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Posted On Tuesday, 03.10.2015 / 9:38 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Fetisov talks Russian stars, national team struggles

Viacheslav Fetisov doesn't get to watch too much of the NHL these days, what with the fact he lives in Russia, works as a senator in his country's upper house of parliament, as well as a myriad of other projects.

Simply put, Fetisov, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings, doesn't have the time to follow the NHL as closely as he once did. However, Fetisov still takes a great deal of pride in learning about the successes of some of Russia's top players in the NHL.

"Pavel Datsyuk made himself a valuable hockey player in the history of this game," Fetisov said during a recent interview at the NHL office in Manhattan. "I'm happy for [Alex] Ovechkin and [Evgeni] Malkin and how they present themselves and got success. I'm happy for them and I wish them all the best. I also admire Ilya Kovalchuk. I put him on the team when I was coaching the Olympics in 2002. He's a very likable guy and a good hockey player. He's a character."

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 1:48 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Rosen's mailbag - March 4, 2015

Here is the March 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:

With Mark Giordano's injury, who becomes the frontrunner in the Norris Trophy race? -- @matszabqc

If I had a vote (I do not) and I had to vote today (I still do not) I'd vote Drew Doughty as the winner followed by Kris Letang and Duncan Keith. In that order, in fact. At least to me Giordano wasn't the runaway frontrunner before he got hurt. He was likely going to be a finalist, and maybe he would have been the favorite by the end of the season, but it wasn't a lock.

Doughty is as important to the Los Angeles Kings as any player is to his team this season. He plays a lot of minutes (29:25 per game), but he does more in his minutes than maybe any other defenseman in the League. He is a possession monster, evidenced by his 56.79 SAT percentage and his 57.60 SAT close percentage. Simply put, Doughty plays less defense and more offense when he's on the ice, which is the entire point of the game. Nobody wants to play defense. The best defenseman drive their team's offense. Doughty does that without sacrificing his game when the Kings don't have the puck. He is starting more in the defensive zone than he has in recent seasons, and yet he has 38 points on a team with the 18th best offense in the NHL.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 11:22 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Babcock confident newcomers fit in Red Wings lineup

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is confident that where he is starting forward Erik Cole and defenseman Marek Zidlicky on Wednesday against the New York Rangers (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN) could have some staying power because this is not a plug-'em-in, wait-and-see scenario.

Cole will play on the left wing with center Henrik Zetterberg and right wing Justin Abdelkader. He'll also play on the power play with Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Gustav Nyquist and Niklas Kronwall.

Zetterberg, who has been out for the past four games with a head injury, is expected to return against the Rangers.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 1:26 PM

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

At the Rink: Coyotes at Rangers

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Rick Nash expects to play Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes after sitting out the game Tuesday against the Calgary Flames because of neck spasms.

Nash is second in the NHL with 37 goals, two fewer than Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin. The Rangers are 7-0-2 in their past nine games.

"I talked to him on the ice and I got the thumbs up," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.

Nash said the only thing that would prevent him from playing against Arizona is if his neck spasms return, but he didn't seem concerned. He said his neck started bothering him Monday afternoon and by that night he was experiencing the spasms. The massage therapy treatment he got from the Rangers training staff has helped.

"We'll see how it reacts this afternoon but everything is positive to play tonight," Nash said.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 3:01 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 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.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 6:41 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 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.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 2:50 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 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.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 1:33 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 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.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 3:15 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 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."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 10:25 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 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.

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I'm here to develop a winning culture and a winning team. There is a bright future ahead of this team.  A lot of young, great hockey players here and on the way … a fan base that's passionate about the game of hockey.

— Dan Bylsma after being introduced as new coach of the Buffalo Sabres