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Posted On Thursday, 11.06.2014 / 3:30 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams will see his streak of 225 consecutive games end Thursday after coach Darryl Sutter ruled Williams out for the game against the New York Islanders at Staples Center.

Williams has not skated since he was struck near the eye by Brendan Dillon of the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. He has blurred vision and swelling, and told reporters Wednesday that there is a little scratch on the cornea. His consecutive games played streak is the longest among current Kings.

"[He'll] get better every day, and when he's ready to play, he'll play," Sutter said.

Right wing Jordan Nolan skated in Williams' place on the top line with center Anze Kopitar and left wing Marian Gaborik. Nolan is coming off a two-game suspension for boarding Darren Helm of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 10:02 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Ducks' Getzlaf, Perry out vs. Islanders with flu

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry are out Wednesday against the New York Islanders because of flu symptoms, according to the Ducks.

The linemates were ill before the game at Honda Center. Perry came into Wednesday with an NHL-leading 11 goals and was tied for second with four power-play goals. Getzlaf was tied for third in the NHL in assists (11).

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 3:45 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- It was easy to surmise that Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen would return to the lineup Wednesday against the New York Islanders at Honda Center. Andersen was first off the ice and said he felt fine after leg tightness forced him to miss the previous game. He seemed to indicate he was in but said he would talk later with coach Bruce Boudreau, who wouldn't commit to Andersen or backup goalie Jason LaBarbera for the Ducks' game Wednesday against the New York Islanders.

Andersen did deem himself available after he practiced for the second straight day.

"I'm feeling way better than [Tuesday]," Andersen said. "[I'll] just keep going on and improving every day.

"I've skated twice in five days so … you've got to get back into your rhythm again but I'm sure I'll be [quickly] out there and feeling fine out there. But we'll see when I'll be able to play again."

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Posted On Sunday, 10.26.2014 / 2:49 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks were not expected to skate before their game Sunday at Honda Center.

This is the first of an intriguing five-game run against Stanley Cup Playoff teams from last season for Anaheim, which will go for its eighth straight win. The Ducks matched their franchise-best start at 7-1-0, and a win would equal the 2006-07 Cup-winning team for points (16) through the first nine games of the season.

It's the first matchup this season between the Northern and Southern California rivals.

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Posted On Friday, 10.24.2014 / 3:06 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- It would seem like a no-brainer for the Anaheim Ducks to keep riding the hot streak of goalie Frederik Andersen, who has won a career-high tying six straight starts. But the Ducks also have to be mindful of not letting goalie John Gibson sit for too long.

The Ducks appear to be addressing the latter because Gibson was first off the ice Friday before Anaheim played the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center. Gibson has not played since a season-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in his hometown on Oct. 9.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau, speaking generally, said it's important to keep Gibson sharp.

"You don't want a 21-year-old kid just sitting on the bench all night and not feeling part of it," Boudreau said of Gibson. "Very few teams can go through and just say, 'Hey we've got one goalie. Let's ride the one goalie.' We need both guys playing. We know how good [Gibson] was for us when he played for us last year. He's had one subpar game. Other than that, he works hard in practice. He's had a couple of good games down in the minors to get ready for his next start. We have no fear of using him."

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Posted On Thursday, 10.23.2014 / 4:03 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sabres at Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- If Los Angeles Kings right wing Jordan Nolan has an extra jump in his step or more snarl Thursday, it will be because his father, Ted, is watching closely.

Nolan will play against his father, coach of the Buffalo Sabres, for the first time in an NHL game when the Kings and Sabres play at Staples Center.

"He's an NHL coach and he's also my dad, but he knows a lot about the game so I'm always trying to impress him, I would say," Jordan Nolan said. "I'm always looking for advice, and whenever he's in the building I push a little harder because I want to make him proud and show him what I got.

"I always seem to work a little harder when he's in the building, so hopefully the night goes well."

Jordan Nolan attended the Buffalo-Anaheim Ducks game Wednesday and the two got in some family time this week. Ted Nolan became Buffalo's coach in March when the organization removed the interim tag he had worn since November 2013. It was a reunion after Ted Nolan coached Buffalo from 1995-97, guiding it to the Northeast Division title and winning the the Jack Adams Award in 1997.

"We never thought this would happen again," Jordan Nolan said. "We always hoped to get another chance. But to do it in Buffalo, it's pretty special for him and for our family to back in that organization. And for myself to be here, it's pretty remarkable."

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 3:54 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sabres at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has had the continuity of using the same six defensemen for the first six games of the season, but he might put Mark Fistric into the lineup Wednesday against the Buffalo Sabres at Honda Center.

Fistric took line rushes with defenseman Sami Vatanen in the third pairing and Vatanen's usual partner, Clayton Stoner, stayed out with the extras. It would be Fistric's first game this season.

"Him and [defenseman] Bryan [Allen] were both regulars on our team last year and I don't think you can win with just 20 guys," Boudreau said. "You have to have a 23-man roster. And at some point these guys have got to play. I've got all the confidence in the world in Mark; it's just that our defense has played pretty well recently.

"It's tough with eight defensemen, but you've got to get them acclimated in the games or they're not going to feel a part of it."

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Posted On Sunday, 10.19.2014 / 5:39 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blues at Ducks

The St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks did not have morning skates prior to their 8 p.m. ET game Sunday at Honda Center.

The Blues will be without center Paul Stastny, who reportedly had his arm in a sling after he was injured early in the first period of a 6-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said that Stastny, who signed with the Blues as a free agent in the offseason, is day-to-day. Magnus Paajarvi will be inserted in the lineup in Stastny's place, though it's unclear how the lines will change.

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Posted On Friday, 10.17.2014 / 4:14 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau is never shy to try new looks, so it's not a surprise that he will have a new face in the lineup when Anaheim plays its home opener Friday against the Minnesota Wild.

Left wing Chris Wagner will make his NHL debut after he was recalled Wednesday. Boudreau told Wagner on Thursday he would be in; he will play on the fourth line in place of Rickard Rakell, who has had an inconsistent start. Boudreau likes to go with a hot hand, and Wagner recently was the American Hockey League Player of the Week.

"He might be up here for a game or two, let's see what he’s got," Boudreau said. "No sense sitting him out. [Wagner and Rakell] both will be playing in an off-position, but he's coming off player of the week in the American Hockey League. He's feeling pretty good about himself. He's pretty excited about being up in the NHL for the first time, so instead of sitting let's see what he can do."

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Posted On Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 4:15 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blues at Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- A kinder, gentler game between the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues?

It seems unlikely for teams that combined for 479 hits in their 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinal series. But even Kings coach Darryl Sutter agreed with St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock's opinion that the Kings and Blues play different styles from then, which makes the first game between them Thursday at Staples Center more interesting.

"For sure," Sutter said. "Quite honest, I couldn't tell you much about [the 2013 series] other than what was said outside. We had a good series and both teams probably have a higher skill set than they did at that time. Both teams have moved toward, for sure, [being] more of a four-line team."

The Blues added center Paul Stastny and the Kings became more of an attacking team last season with the addition of left wing Marian Gaborik. Los Angeles also has more speed with Gaborik and the line of left wing Tanner Pearson, center Jeff Carter and right wing Tyler Toffoli.

So the days of the combined 100-hit games between the teams might be less common?

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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