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Posted On Sunday, 11.30.2014 / 2:27 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

Power Outage: VAN @ DET - 0:29 of the First Period

At 0:29 of the first period in the Vancouver Canucks/Detroit Red Wings game, a power outage occurred at Joe Louis Arena causing insufficient lighting. Both teams have been returned to the dressing room, as it is suspected there will be at least a 15 minute delay. There will be a short warm-up prior to the resumption of play.

Posted On Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 4:42 PM

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

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Kings

It's never just another game on the schedule when the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings meet.

The two Western Conference rivals will play Saturday at Staples Center, their first game since the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the Kings knocked the Blackhawks out of the Western Conference Final on their way to a second championship in three seasons. The year prior, it was Chicago eliminating Los Angeles in the conference final on its way to a second title in four seasons.

The rivalry isn't lost on either side.

"I said afterward it was the best series I'd coached in the playoffs, and I coached a lot of playoff series," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said to the Los Angeles Times on Friday. "That was, I thought, the best one in terms of it could have gone either way and going the whole distance, going into the overtime part of it. … They're still such a benchmark. Even though we're in different divisions, they're such a benchmark."

Posted On Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 2:30 PM

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

Senators' Ryan out vs. Lightning with broken finger

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan sustained a broken finger when he was slashed during the game Friday against the Florida Panthers.

The Senators confirmed Ryan would miss the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday because of an injury, but offered no timeline on when he could return.

Ryan has five goals and 13 points in 21 games this season.

Posted On Friday, 11.28.2014 / 1:06 PM

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

At the Rink: Senators at Panthers

The Florida Panthers finish up a three-game home stand Friday against the Ottawa Senators, but will have to do so without starting goalie Roberto Luongo.

After stopping all 11 shots he faced in a 1-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, Luongo exited the game in the second period with an upper-body injury. Al Montoya preserved the shutout by recording 22 saves of his own.

Montoya will start against the Senators. Luongo did not skate Friday, and the Panthers recalled goaltender Dan Ellis from the American Hockey League to serve as the backup.

A young Florida team is still in the thick of the Stanley Cup Playoff race at the first quarter mark, sitting three points behind the second wild-card team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, with two games in hand. For general manager Dale Tallon, the Panthers current position is one he's pleased with.

"If you told me we'd be where we are after 20 games with all the new and young players, I'd be satisfied with that," he said to the Miami Herald on Friday. "Now it's time for us to keep getting better."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 1:53 PM

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

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Panthers

The Florida Panthers will be without forward Scottie Upshall against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, according to the Miami Herald, one of several lineup changes.

Upshall will be out at least a week with an apparent ankle injury, the Herald reported. The Panthers will also scratch forward Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Colby Robak.

Forwards Tomas Fleischmann and Vincent Trocheck and defenseman Dylan Olsen will reenter the lineup to fill those voids.

Goalie Roberto Luongo is expected to get the start as the Panthers seek their first win in three games. They lost 4-1 at home Monday to the Minnesota Wild after returning from a four-game road trip against Western Conference teams.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 1:52 PM

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

At the Rink: Capitals at Islanders

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin practiced Wednesday morning and said he's good to go against the New York Islanders.

Ovechkin skated with regular center Nicklas Backstrom and wing Tom Wilson during the morning skate, one day after leaving practice with an upper-body tweak. When the skate was finished, coach Barry Trotz said he expects Ovechkin to play tonight, according to the Washington Post.

"I feel good," Ovechkin said after practicing in video the Capitals posted on their website. "One part of my body didn't feel great [Tuesday]. It's better today, so I'm in."

A healthy Ovechkin and his Capitals are turning their attention to the Islanders, who are currently tied atop the Metropolitan Division with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"It's like a playoff mentality right now for us," Ovechkin said. "They're playing well right now, and it's going to be a huge opportunity for us to check how good we are, and how we can handle the pressure."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.25.2014 / 5:36 PM

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

At the Rink: Flames at Ducks

Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller returns to Anaheim on Tuesday when the Flames play the Anaheim Ducks attempting to break an 18-game regular-season losing streak at Honda Center.

Hiller spent the first seven seasons of his NHL career with Anaheim, where he was 162-110-32 with a 2.51 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. Hiller won 29 games last season to help the Ducks to the best record in the Western Conference and the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in seven games. Hiller was benched in favor of Frederik Andersen to start the playoffs. He regained the No. 1 spot because of an injury to Andersen before the Ducks turned to John Gibson against the Kings.

Signed by the Flames to a two-year contract on July 1, Hiller is 9-5-1 with a 2.45 GAA, .914 save percentage and one shutout in 15 games (14 starts). He is hoping for a positive reaction in his return to Anaheim.

"I always enjoyed being here," Hiller told the Flames website. "The fans were great to me, and there was always support. The Ducks made a name for themselves in California and it was nice to be a part of that. It's definitely going to be a little more special, but in the end I'll just try to focus on the game and hopefully play as good as I can."

Posted On Monday, 11.24.2014 / 3:36 PM

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

At the Rink: Wild at Panthers

Goalie Niklas Backstrom will start for the Minnesota Wild on Monday when they conclude a three-game road trip against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.

The Wild had a four-game winning streak snapped Saturday at the Tampa Bay Lightning. Goalie Darcy Kuemper had a 1.60 goals-against average during the win streak, but Backstrom will make his first start since Nov. 16, when he was pulled after allowing three-period goals in an eventual 4-3 Minnesota win against the Winnipeg Jets.

Backstrom is 5-0-1 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in six career starts against the Panthers.

"We've got to make sure that we're keeping him involved and giving him the opportunity to show he can come in and win hockey games," coach Mike Yeo told the Wild website. "This was something that was on the schedule and we had aimed for, but it wasn't just an easy decision, not because of [Backstrom], but because of Kuemper."

Posted On Monday, 11.24.2014 / 12:07 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live welcomes Mike Rupp in studio

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek is on the air at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

Mike Rupp, who has played in 610 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, will join us in studio to discuss his career.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose also joins the show to share his coaching moves of the week, and discuss the passing of legendary NHL and international coach Pat Quinn.

Posted On Friday, 11.21.2014 / 1:22 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Stars center Spezza to join NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk to Dallas Stars center Jason Spezza after he signed a four-year contract extension on Friday.

Barry Melrose will join us to hand out his Mullet of the Week, and we'll also count down our Top 10 plays of the week and give our weekly power rankings.

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