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Posted On Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 12:30 PM

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

Poulin back in net for Islanders against Kings

Kevin Poulin will make his third straight start in net for the New York Islanders when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Poulin is 1-1-0 in his past two games, but stopped 32 of 33 shots in a 3-1 defeat of the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

The Islanders also will have center John Tavares in the lineup. Tavares had sat out practice Wednesday to receive treatment for what Newsday reported to be a hip injury sustained during the game against Nashville on Tuesday.

Ben Scrivens will start in goal for the Kings; it will be his first start since Oct. 29. With Jonathan Quick out indefinitely with a groin injury, Scrivens likely will see most of the action for the final three games of Los Angeles' trip, which after Long Island takes the Kings to New Jersey and Madison Square Garden for a game against the New York Rangers.

Here is how both teams' lineups could look Thursday:

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 5:30 PM

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

Nash will practice with Rangers on Wednesday

New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (head) will return to practice Wednesday, coach Alain Vigneaulttold reporters Tuesday prior to a game against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden.

“With concussions, you never know," Vigneault said. "He’s made some big strides and, hopefully, he’ll continue on a daily basis to make strides.

"Since I've seen him on the ice before practice, every day I've asked how he's doing and today I got the call after the morning's skate that he was going to join the team tomorrow. I didn't ask [about contact], I was just told he was going to skate with the boys."

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 1:42 PM

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

Red Wings' Cleary to be a healthy scratch vs. Jets

The Detroit Red Wings will scratch forward Daniel Cleary when they face the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Cleary has one goal and two assists in 18 games but just one point in the past 12, and Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he hopes the time off helps Cleary rediscover his game.

"My job each and every day is to put the best 20 guys in the lineup that I think can help us win today," Babcock told reporters. "I've been with [Cleary] for nine years. I know him well; there's no one who's a bigger fan of Dan Cleary than Mike Babcock.

"I imagine he's very [angry] today and I don't know what you want me to do about it."


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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 1:20 PM

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

Predators' Mazanec to make first NHL start

Nashville Predators goalie Marek Mazanec will make his first NHL start Tuesday against the New York Islanders.

Mazanec, who was called up when Pekka Rinne went on injured reserve with a hip infection, made his NHL debut Nov. 8, when he stopped 22 of 24 shots after relieving Carter Hutton 8:23 into the Predators' 5-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 8.

A 2012 sixth-round pick (No. 179), Mazanec was 5-0-0 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in five games this season with the Predators' American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.


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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 12:54 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Hasek hoping for spot in Hall of Fame's 2014 class

While the latest inductees still are enjoying their new spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame, one potential member of next year's Hall induction class already is looking forward to a trip to Toronto in November 2014.

Dominik Hasek, who last played in 2010-11 for Spartak in the Kontinental Hockey League, will be on the Hall ballot for the first time next year.

"I don't exactly know the rules ... when the players are eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame induction," Hasek told NHL.com. "But I can say that I am not planning to play hockey anymore, so from this point of view I am probably eligible. I know it's a big event and achievement. It would be a great honor."


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Posted On Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 10:23 AM

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

Lightning recall Brown, Korobov from Syracuse

One day after losing star forward Steven Stamkos and a pair of defensemen to injuries, the Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward J.T. Brown and defenseman Dmitry Korobov from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Brown, 23, has four goals and 10 points with a plus-5 rating in 13 games for the Crunch. He was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on March 28, 2012. In five NHL games (all during the 2011-12 season) he has one assist and a plus-2 rating.

Korobov, 24, has six assists in 13 AHL games and leads the Crunch with a plus-7 rating. Last season he ranked second in the AHL among rookies with a plus-20 rating. Korobov helped lead Syracuse to the 2013 Calder Cup Final, recording a goal and two points in 17 games.

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Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 2:36 PM

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

NHL Live celebrates Hall of Fame and Veterans Day

The Hockey Hall of Fame will induct five new members Monday night and NHL Live will look at the careers of the honorees at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. We'll also talk to NHL Network Insider Bob McKenzie from Toronto about the ceremonies and the general manager Meetings that will follow Tuesday.

To help celebrate Veterans Day, we will have Nashville Predators forwards Eric Nystrom and Matt Hendricks in our studio to discuss their involvement with Defending the Blue Line, whose mission is to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. We'll also talk to Andrew Boutilier, the Founder and President of the Veterans Hockey League.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 1:36 PM

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

U.S. finishes second at Four Nations

Alex Tuch, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, had two goals and an assist as the United States finished the Four Nations Tournament with a 6-2 win against Switzerland.

The win allowed the U.S. to finish second at the tournament, which was played in Turku, Finland.

Tuch, a forward who plays for the United States National Team Development Program’s under-18 team, earned a “B” rating from NHL Central Scouting on its preliminary player to watch list for draft-eligible players in the United States Hockey League.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 4:05 PM

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

Red Wings' Helm promoted; Filppula returns

As center Stephen Weiss rehabs a groin injury and wing Johan Franzen is out with an upper-body injury, Darren Helm has earned a unique opportunity with the Detroit Red Wings.

After a back injury limited him to one game since the 2011-12 season, Helm enjoyed a triumphant return to the Detroit lineup Nov. 2 against the Edmonton Oilers. The center scored his first goal since March 9, 2012 at 5:09 into the game and was credited with the game-winner in the 5-0 victory. Two nights later, he visited his hometown when the Red Wings lost on the road 4-2 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Helm played 7:46 against the Jets, but he should see a sizeable increase in his ice time with Weiss out of the lineup. In Detroit's morning skate Saturday, Helm centered the second line between Daniel Alfredsson and Tomas Tatar as the Red Wings prepare to face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

"I think it's coming around," Helm said. "Each game I'm starting to fit in a little bit, get a little more comfortable with everything. I think I still got a little ways to go."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 3:16 PM

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

U.S. top Finland in Four Nations tourney

Jack Eichel capped a three-point night Saturday with a goal in overtime to help the United States defeat Finland 4-3 in the Four Nations Tournament in Turku, Finland.

Eichel, a prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft who is committed to play at Boston University next season, scored 2:34 into the extra session to help the Americans to their first win in the competition after a 3-2 loss Friday to Sweden.

Sonny Milano, one of the top American-born players eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, set up Eichel's overtime score and had a goal of his own 1:25 into the first period to give the United States an early lead. Milano, who was one of three "A" rated skaters from the United States Hockey League in NHL Central Scouting's preseason rankings, has two goals and 11 points in seven USHL games this season while playing for the United States National Team Development Program's entry in the league.

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