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Posted On Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 7:27 PM

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

Blackhawks put Handzus on injured reserve

The Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday placed forward Michal Handzus on injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 25, and recalled forward Alex Broadhurst from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Handzus, 36, has three points (one goal) in nine games with the Blackhawks. He has missed the past eight games with an upper-body injury.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 2:50 PM

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

Kings goalie Quick out with groin strain

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has a grade-2 groin strain, according to Kings coach Darryl Sutter.

The Kings had sent Quick back to Los Angeles on Wednesday for further examination and an MRI test showed the injury.

Sutter said Quick can begin rehabilitating the injury immediately, but said there was no timetable for him to return.

In his absence, the Kings called up Martin Jones from their American Hockey League affiliate to back up Ben Scrivens, who will start Thursday against the New York Islanders.

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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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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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