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  • Flyers, Penguins balance outdoor game fun with focus on two points

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    PITTSBURGH – It was 11 months ago that the NHL officially announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins would play the Philadelphia Flyers outdoors at Heinz Field as part of the annual Stadium Series. Now the puck will finally drop Saturday night between the two longtime rivals, each celebrating their 50th year.

    “It’s definitely exciting. You don’t get a chance to play outdoors often,” said Flyers rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov. “I think lots of positive emotions and I think lot of guys will try to enjoy the moment and take everything in, but at the same time we’ll be able to be focused and play our game and try to get the two points.”

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    After all the hype, all the build up and all the fun of Friday’s family skates, two points are on the line, and they’re important for different reasons to both the Penguins and Flyers.

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  • Ron Hainsey ready for 'different expectations' following trade to Penguins

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    PITTSBURGH – Ron Hainsey is entering very new territory this weekend. After spending Thursday preparing to join a new team, he met his new teammates and got ready to play in an outdoor game for the first time in his career on Friday.

    “Little different than the normal 11 a.m. twirl around,” Hainsey said after Friday’s skate at Heinz Field. “But it was good to get out there and see the sightlines and everything. Definitely a little bit different, depth perception and all that. Certainly fun to come in and be a part of all this right away.”

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    The 35-year-old Hainsey, who was paired with Brian Dumoulin on Friday, doesn’t think it’ll take long to start feeling comfortable in the lineup.

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  • Jersey Fouls of the Week: Hockey's beer connection; Florida's Rat King

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    Beer and hockey are often closely associated with one another.

    Adult leagues are commonly referred to as “beer leagues” and the NHL’s main Stadium Series sponsor is a beer company.

    “Hockey and beer they go together like peanut butter and jelly,” said Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios in a recent interview with Puck Daddy.

    This week we received quite a few jersey fouls that paid homage to hockey’s love of a nice, cold brew. Thanks to Cameron Dawson for sending above foul via email.

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    5. Release the Kraken!

    4. In need of a beer

    Another one of our beer fouls. (Sherry Ross)

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  • Blackhawks snag Tomas Jurco in rare trade with Red Wings

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    The Chicago Blackhawks acquired winger Tomas Jurco from the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, sending a 2017 third-round pick for a player whose time with the Wings was just about done.

    This used be weirder, when the Blackhawks and the Red Wings were blood rivals in the same division. The last time they made a trade was almost a decade ago: Feb. 26, 2007, when the Blackhawks traded Kyle Calder to Detroit for Jason Williams. Before that, it was all the way back to 1999, when Detroit acquired Chris Chelios from the ‘Hawks.

    Maybe things are easier now that they’re in different conferences.

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    This season has been hellish: Jurco was a healthy scratch on most nights, after having missed the first six weeks of the season after offseason back surgery. He just couldn’t crack the lineup.

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  • Canucks say Stecher has mumps, four teammates have symptoms

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    The Vancouver Canucks announced that defenseman Troy Stecher has tested positive for the mumps. Also according to the team, defensemen Chris Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin along with forwards Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund have each presented symptoms of the virus.

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    “We’re taking this very seriously given how easily mumps can spread,” said Canucks General Manager Jim Benning in a statement provided by the team. “We’ll continue to follow all protocols in accordance with Vancouver Coastal Health guidelines in order to prevent further infection.”

    The Canucks said that Vancouver Coastal Health authorities were at Rogers Arena on Friday to screen players and staff and immunize “those who need it.”

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  • Anaheim Ducks win the Patrick Eaves derby, such as it was

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    In an aggressive move to combat the unkempt beards of division rival San Jose, the Anaheim Ducks acquired winger Patrick Eaves and his monstrous thicket from the Dallas Stars for a conditional second-round pick on Friday.

    Here are those conditions, via the Stars:

    Based on draft position, Dallas will receive the middle pick of Ottawa, San Jose or Toronto’s second-round selections in 2017 per the conditions in which Anaheim acquired the pick from Toronto in a previous trade. Should Anaheim advance to the third round of the postseason and Eaves plays in 50% or more of their games in the first two rounds, the selection becomes the Ducks first-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.

    So there’s a chance this could be a first-round pick for Patrick Eaves. More on that in a moment.

    First, how does this trade work for the Ducks?

    But you have to pay for that perfect fit, and the Ducks are either going to give up a pick in the top 50 (potentially) or their own first-rounder.

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  • Calculated struggles of the Carolina Hurricanes (Trending Topics)

    Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    The Carolina Hurricanes became the first official seller of any consequence in this year’s trade season by sending Ron Hainsey (with half the AAV on his expiring contract retained) to Pittsburgh for a second-round pick and an AHLer.

    And why not? The ‘Canes entered the day 10 points out in the East, playing in the toughest division in hockey. Ron Francis saw the writing on the wall and dumped a 35-year-old depth defender on a team that, all of a sudden, desperately needed blue line help. In doing so, they bumped the total number of picks they have in June’s draft to nine, and that number now includes six in the first three rounds alone.

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    So why, then, are they third from the bottom in terms of actual goals?

    No real surprise.

    Both are correctable problems.

    All stats via Corsica unless otherwise stated.

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  • Matt Calvert out 'week-to-week' with oblique strain

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert will be sidelined “week-to-week” due to an oblique strain sustained in a Feb. 19 game against the Nashville Predators.

    The 27-year-old Calvert has nine goals and 11 points in 51 games for the Blue Jackets. He leads the team with three shorthanded goals and is tied amongst team forwards for most shorthanded ice-time per-game with 1:40. According to Natural Stat Trick, a majority of Calvert’s 5-on-5 shifts start in the defensive zone.

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    The Blue Jackets are tied for 11th in the NHL with the Predators in penalty kill percentage at 82.2, and losing Calvert could impact this area of their special teams to a degree.

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  • NHL Centennial Truck is a hockey fan's dream (Photos)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    PITTSBURGH – The NHL’s Centennial Truck is going to hit every NHL market in 2017 (including you, Vegas!), and you would be wise to check it out.

    The 1,000 sq. ft., 53-foot museum on wheels is filled with interactive displays, memorabilia from the Hockey Hall of Fame and videos documenting the league’s history since 1917. We got a chance to take a tour on Friday at Heinz Field ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers Stadium Series game.

    Here’s some of what we saw:

    You see old videos of goalies and their gear, but to look at it up close and compare it to modern gear will make you wonder how more of them back then weren’t seriously injured on a regular basis.

    Some of the content inside the truck will be customized to whatever market it’s in. This one features a bevy of Penguins photos as well as an interactive display showcasing every captain in franchise history.

    One of the coolest exhibits is the touchscreen Stanley Cup. You can look up pictures of every single team’s engraving of names as well as a team photo.

    Sticks from that market’s team will be in this display along with those of Wayne Gretzky, Dickie Moore and Bobby Hull’s, which featured this ridiculous blade curve.

  • Bryzgalov Q&A; Tippett calls out players; MTS Centre makeover (Puck Headlines)

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    • TSN TRADECENTRE NEWS TEAM ASSEMBLE! Let this haunt your dreams for a couple days. [@Isuckatpicking]

    • Q&A with Ilya Bryzgalov. Need we say more?? [Sportsnet]

    • Matt Niskanen is out and Brooks Orpik is questionable for the Washington Capitals tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. [Washington Post]

    • John Gibson’s status for Saturday’s matinee against the Los Angeles Kings remains in question. [OC Register]

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