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Posted On Saturday, 01.25.2014 / 12:44 PM

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

Lightning's Stamkos cleared for light contact

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos was wearing a yellow practice jersey Saturday morning, indicating he's been cleared for light contact.

There isn't a set timetable for his return, however, and Lightning coach Jon Cooper made sure to clarify Stamkos is not fully cleared for practicing yet.

"He's getting better every day, but there are lots of things that have to go on still," Cooper said. "He hasn't been cleared and he's still a ways away from being cleared. He hasn't done any battling. It's just the process that is slowly going on here. But, in saying that, when you take the minimum-maximum of what the injury was, he's closer to coming in at the minimum time frame than the maximum time frame, so that's good for all of us."


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Posted On Friday, 01.24.2014 / 12:56 PM

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

Alfredsson back as Red Wings host Canadiens

The Detroit Red Wings will have veteran forward Daniel Alfredsson back in the lineup Friday against the Montreal Canadiens as they attempt to build off a shootout win Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Alfredsson had missed the past six games with a back injury. He has 11 goals and 30 points in 39 games in his first season with the Red Wings. During his career with the Ottawa Senators, he had 31 goals and 105 points in 89 games against the Canadiens.

"It's been really good three days of skating and no issues so I'm ready to go," Alfredsson told MLive.com. "It's always frustrating to be out and now be able to skate like I have and have no issues it feels great actually."


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Posted On Friday, 01.24.2014 / 10:56 AM

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

NHL Live talks with new Rangers defenseman Klein

New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein made his debut with the Blueshirts on Thursday night following a trade from the Nashville Predators, and on Friday he'll be part of NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network with Steve Mears and Butch Goring. Klein will discuss the trade, his new team and fans can tweet questions to @NHLNetwork for him to answer.

It's time once again for our College Hockey Report, and this week we'll talk to Boston College freshman and top NHL prospect Thatcher Demko on his season to this point and his thoughts on the upcoming NHL Draft.

A five-game night in the League is highlighted by the New Jersey Devils hosting the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division battle, and Capitals insider Chuck Gormley will join us from the Arena Cam at Prudential Center to talk about the status of Alex Ovechkin and the inconsistency of the Capitals' season.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 2:13 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Stamkos says leg 'best it's felt' since injury

Another day on the ice and more good news for Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos.

Stamkos joined his teammates on the ice Thursday at Tampa Bay Times Forum for the morning skate and said his right leg feels as good as it has since he broke it in November.

"I thought [Thursday] was the best it's felt," Stamkos told reporters. "That's a positive. Every day I've gotten on the ice trying to get a little better each time. A lot of it is physical but a lot of it is mental as well, trying different things that you can trust the healing process is taking place. … I have never had an injury like this, but I'd like to think that I'm ahead [of pace in recovery]. I'm feeling good. I know I'm not 100 percent, but it's getting there."

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Posted On Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 1:08 PM

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

Penguins' Zatkoff to start vs. red-hot Islanders

The New York Islanders are on a tear and the Pittsburgh Penguins will turn to rookie goaltender Jeff Zatkoff in an attempt to stop them Thursday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Though the Penguins and Islanders reside at opposite ends of the Metropolitan Division standings -- 23 points separates first-place Pittsburgh from eighth-place New York -- a run of 10 wins in 13 games has pulled the Islanders to within five points of the Columbus Blue Jackets for a Stanley Cup Playoff berth.

These teams met in the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, with the Islanders taking the Penguins to overtime of Game 6 before they were eliminated on a Brooks Orpik goal. New York won the opener of the 2013-14 season series before Pittsburgh came back to take the next two, including the previous game at the Coliseum on Dec. 3, 3-2 on an overtime goal by Sidney Crosby.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 11:02 AM

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

NHL Live sets up 10-game Thursday

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get fans set for a 10-game Thursday night that features the Columbus Blue Jackets hosting the Philadelphia Flyers as they shoot for an eight consecutive win. Jody Shelley, who played for both teams over the course of his career, joins us from the Arena Cam at Nationwide Arena to talk about the game.

The New York Rangers host the St. Louis Blues in their final game prior to starting a two-game Coors Light NHL Stadium Series tour starting Sunday against the New Jersey Devils. We'll talk to Darren Pang on the Arena Cam at Madison Square Garden about the matchup.

Looking to bounce back from a shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks visit the Minnesota Wild, and Eddie Olczyk will be on the Arena Cam live from Xcel Energy Center to offer his thoughts.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 2:39 PM

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

Flyers' Voracek ready to face Hurricanes

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek will be in the lineup Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Voracek left the Flyers' 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Monday midway through the third period with what the team has called an upper-body injury. It was reported by multiple media outlets that the injury was to Voracek's left hand. He did not take part in the team's morning skate Tuesday, but the game scheduled for that evening was postponed until Wednesday due to a snowstorm and the extra time may have helped Voracek's chances to play.

In 50 games Voracek has 14 goals and 35 points. He hasn't missed a game since March 8-11, 2012.


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Posted On Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 4:24 PM

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

Jets provide latest challenge to Ducks' home run

A win by the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday will move the Ducks into second place among the NHL's longest home winning streaks to start a season. The Ducks are 20-0-2 on home ice, where they have won 10 straight games.

The Ducks are the fifth team since 1973-74 to record at least one point in each of its first 20-plus home games in a season. The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers (19-0-7) own the record of 26 straight.

The Jets, however, are not an easy out, especially since Paul Maurice took over as coach. Winnipeg has won three straight games after losing five in a row and gets Evander Kane back in the lineup after he missed the past four games with a laceration on right hand.

"They're going to be excited," Ducks center Nick Bonino said. "You look at their team, and they're pretty solid through all four lines, defense and in net. With us and our winning streak, it'll make them play a little harder."


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Posted On Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 3:26 PM

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

Flyers' Voracek questionable vs. Hurricanes

[EDIT: The game Tuesday between the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes has been postponed due to weather and will be made up Wednesday at 6 p.m.]

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek is questionable for his team's game Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Voracek left the Flyers' 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Monday midway through the third period with what the team has called an upper-body injury. It's been reported by multiple media outlets that it's an injury to Voracek's left hand. He did not take part in the team's morning skate Tuesday.

In 50 games Voracek has 14 goals and 35 points. If he can't play it would be just the 10th game he's missed in six NHL seasons, and first since March 8-11, 2012.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 11:18 AM

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

Ducks' Bonino talks amazing home run on NHL Live

NHL Live with Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET Monday on NHL Network, sets up for a 10-game Tuesday with several special guests.

The Anaheim Ducks put a 20-0-2 home record on the line against the Winnipeg Jets and forward Nick Bonino will join the show from the Arena Cam out at Honda Center to talk about their red-hot play.

A rivalry renews in the Big Apple as the New York Rangers host the New York Islanders in what's also a preview of a 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game on Jan. 29 at Yankees Stadium. We'll go out to Madison Square Garden on Arena Cam and welcome in analyst Kenny Albert for all the insight.

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper is the man of the moment for the Minnesota Wild and is set to make a fifth consecutive start against the Dallas Stars. Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Michael Russo gives us the scoop via the Arena Cam at American Airlines Center.

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