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Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 1:56 PM

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

Red Wings' Datsyuk to return against Lightning

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk will return to the lineup Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning (2 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-D), the Red Wings announced.

Datsyuk, who has missed the past five games with a lower-body injury, had Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm on his wings. The same unit practiced together Friday.

Datsyuk has 23 goals and 58 points in 57 games this season for the Red Wings, who have lost their past two games.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 12:05 PM

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

Weber out for Predators against Capitals

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber will not play against the Washington Capitals on Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET; FS-TN, CSN-DC) and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, according to the Predators.

Weber has played in all 75 of the Predators' games this season, is second among all Nashville skaters in average time on ice (26:22), and is second among Nashville defensemen in points (45).

The Predators can clinch a spot in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday with a win in any fashion.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 1:17 PM

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

At the Rink: Ducks at Bruins

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins should have forward David Krejci in their lineup when they face the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, TVA Sports PRIME, NESN).

Coach Claude Julien classified Krejci as probable.

Krejci has missed 15 games since sustaining a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee Feb. 20 against the St. Louis Blues. In his absence the Bruins went 8-4-3, but they are 0-3-2 in their past five games.

With seven goals and 26 points in 38 games, Krejci could give a lift to a team that has nine goals in its past five games.

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Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 6:31 PM

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

Cooper: Lightning's win against Bruins 'a relief'

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper joined NHL Live to look back at a big win Sunday against the Boston Bruins and ahead to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Lightning, 7-1-1 in their past nine games, trail the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens by two points but hold an eight-point lead over the Detroit Red Wings for second place and home-ice advantage in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Tampa Bay's win Sunday was its first against Boston since March 13, 2012, a stretch of 10 games.

"It was a little bit of a relief," Cooper said. "I think I'm coming up on my two-year anniversary with the team and that was the one team, for me anyway being behind the bench, I've yet to steal a win until [Sunday] night, so it was pretty special."

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Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 2:55 PM

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

At the Rink: Wild at Maple Leafs

There hasn't been a lot to celebrate in Toronto recently but there will be a pregame ceremony to honor Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Eric Brewer for playing in his 1,000th career game Saturday against the Ottawa Senators.

Entering the Maple Leafs' game against the Minnesota Wild on Monday, Brewer has 75 goals and 267 points in 1,000 games with six teams. But since coming to the Maple Leafs in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on March 2, Brewer has one assist and a minus-9 rating in nine games.

Those numbers led him to come up with a unique use for the silver stick he'll receive from the NHL for reaching the 1,000-game milestone.

"Should probably use it the way I've been handling the puck," Brewer said in a video posted on the Maple Leafs website.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.22.2015 / 10:49 AM

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

Red Wings' Datsyuk out for third straight game

Forward Pavel Datsyuk will not play Sunday for the Detroit Red Wings against the St. Louis Blues, coach Mike Babcock said according to MLive.com.

It will be the third straight game Datsyuk has missed because of a lower-body injury. Datsyuk has 23 goals and 58 points in 57 games for the Red Wings this season.

Detroit is three points ahead of the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division. The Blues are level on points with the Nashville Predators at the top of the Central Division, but have one game in hand.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.21.2015 / 2:22 PM

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

At the Rink: Bruins at Panthers

Boston Bruins center David Krejci has missed 13 games because of a knee injury; whether that comes to an end Saturday against the Florida Panthers remains to be seen.

Krejci skated with this teammates at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., and stayed out on the ice for about an extra 25 minutes, according to the team's official Twitter feed. Neither he nor coach Claude Julien was prepared to say yes or no to his availability against the Panthers.

"Today, I made another step forward, did some battle drills, so I'll talk to the trainers, and we'll see," Krejci said. "Some part of it is mental as well. Once I feel good, I've got to make sure my head feels good."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.17.2015 / 10:44 AM

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

Devils forward Elias to miss game against Penguins

New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias will not play Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins because of back spasms, Devils interim co-coach Lou Lamoriello said.

It will be the second straight game Elias misses since sustaining the injury during practice March 13. He sat out the Devils game Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.15.2015 / 5:59 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

CAR @ CBJ - 20:00 of the First Period

At 20:00 of the first period in the Carolina Hurricanes/Columbus Blue Jackets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Carolina net as time expired. Video review confirmed that Nick Foligno's shot crossed the Carolina goal line with 0.6 seconds left on the clock. The game clock is reset to reflect the time the puck entered the net and good goal Columbus.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 12:51 PM

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

At the Rink: Canadiens at Islanders

Forward Ryan Strome will be a healthy scratch for the New York Islanders on Saturday when they play the Montreal Canadiens at Nassau Coliseum.

Strome has played in all 70 games for the Islanders this season, his second in the NHL. He's set career-highs in goals (14), assists (29), and points (43), but has just one point in his past five games. Forward Frans Nielsen, who missed his first game this season as a healthy scratch Friday against the Ottawa Senators, will return to the lineup in place of Strome.

Coach Jack Capuano also said Michal Neuvirth will start in goal for the Islanders. Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Senators.

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Quote of the Day

It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6