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Posted On Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 6:42 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

White overtime goal gives U.S. Under-18 gold medal

Colin White, No. 29 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft, scored with 7:16 left in overtime to give the United States a 2-1 win against Finland in the gold-medal game of the 2015 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Zug, Switzerland.

Right wing Jeremy Bracco skated the puck into the Finland zone along the left-wing boards and cut through the high slot, drawing the attention of the Finland defense. White found an open spot behind them in the slot and one-timed Bracco's pass past Finland goalie Veini Vehvilainen.

"This is unbelievable," White said, according to the IIHF website. "Winning on an overtime game-winner … there's no feeling like it. A lot of credit goes to my linemates. Jeremy Bracco put the puck right on my stick. I was lucky enough to put it in."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 3:38 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Top draft prospects focused on Memorial Cup

While most of the hockey world is focused on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a number of top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft are pushing to advance to the Memorial Cup.

The champions from the top three Canadian junior leagues, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League, will join the host Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL for the 2015 Memorial Cup tournament, which will be held May 21-31.

The final push starts Thursday in the Ontario Hockey League when the Erie Otters host the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in Game 1 of the OHL Western Conference Final.

Leading Erie is center Connor McDavid, who leads all OHL players in goals (11) and points (23). The top-ranked player in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, McDavid has at least one point in all nine of Erie's playoff games.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.11.2015 / 11:37 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers will have a different look to their lineup Saturday against the Ottawa Senators (12:30 p.m. ET; SN, RDS2, TSN5, CSN-PH).

The Senators enter the final day of the season holding the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and need at least one point against the Flyers to clinch their playoff spot. They also can move as high as third in the Atlantic Division with a win and a regulation loss by the Detroit Red Wings.

The Senators still can get into the postseason with a regulation loss but would need help from the Pittsburgh Penguins or Boston Bruins.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.09.2015 / 2:14 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The city of Philadelphia was a special place for the Lowe family prior to Thursday.

But with Carolina Hurricanes rookie defenseman Keegan Lowe making his NHL debut here against the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, CSN-PH), the area earned even more meaning.

Kevin Lowe, now the president of hockey operations of the Edmonton Oilers, was part of the Oilers' championship teams that beat the Flyers in the Stanley Cup Final in 1985 and 1987.

"He was able to get here before me yesterday so he picked me up from the airport," Keegan Lowe, 22, said. "So we were driving into the city, going to the restaurants he would have gone to when he was here playing, telling a few stories. Definitely awesome to have him here. … First thing he said was that [Philadelphia] is one of the best places in the League to play your first game."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.07.2015 / 2:07 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The New York Islanders will use injuries as opportunities Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNP, MSG+ 2, CSN-PH).

The Islanders can clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with one point Tuesday against the Flyers, or if the Ottawa Senators lose in any fashion against the Pittsburgh Penguins. But they'll have to do it shorthanded, as center Frans Nielsen and left wing Matt Martin won't play because of undisclosed injuries.

Right wing Michael Grabner, a healthy scratch the past eight games, will return to the lineup, as will right wing Colin McDonald, who has been scratched the past 12 games.

"I think I've said this over the last three or four weeks, we have some injuries like every other team," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said after an optional morning skate. "But this gives an opportunity. Michael Grabner will be back in there tonight, Colin McDonald will be back in there tonight. Guys are going to get an opportunity to step up and play some minutes."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 12:31 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers' injury list will be a bit longer Saturday when they play the San Jose Sharks (1 p.m. ET; CSN-CA, CSN-PH).

The Flyers will be without defensemen Mark Streit and Carlo Colaiacovo, who have the flu. They also are missing Luke Schenn because of a lower-body injury and Andrew MacDonald, who sustained a season-ending upper-body injury Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Flyers recalled defensemen Mark Alt and Oliver Lauridsen from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League under emergency conditions Saturday.

Alt will make his NHL debut; he had one goal and six assists in 33 AHL games. Lauridsen will play his first NHL game since the 2012-13 season. He was called up earlier this season but did not get into a game.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 1:52 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- There was a bit of a gasp when the Chicago Blackhawks looked at one end of the ice and saw medical and training staff attending to goaltender Corey Crawford during practice Wednesday.

Crawford was hit in the mask by a Bryan Bickell shot, but after a quick stop off the ice he was back in the crease to finish practice. Coach Joel Quenneville confirmed Crawford would start in goal against the Philadelphia Flyers (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TVA Sports).

"Happens sometimes," Crawford said. "Was a shot, hit me in the head. Just a shot. Happens sometimes. Just a weird play, that's all."

While Crawford downplayed it, his teammates had a bit of concern.

"We're hoping he's OK," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "We all know what he's meant to us this year. I talk about [Patrick] Kane or some of our other players we've played without, but it's another thing to lose a goaltender, especially one like Crow [Crawford]."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 11:10 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Flyers' Umberger set for season-ending surgery

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers forward R.J. Umberger will have surgery Wednesday to repair torn muscles in his right abdomen and hip, the Flyers announced Saturday. Recovery time is expected to be about 10 weeks.

Umberger, 32, has a career-worst 15 points in 67 games this season, and has been scratched from the lineup the previous two games. His nine goals are the second-fewest of his career, after the eight goals he had in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Umberger's injuries have bothered him for a while.

"I had a good talk with him two days ago," Hextall said. "I would say probably more of the season than less."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.10.2015 / 2:11 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Stars at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- After a lost weekend, the Philadelphia Flyers returned to work Tuesday looking forward, not back, starting with their game Tuesday against the visiting Dallas Stars.

The Flyers went into the weekend four points behind the Boston Bruins in the race for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They were less than 15 seconds from cutting that deficit to two points, leading the Bruins 2-1, when the Bruins tied the game and won in overtime. Then the Flyers lost 5-2 to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday after the Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings, and by Sunday night they were seven points behind the Bruins.

"Sunday was awful, can't really sugarcoat it any other way," Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds said. "It wasn't ideal. But you've got to forget about that one quickly. If you don't forget about it, it's going to be a detriment to the team. Short memories and keep going."

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Posted On Thursday, 03.05.2015 / 5:43 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blues at Flyers

Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo's first game with the St. Louis Blues will come in a familiar place.

Bortuzzo, acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, will play Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center, a building he knows well from his four seasons with the Penguins.

"This building is obviously fun to play in," Bortuzzo told the Blues website Thursday. "I had a couple good battles in here. It's exciting."

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I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.

— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday