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Posted On Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 3:02 PM

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

Lightning star Stamkos on ice at morning skate

Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos was on the ice Saturday at Prudential Center, 33 days after breaking his right leg in a collision with a goal post.

Stamkos joined his Lightning teammates at their morning skate before a game against the New Jersey Devils. He was wearing a track suit and doing some stickhandling drills in a Vine video posted on the team's official Twitter account.

"Medical advances, I guess," Stamkos told the Lightning website when asked how he is back on the ice so quickly. "I'm feeling good. Everything is on track. My four-week X-ray looks good. I'm just starting to progress, and obviously make sure there are no setbacks, but I'm feeling really good.

"I thought I might have an issue with that bottom screw in there but I don't. There's still a little bit of swelling in the ankle and the leg, so you feel that a little bit, but I don't think I'm going to have a problem with the screw, so that's a good thing."

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Posted On Friday, 12.13.2013 / 1:28 PM

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

NHL Live highlights the 'unlucky' on Friday the 13th

It's Friday the 13th, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will celebrate the superstitious day by taking a look at some of the "unluckiest" moments of the season.

Three games are on the NHL schedule, including the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the New Jersey Devils. We'll go out to Consol Energy Center on our Arena Cam and talk to Phil Bourque about the recent play of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and the matchup with the Devils.

Bill Lindsay will call in to talk Florida Panthers hockey ahead of their game with the Washington Capitals, and E.J. faces off against analyst Kevin Weekes to debate some of the game's hottest topics. We'll also be joined by Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche.

Leading up to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 from The Big House at the University of Michigan, we'll start our countdown of the top outdoor moments at No. 20.

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 Friday, 12.13.2013 / 11:16 AM

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

Penguins' Orpik skates; no timetable for return

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik skated briefly Friday morning, though he won't take part in the team's game-day skate prior to playing the New Jersey Devils.

Orpik skated with injured teammates Rob Scuderi and Tanner Glass, who are also on injured reserve.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 4:25 PM

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

Islanders active Nabokov off injured reserve

The New York Islanders have activated goaltender Evgeni Nabokov off injured reserve.

Nabokov, who hasn't played since Nov. 16 due to a groin injury, will serve as backup to Kevin Poulin when the Islanders play at the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.

Goalie Anders Nilsson has been sent to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 1:44 PM

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

Red Wings' Howard believes knee injury not serious

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said he believes a left knee injury sustained at practice Wednesday isn't serious and is hoping he'll be sidelined for just 1-2 weeks.

Howard is scheduled to have an MRI on Friday morning.

"I don't think I'm that concerned about it," Howard told MLive.com Thursday. "I don't think it's going to be anything over the top where I'm going to be out a long time."

The Red Wings recalled goalie Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League to back up Jonas Gustavsson, who starts Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Although Howard's injury could affect his chances of earning a place on the United States Olympic team, he maintains it's not a priority.

"What can you do? It is what it is," Howard said. "You do treatment and try to get back as quick as possible."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 11:58 AM

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

NHL Live talks Alumni Showdown with Maltby, Draper

There are less than three weeks until the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET Thursday on NHL Network, will talk to Red Wings favorites Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby about the 2013 Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park set for New Year's Eve. Maltby and Draper will spend part of the afternoon taking over the NHL's Twitter feed.

It's a busy night on the NHL schedule with 11 games, including the New York Rangers hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets. Shawn Mitchell will join us on the Madison Square Garden Arena Cam to discuss the many ties between these Metropolitan Division rivals who have made a pair of blockbuster trades in the past couple years.

We'll also go out on Arena Cam to Scottrade Center where NHL Insider Darren Pang will preview the St. Louis Blues' game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and talk goaltending around the League.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.11.2013 / 10:34 AM

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

Quenneville to talk Stadium Series on NHL Live

Tickets to the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game March 1 at Soldier Field between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins go on sale Wednesday, and on NHL Live with Steve Mears and Dave Maloney, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will make an appearance to talk about the game and the hot play of the defending Stanley Cup champions.

There are three games on the NHL slate, one of which is the Wednesday Night Rivalry game between the Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers. Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire, who will be part of the broadcast on NBCSN, will join the show from the Arena Cam at United Center to provide their thoughts on this rematch of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

The Washington Capitals come off a thrilling 6-5 shootout win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, and we'll talk via phone with Capitals defenseman John Carlson about his chances of making the U.S. team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics as well as the four-goal outing by Alex Ovechkin against Tampa.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 1:08 PM

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

Bouchard clears waivers; Strome next for Islanders?

New York Islanders forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard cleared waivers Tuesday and was loaned to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League, the team announced.

Bouchard has nine points in 28 games in his first season with the Islanders; he signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the team in July.

The Islanders could recall forward Ryan Strome from the AHL. Strome, the fifth pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, leads the AHL with 33 points in 23 games. The hope is he can spark a team that is winless in 10 straight (0-8-2) heading into their game Tuesday at the San Jose Sharks.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 11:24 AM

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

Iginla's return to Calgary highlights NHL Live previews

Jarome Iginla's return to Calgary highlights a 12-game Tuesday schedule, and NHL Live with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will get viewers set for the big matchup between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames by talking to NHL.com correspondent Aaron Vickers live on the Arena Cam from Scotiabank Saddledome. We'll also take a look back at some of Iginla's top Flames highlights and have an EA Sports simulation of the game.

The Los Angeles Kings travel to face the Montreal Canadiens in a rematch of the 1993 Stanley Cup Final. Kings insider Jon Rosen joins us from the Arena Cam at Bell Centre.

We'll also have live reports from the Board of Governors meetings from regular host E.J. Hradek. NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will join us to talk the BOG and the latest happenings with the New York Islanders as they continue their California road trip against the San Jose Sharks.

Remember to submit your #AskDano questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Monday, 12.09.2013 / 12:47 PM

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

NHL Live welcomes Emrick, Melrose and Starman

Dave Maloney sits in for E.J. Hradek , who's in Pebble Beach, Calif., covering the Board of Governors meetings, and joins Steve Mears for NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

Four games are on the League's schedule for Monday, and Mike Emrick will join us on arena cam to preview the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins (NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.) from Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

In addition, Barry Melrose will call in to discuss the best and worst coaching decisions of the season, and Dave Starman joins us on set to talk about the top United States players competing for a roster spot to play in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship later this month.

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I had one really not-good game. I came back to the hotel and he [his father] was on Skype. My mother called first and said, 'Your father wants to talk to you.' So he moved my mother away, and he yelled at me for like 30 seconds. I understood him, and then he said, 'I'm done.' And he was gone. The next game I got my first shutout.

— Anton Khudobin recalls a fond memory, explains why he was so sharp in the Hurricanes' 3-0 win against the Capitals on Friday
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