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Posted On Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 11:09 PM

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

Brassard finding points in AHL defenseman's stick

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers center Derick Brassard can thank minor-league defenseman Chris Summers for playing a role in his recent hot streak.

Brassard has three goals and four assists in four games since he's been using the Easton sticks Summers left behind after the Rangers sent him to Hartford of the American Hockey League prior to the season.

Brassard had one goal and two assists in eight games prior to discovering Summers' sticks in the Rangers' stick room at their practice facility in Greenburgh, N.Y.

"They were in the stick room and I was looking for something a little lighter, so I've been using them and it's gone pretty well so far," Brassard said. "It's got my old curve too."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.04.2015 / 3:00 AM

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

Rosen's mailbag - Nov. 4, 2015

Here is the Nov. 4 edition of Dan Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run every Wednesday in the Over the Boards blog during the 2015-16 NHL season. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

Did you expect the Blues to be doing this well with all the injuries? And how dangerous will they be when healthy? -- @matt_winthrop

I say this knowing the Blues lost 3-0 on Tuesday, but I don't think anybody expected the Blues to be doing this well with Kevin Shattenkirk, Paul Stastny, Jaden Schwartz, Patrik Berglund and, for one game at least, Vladimir Tarasenko all sidelined. However, the injuries have forced the Blues to simplify everything about their game and that works for the style that Ken Hitchcock wants them to play. He wants to coach (sometimes over-coach), but it's hard to coach skill, because either you have it or you don't. With Tarasenko, Shattenkirk, Schwartz, Stastny and Berglund in the lineup, the Blues have plenty of skill. Without them they have to rely on immeasurable intangibles like being gritty and tough in the corners, hard on the forecheck, things like that. The Blues always have done those things well under Hitchcock. Now that they're taking a more simplistic approach, they're not drowning because of these injuries.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.03.2015 / 1:16 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Capitals at Rangers

NEW YORK -- A win by the Washington Capitals against the New York Rangers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SNO, SNP, CSN-DC, MSG) won't make up for losing to them in Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Second Round last season, but the Capitals feel it could do something for the psyche of the two teams this season.

"You always want to throw that element of doubt into your opponent, like, 'Alright, these guys are for real, this is a little different team, they want it,'" Capitals right wing Justin Williams said. "You always want to give them that sense of anxiousness that when we're at our best, we're better than you."

The Capitals have that chance at Madison Square Garden, where their 2014-15 season ended on Derek Stepan's overtime goal that capped the Rangers comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.

While according to the standings first place in the Metropolitan Division is on the line Tuesday, as Williams noted, the game takes on a bigger meaning for each team. It's really a measuring-stick game for the Capitals and Rangers.

Posted On Saturday, 10.31.2015 / 11:34 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak will play against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; SN, MSG+, MSG) after missing the previous game because of an illness.

Thomas Greiss made 26 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at Barclays Center on Thursday.

Halak is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in four appearances this season.

"Just talking with [Halak] and when he tells you he's ready and he's 100 percent, there's no question we're going to put him in there," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.

Posted On Friday, 10.30.2015 / 9:27 AM

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

Stempniak making most of expanded role with Devils

PHILADELPHIA -- Lee Stempniak started the month of October hoping to land at least a one-year contract from the New Jersey Devils. He'll likely finish it as a valuable contributor on New Jersey's first line with Adam Henrique and Mike Cammalleri.

Stempniak has seven points on two goals and five assists through 10 games going into the Devils game against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center on Saturday. He's third on the Devils in scoring and has contributed to New Jersey's better-than-expected 5-4-1 start to the season.

He came to New Jersey on a professional tryout contract on Sept. 16 and signed a one-year, $850,000 contract on Oct. 3. Stempniak said he had offers from other teams to sign a PTO, but he chose the Devils because of a calculated gamble.

"I chose New Jersey because I felt it was a team I could contribute on and play a big role," Stempniak said. "I had a lot of belief in myself as a player. It wasn't that I couldn't play. I felt I had a pretty good year last year and a strong finish, and that never wavered. For me it was finding the right fit and the right opportunity. Coming here, it's been a really good fit so far."

Posted On Thursday, 10.29.2015 / 1:26 PM

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

Voracek says no excuses for lack of production

PHILADELPHIA -- Even though he's had some quality scoring chances and leads the team with 34 shots on goal, Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek isn't one to make excuses for why he has no goals and three assists through eight games after scoring a career-high 81 points in 82 games last season.

"I think if I say I'm not getting the bounces, it's the easy way out," Voracek said Thursday before playing the New Jersey Devils at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET; MSG, CSN-PH).

Voracek is instead taking the honest approach, which is to say he's playing OK, but OK isn't good enough for him.

"I haven't played my best game yet," Voracek said. "Points are important."

Posted On Thursday, 10.29.2015 / 1:04 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Devils at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier will make his season debut against the New Jersey Devils at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, CSN-PH). Lecavalier was a healthy scratch for the Flyers' first eight games.

Lecavalier last played in a game that counted on April 9. He played in four preseason games and scored a goal on five shots. He has 931 points on 411 goals and 520 assists in 1,163 games in his 17-year NHL career.

"I haven't played in a month as well, so tonight I definitely want to play simple," Lecavalier said. "If plays are there, I'll try to make them. You've gotta try to make things happen. I'm not going to chip it in just for the sake of chipping it in. You don't want to play like robots out there."

Posted On Wednesday, 10.28.2015 / 11:15 AM

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

Rosen's mailbag - Oct. 28, 2015

Here is the Oct. 28 edition of Dan Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run every Wednesday in the Over the Boards blog during the 2015-16 NHL season. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

How do you see Bruce Boudreau turning the season around for the Ducks? -- @Johnaubert97

I'm not sure that I do, which is unfortunate because Boudreau is a quality NHL coach who deserves better than he's getting right now from his team.

Part of the Ducks' issues are on Boudreau, of course. They appear disjointed, with gaps that are too wide between the forwards and defense. They don't appear to have much of a plan of attack for when they have the puck in the offensive zone. Their top players are not performing up to their capabilities. They've looked slow to me. That falls on coaching, even though the coach isn't the one playing. Heavy lies the crown, so to speak.

Posted On Sunday, 10.25.2015 / 11:31 PM

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

Flames finding positives, but are short on answers

NEW YORK -- The Calgary Flames had no problems finding positives after their 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Finding answers that lead to positive results has been a far more difficult challenge for the Flames this season.

Calgary is 2-6-0 going into Barclays Center to play the New York Islanders on Monday. It has allowed at least four goals in five of the losses. The Flames have already waived and demoted one goalie (Karri Ramo), and Jonas Hiller got pulled Sunday after allowing four goals on 21 shots.

Worse yet, the Flames have not held a lead at the second intermission this season largely because they've been outscored 13-2 in the second period. They have trailed after two periods in seven of their eight games.

Playing catchup after poor second periods with suspect goaltending isn't exactly the recipe for a struggling team to find answers.

Posted On Sunday, 10.25.2015 / 5:29 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flames at Rangers

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers will try to extend their point streak to four games with goalie Antti Raanta in net against the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, TVA Sports 1, SN, SN1, MSG).

Raanta is expected to get his second start of the season. He had a 22-save shutout in a 4-0 win against the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

The Rangers (5-2-2) are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Henrik Lundqvist made 46 saves. The Rangers defeated the Sharks and Arizona Coyotes earlier in the week by a combined score of 8-1.

The Rangers will be without left wing Viktor Stalberg, who sustained a head injury Saturday on a hit by Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas in the final minute of the second period.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Stalberg is day-to-day.

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