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Posted On Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 8:46 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Rosen's mailbag - Feb. 11, 2015

Here is the Feb. 11 edition of Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run every Wednesday during the season. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

What order will the top four teams in the Metropolitan Division finish? -- @npv708

Time for me to flip-flop yet again. Last week in this space I said the Rangers would win the Metropolitan Division. Of course, that was before we knew about Henrik Lundqvist's vascular injury. I can't fathom any way that Lundqvist returns before the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline. In fact, I wonder if he'll be back before April. Cam Talbot is a quality NHL backup, but he's not Lundqvist. So it's time for me to change my tune again.

1. New York Islanders

2. Washington Capitals

3. Pittsburgh Penguins

4. New York Rangers

Posted On Tuesday, 02.10.2015 / 11:34 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Red Wings dominating with the long change

The long change has worked in the Detroit Red Wings favor this season.

The Red Wings have a League-best plus-21 goal-differential in the second period this season (57-36) and plus-23 with the long change when you factor in their success in overtime (4-2).

The long change happens in the second period and overtime, when the teams switch ends, creating added distance from the defensive zone to the bench.

The next best teams in the second period this season are the Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals, who each have a plus-13 goal differential. The Stars, though, are minus-5 in overtime; the Capitals are minus-3.

Detroit was plus-1 in the second period last season, when teams did not switch ends for overtime.

Posted On Monday, 02.09.2015 / 12:21 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Stars' Klingberg quietly joins Calder discussion

NEW YORK -- Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff had some high praise for rookie defenseman John Klingberg prior to the game Sunday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

In addition to talking about how Klingberg is a big reason for the uptick in the Stars' power-play production, Ruff also had some thoughts on Klingberg's effectiveness at even strength.

"I think what he does 5-on-5 on the offensive side is really as good as any D-man in the league right now," Ruff said. "Let's say any good young D-man anyways."

Klingberg, 22, is quietly making his case to be included in the discussion for the Calder Trophy.

Posted On Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 3:44 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Stars at Rangers

The only other time in his career that New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot started both games in a back-to-back he finished the set on a high note. He'll get the opportunity to do it again Sunday at Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers play the Dallas Stars.

Talbot, who has taken over as the Rangers' No. 1 goalie for the injured Henrik Lundqvist (neck), made 20 saves in a 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday that ended the Rangers' three-game winning streak.

Talbot started both games in a back-to-back shortly before Christmas last season, when Lundqvist was struggling. He won both games, including a 25-save performance in a 2-1 shootout win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second game. That was part of the only other time in his career that Talbot started as many as three consecutive games. A start Sunday will be his third in a row.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 9:00 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Rosen's mailbag - Feb. 4, 2015

Here is the Feb. 4 edition of Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run every Wednesday during the season. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

Evander Kane, is he on his way out of the 'Peg? -- @swandad

This is obviously an interesting and timely question, but to be honest I can't say yes or no with any certainty. He was a late scratch Tuesday and it was described by Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice as a coach's decision. Kane has not been playing well of late with no points and a minus-7 rating in his past three games, but Maurice had still been using him for 20 minutes per game until scratching him Tuesday. There have been a lot of rumors about Kane being traded in the past, but they had died down. They will undoubtedly pick up now. We'll have to see where this story goes in the next day or so, but it's definitely one to watch with the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline approaching. The fact that the Jets are in the picture for the Stanley Cup Playoffs makes it even more intriguing.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 2:06 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Kings feeling mixed emotions with playoff race on

WASHINGTON -- Have the Los Angeles Kings reached the point in their season where their sense of urgency to pick up points turns to desperation?

Kings coach Darryl Sutter says no; some of the Kings players say yes.

"Yeah, we're 50 games in, we're outside of a playoff spot, so desperation is in," forward Justin Williams said.

Sutter, though, refuses to associate urgency with desperation even though the Kings are three points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot with 32 games to play. He does not view them as one in the same.

"You have to be careful in pro sports," Sutter said. "Desperation is usually when guys slit their own throats. We'd prefer not to do that. I've never been associated with a team that does that."

Posted On Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 11:04 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Staal brothers joining forces to help Hurricanes

NEW YORK -- Even though they're brothers and have been watching each other play the game for as long as they can remember, playing together on the same line is still a work-in-progress for Carolina Hurricanes forwards Eric and Jordan Staal.

"I've never played with him in my life," Eric Staal told "Even on the outdoor rink we played against each other, so it's not like I have anything to go on. I've watched him my whole life. I know his game, what he does, what he's good at and what I'm good at, but we're figuring it out as we go."

They're figuring out that they are quite good together, which really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone considering the size and skill they have.

Posted On Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 5:45 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Rangers

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak since mid-November when they play the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers have lost both games since coming back from the NHL All-Star break; 4-1 to the New York Islanders and 1-0 to the Montreal Canadiens. They went into the break with wins in 16 of their previous 19 games.

They last lost three in a row Nov. 13-17, but two of those losses came in a shootout. The last time the Rangers lost three in a row in regulation was Oct. 11-14, the second, third and fourth games of this season.

Posted On Friday, 01.30.2015 / 2:35 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Arizona's Ekman-Larsson expects changes soon

The fact that Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said Friday that everybody on the team outside of captain Shane Doan could be available in a trade won't come as a surprise to defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Speaking to during 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus, Ekman-Larsson said he expected changes to be made because of the Coyotes' record this season.

Arizona enters play Friday 13th in the Western Conference, 15 points out of a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres are the only teams in the League with fewer wins than Arizona's 17.

Posted On Friday, 01.30.2015 / 11:47 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Q&A: Cammalleri on Devils' future, his former team

NEWARK, N.J. -- Mike Cammalleri still is trying to adjust to his new normal as a player for the New Jersey Devils. It hasn't been easy, but it hasn't been boring either.

Cammalleri didn't envision the Devils being 14 points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot and ahead of only two teams in the Eastern Conference by this point in the season when he signed a five-year contract with the Devils on July 1. He certainly had no way of knowing former coach Peter DeBoer would be fired in December.

But as disappointing as the season has been for the Devils, it at least has given Cammalleri an opportunity to observe and learn more about the game, as well as a chance to see into the Devils' future. It's a view that has Cammalleri optimistic about the Devils' potential for better things ahead.

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