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Posted On Monday, 02.03.2014 / 12:16 PM

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

NHL Live talks Sochi Olympics with Capitals' Carlson

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Butch Goring, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will highlight a seven-game Monday in the League.

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson will join us to talk about his recent hot play and his upcoming trip to Russia for the 2014 Sochi Olympics as a member of the U.S. team.

Barry Melrose will also give us his Olympic breakdown.

In addition, NHL Insider Darren Dreger gives us his take on the latest trade rumors including news about New York Islanders forward Thomas Vanek, who could be on the block once again.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.01.2014 / 5:17 PM

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

Blues' Sobotka to miss Olympics with leg injury

The St. Louis Blues have placed forward Vladimir Sobotka on injured reserve with a left leg injury. Sobotka will be re-evaluated in four weeks and the injury will keep him from participating for the Czech Republic at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Posted On Friday, 01.31.2014 / 1:42 PM

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

Zetterberg in for Wings; Caps' Green game-time call

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard gets the start and forward Henrik Zetterberg returns to the lineup Friday against the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena.

Howard dressed as the backup to Jonas Gustavsson in a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. He hasn't played since Jan. 20, when he left a game against the St. Louis Blues in the second period due to discomfort in his knee.

Zetterberg, who has two goals and six assists during a four-game point streak, hasn't played since Jan. 24 against the Montreal Canadiens due to a sore back. He has 16 goals and 44 points in 40 games this season.

Daniel Cleary will come out of the lineup to make room for Zetterberg.

The Capitals, meanwhile, don't expect to know until game time whether defenseman Mike Green will be in the lineup.

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Posted On Friday, 01.31.2014 / 11:10 AM

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

NHL Live talks to Wild's Parise, Lightning's Cooper

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk to Minnesota Wild wing Zach Parise on the day he was named as captain of the United States for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

We'll also talk to Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper ahead of his team's Saturday afternoon game at the Montreal Canadiens. The Lightning are right on the tail of the Boston Bruins for the Atlantic Division lead even without Steven Stamkos in the lineup and Cooper is building a strong candidacy for the Jack Adams Award as the League's top coach.

It's a five-game evening in the NHL which includes the St. Louis Blues facing off with the Carolina Hurricanes, and we'll go out on Arena Cam to talk with Blues analyst Darren Pang live from PNC Arena.

Our weekly College Hockey Report will focus on the MVP of last year's Beanpot tournament, Kevin Roy of Northeastern, and we'll look ahead to the upcoming Beanpot which gets underway Monday at TD Garden in Boston.

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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Posted On Thursday, 01.30.2014 / 3:44 PM

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

Kings' Brown switched to right wing

Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown doesn't have a goal or a point in his past eight games. In a move to change his fortunes Brown was shifted from left wing to the right side at the Kings' morning skate Thursday.

Brown's last goal was Jan. 13 when he scored the winner against the Vancouver Canucks. Since then the Kings are 2-5-1, and their offense has slipped precipitously. They've scored 13 goals in that eight-game stretch and have one goal or fewer in four straight.

The Penguins held an optional skate Thursday, so predicting the lineup is difficult. However, the Penguins have won three of their past four, including a 3-0 defeat of the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, so it's likely coach Dan Bylsma keeps the same lineup.

There will be one change, however, as Jeff Zatkoff will start in goal. Zatkoff was selected by the Kings in the third round (No. 74) of the 2006 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.30.2014 / 3:03 PM

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

Flyers forward Rinaldo returning to lineup

Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo has one goal and one assist in 44 games, but could his return to the lineup be the spark the team has been missing?

Rinaldo last played Jan. 8, when he sustained a sprained ankle. In the three weeks he's missed, the Flyers went 3-5-2. He'll be back in the lineup Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks, likely playing on the fourth line.

The Flyers originally thought Rinaldo would be out more than a month.

"Six weeks definitely wasn't for me, so I cut it in half," he said.

With four games in the next seven days, the Ducks will turn to Frederik Andersen in goal Thursday. It will be the rookie's first start since Jan. 18.

Here are the projected lineups:

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Posted On Thursday, 01.30.2014 / 2:43 PM

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

Red Wings' Franzen to miss Olympics

Sweden Olympic hockey coach Par Marts said Thursday that Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will not play for the team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Franzen currently is on injured reserve due to concussion issues. He originally sustained a concussion during a game Dec. 15 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He returned Sunday against the Florida Panthers after missing 16 games, but on Monday was returned to IR due to a recurrence of the concussion issues.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.30.2014 / 11:38 AM

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

NHL Live recaps Rangers-Islanders, talks to Scrivens

Yankee Stadium hosted its second game in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series when the New York Rangers defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 on Wednesday night, and Thursday's edition of NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will look back at that exciting finale in the Bronx.

A special edition of the "E.J. 5" will look back at one of the most amazing goaltending performances turned in Wednesday by Ben Scrivens of the Edmonton Oilers, who stopped all 59 shots by the San Jose Sharks in a 3-0 victory. Scrivens will join us by phone to talk about the game.

We'll also look ahead to a 10-game Thursday that is highlighted by an Original Six rivalry renewed, as the Montreal Canadiens visit the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. on NHL Network. Analyst Billy Jaffe will join us from the Arena Cam out at TD Garden to preview the game.

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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Posted On Thursday, 01.30.2014 / 10:36 AM

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

Quintal, Whitmore to serve on Olympic panel

Stephane Quintal of the NHL Department of Player Safety and Kay Whitmore of NHL Hockey Operations will be part of the four-man panel overseeing discipline for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Quintal, who serves as Director of Player Safety, has been with the NHL since 2011. He spent 16 seasons in the NHL, playing 1,037 games with the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.

Whitmore serves as the League's director of hockey operations and goaltender equipment and has worked for the NHL since 2004. He played 14 seasons professionally, including 155 games in nine seasons with the Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Bruins and Calgary Flames.


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Posted On Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 3:50 PM

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

Stamkos skates, still hoping for pre-Olympic return

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos often has said he'd like to play at least one game with the team prior to playing for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

However, on Tuesday he said that was the best-case scenario, and he would still consider playing in the Olympics even without an NHL warmup.

"The objective is to play a game," Stamkos said after skating with his teammates Tuesday in Toronto. "That's something I would really love to do. But if that's not the case there's going to be another discussion about whether I'm still going to be on that [Olympic] team. We haven't had that. It's more like we'll cross that bridge when we need to."

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, who also serves as executive director of Canada's Olympic team, said much the same.

"If he gets a chance to play in a game, if he's cleared to play, great," Yzerman said. "If not, then depending on what the doctor says and how he feels, is he good to go for the first game of the tournament? He's the only one who really knows that once the doctors give him the green light to play."

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