We have updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the NHL’s online services, you agree to these updated documents and to the arbitration of disputes.
Welcome |Account|Sign Out 
NEW! SIGN IN WITH YOUR SOCIAL PROFILE
OR
Username or EmailPassword
 
SHARE
At the Rink blog
Posted On Saturday, 10.15.2011 / 1:06 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Chicago's Hossa questionable against Cup champs

CHICAGO -- Marian Hossa did not participate in the morning skate Saturday for the Chicago Blackhawks and was classified as a "game-time decision" by coach Joel Quenneville against the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

Hossa, 31, also missed practice Friday because of an upper-body injury that Quenneville expects to be "very short term."

Hossa, who's missed a total of 42 games since joining the Hawks in 2010, is off to another good start after tallying a goal and two assists in three games while playing right wing on the second line next to center Patrick Kane.

Kane, who was moved to center in training camp, hadn't spent much time on the ice at the same time as Hossa prior to the move. It's been working out great so far, though -- with the pair of slick playmakers setting their line up for good scoring chances on almost every shift of a 4-3 win Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets.

Forward Viktor Stalberg skated in Hossa's place Saturday morning and could play there if Hossa can't go. Stalberg's also been out since the preseason with a minor knee injury and could play on the fourth line if Hossa does play.

"I've been playing with (Hossa) for the past couple weeks now and developed a little bit of chemistry," Kane told NHL.com. "Right now, you'd like to see him in, because we played pretty well last game. So, it just seems like we're starting to hit our stride. I was talking to him this morning and hopefully it's one of those things where if he takes off a night it's better for him for the whole season."

Kane said Stalberg's speed could also mix well with his own playmaking skill.

"Viktor's obviously very fast, so it's kind of the same thing," Kane said. "I'll try to get him the puck in good areas and hopefully he can win some pucks back for us."

Boston's top center, David Krejci, is also out. He didn't make the trip after injuring a core muscle in practice earlier this week, while defenseman Adam McQuaid (upper body) was ruled out for this game on Friday by coach Claude Julien.

Matt Bartkowski will likely dress in place of McQuaid.
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Saturday, 10.15.2011 / 12:59 PM

By Alan Robinson -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Penguins and Sabres

PITTSBURGH -- Jhonas Enroth will make his first start in goal for Buffalo, one night after the Sabres gave up two shorthanded goals in a 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in their home opener. Enroth was 9-2-2 last season while being recalled from Portland (AHL) five times. He was the first NHL goalie to gain each of his first three wins in a shootout.

"In back to back situations, we're definitely going to use him," coach Lindy Ruff said. "He had a great preseason for us. I don't have any hesitation putting him in. We've got faith he can play well for us. I think it's important for us – we're in a busy part of our schedule and we're looking for him to step in for us."

Enroth stopped 28 of 29 shots during a 1-0 loss to the Penguins on Nov. 24, 2010.

SABRES

Thomas Vanek - Luke Adam - Jason Pominville
Tyler Ennis - Derek Roy - Drew Stafford
Nathan Gerbe - Ville Leino - Brad Boyes
Cody McCormick - Paul Gaustad - Patrick Kaleta

Robyn Regehr - Tyler Myers
Jordan Leopold - Christian Ehrhoff
Andrej Sekera - Marc-Andre Gragnani

Enroth will start in goal, with Ryan Miller as the backup

PENGUINS

Steve Sullivan - Sidney Crosby* - James Neal
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke - Joe Vitale - Pascal Dupuis
Arron Asham - Richard Park - Craig Adams

Kris Letang - Deryk Engelland
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Ben Lovejoy

Marc-Andre Fleury will be in net after missing Thursday's game against the Capitals with flu-like symptoms. Brent Johnson will be the backup.

*Crosby is practicing with the top line, but remains out indefinitely as he recovers from a concussion. Coach Dan Bylsma did not say who would move onto that line. The only other healthy center on the roster, Mark Letestu, was scratched against Washington. Center Evgeni Malkin won't play due to right knee soreness.
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Saturday, 10.15.2011 / 12:57 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Lightning, Panthers

Here’s a look at what the lineups might look like tonight when Florida plays host to Tampa Bay at BankAtlantic Center:

LIGHTNING

Martin St. Louis - Steven Stamkos - Brett Connolly
Ryan Malone - Vincent Lecavalier - Nate Thompson
Mattias Ritola - Dominic Moore - Steve Downie
Blair Jones - Tom Pyatt - Adam Hall

Eric Brewer - Victor Hedman
Pavel Kubina - Brett Clark
Marc-Andre Bergeron - Matt Gilroy

Mathieu Garon

PANTHERS

Tomas Fleischmann - Stephen Weiss - Kris Versteeg
David Booth - Tomas Kopecky - Scottie Upshall
Sean Bergenheim - Marcel Goc - Jack Skille
Shawn Matthias - Ryan Carter - Matt Bradley

Jason Garrison - Brian Campbell
Dmitry Kulikov - Mike Weaver
Ed Jovanovski - Erik Gudbranson

Jose Theodore
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Saturday, 10.15.2011 / 12:40 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Likely lineups for Flyers, Kings

Here are the potential lineups for tonight's game between the Flyers and Kings from Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.

FLYERS
Wayne Simmonds - Danny Briere - Jakub Voracek
Jaromir Jagr - Claude Giroux - James van Riemsdyk
Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Scott Hartnell
Zac Rinaldo - Maxime Talbot - Andreas Nodl

Chris Pronger - Matt Carle
Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Andrej Meszaros - Andreas Lilja

Defenseman Matt Walker will sit out, and forward Jody Shelley will be out serving the fourth regular-season game of his suspension.

Ilya Bryzgalov will make his fourth straight start in goal, with Sergei Bobrovsky the backup.

KINGS
Simon Gagne - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Dustin Penner - Mike Richards - Dustin Brown
Brad Richardson - Jarret Stoll - Trent Hunter
Ethan Moreau - Trevor Lewis - Kyle Clifford

Drew Doughty - Willie Mitchell
Rob Scuderi - Jack Johnson
Davis Drewiske - Matt Greene

Forwards Kevin Westgarth and Scott Parse, and defenseman Alec Martinez all will out.

Jonathan Quick likely will start in goal, with Jonathan Bernier the backup.

More in a bit with news out of the locker rooms. But for now, check out the preview of tonight's game.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Friday, 10.14.2011 / 4:09 PM

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

Projected lineups for the Sharks, Ducks

Here are the lines and pairings for tonight's game between the Ducks and Sharks from the Honda Center in Anaheim (10 p.m. ET, NHLN-CA). It's the first game for either team since Oct. 8, a break they're happy finally is over.

SHARKS
Joe Pavelski - Joe Thornton - Patrick Marleau
Ryane Clowe - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels
Jamie McGinn - Michal Handzus - Torrey Mitchell
Brad Winchester - Andrew Desjardins - Andrew Murray

Dan Boyle - Douglas Murray
Brent Burns - Marc-Edouard Vlasic

The third pairing will see Jason Demers skating with either Jim Vandermeer or Colin White. Either Vandermeer or White likely will sit out.

Thomas Greiss will start in goal, with Antti Niemi serving as the backup. Niemi is working his way back from having a cyst surgically removed from an undisclosed body part.

DUCKS
Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Jason Blake - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Devante Smith-Pelly - Andrew Cogliano - Andrew Gordon
Brandon McMillan - Maxime Macenauer - George Parros

Lubomir Visnovsky - Toni Lydman
Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler

The third pairing will consist of Luca Sbisa skating with Nate Guenin or Sheldon Brookbank, with the other likely sitting out.

Jonas Hill will start in goal, with Dan Ellis backing him up.

The Ducks will honor former defenseman Ruslan Salei, who was killed in this summer's plane crash in Russia. The Sharks also have a tribute to one of their 2011 draft picks, who also died in the crash.

And for more about tonight's game, here's the preview.
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Friday, 10.14.2011 / 3:58 PM

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

Foster on conditioning assignment

Anaheim defenseman Kurtis Foster will begin a two-game conditioning assignment with Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Friday.

Foster missed almost all of the preseason to have a wire removed from his left thigh. The wire was put in place to secure the bone he fractured in March 2008 and was causing inflammation.

Foster was acquired in the offseason from the Edmonton Oilers for Andy Sutton.
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Friday, 10.14.2011 / 3:56 PM

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

Teams to honor Lokomotiv crash victims

Starting with tonight's game, the Anaheim Ducks will honor former defenseman Ruslan Salei with a "24" patch on their jerseys, which represents Salei's jersey number during his nine seasons with the Ducks.

Salei was among those killed in this summer's plane crash in Russia that wiped out the KHL's Yaroslavl Lokomotiv team.
 
San Jose is wearing a sticker on its helmets recognizing Lokomotiv. The Sharks lost one of their prospects, 2011 sixth-round pick Daniil Sobchenko, in the crash.
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Friday, 10.14.2011 / 3:50 PM

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

Players happy long break is over

The San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks will play tonight's game (10 p.m. ET, NHLN-CA) after long layoffs.

Anaheim has not played since its participation in the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere games last weekend, while San Jose has not played since its season opener last Saturday.

"This is something not normal, for sure," Ducks forward Teemu Selanne said. "Everybody's anxious to get going."

"I'm sure our players are tired of practicing," added Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "You read the comments out of San Jose -- they’re tired of practicing … our players are tired of skating, tired of doing the drills, tired of working on defensive-zone coverage with one another."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Friday, 10.14.2011 / 2:27 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Sabres, Hurricanes

Here are how today's lineups could look for the Sabres and Hurricanes when they meet tonight at Buffalo's First Niagara Center (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-CA).

SABRES
Thomas Vanek - Luke Adam - Jason Pominville
Nathan Gerbe - Derek Roy - Drew Stafford
Tyler Ennis - Ville Leino - Brad Boyes
Cody McCormick - Paul Gaustad - Patrick Kaleta

Robyn Regehr - Tyler Myers
Jordan Leopold - Christian Ehrhoff
Andrej Sekera - Marc-Andre Gragnani

Ryan Miller likely will start in goal, with Jhonas Enroth serving as the backup

HURRICANES
Jeff Skinner - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Zac Dalpe - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Joni Pitkanen - Jamie McBain
Tomas Kaberle - Jay Harrison

Cam Ward will start in goal, with Brian Boucher the backup.

And for even more info on the game, check out the preview here.
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
Posted On Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 4:24 PM

By Alan Robinson -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Who's playing where for the Caps tonight?

Here is what the Washington Capitals' lineup likely will look like when they play the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). We had the Penguins lines earlier.

Alexander Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer
Alexander Semin - Marcus Johansson - Mike Knuble
Jason Chimera - Brooks Laich - Joel Ward
Matt Hendricks - Jeff Halpern - Jay Beagle
 
Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik - Mike Green
Jeff Schultz - Dennis Wideman

With the injury to Michal Neuvirth, Tomas Vokoun will get the start in goal. Braden Holtby was recalled from AHL Hershey to serve as the backup.
 
Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Print ›
First | Prev | 226 | 227 | 228 | 229 | 230 | 231 | Next | Last
Quote of the Day

You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense