2014-15 Nhl Season Preview — Offseason Training A Booming Business In Nhl – Espn

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Injuries open door for Rangers’ youth – Hockey – NorthJersey.com

O’Brien also has his group make an annual trip to Vail, Colorado, at the end of every summer for altitude training. Although he said the experts are split on how beneficial the physical effects are, O’Brien likes knowing his players are exerting themselves to maximum degrees — a mental task as much as a physical one. Some team togetherness and bonding in an isolated location free from coaches, fans and media doesn’t hurt, either. “It was a good week out there,” Tavares told ESPN.com of his week in Vail this summer. “It always gets me ready for the season.” Meanwhile, Connecticut-based Prentiss prides himself on a legion of motivated players to whom his devotion is a constant. Understanding that the needs and schedules of every player are different, Prentiss is as accommodating as possible in helping guys train at their convenience, without sacrificing personal attention. He’ll be in the gym on the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, you name it. Max Pacioretty wants to be in the gym working out at noon the day after his wedding? No problem, Prentiss said. Prentiss understands that each player deals with different demands off the ice, part of why his flexibility is so important. Veteran New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis might be getting up at the crack of dawn to take his kids to hockey, and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick might have been up late with his young son. source: http://espn.go.com/nhl/preview2014/story/_/id/11587202/2014-15-nhl-season-preview-offseason-training-booming-business-nhl

Blackhawks vs. Rangers preview: A new preseason opponent on Friday – Yahoo Sports

The game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT from the UC. How to watch: The game is being broadcast on CSN Chicago, a welcomed return after last night’s game missed the airwaves. We missed out on (or at least didn’t read tweets about) many of the big names on Thursday as they sat out, and it’s unclear for now how the lineup will roll out tonight. It appears that Teuvo Teravainen , Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom will have to wait until Sunday in Saskatoon to make their respective preseason debuts, which wouldn’t be so disappointing if the game wasn’t a radio-only broadcast. It appears that several bigger names will be playing tonight, however. Here’s the initial game rosters for both teams: #blackhawks lineup tonight against the Rangers. More of the regulars will play, but no Teuvo. pic.twitter.com/tRjGFcEPQ5 Brian Sandalow (@BrianSandalow) September 26, 2014 As for the opponent, New York is expected to play a number of its top players Friday as well, including a top line of Rick Nash , Derick Brassard and rookie Anthony Duclair . The Rangers are still trying to figure things out after losing top center Derek Stepan to a leg injury, and we’ll get an early look at those efforts. One player who apparently won’t be suiting up for Alain Vigneault is forward Kevin Hayes , who’s competing for a roster spot this spring. Of course, there are probably at least a few of you who think Hayes should be doing the same thing in a Hawks uniform right now. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-vs-rangers-preview-preseason-180002751.html

And So It Begins – Yahoo Sports

So rookie Kevin Hayes may get a longer look at center rather than being switched to right wing, as he was for Sundays practice. Or rookie center Oscar Lindberg may play again tonight. Left wing Anthony Duclair, 19, definitely will be in tonights lineup, looking to follow up his one-goal, one-assist performance in Fridays 4-1 win at Chicago, which included some smart defensive play. Other than a turnover and a penalty, it was nearly a flawless debut. “I come to the rink every day ready to work and well see what happens,” said Duclair, knowing the Rangers plan entering training camp was to return him to his junior team. “Obviously, Id like to get another few games in before they make a decision. I need to show them Im a quick learner.” Both Lombardi and Malone have been injury prone in recent seasons. The concussion-prone Lombardi, 32, who played in the Swiss A League last season, has not made it through an NHL season healthy since 2009-10. Malone, 34, has missed significant time in each of the past two seasons. “It definitely does,” coach Alain Vigneault said when asked whether training camp injuries to Lombardi and Malone raised a red flag for him. “Theres opportunity here but theyve got to play to get the opportunity and theyre both hurt. source: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/hockey/injuries-open-door-for-rangers-youth-1.1098133

Chicago started to take shots and by the time Bryan Bickell scored with 5:54 remaining the gap in shots had narrowed to 10-7 for the Oilers by the end of the period shots were even at 10 a piece. Second Period The second period began with the news that Andrew Ference had left the game with an injury and would not be returning to the game. Both teams came out flat to start the second with only 2 shots (by Chicago) in the first 3 minutes. At the 17:07 mark Jeremy Morin was gifted a pass when he was all alone but Bachman was able to kick out the pad and made a fantastic stop. About 30 seconds later Jessee Joensuu rang a shot off the iron (which seemed to be the Oilers calling card in the game). The teams went 4v4 for about a minute but nothing really happened that was to speak of. With 6:50 remaining Trevor Van Reimsdyk got a great shot off but again Bachman came up big. At 5:01 the Oilers got another power play after David Rundblad hooked up Teddy Purrcel on a partial break. The Oilers were unable to generate a shot on the ensuing powerplay. At this point you may want to skip to the end because things get kinda stupid. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/begins-042251511.html

 

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