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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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Posted On Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 10:44 AM

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

Hurricanes' Semin added to Russia's Olympic team

Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin was added to Russia's team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Tuesday.

Semin also played for Russia at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics when he had two assists in four games. He has nine goals and 12 assists in 36 games for the Hurricanes.

According to Russian sports website Rsport.ru, Semin will replace forward Sergei Soin, who plays for Dynamo Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League but sustained a knee injury last week.

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Posted On Monday, 01.20.2014 / 2:38 PM

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

Forward Helm returns for Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm will return to the lineup Monday against the St. Louis Blues.

Helm had been sidelined by a groin injury. He missed 11 games and played Dec. 30 against the Nashville Predators before sitting out another seven.

"I've felt good the last couple of days," Helm said following the morning skate. "I've skated hard, no problems, so tonight's the next test.

"I'm just going to try and do what I did last time and the time before that, just play my game. There's nothing special I need to do, just make sure I'm taking short shifts. I'm going to be a little rusty out there so I can't be doing too much."

Helm has seven goals and 11 points in 16 games.

"Obviously, he hasn't played in a long time," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I don't know if it's going to take him some time or not. When he's going he's a real impactful player for us. I don't know how many minutes he can handle tonight but it's good to have him back."

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Posted On Monday, 01.20.2014 / 11:57 AM

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

Nilsson gets rare start as Islanders face Flyers

When the New York Islanders close out a home-and-home series against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, goaltender Anders Nilsson will make his first NHL start in more than a month. He last suited up for the Islanders on Dec. 9 in a 5-2 road loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Nilsson was reassigned to the American Hockey League in December when Evgeni Nabokov returned from an injury and went 2-6-1 since going back to Bridgeport. He was brought back up Jan. 6 after Nabokov sustained a lower-body injury against the Dallas Stars.

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Posted On Monday, 01.20.2014 / 11:00 AM

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

Ovechkin excited for Sochi Olympics

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was a guest on NBC's Today Show live from Rockefeller Center in New York City on Monday to discuss his selection to represent Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"I'm very excited," Ovechkin told NBC's Carson Daly."It's a big honor for me, for my country."

Ovechkin will be making his third Olympic appearance and was the first Russian to carry the Olympic Torch in a ceremony at Olympia, Greece on Sept. 29, 2013. In the 2006 Turin Olympics, Russia lost the bronze medal game to the Czech Republic. Four years later in Vancouver, Russia fell in the quarterfinals to Canada, the eventual gold-medal winner

This year, the games will be played in Ovechkin's home country, where there will be extra incentive to win gold.

"Everybody wants to win a gold medal, especially when playing at home," Ovechkin said. "I'm sure every hockey player, every fan in Russia, wants us to win. But it's going to be hard because every team has a strong team. It's going to be a battle."

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Posted On Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 5:32 PM

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

Tatar back with Red Wings after father's funeral

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar's prior game against the Los Angeles Kings wasn't that long ago. But it's a on he likely won't ever forget.

The 23-year-old Slovakian scored the winning goal at Staples Center last Saturday before pointing skyward to honor his father, Jan, who died last week after struggling with a liver ailment.

Tatar played the following night in a 1-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks before flying home for his father's funeral.

Tatar will be back in the lineup Saturday when the Red Wings take on the Kings again, and memories of his game-winner from last week are fresh in his mind.

"We want to win every night. I was happy I could help," Tatar told the Red Wings website. "That goal meant to me and my family a lot too."

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Posted On Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 12:39 PM

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

Sabres' Foligno returns to face brother, Blue Jackets

After sitting out the Buffalo Sabres' 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday with an injury, forward Marcus Foligno will be back in the lineup in time to play against his brother Nick as theColumbus Blue Jackets visit First Niagara Center.

Marcus Foligno and Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder returned to practice Friday and participated in Buffalo's optional skate Saturday, although Taliinder remains out with an upper-body injury that has kept him out of the past six games.

Marcus Foligno would not share the nature of his injury but admitted that it is something he has been dealing with for a while.

"Just a recurring injury that got pinched in the game against Philly [Jan. 14]," Foligno said after skating Friday. "It's all better now. The trainers looked after me. Just something I needed to rest. It's never going to go away until the summertime. It's just something I've got to keep a close eye on."

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Posted On Friday, 01.17.2014 / 2:30 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Virtanen aces Top Prospect testing

Calgary Hitmen forward Jake Virtanen was the top performer of the 40 skaters at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

According to data released by Sport Testing, Virtanen had the highest overall grade from the on-ice testing, which was performed Tuesday, the day before the Top Prospects Game.

Among the highlights for Virtanen was his top time in the 30-meter forward sprint at 3.92 seconds, as well as the top time in the 30-meter backward sprint, 4.55 seconds.

Virtanen, a 6-foot-0.75, 208-pound right wing, is ranked ninth by NHL Central Scouting in its midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft.


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Posted On Friday, 01.17.2014 / 12:40 PM

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

NHL Live previews clash between Ducks, Blackhawks

The Anaheim Ducks have won eight in a row and 18 out of 19, but they face a challenge Friday night in the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, and NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko will get fans ready for a regular-season game that figures to have the atmosphere of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. We'll go out to the United Center on our Arena Cam and welcome in analyst Eddie Olczyk to preview the contest.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will examine the shootout and give out his Mullet of the Week. And St Cloud forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Nic Dowd will join us for the College Hockey Report.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 5:11 PM

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

Red Wings' Andersson out vs. Rangers

Detroit Red Wings center Joakim Andersson will miss his first game of the season Thursday.

He took part in the team's morning skate Thursday at Madison Square Garden but the team ruled him out for the game Thursday night against the New York Rangers due to a lower-body injury.

The Red Wings recalled Cory Emmerton from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League to take Andersson's spot in the lineup.

The Red Wings also are missing Pavel Datsyuk, Stephen Weiss and Darren Helm because of injury. Datsyuk, Weiss, Helm and Andersson were Detroit's top four centers on the depth chart to start the season.

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