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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 1:49 PM

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

McDavid could be ready to play by Dec. 21: report

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, who has been out of the lineup since sustaining a right hand injury in a fight last month, could return to action on Dec. 21, according to the Toronto Sun.

The Dec. 21 return would give McDavid an opportunity to prepare for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship that is scheduled to begin five days later at Bell Centre in Montreal.

"He is on track and he is probably a little bit ahead of where everyone thought he would be," Hockey Canada vice-president of hockey operations Scott Salmond told the paper. "I think coming out of Toronto he will be ready to practice full on and we are probably targeting around the 21st for his first exhibition game, which would be great."


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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 12:51 PM

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

Hurricanes place Semin on IR, activate Bellemore

Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and defenseman Brett Bellemore was activated off IR, the team announced Thursday.

Semin missed the game Monday against the New Jersey Devils and did not practice Wednesday. Coach Bill Peters told the Raleigh News & Observer that Semin also has soreness in his wrist that required offseason surgery.

Semin has a goal and five assists with a minus-9 rating in 21 games.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 12:04 PM

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

Canadiens to loan Jacob de la Rose to Sweden

Montreal Canadiens prospect Jacob de la Rose will be loaned to the Swedish National Junior Team for participation in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, according to Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

De la Rose, selected in the second round (No. 34) of the 2013 NHL Draft, had three goals, six points and a plus-3 rating for the silver medal-winning Swedes at the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden. He also represented his country at the 2013 WJC when Sweden also won a silver medal.

The 6-foot-3, 198-pound left-handed shot has three goals and five points in 26 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League this season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 7:00 PM

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

Girgensons talks All-Star vote, Sabres hot streak

Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons, the top vote-getter after three weeks of voting in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM, joined NHL Live to discuss his path to the League and the Sabres' recent run.

Girgensons' 14 points in 27 games is tied for second on the Sabres. As of Tuesday, he earned 803,805 total votes to represent Buffalo on Jan. 25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

"It's crazy," said Girgensons, a native of Riga, Latvia. "People back home are just crazy hockey fans. It's always been like that. It's fun, it's cool, it's mixed emotions, it's funny at the same time."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 6:55 PM

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

DeAngelo confident in chances of making WJC team

Sarnia Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo joined NHL Live for this week's Prospects Report to discuss his chances of playing for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The United States' selection camp begins Dec. 16 on the campus of Boston University at Walter Brown Arena. DeAngelo is one of six NHL first-round picks to receive an invite to the preliminary roster.

"I feel pretty confident in myself," DeAngelo said. "The reason why they brought me in, I'm going to try to go out there and show them, and hopefully get a chance to make the team. I think it would be an honor to make the team but there's a lot of good defensemen, so it's going to be a tough roster to crack."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 4:19 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Kypreos, MacLean named to Top Prospects staffs

Sportsnet analysts Doug MacLean and Nick Kypreos will be assistant coaches for Team Cherry and Team Orr, respectively, at the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The game, which will feature 40 of the top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft playing in the Canadian Hockey League, will be played Jan. 22, 2015 at Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, home of the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League.

Hockey Hall of Fame member Bobby Orr will coach Team Orr. In addition to MacLean, who has coached in the NHL with the Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Niagara coach Marty Williamson and assistant coaches Dave Bell and Billy Burke will be part of the coaching staff.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 11:30 AM

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

All-Star fan vote leader Girgensons to join NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek airs at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

We'll be joined by Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons, the top vote-getter after three weeks of voting in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM.

Sarina Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo will also call in to discuss his chances of playing for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 1:09 PM

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

Rangers loan forward Duclair to Canada

The New York Rangers announced Tuesday that forward Anthony Duclair has been loaned to Canada to participate in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Duclair, who has one goal, seven points, and a plus-4 rating in 18 games as a rookie for the Rangers this season, will join Canada for a training camp that starts Thursday at MasterCard Centre in Toronto. If selected to the team, Duclair will be playing in his first WJC, which begins Dec. 26.

The 19-year-old has represented Canada in several international tournaments. He had one goal and two points in five games to help Canada win a gold medal at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 12:19 PM

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

NHL Live reports from Board of Governors meeting

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Dave Maloney is on the air at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. We'll take you to Boca Raton, Fla., where E.J. Hradek will provide the latest from the Board of Governors meeting.

Ten games are on the NHL schedule, including the Philadelphia Flyers at the Columbus Blue Jackets. We'll take you to Nationwide Arena where Blue Jackets analyst Jody Shelley will check in from the Arena Cam.

The Chicago Blackhawks take a six-game winning streak into Prudential Center against the New Jersey Devils. NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen joins us via Arena Cam with pregame news and notes.

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Posted On Monday, 12.08.2014 / 2:23 PM

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

At the Rink: Panthers at Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Having played a combined 1,400-plus regular season and Stanley Cup Playoff games, Monday will be one of those rare firsts for St. Louis Blues goalie Martin Brodeur.

Brodeur, who spent his entire 21-year career with the New Jersey Devils before signing with the Blues on Dec. 2, will play his first home game when the Blues face the Florida Panthers at Scottrade Center.

Brodeur encountered this occasion one other time when the Devils played at the Meadowlands, so it's been a while in that regard.

"I'm looking forward to it; I think it's an advantage to play in your home building," said Brodeur, who is 40-16-2 in 65 career games against the Panthers. "Fans are always a big component and a reason the guys have success in their building. It'll be interesting to see how it is."

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