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Posted On Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 10:45 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Ekblad to showcase skills at Super Series games

Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad, expected to be one of the top players picked at the 2014 NHL Draft, is one of 13 players who will skate in both games for Team Ontario Hockey League during the Subway Super Series against Team Russia.

A 6-foot-3, 216-pound defenseman, Ekblad has six goals and seven assists in 14 games, and received an "A" rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary list of players to watch from the OHL. He also is the only player eligible for the 2014 draft that will play in both games, which serve as another step in the evaluation process used by Canada to pick its team for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 1:34 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Perreault back for Ducks, on line with Selanne

PHILADELPHIA -- Mathieu Perreault sat out the Anaheim Ducks' game Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets with a sore left wrist, but after going through a full practice for the second straight day Tuesday, he'll be back in the lineup Tuesday night when the Ducks face the Philadelphia Flyers.

Getting the chance to play on a line with Teemu Selanne certainly speeds up the healing process.

Perreault will center the Ducks' second line with Emerson Etem on the left side and Selanne, the likely Hall of Famer playing his final NHL season, on the right side.

"It's been great," Perreaut said. "Hall-of-Fame guy. He's been unreal to play with. So far for me it's been really good playing with him."

Posted On Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 1:02 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers' defense has been rounding into form

PHILADELPHIA -- While much has been made of the Philadelphia Flyers' inability to generate much offense -- they enter their game Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks 28th in the League with an average of 1.80 goals per game -- their defense quietly has rounded into shape.

After allowing 12 goals in three games against the Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins, all losses, the Flyers have allowed three goals in their past two, wins against the New York Rangers and New York Islanders.

They're 16th in the League in goals-against at 2.70 per game, but that effort will be put to the test Tuesday by the Ducks, who are seventh at 3.17 goals per game.

Posted On Friday, 10.25.2013 / 4:42 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Canada WJC coaches to lead Super Series teams

Canada's coaching staff for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship will have a big hand in the next step in the selection process for the team that will go to Malmo, Sweden for this year's tournament.

Brent Sutter, who will coach the team as it looks to return to the medal stand after finishing fourth at the 2013 WJC, will serve as coach for the two games the Western Hockey League stars will play against Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series.

Sutter, who coaches the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, will lead the team in games Nov. 27 in Red Deer, Alberta, and Nov. 28 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Serving as Sutter's assistant coach in those games will be Kootenay Ice coach Ryan McGill, who also will be on Sutter's staff for the WJC.

Posted On Friday, 10.11.2013 / 5:38 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Coyotes go for back-to-back wins vs. Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The team Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett saw Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings is the one he hopes he brought with him to Wells Fargo Center for a game Friday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Coyotes got a pair of third-period goals to beat the Red Wings 4-2 at Joe Louis Arena and snap a two-game losing streak.

Posted On Friday, 10.11.2013 / 12:47 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers working hard to understand Berube's system

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers had one morning skate to get a handle on the style of play new coach Craig Berube wanted to see. The result was a 2-1 win Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.

In the ensuing two days, the players came to a greater understanding of how Berube -- elevated from assistant coach Monday after Peter Laviolette was fired -- wants them to play. They now feel far more comfortable heading into their game Friday against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes.

"I think we worked really hard," forward Scott Hartnell said. "We were focused the time we were on the ice. We had a few meetings. I think everyone felt a little uncomfortable with the new system, but after a few days of practice everyone should be dialed in. We just have to get things done."

Berube said he didn't expect the players to have everything down pat after two practices, but what he has seen so far has been positive.

"I like the work and the skating of it," he said. "The system will be a bit more sound in their head after practicing. I like the work. Guys put in good work. The skating was good."

Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 5:44 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Berube looking forward to Flyers coaching debut

PHILADELPHIA -- As a player, Craig Berube made his NHL debut as a member of the Flyers in Philadelphia. Tuesday night, a day after being named the Flyers new bench boss, his NHL coaching debut will also take place in the City of Brotherly Love.

But the 47-year-old recently-named Flyers coach is a long way removed from March 22, 1987, when he had no points and 16 penalty minutes against the Pittsburgh Penguins as a 21-year-old rookie with the Flyers.

"As a player I was young, I was probably a lot more nervous than I am now," said Berube, who was promoted from his assistant position Monday to replace the fired Peter Laviolette. "I'm an old man now."

Berube said that being an assistant coach at the NHL level for six seasons, as well as a head coach for parts of two seasons in the American Hockey League, has him feeling prepared for his NHL head coaching debut Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.

"I've been behind the bench for a long time," he said. "I think my team is ready to compete and work hard."

Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 11:17 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Panthers make few changes after blowout loss

One game after their 7-0 loss at the St. Louis Blues, it appears the Florida Panthers will face the Philadelphia Flyers with almost the same lineup.

According to the Miami Herald, the only change based on the team's morning skate at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia appears to be Drew Shore replacing Krys Barch at right wing on Scott Gomez’s line.

It appears Tim Thomas will make the start in net, one game after allowing five goals on 28 shots in two periods. In eight career regular season games in Philadelphia, Thomas is 8-0 with a 1.86 goals-against average and .947 save percentage. He's allowed 15 goals in those eight games. 

Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 10:54 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Berube juggles lines at Flyers' morning skate

VOORHEES, N.J. -- New Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube began to put his imprint on the team at the morning skate Tuesday, juggling his top three lines.

Wayne Simmonds was moved to right wing on the top line, joining center Claude Giroux and left wing Scott Hartnell. Simmonds had spent the first three games on Vincent Lecavalier’s line, but Lecavalier will have Brayden Schenn at left wing and Jakub Voracek on the right.

The third line features Sean Couturier centering left Maxime Talbot and right wing Matt Read.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 7:34 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers tinker with opening-night lineup

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers are set to begin their 2013-14 season against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night, and there appear to be some changes from what was seen during the preseason.

Among the changes based on pre-game warmups are a new-look top line that features Brayden Schenn replacing Jakub Voracek at right wing alongside center Claude Giroux and left wing Scott Hartnell.

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