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Posted On Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 7:41 PM

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

Slovak defenseman Erik Cernak suspended one game

Defenseman Erik Cernak of the Slovakian National Junior Team was suspended one game by the IIHF World Junior Championship disciplinary panel on Sunday.

Cernak, a B-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, will miss the game against the United States on Monday.


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Posted On Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 4:27 PM

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

Maple Leafs goalie Bernier out with illness

Goalie Jonathan Bernier will miss the Toronto Maple Leafs' game Sunday against the Florida Panthers with what coach Randy Carlyle called flu-like symptoms. The Maple Leafs said in a statement that Bernier is not showing any signs of the mumps at this time.

"We don't think it's something that's going to strike our team, we hope not anyways but you never know," Carlyle told the Maple Leafs website. "We're just going to continue to try to do what we do. Things like this do happen through the course of the season. Players do get sick, coaches get sick, TV reporters get sick, everybody gets sick when it's their turn, it seems. What are you going to do?"

Bernier made 43 saves in Toronto's 4-0 win Tuesday against the Dallas Stars for his second shutout of the season after allowing a combined 10 goals in his prior two starts. He is 14-8-3 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.27.2014 / 12:58 PM

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

At the Rink: Bruins at Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will not play Saturday against the Boston Bruins at Nationwide Arena because of a stomach illness, coach Todd Richards said.

Curtis McElhinney, whose last start was Nov. 29 at the Nashville Predators, will start and Anton Forsberg was called up from the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. Bobrovsky did not attend the morning skate.

"We've got to do a good job in front of (McElhinney) as a group of five," Richards said. "He's going to have to make saves when we need him to make saves, but the five guys in front have to help him out. It means we have to be disciplined, not take penalties."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.25.2014 / 9:45 PM

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

Defenseman Santini released from U.S. Junior Team

Defenseman Steven Santini was the final player released from the United States National Junior Team on Thursday.

Santini, a New Jersey Devils prospect in his second season at Boston College, has not played in a game since Oct. 25 when he sustained a wrist injury. He had a cast removed from the wrist Monday but did not play in any of the United States' three exhibition games. 

"We wanted to see where Steve was after he had the cast removed and it's clear he needs more time before he's ready to play," U.S. general manager Jim Johannson said.


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Posted On Thursday, 12.25.2014 / 2:33 PM

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

Canada picks Fucale to start World Juniors opener

Zachary Fucale will start in goal for Canada when it opens the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship Friday against Slovakia at Bell Centre in Montreal (8 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Hockey Canada made the announcement Thursday, choosing Fucale, a Montreal Canadiens draft pick, rather than Eric Comrie, a Winnipeg Jets prospect.

"We're comfortable with both goalies," Canada coach Benoit Groulx said, according to TSN. "We just think it was normal to start with the goalie who was there last year and give him a chance."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.24.2014 / 9:24 AM

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

Sweden's Kylington out of World Juniors: report

Sweden defenseman Oliver Kylington, one of the top European prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft, will not play at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, according to Canadian Press.

Canadian Press reported Tuesday that a Sweden team official said Kylington has an unspecified injury. The 17-year-old played Sunday in Sweden's 5-2 loss to Canada in a pre-tournament game in Ottawa but did not play Tuesday in a 10-5 loss to the United States.

The 6-foot, 180-pound defender, who earned an A rating from NHL Central Scouting on its players to watch list, has two goals and five points in 17 games with Farjestad in the Swedish Hockey League.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.23.2014 / 11:22 PM

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

Bracco, Cassels released from U.S. Junior team

Forwards Jeremy Bracco and Cole Cassels were released from the United States National Junior team on Tuesday.

Bracco, who is a B-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, played Tuesday in an exhibition victory against Sweden, 10-5. Cassels, a third-round pick (No. 85) of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2013 NHL Draft, was a healthy scratch.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.23.2014 / 10:34 PM

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

Domi scores hat trick in Canada's final WJC tuneup

Forward Max Domi's hat trick led Canada to a 6-0 win against Switzerland at Bell Centre in Montreal on Tuesday in its final exhibition game prior to the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Domi (Arizona Coyotes) scored twice in 13 seconds during the second period and at 8:16 of the third. Forward Anthony Duclair (New York Rangers) assisted on each of Domi's goals.

Connor McDavid (2015 draft eligible) assisted on a goal by Nick Ritchie (Anaheim Ducks) in the third period. Curtis Lazar (Ottawa Senators) was scoreless in his debut Canada captain.

Goalie Zachary Fucale (Montreal Canadiens) got the win.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.23.2014 / 6:23 PM

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

Penguins forward Comeau out several weeks: report

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Blake Comeau has been placed on injured reserve and will be out several weeks, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday.

It is believed Comeau sustained a wrist injury against the Florida Panthers on Monday. He is the 10th Penguins player on injured reserve.

The Penguins recalled forward Dominik Uher from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.23.2014 / 2:53 PM

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

At the Rink: Blues at Avalanche

DENVER -- Rookie Calvin Pickard has been playing as well as any goalie in the NHL, but Semyon Varlamov will start for the Colorado Avalanche against the St. Louis Blues at Pepsi Center on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN).

A Vezina Trophy finalist last season, Varlamov has missed 17 of the Avalanche's first 33 games because of groin injuries, including the past six. He hasn't played since leaving in the third period of a Dec. 5 game against the Winnipeg Jets.

"He was very excited to play," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "He looked very sharp in the practice this morning and in the other practices and worked hard with [goalie coach] Francois [Allaire]. It's a good situation for us. Calvin's played really well and we hope that [Varlamov] will be sharp tonight."

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It's not always going to be pretty, especially against a great goalie [Lundqvist] like that. My goals are never how you draw them up. It's just a matter of grinding it out and trying to create havoc in front and good things happen.

— Capitals forward Jay Beagle on scoring in their Game 3 victory against the Rangers on Monday