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Posted On Friday, 01.17.2014 / 12:40 PM

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

NHL Live previews clash between Ducks, Blackhawks

The Anaheim Ducks have won eight in a row and 18 out of 19, but they face a challenge Friday night in the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, and NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko will get fans ready for a regular-season game that figures to have the atmosphere of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. We'll go out to the United Center on our Arena Cam and welcome in analyst Eddie Olczyk to preview the contest.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will examine the shootout and give out his Mullet of the Week. And St Cloud forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Nic Dowd will join us for the College Hockey Report.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 5:11 PM

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

Red Wings' Andersson out vs. Rangers

Detroit Red Wings center Joakim Andersson will miss his first game of the season Thursday.

He took part in the team's morning skate Thursday at Madison Square Garden but the team ruled him out for the game Thursday night against the New York Rangers due to a lower-body injury.

The Red Wings recalled Cory Emmerton from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League to take Andersson's spot in the lineup.

The Red Wings also are missing Pavel Datsyuk, Stephen Weiss and Darren Helm because of injury. Datsyuk, Weiss, Helm and Andersson were Detroit's top four centers on the depth chart to start the season.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 2:44 PM

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

Hartnell to play for Flyers, Hutton in goal for Predators

Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell will be in the lineup Thursday against the Nashville Predators after initial concern that a lower-body injury sustained blocking a shot against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday would sideline him.

Hartnell said a puck hit him "right on the side" of his skate and was concerned he had sustained a broken foot. He missed 16 games after blocking a shot with his foot last season.

"It felt good," Hartnell said after taking part in the Flyers' morning skate Thursday. "Better than I thought it would. Anytime you block a shot it gets sore, and obviously I was worried about this one, but I should be ready to go."

Hartnell said he plans on wearing protective skate guards on both feet going forward.

For the Predators, Carter Hutton told the Tennessean that he would start in net. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk, acquired Wednesday from the Edmonton Oilers, joined the team in Philadelphia but due to paperwork issues might not be able to dress for the game. If he can't go, Marek Mazanec will be the backup.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 1:34 PM

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

Bruins' Chara to carry Slovakian flag at Olympics

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will be Slovakia's flag bearer during the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Olympics in February.

Chara, also captain of Slovakia's Olympic hockey team, will be the fourth Slovak athlete to carry his country's flag, joining Peter Stastny (1994), Robert Petrovicky (2002) and Ziggy Palffy (2010).

The Olympic opening ceremony will be held Feb. 7, six days before Slovakia plays its first game against the United States. Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed Thursday that Chara has been granted permission to leave the team and miss Boston's final game before the Olympic break, Feb. 8 against the Ottawa Senators.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 12:48 PM

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

Jets place Kane on IR, call up Klingberg

The Winnipeg Jets on Thursday placed forward Evander Kane on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 7.

Kane has missed the past two games with a hand injury sustained Jan. 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

His 14 goals are third on the team and he has 25 points in 38 games.

To take his place, the Jets recalled forward Carl Klingberg from the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 8:30 PM

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

Tyson Barrie talks about OT success on NHL Live

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie joined NHL Live on Wednesday to talk about his team's season and his two recent OT winners.

Barrie got the OT winner in Colorado's 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday after scoring in overtime to beat the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 8.

"I've only got seven career goals and three have been in overtime. I must be lucky," he said.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 7:53 PM

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

Kreider, Brassard talk Stadium Series on NHL Live

New York Rangers forwards Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard were live in studio Wednesday on NHL Live to discuss the upcoming Coors Light Stadium Series games against the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders at Yankee Stadium.

"It's going to be fun. It's going to be my first time there," Brassard said. "I'm just looking forward to playing outdoors. My family is going to come down. I'm looking forward to it."

The Rangers play the Devils on Jan. 26 and the Islanders on Jan. 29.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 12:54 PM

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

Rangers' Kreider, Brassard guests on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek is on the air at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. New York Rangers forwards Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard will join the show in-studio to discuss the team's recent performance.

The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins play in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game. Pierre McGuire will be "Between the Glass" at Consol Energy Center to break down the matchup.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 12:07 PM

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

Datsyuk named captain of Russian Olympic team

Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, coach of Russia's team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, announced Wednesday that Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk has been named team captain.

"When I discussed this issue with coaching staff and the team's general manager, Alexei Kasatonov, it felt like Datsyuk was the most suitable candidate for the role," Bilyaletdinov said at a press conference in Moscow. "It was important that the players supported the choice as well."

Datsyuk seems to be excited to lead the team at the Olympics, which will take place in his home country.

"I am honored to be named a captain," Datsyuk wrote on his verified Twitter account, @Datsyuk13. "Our team embraces the opportunity and responsibility of representing our country on the home ice."

This will be the fourth Olympics for Datsyuk, who represented Russia in 2002, 2006 and 2010. In 18 Olympic games Datsyuk has three goals and 14 points.

In 35 games with the Red Wings this season he has 15 goals and 32 points.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 12:40 PM

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

NHL Live welcomes new Jets coach Paul Maurice

Fresh off a victory in his first game as Winnipeg Jets coach, Paul Maurice will discuss his new position and the win against the Phoenix Coyotes on NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are in New York City to take on the New York Rangers. Lightning radio play-by-play man Dave Mishkin will join us from Arena Cam to talk about the game, the return of goalie Ben Bishop, and provide an update on Steven Stamkos.

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