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Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 2:48 PM

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

Lecavalier back in lineup for Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers likely will have Vincent Lecavalier back in the lineup Thursday when they face the New York Rangers, but he won't be in his usual spot at center.

Lecavalier, who has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury, skated at right wing on the team's top line at the morning skate, with Claude Giroux at center and Michael Raffl at left wing.

"I want to be out there and be part of it," Lecavalier said. "We're doing some good things. It's hard to [see it that way] when you are 1-7, but we want to keep pushing and I want to help as much as I can.

"The chances are there and that's a positive. I love [playing with Giroux]. He's a smart player who makes quick little plays. He's easy to play with. It's been going really good in practices. When you are with him and you look at the way he thinks out there, he's special. … I want to try to be physical on the puck and be strong in the corners on the puck, and if he's making great plays either me or Raffl has to bury it."


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Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 2:05 PM

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

Lundqvist: Injury occurred in Rangers' second game

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said Thursday he sustained an injury in the team's second game of the season that's he battled ever since.

Lundqvist won't be in uniform Thursday when the Rangers visit the Philadelphia Flyers, but he was on the ice earlier in the day for a 30-minute workout, during which he took shots from Mats Zuccarello, Carl Hagelin and Justin Falk.

Lundqvist said afterward he's "feeling better." He apparently was hurt at some point during a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 7. Lundqvist declined to specify what the injury was.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 9:42 AM

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

Rangers recall Missiaen to serve as backup goalie

The New York Rangers on Thursday recalled goaltender Jason Missiaen from their American Hockey League team, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Missiaen will back up Cam Talbot for the Rangers' game Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Regular goalie Henrik Lundqvist will sit out with an undisclosed injury the team has classified as minor.

Missiaen, 23, is 1-1-0 with a 3.54 goals-against average and .875 save percentage in two AHL games this season. A 2008 fourth-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens (No. 116), Missiaen has yet to play an NHL game in three professional seasons.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 1:30 PM

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

Oilers' Hall to miss four weeks with knee injury

Edmonton Oilers top-line forward Taylor Hall will miss four weeks due to an injury to his left knee.

Hall was injured in the second period of the Oilers' game Oct. 19 at the Ottawa Senators when he was hit by the Senators' Eric Gryba. Hall was called for a slashing penalty after the hit, and after serving the penalty left for the locker room and did not return to the game.

"It's never good to lose one of your top players, a guy that eats up a ton of minutes, who is a danger every time he goes out on the ice," Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said. "Are we going to miss him? Of course we are. He's a big part of this hockey club and when we do have success, he's right in the middle of it. He's usually one of the catalysts."

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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 3:08 PM

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

Cammalleri a game-time decision for Flames

Mike Cammalleri took part in the Calgary Flames' morning skate and will be a game-time decision for the Flames' game Monday against the San Jose Sharks.

Cammalleri hasn't played this season due to a hand injury sustained during training camp. He got into one preseason game.

In addition, forward Roman Horak and defenseman Christopher Breen, called up from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League on Sunday, could be lineup considerations.


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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 1:12 PM

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

Sharks' Burns to sit out vs. Red Wings

The San Jose Sharks will play the Detroit Red Wings on Monday without top-line right wing Brent Burns.

Burns was hit in the mouth during the Sharks' game Saturday against the Calgary Flames. Burns is tied for third on the team with four goals.

"Brent won't play [Monday]," Sharks coach Todd McLellan told CSNCalifornia.com. "He got hit in the teeth -- well, he doesn't have teeth, I guess in the gums -- the other night and they are bothering him right now. He'll be out [Monday] and hopefully he's ready to go when we get to Boston [for a game Thursday]."


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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 12:32 PM

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

Red Wings shuffle lines for game vs. Sharks

In the wake of a 5-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will have a few different line combinations and defense pairings heading into his team's game Monday against the San Jose Sharks.

Tomas Tatar will rejoin the lineup and skate at right wing on Stephen Weiss' line, along with Daniel Cleary. Justin Abdelkader will return to the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, and Daniel Alfredsson will go back to playing with Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi.

On defense the Wings will be missing Jonathan Ericsson, whose wife went into labor Sunday. Xavier Ouellet, called up from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, will take his place and make his NHL debut.


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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 11:50 AM

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

Sharks recall Hamilton, McCarthy

The San Jose Sharks on Monday recalled forwards Freddie Hamilton and John McCarthy from their American Hockey League team, the Worcester Sharks.

To make room, forward Matt Pelech has been returned to Worcester.

Hamilton had one goal in two games with Worcester. If he plays Monday against the Detroit Red Wings, it would mark the NHL debut of the 2010 fifth-round pick (No. 129).

McCarthy was a minus-2 in two games for the Sharks earlier this season.

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Posted On Monday, 10.21.2013 / 10:48 AM

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

Red Wings recall Helm from AHL

The Detroit Red Wings on Monday recalled forward Darren Helm and defenseman Xavier Ouellet from the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Helm had no points in two games, but it was his first game action of any kind since Jan. 25. He missed most of last season with a back injury and then strained his groin just before the start of training camp.

The last time Helm was healthy was the 2011-12 season when he had nine goals and 17 assists in 68 games, but that season ended when he sustained torn ligaments in his forearm from a skate cut in the first game of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


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Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 5:30 PM

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

Sabres' Zadorov to play, Ristolainen sent to AHL

The Buffalo Sabres have activated rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov from injured reserve and will have him in the lineup when the team plays the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

To make room on their roster, the Sabres sent another rookie defenseman, Rasmus Ristolainen, to their American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester.

Zadorov was taken with the 16th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, eight spots after the Sabres chose Ristolainen. The Russian missed Buffalo's first nine games of the season while recovering from a finger injury he sustained blocking a shot during the preseason.

Ristolainen had no points and a minus-4 rating in eight games, averaging 16:52 of ice time per game.

Zadorov will be the eighth player taken in the first round of the 2013 draft to play a game this season.

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