MacKenzie – Anisimov – Comeau; Tropp – Letestu – Boll. Frattin extra. Defensive pairings: Tyutin – Johnson; Murray – Wisniewski; Nikitin – Savard. Extra pair: Schultz – Prout. Rob Mixer: Power play units: Calvert-Dubinsky-Atkinson, Tyutin-Savard; Jenner-Johansen-Letestu, Johnson-Wisniewski.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Franzen-Datsyuk-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Jurco-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Legwand. Andersson, Bertuzzi rotating in. Defensive pairings: Kronwall-Smith, Quincey-DeKeyser, Lashoff-Kindl, Ouellet-Sproul. Howard and Gustavsson in goal.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Bennett Jokinen-Malkin-Neal Glass-Sutter-Stempniak Gibbons-Vitale-Adams (Pyatt & Megna rotating in). Defensive pairings: Orpik-Martin Scuderi-Letang Maatta-Niskanen Bortuzzo-Engelland.
  • Michael Russo: Wild lines: Parise-Koivu-Coyle;Moulson-Granlund-Pominville;Cooke-Brodziak-Niederreiter; Veilleux-Haula-McCormick; Fontaine, Heatley extras
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings lines: Gaborik-Kopitar-JWill. Richards w/King &Carter; Stoll centering Toffoli & Brown. 4th line Clifford-Lewis-Pearson/Nolan.
  • Lance Pugmire: Ducks lines: Beleskey-Getzlaf-Perry, Cogs-Koivu-Silfverberg, Winnik-Bonino-Palmieri, Selanne-Perreault-Maroon.
  • David Pollak: Sharks lines: Hertl-Thornton-Burns, Marleau-Couture-Nieto, Wingels-Pavelski-Havlat, Torres-Desjardins-Brown.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs lines: O’Reilly-MacKinnon-Parenteau, Landeskog-Stastny-McGinn, Talbot-Cliché-McLeod, Bordeleau-Malone-Carey. Defensive pairings: Holden-Johnson, Barrie-Guenin, Benoit-Elliott

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Morning Hits: Halak, Awards, Niemi, Playoffs Streaks and Starting Goalies

  • Renaud Lavoie: Jaroslav Halak’s agent Allen Walsh: ”Jaro never at anytime said he didn’t want to start against St. Louis. A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media. I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It’s the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Coaching survey continued. 16 coaches responding to Hart, Vezina and Norris awards. “Hart: Crosby unanimous, 16 for 16. ANA’s Getzlaf clear runner up, PHI’s Giroux 3rd. No one else close tho Pavelski, Rask, Chara mentioned. Vezina: BOS’s Rask a clear No. 1 (10 for 16) with COL’s Varlamov solid 2nd. MTL’s Price and TB’s Bishop in virtual dead heat for 3rd spot. Norris: Most hotly contested award. CHI’s Keith No. 1, appearing on 13 of 16 ballots with a high of five 1st place votes. BOS’s Chara (four 1st place votes) and NSH’s Weber (three 1st place votes) were virtually tied in voting points behind Keith. NYR McDonagh, MIN Suter, STL Pietrangelo and LA Doughty also got one first-place vote each to place 4th thru 7th with OTT Karlsson at 8th.”
  • Kevin Kurz: When asked if Antti Niemi is Sharks guy going into the playoffs, coach McLellan said: “Nemo is one of our guys going into the playoffs.”
  • Aaron Vickers: The Flames tied an NHL record by having their 49th one goal game last night. Tied with the 2010-11 Panthers.
  • Mike Morreale: Consecutive playoff seasons: Bruins 29, Blackhawks 28; Blues 25; Canadiens 24; Red Wings 23.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Ted Nolan confirms that Matt Hackett will start their final three games.
  • Devils PR: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.
  • Jim Cerny: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
  • Lou Korac: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Blues tonight.

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NHL Injuries: Ducks, Panthers, Sharks, Blue Jackets, Blackhawks, Wild and Flames

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau thinks that Cam Fowler could return by next week.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers have sent Jonathan Racine back to the AHL as Ed Jovanovski is ready to return to the lineup.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Tomas Hertl practiced yesterday without a “no-contact” jersey.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton (lower-body) won’t travel with the team to Philadelphia. Jared Boll is expected to return to the lineup.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray (knee) skated yesterday morning  with associate coach Craig Hartsburg, doing conditioning drills.  Shawn Mitchell: Murray will travel with the team to Philadelphia but won’t play. Coach Todd Richards said he could return next Friday against Chicago or Sunday against the Islanders.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin (lower-body) won’t travel with the team. Either Nick Schultz or Tim Erixon will fill in for Nikitin.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell said he’ll play tonight.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding was on the ice yesterday during their practice.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Mike Yeo was vague about Mikael Granlund’s possible head injury. Said he didn’t know about his status.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon had season-ending shoulder surgery. Mark Cundari and Chris Breen have been recalled.

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NHL Rumors: Leafs, Flyers, Habs, Panthers, Jets, Sharks, Canes, Wild and Canucks

  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: The Leafs have lost eight in a row and changes could be coming. Coach Randy Carlyle could be the scapegoat. A management source indicated that drastic move(s) in the next 24-48 hours was unlikely though.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Flyers gave up a couple draft picks for defenseman Andrew MacDonald, and they plan on trying to re-sign the pending UFA.

    Thought is that the Canadiens will sign Andrei Markov to a three-year contract extension before July 1st.

    Though, then assistant GM Mike Santos (fired) denied there was a offer on the table for Dmitry Kulikov, sources say there was an offer and that Santos wasn’t kept in the loop.

    The Jets could be taking a wait-and-see approach with regards to their coaching. Could they look at Randy Carlyle if the Leafs let him go.

    Neither the Sharks or Dan Boyle are in a rush to get an extension done. They will wait until the off-season. The Lightning could be interested if he hits the open market.

    Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller will likely be looking for a new job at the end of the season.

    If the Wild let coach Mike Yeo go at the end of the season, names that could come as replacements are Marc Crawford and Peter Laviolette.

  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: You have to think there will be a coaching change in Vancouver. David Booth could be bought out after the season. Booth, has been one of their better players of late. The Canucks will also have to decide what to do with Alex Edler, who has a no-trade clause. If they decide to keep Edler, they could look at buying out Jason Garrison. They would like to keep Ryan Kesler. If they do trade him, they will need to find another center.

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NHL Rumors: Wang and Islanders, Brodeur, Spezza, Panthers, Sharks, Leino and Petrov

  • Bob McKenzie: Islanders owner Charles Wang is in talks to sell his majority stake in the team. Nothing is done, and no telling if it will get done. Talks are underway.
  • Randy Miller of NJ.com: Devils Martin Brodeur appears more certain that he will play another season, and he may be warming to the idea of playing somewhere other than in New Jersey. When asked if he’s pretty sure he’ll play next year: “I think so,” the goalie responded. He’ll talk it over with his family in the offseason.

    “I want to make sure I want to play and everybody’s on board if we decide to make a move,” Brodeur said. “I just can’t think about me when I decide.”

    “My kids want me to play,” Brodeur said. “Actually, the twins want me to go to Minnesota, the other wants me to go play for Ottawa.”

    His twins are at Shattuck-St.Mary’s in Minneapolis and is oldest son Anthony plays for Gatineau of the QMJHL.

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I think Bryan Murray is really clear on Spezza. He wants him back. They can begin negotiating a new deal July 1st” … ”There is not a burning desire for Murray in worrying about what Spezza will want.”
  • George Richards: (guessing and responding to a question) … Thinks that the Panthers would go the trade route for a winger over signing a free agent.
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”Pretty well documented that the Sharks lose $15 mill a year.”
  • John Shannon: Talks between the Sabres and Ted Nolan continue to get closer on a three year deal.
  • Mike Harrington: Harrington (jokingly???) thinks it’s time to bubble wrap Ville Leino and tell him his season is over so he’s not.
  • Igor Eronko: Talk is that Islanders prospect Kirill Petrov is willing to extend his Ak Bars KHL contract.

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Injury Notes: Letang, Kane, Bolland, Stuart, Eberle, Seidenberg, Mitchell, Moore and Ranger Speaks

  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Kris Letang: ”[Stroke] happened in my bathroom, so it could happen anywhere. I don’t feel [at risk] skating with the guys.”
  • Mark Lazerus: The Blackhawks expect Patrick Kane to be ready for the start of the playoffs.
  • Alec Brownscombe: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland could return tonight against the Canadiens.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks Brad Stuart is close to returning, could play tonight.
  • Ryan Dittrick: Oilers Jordan Eberle isn’t sure if he’ll be able to go today.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins coach Claude Julien didn’t rule out the possibility of Dennis Seidenberg returning for the playoffs.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Patrick Roy said John Mitchell is day-to-day “but it could be two days or it could be 10 days”
  • Shawn McKenzie: Senators Craig Anderson will travel with the team but won’t play in Dallas.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers defenseman John Moore last last night’s game after a hit from Blake Comeau in the first.
  • Paul Ranger speaks about escaping injury

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Injury Notes: Saad, Carter, Joensuu, Fowler, Huberdeau, Zucker, Mitchell, Ericsson and Stuart

  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Brandon Saad could possibly play tonight. Michal Rozsival will be out a few games with a lower-body injury.
  • Edmonton OilersJesse Joensuu is out four weeks with a high ankle sprain.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Cam Fowler had an MRI yesterday. Was wearing a knee brace.
  • George Richards: Panthers Jonathan Huberdeau is doubtful for the rest of their trip with an upper-body injury.
  • Chad Grad: Wild’s Jason Zucker will miss the rest of the season with an knee injury.
  • L.A. Lariviere: Avs John Mitchell went to the hospital to get x-rays on his back after crashing hard into the boards during the second period.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart is getting close to returning to the lineup.

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Morning Rumors: Miller, Flames, Downie, Vanek, Stastny, Cammalleri, Draft Lottery and Hotstove Video

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The NHLPA would like to see the trapezoid removed to help protect defenseman.

Whether Ryan Miller is with Blues next year will depend on what post-season success they have and what his salary demands are. The Canucks may be a good option for Miller. The Ducks could be another option if he would take a three or four year deal in the $5 million per season range.

Joe Nieuwendyk may be at the top of the Flames GM search list. George McPhee could become a candidate. He doesn’t have a contract beyond July 1st.

The Flyers haven’t held contract talks with Steve Downie. He’d like to stay. Talk is they offered him around the league at the deadline.

The Canadiens were the only team that would take Thomas Vanek without having the Islanders pick up money. The Kings, Penguins, Senators, Wild and Sharks were interested.

The Avalanche and Paul Stastny won’t hold talks until the offseason. Stastny may get offers in the $6.5 to $7 million if he goes to the open market.

A third round pick was the best a team offered the Flames for Mike Cammalleri.

Corey Pronman: “Elliotte Friedman says consideration for draft lottery include draws for top 3/5, and weighing 1-14 picks by 5 year history of those slots Win%”

Hotstove: Backstrom and the Olympics … Markus Nasland and the Canucks … GM meetings

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NHL Attendance For Each Team After 30 Home Games: 2013-14

Here is our third installment of tracking home attendance, the 30 game mark, with comparisons from after 20 games this year and last seasons final numbers.

The outdoor games have boosted the attendance for several teams. The Senators and Blues Jackets had their attendance increase without a ‘Stadium’ game.


RK Team
2013-14
30 GMS
% Capacity
2013-14
20 GMS
% Capacity
2012-13
Final
1 Chicago
22,950
120.4
21,459
108.8
21,775
2 Detroit
22,913
114.2
20,066
100
20,066
3 Montreal
21,273
100
21,273
100
21,273
4 Philadelphia
19,821
101.4
19,778
101.2
19,786
5 Toronto
19,369
102.9
19,353
102.8
19,426
6 Los Angeles
19,327
110.4
18,125
100
18,178
7 Calgary
19,289
100
19,289
100
19,289
8 Vancouver
18,919
100.1
18,910
100
18,947
9 Pittsburgh
18,606
101.2
18,591
101.1
18,648
10 Tampa Bay
18,567
96.7
18,367
95.6
19,055
11 Buffalo
18,468
96.8
18,392
96.4
18,970
12 Minnesota
18,362
102.3
18,190
101.3
18,794
13 NY Rangers
18,006
100
18,006
100
17,200
14 Ottawa
17,991
93.9
17,375
90.7
19,408
15 Washington
17,889
96.7
18,506
96.4
17,734
16 Boston
17,565
100
17,565
100
17,565
17 San Jose
17,562
100
17,562
100
17,561
18 Edmonton
16,824
99.9
16,816
99.9
16,839
19 St. Louis
16,625
86.8
16,695
87.2
17,263
20 Nashville
16,487
96.3
16,489
96.4
16,974
21 Anaheim
16,177
94.2
16,059
93.5
15,887
22 Colorado
15,923
88.4
16,236
90.2
15,444
23 New Jersey
15,605
91.6
14,544
82.5
17,114
24 Carolina
15,236
81.6
15,351
82.2
17,558
25 Winnipeg
15,004
100
15,004
100
15,004
26 NY Islanders
14,955
95.7
13,533
83.7
13,306
27 Dallas
14,926
80.5
14,259
76.9
17,063
28 Florida
14,889
87.3
14,586
85.6
16,991
29 Columbus
14,103
77.7
13,608
75
14,564
30 Phoenix
13,269
77.5
13,006
75.9
13,923

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Injury Notes: Datsyuk, Price, Giguere, McQuaid, Hertl, Stuart and Sobotka

  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Pavel Datsyuk will be shut down for three weeks.
  • John Lu: Canadiens Carey Price is progressing with his injury and “is not far.” The Devan Dubnyk trade is not insurance for his recovery.
  • Adrian Dater: (Re: Reto Berra trade) The Avalanche wanted some goalie insurance if J.S. Giguere’s back is not able to hold up.
  • Boston Bruins:  Adam McQuaid will be “shut down” for two to three weeks. Will rest over continuing his rehab.
  • David Pollak: There is no injury update on Sharks Tomas Hertl and Brad Stuart.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Vladimir Sobotka: ”I’m trying to push every day a little more & see how it goes. First two days, I skated for 15-20 minutes. Today I skated for 40.”

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Afternoon Rumors IV: Twitter Rumors Involving A Bunch Of Teams And Players

  • Rob Rossi: “I have not heard #pens have acquired Kesler. They were pushing hard in final hour, but had been hearing word of stand-off btwn Shero/Gillis”
  • David Pagnotta: “Kesler has not yet been traded, that I know of, but told something is getting close. 10 minutes ’til deadline.”
  • Chris Botta: “Appears Penguins are waiting on Kesler but will go for Vanek if a deal with VAN can’t be worked out and TV is still available.”
  • David Pagnotta: “With Moulson close to being moved, hearing same thing on Vanek. Sounds like deal is very close there too.”
  • Nick Kypreos: “Moulson talks for #Sabres remain with #Sharks #Ducks and #Wild”
  • Harvey Fialkov: “Panthers are getting a goalie back from Stars and still working on another deal.”
  • Pierre LeBrun: “Sources involved in talks say Buffalo and Minnesota very much heavy in Moulson talks…”
  • Rob Rossi: “Told a minute ago #pens are pushing hard to end #KeslerWatch. “Ray’s going at it” was the text.”
  • Sam Carchidi: “If #Flyers can’t trade Mez, it wouldn’t be the worst thing. He gives them great depth in case there’s an injury.”
  • Mike Zeisberger: “Callahan: “I wanted to get a deal done (with NYR).”"

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Afternoon Rumors III: Twitter Rumors Involving A Bunch Of Teams And Players

  • Brian Lawton: “Hearing that all talk surrounding Brodeur has ended. He will NOT be Traded…… Finishes yr with Devils.”
  • Bob McKenzie: “NSH C David Legwand in play. PIT, DET, ANA, PIT all possible destinations.”
  • David Pagnotta: “Blue Jackets also looking at defenseman… So are Kings, Penguins, Bruins, etc. etc.”
  • David Pagnotta: “Blue Jackets aren’t done… They’ve been in talks with Calgary on Cammalleri, but at least 4 other teams in that hunt.”
  • Gary Lawless: “Sounds like #nhljets trade talks with Sharks regarding Devin Setoguchi have cooled”
  • Renaud Lavoie: “My friend just told me I made a mistake on Kesler. Its not the Wild but the Ducks who are in Kesler’s derby.”
  • Ken Wiebe: “No surgery required for Scheifele, which is the good news, says Maurice. Chris Thorburn (upper-body) is day-to-day, not serious “
  • Bruce Garrioch: “Senators have had no discussions on Chris Stewart today. “
  • Renaud Lavoie: “Their is a possibility that the Sabres try to sign Jaroslav Halak if they can’t trade him. They need a goalie to rebuild.”

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