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Posted On Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 1:08 PM

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

Penguins' Zatkoff to start vs. red-hot Islanders

The New York Islanders are on a tear and the Pittsburgh Penguins will turn to rookie goaltender Jeff Zatkoff in an attempt to stop them Thursday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Though the Penguins and Islanders reside at opposite ends of the Metropolitan Division standings -- 23 points separates first-place Pittsburgh from eighth-place New York -- a run of 10 wins in 13 games has pulled the Islanders to within five points of the Columbus Blue Jackets for a Stanley Cup Playoff berth.

These teams met in the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, with the Islanders taking the Penguins to overtime of Game 6 before they were eliminated on a Brooks Orpik goal. New York won the opener of the 2013-14 season series before Pittsburgh came back to take the next two, including the previous game at the Coliseum on Dec. 3, 3-2 on an overtime goal by Sidney Crosby.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 11:02 AM

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

NHL Live sets up 10-game Thursday

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get fans set for a 10-game Thursday night that features the Columbus Blue Jackets hosting the Philadelphia Flyers as they shoot for an eight consecutive win. Jody Shelley, who played for both teams over the course of his career, joins us from the Arena Cam at Nationwide Arena to talk about the game.

The New York Rangers host the St. Louis Blues in their final game prior to starting a two-game Coors Light NHL Stadium Series tour starting Sunday against the New Jersey Devils. We'll talk to Darren Pang on the Arena Cam at Madison Square Garden about the matchup.

Looking to bounce back from a shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks visit the Minnesota Wild, and Eddie Olczyk will be on the Arena Cam live from Xcel Energy Center to offer his thoughts.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 2:39 PM

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

Flyers' Voracek ready to face Hurricanes

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek will be in the lineup Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Voracek left the Flyers' 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Monday midway through the third period with what the team has called an upper-body injury. It was reported by multiple media outlets that the injury was to Voracek's left hand. He did not take part in the team's morning skate Tuesday, but the game scheduled for that evening was postponed until Wednesday due to a snowstorm and the extra time may have helped Voracek's chances to play.

In 50 games Voracek has 14 goals and 35 points. He hasn't missed a game since March 8-11, 2012.


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Posted On Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 4:24 PM

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

Jets provide latest challenge to Ducks' home run

A win by the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday will move the Ducks into second place among the NHL's longest home winning streaks to start a season. The Ducks are 20-0-2 on home ice, where they have won 10 straight games.

The Ducks are the fifth team since 1973-74 to record at least one point in each of its first 20-plus home games in a season. The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers (19-0-7) own the record of 26 straight.

The Jets, however, are not an easy out, especially since Paul Maurice took over as coach. Winnipeg has won three straight games after losing five in a row and gets Evander Kane back in the lineup after he missed the past four games with a laceration on right hand.

"They're going to be excited," Ducks center Nick Bonino said. "You look at their team, and they're pretty solid through all four lines, defense and in net. With us and our winning streak, it'll make them play a little harder."


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Posted On Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 3:26 PM

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

Flyers' Voracek questionable vs. Hurricanes

[EDIT: The game Tuesday between the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes has been postponed due to weather and will be made up Wednesday at 6 p.m.]

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek is questionable for his team's game Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Voracek left the Flyers' 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Monday midway through the third period with what the team has called an upper-body injury. It's been reported by multiple media outlets that it's an injury to Voracek's left hand. He did not take part in the team's morning skate Tuesday.

In 50 games Voracek has 14 goals and 35 points. If he can't play it would be just the 10th game he's missed in six NHL seasons, and first since March 8-11, 2012.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 11:18 AM

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

Ducks' Bonino talks amazing home run on NHL Live

NHL Live with Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET Monday on NHL Network, sets up for a 10-game Tuesday with several special guests.

The Anaheim Ducks put a 20-0-2 home record on the line against the Winnipeg Jets and forward Nick Bonino will join the show from the Arena Cam out at Honda Center to talk about their red-hot play.

A rivalry renews in the Big Apple as the New York Rangers host the New York Islanders in what's also a preview of a 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game on Jan. 29 at Yankees Stadium. We'll go out to Madison Square Garden on Arena Cam and welcome in analyst Kenny Albert for all the insight.

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper is the man of the moment for the Minnesota Wild and is set to make a fifth consecutive start against the Dallas Stars. Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Michael Russo gives us the scoop via the Arena Cam at American Airlines Center.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 10:44 AM

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

Hurricanes' Semin added to Russia's Olympic team

Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin was added to Russia's team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Tuesday.

Semin also played for Russia at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics when he had two assists in four games. He has nine goals and 12 assists in 36 games for the Hurricanes.

According to Russian sports website Rsport.ru, Semin will replace forward Sergei Soin, who plays for Dynamo Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League but sustained a knee injury last week.

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Posted On Monday, 01.20.2014 / 2:38 PM

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

Forward Helm returns for Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm will return to the lineup Monday against the St. Louis Blues.

Helm had been sidelined by a groin injury. He missed 11 games and played Dec. 30 against the Nashville Predators before sitting out another seven.

"I've felt good the last couple of days," Helm said following the morning skate. "I've skated hard, no problems, so tonight's the next test.

"I'm just going to try and do what I did last time and the time before that, just play my game. There's nothing special I need to do, just make sure I'm taking short shifts. I'm going to be a little rusty out there so I can't be doing too much."

Helm has seven goals and 11 points in 16 games.

"Obviously, he hasn't played in a long time," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I don't know if it's going to take him some time or not. When he's going he's a real impactful player for us. I don't know how many minutes he can handle tonight but it's good to have him back."

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Posted On Monday, 01.20.2014 / 11:57 AM

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

Nilsson gets rare start as Islanders face Flyers

When the New York Islanders close out a home-and-home series against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, goaltender Anders Nilsson will make his first NHL start in more than a month. He last suited up for the Islanders on Dec. 9 in a 5-2 road loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Nilsson was reassigned to the American Hockey League in December when Evgeni Nabokov returned from an injury and went 2-6-1 since going back to Bridgeport. He was brought back up Jan. 6 after Nabokov sustained a lower-body injury against the Dallas Stars.

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Posted On Monday, 01.20.2014 / 11:00 AM

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

Ovechkin excited for Sochi Olympics

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was a guest on NBC's Today Show live from Rockefeller Center in New York City on Monday to discuss his selection to represent Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"I'm very excited," Ovechkin told NBC's Carson Daly."It's a big honor for me, for my country."

Ovechkin will be making his third Olympic appearance and was the first Russian to carry the Olympic Torch in a ceremony at Olympia, Greece on Sept. 29, 2013. In the 2006 Turin Olympics, Russia lost the bronze medal game to the Czech Republic. Four years later in Vancouver, Russia fell in the quarterfinals to Canada, the eventual gold-medal winner

This year, the games will be played in Ovechkin's home country, where there will be extra incentive to win gold.

"Everybody wants to win a gold medal, especially when playing at home," Ovechkin said. "I'm sure every hockey player, every fan in Russia, wants us to win. But it's going to be hard because every team has a strong team. It's going to be a battle."

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You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals