HERNING http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authentic-dylan-larkin-jersey , Denmark (AP) It has been a busy year for Miro Heiskanen and it’s not over yet.The talented defenseman opened it at the junior world championship in Buffalo before becoming a mainstay on the Finnish men’s national team at the next two top tournaments: the Pyeongchang Olympics and the ongoing world championship.In that time the 18-year-old has established himself as a reliable defenseman who has passed the test against top NHL talents at the tournament in Denmark. He plays in the top unit, meaning he has to stop the offensive aces of the opposition and that’s exactly what he has done.NHL leading scorer Connor McDavid could attest to that.On Saturday, Finland upset star-studded Canada captained by McDavid 5-1 and Heiskanen contributed a great deal.He played 18:25 but his best moment came in the middle period when Canada was trailing 3-1 and desperately pressing to score. At one point, McDavid had just an empty net in front of him. Goaltender Harri Sateri was still at the far post and McDavid’s shot from the left circle was heading for goal.But then Heiskanen came seemingly out of no where to Finland’s rescue, tipping the puck to safety.”It was almost in the net but I hit the puck,” Heiskanen said. ”It was a good save.”When the two met in the third period, the result was a two plus two-minute penalty for high sticking for a frustrated McDavid, effectively ending Canada’s chances of a comeback.Finland captain Mikael Granlund praised Heiskanen.”I have seen him at the games here and nothing really surprises me about him,” Granlund said. ”The way he skates Frans Nielsen Jersey Kids , the way he handles the puck and sees the ice. He can play these games. He’s been really, really good this tournament. He’s got a great career ahead of him.”The obvious next step is the NHL.The Dallas Stars picked him with the third overall selection in the 2017 NHL draft and signed him to a three-year entry level contract. He spent last season on loan with IFK Helsinki where he played since he was 17.He finished with 23 points including 11 goals in the regular season and added three goals and nine points in the playoffs.He said the transition has not been a problem.”It was tough sometimes but mostly quite easy because I play with smarter players. Of course, the play is faster than at the junior category and I face stronger guys,” he said.The Denmark tournament proved he is ready to stop the best.”It’s nice to face those guys and see where I am,” Heiskanen said. ”It’s a good test to play them, maybe I will play them next year in the NHL. I want to play there as soon as possible, that’s my goal.”There’s no doubt that he has the skills to make him a highly effective defenseman. But he knows he still has homework to do.”I have to practice hard this summer and get little bit stronger,” he said.It’s not clear when he might get the call from Dallas, though it’s likely to be sooner rather than later.In the meantime Gordie Howe Jersey , he has to do what hockey rookies have to do: after practice with the Finnish national team, he can be found staying late on the ice and picking up pucks. Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings at PPG Paints Arena most likely will give Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray an opportunity for something of a fresh start.Murray, who helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017, not played as well since, at least in part because of injuries. He is expected to start for Pittsburgh (14-11-6) after recovering from a lower-body injury.Murray was put on injured reserve on Thanksgiving after putting up the worst numbers of his career to that point in the season: 4-5-1, an .877 goals-against average and a 4.08 goals-against average.Article continues below ...The time off to heal could help him with a reset.“There’s always benefits,” Murray said of being out. “You’ve got to take the positives out of every situation and run with it. It’s not about dwelling on the fact that you’re not in the lineup or you’re not healthy but using your time to get better in any way that you can.”Murray came off IR Wednesday, but the Penguins opted to have him back up Casey DeSmith that night in a 6-3 loss at Chicago and again Friday in a 5-3 win against Boston, when DeSmith made a career-high 48 saves.“We’re trying to put Matt in the best possible position to be successful Authentic Gustav Nyquist Jersey ,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said of waiting until at least Saturday to start Murray.“He’s had one team practice and a morning skate (since getting full medical clearance).“The reality is, we’re playing back-to-backs, so they’re both going to get games. … When you look at the schedule, both in the short-term playing back-to-back, but also in the bigger picture where we play six games in nine nights, both of these guys are going to get playing time.”The Kings (11-20-2) were already in Pittsburgh Friday and got to relax while the Penguins played.Not that their season has been very relaxing.The Kings sit last in the NHL. They lost Thursday at Columbus 4-1 and are 0-2-1 going into final game of a road trip.“We have to be a lot better if we want to win games in this league,” Kings center Jeff Carter said. “That’s the bottom line here. We need to have more from everybody, myself included.”There is a lot of statistical evidence to show that Los Angeles has earned its spot on the cellar.A glaring one is the 1-for-17 lull on the power play over the past eight games, along with giving up six opponent power-play goals in that span.“It’s been a common theme this year Womens Henrik Zetterberg Jersey ,” Carter said. “We’ve lost the special teams battles way too much this year, and it’s a huge, huge part of where we’re at.”Among the other defining numbers, the Kings are 1-13-1 when they trail after the first period, 0-16-0 when they trail entering the third period.The Kings will be without defenseman Dion Phaneuf for the second straight game. He has returned to Los Angeles because of an upper-body injury.“He will be (out of the lineup) a little bit of time,” interim coach Willie Desjardins said.Pittsburgh could be without its top defenseman, Kris Letang, who left Friday’s game late in the third period with an apparent left leg injury after colliding with Boston’s Joakim Nordstrom. There was no postgame update on his status.