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by Paul on 02/25/14 at 10:25 AM ET
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.
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 begin.
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).
Above information provided by the NHL PR department
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