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Posted On Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 10:14 PM - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

PHI @ PIT - 6:11 of the Third Period

At 6:11 of the third period in the Philadelphia Flyers/Pittsburgh Penguins game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Philadelphia net. Video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that the puck shot by Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin did not cross the Flyers goal line. No goal Pittsburgh.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 5:47 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Daly assesses Voynov situation on NHL Live

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly was an in-studio guest of NHL Live to discuss the postponement of the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators, the situation regarding Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, his impressions of the start of the NHL season, Chris Pronger joining the NHL's Department of Player Safety and more.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 4:24 PM

By Fantasy Hockey Staff -  / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy: Daily projected starting goaltenders

Projected goalie starters are based on reporting of staff and correspondents at morning skates, team announcements and media reports. While last-minute lineup changes are possible, these projections provide fantasy owners with the most up-to-date information available.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 3:54 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 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 Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 3:50 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Capitals at Oilers

EDMONTON -- Two nights after shutting down a premier goal scorer in Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, the Edmonton Oilers will play against another in Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin on Wednesday at Rexall Place (9:30 p.m. ET, SN1, SN360).

Like Stamkos, Ovechkin goes into the game with five goals in five games as the Capitals have not lost a game in regulation this season (3-0-2).

"Ovechkin is definitely a guy you have to key on," Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle said. "You can't give him much space and room to shoot the puck, because obviously he has that great shot.

"He and Stamkos play very similar in that you can't give them too much room. They get that chance and a lot of times they bury it. You have to limit their space, be hard on them and definitely try to keep them out of the game."

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 3:34 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Prospects hoping to impress at First Niagara Center

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid isn't the only high-end prospect eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft preparing to showcase his skills for the many fans and scouts in attendance at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. on Wednesday.

While McDavid is unquestionably the main attraction in the Ontario Hockey League regular season matchup at the Sabres home rink at 7 p.m. ET, there are other players hoping to have an impact on the outcome.

Erie forward Dylan Strome, the brother of New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome, was given an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for October. Strome (6-foot-3, 187 pounds) is second in league scoring behind McDavid with 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists).

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 12:16 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will use virtually the same lineup for the fifth consecutive game to start the season when they face the Philadelphia Flyers at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TVA SPORTS2).

The Penguins have made minor tweaks to their lineup through the early portion of the season, including moving defenseman Olli Maatta from a pairing with Paul Martin to playing alongside Kris Letang, and swapping their third- and fourth-line centers, with Nick Spaling replacing Marcel Goc on the third.

"Both players [Spaling and Goc], the first thing that both provide is they're key penalty killers for us," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. "I just thought on those lines, just to flip them around and really, I'm not big on third, fourth, getting into those types of things. If you look at the minutes that both have played, they're probably within a minute or 30 seconds of each other by the end of the night.

"So I just see both of those lines, just trying to get the right combinations."

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 11:20 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Rosen's mailbag - Oct. 22, 2014

Here is the Oct. 22 edition of Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run every Wednesday during the season. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

Is it time to panic as a Colorado Avalanche fan or what? -- @jlwillert15

Panic is a strong emotion made even stronger when it's still October and the team you want to panic over has played seven games. Don't panic yet. There are 75 games to play.

But -- and you knew there had to be a but coming -- you might want to be concerned, or at least curious about what is happening with the Avalanche. Then again, if you monitored how the Avalanche won games last season and listened to the pundits in the offseason, you shouldn't be all that surprised Colorado is off to a rocky start (pun intended) this season.

Fact: The Avalanche allow far too many shots on goal per game. They did last season (32.7 per game) and they are doing it again this season (35.7 per game). It puts too much pressure on their goalies.

Fact: The Avalanche do not have the puck enough. They didn't last season, when they were minus-629 in shot attempts for and against, according to They haven't this season as they are minus-94.

The Avalanche survived last season to win the Central Division because Semyon Varlamov was superb, good enough to be a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, and because they were opportunistic.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 11:15 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Deputy Commissioner Daly to join NHL Live

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly will be an in-studio guest of Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek on NHL Live, airing 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

The Philadelphia Flyers play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (NBCSN; 8 p.m. ET). Analyst Pierre McGuire will join the show via Arena Cam to preview this key Metropolitan Division matchup.

NHL Network Insider Darren Dreger will also provide the latest from around the League and we'll feature a live look at top prospect Connor McDavid warming up before his Erie Otters play the Niagara IceDogs at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 10:24 AM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Penguins recall Harrington, Ebbett from AHL

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday announced defenseman Scott Harrington and forward Andrew Ebbett had been recalled from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.

The Penguins host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TVA SPORTS2).

Harrington, a second-round pick (No. 54) in the 2011 NHL Draft, has a minus-1 rating in one AHL game this season; the 6-foot-2, 205-pound left-handed shooter had five goals and 24 points in 76 AHL games last season.

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