The NHL announced Wednesday that the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins will meet next March 1 at 8 p.m. ET for a regular-season game as part of its 2014 outdoor series.
In a previously announced outdoor game, the Detroit Red Wings will play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1, 2014, in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Several other yet-to-be-announced outdoor games are planned for next season.
The outdoor game will be the second for Chicago. On Jan. 1, 2009, the Blackhawks faced the Detroit Red Wings in Wrigley Field. Entering the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Blackhawks and Penguins are the top seeds in their respective conferences.
---Center Sidney Crosby will not play Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins' first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, who is recovering from multiple jaw fractures and several lost teeth from from a vicious hit on March 30 on a hit in a game against the Islanders, has not been cleared by a team doctor to return to the lineup. The Penguins opened the series Wednesday against the same Islanders.
Crosby returned to practice last week wearing a face shield. He said there have been no setbacks in his recovery. The Penguins went 8-4-0 during the final month of the regular season without Crosby and finished as the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Game 2 of the opening-round series with the Islanders is scheduled for Friday. Whether Crosby will be cleared for that game remains to be seen.
---The Vancouver Canucks turned to veteran Roberto Luongo to start in goal on Wednesday night in the opener of their Stanley Cup playoff series against the San Jose Sharks.
Canucks goalie Cory Schneider remains sidelined with with an undisclosed injury. Joe Cannata, who was recalled from the American Hockey League, will be Luongo's backup.
Luongo, 34, posted a 9-6-3 record with a .907 save percentage during the regular season but was pelted between the pipes on Saturday night in a 7-2 loss to Edmonton, giving up five third-period goals in less than four minutes.