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Posted On Friday, 01.03.2014 / 1:10 PM

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

Olczyk recaps Winter Classic on NHL Live

NHL Live with E.J. Hradek and Butch Goring, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, get hockey fans set for a four-game night with the help of Chicago Blackhawks and NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk, who will preview the Blackhawks' game against the New Jersey Devils while also recapping the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the thrilling 3-2 shootout win by the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Detroit Red Wings before over 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.

Barry Melrose will be on hand to give out his Mullet of the Week, and E.J. and Butch will present their weekly power rankings.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 2:20 PM

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

Isles' Okposo moves on after missing Olympic team

New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo waited like everyone else for the announcement of the United States team that will compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He was hoping he'd be named to the team, hopes that gained momentum the past couple of weeks.

Okposo's resume is impressive. His 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) through 41 games is tied for 12th in the League and he has five goals and six assists during his current seven-game point streak.

At the conclusion of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, names were called in alphabetical order. There were two players with O at the start of their last name, but it was Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik and St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 12:06 PM

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

NHL Live breaks down U.S. Olympic roster

The United States team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics has been announced, and U.S. general manager David Polie will call into NHL Live (5 p.m. ET, NHL Network) to discuss the selections and the difficult process of picking the perfect team.

We've reached the halfway point of the regular season. E.J. Hradek and Ken Daneyko will look back at the best moments of the first half and give out their first-half awards. In addition, former Los Angeles Kings forward and current analyst Jim Fox joins the show from Scotttrade Center before the Kings' game against the St. Louis Blues to talk about the imminent return of goalie Jonathan Quick and the performance of rookie Martin Jones in his absence.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 10:42 AM

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

Blues recall Allen from AHL

The St. Louis Blues on Thursday recalled goaltender Jake Allen from their American Hockey League team, the Chicago Wolves.

Allen is third in the AHL with a 2.17 goals-against average. In 23 games he's 14-7-2 with a .922 save percentage and two shutouts.

The 23-year-old made his NHL debut last season, going 9-4-1 in 15 games, with a 2.46 GAA and .905 save percentage. He led all NHL rookies in wins, GAA and save percentage.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.01.2014 / 9:06 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

IIHF suspends Czech defenseman for illegal hit

Czech Republic defenseman Patrik Marcel was given a one-game suspension Wednesday by the IIHF disciplinary panel and will not be available for the Czechs in their quarterfinal game Thursday against Finland (8:30 a.m. ET, NHLN-US) at Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden.

Marcel, a top-four defenseman during the tournament, earned the suspension for a knee-on-knee hit against Slovakia's David Minarik in a preliminary-round match Tuesday. Marcel was assessed a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct on the play, which occurred in the second period of the Czech Republic's 4-1 win.

Marcel will be eligible to return to the lineup if the Czech Republic advances to the semifinal round Friday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 12:56 PM

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

Hurricanes recall Khudobin from AHL

The Carolina Hurricanes recalled goalie Anton Khudobin from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Khudobin, 27, has not played in an NHL game since sustaining an ankle injury Oct. 13 against the Phoenix Coyotes. During a conditioning stint with the Checkers, Khudobin went 1-1-0 with a 3.03 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. He was named the first star of Charlotte's game Monday after stopping 41 shots in a 3-2 win against Rockford.

Khudobin is 2-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .929 save percentage in three games for the Hurricanes, who also have goalies Cam Ward and Justin Peters on the roster.

Carolina enters its game Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens on a five-game winless streak and 1-4-4 in its past nine games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 11:36 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic blog

Practices, alumni games take center stage

Hockey arrives at center stage at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Tuesday.

Both the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs are in town and the rink at the University of Michigan Stadium will get its first real workout as both teams hold practice sessions and family skates here Tuesday afternoon. To add to the hockey mix, legions of alumni from both teams will take to the ice at Comerica Park for a pair of alumni games on Tuesday afternoon.

The weather appears to be perfect for hockey Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to hover in the mid-teens throughout the afternoon and snow could fall throughout the day adding to the light snowfall that blanketed this part of Michigan during the overnight hours.

The Red Wings, who flew in early Tuesday morning after a Monday night loss at the Nashville Predators, will take the ice first, scheduled to skate at noon. After what is expected to be a quick but intense practice, the Red Wings players will gather up family and friends for a family skate on the rink, always a highlight to the day-before festivities. The Maple Leafs, who last played Sunday night in Carolina, are scheduled to take the ice at 3 p.m. and follow the same practice/family skate schedule.


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Posted On Monday, 12.30.2013 / 7:23 PM

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

Outdoor game brings fond memories for Berenson

Red Berenson, the legendary coach of the Michigan men's hockey team, sat down with Billy Jaffe on NHL Live. Berenson coached the Wolverines team that played Michigan State at "The Big Chill at the Big House" in 2010 and recalled the thrill of coming out to Michigan Stadium to play a hockey game.

"It was amazing," Berenson said. "We practiced here all week, so we knew what it was like, but when we came out and we saw every seat filled, and you just heard the murmur in the crowd, it was amazing. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think they would have a hockey game here at the Big House."

Berenson expressed similar sentiments about the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day that will be played at "The Big House."

"I feel like kind of a hockey host," Berenson said. "It's our facility, we take a lot of pride in it. I'm as excited as if I were coaching in it or playing in it."

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Posted On Monday, 12.30.2013 / 1:05 PM

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

Helm joins Howard in returning for Red Wings

Jimmy Howard is set to make his return to the Detroit Red Wings' crease and another familiar face will also be back in the lineup Monday when they face the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

Darren Helm, who hasn't played since Dec. 4 due to a shoulder injury, practiced on a line with Tomas Jurco and Justin Abdelkader at the morning skate and coach Mike Babcock said he will play, according to a report from Ansar Khan of MLive.com. Helm has seven goals and three assists in 15 games this season.

Howard will start against the Predators in the Red Wings' final tune-up for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium. A sprained MCL has kept Howard out since Dec. 10. Howard is 6-8-7 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 21 appearances.

Johan Franzen also skated for the Red Wings for the first time since suffering a concussion on Dec. 15. However, he said he's not symptom-free and won't be ready to play by the Winter Classic.

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Posted On Monday, 12.30.2013 / 8:53 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Germany’s Draisaitl suspended for hit on Copp

Germany captain Leon Draisaitl was suspended by the IIHF for one game for a hit from behind on the United States’ Andrew Copp during the teams’ game Sunday.

Draisaitl sat out Germany’s game Monday against the Czech Republic.

Copp was pursuing a puck in the Germany end 10 seconds into the second period when Draisaitl hit him from behind, driving him head-first into the boards. Draisaitl was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct.

Draisaitl, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft who plays for the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League, had two assists in Germany’s first three games.

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