2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series - New York Rangers v New Jersey Devils

Five individual stats you may find interesting


.900 — Martin Brodeur’s even-strength save percentage. Among goalies with at least 20 appearances, only two — Calgary’s Reto Berra (.899) and Nashville’s Devan Dubnyk (.898) — have lower numbers than that. Devils teammate Cory Schneider, meanwhile, is at .924, making him the obvious choice between the two New Jersey netminders…if this were a normal goalie competition. Which, clearly, it isn’t. But if the Devils want to make a serious run at the playoffs, it’s also quite clear that Schneider gives them the best chance of winning.

19 — Points for Brad Marchand since his antics in the Vancouver game on Dec. 14 that left both his coach and general manager unimpressed. That’s a stretch of 18 games, so slightly more than a point a game. In his first 33 games, he had just 14 points. Marchand and Reilly Smith were actually the two most dangerous Bruins forwards in that 6-2 loss to the Canucks, but obviously that’s not what people were talking about after the game. Peter Chiarelli even had to come out in the following days and say he wasn’t going to trade Marchand.

22 — Goals for Edmonton’s David Perron, including the hat trick he scored last night. For all the lambasting Oilers management has received this season, Craig MacTavish knocked it out of the park when he landed Perron from St. Louis for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick. The Blues were in a cap crunch and MacTavish pounced. Perron, 25, is signed through 2015-16 for a cap hit of just $3.8 million.

22:15 — Ryan Kesler’s average ice time, the highest among NHL forwards. A combination of injuries and new coach John Tortorella’s philosophy of giving his best players a ton of ice time has contributed to this. Two other Canucks, Daniel Sedin (21:38) and currently injured Henrik Sedin (21:15), are fourth and seventh in this category, respectively. Is the philosophy working? Well, Kesler has just one even-strength goal in his last 22 games and Daniel hasn’t scored at any strength in his last 13. But hey, at least they can get some rest on the long flight to Sochi.

9 — Game-winning goals for Anaheim’s Corey Perry, the NHL’s leader in the category. In second place? Anaheim teammate Ryan Getzlaf, with seven. Combined, 16 of that pair’s 53 goals (30.2%) have been game-winners. We won’t get into a big discussion about “clutch” scoring here. Suffice to say, the whole concept of “clutch” is a controversial one in all sports. But it definitely shows the Ducks have received some timely scoring from their two stars, a big reason Anaheim is atop the NHL standings.

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WATCH LIVE: Wild at Blackhawks; Penguins at Sharks

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Will Ryan Suter say something foolish during tonight’s game? Is Brent Burns‘ beard so long that it’s finally starting to scrape the ice?

We’ll find out the answer to those questions and more during Tuesday’s NBCSN doubleheader.

Need to follow the two games online? Never fear.

Game 1: Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks


Game 2: Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks


Bolland back in, Bjugstad out with injury for Panthers

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Message sent or not via healthy scratches or not, Dave Bolland returns to the Florida Panthers mix on Tuesday.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, it’s maybe not under the most ideal circumstances, as part of the explanation for his return is Nick Bjugstad‘s absence.

The Miami Herald’s George Richards reports that Bjugstad is out tonight against the St. Louis Blues with an upper-body injury that he suffered during a Monday practice.

In fact, as you can see in the tweet above, the young forward was sent home because of the injury.

This forces some shuffling, with Vincent Trocheck moving up to the second line while Bolland centers the third combo as usual.

The Panthers are currently on a two-game winning streak and visit St. Louis as the second date in a five-game road trip.

This is also the early part of a span in which they play nine of 10 games on the road (counting Sunday’s away win), so a prolonged absence from Bjugstad could sting that much more.


Royal pain: Kings’ Greene to have shoulder surgery, out indefinitely

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The Los Angeles Kings lost one of their most veteran defensemen on Tuesday, as the club announced Matt Greene would be out indefinitely following shoulder surgery.

Greene, 32, had only appeared in three games this season, missing extensive time with the ailment. He had recently resumed skating with teammates and looked to be on the way back to a return, but never got to the point where he was participating in drills, or taking contact.

With Greene out of the lineup, the Kings have primarily gone with a six-man defensive unit of Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez, Christian Ehrhoff, Jamie McBain and Brayden McNabb. Derek Forbort and Jeff Schultz have also been in the mix, but sparingly.

If Greene misses extensive time, L.A. could be in the market for a defenseman come trade deadline day, like they were last year before acquiring Andrej Sekera from Carolina. Greene is one of the most playoff-tested players on the L.A. roster, with 79 games and two Stanley Cups on his resume (and another Stanley Cup Final, with Edmonton in 2006).

Looks like the Canucks will have an interesting lineup tonight

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The Vancouver Canucks got banged up last night in Anaheim. As a result, it looks like they’ll have an interesting lineup tonight in Los Angeles.

Coach Willie Desjardins confirmed this morning that wingers Chris Higgins and Jake Virtanen were hurt and wouldn’t dress against the Kings.

In game-day line rushes, AHL callup Andrey Pedan, a defenseman, was skating on the wing with Jared McCann and Radim Vrbata.

But hold on, that doesn’t necessarily mean Pedan will make his NHL debut tonight. This morning, the Canucks announced they’d called up d-man Alex Biega from AHL Utica. Theoretically, inserting Biega could allow the offensively inclined Yannick Weber to move up to forward. Biega and Weber both shoot right. Pedan shoots left.

But wait, there exists another possibility — that both Pedan and Biega could play. That will depend on Chris Tanev‘s status. He got banged up yesterday as well, though he was able to skate this morning.

Confused? It’s OK. So is everyone.

As an aside, the Canucks not only got banged up last night, they also got pushed around and embarrassed in a 4-0 loss to the Ducks.

On that note, here’s what Pedan did to Jarred Tinordi in a Utica-Hamilton game last season: