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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 1:10 PM

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

Blue Jackets coping with injuries, lineup adjustments

The revolving door that is the Columbus Blue Jackets' lineup this season continues Monday when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

Forwards Derek MacKenzie and Jack Skille return and will play on the third line with Blake Comeau. MacKenzie missed both games of the Blue Jackets' home-and-home with the Philadelphia Flyers due to a lower-body injury. Skille scored a goal in his past game Thursday in Philadelphia but also took a shot off his hand in that game and missed the rematch Saturday, a 6-3 win in Columbus.

Though the Blue Jackets grabbed two points out of that game, they also lost two key players. Marian Gaboriksustained a broken collarbone in the first period of his return from a knee sprain and is out 6-8 weeks. Matt Calvert, who recently had a stretch of goals in three straight games, sustained a sprained AC joint in his shoulder and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 11:52 AM

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

Red Wings' Weiss undergoes sports hernia surgery

Detroit Red Wings forward Stephen Weiss has undergone successful surgery to repair a sports hernia, the team announced Monday, and is expected to return after the Olympic break.

Weiss, who last played Dec. 10, has two goals and four points in 26 games this season, his first with the Red Wings.

"The doctors are calling it a core muscle injury," general manager Ken Holland said. "The doctor said 6-8 weeks, but with the Olympic break we're shooting for him to play right after the Olympics.

"I guess he had a fairly significant tear but surgery went well. We had other players in the past here have that same surgery [Kris Draper, Tomas Holmstrom]. They seemed to come back in good shape."

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Posted On Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 8:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Predators loan Forsberg to Sweden

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile announced Sunday that the club has loaned forward Filip Forsberg to the Swedish National Team for the 2014 World Junior Championships, taking place Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden.

Forsberg, 19, has five points (one goal, four assists) in 12 games with Nashville, and eight points (three goals, five assists) in seven games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League this season.

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Posted On Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 5:45 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada cuts Girard from WJC roster

Canada trimmed its roster to the 23-player limit for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship on Sunday by cutting Nashville Predators forward prospect Felix Girard.

A 2013 fourth-round pick (No. 95) of the Nashville Predators, Girard has four goals, 16 assists and a plus-12 rating in 28 games with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Canada's roster now features 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies. The final roster doesn't become official until Dec. 25, so there could be further changes if there are injuries or suspensions.

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Posted On Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 2:08 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Gillies leads U.S. past Finland in WJC exhibition

Providence College goalie Jon Gillies made 38 saves, including a penalty shot in the second period, to lead the United States National Junior Team to a 3-2 victory Sunday during a World Junior Championship exhibition match at Lindab Arena in Angelholm, Sweden.

Gillies, a third-round (No. 75) pick of the Calgary Flames in the 2012 NHL Draft, served as the backup to John Gibson for the gold medal-winning U.S. National Junior Team at the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia. He is the likely starter for the U.S. at this year's event in Malmo, Sweden, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.

The United States begins defense of its gold medal against the Czech Republic on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ET (NHLN-US, NHL.com).

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Posted On Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 1:34 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Forsberg likely to join Swedish WJC team: report

Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg is on schedule to join the Swedish National Junior Team on Monday to compete in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, beginning Dec. 26. The Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet reported the news Saturday.

Forsberg, who served as captain for silver medal-winning Sweden at the 2013 WJC, is currently on a conditioning stint with Nashville's American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. He scored two goals in a 4-0 victory against the San Antonio Rampage on Friday, his first game played since sustaining a head injury Nov. 15 while playing for the Predators.

The native of Ostervala, Sweden, has played in the past two WJC tournaments. He has three goals and six points in 12 WJC games for the Swedes. He was selected in the first round (No. 11) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals. In 17 NHL games, all with the Predators, Forsberg has one goal and six points.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.21.2013 / 4:28 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Top prospect Kapanen out of WJC with injury

Kasperi Kapanen, one of the top prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft and expected to be one of the top players for Finland at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, has a shoulder injury that will keep him out of the tournament.

Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting, tweeted Saturday that Kapanen will miss three weeks because of the injury. Finland's WJC team is in Sweden for final preparations before the tournament begins Dec. 26 in Malmo, but Stubb said Kapanen is expected to return to Finland.

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Posted On Friday, 12.20.2013 / 8:52 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Sweden tops U,S. Juniors in WJC tune-up

Alexander Wennberg, a 2013 first-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets, had a goal and three assists to lead the Swedish Junior National Team to a 4-2 victory against the United States in an exhibition game Friday in Angelholm, Sweden.

The U.S. National Junior Team will play a final exhibition match against Finland on Sunday before beginning preliminary-round action in Group A of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship on Dec. 26.

The U.S., which outshot Sweden 38-23, received third-period goals by Ryan Hartman (Plymouth Whalers; Chicago Blackhawks) and Daniel O'Regan (Boston University; San Jose Sharks). Goalie Anthony Stolarz (London Knights; Philadelphia Flyers) made 19 saves.


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Posted On Friday, 12.20.2013 / 11:05 AM

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

NHL Live debates hot topics, talks hockey gifts

As we count down the final days before the NHL takes a Christmas break, NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, gets you ready for the five games on the Friday schedule and also finishes #HockeyHolidays week by looking at some great gifts for the fan in your life courtesy of the NHL Powered by Reebok Store.

NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose joins us to hand out his Mullet of the Week, and our Tire Rack Face-Off features E.J. and Jamie McLennan debating hot topics 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 Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 1:07 PM

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

Coyotes defenseman Michalek out indefinitely

The Phoenix Coyotes have lost defenseman Zbynek Michalek indefinitely with a lower-body injury he sustained in the game Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens.

According to the Coyotes, Michalek has left the team to see team medical staff for further evaluation.

In 24 games Michalek has four assists and a plus-10 rating that is tops among Phoenix defensemen. He missed nine games earlier this season with a lower-body injury.

The Coyotes have recalled defenseman Rostislav Klesla from Portland of the American Hockey League. Klesla has played in 15 games with Phoenix this season, scoring one goal with two assists.

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