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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 3:01 PM

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

Rosen's mailbag - Feb. 25, 2015

Here is the Feb. 25 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:

With Nick Leddy locked in long term will Johnny Boychuk be the next domino to fall? -- @tjanthony25

Fall how? Fall out of the Islanders grasp? Fall in line with the Islanders by re-signing on a long-term contract? There are different ways this domino can go down, or, as you said, fall.

My hunch is that Leddy's contract will not prevent the Islanders from going hard after re-signing Boychuk, which they are likely doing already. Islanders general manager Garth Snow is notoriously quiet when it comes to negotiations, which is why we didn't hear anything on the Leddy contract situation until it was actually done and ready to be announced.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 6:41 PM

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

Rangers forward Nash out against Flames

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Rick Nash is not in the lineup Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames because of neck spasms. He is considered day-to-day. Nash had played in every game of the season until Tuesday.

Oscar Lindberg was expected to make his NHL debut in place of Nash. Lindberg was recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Lindberg was expected to start the game centering the third line between J.T. Miller and Carl Hagelin. Kevin Hayes, who is normally the Rangers' third-line center, moved up to take Nash's spot on the top line with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello.

Nash did not practice Monday, but it was listed as a maintenance day. He is second in the NHL with 37 goals behind Alex Ovechkin (38). Nash had two goals in the Rangers' 5-2 win at Calgary on Dec. 16.

Lindberg has 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 54 games with Hartford this season. He leads the Wolf Pack with 155 shots on goal and is second in points and third goals.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 2:50 PM

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

King helping to spark L.A.'s revamped 'That 70s line'

Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter will have to find a role for forward Tanner Pearson when he's ready to return to the lineup, ideally for the stretch run starting next month, but there's no sure thing he'll be reunited on "That 70s Line."

Dwight King has taken on Pearson's role and run with it, creating a new version of "That 70s Line."

King, No. 74 on the roster, has joined center Jeff Carter (77) and right wing Tyler Toffoli (73) to form one of the best lines in the NHL over the past two weeks, playing a huge role in Los Angeles' current seven-game winning streak.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 1:33 PM

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

At the Rink: Flames at Rangers

NEW YORK -- The Calgary Flames have been breaking down their season in seven-game segments since opening night, and they're not going to alter their plan now even though they're starting what could be a season-defining seven-game road trip Tuesday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

"Tonight is Game 4," Flames coach Bob Hartley said.

The Flames are 1-1-1 in their current seven-game segment, but they have lost their past two games -- in overtime against the Minnesota Wild this past Wednesday, and 6-3 against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Calgary, though, is in the Stanley Cup Playoff race in the Western Conference because of how well it has done in its seven-game segments. The Flames, who are one point out of the second wild-card spot through 59 games, have a winning record in seven of their eight full seven-game segments. They went 0-6-1 in games 29-35.

"I think the guys have bought into it and that has been our mindset since the start of the season," Hartley said.

Posted On Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 3:15 PM

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

At the Rink: Kings at Sharks

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks forward John Scott will play in the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game Saturday night at Levi's Stadium (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2) because of how effective he was in minimal ice time against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 21.

Scott had one shot on goal and was credited with four hits over 13 shifts totaling 7:56 of ice time in the Sharks 4-2 win against Los Angeles at SAP Center. It's the only game he's played this season against the Kings.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Scott will replace Chris Tierney, who had played nine straight games since being recalled from the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League on Feb. 4.

"John Scott had a big factor in the game we played against L.A. last time," McLellan said. "He played really good minutes, hard minutes. They're a big team, and John is that. That's called ingredients. You need different types of ingredients on any given night to win. The last time we used those ingredients we had some success."

Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 10:25 AM

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

Rosen's mailbag - Feb. 18, 2015

Here is the Feb. 18 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:

David Poile is all in on the Nashville Predators for a deep postseason run, but I don't see them getting past the Chicago Blackhawks. Thoughts? -- @r0bertwaters

If Nashville and Chicago met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs today I would still pick the Blackhawks to win the series, likely in seven games, but I'm not nearly as sure of that as I was earlier this season. I'm picking the Blackhawks because of experience and their ability to rise up in significant moments, but the Predators are good. Man, the Predators are very good, and they will be significantly better with Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli. Franson will help them move the puck and play with speed. Santorelli will chip in offensively in a bottom-six depth role. Nashville has scoring options throughout its lineup, and it has arguably the best healthy goalie in the NHL today, though the Montreal Canadiens and their fans can state a great case for their guy.

Posted On Monday, 02.16.2015 / 3:43 PM

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

Bailey a fine fit on Islanders' first line

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- John Tavares is the star and Anders Lee has become the new scoring sensation, but Josh Bailey has been the unheralded and underrated member of the New York Islanders top line regardless of which side he plays on and who plays on the opposite wing.

Bailey has 14 points in his past 15 games playing either left wing or right wing opposite all-star center John Tavares. He switched from left to right when Kyle Okposo was injured 10 games ago, but still has seven points in those 10 games, including five points on three goals and two assists on a current three-game point streak.

Bailey has 28 points on 11 goals and 17 assists in 44 games this season. He is on pace for 44 points, which would be a career high. Bailey's current career high is 38 points.

Posted On Monday, 02.16.2015 / 1:22 PM

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

At the Rink: Rangers at Islanders

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers head into their game Monday at Nassau Coliseum focused on trying to forget about the three regulation losses they've had against the New York Islanders this season without forgetting about what happened to lead to those results.

The Islanders are 3-0-0 against the Rangers this season with a 13-4 goal differential. They have won all three games by three goals, including 4-1 at Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 27.

"We've turned pucks over, we haven't had great starts, we've given up goals in bunches," Rangers forward Rick Nash said. "We've lost three times now, so it's definitely a bit of a test for us. If we stick to our game plan, stick to our style that works, we'll have a better chance."

Posted On Friday, 02.13.2015 / 6:56 PM

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

Rangers' Zuccarello finds rewind button

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault doesn't need to know that Mats Zuccarello is on a seven-game point streak to know how effective he's been in the past two weeks. For Vigneault, Zuccarello's competitiveness in one-on-one battles speaks volumes for how he's playing.

"When he's at his best he's really hungry on those loose pucks and it seems like he's winning all those foot races, and it doesn't matter the size of the opponent, the strength of the opponent," Vigneault told during a phone interview Friday. "He seems to be able to win those one-on-one battles and from there things open up, whether it be one of his teammates or a lane to the net or a shooting lane. That's what he's been doing much better here for the last seven games."

Zuccarello has nine points on four goals and five assists in the past seven games. He had one point, an assist, in his previous seven games and 23 points on seven goals and 16 assists in his first 44 games this season.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 1:01 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Devils forward Jagr won't ask for trade

NEWARK, N.J. -- If New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr is traded before the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on March 2, it won't be because he asked to be traded.

"I didn't ask for [a] trade; I'm not going to," Jagr said following practice at Prudential Center on Wednesday. "I don't know what's going to happen. I'm pretty blessed and everything that happened to me always has been for good, so why shouldn't I believe in that now? Either way if I like it or not, I know in the long run it's going to be the best for me."

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