2013–14 NHL season

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2013–14 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 1, 2013 – April 13, 2014
Number of games 82
Number of teams 30
Total attendance 52,347,789
Regular season
Presidents' Trophy Boston Bruins
Season MVP Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh)
Top scorer Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh)
Playoffs
Eastern champions New York Rangers
  Eastern runners-up Montreal Canadiens
Western champions Los Angeles Kings
  Western runners-up Chicago Blackhawks
Playoffs MVP Justin Williams
Stanley Cup
Champions Los Angeles Kings
  Runners-up New York Rangers
NHL seasons

The 2013–14 NHL season was the 97th season of operation (96th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). This season features a realignment of the league's 30 teams from a six to a four division format. The regular season began Tuesday, October 1, and concluded Sunday, April 13. The Stanley Cup playoffs began April 16.

League business[edit]

Realignment[edit]

The relocation of the former Atlanta Thrashers franchise to the current Winnipeg Jets in 2011 prompted the league to discuss realignment. On December 5, 2011, the NHL Board of Governors approved a conference realignment plan that would eliminate the current six-division setup and move into a four-conference structure from the 2012–2013 season.[1] Under the plan, which was designed to better accommodate the effects of time zone differences, each team would have played 50 or 54 intra-conference games, depending on whether it was in a seven- or eight-team conference, and two games (home and road) against each non-conference team. On January 6, 2012, the league announced that the NHLPA had rejected the proposed realignment, citing concerns about fairness, travel and the inability to see a draft schedule before approving, and that as a result, it would not implement the realignment until at least 2013–14.[2][3]

Upon NHLPA rejection of the previous realignment, a new joint NHL-NHLPA plan was proposed in February 2013 as a modification of the previous plan with both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings moving to the East and the Winnipeg Jets moving to the West. This revised plan also adjusted the previously proposed four-conference system to a four-division/two-conference system, with the Eastern Conference consisting of two eight-team divisions, and the Western Conference consisting of two seven-team divisions. A new playoff format was also introduced to accommodate the new proposal, with the top three teams in each division making the playoffs, along with two wild-cards in each conference (for a total of 16 playoff teams).[4] The NHLPA officially gave its consent to the NHL's proposed realignment plan on March 7,[5] and then the NHL's Board of Governors approved the realignment and the new playoff format on March 14, to be implemented prior to the 2013–2014 season.[6] The league then announced the names of the divisions on July 19: the two eight-team divisions in the Eastern Conference would be the Atlantic Division and the Metropolitan Division, and the two seven-team divisions in the Western Conference would be the Central Division and the Pacific Division.[7]

The new alignment was as follows:

Canadian TV deals[edit]

The league's Canadian broadcast agreements with CBC and TSN/RDS expired at the end of the season.[8] During negotiations, budget cuts had decreased CBC's chances of maintaining rights to Hockey Night in Canada, while Bell Media expressed interest in acquiring more games to broadcast on TSN and possibly air on CTV.[9]

On November 26, 2013, the NHL announced it had sold twelve seasons' worth of exclusive national broadcast rights to NHL games to Rogers Media, who would broadcast games across its numerous platforms, including Sportsnet, Sportsnet One, and City, at a price of C$5.2 billion. Hockey Night in Canada would continue on the CBC for the next four seasons; the CBC would give Rogers six hours of free airtime each night to air the broadcasts but paid no rights fee. CBC would be allotted time during the broadcasts to promote its other programming. French language broadcasts moved to TVA Sports. The moves left Bell Media shut out of NHL broadcasts except for its regional properties.[10]

Rule changes[edit]

  • All players with fewer than 25 games experience were required to wear visors. The additional minor penalty for instigating a fight when wearing a visor was removed. Players were now assessed an extra minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct should they remove their helmet prior to fighting.[11]
  • Jerseys which were not worn properly (such as being tucked in), and other equipment infractions would now result in a minor penalty.
  • The base of the goal frame was now shallower and narrower by 4 inches. The overall width of the base of the frame was reduced from 96 to 88 inches and the depth of the base of the frame was reduced from 44 to 40 inches.[12] Additionally, the corners where the goal post meets the crossbar were bent with a smaller radius, allowing more area across the goal plane.[13] The size of the goal itself remains 6 feet wide and 4 feet tall.
  • The attainable pass exception to the icing rule was removed. Officials would nullify a potential icing only if a player made contact with the puck.
  • Goaltender's equipment was modified. Pads couldn't rise higher on the goaltender's leg than 45 percent of the distance between the center of the knee and pelvis. The pads could rise no higher than nine inches above the knee for goalies with an upper-leg measurement of 20 inches.
  • A new hybrid icing rule was adopted. The hybrid icing rule required officials to stop play immediately in a potential icing situation where, in the judgement of the official, the defender would win a race to the puck ahead of an attacker, and the puck would cross the goal line. The official was to make his judgement when a player gains an imaginary line connecting the end-zone faceoff dots. Note that the first player to gain this imaginary line may not have been the one who would win a race to the puck.[11]

Uniforms[edit]

  • The Dallas Stars debuted a new logo, featuring a star with the letter D on it, as well as redesigned uniforms. The green on the uniform was restored as the dominant color, using a brighter shade called "Victory Green," reminiscent of the team before their move to Dallas, thus making the colors easier to distinguish.[14]
  • The Nashville Predators add a slightly tapered gold stripe to the pants and they reverse the color pattern on their road socks. Previously, the color pattern matched that of the ends of the sleeves.
  • The Anaheim Ducks introduced a replica of their inaugural 1993–94 jersey to wear in a regular season game against the Ottawa Senators on October 13.
  • The Anaheim Ducks, Florida Panthers, and Boston Bruins were all wearing special patches to commemorate their first season in the NHL. The Ducks and Panthers were each wearing 20th season patches, and the Bruins were wearing 90th season patches. The Bruins' commemorative patch features six stars which signify the franchise's six Stanley Cup victories.
  • The Carolina Hurricanes debuted a new uniform design that features different striping patterns on the home and away jerseys.[15]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings wore specialized jerseys for the 2014 Winter Classic.
  • The Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins retired their third jerseys.
  • The San Jose Sharks modified their home and away jerseys.[16]
  • The Minnesota Wild changed their away jersey.
  • The Buffalo Sabres added a new third jersey, featuring a gold front and navy back.
  • The Calgary Flames retired their throwback third, and added a new third jersey partially inspired by Western wear.
  • The New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks each unveiled new jerseys featuring chromed logos for the 2014 Stadium Series.
  • Although the New Jersey Devils also introduced a chromed version of their original red and green logo, they wore their red and green throwback jerseys unaltered (save for a Stadium Series patch) for their Stadium Series game against the Rangers.
  • The Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks wore specialized jerseys for the 2014 Heritage Classic. The Canucks reused the 1915 Vancouver Millionaires design from the previous season, while the Senators wore an off-white version of their black third jersey.

Regular season[edit]

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 2012–13 coach 2013–14 coach
Dallas Stars Glen Gulutzan Lindy Ruff
Edmonton Oilers Ralph Krueger Dallas Eakins
New York Rangers John Tortorella Alain Vigneault
Vancouver Canucks Alain Vigneault John Tortorella
Colorado Avalanche Joe Sacco Patrick Roy
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Philadelphia Flyers Peter Laviolette Craig Berube
Buffalo Sabres Ron Rolston Ted Nolan
Florida Panthers Kevin Dineen Peter Horachek
Winnipeg Jets Claude Noel Paul Maurice

With realignment, a new scheduling format was introduced. Among the changes, the scheduling of inter-conference games ensured that all 30 teams would play in all 30 arenas at least once per season.[6] Each team played 82 games - 50 or 54 games within their conference, depending on whether they were in a seven- or eight-team division, and two games (home and road) against each non-conference club. The regular season opened on October 1, 2013, with the first game seeing the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the home team Montreal Canadiens by a score of 4-3.[17]

The annual Christmas trade freeze was in effect from December 20, 2013 through December 26, 2013.[18]

Olympics[edit]

There was no all-star game this season, due to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Prior to the season, NHL, IIHF, and Olympic officials reached an agreement to send NHL players to the Olympics game. The league took a break on February 9 and resumed play on February 25.[19] All players participating in their respective national teams gathered in four U.S. airports and flew to Sochi on February 9 and 10.

Winter Classic[edit]

The 2014 NHL Winter Classic was held on January 1, 2014. The game, the sixth Winter Classic, featured the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The game was originally planned to be played on January 1, 2013, as the 2013 NHL Winter Classic, but was postponed due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout.[20]

HBO once again produced a four-part documentary chronicling the preparation of the two teams for the Winter Classic as part of its sports series 24/7 The special also aired in Canada on Sportsnet.[21]

Heritage Classic returns[edit]

Main article: 2014 Heritage Classic

The 2014 NHL Heritage Classic featured the Ottawa Senators facing off against the home team Vancouver Canucks at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. This was third Heritage Classic game held in Canada following the Heritage Classic in 2011 when the Calgary Flames defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4–0 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Unlike previous Heritage Classics, the 2014 event was technically held indoors; BC Place kept its retractable roof closed because of inclement weather.

Debut of the Stadium Series[edit]

On May 1, 2013, the NHL announced that the Chicago Blackhawks would host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field in Chicago on March 1, 2014, as part of the new NHL Stadium Series.[22] The NHL announced an unprecedented six outdoor NHL games for the 2013–14 season: one Winter Classic, four Stadium Series games, and a Heritage Classic game.

For the two Stadium Series games they were involved in at Yankee Stadium, the New York Rangers were the away team due to contract obligations with Madison Square Garden as they can't receive income from other venues in New York as the home team (this claim is dubious as Madison Square Garden owns the team and could theoretically waive that clause with its own team at any time).[citation needed]

The six outdoor games were:

Date Site Away team Home team
January 1, 2014 Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan Toronto Maple Leafs Detroit Red Wings
January 25, 2014[23] Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Anaheim Ducks Los Angeles Kings
January 26, 2014[24] Yankee Stadium, New York City New York Rangers New Jersey Devils
January 29, 2014[24] Yankee Stadium, New York City New York Rangers New York Islanders
March 1, 2014[25] Soldier Field, Chicago Pittsburgh Penguins Chicago Blackhawks
March 2, 2014[25] BC Place, Vancouver Ottawa Senators Vancouver Canucks

On November 18, 2013, the league announced NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other: a new seven part series showing behind the scene footage of top NHL players during the season. The program followed multiple players as they competed in the regular season, the Stadium Series, the Heritage Classic, and the Sochi Olympics. Unlike 24/7, language by players and coaches would be censored. The program aired in the United States on the NBC Sports Network starting on January 22, and in Canada on CBC starting on January 23.[26]

Postponed games[edit]

The Carolina Hurricanes-Buffalo Sabres game originally scheduled for January 7 was postponed due to the 2014 North American cold wave. It was rescheduled for February 25.[27]

The Philadelphia Flyers postponed their game against the Hurricanes from January 21 to 22 due to the city of Philadelphia declaring a snow emergency. This resulted in the Hurricanes postponing their match with the Ottawa Senators from January 24 to 25 due to a rule stating that a team may not play games on three consecutive days.

The Dallas Stars postponed their March 10 game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets after Dallas player Rich Peverley, who had a history of heart problems, collapsed while on the players' bench midway through the first period, with Columbus leading 1–0. The game was abandoned at that point. This game was rescheduled for April 9. The game ran for 60 minutes, with Columbus leading 1–0 to start the game with a goal credited to Nathan Horton and assists credited to Matt Calvert and James Wisniewski. All other statistics were expunged. In the rescheduled game, the Blue Jackets won 3-1. This mirrors the actions taken by the league during a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators on November 21, 2005.[28]

Standings[edit]

Top 3 (Atlantic Division)[29]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 p – Boston Bruins 82 54 19 9 51 261 177 117
2 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 46 27 9 38 240 215 101
3 Montreal Canadiens 82 46 28 8 40 215 204 100
Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)[29]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 51 24 7 44 249 207 109
2 New York Rangers 82 45 31 6 41 218 193 96
3 Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 30 10 39 236 235 94
Wild Card teams[29]
R (Top 2 qualify for playoffs) Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Columbus Blue Jackets ME 82 43 32 7 38 231 216 93
2 Detroit Red Wings AT 82 39 28 15 34 222 230 93
3 Washington Capitals ME 82 38 30 14 28 235 240 90
4 New Jersey Devils ME 82 35 29 18 35 197 208 88
5 Ottawa Senators AT 82 37 31 14 30 236 265 88
6 Toronto Maple Leafs AT 82 38 36 8 29 231 256 84
7 Carolina Hurricanes ME 82 36 35 11 34 207 230 83
8 New York Islanders ME 82 34 37 11 25 225 267 79
9 Florida Panthers AT 82 29 45 8 21 196 268 66
10 Buffalo Sabres AT 82 21 51 10 14 157 248 52

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, ME – Metropolitan

bold – Clinched Playoff spot, y – Clinched Division, p – Won Presidents' Trophy (best record in NHL)


Top 3 (Central Division)[29]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Colorado Avalanche 82 52 22 8 47 250 220 112
2 St. Louis Blues 82 52 23 7 43 248 191 111
3 Chicago Blackhawks 82 46 21 15 40 267 220 107
Top 3 (Pacific Division)[29]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – Anaheim Ducks 82 54 20 8 51 266 209 116
2 San Jose Sharks 82 51 22 9 41 249 200 111
3 Los Angeles Kings 82 46 28 8 38 206 174 100
Wild Card Teams[29]
R (Top 2 qualify for playoffs) Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Minnesota Wild CE 82 43 27 12 35 207 206 98
2 Dallas Stars CE 82 40 31 11 36 235 228 91
3 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 37 30 15 31 216 231 89
4 Nashville Predators CE 82 38 32 12 36 216 242 88
5 Winnipeg Jets CE 82 37 35 10 29 227 237 84
6 Vancouver Canucks PA 82 36 35 11 31 196 223 83
7 Calgary Flames PA 82 35 40 7 28 209 241 77
8 Edmonton Oilers PA 82 29 44 9 25 203 270 67

bold – Clinched Playoff spot, y – Clinched Division, z – Clinched Conference

Divisions: CE – Central, PA – Pacific


Tie Breakers:
1. Fewer number of games played.
2. Greater Regulation + OT Wins (ROW)
3. Greater number of points earned in head-to-head play. (If teams played an unequal # of head-to-head games, the result of the first game on the home ice of the team with the extra home game is discarded.)
4. Greater Goal differential

  • Columbus were given a higher wild card seed than Detroit due to a higher amount of ROW's (38 to 34)

Player statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

The following players led the league in regular season points.[30]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 80 36 68 104 +18 46
Getzlaf, RyanRyan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks 77 31 56 87 +28 31
Giroux, ClaudeClaude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers 82 28 58 86 +7 46
Seguin, TylerTyler Seguin Dallas Stars 80 37 47 84 +16 18
Perry, CoreyCorey Perry Anaheim Ducks 81 43 39 82 +32 65
Kessel, PhilPhil Kessel Toronto Maple Leafs 82 37 43 80 -5 −5 27
Hall, TaylorTaylor Hall Edmonton Oilers 75 27 53 80 -15 −15 44
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 78 51 28 79 -35 −35 48
Pavelski, JoeJoe Pavelski San Jose Sharks 82 41 38 79 +23 32
Benn, JamieJamie Benn Dallas Stars 81 34 45 79 +21 64

Leading goaltenders[edit]

The following goaltenders led the league in regular season goals against average while playing at least 1800 minutes.[31]

Player Team GP TOI W L OTL GA SO SV% GAA
Schneider, CoryCory Schneider New Jersey Devils 45 !!!!!2679:54 2679:54 16 15 12 88 3 .921 1.97
Rask, TuukkaTuukka Rask Boston Bruins 58 !!!!!3386:27 3386:27 36 15 6 115 7 .930 2.04
Quick, JonathanJonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings 49 !!!!!2904:26 2904:26 27 17 4 100 6 .915 2.07
Bishop, BenBen Bishop Tampa Bay Lightning 63 !!!!!3586:21 3586:21 37 14 7 133 5 .924 2.23
Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak St. Louis/Washington 52 !!!!!2938:35 2938:35 29 13 7 110 5 .921 2.25
Crawford, CoreyCorey Crawford Chicago Blackhawks 59 !!!!!3395:01 3395:01 32 16 10 128 2 .917 2.26
Khudobin, AntonAnton Khudobin Carolina Hurricanes 36 !!!!!2084:18 2084:18 19 14 1 80 1 .926 2.30
Price, CareyCarey Price Montreal Canadiens 59 !!!!!3464:22 3464:22 34 20 5 134 6 .927 2.32
Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist New York Rangers 63 !!!!!3655:19 3655:19 33 24 5 144 5 .920 2.36
Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury Pittsburgh Penguins 64 !!!!!3792:24 3792:24 39 18 5 150 5 .915 2.37

Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
A1  Boston 4  
WC  Detroit 1  
  A1  Boston 3  
  A3  Montreal 4  
A2  Tampa Bay 0
A3  Montreal 4  
  A3  Montreal 2  
Eastern Conference
  M2  NY Rangers 4  
M1  Pittsburgh 4  
WC  Columbus 2  
  M1  Pittsburgh 3
  M2  NY Rangers 4  
M2  NY Rangers 4
M3  Philadelphia 3  
  M2  NY Rangers 1
  P3  Los Angeles 4
C1  Colorado 3  
WC  Minnesota 4  
  WC  Minnesota 2
  C3  Chicago 4  
C2  St. Louis 2
C3  Chicago 4  
  C3  Chicago 3
Western Conference
  P3  Los Angeles 4  
P1  Anaheim 4  
WC  Dallas 2  
  P1  Anaheim 3
  P3  Los Angeles 4  
P2  San Jose 3
P3  Los Angeles 4  


NHL awards[edit]

Awards will be presented at the NHL Awards ceremony, to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 24, 2014. Finalists for voted awards were announced during the playoffs, and the winners will be presented at the award ceremony. Voting concluded immediately after the end of the regular season. The President's Trophy, the Prince of Wales Trophy and Clarence S. Campbell Bowl will not be presented at the awards ceremony. The Lester Patrick Trophy was announced during the summer and presented in the fall.

2013–14 NHL awards
Award Recipient(s) Runner(s)-up/Finalists
Stanley Cup Los Angeles Kings New York Rangers
Presidents' Trophy
(Best regular-season record)
Boston Bruins Anaheim Ducks
Prince of Wales Trophy
(Eastern Conference champion)
New York Rangers Montreal Canadiens
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
(Western Conference champion)
Los Angeles Kings Chicago Blackhawks
Art Ross Trophy
(Top scorer)
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
(Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication)
Dominic Moore (New York Rangers) Jaromir Jagr (New Jersey Devils)
Manny Malhotra (Carolina Hurricanes)
Calder Memorial Trophy
(Best first-year player)
Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) Tyler Johnson (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Ondrej Palat (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Conn Smythe Trophy
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Justin Williams (Los Angeles Kings) N/A
Frank J. Selke Trophy
(Defensive forward)
Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins) Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Hart Memorial Trophy
(Most valuable player, regular season)
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)
Jack Adams Award
(Best coach)
Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) Mike Babcock (Detroit Red Wings)
Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning)
James Norris Memorial Trophy
(Best defenseman)
Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks) Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins)
Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
King Clancy Memorial Trophy
(Leadership and humanitarian contribution)
Andrew Ference (Edmonton Oilers) N/A
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
(Sportsmanship and excellence)
Ryan O'Reilly (Colorado Avalanche) Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks)
Martin St. Louis (New York Rangers/Tampa Bay Lightning)
Ted Lindsay Award
(Outstanding player)
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)
Mark Messier Leadership Award
(Leadership and community activities)
Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings) Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
(Top goal-scorer)
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks)
NHL Foundation Player Award
(Award for community enrichment)
Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins) Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks)
Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks)
NHL General Manager of the Year Award
(Top general manager)
Bob Murray (Anaheim Ducks) Marc Bergevin (Montreal Canadiens)
Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings)
Vezina Trophy
(Best goaltender)
Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins) Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche)
William M. Jennings Trophy
(Goaltender(s) of team with fewest goals against)
Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings) Tuukka Rask & Chad Johnson (Boston Bruins)
Lester Patrick Trophy
(Service to ice hockey in U.S.)
TBA

All-Star teams[edit]

  Position   First Team Second Team Position All-Rookie
G Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche G Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks
D Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks Shea Weber, Nashville Predators D Torey Krug, Boston Bruins
D Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues D Hampus Lindholm, Anaheim Ducks
C Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks F Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning
RW Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals F Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
LW Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks F Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning

Milestones[edit]

First games[edit]

The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game during the 2013–14 season, listed with their first team:

Player Team Notability
Nathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche First overall pick in the 2013 Draft

Last games[edit]

The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2013–14, listed with their team:

Player Team Notability
Daniel Alfredsson[32] Detroit Red Wings Calder Memorial Trophy winner, 6-time NHL All-Star, King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner, Mark Messier Leadership Award winner, over 1200 games played.
Martin Biron[33] New York Rangers One of four players and the only goalie in league history to play for all three teams in the state of New York (Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and New York Rangers), played 508 games over 16 seasons.
Jean-Sébastien Giguère[34] Colorado Avalanche 2003 Conn Smythe winner, 2007 Stanley Cup champion with Anaheim; and Best NHL Player ESPY Award 2003, the last active player to have been a member of the Hartford Whalers.
Saku Koivu[35] Anaheim Ducks Over 1100 games played; Bill Masterton Trophy winner; King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner; NHL All-Star
George Parros[36] Montreal Canadiens 2007 Stanley Cup champion.
Teemu Selanne[37] Anaheim Ducks 2007 Stanley Cup champion with Anaheim; inaugural Maurice Richard Trophy winner; played in 1451 games. He is 11th on the all-time NHL goal list with 675, and is 15th on the all-time NHL point list with 1457.
Ryan Smyth[38] Edmonton Oilers Won Gold Medal in 2002 Winter Olympics with Team Canada, played over 1270 games in 19 seasons.

Major milestones reached[edit]

  • On October 17, 2013, Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall broke Wayne Gretzky's franchise record when he scored twice in eight seconds. Gretzky had held the franchise record for fastest two goals by one player since December 18, 1981, when he scored twice in nine seconds.[40]
  • On December 18, 2013, New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 122nd career game-winning goal, the most in league history. Gordie Howe held that record dating back to the 1967 season.[45]
  • On March 1, 2014, New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 700th career goal, becoming the seventh player in league history to reach this milestone.[49]
  • On March 6, 2014, Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon broke one of Wayne Gretzky's records by earning a point in his 13th consecutive game, as the longest point streak by an 18-year-old. Gretzky had held the record for most consecutive points by an 18-year-old since the 1979–80 NHL season.[51]
  • On March 18, 2014, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist passed Mike Richter to achieve the most wins in franchise history with his 302nd career victory.[55]
  • On April 10, 2014, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov set a franchise record for wins in a season with his 41st victory. He surpassed former goalie and current head coach Patrick Roy's record of 40 set during the 2000–01 NHL season.[62]

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