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Posted On Friday, 10.18.2013 / 12:44 PM

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

Jets expect to have Kane in lineup against Blues

Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel anticipates forward Evander Kane will be in the lineup Friday against the St. Louis Blues, the team announced through its official Twitter account.

Kane suffered an apparent leg injury in practice on Wednesday and his status had been in question.

Kane will take the pregame warm-up and the team then will make a final decision on his status for the game; however, Kane said he's ready to play.

"I wouldn't say it's 100 percent by any means, but [it is] good enough to play," said Kane, who said the injury is not knee-related. "As long as I can stand up out there I'll play."

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Posted On Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 4:28 PM

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

New-look Predators pose challenges for Kings

Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter admits he has a healthy respect for Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz. Both men are among the longest-tenured and most-respected bench bosses in the NHL, having each coached in over 1,000 games. A picture of consistency since being named Nashville's first head coach in 1998, Trotz has proven himself a formidable foe, even for a Stanley Cup-winning coach like Sutter.

That chess match between these two should be on full display as the Kings visit Nashville Thursday night.

"I don't like coaching against him. He's a good coach," Sutter said Thursday. "Part of the challenge in this League is there are probably about seven, eight really experienced guys that are pretty successful guys, and he's one of them."


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Posted On Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 3:42 PM

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

Injuries force Maple Leafs to rely on young players

It may be early in the 2013-14 season, but Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle already is no stranger to being pressed into shaking up his lineup.

Forward Nikolai Kulemin and defenseman Mark Fraser already were nursing injuries when top-line forward James van Riemsdyk encountered back spasms that forced him from the lineup for the Leafs' game Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild.

That back issue again will keep van Riemsdyk out of the game Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes

It's forced Carlyle to be inventive from week to week with his lineup.
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Posted On Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 1:18 PM

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Dubnyk returns to Oilers net

After sitting out the past two games, Edmonton Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk will return as the team's starter Thursday against the New York Islanders.

Edmonton has gone 0-2-1 to start its season-long, six-game road trip, and Dubnyk has come under fire for his lack of stability in the crease.

"He hasn't played as well as we'd hoped," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said Thursday. "I talked to him this morning and he's ready to go out and battle."

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 7:12 PM

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

Lightning recall Connolly from Syracuse

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Brett Connolly from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, the team announced Wednesday.

Connolly, 21, had one assist in three games with the Crunch and in the preseason was tied for the team lead with four goals in five games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 12:18 PM

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Rangers without Del Zotto against Capitals

It appears from the defensive pairings at Wednesday's morning skate that the New York Rangers will be without defenseman Michael Del Zotto for Wednesday night's game against the Washington Capitals.

Del Zotto had the flu and didn't travel with the team to Washington on Tuesday, at which time coach Alain Vigneault said it was doubtful he would play.

Justin Falk, who made his season debut for the Rangers on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues, was on the ice and is likely to take Del Zotto's place in the lineup.


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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 4:55 PM

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

Panthers' Bjugstad returns, Thomas close to returning

The Florida Panthers confirmed that towering center Nick Bjugstad will make his 2013-14 season debut against the Nashville Predators in Music City on Tuesday. Bjugstad suffered a concussion during training camp that forced him to miss the season's first six games. The Panthers went 2-4-0 in those games.

During the morning skate in Nashville, the 6-foot-6 Bjugstad skated on a line with Krys Barch and Tomas Kopecky. In 11 games last season, the 21-year-old Minnesota native collected one goal, no assists and a minus-8 rating.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 4:00 PM

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Howard remains out for Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, who bruised his glove hand in a 5-2 win Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers, spent extra time working with goaltending coach Jim Bedard before revealing that he was doubtful to play Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In his stead, backup Jonas Gustavsson will get the start in consecutive days, something he hasn't done since March 10-11, 2012, when he was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Gustavsson looked sharp making his first start of the season Monday against the Boston Bruins. He made 28 saves, including all three he faced during a third-period 5-on-3 Boston power play, in a 3-2 Detroit win. Tuesday will be Gustavsson's first home start of the season.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 3:08 PM

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Blue Jackets' Calvert expected to miss six weeks

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert will miss approximately six weeks after having surgery Tuesday to repair an abdominal injury, the team announced.

Calvert had the procedure performed by Dr. William Myers as the Vincera Institue in Philadelphia.

The 23-year-old left wing, who had been placed on injured reserve Monday, had no points and a plus-1 rating in three games; considered a speedy, tenacious forechecker, he had nine goals and seven assists in 42 games last season.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 1:24 PM

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

Grabner to get more time on Islanders' top line

After skating much of the season with Matt Moulson on the left wing, the New York Islanders' top line, featuring captain John Tavares and right wing Kyle Okposo, could be getting a slight makeover for their game Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.

During the team's morning skate, Tavares and Okposo matched up with Michael Grabner, who leads the team through five games with five assists, seven points and a plus-5 rating. Considered among the fastest skaters in the League, Grabner is a definite departure from Moulson, who has flanked Tavares for much of the star center's career.

After contributing three straight 30-goal seasons by parking himself in front of the opposition's crease, Moulson is off to a slow start to the 2013-14 season, with one goal and no assists in five games. Grabner, on the other hand, is off to a fantastic start and using his speed in a way that Islanders coach Jack Capuano thinks could benefit his top line.

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I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.

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