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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]."

Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 10:18 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live sets up Blues-Wild, Bruins-Penguins

It's a busy start to the week, with nine games on the NHL schedule Monday, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and Butch Goring at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network will preview all the action.

We'll go out live on our Arena Cam to Scottrade Center to set up the St. Louis Blues' battle with the Minnesota Wild with Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Michael Russo. Also, our Ice Pass will preview the Boston Bruins hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins in a battle of division leaders and rematch of last spring's Eastern Conference Final, as well as games between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs plus the Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose joins us to break down coaching performances from around the League.

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

Posted On Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 8:07 PM

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

Kings place Lewis on IR, activate Clifford

The Los Angeles Kings activated forward Kyle Clifford from the injured reserve list and placed forward Trevor Lewis on IR (retroactive to Nov. 21), the team announced Saturday.

Clifford, out with an upper-body injury, missed the past six Kings games. Clifford has played in 16 games this season and has one goal and 32 penalty minutes.

Posted On Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 7:22 PM

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

Ducks lose Sbisa, Fasth, call up Andersen, Yonkman

The Anaheim Ducks placed defenseman Luca Sbisa and goaltender Viktor Fasth on injured reserve Saturday.

Sbisa suffered a tendon tear in his right hand in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday and will have surgery Monday. Sbisa, who has one assist in nine games this season, is out 6-8 weeks.

Fasth is suffering from muscle inflammation (lower body) and is out 3-4 weeks. Fasth is 2-2-1 with a 2.95 goals-against average and .885 save percentage.

The Ducks recalled goaltender Frederik Andersen and defenseman Nolan Yonkman from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Posted On Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 7:07 PM

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

Blackhawks activate Handzus; Hossa out

The Chicago Blackhawks activated forward Michal Handzus from injured reserve prior to their game against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Handzus, who was placed on IR on Nov. 14 with a lower-body injury, has one goal and two assists in nine games with the Blackhawks this season. He missed 13 games due to the injury.

Posted On Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 2:58 PM

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

Talbot starts for Rangers near college home

New York Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot will have his father, Mark, watching in person when he gets the start Saturday when the team's annual "Dads Trip" comes to Music City for a game against the Nashville Predators.

But having his father in the stands won't be the only thing making the night special as Talbot gets his first start since making 22 saves to shut out the Montreal Canadiens, 2-0, on Nov. 16. Talbot played college hockey at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, located about 100 miles south of Nashville. The Ontario native didn't say if he expected an Alabama contingent at Bridgestone Arena, but he was excited to continue New York's hot goaltending of late, which saw a high point Thursday when Henrik Lundqvist made 41 saves to lead the Rangers to a 3-2 win against the Dallas Stars.

"I look at it as just me going out there and getting the chance to play again, try and do what [Lundqvist] did and give the team a chance to win," Talbot said Friday. "He did a heck of a job last night, and I'm going to go in there tomorrow and try to do the same."

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