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Posted On Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 12:38 PM

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

Red Wings put Franzen back on IR

After one game back, Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen on Tuesday was placed on injured reserve due to a recurrence of concussion issues.

Franzen had an assist in 16:45 of ice time Sunday against the Florida Panthers, his first game after missing 16 with a concussion sustained during a game Dec. 15 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"Any time it's a head injury -- we've been through it a number of times -- they're hard things," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told reporters after the team's morning skate Tuesday. "Obviously [Franzen] thought he was ready and then found out he wasn't.

"He'll be out a few [games] for sure, anyways, and he continues to work with doctors at U-M [University of Michigan]; they'll figure out when he’s available."

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 10:56 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Messier to talk Stadium Series, ice center on NHL Live

NHL Live with Bill Pidto, E.J. Hradek and Kevin Weekes, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, previews an 11-game Tuesday around the League while also checking in on the New York Islanders' practice at Yankee Stadium in preparation for their 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game Wednesday against the rival New York Rangers.

Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas makes his big return to face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden for the first time, and we'll welcome in Bruins radio voice Dave Goucher from our Arena Cam to discuss the big night.

In addition, NHL great Mark Messier joins us to talk about the Stadium Series and his new venture, the Kingsbridge National Ice Center.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 10:14 AM

By Staff -  / - Road to Sochi blog

Islanders' Vanek to captain Austria Olympic team

Thomas Vanek will be the captain for Austria's team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Austria coach Manny Viveiros.

"Vanek is a star player for us and also in the NHL," Viveiros said. "That's enough to make him captain. He is a role model for all young players in Austria."

The 30-year-old New York Islanders forward became the highest-drafted Austrian-born player in NHL history when the Buffalo Sabres selected him with the fifth pick of the 2003 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Monday, 01.27.2014 / 1:10 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Lundqvist to talk Stadium Series on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, has plenty to talk about Monday, one day after the New York Rangers' 7-3 win against the New Jersey Devils in the first of two 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series games at Yankee Stadium. Winning goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will stop by the studio.

Kevin Weekes has the distinction of having played for the Rangers, Devils and New York Islanders in his career, including serving as the Rangers goaltending tandem with Lundqvist at the beginning of the Swede's career. He'll join Mears and Hradek on the show.

In addition, NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will provide the latest on trade rumors from around the League.

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 Sunday, 01.26.2014 / 5:01 PM

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

Franzen back, Zetterberg out for Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings are expected to get a key player back into their lineup Sunday for their game against the Florida Panthers at Joe Louis Arena when forward Johan Franzen is activated after missing the past 16 games with a concussion.

Franzen has 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 30 games.

"He can really shoot the puck," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told "Any time you come back from an injury, I don’t know how you’re going to respond. I mean, [Darren] Helmer's an example of that. I don’t know what to expect from the Mule. We’re just going to play him and see how it goes."

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Posted On Sunday, 01.26.2014 / 12:55 PM

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

Stadium Series start delayed due to sun glare

Due to sun glare on the ice and in the interest of player safety, the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET, has been delayed. Puck drop is officially set for 1:38 p.m. ET.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.25.2014 / 12:44 PM

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Lightning's Stamkos cleared for light contact

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos was wearing a yellow practice jersey Saturday morning, indicating he's been cleared for light contact.

There isn't a set timetable for his return, however, and Lightning coach Jon Cooper made sure to clarify Stamkos is not fully cleared for practicing yet.

"He's getting better every day, but there are lots of things that have to go on still," Cooper said. "He hasn't been cleared and he's still a ways away from being cleared. He hasn't done any battling. It's just the process that is slowly going on here. But, in saying that, when you take the minimum-maximum of what the injury was, he's closer to coming in at the minimum time frame than the maximum time frame, so that's good for all of us."

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Posted On Friday, 01.24.2014 / 12:56 PM

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Alfredsson back as Red Wings host Canadiens

The Detroit Red Wings will have veteran forward Daniel Alfredsson back in the lineup Friday against the Montreal Canadiens as they attempt to build off a shootout win Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Alfredsson had missed the past six games with a back injury. He has 11 goals and 30 points in 39 games in his first season with the Red Wings. During his career with the Ottawa Senators, he had 31 goals and 105 points in 89 games against the Canadiens.

"It's been really good three days of skating and no issues so I'm ready to go," Alfredsson told "It's always frustrating to be out and now be able to skate like I have and have no issues it feels great actually."

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Posted On Friday, 01.24.2014 / 10:56 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks with new Rangers defenseman Klein

New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein made his debut with the Blueshirts on Thursday night following a trade from the Nashville Predators, and on Friday he'll be part of NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network with Steve Mears and Butch Goring. Klein will discuss the trade, his new team and fans can tweet questions to @NHLNetwork for him to answer.

It's time once again for our College Hockey Report, and this week we'll talk to Boston College freshman and top NHL prospect Thatcher Demko on his season to this point and his thoughts on the upcoming NHL Draft.

A five-game night in the League is highlighted by the New Jersey Devils hosting the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division battle, and Capitals insider Chuck Gormley will join us from the Arena Cam at Prudential Center to talk about the status of Alex Ovechkin and the inconsistency of the Capitals' season.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 2:13 PM

By Staff -  / - Road to Sochi blog

Stamkos says leg 'best it's felt' since injury

Another day on the ice and more good news for Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos.

Stamkos joined his teammates on the ice Thursday at Tampa Bay Times Forum for the morning skate and said his right leg feels as good as it has since he broke it in November.

"I thought [Thursday] was the best it's felt," Stamkos told reporters. "That's a positive. Every day I've gotten on the ice trying to get a little better each time. A lot of it is physical but a lot of it is mental as well, trying different things that you can trust the healing process is taking place. … I have never had an injury like this, but I'd like to think that I'm ahead [of pace in recovery]. I'm feeling good. I know I'm not 100 percent, but it's getting there."

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Quote of the Day

Sick. I said a couple of bad words in Russian, but I said, 'Sick.'

— Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov on Alex Ovechkin's highlight-reel goal in Game 2 against Rangers on Saturday