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Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 1:36 PM

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

U.S. finishes second at Four Nations

Alex Tuch, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, had two goals and an assist as the United States finished the Four Nations Tournament with a 6-2 win against Switzerland.

The win allowed the U.S. to finish second at the tournament, which was played in Turku, Finland.

Tuch, a forward who plays for the United States National Team Development Program’s under-18 team, earned a “B” rating from NHL Central Scouting on its preliminary player to watch list for draft-eligible players in the United States Hockey League.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 4:05 PM

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

Red Wings' Helm promoted; Filppula returns

As center Stephen Weiss rehabs a groin injury and wing Johan Franzen is out with an upper-body injury, Darren Helm has earned a unique opportunity with the Detroit Red Wings.

After a back injury limited him to one game since the 2011-12 season, Helm enjoyed a triumphant return to the Detroit lineup Nov. 2 against the Edmonton Oilers. The center scored his first goal since March 9, 2012 at 5:09 into the game and was credited with the game-winner in the 5-0 victory. Two nights later, he visited his hometown when the Red Wings lost on the road 4-2 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Helm played 7:46 against the Jets, but he should see a sizeable increase in his ice time with Weiss out of the lineup. In Detroit's morning skate Saturday, Helm centered the second line between Daniel Alfredsson and Tomas Tatar as the Red Wings prepare to face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

"I think it's coming around," Helm said. "Each game I'm starting to fit in a little bit, get a little more comfortable with everything. I think I still got a little ways to go."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 3:16 PM

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

U.S. top Finland in Four Nations tourney

Jack Eichel capped a three-point night Saturday with a goal in overtime to help the United States defeat Finland 4-3 in the Four Nations Tournament in Turku, Finland.

Eichel, a prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft who is committed to play at Boston University next season, scored 2:34 into the extra session to help the Americans to their first win in the competition after a 3-2 loss Friday to Sweden.

Sonny Milano, one of the top American-born players eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, set up Eichel's overtime score and had a goal of his own 1:25 into the first period to give the United States an early lead. Milano, who was one of three "A" rated skaters from the United States Hockey League in NHL Central Scouting's preseason rankings, has two goals and 11 points in seven USHL games this season while playing for the United States National Team Development Program's entry in the league.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 12:38 PM

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

Rangers' Nash skates for first time since injury

Rick Nash skated Saturday prior to New York Rangers practice. Skating alongside the goalies, it was the first time Nash has been on the ice since sustaining a head injury in a game against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 8. Since being hit by Brad Stuart, Nash has missed 13 games.

The Rangers have gone 7-6-0 without Nash and have no plans to rush his recovery.

"He's on the road to recovery, he's skating," Rangers general manager Glen Sather told reporters. "But he's got a ways to go with his conditioning."

Prior to his injury, Nash had no goals and three assists in three games. In his first season with the Rangers, Nash led the team with 21 goals in 44 games.

"Dealing with the brain, you always want to be careful," Nash said after his skate. "I'm inching forward here. I'm getting better."

Coach Alain Vigneault said, "To see him on the ice and skating and feeling good is a real positive sign for us."

The prolonged absence is something Nash is unaccustomed to. He entered this season having not missed more than seven games in a season since 2005-06, when he was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He admitted it was good to be back on the ice, but no updates were made regarding his status. Considering they've won five of their past six games, the Rangers are in no rush to bring back their most potent offensive threat.

"It's good to be back and be around the guys. I've strung together a good three or four days here, so it's been all positive since then," Nash said. "It's tough when they take away the thing you love ... but it's been fun watching the guys lately, playing really well."

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Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 6:40 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

WATCH: Hall of Fame inductees receive rings

This year's class of inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame -- Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero -- were presented with their rings Friday in Toronto.

During the presentation, each recalled where they were when they found out they would be honored.

"My 10-year-old son Jack was just coming home about 10 minutes later, from camp, and he was the first person that I told," Shanahan said. "And I choked up as I was getting the words out, that 'Daddy's in the Hall of Fame.'"

The induction ceremony will be held Monday.

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Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 5:00 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Could Chelios return to play with sons?

Chris Chelios retired from the NHL in 2010, but could he be considering a comeback?

Chelios, 51, told reporters in Toronto that he would consider playing in Europe if his sons play hockey overseas.

His sons Dean, 24, and Jake, 22, play for the hockey team at Michigan State University.

"My guys are seniors in college now, and if for some crazy [reason] they don't make it [to the NHL], which, realistically there's just not enough jobs, I wouldn't hesitate," Chelios said. "I'm staying in shape to go to Europe, pick a good country and take my whole family over there and go play with them there. Like Switzerland. I've been there. Who knows? We've done crazier things in our family."


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Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 2:48 PM

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

Nylander's goal lifts Sweden past U.S. at Four Nations

William Nylander, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, scored the game-winning goal at 11:49 of the third period to give Sweden a 3-2 win against the United States at the 2013 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament, being held in Turku, Finland.

With Sweden skating on a 5-on-3 power play, Nylander beat U.S. goalie Edwin Minney.

Nylander, who plays for Rogle in Sweden's second division, earned an "A" rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary list of players to watch for the 2014 draft. He is the son of former NHL center Michael Nylander.

Nylander's goal came after Jack Eichel's second goal of the game tied things at 8:11 of the third. Eichel, who plays for the United States National Team Development Program's under-18 team, also had a power-play goal in the second period. He is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.


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Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 12:29 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Meet the Hall of Fame Class of 2013

The Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2013 -- Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero -- will earn take spot among the game's immortals on Monday, Nov. 11.

NHL.com will have full coverage of the event, including live reports from Toronto from NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen and NHL.com Staff Writer Corey Masisak.

NHL.com has extensively profiled the newest members of the Hall during the past week. We also enlisted luminaries from around the hockey world to write about why these individuals are worthy of this wonderful honor. If you missed any of it, here's your chance to catch up:

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Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 3:34 PM

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

Flyers' Downie feeling better, could return Saturday

Philadelphia Flyers forward Steve Downie skated Thursday as he continues his recovery from a concussion sustained during a game against the Washington Capitals on Nov. 1.

Downie spent Friday and Saturday in a hospital being evaluated. He was released Sunday.

"I wasn't too scared," he told reporters in Philadelphia. "It was precautionary reasons. They got a couple X-rays done. It's healing well. Should be back soon."

The injury occurred during a fight with Washington's Aaron Volpatti. It was Downie's first game back with the Flyers since being acquired in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 31.


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Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 2:34 PM

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

Stars' trip to Detroit important for more than Nill

The Dallas Stars' game Thursday at the Detroit Red Wings is big for Stars general manager Jim Nill, who spent 19 years with the Red Wings' organization before leaving for Dallas during the summer. But the game is big for the Stars as a whole.

The Stars won the first two games of their three-game trip and a sweep would make the return flight to Texas that much more fun.

"We've got that opportunity [to sweep], but we know this is a tough building to play in," Stars coach Lindy Ruff told the Dallas Morning News. "We knew Boston was going to be a tough building too. They gave us a push in the first 10 minutes and our push back was even greater. It was good to see. You're going to face that challenge in some buildings and the home team is going to garner the edge, but you have to take it away from them."


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You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals