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Posted On Monday, 12.16.2013 / 9:40 AM

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

Penguins recall Samuelsson, Zolnierczyk

Defenseman Philip Samuelsson, a second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2009 NHL Draft and son of two-time Stanley Cup winner Ulf Samuelsson, was recalled by the team Monday from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

The Penguins also recalled forward Harry Zolnierczyk. Both could be available for Pittsburgh's game Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Samuelsson has six assists, a plus-3 rating and 35 penalty minutes in 26 AHL games this season. The Penguins are battling numerous injuries on their blue line that have sidelined Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi and Paul Martin.

Posted On Sunday, 12.15.2013 / 2:00 PM

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Flames stick with Ramo in net against Rangers

The Calgary Flames will start Karri Ramo in goal for the second consecutive game Sunday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Ramo stopped 27 shots in the Flames' 2-1 overtime victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Ramo has 131 saves on 138 shots in his past six games. He is 4-1 in his past five, allowing only a goal in each of his victories. For the season he is 6-5-1 with a .907 save percentage and a 2.67 goals-against average in 14 games.

"It's a progression rather than a change," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames' official website. "I think for him, it was important that he got a feel back for the league, size of the rinks, the shooters.

"We have two great students in net. They work very hard with [goalie coach] Clint [Malarchuk], they watch tape, they look at other team's lineup, they work on the ice. It's nice. Plus I think our total team game is getting better also."

Posted On Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 5:12 PM

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Detroit native Zatkoff to start for Penguins vs. Wings

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender and Detroit native Jeff Zatkoff admits he grew up watching the Detroit Red Wings play at Joe Louis Arena and dreaming of one day playing in the NHL. As a backup to Marc-Andre Fleury this season, the 2006 third-round pick (No. 74) of the Los Angeles Kings has already realized his dream of becoming an NHL player.

But a new chapter in his hockey career could be added Saturday, when Zatkoff is expected to start for the Penguins against his hometown Red Wings.

"I think that would be a special moment for me," Zatkoff told the Penguins website. "As a kid, you grow up going to those games and dream of playing in the NHL."

Posted On Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 3:02 PM

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

Lightning star Stamkos on ice at morning skate

Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos was on the ice Saturday at Prudential Center, 33 days after breaking his right leg in a collision with a goal post.

Stamkos joined his Lightning teammates at their morning skate before a game against the New Jersey Devils. He was wearing a track suit and doing some stickhandling drills in a Vine video posted on the team's official Twitter account.

"Medical advances, I guess," Stamkos told the Lightning website when asked how he is back on the ice so quickly. "I'm feeling good. Everything is on track. My four-week X-ray looks good. I'm just starting to progress, and obviously make sure there are no setbacks, but I'm feeling really good.

"I thought I might have an issue with that bottom screw in there but I don't. There's still a little bit of swelling in the ankle and the leg, so you feel that a little bit, but I don't think I'm going to have a problem with the screw, so that's a good thing."

Posted On Friday, 12.13.2013 / 1:28 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live highlights the 'unlucky' on Friday the 13th

It's Friday the 13th, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will celebrate the superstitious day by taking a look at some of the "unluckiest" moments of the season.

Three games are on the NHL schedule, including the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the New Jersey Devils. We'll go out to Consol Energy Center on our Arena Cam and talk to Phil Bourque about the recent play of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and the matchup with the Devils.

Bill Lindsay will call in to talk Florida Panthers hockey ahead of their game with the Washington Capitals, and E.J. faces off against analyst Kevin Weekes to debate some of the game's hottest topics. We'll also be joined by Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche.

Leading up to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 from The Big House at the University of Michigan, we'll start our countdown of the top outdoor moments at No. 20.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

Posted On Friday, 12.13.2013 / 11:16 AM

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

Penguins' Orpik skates; no timetable for return

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik skated briefly Friday morning, though he won't take part in the team's game-day skate prior to playing the New Jersey Devils.

Orpik skated with injured teammates Rob Scuderi and Tanner Glass, who are also on injured reserve.

Posted On Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 4:25 PM

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Islanders active Nabokov off injured reserve

The New York Islanders have activated goaltender Evgeni Nabokov off injured reserve.

Nabokov, who hasn't played since Nov. 16 due to a groin injury, will serve as backup to Kevin Poulin when the Islanders play at the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.

Goalie Anders Nilsson has been sent to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.

Posted On Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 1:44 PM

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Red Wings' Howard believes knee injury not serious

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said he believes a left knee injury sustained at practice Wednesday isn't serious and is hoping he'll be sidelined for just 1-2 weeks.

Howard is scheduled to have an MRI on Friday morning.

"I don't think I'm that concerned about it," Howard told Thursday. "I don't think it's going to be anything over the top where I'm going to be out a long time."

The Red Wings recalled goalie Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League to back up Jonas Gustavsson, who starts Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Although Howard's injury could affect his chances of earning a place on the United States Olympic team, he maintains it's not a priority.

"What can you do? It is what it is," Howard said. "You do treatment and try to get back as quick as possible."

Posted On Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 11:58 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks Alumni Showdown with Maltby, Draper

There are less than three weeks until the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET Thursday on NHL Network, will talk to Red Wings favorites Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby about the 2013 Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park set for New Year's Eve. Maltby and Draper will spend part of the afternoon taking over the NHL's Twitter feed.

It's a busy night on the NHL schedule with 11 games, including the New York Rangers hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets. Shawn Mitchell will join us on the Madison Square Garden Arena Cam to discuss the many ties between these Metropolitan Division rivals who have made a pair of blockbuster trades in the past couple years.

We'll also go out on Arena Cam to Scottrade Center where NHL Insider Darren Pang will preview the St. Louis Blues' game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and talk goaltending around the League.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

Posted On Wednesday, 12.11.2013 / 10:34 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Quenneville to talk Stadium Series on NHL Live

Tickets to the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game March 1 at Soldier Field between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins go on sale Wednesday, and on NHL Live with Steve Mears and Dave Maloney, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will make an appearance to talk about the game and the hot play of the defending Stanley Cup champions.

There are three games on the NHL slate, one of which is the Wednesday Night Rivalry game between the Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers. Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire, who will be part of the broadcast on NBCSN, will join the show from the Arena Cam at United Center to provide their thoughts on this rematch of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

The Washington Capitals come off a thrilling 6-5 shootout win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, and we'll talk via phone with Capitals defenseman John Carlson about his chances of making the U.S. team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics as well as the four-goal outing by Alex Ovechkin against Tampa.

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— Devils captain Bryce Salvador on retiring from the National Hockey League Wednesday