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Video: Emerging stars Matthews and Larkin take center stage at Centennial Classic

Auston Matthews and Dylan Larkin are key components of the wave of young talent that is taking the National Hockey League by storm.

Larkin broke onto the scene last season, as a speedy 19-year-old forward that went on to score 23 goals and 45 points as a rookie, which put him in impressive company as the first Red Wings freshman to top the 20-goal mark since Henrik Zetterberg did it back in 2002-03.

Matthews joined the Maple Leafs as the first overall pick in last year’s NHL Draft, and he wasted no time making an impression on Toronto fans and the hockey world, scoring four goals in his debut.

The Centennial Classic on Sunday is an event celebrating the NHL’s past. The future looks bright, too, and players like Matthews and Larkin are responsible for that.

Goalie nods: Jared Coreau to start Centennial Classic for Red Wings


With three career NHL games under his belt, Jared Coreau will start in goal for the Detroit Red Wings in the Centennial Classic on Sunday, per Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

After a tough outing in his debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins in early December, Coreau settled in for wins against Florida before the holiday break and Ottawa after the time off.

“It’s a big opportunity, not just to earn more playing time, but not many players get to experience games like this in their career. Steve Ott was saying this morning at breakfast, being in Dallas, he never got an opportunity to do one and now he does and he’s really excited. It’s pretty special,” said Coreau of playing an outdoor game.

Meanwhile, it looks like Frederik Andersen gets the start in net for Toronto.


John Gibson is expected to start against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, per Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register. He’s been working overtime lately, with three of his last four starts going beyond regulation time. He allowed three goals on 26 shots in his last start against the Canucks on Friday.

Braden Holtby is having another strong season for the Washington Capitals, and he’ll start Sunday against the Ottawa Senators, per the Washington Post. The Capitals have six wins in their past 10 games. Holtby has two shut outs in his last seven starts, and has allowed two or fewer goals in six of those games.

Mike Condon is projected to start for the Senators, as they look to get within four points of Montreal for first in the Atlantic Division.

WATCH LIVE: 2017 Centennial Classic between Red Wings and Maple Leafs

They have faced off in a Winter Classic. Today, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs meet in the Centennial Classic at BMO Field.

You can catch the game on NBC (3:30 p.m. ET), or watch online using the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.


Here are some links to check out for today’s game:

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Subban placed on IR, will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks


P.K. Subban will not face his old team, the Montreal Canadiens, on Tuesday.

That highly anticipated meeting had been in doubt for a while now, with Subban dealing with an upper-body injury and out of the lineup since Dec. 15. He’ll remain out for another couple of weeks — at least.

The Predators on Sunday placed the dynamic defenseman on injured reserve. He’ll be re-evaluated in “approximately” two to three weeks, the club announced. That’s a significant loss for Nashville, which is two points out of the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

There has been increasing speculation about the specific nature of the injury, and possible options of dealing with it.

There have been rumblings that Subban is dealing with a herniated disc, and on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that the Predators, team doctors, and Subban were expected to meet Sunday to discuss a plan, with surgery as a possible option.

“I know there’s been a lot of talk about what’s going on and everybody’s making their assumptions, but I’m used to that, obviously, playing in a different city for a number of years and hearing media kind of take things and run,” Subban told 104.5-FM earlier in the week.

“But every day I’m just putting in the work that I need to to get better.”

Winter Classic forecast: Mild temperatures, light rain and a possible thunderstorm


The latest weather forecasts for Monday’s Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and host St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium doesn’t look promising.

Puck drop between the two Central Division rivals is right now scheduled for just after 1 p.m. ET.

Light rain is still in the forecast, per the Weather Network. Temperatures are expected to reach into the 50s. And, on Sunday, it was reported there is the possibility for much worse weather, too.

The latest from AccuWeather:

“A mild day is in store for the Winter Classic in St. Louis. Temperatures reaching well into the 50s will make it difficult for maintenance to keep the ice rink frozen,” Rathbun said. “Rain will also fall, which will lead to ponding of water on the rink and difficult playing conditions.”

The amount of rain is questionable as there are indications that the heaviest rain may slide just to the south and east of St. Louis.

“There is the likelihood of a couple of showers during the afternoon, even if the heaviest rain stays away,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. “A thunderstorm is possible as well.”

In the event of unplayable conditions Monday, the big event could be moved to Tuesday, when there is less rain and cooler temperatures in the forecast.

“We’ve dealt with it before, so we’ll deal with it again if we have to,” said NBC Sports’ president of programming, Jon Miller, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“If we do run into rain we will stay as long as we can. We’ll play it Monday night if necessary. And if we can’t get any play in on Monday, we’ll carry it over and we’ll play it on Tuesday. We’re hopeful that everything cooperates. We’ve all been looking at the weather, we’re all well aware of what the pitfalls are.”