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Posted On Friday, 02.27.2015 / 1:20 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Bruins at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has an illness and is questionable to play against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after practice that he would not commit to any goalie until first consulting with Rask prior to the game. He did say that the team is taking precautions and that if he was not healthy enough to play he wouldn't be on the bench as a backup.

"We'll probably bring a goalie in here for game time if [Rask] isn't feeling well," Julien said. "He talked to me this morning and was feeling a little better so we'll see."

The Bruins recalled goaltender Jeremy Smith from Providence of the American Hockey League as an insurance policy.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 9:49 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

McDavid has first OHL hat trick in six-point night

It was a night of firsts for Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid, NHL Central Scouting's top-rated North American skater for the 2015 NHL Draft in its midterm rankings.

McDavid had his first Ontario Hockey League hat trick Wednesday during a four-goal, two-assist performance during Erie's 8-4 win against the Guelph Storm in front of 3,349 fans at Erie Insurance Arena.

It took the 6-foot-1, 195-pound left-shot center three seasons and 156 games, but he can check off three other items on his things-to-do list prior to hearing his name called during the first round of the 2015 draft, June 26 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 8:48 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Coyotes GM expects to make 'three or four deals'

NEWARK, N.J. -- Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said Wednesday he expects to be in sell-off mode leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2.

Maloney was a guest on WFAN Radio during the first intermission between the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames at Prudential Center. He presumably was in attendance to look at prospects in the lineup for the Devils and Flames.

"We will retool at the end of the year, so for us we're in sell-off mode and we've been very public about that," Maloney told Devils radio color commentator Sherry Ross. "We're waiting to get what we think is a good price for some of our players. I'm sure we'll be making three or four deals."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 1:00 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flames at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames have reached a point of desperation in an attempt to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

As a result there might expect a playoff-like intensity when the teams play at Prudential Center on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, SN).

The Devils, winners of four straight, are eight points behind the Boston Bruins for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot with 22 regular-season games remaining.

The Flames, who have lost three straight (0-2-1), are one point behind the Minnesota Wild for the second Western Conference wild-card spot with 22 games remaining.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 12:25 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Devils' Jagr dealing with diminishing ice time

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr said Wednesday that he knew his role on the team would be limited after general manager Lou Lamoriello opted to go behind the bench with co-coaches Adam Oates and Scott Stevens in December.

It has led to speculation that Jagr is a prime candidate to be traded prior to the NHL Trade Deadline, which comes at 3 p.m. ET on March 2.

Jagr, who on most nights played 20-plus minutes under former coach Peter DeBoer, has played fewer than 13 minutes the past two games in victories against the Carolina Hurricanes (12:13) on Saturday and Arizona Coyotes (12:49) on Monday.

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Posted On Monday, 02.23.2015 / 1:48 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Coyotes' Yandle ready for whatever happens

NEWARK, N.J. -- Arizona Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle said he isn't bothered by rumors of him being traded from the only team he's played for in his nine seasons before the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2 at 3 p.m. ET.

Yandle, 28, understands the business and also knows he'll close out a five-year contract at the end of 2015-16. He still has plenty to offer, plays big minutes and is considered a tremendous puck-moving defenseman; he has four goals and 40 points in 59 games this season.

"I think I've been in this situation before where my name has been thrown around over the last six or seven years and it's one of those things that if it happens, it happens," Yandle said. "I didn't pack anything extra [on this four-game road trip that ends Feb. 28 in Boston]. My mom works for Fed Ex, so if it happens she can always ship me some stuff.

"It's one of those things that's part of the business, but you just focus on the next game."

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Posted On Monday, 02.23.2015 / 1:29 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils will look to build on a three-game winning streak and keep alive their slim hopes of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they play against the Arizona Coyotes at Prudential Center on Monday.

The Devils will play the fourth game of a six-game homestand. Goaltender Cory Schneider, the expected starter, is 3-1-1 with two shutouts, a 0.99 goals-against average and .962 save percentage in five career games against the Coyotes.

"We've been good since we got back home and have had three good games in a row so we have to keep that mentality," Schneider said. "We can't keep our foot off the gas or think we're just going to show up and win a game. We're not a team that can overlook anyone in this League.

"Arizona is in a tough spot this year but they have some talented players and some good guys on the back end. [Goalie] Mike Smith is playing better and he's capable of stealing games so we'll have to bear down."

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Posted On Monday, 02.23.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

McDavid continues point streak; Eichel seeks Beanpot

Believe it or not, there is something Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid has yet to do in his three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League.

McDavid, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, is still seeking that elusive hat trick. It's pretty incredible when you consider the 6-foot-1, 195-pound left-shot center has 85 goals and 257 points in 155 career games.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 5:17 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Rangers

NEW YORK -- Center Brandon Dubinsky returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time this season to face his former team when the Columbus Blue Jackets play the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Dubinsky, who spent six seasons with the Rangers from 2006-07 through 2011-12 before being acquired in a multi-player trade that sent Rick Nash to New York in July 2012, has seven goals and 20 points in 30 games this season. In five previous games against the Rangers, Dubinsky has one goal and three points.

Dubinsky, who serves as an alternate captain, has 25 goals and 90 points in 135 games with the Blue Jackets. He has been playing a big role of late between Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson, producing four goals and six points in the past five games.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 1:03 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Coach Bill Peters doesn't hide the fact that the Carolina Hurricanes will likely be sellers at the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2.

The Hurricanes will play the New Jersey Devils, another team that could unload a few high-profile veterans at the deadline, at Prudential Center on Saturday.

"It's an unfortunate thing that we're sellers; nobody is hiding from that fact, and we put ourselves in this situation and we have to live with it," Peters said following the Hurricanes' morning skate. "You can tell the mood around the room isn't what it was. It's not as upbeat because there's a lot of uncertainty. A lot of guys are wondering what their future holds, so that's understandable and that's human nature."

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This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.

— Senators coach Dave Cameron after getting eliminated in the first round by the Canadiens