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Posted On Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 2:50 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Senators loan forward Lazar to Canada for WJC

The Ottawa Senators agreed on Thursday to loan forward Curtis Lazar to Canada for the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Ottawa's first-round pick (No. 17) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Lazar has seven points in 26 games for the Senators, including his first NHL goal Monday against the Buffalo Sabres.

"I knew there was a possibility, it wasn't ruled out," Lazar told the Senators website. "I had a good talk with management this morning and we feel it's the best for my long-term development. It’s a great opportunity for myself. It's going to be a pretty exciting time.

"For me it's about gaining so much needed confidence and maybe finding my scoring touch. I know I got the one goal in Buffalo but if I can fill that here, if I line up beside someone like Connor McDavid, it's going to be great exposure out there and a lot of fun."

Posted On Wednesday, 12.17.2014 / 11:13 PM

By Staff -  / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Krejci, Elias return from injury

Boston Bruins center David Krejci and New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias each returned to action Wednesday.

Krejci, who had an undisclosed injury, possibly to his groin, played 18:22 in his 12th game of the season. He skated with usual linemate Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith in a 3-2 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild.

Posted On Wednesday, 12.17.2014 / 10:50 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Scott Stevens a guest host Wednesday on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will feature a special guest analyst for the show Wednesday as Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens joins us.

Wednesday Night Rivalry this week pits the Boston Bruins against the Minnesota Wild. NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire will join us via the Arena Cam at Xcel Energy Center at 6 p.m. to preview this matchup between Eastern Conference and Western Conference clubs.

USA Hockey's selection camp for the 2015 World Junior Championship continues and defenseman Will Butcher will call the show at 5:40 p.m. to give us insight into the process.

Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad, who ended a record 20-round shootout Tuesday against the Washington Capitals with the decisive goal, will call in at 6:10 p.m. to talk about the epic night.

Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 6:35 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Osiecki pleased with first day of U.S. selection camp

United States National Junior Team coach Mark Osiecki joined NHL Live to discuss the first day of USA Hockey selection camp on the campus of Boston University at Walter Brown Arena. Osiecki and his staff are evaluating which 23 players will compete for the U.S. at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The U.S. begins tournament play Dec. 26 against defending champion Finland in the preliminary round.

"First day was outstanding, the kids were very, very good," Osiecki said. "We thought as a staff going in there might be a few jitters, especially with eight new guys that were not in the Lake Placid camp. But they were all calm, they all played to their abilities and it was fun to get out on the ice. The one thing you noticed right away is the speed factor."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 2:26 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Bishop says injury minor; Lightning recall Vasilevskiy

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop said Tuesday the lower-body injury that caused him to come out of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday after one period isn't serious and he hopes to play this weekend, the team reported via its website.

The Lightning recalled goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Bishop said he tweaked something near the end of the first period, but didn't leave the game immediately with the Lightning about to start a power play.

"I knew that it was something you don’t really want to mess with," Bishop said. "It was 1:15 left, we were on the power play, so I wasn't going to leave the game right then and there because it's not too often you have too many shots on the power play. I figured I could hold out until then."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 11:04 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

U.S. junior coach Osiecki joins NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, continues to preview the U.S. selection camp for the World Junior Championship. U.S. coach Mark Osiecki will be on at 5:40 p.m.

There are 11 games on the schedule Tuesday, featuring the Chicago Blackhawks hosting the Minnesota Wild. We'll go out to United Center and welcome in Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk via Arena Cam to discuss the matchup.

The St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings renew their rivalry at Scottrade Center, where Blues analyst Darren Pang will join us via Arena Cam for a preview.

Posted On Monday, 12.15.2014 / 4:24 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Capitals won't release Burakovsky to Sweden

Forward Andre Burakovsky will remain with the Washington Capitals and not be released to play for Sweden at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, the Capitals announced Monday.

Burakovsky is tied for fifth among rookies in assists (nine) and points (13) in 26 games for the Capitals in his first professional season. The 19-year-old was the 23rd pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Posted On Monday, 12.15.2014 / 3:26 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canucks not releasing Horvat to play for Canada

Forward Bo Horvat will remain with the Vancouver Canucks and not be released to play for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, the Canucks announced Monday.

"Bo Horvat has proven he can contribute to the success of the Vancouver Canucks," general manager Jim Benning told the Canucks website. "He is a solid two-way player, strong in the faceoff circle and displays a maturity beyond his years. We're very pleased with Bo's play and look forward to watching him develop as an NHL player."

In 17 games Horvat, 19, has one goal and four assists while averaging 10:10 of ice time per game. He has won 57.4 percent of his faceoffs.

Posted On Monday, 12.15.2014 / 1:26 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada's McDavid full practice participant: report

Top 2015 NHL Draft prospect Connor McDavid was a full participant at Canada practice Monday as preparations continued for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, according to TSN.

Canada is working out at Meridian Center in St. Catharines, Ontario.

It was McDavid's first practice since he broke his right hand in a fight Nov. 11 playing with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

The original estimate was that McDavid would be out five to six weeks; Tuesday will be five weeks since the injury.

Canada hopes the high-scoring center will be ready for the opener of the WJC; Canada plays Slovakia on Dec. 26. There's a chance McDavid could play in an exhibition game; Canada plays Russia on Friday and Sweden on Dec. 22.

Posted On Monday, 12.15.2014 / 12:01 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic blog

NHL Winter Classic ice plant arrives in Washington

The build-up for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals shifted into high gear Monday when the NHL Winter Classic Ice Plant presented by York arrived at Nationals Park in Washington.

The 53-foot, 300-ton capacity truck houses the specialized equipment, including the world's largest movie rink refrigeration unit, needed to make the rink the Blackhawks and Capitals will skate on for the New Year's Day extravaganza.

Among those on hand to greet the arrival of the NHL Winter Classic Ice Plant were Capitals alums were Peter Bondra and Sylvain Cote.

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