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Posted On Monday, 02.03.2014 / 4:05 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Ducks defenseman Vatanen back in lineup

The Anaheim Ducks recalled defenseman Sami Vatanen from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on Monday and he's expected to be in the lineup, paired with veteran Bryan Allen, for the Ducks' game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center.

Vatanen has six goals and 14 points in 39 NHL games.

Coming out of the lineup will be Luca Sbisa and Mark Fistric, the latter of whom sustained a lower-body injury Saturday against the Dallas Stars and was placed on injured reserve.

Frederik Andersen, who has won 14 of his first 16 NHL decisions, will get the start in goal.

He'll be opposed by the Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky, who has won his past two starts and nine of 11 since returning from injury.

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Posted On Monday, 02.03.2014 / 3:58 PM

By Staff -  / - Road to Sochi blog

Stamkos eyeing Saturday for return

Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos has set Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings as his target date to return from a broken leg sustained less than three months earlier, according to a report by Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.

The Lightning will host the Red Wings at Tampa Bay Times Forum in their final game prior to the NHL's two-week break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Stamkos, who was named to Canada's roster for the tournament, hopes to use the game Saturday as a measuring stick as to whether he will be able to participate in the Olympics.

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Posted On Monday, 02.03.2014 / 3:10 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers' Timonen out for second straight game

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will be out of the lineup again due to a lower-body injury when the Flyers play at the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

Timonen was injured blocking a shot in the third period of the Flyers' game Jan. 30 against the Anaheim Ducks. He sat out Philadelphia's game Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings.

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Posted On Monday, 02.03.2014 / 2:36 PM

By Staff -  / - Road to Sochi blog

Nyquist added to Sweden Olympic team

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has been added to Sweden's team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, it was announced Monday.

Nyquist will replace Red Wings teammate Johan Franzen, who is on injured reserve with concussion issues.

The 24-year-old had his first NHL hat trick Sunday against the Washington Capitals and in his past eight games he has eight goals and four assists. In 30 games this season he has 13 goals and 22 points.
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Posted On Monday, 02.03.2014 / 12:16 PM

By Staff -  / - 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 Staff -  / - 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 Staff -  / - 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 Staff -  / - 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 Staff -  / - 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 Staff -  / - 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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