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Posted On Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 1:43 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Red Wings get good news on Datsyuk, DeKeyser

DETROIT -- Amid a slew of injuries to key players, the Detroit Red Wings received a slight bit of good news Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.

Top center Pavel Datsyuk (concussion) and rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser (shoulder) both participated in the morning skate prior to Detroit hosting the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Neither will play, but Datsyuk said he's symptom-free after missing the past four games with concussion-related symptoms.

"I don't have symptoms," Datsyuk said. "[I need] to talk to [the] doctor and make a decision."

Posted On Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 1:34 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Canadiens' Therrien praises Subban's defensive game

NEWARK, N.J. -- For the second time in three days Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien offered effusive praise when talking about P.K. Subban's defensive play.

That's news, because not more than a few weeks ago Therrien was reluctant to use Subban late in close games because he didn't seem to trust his defensive play.

"Big time," Therrien said when asked if Subban's defensive play is a reason why the Canadiens have been one of the NHL's best defensive teams of late, yielding two or fewer goals in 11 straight games. "I would say to you big time.

"He's still a threat offensively. He's still a threat on the power play. We give him different responsibilities defensively playing against good players around the League and he's shown a lot of leadership the way he's preparing himself and approaching the game. Definitely defensively he's been really, really, really good."

Posted On Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 12:43 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils' Boucher to make NHL debut vs. Canadiens

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils forward Reid Boucher will make his NHL debut Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS) after being recalled by the club earlier in the day. Boucher skated on a line with Patrik Elias and Steve Bernier during the morning skate.

The Devils also placed Ryan Carter (leg) on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 30.

Boucher leads the Albany Devils, New Jersey's American Hockey League affiliate, with 10 goals in 21 games. He is second on the team with 18 points. He had been particularly hot of late with a goal in five straight games.

"I was hoping that a call would come soon; I wasn't expecting a call," Boucher said. "I was just trying to do what I could down there, play the best I could. I have been producing a lot the last couple of games so I was hoping it would come."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 7:20 PM

By Craig Merz - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Lightning's Brewer scratched with lower-body injury

COLUMBUS -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets and is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Brewer, who did participate in the team's morning skate, leads all Tampa Bay defensemen with a plus-5 rating. He had played in all 26 games and had five assists.

Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 6:02 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Lightning forward Malone out 3-4 weeks: report

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone has a non-displaced ankle fracture and is expected out 3-4 weeks, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday.

Malone, who last played Nov. 22, has three goals and six assists in 23 games this season.

He played 24 games last season, missing time with a lower-body and a shoulder injury.

Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 3:50 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Dubnyk looks to lead Oilers to second straight win

EDMONTON -- Devan Dubnyk will get the start in goal for the Edmonton Oilers when they host the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday at Rexall Place.

Dubnyk was instrumental in the Oilers' win against the Dallas Stars on Sunday, entering the game in relief of injured Ilya Bryzgalov and making 15 saves in a 3-2 shootout victory.

With Bryzgalov sidelined with a neck injury and concussion symptoms, Dubnyk will make his 19th start of the season for the Oilers, who are looking for a second consecutive win and sixth in their past eight games.

"It's good when you're playing well and the team doesn't have to be worrying about every single mistake ending up in your net and they can just go and play hockey," Dubnyk said. "You might have lapses in a game and things might not be going your way, but you have to find a way to make a big save. It's an important part of our job."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 3:38 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Ducks' Allen game-time decision against Kings

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks could use all the big bodies they have against the Los Angeles Kings, and they might not have one of their biggest on the blue line Tuesday night.

Defenseman Bryan Allen did not skate in the morning, although coach Bruce Boudreau said Allen remains a game-time decision with a lower-body injury.

"He'll take warm-up, and we'll see," Boudreau said.

Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 2:22 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

De Haan, Islanders have hands full with Penguins

New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan has been waiting for his chance to play in the NHL. The Islanders' second first-round pick (No. 12) in 2009 played in one game in 2011-12 but now appears ready for significant minutes in the League.

De Haan was called up last week with the Islanders thin on the blue line and made his season debut against the Washington Capitals on Saturday. He blocked two shots and had four hits and an even rating in 20:07.

It won't get any easier Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum, when de Haan and the Islanders' defense will be charged with containing Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, the highest-scoring team in the Eastern Conference with 86 goals.

"It's pretty cool," de Haan said Tuesday morning on playing against Alex Ovechkin and Crosby in consecutive games. "Those guys are the top players in the League, arguably. You can't treat them just like any other players. You have to battle them hard, move pucks and do the simple things."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 2:06 PM

By Joe Yerdon - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Maple Leafs without Kadri as Sharks pay visit

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without center Nazem Kadri when they host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday at Air Canada Centre.

Kadri left the team Tuesday morning following a death in the family. Forward Peter Holland will take his place in the lineup and center the second line between Mason Raymond and Nikolai Kulemin.

With Kulemin playing on the second line, right wing David Clarkson will slide down and play on Toronto's third line. He'll line up with center Trevor Smith and left wing Carter Ashton.

"I know some people perceive it as a demotion and we didn't look at it that way," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "We look at it as trying to add some balance to our lineup and with Trevor Smith playing very well for us, we thought that that would be a boost for Clarkson."

Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 2:00 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

No clowning as Blackhawks return from 'Circus Trip'

CHICAGO -- Five days after the Chicago Blackhawks won a memorable 11-round shootout against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center, the Central Division opponents will meet again Tuesday night at United Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

The Blackhawks (20-4-4) will host the Stars (12-9-4) in their first game since going a franchise-best 6-1-0 during their annual November "Circus Trip," when their arena hosts the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Just like last season, when the Blackhawks ran through the Western Conference with little trouble in the 48-game regular season, they aren't clowning around. Chicago has won six in a row, is 15-3-2 in the past 20 games, and leads the NHL with 44 points through 28 games.

"I thought we had a real good trip, [with] every game played the right way," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we stabilized a situation that was getting a little bit out of hand with goals against, and I thought we were rock solid in all zones defensively and we had a lot of offense because of that. I love that consistency with the four lines and how we're playing."

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