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Posted On Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 7:26 PM

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

Lightning forward Drouin scratched vs. Islanders

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning scratched rookie forward Jonathan Drouin for the game against the New York Islanders on Saturday at Amalie Arena.

Drouin, the third pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, has one goal and seven assists in 12 games this season. He was replaced in the lineup by Cedric Paquette, who has four goals in eight games. Paquette was a healthy scratch for the Lightning in their 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 6:34 PM

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

At the Rink: Capitals at Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Needing some cap relief and wanting to give a veteran player ice time, the St. Louis Blues traded veteran defenseman Jordan Leopold to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blues acquired a 2016 fifth-round pick from the Blue Jackets for the rights to Leopold, who played in seven games this season. With the return of Carl Gunnarsson from a hip injury and the steady play of Barret Jackman and Ian Cole, Leopold, 34, was a healthy scratch for seven straight games and eight of the past nine. St. Louis accommodated Leopold by dealing him to a Columbus team that's been decimated by injuries and where he will step right in and play.

The Blues, who host the Washington Capitals on Saturday, have recalled defenseman Chris Butler from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

The Blues will retain $500,000 pro-rated of Leopold's $2.25 million salary that's in the final year of a two-year, $4.5 million contract.

"In the situation that we're in right now and where Jordan is, he wants to obviously continue to play and as a seventh defenseman, his ice time was going to be predicated on injuries and I think it's a difficult time obviously for Jordan to be moving, but I think it's going to help him get back on the ice on a regular basis in Columbus," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "It's going to also relieve some cap space moving forward.

"We've kept $500,000 pro-rated in the salary. ... What it's going to do is create $1.1 million pro-rated cap space for us moving forward and that obviously grows as you get closer to the deadline. We've been very close to the salary cap this year and this creates a little more room for us moving forward if we want to try and do some other things to improve our team from this day forward. Our cap space is a little greater."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 5:09 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Colorado Avalanche forward Alex Tanguay isn't at all surprised by the impact Mike Cammalleri has made in his first season with the New Jersey Devils.

Tanguay, who is also playing a significant role with the Avalanche, was teammates with Cammalleri on the Calgary Flames for two seasons (2011-12, 2012-13) so he knows him well.

Cammalleri, who signed a five-year contract with the Devils worth a reported $25 million on July 1, has 11 points and a team-leading seven goals despite missing six games due to injury this season.

"He's got a great mind for the game and he has a great stick and he's always dangerous around the net," Tanguay said. "He's not the guy who will dominate the game but he's a guy that when he's around the net or in the opposing zone is always well placed. He's got a knack for scoring goals and he understands the game very well so I'm not surprised at all by how well he's played in Jersey."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 3:54 PM

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

Ducks forward Smith-Pelly out with upper-body injury

LOS ANGELES -- Anaheim Ducks right wing Devante Smith-Pelly will miss the game Saturday with an upper-body injury, the team announced just before it played the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

Smith-Pelly reportedly had soreness. He had been skating on the top line with captain Ryan Getzlaf, who was with right wing Emerson Etem and left wing Patrick Maroon in pregame warm-ups. The Ducks recalled forward Chris Wagner, who skated on the fourth line with center Nate Thompson and right wing Tim Jackman.

Anaheim remains without right wing Corey Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who are recovering from mumps.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 3:25 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Flames

CALGARY -- Goaltender Craig Anderson will earn his third straight start and fifth in the past six games as the Ottawa Senators conclude a three-game road trip through Western Canada against the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

It’s just the second time Anderson has started back-to-back-to-back games this season, but the reasoning is simple for Senators coach Paul MacLean.

“Craig’s just played very consistent goaltending for us,” he said. “He gives us a chance to win. It’s that easy.”

Anderson is 5-2-3 this season, his 2.05 goals-against average ranks seventh in the NHL and his .942 save percentage is best among goaltenders with at least 10 appearances. The 33-year-old hasn’t lost in regulation since a 2-1 defeat against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 26, a 43-save effort.

He’s got the full confidence of the Senators.

“He’s been unbelievable all year,” forward Chris Neil said. “It’s not just this road trip. I think it’s nice that we do have the tandem that we do with Robin [Lehner] and Craig that you can rely on both of them. He’s given us a chance to win every night. That’s what you need from your goalies, even if you aren’t playing your best game you’re able to get points out of it. That’s key.

“I think that Anderson has solidified the No. 1. He’s our guy. But Robin does a good job of pushing him with how he’s played and how he’s performed this year.”

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Posted On Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 2:40 PM

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

At the Rink: Islanders at Lightning

TAMPA -- As the Tampa Bay Lightning enters their fourth week without injured defenseman Victor Hedman the cracks in their play are beginning to show.

The Lightning have given up more than 30 shots in five of their past six games, including 39 in a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Despite solid play from goalie Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay has lost their past two games entering Saturday against the New York Islanders at Amalie Arena.

The Islanders (11-5-0) are on a five-game winning streak, their longest since February 2008.

"They are a hot team right now and it's going to be another test for us," Lightning assistant coach Rick Bowness said. "They have a lot of young talent, they can put the puck in the net and much like San Jose they are going to bring the pressure."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 2:10 PM

By Robby Stanley - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Jets at Predators

NASHVILLE – The Winnipeg Jets will try to continue their hot streak Saturday against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Hockey Fights Cancer night.

Winnipeg defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 Thursday and has points in nine of its past 10 games. Goaltenders Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson have played well during that span.

"I think our goaltending has been extremely good," Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba said. "I think that's the key to our success. We've been good in front of him, not really forcing the offense. We take what we get and we're getting plenty of chances. Once we start putting more chances away, I think we'll be in even better shape."

Winnipeg is allowing 2.00 goals against per game, which is second best in the NHL. That strong defensive style has been key to its early season success. It took the Jets a few games to figure out the style they had to play to be successful. After a 1-4-0 start to the season, Winnipeg was able to focus on playing a tight defensive style.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 1:51 PM

By Craig Merz - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets will welcome back from injury starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and center Artem Anisimov for the game Saturday against the San Jose Sharks in Nationwide Arena, but defenseman Fedor Tyutin will not play because of a left knee injury.

"The Russians can't stay together, for God's sake," Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno said. "They'll hang out off the ice but on the ice we can't get them together."

His joke highlighted the continuing injury problems that have plagued the Blue Jackets (5-10-1) and contributed to a nine-game losing streak before a 4-3 win Friday at the Philadelphia Flyers. The Blue Jackets are still down eight players because of injuries, the latest being Tyutin after a knee-on-knee collision with the Flyers' Jakub Voracek.

Tyutin is expected to miss four to six weeks. Saturday, the St. Louis Blues traded defenseman Jordan Leopold to Columbus for a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Leopold may be available to play against the Sharks.

Anisimov missed seven games with a concussion and Bobrovsky was out seven with a fractured finger on his left hand before being activated Friday, although he did not play. Bobrovsky is 4-4-0 with a 2.81 goals-against average this season. The Blue Jackets are 1-6-1 when he doesn't play.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 1:38 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Stars

DALLAS -- After winning each game of a two-game road trip and snapping a seven-game winless streak, the Dallas Stars shift their focus toward winning on home ice for the first time since Oct. 21 on Saturday against the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center.

"Well, I'd like to start off well [against the Wild]," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said "This still is a little bit new to me, where you'll fly back. We thought getting a practice [Friday], we don't have any more practices planned now for three, four days, which is strange. It's just going to be play."

Ruff is keeping his defensive pairs and line combinations almost the same from a 2-0 win at the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, when goaltender Kari Lehtonen earned his first shutout of the season.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 12:57 PM

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

At the Rink: Rangers at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The New York Rangers expect the Pittsburgh Penguins to increase their intensity Saturday after a lopsided Rangers win four days ago.

The Rangers, who held an optional morning skate Saturday, enter their game at Consol Energy Center off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. But New York might have had its best performance of the season in its prior game, a 5-0 win against Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden.

Saturday is expected to play out differently according to the Rangers locker room. Forward Mats Zuccarello, who scored one of the Rangers' three first-period goals Tuesday, thinks the Penguins will be better prepared and New York will have to fight to earn two points in Pittsburgh.

"It's their home rink here and they want to redeem themselves a little bit from the last game," Zuccarello said. "So, we have to be ready from the get go."

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