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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 3:13 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Germany releases preliminary roster for 2015 WJC

The German Ice Hockey Federation has revealed the preliminary camp roster of players who will compete for spots in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship later this month.

German National Junior Team coach Pat Cortina has invited 27 players, including three goalies, nine defensemen and 15 forwards to camp that is scheduled to begin in Fussen, Germany, from Dec. 15-18. The German Ice Hockey Federation will cut four skaters before departing for Canada.

Germany will have two pre-tournament exhibition matches against the United States on Dec. 21 at K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario, and Denmark on Dec. 23 at Centre D'Excellence Sports Rousseau in Blainville, Quebec.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 2:56 PM

By Jerry Brown - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Predators at Coyotes

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With six losses in the past seven games and a franchise-record seven straight losses on home ice, the Arizona Coyotes are looking for any scrap of good news to help spin them out of a month-long funk.

Forward David Moss alone isn't the cure for what ails the Coyotes, but having the veteran back after a 22-game absence from a hand injury will help the team in several areas when they play the Nashville Predators Thursday.

Moss has been out since blocking a shot with his hand on Oct. 23. Coach Dave Tippett will put him right into the mix on a line with Sam Gagner and Tobias Rieder. The Coyotes are scrounging for offense after being outscored 12-2 over the past home games.

"(Moss) is a smart player. He plays in a lot of different situations and really adds some stability for us," Tippett said. "He's a real good veteran pro; a real good glue guy. Anyone he plays with, it seems to help them along. Hopefully he can jump back in there and get up to speed in a hurry."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 2:28 PM

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

Pavelski seeing positive signs in Sharks play

Five wins in six games, even if the one loss was against the last-place Edmonton Oilers, might be a sign that the San Jose Sharks are starting to turn the corner this season after a rocky start.

"It's definitely coming," Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said about consistency during a phone interview Wednesday night.

The Sharks, who play Thursday at home against the Minnesota Wild, have beaten the Anaheim Ducks, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames and Oilers in regulation since Nov. 29. They were 6-10-3 in their previous 19 games.

San Jose (15-11-4) has 34 points through 30 games, good for fourth in the Pacific Division.

"I think with the fact that we're winning a lot of these games in regulation speaks to that [consistency] too," Pavelski said. "We're not giving up a big number of goals. We're scoring a few. Guys are able to finish games off. We've had scoring from all the lines, and you need that, especially in this league right now."

Nobody is ready to suggest the Sharks are out of the woods or can even keep doing what they're doing now. Remember, they went 4-0-1 in their first five games before earning 15 out of a possible 38 points from Oct. 19 through Nov. 26.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 2:24 PM

By Louie Korac - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Blues

ST. LOUIS -- There will be an infusion in the lineup for the St. Louis Blues when they host the New York Islanders on Thursday.

The Blues (18-8-2) will have captain David Backes (facial lacerations), Alexander Steen (lower body) and Jay Bouwmeester (groin) in the lineup ready to go when they play the Islanders for the second time in six days.

Backes, who Monday took a puck to the mouth that required 12 stitches and did some damage to his lower lip, was wearing a full face cage Thursday after not practicing the past two days. Steen, who's missed two games after sustaining an injury against the Nashville Predators, practiced in full Wednesday but was not part of the morning skate. Bouwmeester, who's missed the past eight games since injuring his groin Nov. 22 against the Ottawa Senators, has taken part in the past three days' worth of skates and all are deemed fit to play.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 2:17 PM

By Chris Stevenson - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Kings at Senators

OTTAWA – Dave Cameron gets to coach his first NHL game for the Ottawa Senators against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Welcome to the League, coach.

"Anxious. Emotional. Excited. Mainly excited because we had more meetings the last few days than the United Nations, so we'll be able to cut back on the meetings after this," Cameron said.

The 56-year-old was named the Senators 10th coach Monday when general manager Bryan Murray fired Paul MacLean.

Cameron, who as an assistant on MacLean's staff the past four years, said he appreciates the opportunity.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 2:14 PM

By Corey Long - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Lightning

TAMPA -- With a grueling road schedule on the horizon, the Tampa Bay Lightning want to finish their recent home stand at Amalie Arena on a high note.

After a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday and a 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, the Lightning (18-8-3) will try to salvage the week against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

Lightning center Steven Stamkos said while every team faces adversity during an 82-game season, the good teams find ways to avoid slumps.

“Good teams don’t lose three in a row,” Stamkos said. “Obviously you don’t want to lose two in a row either, but it is what it is. We want to bounce back and take care of this last game. We have 11 of the next 15 on the road so taking care of home ice is important.”

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 1:49 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

McDavid could be ready to play by Dec. 21: report

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, who has been out of the lineup since sustaining a right hand injury in a fight last month, could return to action on Dec. 21, according to the Toronto Sun.

The Dec. 21 return would give McDavid an opportunity to prepare for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship that is scheduled to begin five days later at Bell Centre in Montreal.

"He is on track and he is probably a little bit ahead of where everyone thought he would be," Hockey Canada vice-president of hockey operations Scott Salmond told the paper. "I think coming out of Toronto he will be ready to practice full on and we are probably targeting around the 21st for his first exhibition game, which would be great."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 1:37 PM

By Joe Yerdon - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flames at Sabres

BUFFALO – The Calgary Flames will likely have forward Joe Colborne back in the lineup as they look to stop a two-game losing skid when they face the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

Colborne skated with Sean Monahan and Paul Byron on Thursday. Those three make up what would be Calgary's top line.

"Joe I think is 99.9 [percent] he's in," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "He feels real good. So we're going to meet right after [team] meeting and don't be surprised if he's in."

Colborne has no goals and eight assists in 11 games. He's been out since sustaining an upper-body injury Oct. 28 against the Montreal Canadiens. Forward Michael Ferland was sent to Adirondack of the American Hockey League to activate Colborne off injured reserve.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 1:35 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Devils at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The New Jersey Devils have alternated wins and losses the past five games, so forward Mike Cammalleri was blunt when he talked about what his team needed as it starts a three-game road trip Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

"We need a winning streak here," Cammalleri said after the Devils' morning skate. "We'd love to get that going here right now."

Cammalleri will have a chance to help the Devils put a winning streak together; he'll return to the lineup after missing two games with a strained gluteus muscle.

"It's really nice to be out there," he said. "Been a couple games here. Nice to be back."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 1:22 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Bruins

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is expected to return to the lineup against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday at TD Garden.

Chara missed the past 19 games with a tear in his knee.

Coach Claude Julien was asked if a decision had been made about Chara's status.

"Not officially, but I'm counting on him," Julien said.

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