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Posted On Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 3:26 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Desperate Devils deal with inexperienced Islanders

Sitting four points behind a quartet of teams tied for the Eastern Conference's two wild-card spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the New Jersey Devils have eight games remaining in the regular season. Any chance New Jersey had of making the playoffs has been bolstered by the collective poor play of those four teams.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs went a combined 1-6-1 this week before evening games began Saturday; that includes Washington's 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon.

Visiting the New York Islanders on Saturday, the Devils are looking to make one last-gasp run at the postseason.

"We have nine games to go. If we want to make the playoffs we have to win almost every game now. And every game is tough. There are no easy games in this League," forward Jaromir Jagr said. "We have to make sure we play our game and we might need help from other teams."

Posted On Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 1:58 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Lightning's Callahan enjoying new surroundings

Tampa Bay Lightning wing Ryan Callahan wasn't the focal point of the transaction that sent Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers at the NHL Trade Deadline. Though St. Louis has yet to score in 13 games with New York, former Rangers captain Callahan has flourished in his new surroundings down south.

The hope is he can continue that scoring run when the Lightning visit the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night at First Niagara Center, which is located roughly 75 miles from Callahan's hometown of Rochester, N.Y.

"I'm really glad to be in Tampa," Callahan said after the morning skate Saturday. "I couldn't have landed in a better spot."

Posted On Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 1:24 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Panthers turn to Ellis against Canadiens

Just before the passing of the NHL Trade Deadline earlier this month, it looked like the Florida Panthers would have a wealth of experience in the crease when Roberto Luongo was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks to join Tim Thomas.

But with Thomas traded to the Dallas Stars before the deadline and Luongo now battling an upper-body injury, Florida will turn to its backups against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at BB&T Center.

Dan Ellis entered the game Thursday during Florida's 3-0 home loss to the Carolina Hurricanes after Luongo was hurt in a collision with forward Radek Dvorak. Scott Clemmensen was called up Friday from the American Hockey League and will back up Ellis, who gets the start against Montreal.

Ellis and Clemmensen have served as backups for most of their careers, but Panthers coach Peter Horachek remained confident in his goaltending.

"[Clemmensen] has done a great job for us throughout the year," Horachek said after Florida's morning skate. "When Tim Thomas was here and got hurt, [Clemmensen] played those games. We had some road trips up there and did pretty well, won three out of four and he played three of those games. I think they're both quality guys and we'll be fine with him."

Posted On Friday, 03.28.2014 / 5:19 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Penguins' Goc to miss three weeks

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Marcel Goc will miss three weeks with a foot injury.

The timeline for the injury means Goc, acquired from the Florida Panthers at the NHL Trade Deadline, would miss the rest of the regular season and perhaps the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Posted On Friday, 03.28.2014 / 1:57 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rangers forward Kreider has hand surgery

New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider had surgery on his left hand Friday at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Kreider, who is tied for second on the Rangers this season with 17 goals, is out indefinitely.

The 22-year-old was injured Friday night in New York's win at the Columbus Blue Jackets but played in the next two games before coming out of the lineup while a determination was made on how to proceed.

"Waiting for the doctors to tell us what was the best course of action," coach Alain Vigneault said. "He came to the conclusion yesterday and he got operated on today."

Posted On Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 4:19 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Flyers-Rangers showdown

NHL Live is on the air at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Pierre McGuire joins Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek from Madison Square Garden's Arena Cam to discuss the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers, the rivalry between the teams and the potential of a Flyers-Rangers first-round matchup in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson, who was named Wednesday as the new Chairman of the Selection Committee by the Hockey Hall of Fame, joins the show at 5:25 p.m. ET.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 2:06 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Coyotes' Smith day-to-day with lower-body injury

The Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday announced goaltender Mike Smith is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

To replace him on the roster the Coyotes recalled goaltender Mark Visentin from the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.

Smith was injured in the third period of the Coyotes' 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers when Rangers forward Derick Brassard fell on him. Smith left the game favoring his right leg.

"[Smith] saw the doctor [Tuesday] morning," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett told reporters in Pittsburgh. "He's right now listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Had some tests done [Tuesday] morning. We're going to get the results sent back to our doctors and he'll be evaluated by our doctors when we get home."

Posted On Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 1:49 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Price starts for Canadiens, Myers back for Sabres

The Montreal Canadiens didn't get much time to pat themselves on the back after ending the Boston Bruins' 12-game win streak with a 2-1 shootout win Monday.

The Canadiens had to travel home from Boston and are right back at it Tuesday when they host the Buffalo Sabres. They likely will have some lineup juggling to do as well.

Fourth-line forwards Dale Weise and Travis Moen were lost to injury in the first period Monday. Weise was hurt on a first-period hit by Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller and Moen was hurt during a subsequent fight with Miller. Neither returned to the game.

Forward Lars Eller, scratched Monday, could find his way back into lineup, as could forwards George Parros and Ryan White.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 1:39 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Panthers look to finish season strong

The credo for Florida Panthers is maintaining their focus entering their game Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers return home following a 1-3-0 Western trip that ended Sunday with a 6-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Florida has lost three straight and is 6-14-1 in its past 21 games, while allowing 3.81 goals per game during that stretch. In light of the struggles, interim coach Peter Horachek is counting on his team to end the season on a high note.

"I think it's important for a lot of the young players, and players going forward, that they have a strong finish, that they want to have a strong finish, that there's a focus as a team that we play well going down the stretch," Horachek said following the Panthers' morning skate. "I think it's important for us to play the way we need to play. It's important that we don't lose focus, that we don't lose our way.

"I think leadership on this team is very important moving forward."

Posted On Monday, 03.24.2014 / 5:57 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Richter on Rangers' Lundqvist breaking his record

Former New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter was a guest of NHL Live via the MSG Arena Cam. Current Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist recently surpassed Richter's franchise record for most wins, in addition to Ed Giacomin's shutout mark.

"You have to root for Henrik," Richter said. "He's such a professional. This is something that Eddie Giacomin and I have talked about a lot of times. This guy is not just talented. You don't get to be as consistent as he is without a huge work ethic. The guy goes out every day and tries to improve, and that type of professionalism you have to respect and it's really hard not to cheer for him.

"It was clear he was going to break the record for some time, so you want him to do well and the beautiful thing is this is what you're paid to do as a goalie, win for teams. It's a personal achievement, but it's also great for the team."

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