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Posted On Monday, 12.22.2014 / 2:50 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Penguins at Panthers

The Pittsburgh Penguins will go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen when they play at the Florida Panthers on Monday (7:30 p.m., SN).

The Penguins on Monday sent forwards Steve Downie and Brandon Sutter, along with goaltender Thomas Greiss, back to Pittsburgh to be tested for the mumps virus.

Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League to be the backup to Marc-Andre Fleury.

Penguins coach Mike Johnston said his plan will be for the seventh defenseman to take shifts at forward.

"We’ll put a defenseman up," Johnston said, according to the Penguins website. "We'll probably play a defenseman up front a little bit and get five, six, seven minutes of a defenseman playing on that [fourth] line and then sort of maneuver from there. We've got to place some depth in our lineup tonight, so that's what I'm going to do originally heading into the game, for sure."

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Posted On Monday, 12.22.2014 / 1:18 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live goes one-on-one with U.S. forward Eichel

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, features a one-on-one interview Monday with U.S. forward Jack Eichel at 5:50 p.m., ahead of the 2015 World Junior Championship starting Friday.

It's a six-game night across the League with the Columbus Blue Jackets hosting the Nashville Predators. We'll go out to Nationwide Arena and welcome in Predators color analyst Stu Grimson on Arena Cam at 5:40 p.m. to preview the matchup.

The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. Panthers broadcaster Steve Goldstein will join us via Arena Cam with all the latest on these teams.

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Posted On Monday, 12.22.2014 / 11:53 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Lazar named captain of Canada World Junior team

Center Curtis Lazar was named captain of the Canadian National Junior Team that will compete in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto beginning Dec. 26, according to Hockey Canada.

Lazar, a first-round draft pick (No. 17) by the Ottawa Senators in the 2013 NHL Draft, played for Canada at the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden. He had three goals and seven points as Canada finished fourth.

Additionally, forwards Sam Reinhart (Buffalo Sabres) and Connor McDavid (2015 draft eligible) will serve as alternate captains.

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Posted On Monday, 12.22.2014 / 10:15 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

USA Hockey cuts Panthers' Downing from WJC roster

Defenseman Michael Downing, a Florida Panthers prospect, was released from the United States National Junior team on Monday.

Downing, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound defender, has three goals and seven points in 15 games for the University of Michigan.

The cut leaves the U.S. with 26 players currently in camp for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, including eight defensemen. The final 23-man roster must be submitted by Dec. 25.

The United States begins play at the WJC on Dec. 26 against Finland (3 p.m. ET, NHLN-US) at Bell Centre in Montreal.

U.S. NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM ROSTER

GOALIES: *Thatcher Demko, Boston College, H-EAST (Vancouver Canucks); Brandon Halverson, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (New York Rangers); Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth, OHL (Carolina Hurricanes)

DEFENSEMEN: *Will Butcher, University of Denver, NCHC (Colorado Avalanche); Brandon Carlo, Tri-City, WHL (2015 draft eligible); Ryan Collins, University of Minnesota, BIG 10 (Columbus Blue Jackets); Anthony DeAngelo, Sarnia, OHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Noah Hanifin, Boston College, H-EAST (2015 draft eligible); *Ian McCoshen, Boston College, H-EAST (Florida Panthers); *Steven Santini, Boston College, H-EAST (New Jersey Devils); Zach Werenski, University of Michigan, BIG 10 (2015 draft eligible)

FORWARDS: Jeremy Bracco, USA U-18, USHL (2015 draft eligible); J.T. Compher, University of Michigan, BIG 10 (Buffalo Sabres); Cole Cassels, Oshawa, OHL (Vancouver Canucks); Chase De Leo, Portland, WHL (Winnipeg Jets); *Jack Eichel, Boston University, H-EAST (2015 draft eligible); Hudson Fasching, University of Minnesota, BIG 10 (Buffalo Sabres); John Hayden, Yale University, ECAC (Chicago Blackhawks); Dylan Larkin, University of Michigan, BIG 10 (Detroit Red Wings); Anthony Louis, Miami University, NCHC (Chicago Blackhawks); Auston Matthews, USA U-18, USHL (2016 draft eligible); Sonny Milano, Plymouth, OHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); Tyler Motte, University of Michigan, BIG 10 (Chicago Blackhawks); Nick Schmaltz, University of North Dakota, NCHC (Chicago Blackhawks); Alex Tuch, Boston College, H-EAST (Minnesota Wild); Miles Wood, Noble & Greenough School, HS-MA (New Jersey Devils)

*- Returning player

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Posted On Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 6:35 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

McDavid to play for Canada on Sunday: report

Forward Connor McDavid is expected to play for Canada on Sunday in an exhibition against Sweden leading up to the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Canadian Press reported McDavid will be in the lineup at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. It will be the 17-year-old's first game action since breaking his right pinky finger on Nov. 11, playing for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.


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Posted On Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 12:54 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Capitals at Devils

Mike Cammalleri has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 13 with a lower-body injury, the New Jersey Devils announced Saturday.

The forward will be out for New Jersey's game Saturday against the Washington Capitals and is eligible to return Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Cammalleri has missed the past three games, and last played Dec. 13 against the Dallas Stars. Playing in his first season in New Jersey, Cammalleri leads the Devils with 11 goals and five power-play goals.

Neither the Devils nor the Capitals had full morning skates Saturday, but New Jersey did make a few moves. Defenseman Adam Larsson and forward Mike Sislo were recalled.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 12:02 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada sets World Junior Championship roster

Canada trimmed its roster by four players and finalized its roster for the 2015 IIHF World Junior championship Friday.

The final four players cut from the team were forwards Rourke Chartier (San Jose Sharks), Jason Dickinson (Dallas Stars) and Michael Dal Colle (New York Islanders), and defenseman Haydn Fleury (Carolina Hurricanes).

The final roster decisions were made after Canada lost to Russia 2-1 in overtime in an exhibition at Air Canada Centre on Friday.

The final 22-player roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

Among those making the final roster are two top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft, forwards Connor McDavid and Lawson Crouse.

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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 9:56 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada loses to Russia in WJC exhibition

Goalie Ilya Sorokin made 52 saves to lead Russia past Canada 2-1 in overtime Friday at Air Canada Centre in Toronto in an exhibition game ahead of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Sorokin (New York Islanders) faced 14, 20 and 17 shots in three periods, plus two in overtime.

Canada played without top 2015 NHL Draft prospect forward Connor McDavid, who continues to recover from a broken finger.

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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 2:39 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Sharks' Mueller to play for Switzerland at WJC

The San Jose Sharks announced Friday that defenseman Mirco Mueller has been released to play for Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

"This is a great honor and opportunity for Mirco to represent his country," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "As an important young player to our franchise for now and the future, we think this experience will provide a positive impact on his career moving forward."

Mueller, 19, has one goal and two assists in 24 games, and is averaging 17:09 of ice time per game. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound defender was selected by the Sharks with the 18th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 2:50 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Senators loan forward Lazar to Canada for WJC

The Ottawa Senators agreed on Thursday to loan forward Curtis Lazar to Canada for the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Ottawa's first-round pick (No. 17) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Lazar has seven points in 26 games for the Senators, including his first NHL goal Monday against the Buffalo Sabres.

"I knew there was a possibility, it wasn't ruled out," Lazar told the Senators website. "I had a good talk with management this morning and we feel it's the best for my long-term development. It’s a great opportunity for myself. It's going to be a pretty exciting time.

"For me it's about gaining so much needed confidence and maybe finding my scoring touch. I know I got the one goal in Buffalo but if I can fill that here, if I line up beside someone like Connor McDavid, it's going to be great exposure out there and a lot of fun."

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Quote of the Day

I've got a lot of experience and there's a lot of young guys. It's even making me excited a little more. It's kind of a new life. At my age, I feel like I know a lot of things what to do, but I just cannot do it anymore. It's a lot easier to tell them what to do because they've still got the legs and hands to do it. I just know things, but I cannot do them anymore.

— Jaromir Jagr after making his Panthers debut in a win against the Sabres on Saturday