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Posted On Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 3:33 PM

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

Blue Jackets forward Gaborik to miss Olympics

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik will miss the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the team announced Thursday.

Gaborik, who sustained a broken collarbone Dec. 21 against the Philadelphia Flyers, had hoped to return in time to play for his native Slovakia.

"I'm extremely disappointed that I won't be able to play for Slovakia at the Olympic Games but understand the decision is the right one for my recovery and for the national team," Gaborik said. "I have been lucky and proud to represent my country at two Olympic Games and other international tournaments and look forward to doing so again in the future."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 3:16 PM

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

Islanders to keep eye on Flames' transition game

Despite sitting near the bottom of their respective divisions, the Calgary Flames and New York Islanders will enter their game Thursday at Nassau Coliseum playing solid hockey recently.

The Flames had a five-game win streak snapped Tuesday in a 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. The Islanders have won two of their past three, including a 1-0 shutout of the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

It will be the first time the teams have played since Dec. 29, 2011.
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Posted On Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 1:37 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Eichel leads U.S. rout at Five Nations Tournament

Jack Eichel, Sonny Milano and Alex Tuch each had three points and Edwin Minney made 25 saves to lead the United States to an 8-3 victory against Finland in the second game of the Under-18 Five Nations Tournament at Dmitrov Arena in Dmitrov, Russia.

Eichel, considered by many to be a top-five pick for the 2015 NHL Draft scored two goals.

Johnathan MacLeod, Dylan Pavelek, Shane Gersich, Dylan Larkin and Ryan Wagner also had goals for the United States, which will play Sweden on Friday at Dmitrov Arena.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 12:40 PM

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

St. Louis to take Stamkos' place on Canadian roster

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis has been selected to replace Steven Stamkos on Canada's roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Hockey Canada announced Thursday morning.

St. Louis, 38, will be going to his second Olympics, having played for Canada in 2006. It'll be his first international tournament since the 2009 IIHF World Championship, when he had 15 points in nine games.

"They called me yesterday," St. Louis said. "Great opportunity for me. I think if you asked Stamkos who he wants to replace him it would be me. So I'll do the best I can."

"It's great for Marty," Stamkos said. "If there is anyone in our locker room that deserves it from day one it is Marty."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 10:42 AM

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

NHL Live talks St. Louis replacement of Stamkos

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, continues the countdown to the 2014 Sochi Olympics while getting fans set for an 11-game Thursday night around the League.

The focus Thursday will be on previewing Group B, which includes Canada, Finland, Norway and Austria. Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos will not be available to Canada and teammate Martin St. Louis was named Thursday to take his place. Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Times shares his reactions to Stamkos' press conference and his replacement being announced.

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler will join the show to talk about his outstanding season and his hopes for Sochi.

St. Louis Blues prospect Jake Allen, who picked up some big wins in the NHL last season and is currently starring in the American Hockey League, will be on to talk about that experience as well as next week's 2014 AHL All-Star Classic against Färjestad BK, one of the top professional teams in the Swedish Hockey League.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.05.2014 / 12:44 PM

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

Oilers' Ference, Perron to join NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and Dave Maloney, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have a pair of Edmonton Oilers in studio as they make their way through New York on an Eastern Conference road trip. We'll talk to team captain Andrew Ference and top goal scorer David Perron about the team's recent play.

NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will join us to discuss the latest trade rumors heading into the Olympic break. Once play resumes, the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5 will be soon to follow.

And speaking of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, we'll have a preview of Group C, which features the Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland and Latvia, with players to watch from each nation.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 8:15 PM

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

Oilers' Smyth talks Olympics on NHL Live

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth joined NHL Live in studio to talk about his season and competing in the Olympic games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 8:10 PM

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

Oilers' Smyth talks Olympics on NHL Live

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth joined NHL Live in studio to talk about his season and competing in the Olympic games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 8:05 PM

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

Button talks Flames' hot streak on NHL Live

Analyst Craig Button joined NHL Live from Toronto to discuss the recent surge of the Calgary Flames.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 2:04 PM

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

Spurgeon back for Wild, Filppula returns to Lightning

The Minnesota Wild will get an important member of their defense corps back Tuesday as Jared Spurgeon will be in the lineup for the first time since sustaining a broken foot Jan. 2 against the Buffalo Sabres.

Spurgeon, who will pair with Marco Scandella, was plus-3 and played more than 27 minutes against the Sabres despite the injury.

"We're anxious to see where his game's at," Wild coach Mike Yeo told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "If he can step in and be close to the level that he was at before he got hurt, we're a lot stronger for it."

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