Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2012-13 Frank J. Selke Trophy.
The award goes to the forward who "best excels in the defensive aspects of the game."
The top three vote-getters on ballots cast by NHL writers are named finalists. The winner will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.
---Let's play two in Yankee Stadium. Two hockey games, that is, and not baseball.
The NHL announced Wednesday that a twin bill is scheduled outdoors in New York early next year. The New York Rangers will face the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 12:30 p.m. ET and the Rangers will play the New York Islanders on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the league's outdoor stadium series.
Three other previously announced games will be played outside next year. The Detroit Red Wings will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., in the NHL Winter Classic, the Anaheim Ducks will face off against the Los Angeles Kings in Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25 and the Chicago Blackhawks will play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1 in Soldier Field.
---The Ottawa Senators ruled out the return of center Jason Spezza for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.
Spezza hasn't played since he underwent back surgery on Feb. 1 for a herniated disc. He practiced with the team before it left for Pittsburgh, but he didn't make the trip. The Senators trail 1-0 in the best-of-seven series.