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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 2:20 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Predators' Jones expects to play against Bruins

Nashville Predators rookie defenseman Seth Jones expects to be in the lineup Monday when his team faces the visiting Boston Bruins.

Jones sustained a cut near his left eye when he was hit in the face by a deflected puck during the Predators’ game Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

“I am pretty lucky,” Jones told the Tennessean. “The doctor said it was probably the best spot cut-wise for it to happen. When it happened I was feeling around it. I knew it wasn’t around [the eye], so it got a little scary that it was right on the eye.”

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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 1:40 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Lightning without Brewer as they visit Panthers

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look for their third straight win when they play their cross-state rival, the Florida Panthers, on Monday.

They'll have to do it without defenseman Eric Brewer, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Brewer has seven assists and a plus-3 rating while averaging 16:59 of ice time per game.

In his absence Lightning coach Jon Cooper changed two of his defense pairings during the team's morning skate, pairing Sami Salo with Mark Barberio and Victor Hedman with Andrej Sustr. The only pairing to remain the same was Matthew Carle with Radko Gudas.

Ben Bishop was the first goalie off the ice following the Lightning’s morning skate, which likely means he’ll be the starter in goal Monday.

In the Panthers net will be Scott Clemmensen, according to the Miami Herald. Clemmensen, Jacob Markstrom and Tim Thomas all were on the ice during the morning skate, with Thomas and Clemmensen taking the bulk of the work. However, Thomas remains on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.


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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 1:35 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live sets the scene on 14-game schedule

The final day of the schedule before the Christmas break is a busy one with 14 games, and NHL Live with Dan Rosen and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will provide the lead-up to a night full of hockey.

Pierre McGuire joins us from the Arena Cam at Wells Fargo Center to preview the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota Wild and touch on other big stories from around the League.

Barry Melrose puts on his Santa hat and gives teams the gifts they want the most this holiday season as "Barry Claus."

E.J. and Dan will also take a look at photos and videos of how NHL teams are getting festive this Christmas.

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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 1:11 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Red Wings get another player back as Nyquist returns

At one point, the Detroit Red Wings had eight players on injured reserve. That number was reduced to seven over the weekend with defenseman Danny DeKeyser's return from a shoulder injury. By Monday morning the list of wounded players was trimmed to six when center Gustav Nyquist was inserted into the lineup to play against the New York Islanders after he missed three games with a groin issue.

"I've had a few good skates here over the last few days to try and get back to game pace," Nyquist said. "Everything feels good.

"It's different being on a bike or in the weight room; you could kind of feel it at first because I was off the ice for four days. You'd lose your breath pretty quick. But again, I've had a few good skates here. I feel good right now. It's going to be fun to play [Monday]."

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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 1:10 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blue Jackets coping with injuries, lineup adjustments

The revolving door that is the Columbus Blue Jackets' lineup this season continues Monday when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

Forwards Derek MacKenzie and Jack Skille return and will play on the third line with Blake Comeau. MacKenzie missed both games of the Blue Jackets' home-and-home with the Philadelphia Flyers due to a lower-body injury. Skille scored a goal in his past game Thursday in Philadelphia but also took a shot off his hand in that game and missed the rematch Saturday, a 6-3 win in Columbus.

Though the Blue Jackets grabbed two points out of that game, they also lost two key players. Marian Gaboriksustained a broken collarbone in the first period of his return from a knee sprain and is out 6-8 weeks. Matt Calvert, who recently had a stretch of goals in three straight games, sustained a sprained AC joint in his shoulder and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 11:52 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Red Wings' Weiss undergoes sports hernia surgery

Detroit Red Wings forward Stephen Weiss has undergone successful surgery to repair a sports hernia, the team announced Monday, and is expected to return after the Olympic break.

Weiss, who last played Dec. 10, has two goals and four points in 26 games this season, his first with the Red Wings.

"The doctors are calling it a core muscle injury," general manager Ken Holland said. "The doctor said 6-8 weeks, but with the Olympic break we're shooting for him to play right after the Olympics.

"I guess he had a fairly significant tear but surgery went well. We had other players in the past here have that same surgery [Kris Draper, Tomas Holmstrom]. They seemed to come back in good shape."

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Posted On Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 8:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Predators loan Forsberg to Sweden

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile announced Sunday that the club has loaned forward Filip Forsberg to the Swedish National Team for the 2014 World Junior Championships, taking place Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden.

Forsberg, 19, has five points (one goal, four assists) in 12 games with Nashville, and eight points (three goals, five assists) in seven games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League this season.

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Posted On Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 5:45 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada cuts Girard from WJC roster

Canada trimmed its roster to the 23-player limit for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship on Sunday by cutting Nashville Predators forward prospect Felix Girard.

A 2013 fourth-round pick (No. 95) of the Nashville Predators, Girard has four goals, 16 assists and a plus-12 rating in 28 games with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Canada's roster now features 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies. The final roster doesn't become official until Dec. 25, so there could be further changes if there are injuries or suspensions.

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Posted On Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 2:08 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Gillies leads U.S. past Finland in WJC exhibition

Providence College goalie Jon Gillies made 38 saves, including a penalty shot in the second period, to lead the United States National Junior Team to a 3-2 victory Sunday during a World Junior Championship exhibition match at Lindab Arena in Angelholm, Sweden.

Gillies, a third-round (No. 75) pick of the Calgary Flames in the 2012 NHL Draft, served as the backup to John Gibson for the gold medal-winning U.S. National Junior Team at the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia. He is the likely starter for the U.S. at this year's event in Malmo, Sweden, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.

The United States begins defense of its gold medal against the Czech Republic on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ET (NHLN-US, NHL.com).

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Posted On Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 1:34 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Forsberg likely to join Swedish WJC team: report

Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg is on schedule to join the Swedish National Junior Team on Monday to compete in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, beginning Dec. 26. The Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet reported the news Saturday.

Forsberg, who served as captain for silver medal-winning Sweden at the 2013 WJC, is currently on a conditioning stint with Nashville's American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. He scored two goals in a 4-0 victory against the San Antonio Rampage on Friday, his first game played since sustaining a head injury Nov. 15 while playing for the Predators.

The native of Ostervala, Sweden, has played in the past two WJC tournaments. He has three goals and six points in 12 WJC games for the Swedes. He was selected in the first round (No. 11) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals. In 17 NHL games, all with the Predators, Forsberg has one goal and six points.

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