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Posted On Saturday, 12.13.2014 / 5:47 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Devils at Stars

Forward Jason Spezza will be back on the Dallas Stars' top line Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.

Spezza will skate with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, a combination that was successful earlier in the season. With the Stars having lost five of their past six games, coach Lindy Ruff opted to change the lines.

"It's been a good 2-3 days of practice," Ruff said Saturday. "I think we're ready to go."

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Posted On Saturday, 12.13.2014 / 5:23 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada to hold scrimmage at WJC camp

Canada will hold a scrimmage at its World Junior Camp in Toronto on Saturday.

"It's a big game; it's the first game for all of us here at camp and we're all looking to make that good first impression in front of all the management staff here," forward Michael Dal Colle told TSN. "So it's a pretty big game for all of us."

The 30-player roster will soon be reduced to 22 in preparation for the tournament, which begins for Canada on Dec. 26. Its final roster is due the day before.

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Posted On Friday, 12.12.2014 / 2:56 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Bruins to assign Pastrnak to Czech team for WJC

The Boston Bruins will assign forward David Pastrnak to the Czech National Junior team following the Providence Bruins game on Dec. 20, the team announced Friday.

The move will allow Pastrnak to compete for the Czech Republic in the 2015 World Junior Championship, which begins Dec. 26

The 18-year-old has five goals and 20 points for Providence of the American Hockey League in his first professional season. He has played in five games for Boston, picking up his first NHL point with an assist Dec. 1 against the Anaheim Ducks.

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Posted On Friday, 12.12.2014 / 12:20 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Gold medalist, SPHL pro Szabados on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk to NBCSN analyst Eddie Olczyk, who calls in the show at 5:40 p.m.

Goaltender Shannon Szabados, an Olympic gold medalist for Canada who is now playing in the Southern Professional Hockey League, will call the show at 5:30 p.m.

There are four games on the Friday schedule including the Montreal Canadiens hosting the Los Angeles Kings. Color analyst Jim Fox from the Kings will join us via the Arena Cam at Bell Centre at 6:15 p.m. to talk about this matchup.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 1:49 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

McDavid could be ready to play by Dec. 21: report

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, who has been out of the lineup since sustaining a right hand injury in a fight last month, could return to action on Dec. 21, according to the Toronto Sun.

The Dec. 21 return would give McDavid an opportunity to prepare for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship that is scheduled to begin five days later at Bell Centre in Montreal.

"He is on track and he is probably a little bit ahead of where everyone thought he would be," Hockey Canada vice-president of hockey operations Scott Salmond told the paper. "I think coming out of Toronto he will be ready to practice full on and we are probably targeting around the 21st for his first exhibition game, which would be great."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 12:51 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Hurricanes place Semin on IR, activate Bellemore

Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and defenseman Brett Bellemore was activated off IR, the team announced Thursday.

Semin missed the game Monday against the New Jersey Devils and did not practice Wednesday. Coach Bill Peters told the Raleigh News & Observer that Semin also has soreness in his wrist that required offseason surgery.

Semin has a goal and five assists with a minus-9 rating in 21 games.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 12:04 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canadiens to loan Jacob de la Rose to Sweden

Montreal Canadiens prospect Jacob de la Rose will be loaned to the Swedish National Junior Team for participation in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, according to Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

De la Rose, selected in the second round (No. 34) of the 2013 NHL Draft, had three goals, six points and a plus-3 rating for the silver medal-winning Swedes at the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden. He also represented his country at the 2013 WJC when Sweden also won a silver medal.

The 6-foot-3, 198-pound left-handed shot has three goals and five points in 26 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League this season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 7:00 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Girgensons talks All-Star vote, Sabres hot streak

Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons, the top vote-getter after three weeks of voting in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM, joined NHL Live to discuss his path to the League and the Sabres' recent run.

Girgensons' 14 points in 27 games is tied for second on the Sabres. As of Tuesday, he earned 803,805 total votes to represent Buffalo on Jan. 25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

"It's crazy," said Girgensons, a native of Riga, Latvia. "People back home are just crazy hockey fans. It's always been like that. It's fun, it's cool, it's mixed emotions, it's funny at the same time."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 6:55 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

DeAngelo confident in chances of making WJC team

Sarnia Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo joined NHL Live for this week's Prospects Report to discuss his chances of playing for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The United States' selection camp begins Dec. 16 on the campus of Boston University at Walter Brown Arena. DeAngelo is one of six NHL first-round picks to receive an invite to the preliminary roster.

"I feel pretty confident in myself," DeAngelo said. "The reason why they brought me in, I'm going to try to go out there and show them, and hopefully get a chance to make the team. I think it would be an honor to make the team but there's a lot of good defensemen, so it's going to be a tough roster to crack."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 4:19 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Kypreos, MacLean named to Top Prospects staffs

Sportsnet analysts Doug MacLean and Nick Kypreos will be assistant coaches for Team Cherry and Team Orr, respectively, at the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The game, which will feature 40 of the top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft playing in the Canadian Hockey League, will be played Jan. 22, 2015 at Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, home of the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League.

Hockey Hall of Fame member Bobby Orr will coach Team Orr. In addition to MacLean, who has coached in the NHL with the Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Niagara coach Marty Williamson and assistant coaches Dave Bell and Billy Burke will be part of the coaching staff.

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— Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla on tying Dino Ciccarelli for 46th place on the NHL's all-time list with his 1,200th career point after their win vs. the Predators on Friday