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Posted On Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 2:35 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Leetch, Staple, Olczyk to appear on NHL Live

As we celebrate the fact that the 2014 Sochi Olympics are just 100 days away, NHL Live brings Brian Leetch into the studio. One of the most-decorated international players to ever wear a sweater for the United States, Leetch will discuss his Olympic memories, as well as his new duties with the NHL's Department of Player Safety.

As always, NHL Live also has the NHL action from a busy Tuesday covered as well. Thomas Vanek will make his debut for the New York Islanders in their game against the New York Rangers. Arthur Staple of Newsday will break it down during an Arena Cam hit from the Nassau Coliseum. Other Arena Cam guests include's Dan Rosen from the Prudential Center and Eddie Olczyk from the United Center. Rosen will preview the Tampa Bay Lightning-New Jersey Devils game, as well as provide a sneak peek of his Wednesday notebook on, Over the Boards.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 3:26 PM

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

Hartnell returns for Flyers, Grabner back for Islanders

There will be a number of compelling returns Saturday night as the New York Islanders play host to the Philadelphia Flyers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The most obvious will be defenseman Mark Streit, who served as the Islanders' captain for three seasons before signing this past summer with the Flyers. This will mark Streit's first game back on Long Island and he should figure prominently after being promoted this past week to the top unit on a power play that ranks 29th in the League with an 8.1 percent success rate.

"He was an integral part of our team. He was our captain. He moved on," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said after practice Saturday. "We wish him luck but we have a job to do tonight and that is focus on the Flyers."

The Flyers spent plenty of time practicing their power play Saturday and should benefit greatly from the return of forward Scott Hartnell, who missed four games with a reported rib injury. In order to make room for Hartnell in the lineup, the Flyers sent forward Tye McGinn down to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. Hartnell will skate on a line with Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek.

The Islanders will also have a welcome return to their lineup, as forward Michael Grabner will be back after serving his two-game suspension for a hit on Nathan Gerbe of the Carolina Hurricanes. With the speedy Austrian back in the lineup, Brock Nelson will be a healthy scratch for the Islanders.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 1:38 PM

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

Talbot starts, Rangers' Lundqvist eyes Monday return

Two nights after making his first NHL start, goaltender Cam Talbot will return to the New York Rangers' net Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

Talbot stopped 25 of 27 shots Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers, but came up on the short end of a 2-1 loss that dropped New York's record to 2-6-0. With the Rangers playing the final contest in a nine-game road trip to start the 2013-14 season, Talbot is looking forward to getting back in the crease.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 4:58 PM

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

Jets seek to avenge previous loss to Predators

It only has been four days since the Winnipeg Jets last played the Nashville Predators, and the bad taste from their 3-1 home loss Sunday remains in the mouth of coach Claude Noel.

The Jets were frustrated much of the game despite outshooting the Predators 39-26. Nashville scored three times in the second period to take a 3-0 lead before Evander Kane scored the Jets' lone goal in the third.

The Predators will be without goaltender Pekka Rinne, who is out with a hip injury. But that hardly should matter to Winnipeg, which faced backup goaltender Carter Hutton in their previous Central Division matchup.

"Their other goalie played against us [Sunday] and played fine. We just didn't get enough traffic in front of him," Noel said Thursday. "But they'll be ready for us because they didn't play well in Minnesota [on Tuesday]. They had the same problems we had. They're not happy either."

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Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 2:48 PM

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

Lecavalier back in lineup for Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers likely will have Vincent Lecavalier back in the lineup Thursday when they face the New York Rangers, but he won't be in his usual spot at center.

Lecavalier, who has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury, skated at right wing on the team's top line at the morning skate, with Claude Giroux at center and Michael Raffl at left wing.

"I want to be out there and be part of it," Lecavalier said. "We're doing some good things. It's hard to [see it that way] when you are 1-7, but we want to keep pushing and I want to help as much as I can.

"The chances are there and that's a positive. I love [playing with Giroux]. He's a smart player who makes quick little plays. He's easy to play with. It's been going really good in practices. When you are with him and you look at the way he thinks out there, he's special. … I want to try to be physical on the puck and be strong in the corners on the puck, and if he's making great plays either me or Raffl has to bury it."

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Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 2:05 PM

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

Lundqvist: Injury occurred in Rangers' second game

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said Thursday he sustained an injury in the team's second game of the season that's he battled ever since.

Lundqvist won't be in uniform Thursday when the Rangers visit the Philadelphia Flyers, but he was on the ice earlier in the day for a 30-minute workout, during which he took shots from Mats Zuccarello, Carl Hagelin and Justin Falk.

Lundqvist said afterward he's "feeling better." He apparently was hurt at some point during a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 7. Lundqvist declined to specify what the injury was.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 9:42 AM

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

Rangers recall Missiaen to serve as backup goalie

The New York Rangers on Thursday recalled goaltender Jason Missiaen from their American Hockey League team, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Missiaen will back up Cam Talbot for the Rangers' game Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Regular goalie Henrik Lundqvist will sit out with an undisclosed injury the team has classified as minor.

Missiaen, 23, is 1-1-0 with a 3.54 goals-against average and .875 save percentage in two AHL games this season. A 2008 fourth-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens (No. 116), Missiaen has yet to play an NHL game in three professional seasons.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 1:30 PM

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

Oilers' Hall to miss four weeks with knee injury

Edmonton Oilers top-line forward Taylor Hall will miss four weeks due to an injury to his left knee.

Hall was injured in the second period of the Oilers' game Oct. 19 at the Ottawa Senators when he was hit by the Senators' Eric Gryba. Hall was called for a slashing penalty after the hit, and after serving the penalty left for the locker room and did not return to the game.

"It's never good to lose one of your top players, a guy that eats up a ton of minutes, who is a danger every time he goes out on the ice," Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said. "Are we going to miss him? Of course we are. He's a big part of this hockey club and when we do have success, he's right in the middle of it. He's usually one of the catalysts."

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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 3:08 PM

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

Cammalleri a game-time decision for Flames

Mike Cammalleri took part in the Calgary Flames' morning skate and will be a game-time decision for the Flames' game Monday against the San Jose Sharks.

Cammalleri hasn't played this season due to a hand injury sustained during training camp. He got into one preseason game.

In addition, forward Roman Horak and defenseman Christopher Breen, called up from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League on Sunday, could be lineup considerations.

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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 1:12 PM

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

Sharks' Burns to sit out vs. Red Wings

The San Jose Sharks will play the Detroit Red Wings on Monday without top-line right wing Brent Burns.

Burns was hit in the mouth during the Sharks' game Saturday against the Calgary Flames. Burns is tied for third on the team with four goals.

"Brent won't play [Monday]," Sharks coach Todd McLellan told "He got hit in the teeth -- well, he doesn't have teeth, I guess in the gums -- the other night and they are bothering him right now. He'll be out [Monday] and hopefully he's ready to go when we get to Boston [for a game Thursday]."

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Quote of the Day

Sick. I said a couple of bad words in Russian, but I said, 'Sick.'

— Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov on Alex Ovechkin's highlight-reel goal in Game 2 against Rangers on Saturday