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Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 3:14 PM

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

Wild recall Haula; Rupp leaves for personal reasons

The Minnesota Wild have recalled forward Erik Haula from their American Hockey League affiliate in Iowa, and he is expected to make his debut Friday when Minnesota hosts the Colorado Avalanche.

Haula, 22, is tied for second on Iowa with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 18 games.

Forward Mike Rupp has been designated as a non-roster player and will leave the team for personal reasons. Michael Russo of the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported Rupp had a death in the family and will be away for a few days. Rupp has played in two games for the Wild after missing most of the season with a lower-body injury.

Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 1:14 PM

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

Bruins get Seidenberg back against Rangers

Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg returned to the lineup Friday against the New York Rangers.

Seidenberg had missed the past four games with a lower-body injury suffered on his first shift in a game against the Rangers on Nov. 19.

Seidenberg, who has six assists in 21 games this season, started the game on a defense pairing with Dougie Hamilton.

Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 10:12 AM

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

Capitals' Laich sidelined with lower-body injury

Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich won't play Friday against the Montreal Canadiens due to a lower-body injury.

Laich, who had played in all 25 games for the Capitals this season, has four goals and two assists. He scored in the Capitals' 6-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

"He had a little tightness the other day [and] he played," coach Adam Oates said. "He felt pretty good [Thursday] morning, and then last night, it was just a little tight. Hopefully, just precautionary and nothing major there."

Jay Beagle will take Laich's place in the lineup.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 2:34 PM

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

Islanders look to step up defensively against Jets

The New York Islanders and their depleted defense received good news in advance of their game Wednesday against the Winnipeg Jets at Nassau Colisuem.

Thomas Hickey, who bruised his ankle when blocking a shot during a 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, will play against the Jets. The Islanders defense is already missing Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) and Brian Strait (upper body), so Hickey's presence will only help their quest to end a 2-8-0 slump that's resulted in a fall to last place in the Metropolitan Division and tied for 14th in the Eastern Conference.

"It's definitely fair to say we haven't been at our best," Hickey said. "I think if the whole team can pick up its play, we'll come out looking a little better. In our zone it's not just the two D. It's all six guys and we all have to be better."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 2:00 PM

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

Injured Parise skates, won't play for Wild vs. Coyotes

Zach Parise was a surprise participant at the Minnesota Wild morning skate Wednesday one day after the team announced he would miss 2-3 weeks with a foot injury.

Wild coach Mike Yeo told reporters after the morning workout Parise will not play against the Phoenix Coyotes, but it was obviously encouraging to see him on the ice two days after hurting his foot while blocking a shot. Parise has a contusion on his foot after an X-ray was negative.

Parise told Michael Russo of the (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune he hopes to play soon, but he experienced more pain as the morning skate progressed after initially thinking he could play Wednesday.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 12:24 PM

By Staff -  / - Road to Sochi blog

Injury to Penguins' Martin could impact U.S. team

The Pittsburgh Penguins' loss of Paul Martin for the next 4-6 weeks with a fractured tibia will have a severe impact on the Penguins' blue line -- and perhaps the United States Olympic team.

Martin, injured during the Penguins' game against the Boston Bruins on Monday, has two goals and nine assists with a team-high 25:16 minutes per game. The lockdown defenseman formed the Penguins' top pairing with Brooks Orpik and had a role on the top power-play unit. In fact, both are under consideration to compete for the U.S. in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.'s U.S. roster projection has Martin paired with John Carlson of the Washington Capitals.

Martin will be out until Christmas and perhaps after New Year's Day, and that puts his potential spot in jeopardy. The U.S. team will be announced Jan. 1 as part of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. When it comes to the Olympics, Martin has had some tough luck. He's twice been named to Olympic teams, but didn't see any action in the 2006 Turin Games and missed the 2012 Vancouver Games due to a broken arm.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 9:46 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Richter, Neely in studio on Wednesday's NHL Live

One of the NHL's busiest days of the season sees 13 games on the Wednesday schedule, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you prepared for this pre-Thanksgiving smorgasbord.

A pair of NHL greats, Cam Neely of the Boston Bruins and Mike Richter of the New York Rangers, will be in studio to preview their showdown Friday afternoon and talk about riding on the NHL Float in Thursday's Thanksgiving Day parade.

We'll also check in with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa as his team gets set to face the Ottawa Senators on Thursday in a preview of the Heritage Classic on March 2 in Vancouver. Tickets for the game will be on sale next week.

E.J. will also Face Off with Jeff O'Neill, going head-to-head in a debate of hot topics 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 Monday, 11.25.2013 / 4:04 PM

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

Blues' Reaves to undergo hand surgery

The St. Louis Blues announced that forward Ryan Reaves will undergo surgery on his right hand Monday afternoon.

Reaves, who has played in all 22 games this season, will be placed on injured reserve and re-evaluated in six weeks.

The 26-year-old has two goals, four points and 65 penalty minutes.

Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 3:12 PM

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

Coyotes' Hanzal expected back against Predators

Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said he expected forward Martin Hanzal back in the lineup Monday against the Nashville Predators.

The team's leading scorer with 19 points, Hanzal left the Coyotes' 4-2 home loss Saturday to the Anaheim Ducks in the first period with a lower-body injury.

Hanzal saw only 2:09 in ice time against Anaheim but participated in the Coyotes' morning skate Monday.

"He'll go for warm-ups tonight and it looks like he'll be a player," Tippett said.

Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 1:04 PM

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

Maple Leafs get Bozak back against Blue Jackets

Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak will return to the lineup Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bozak missed 12 games with a lower-body injury. He suffered the injury Oct. 25 in a game against the Blue Jackets in Columbus. He will center the Maple Leafs' top line between Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk.

"We all know what he brings to the lineup. He plays in all situations and plays big minutes for us. He's a really well-rounded player. We're happy to have him back," van Riemsdyk said. "Me, Phil and Bozie have some good chemistry. So if that's the way they decide to go tonight, I think we can do some good things."

Prior to the injury, Bozak had three goals and six points in 11 games. His return comes at a perfect time for a Toronto team that has won three of four but scored only three times in the past two games.

"Hopefully I can help out out there and play well," Bozak said. "I might be a step behind for the first period, but hopefully it doesn't take that long [to catch up]."

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