Author: James O'Brien

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Daniel Sedin will play his 1,000th game today

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Vancouver Canucks winger Daniel Sedin will play his 1,000th NHL regular season game on Sunday.

The 34-year-old spoke about the milestone as the Canucks ready for a road contest against the Chicago Blackhawks:

Daniel will likely be in a better mood than Henrik Sedin was when he hit his 1,000th game played, as he was in a slump and things weren’t going very well for the Canucks in general back in March. Here’s a quick comparison of the Sedin twins, because there’s no sense avoiding such an action, right?

Daniel: 311 goals, 514 assists for 825 points in 999 games; 67 points in 96 playoff contests.

Henrik: 198 goals, 664 assists for 862 points in 1030 games; 74 points in 99 playoff contests.

(It’s fitting that their points-per-game are nearly identical, as Daniel is at .83 and Henrik slightly edges him with .84, although “The Shooting Sedin” gets bonus points for a significant edge in tallies.)

The Sedin twins are in the first year of contracts that carry a $7 million cap hit and won’t expire until after the 2017-18 season. Health permitting, it looks it won’t be too long until we talk about another 1,000 milestone for the two: points.

(H/T to Rotoworld.)

Video: Jagr’s blind assist is quite the sight

Jaromir Jagr,  Jordan Eberle

When asked about “The Traveling Jagrs,” Jaromir Jagr had a simple comment: “They know who the man is.”

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell how often the New Jersey Devils forward is being facetious and how often that swagger is legitimate, but when you see the kind of plays he can still make at 42, maybe his bluster is justified.

Take this ridiculous no-look pass (which set up a Michael Cammalleri goal) from last night’s shootout loss against the Calgary Flames, for instance:

Yeah, that’s one of those “How did he do that?” plays.

While Jagr’s seemingly on a little bit of a slower pace in his second season with New Jersey, his 13 points still lead all Devils scorers. With 1,060 career assists, he’s currently ranked eighth all-time, just three behind Steve Yzerman for seventh in league history.

AHL’s Frozen Dome Classic breaks U.S. indoor hockey attendance record


The Syracuse Crunch hosted (and defeated) the Utica Comets in the AHL’s Frozen Dome Classic on Saturday, setting a new attendance record for an indoor professional ice hockey game in the process.

By drawing 30,715 fans to Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome, the AHL broke a record set in 1996. The Tampa Bay Lightning packed in 28,138 fans to their playoff game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Tropicana Field, as points out.

It’s the second largest single-game crowd in AHL history, ranking behind the 45,653 people who attended a Jan. 6, 2012 outdoor game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

Syracuse topped Utica 2-1. You can watch the game for yourself on the U.S. version of the NHL Network, by the way:

Here’s another nice shot of the scene:

(Main photo via the Syracuse Crunch.)

Callahan expects ‘bite’ in Lightning’s game vs. Wild

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It happened almost one month ago, but the Tampa Bay Lightning definitely sound like they still have revenge in mind against the Minnesota Wild.

Back on Oct. 25, the Wild pummeled the Lightning by a score of 7-2. Evgeni Nabokov was chased from their net in less than one period. Jason Zucker scored two goals. Steve Stamkos went without a point. It was generally an ugly night.

That beating stood out for more than just the lopsided score, as it was Tampa Bay’s only loss in a nine-game span. Maybe that’s why Ryan Callahan told the Tampa Bay Times that they’ll have show some attitude tonight.

“We should have a little bite in our game coming into that one,” Callahan said. “They embarrassed us pretty good in their building. So coming off that and our last two performances, there should be enough fire in where we should be going (tonight).”

Indeed, their play in the last two games might be bigger motivation than the beating the Wild gave them in October. The Lightning are currently on a two-game losing streak, with both contests being decided by 5-2 scores.

Meanwhile, the Wild are starting to pick things up again, as they’ve won four games in a row.

The Lightning have a chance to prove a point as they play three straight games at home and seven of their next nine in Tampa Bay.

“It’s been a good run because we’ve been sticking to our structure,” captain Steven Stamkos said.

“When you get away from that, we’re an average team in this league. We don’t want to be average; we want to be a playoff team. We want to be an above-average team, and above-average teams don’t lose three in a row, so we’ve got some work to do next game.”

Then again, the Bolts will look more like “an above-average team” when Victor Hedman’s back. He practiced with a no-contact jersey today and his at least a week away from returning, so they’ll need to continue to scrap without him.

Shaw might miss both of Blackhawks’ weekend games

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The Chicago Blackhawks won’t have Andrew Shaw in the lineup on Saturday and he could miss Sunday’s game, too, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus.

Shaw, 23, is dealing with what’s being called an upper-body injury. As mentioned earlier this week, he’s been remarkably durable for a pesky player who tends to draw his opponents’ ire, but Chicago might be without him against Edmonton tonight and Vancouver tomorrow.

It’s been a bit of a disappointing offensive season for the offensive presence. After scoring 39 points in 80 regular season games and eight points in 12 playoff contests in 2013-14, Shaw only has six points in 18 games in 2014-15.

That’s not the only interesting bit of injury news for Chicago, as Patrick Sharp is skating with the team again but won’t be available during their current road trip (which spans the rest of November),’s Tracey Myers reports.