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Posted On Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 1:44 PM

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

Weber, Klein out for Predators against Flyers

Top defenseman Shea Weber is not expected to play Saturday night when the Nashville Predators welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to Bridgestone Arena.

Weber left Nashville's game Thursday with an eye injury and did not skate Saturday morning. Defenseman Kevin Klein is also out with a lower-body injury, and the Predators recalled Joe Piskula from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. To make room for Piskula on the active roster, forward Filip Forsberg was placed on injured reserve.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz told Josh Cooper of the Tennessean that Weber is day-to-day with the injury.

"We're very fortunate it's not a lot more serious," Trotz said.

Piskula, 29, will be the oldest member of the Nashville defense corps against Philadelphia. The other five are all 25 years old or younger. Roman Josi has the most NHL experience, and Saturday will be his 117th career NHL contest.

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Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 6:36 PM

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

Parise returns to Wild lineup vs. Avalanche

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise returned to the lineup Friday against the Colorado Avalanche, four days after injuring his left foot blocking a shot in a loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The Wild announced Tuesday that Parise was expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a contusion on his left foot, but Parise skated the next two days and was declared ready to go after getting through warm-ups Friday.

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Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 3:18 PM

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

Islanders will scratch Bailey against Red Wings

The New York Islanders are expected to make slumping forward Josh Bailey a healthy scratch Friday against the Detroit Red Wings at Nassau Coliseum.

Bailey has no goals and two assists since Oct. 25. He sat with coach Jack Capuano on Thursday to discuss his recent play. Capuano said that the decision has more to do with Bailey putting too much pressure on himself in lieu of any wake-up call. Bailey has four goals and 10 points in 25 games this season.

"I don’t talk too much about our meetings with players, but I’ll tell you this: the conversation we spent together [Thursday] was good with him," Capuano said. "And I don’t know if it’s so much of a wake-up call, but just a player to me that puts so much pressure on himself just has to relax a little bit more and just play the game, the way that he played against [the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs] and the way that he started this year. Josh is fine. I have a lot of confidence that he'll bounce back."

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Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 3:14 PM

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

Wild recall Haula; Rupp leaves for personal reasons

The Minnesota Wild have recalled forward Erik Haula from their American Hockey League affiliate in Iowa, and he is expected to make his debut Friday when Minnesota hosts the Colorado Avalanche.

Haula, 22, is tied for second on Iowa with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 18 games.

Forward Mike Rupp has been designated as a non-roster player and will leave the team for personal reasons. Michael Russo of the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported Rupp had a death in the family and will be away for a few days. Rupp has played in two games for the Wild after missing most of the season with a lower-body injury.

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Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 1:14 PM

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

Bruins get Seidenberg back against Rangers

Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg returned to the lineup Friday against the New York Rangers.

Seidenberg had missed the past four games with a lower-body injury suffered on his first shift in a game against the Rangers on Nov. 19.

Seidenberg, who has six assists in 21 games this season, started the game on a defense pairing with Dougie Hamilton.

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Posted On Friday, 11.29.2013 / 10:12 AM

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

Capitals' Laich sidelined with lower-body injury

Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich won't play Friday against the Montreal Canadiens due to a lower-body injury.

Laich, who had played in all 25 games for the Capitals this season, has four goals and two assists. He scored in the Capitals' 6-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

"He had a little tightness the other day [and] he played," coach Adam Oates said. "He felt pretty good [Thursday] morning, and then last night, it was just a little tight. Hopefully, just precautionary and nothing major there."

Jay Beagle will take Laich's place in the lineup.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 2:34 PM

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

Islanders look to step up defensively against Jets

The New York Islanders and their depleted defense received good news in advance of their game Wednesday against the Winnipeg Jets at Nassau Colisuem.

Thomas Hickey, who bruised his ankle when blocking a shot during a 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, will play against the Jets. The Islanders defense is already missing Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) and Brian Strait (upper body), so Hickey's presence will only help their quest to end a 2-8-0 slump that's resulted in a fall to last place in the Metropolitan Division and tied for 14th in the Eastern Conference.

"It's definitely fair to say we haven't been at our best," Hickey said. "I think if the whole team can pick up its play, we'll come out looking a little better. In our zone it's not just the two D. It's all six guys and we all have to be better."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 2:00 PM

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

Injured Parise skates, won't play for Wild vs. Coyotes

Zach Parise was a surprise participant at the Minnesota Wild morning skate Wednesday one day after the team announced he would miss 2-3 weeks with a foot injury.

Wild coach Mike Yeo told reporters after the morning workout Parise will not play against the Phoenix Coyotes, but it was obviously encouraging to see him on the ice two days after hurting his foot while blocking a shot. Parise has a contusion on his foot after an X-ray was negative.

Parise told Michael Russo of the (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune he hopes to play soon, but he experienced more pain as the morning skate progressed after initially thinking he could play Wednesday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 12:24 PM

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

Injury to Penguins' Martin could impact U.S. team

The Pittsburgh Penguins' loss of Paul Martin for the next 4-6 weeks with a fractured tibia will have a severe impact on the Penguins' blue line -- and perhaps the United States Olympic team.

Martin, injured during the Penguins' game against the Boston Bruins on Monday, has two goals and nine assists with a team-high 25:16 minutes per game. The lockdown defenseman formed the Penguins' top pairing with Brooks Orpik and had a role on the top power-play unit. In fact, both are under consideration to compete for the U.S. in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. NHL.com's U.S. roster projection has Martin paired with John Carlson of the Washington Capitals.

Martin will be out until Christmas and perhaps after New Year's Day, and that puts his potential spot in jeopardy. The U.S. team will be announced Jan. 1 as part of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. When it comes to the Olympics, Martin has had some tough luck. He's twice been named to Olympic teams, but didn't see any action in the 2006 Turin Games and missed the 2012 Vancouver Games due to a broken arm.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 9:46 AM

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

Richter, Neely in studio on Wednesday's NHL Live

One of the NHL's busiest days of the season sees 13 games on the Wednesday schedule, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get you prepared for this pre-Thanksgiving smorgasbord.

A pair of NHL greats, Cam Neely of the Boston Bruins and Mike Richter of the New York Rangers, will be in studio to preview their showdown Friday afternoon and talk about riding on the NHL Float in Thursday's Thanksgiving Day parade.

We'll also check in with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa as his team gets set to face the Ottawa Senators on Thursday in a preview of the Heritage Classic on March 2 in Vancouver. Tickets for the game will be on sale next week.

E.J. will also Face Off with Jeff O'Neill, going head-to-head in a debate of hot topics around the League.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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