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NHL Morning Skate for Friday, April 14, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition

 

THURSDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
WASHINGTON 3, Toronto 2 (OT) – WSH leads 1-0
Nashville 1, CHICAGO 0 – NSH leads 1-0
ANAHEIM 3, Calgary 2 – ANA leads 1-0

CAPITALS COMPLETE COMBACK, EARN OVERTIME WIN IN GAME 1
Down 2-0 less than 10 minutes after the opening face-off, the Capitals scored three unanswered goals – including the overtime winner by Tom Wilson – to defeat the Maple Leafs in their series opener.

* Wilson, a native of Toronto, recorded his first career playoff goal (29 GP) and first career overtime goal (regular season and playoffs, 342 GP). Elias notes that he became the first player in Capitals history to score his first career playoff goal in overtime.

* Three-time Stanley Cup winner Justin Williams scored both Washington goals in regulation, his fourth career multi-goal performance in the postseason (128 GP) and first since April 28, 2014 vs. SJS (w/ LAK).

Braden Holtby (35 SV) extended his franchise record with his 23rd career playoff victory. He owns a 1.87 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and four shutouts in 47 career playoff appearances.

RINNE SHUTS OUT BLACKHAWKS AS PREDATORS TAKE SERIES LEAD
Pekka Rinne stopped all 29 shots he faced and Viktor Arvidsson scored the lone goal to lift the Predators to a 1-0 win and series lead over the Blackhawks.

* The Predators earned their third all-time shutout in the postseason (71 GP) and first on the road. Rinne picked up his second career playoff shutout (49 GP), also May 2, 2012 vs. PHX (32 SV).

* Arvidsson, who set career highs in goals, assists and points during the regular season (31-30—61), notched his second career playoff goal – both of which have stood as game-winners (also May 9, 2016 vs. SJS).

DUCKS CONTINUE HOME SUCCESS AGAINST FLAMES
Ryan Getzlaf (1-1—2) and Jakob Silfverberg (1-1—2) each recorded multiple points as Anaheim overcame a 2-1 deficit to win Game 1 at Honda Center.

* The Ducks won their 28th consecutive home game against the Flames – including 25 in the regular season – dating back to their last loss in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 25, 2006. The victory extends the longest such streak against a single opponent in NHL history.

* Getzlaf opened the scoring with the 100th point of his playoff career. He ranks first in Ducks franchise history with 30-71—101 in 105 career playoff games.

LOOSE PUCKS
Mitchell Marner scored 1:35 into his playoff debut, marking the fastest goal by a Maple Leafs player to begin his postseason career since Andy Blair also scored 1:35 into his debut on March 19, 1929 at DET . . . The Blackhawks suffered their first shutout at home during the postseason since April 23, 2012 (vs. PHX), snapping a streak of 37 straight games with at least one goal . . . The Golden Knights named Gerard Gallant the first head coach in team history . . . The Stars announced that Ken Hitchcock, who led the team to the Stanley Cup in 1999, has been hired as head coach.

SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Montreal, NYR leads 1-0, 7 p.m., CBC, TVAS, USA, MSG
Columbus @ Pittsburgh, PIT leads 1-0, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS2, NHLN-US, ROOT, FS-O
St. Louis @ Minnesota, STL leads 1-0, 8 p.m., SN360, TVAS3, NBCSN, FS-N, FS-MW
San Jose @ Edmonton, SJS leads 1-0, 10:30 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN, NBCS CA
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DID YOU KNOW?
Via Elias, teams that go up 2-0 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 305-48 (86.4%).

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NHL Morning Skate for Thursday, April 13, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition

 

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
NY Rangers 2, MONTREAL 0 – NYR leads 1-0
Boston 2, OTTAWA 1 – BOS leads 1-0
PITTSBURGH 3, Columbus 1 – PIT leads 1-0
St. Louis 2, MINNESOTA 1 (OT) – STL leads 1-0
San Jose 3, EDMONTON 2 (OT) – SJS leads 1-0

ALLEN SHINES AS BLUES EMERGE WITH OVERTIME WIN IN MINNESOTA
Zach Parise tied the game with 22.7 seconds left in regulation – on Minnesota’s 44th shot of the game – but Jake Allen made a career-high 51 saves and Joel Edmundson scored at 17:48 of overtime as the Blues took a 1-0 series lead against the Wild.

* Elias notes that Allen recorded the fourth 50+ save performance by a goaltender in franchise playoff history. Curtis Joseph registered two of those efforts in back-to-back games during the 1993 Division Finals at TOR (61 saves in Game 1 and 57 saves in Game 2) to break a club record previously set by Ed Staniowski (54 saves in Game 2 of 1976 PR).

* Edmundson became the fifth defenseman in franchise history to score a playoff overtime goal and just the second in the past 16 years (also Barret Jackman: Game 2 of 2014 FR at CHI).

* Elias notes that teams who surrender a tying goal in the final minute of regulation in a playoff game own a 13-23 record since 2007.

KARLSSON NETS OVERTIME WINNER TO CAP SHARKS COMEBACK
San Jose erased a two-goal deficit and Melker Karlsson scored at 3:22 of overtime to help the defending Western Conference champion Sharks rally past the Oilers in the opener of their First Round series.

* Karlsson, who has one overtime goal in 185 career regular-season games, registered his first such tally in the playoffs (25 GP). He collected 5-3—8, including one game-winning goal, during San Jose’s run to the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

* Elias notes that Game 1 marked the eighth time in franchise playoff history that the Sharks overcame a multi-goal deficit to win a game.

* There were 20 overtime games in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including five that involved the Sharks (1-4).

FLEURY LEADS PENGUINS IN SURPRISE GAME 1 START
Named as the starting goaltender just before puck drop, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots – including all 16 he faced in the first period – to help the Penguins begin their pursuit of a second straight Stanley Cup with a Game 1 victory over the Blue Jackets. Fleury took the crease after Matt Murray, the previously announced starter, was injured in warmup, marking the second time in as many years that Pittsburgh announced a surprise starter for their opening game.

* Fleury picked up his 54th career postseason win (101 GP) to move within two of tying Tom Barrasso (56-42 in 101 GP) for the most in franchise history.

Phil Kessel (1-1—2), who led the Penguins in goals (10) and points (22) during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tallied the game-winning goal.

ROAD CLUBS JUMP OUT TO 1-0 SERIES LEADS
Four of the first five games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs were won by visiting teams, including victories by the Rangers and Bruins:

Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal with 2:33 remaining in regulation to help the Bruins overcome a third-period deficit and win Game 1 against the Senators. Marchand, who tallied career highs in all three scoring categories in 2016-17 (39-46—85), scored his 17th career postseason goal and third playoff game-winner. He scored 11 of those goals as a rookie in 2011 to help Boston win the Stanley Cup.

Henrik Lundqvist denied all 31 shots he faced – including 16 in the first period – to backstop the Rangers to a Game 1 win in Montreal. Lundqvist recorded his 10th career playoff shutout (117 GP) to surpass Mike Richter (9 in 76 GP) for first place on the Rangers’ all-time list. He improved to 3-0 in four career postseason games at Bell Centre (2.01 GAA, .938 SV%, 1 SO), compared to a 4-8-2 record in 15 career regular-season appearances at the building (3.87 GAA, .877 SV%).

* Game 1 marked just the fifth Rangers shutout in 68 all-time postseason meetings against the Canadiens and second recorded in Montreal.

DIFFERENT ROADS TO THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
Two defensemen at different stages of their careers made their Stanley Cup Playoffs debut on Wednesday:

* Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, 19, logged 24:11 TOI in his NHL debut, second among all skaters in OTT-BOS behind Zdeno Chara (25:32 TOI), a veteran of 19 NHL seasons. McAvoy, the 14th overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, signed his entry-level contract on Monday after playing the 2016-17 season with Boston University.

* Penguins defenseman Ron Hainsey made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut after 907 career regular-season games (the most in NHL history before a postseason appearance).

FANS TO PICK NHL’S GREATEST STANLEY CUP TEAM
As part of its Centennial celebration, the NHL announced that during the six-week period from April 13 – May 25, fans will have the opportunity to select the NHL’s Greatest Stanley Cup Team of all-time through a unique, interactive digital and mobile program. The Greatest NHL Teams features all of the NHL’s 96 Stanley Cup winners since the League’s inaugural season in 1917-18 competing head-to-head, with fans determining the outcome.

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LOOSE PUCKS
Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (125 GP) collected his 82nd and 83rd career postseason assists to surpass Jaromir Jagr (82 in 140 GP) for third place in franchise playoff history . . . Oilers captain Connor McDavid, who registered points in each of his last 14 games in 2016-17, notched an assist in his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut . . . Rangers forward Tanner Glass (GWG), who played in only 11 games during the regular season, scored his second career playoff goal (61 GP) . . . Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby topped the list of best-selling player jerseys for 2016-17 . . . ICYMI: The Empire State Building lit up for all 16 playoff teams to mark the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

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NHL Morning Skate for Wednesday, April 12, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Montreal, Game 1, 7 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, MSG
Boston @ Ottawa, Game 1, 7 p.m., NHLN, SN, TVAS2, NESN
Columbus @ Pittsburgh, Game 1, 7:30 p.m., USA, SN360, TVAS3, FS-O, ROOT
St. Louis @ Minnesota, Game 1, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN360, TVAS2, FS-MW, FS-N
San Jose @ Edmonton, Game 1, 10 p.m., USA, SN, TVAS, NBCS CA
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2017 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS OPEN WITH FIVE-GAME SLATE
The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs open tonight with a five-game slate:

* Art Ross Trophy winner Connor McDavid and the Oilers (47-26-9, 103 points), who qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2006, host one of last year’s Stanley Cup finalists when they welcome the Sharks (46-29-7, 99 points) to Rogers Place. This marks the second playoff meeting between these clubs (2006 CSF: EDM 4-2); Edmonton held a 3-1-1 edge in their regular-season series (SJS: 2-3-0).

* The Atlantic Division-winning Canadiens (47-26-9, 103 points) face the Rangers (48-28-6, 102 points) in an Original Six showdown at Bell Centre featuring two star goaltenders: Montreal’s Carey Price (37-20-5, 2.23 GAA, .923 SV%, 3 SO) and New York’s Henrik Lundqvist (31-20-4, 2.74 GAA, .910 SV%, 2 SO). This marks the 16th postseason meeting between these teams (NYR: 8, MTL: 7); the Canadiens swept their three-game, regular-season series (NYR: 0-2-1).

* The defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins (50-21-11, 111 points), led by reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner Sidney Crosby, host the Blue Jackets (50-24-8, 108 points), who set franchise records for wins and points this season, at PPG Paints Arena. This marks the second all-time playoff meeting between these clubs (2014 FR: PIT 4-2); each went 2-1-1 during their regular-season series.

* Atlantic Division rivals collide when the Senators (44-28-10, 98 points) play host to the Bruins (44-31-7, 95 points) at Canadian Tire Centre in their first playoff meeting. Ottawa is led by captain Erik Karlsson (17-54—71 in 2016-17), while Boston is powered by forward Brad Marchand (39-46—85). The Senators swept the regular-season series between these clubs for the first time in franchise history (4 GP).

* The Wild (49-25-8, 106 points), who set franchise records for wins and points in a season, face the Blues (46-29-7, 99 points) at Xcel Energy Center. This marks the second postseason meeting between these teams (2015 FR: MIN 4-2); the Blues held a 3-2-0 edge in their regular-season series (MIN: 2-2-1).

THE IMPORTANCE OF A FAST START
Per Elias, teams that win Game 1 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 447-204 (68.7%).

COACHING CONNECTIONS
Many of the coaches behind the bench on Wednesday have a previous connection to their opponent:

* Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault guided the Canadiens from 1997-00 compiling a 109-118-39 record. The last time Vigneault faced current Montreal coach Claude Julien in the postseason, his Canucks lost in seven games to Julien’s Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

* Oilers head coach Todd McLellan led the Sharks for seven seasons – including back-to-back trips to the Conference Finals in 2010 and 2011 – and holds franchise records for games coached (540) and wins (311).

* Blues head coach Mike Yeo served behind the Wild bench from 2011-16, compiling a 173-132-44 record in the regular season and twice leading Minnesota to playoff series victories.

* Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella and Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan have a deep history. Sullivan – who led Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup last year – served as an assistant on Tortorella’s staff on three occasions (TBL: 2007-08, NYR: 2009-13 and VAN: 2013-14).

NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING RELEASES FINAL RANKINGS FOR 2017 NHL DRAFT
The NHL Central Scouting Bureau released its final rankings for the 2017 NHL Draft, with forward Nolan Patrick of the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings named the top draft-eligible skater, followed closely by Nico Hischier, a center for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.

Click here for final rankings of the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 140 skaters and 13 goaltenders internationally.

2017 NHL DRAFT LOTTERY TO BE HELD APRIL 29 IN TORONTO
The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery, used to determine the order of selection for the first 15 picks in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft, will be held on Saturday, April 29 in Toronto. The results of the Draft Lottery will be announced shortly after 8 p.m., ET, during live coverage of the event on NBC, CBC and TVA. Coverage on CBC begins at 7:30 p.m., ET.

Participants in the Draft Lottery include the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who begin play in the 2017-18 season, and all other Clubs that did not qualify for this season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs (or Clubs that acquired the first-round picks of those non-Playoff Clubs).

Click here for more information, including the allocation of odds for the 1st Lottery Draw of the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery.

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Toronto @ Washington, Game 1, 7 p.m., CBC, USA, TVAS
Nashville @ Chicago, Game 1, 8 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVAS2, FS-TN
Calgary @ Anaheim, Game 1, 10:30 p.m., CBC, NBCSN, TVAS, PRIME
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NHL Morning Skate for Ted uesday, April 11, 2017: A reflection on the recently-completed regular season

A QUICK REFLECTION
A look back at the 2016-17 regular season in advance of the start of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs . . .

RECORD PLAYOFF TURNOVER SHOWCASES COMPETITIVE BALANCE
Intense competitive balance, a hallmark of recent NHL seasons, again was a notable feature in 2016-17 as seven teams made the Stanley Cup Playoffs after not qualifying in 2015-16 (BOS, CGY, CBJ, EDM, MTL, OTT and TOR).

* The seven-team turnover matched the largest year-to-year change in NHL history, equaling the mark achieved in 2014-15. Overall, there has been playoff turnover of at least five clubs in 10 of the past 12 seasons.

* Five Canadian teams qualified for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, one year after – for only the second time in NHL history – none did.

* Four of the bottom five teams from the 2015-16 regular season qualified for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Toronto (30th in 2015-16), Edmonton (29th), Columbus (27th) and Calgary (26th).

* The Maple Leafs became the first team since the 2007-08 Flyers to qualify for the postseason the year after finishing last in the overall NHL standings.

* Seven teams posted double-digit gains in points from the 2015-16 regular season, led by the Oilers (+33), Blue Jackets (+32), Maple Leafs (+26), Canadiens (+21) and Wild (+19).

* Of the League’s 16 playoff teams, three made coaching changes midseason (BOS, MTL and STL). In 2015-16, Pittsburgh’s Mike Sullivan became the sixth head coach in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup after taking over midseason.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Of the 1,230 games contested during the 2016-17 regular season:

* 835 (67.9%) were decided by two or fewer goals;

* 517 (42.0%) saw a team overcome a deficit to win, including 106 multi-goal comebacks; and

* 100 (8.1%) featured a tying goal in the final five minutes, including 33 in last 60 seconds.

Overall, teams were tied or within one goal for 74.2% of the 74,715 minutes and 31 seconds of total playing time.

3-ON-3 OVERTIME SUCCESS CONTINUES
The 2016-17 campaign, the second played under the 3-on-3 overtime format, produced single-season NHL records for overtime goals (190) and highest percentage of overtimes with a goal (65.7%, 190 of 289).

Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk scored a League-leading five overtime goals, equaling the single-season NHL record set by Steven Stamkos in 2011-12 and matched by Jonathan Toews in 2015-16.

McDAVID SHINES IN SOPHOMORE SEASON
Playing just his second NHL season, Oilers captain Connor McDavid led the League with 70 assists and 100 points – as well as 30 multi-point performances – to win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s scoring champion.

* At 20 years, 86 days, McDavid became the third-youngest player in League history to win the Art Ross Trophy, behind only Sidney Crosby (19 years, 244 days in 2006-07) and Wayne Gretzky (20 years, 69 days in 1980-81).

* McDavid became the second Oilers player to capture the Art Ross Trophy and first since Gretzky won seven straight from 1980-81 through 1986-87. He also became the first Oilers player to reach the 100-point milestone since Doug Weight in 1995-96.

* McDavid – who in October became the youngest captain in League history – finished the season on a 14-game point streak (7-18—25), the longest by any NHL player in 2016-17 and longest by any Oilers player since 1987-88.

MORE YOUTH TAKE OVER . . .
Several rookies made a significant impact during the 2016-17 regular season:

* Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, the first overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, led all rookies in goals (40) and points (69) while playing in all 82 games. Matthews, who at age 19 became the fourth rookie League history to score 40 goals in a season before his 20th birthday, also established single-season franchise rookie records for goals and points. Matthews made an immediate impact, registering four goals on opening night to become the first player in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) to score four times in his League debut.

* Two other Maple Leafs rookies, William Nylander (22-39—61) and Mitchell Marner (19-42—61), finished third and fourth, respectively, in rookie scoring. Toronto became the second team in NHL history to have three rookies record at least 60 points. The other: the 1980-81 Nordiques (Peter Stastny: 39-70—109, Anton Stastny: 39-46—85, Dale Hunter: 19-44—63).

* Jets forward Patrik Laine also put together a record-setting campaign, collecting 36-28—64 in 73 games to rank seventh in the League in goals and shatter franchise rookie benchmarks for goals and points in a season. At age 18, Laine became the first player in NHL history to post three hat tricks prior to his 19th birthday as well as the first rookie to notch three hat tricks in one season since 1992-93.

* A total of six rookies – Matthews (40), Laine (36), Carolina’s Sebastian Aho (24), Nylander (22), Toronto’s Connor Brown (20) and Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen (20) – reached the 20-goal mark this season, the most since 2010-11 (7).

* Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski collected 11-36—47 in 78 games to pace rookie defensemen in all three categories and establish franchise records for assists and points in a season by any rookie.

. . . WHILE JAGR CONTINUES TO CLIMB ALL-TIME LISTS
Playing his 23rd NHL season, Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (765-1,149—1,914 in 1,711 GP) posted 16-30—46 while appearing in all 82 games to continue his climb up the League’s record book.

* On Dec. 22 vs. BOS, Jagr registered his 1,888th career point to move past Mark Messier (694-1,193—1,887) and into sole possession of second place in NHL history.

* On Jan. 4 vs. WPG, Jagr collected his 1,136th career assist to move past Paul Coffey (1,135) and into sole possession of fifth place in League history.

* On Feb. 15 at SJS, Jagr celebrated his 45th birthday with an assist, joining Wayne Gretzky (894-1,963—2,857) as the only players in NHL history with 1,900 career points.

CLUBS ENJOY HISTORIC COLLECTION OF LENGTHY WIN STREAKS
For the first time in NHL history, four teams posted win streaks of 10 or more games in the same season:

* The Blue Jackets won 16 consecutive games from Nov. 29 – Jan. 3 to establish the second-longest single-season winning streak in NHL history, behind only the Penguins’ 17-game run from March 9 – April 10, 1993. Columbus finished 2016-17 with a 50-24-8 record (108 points), setting franchise marks for wins and points in a season.

* The Wild established a franchise record with 12 consecutive victories from Dec. 4-29, with their streak ending on New Year’s Eve against the Blue Jackets, in what was the 15th victory of Columbus’ historic run. Minnesota finished 2016-17 with a 49-25-8 record (106 points), also establishing club marks for wins and points in a season.

* The Flyers (Nov. 27 – Dec. 14) won 10 consecutive games for the fourth time in franchise history, while the Flames (Feb. 21 – March 13) posted an equal run to match a club record set in 1978-79.

* Additionally, the Capitals registered nine consecutive victories from Dec. 31 – Jan. 15 and 15 straight home wins from Jan. 1 – March 4 (a franchise record) en route to capturing their second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy. Washington posted a 55-19-8 record (118 points) to become the second team in NHL history to collect at least 55 wins in back-to-back seasons, joining Montreal (1975-76, 1976-77 and 1977-78).

* Also, the Ducks closed the regular season on a 14-game point streak (11-0-3) to win their fifth straight Pacific Division title, becoming the seventh team in NHL history to claim five consecutive division titles and first since the Canucks from 2008-09 through 2012-13.

RED WINGS MISS PLAYOFFS IN JOE LOUIS ARENA’S FINAL SEASON
The Red Wings missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1989-90, ending a run of 25 consecutive postseason appearances – tied for the third-longest such streak in NHL history:

Most Consecutive Playoff Appearances, NHL History
29 – Boston Bruins (1967-68 through 1995-96)
28 – Chicago Blackhawks (1969-70 through 1996-97)
25 – St. Louis Blues (1979-80 through 2003-04)
25 – Detroit Red Wings (1990-91 through 2015-16)

Longest Active Playoff Streaks, NHL
11 – Pittsburgh Penguins (since 2006-07)
9 – Chicago Blackhawks (since 2008-09)
7 – New York Rangers (since 2010-11)
6 – St. Louis Blues (since 2011-12)

The Red Wings also closed the doors on Joe Louis Arena, their home since 1979-80. Playing in his 1,000th NHL game, captain Henrik Zetterberg posted 1-1—2 to lift Detroit to a 4-1 victory over New Jersey in the building’s finale on April 9.

NHL CELEBRATES CENTENNIAL
The NHL launched its year-long Centennial celebration on Jan. 1 at the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings. Among the highlights thus far:

* The League unveiled the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian, selected by a Blue Ribbon Panel comprised of 58 individuals representing more than 1,800 years of experience in the game.

* The NHL also announced that it has commissioned original portraits – painted by renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris – of each member of the 100 Greatest NHL Players, revealed each Monday on NHL.com and League’s social channels.

* The League launched the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, a traveling fan experience that already has made 16 stops, passed through 30 states/provinces and spent 102 days on the road entertaining fans.

* The NHL celebrated the 125th anniversary of the donation of the Stanley Cup, culminating with its designation as a National Historic Event by the government of Canada.

* The League also announced the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic – between the Senators and Canadiens – at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. The game, which will be contested on Dec. 16, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the League’s first games played on Dec. 19, 1917.

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SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Montreal, Game 1, 7 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Boston @ Ottawa, Game 1, 7 p.m., NHLN, SN, TVAS2, NESN
Columbus @ Pittsburgh, Game 1, 7:30 p.m., USA, SN360, TVAS3, FS-O, ROOT
St. Louis @ Minnesota, Game 1, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN360, TVAS2, FS-MW, FS-N
San Jose @ Edmonton, Game 1, 10 p.m., USA, SN, TVAS, NBCS CA
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CBJ assigns Sonny Milano to Cleveland Monsters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  APRIL 10, 2017
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Sonny Milano to the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

 

Milano, 20, has skated in four games with the Blue Jackets this season.  He has also recorded 18 goals and 28 assists for 46 points with 22 penalty minutes in 61 games with Cleveland in 2016-17, leading the club in points and goals (tied) and ranking second in assists.
Selected by the Blue Jackets in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft, Milano has posted 0-1-1 in seven career NHL games.  He made his Blue Jackets’ debut at the New York Islanders on Mar. 31, 2016 and registered his first career point with an assist in the following game at Carolina on Apr. 2, 2016.  He has tallied 32-50-82 with 44 penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in 125 career AHL games.  In his first full pro season, he picked up 14-17-31, 22 penalty minutes and was +12 in 54 games for the Monsters in 2015-16 and added 4-4-8 in 17 playoff games to help the club capture the Calder Cup championship.

Sonny Milano

The Massapequa, New York native spent two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program from 2012-14 and collected 22-46-68 and 24 penalty minutes in 50 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers in 2014-15.  He also notched 2-2-4 in five games for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament.
The Blue Jackets return to action Wednesday when they visit Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Game time from PPG Paints Arena is 7:30 p.m. ET.  Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 7 p.m.  The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan FM, and online at BlueJackets.com.
News regarding the potential on-sale of any last-minute playoff tickets will be shared through the Blue Jackets Flag Bearer e-newsletter and via @BlueJacketsNHL on Twitter. Fans may subscribe to Flag Bearer by visiting the Fan Zone section of BlueJackets.com.   Any tickets that are made available will be on sale at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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