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Posted On Wednesday, 11.16.2011 / 3:56 PM

By Staff -  / - At the Rink blog

Myers returns tonight; lineups for Devils, Sabres

Tyler Myers, a healthy scratch in the Sabres' 3-2 shootout win against the Canadiens on Monday, will get back into the lineup against the Devils.

The 2010 Calder Trophy winner has struggled this year, posting just 4 assists and a minus-3 rating in 16 games. He'll replace Marc-Andre Gragnani, while Mike Weber will remain in the lineup.

Here's how the lineups could look tonight when the Buffalo Sabres host the New Jerey Devils at First Niagara Center:

Zach Parise - Adam Henrique - Ilya Kovalchuk
Petr Sykora - Patrik Elias - Dainius Zubrus
Nick Palmieri - Ryan Carter - David Clarkson
Vladimir Zharkov - Brad Mills - Cam Janssen

Adam Larsson - Andy Greene
Mark Fayne - Henrik Tallinder
Bryce Salvador - Anton Volchenkov

Martin Brodeur
Johan Hedberg

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

Jordan Leopold - Robyn Regehr
Christian Ehrhoff - Tyler Myers
Mike Weber - Andrej Sekera

Jhonas Enroth
Drew MacIntyre
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.16.2011 / 3:52 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - At the Rink blog

Ducks' Hagman waiting on work visa

Niklas Hagman is trying to get an appointment with a consulate in Canada to obtain a work visa to begin playing for the Anaheim Ducks.

Anaheim claimed Hagman, a three-time 20-goal scorer, off re-entry waivers from the Calgary Flames.

Hagman was glad to be in another situation after, he said, his role was diminished in Calgary.

"It was tough because you were watching the games and you feel like you're in good shape and you feel like you've been playing well but still you're sidelined because of so many bodies," Hagman said when he met local reporters Tuesday.

"I was just relieved to get into a new environment and get a chance to play and, that way, show that I can play and should be in this League."

Hagman gives Anaheim four Finnish players, including Olympic teammates Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu. Coach Randy Carlyle said he wouldn't put Hagman with Selanne and Koivu, but instead on the third line.

"We think he's a fit for our group with his work ethic and his commitment to playing the game in those dirty areas, getting inside, getting in on the forecheck," Carlyle said. "That's really what our expectations are.

"We hope, and we're gambling to some degree, that this is going to be the right place at the right time for Nik to come in."

The move is in response to Anaheim's 30th-ranked offense, and Carlyle acknowledged that they have a lot of youth on their bottom six forward unit.

"Probably desperation looking for the third line," Carlyle said. "We're putting a lot of pressure on young kids."


George Parros is wearing a visor as he recovers from laser surgery to repair a torn retina.

The noted enforcer hasn't committed to it, though. He will be out for about another two weeks and is wearing it on a trial basis.

"It's just precautionary for now," Parros said. "I haven't decided whether I'm going to wear it during game play or not."

"It's interesting to play the puck on a backhand for me with the visor line there. But I have a couple of weeks to get used to it."

Parros was struck by the puck in practice on Nov. 5, the second time he was hit in a few days.

Teammate Andrew Gordon was the culprit, and Parros joked that Gordon doesn't owe him.

"It's not his fault at all," he said. "He did buy me dinner on the road, so I took it and thanked him for it."
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.16.2011 / 3:48 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Ducks, Kings

Here's how the lineups could look tonight when the Los Angeles Kings host the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center:

Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Matt Beleskey - Maxime Macenauer - Andrew Gordon
Jean-Francois Jacques - Brandon McMillan - Devante Smith-Pelly

Cam Fowler - Francois Beauchemin
Toni Lydman - Kurtis Foster
Luca Sbisa - Sheldon Brookbank

Jonas Hiller
Dan Ellis

The Ducks recalled Jacques and he will likely make his regular-season debut for the team. Jacques was up with the club early this season, but had to serve a five-game suspension for leaving the bench to fight against Vancouver in the preseason.

Simon Gagne - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Andrei Loktionov - Mike Richards - Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford - Jarret Stoll - Brad Richardson
Ethan Moreau - Colin Fraser - Trevor Lewis

Jack Johnson - Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell - Slava Voynov
Rob Scuderi - Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.16.2011 / 2:25 PM

By Jeremy Roenick -  NHL Network Contributor / - World According to JR

Roenick: OK with Lucic hit, thumbs down to 1-3-1

NHL analyst and former All-Star Jeremy Roenick will be penning a weekly blog for this season. Look for new entries from "World According to JR" every Wednesday. Roenick will offer sharp, can't-miss opinions on What's Clicking and What's Missing in the National Hockey League.

There are two controversial issues in the National Hockey League this week and the general managers touched on both at their meeting in Toronto on Tuesday. Now it's my turn, so here are my thoughts on goalie protection and the 1-3-1:

What's clicking?

Milan Lucic
Left Wing - BOS
GOALS: 8 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 14
SOG: 33 | +/-: 6
Let's start with one of the more controversial issues in the NHL today, the Milan Lucic hit on Ryan Miller.

I don't mind the fact that Lucic didn't get a suspension. I'm a true believer in old-fashioned hockey and I do believe goalies should be protected, but they are protected in their blue paint, which is the no-touch zone. Yes, there is a rule that you can't run goaltenders, and yes, you have to protect goaltenders because there are only 60 in the League, but the goalies should also have to protect themselves.
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.16.2011 / 12:54 PM

By Staff -  / - At the Rink blog

Schenn back at Flyers practice after breaking foot

Brayden Schenn, who fractured his foot while blocking a shot against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 26, returned Philadelphia Flyers practice Wednesday for the first time since the incident.

The 20-year-old forward was projected to miss four weeks with the injury.

Schenn skated in a limited role, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. He also wore a protective boot during the practice to protect the injury.
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.16.2011 / 11:51 AM

By Staff -  / - At the Rink blog

Kovalchuk returning to Devils lineup vs. Sabres

After missing 5 games with a groin injury, Ilya Kovalchuk will be in the New Jersey Devils lineup when they take on the Sabres in Buffalo tonight.

Kovalchuk suffered the injury on Nov. 3 against the Flyers. Mattias Tedenby will come out of the lineup as a healthy scratch.

"It's nice to be back," Kovalchuk told Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. "It's a big game for us. We have to beat the teams ahead of us in the standings."
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Posted On Tuesday, 11.15.2011 / 10:57 PM - 2011-2012 Situation Room blog

FLA @ DAL - 13:17 of third period

NHL video review overturned the call on the ice that Evgeny Dadonov had kicked the puck into the net. The ice-level angle showed that the centering pass redirected into the net off Dadonov's right skate. Good goal.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.15.2011 / 10:03 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Life as a Scout

The scouting journey begins in Regina, Sask.

REGINA, Sask. - The wind is whipping, the snow falling and it's minus-13 degrees fahrenheit here in the capital city of Saskatchewan. Woo-hoo!
No worries though. I have a parka, gloves and toque. I'm all set for the big scouting excursion. Not to mention plenty of coffee grinds, work boots and a Winter Classic scarf. Thermals, sweatshirts, some music and several maps. Also, I just want to make mention that I'm three blocks away from the Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan and two miles away from Brandt Centre -- site of Wednesday's fifth game in the 2011 Subway Super Series featuring Team WHL against Team Russia.
Funny, I really can't remember the last time I actually heard wind howling this loudly outside my window. I do now.
On the first stop of our four-city Western Canadian scouting trip with NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards, the crew at will take a glimpse of tomorrow's stars today. The Subway Super Series is currently tied, 2-2, following back-to-back wins by the Ontario Hockey League on Nov. 10 (10-7) and Nov. 14 (6-3), so it's all up to Team WHL.
"This is a great way for Hockey Canada to evaluate players in one setting," WHL assistant coach Ryan Huska said. "This is a big time evaluation for them and it's their opportunity to show that they deserve the invite come Christmas [for participation in the World Junior Championship], so it's important. We really do look at these games in regards to our invites to Christmas camp."
Don Hay, who is head coach for Team WHL and also the head man for the Canadian National Junior Team competing at the 2012 World Junior Championship, agrees.
"We've identified the players who have played well for their club teams in all three leagues and it gives them the opportunity to come out and compete with the best players of our league against international competition," Hay said. "You really get to see them in an environment that is very competitive."
The series concludes on Thursday at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw. We'll then travel to Swift Current before concluding our journey in Lethbridge on Friday.

Here's what our itinerary looks like for the week.

In addition to checking a few top prospects eligible for the 2012 Draft in Pittsburgh, including defenseman Matt Dumba of the Red Deer Rebels and forward Colton Sissons of the Kelowna Rockets, we'll be documenting the 'Life of a Scout' through the eyes of veteran Ontario Hockey League scout Chris Edwards.
Scouting is no easy task, particularly for a husband and father of two (Reagan, 3 weeks old, and Abby, 4 years old). We'll get to the bottom of what life is like on the road with one of the more respected individuals in the scouting fraternity. Edwards has spent the last 12 years travelling through more than his share of snow drifts in Ontario and Western Canada.
Over the next three days, we'll find out, among other things I'm sure, what he looks for in a player, how information is logged, his relationship with other scouts not employed by Central Scouting, if he ever played a practical joke on a fellow scout, life on the road and who might be the finest player he's ever scouted.
Stay tuned …

Follow Mike Morreale on Twitter at: @mike_morreale
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Posted On Tuesday, 11.15.2011 / 7:25 PM - At the Rink blog

Kovalchuk scratched with groin injury

New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk participated in the pre-game skate Tuesday night, but was ultimately scratched for his club's game against the Boston Bruins due to a groin injury.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer informed reporters after the morning's skate that he wanted to hold Kovalchuk out for one more game, but said Kovalchuk would be a game-time decision. New Jersey visits Buffalo on Wednesday night.

Kovalchuk, 28, has 2 goals and 7 assists in nine games for the Devils this season. He last played on Nov. 3 at Philadelphia.
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Posted On Tuesday, 11.15.2011 / 6:24 PM

By John Kreiser - Columnist / - At the Rink blog

Isles to dress Niederreiter, sit Okposo

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – 2010 first-round pick Nino Niederreiter will make his season debut Tuesday night for the New York Islanders. 2006 first-rounder Kyle Okposo will sit.

Niederreiter rejoined the team after his two-week conditioning stint with AHL Bridgeport ended following Sunday’s game. The 19-year-old from Switzerland looked good in preseason, mostly skating with John Tavares and Matt Moulson, but went down with a groin injury in the late stages of camp. He skated Tuesday morning and said he “felt great.”

Coach Jack Capuano hinted at the morning skate that Niederreiter, the fifth player taken in the 2010 NHL Draft, would dress, but made no commitment and didn’t hint who might sit in his stead. The odd man out turned out to be Okposo, who has no goals, three assists and a minus-7 rating in 14 games. Okposo, the seventh player chosen in 2006, started the season on the second line with Frans Nielsen in the middle and Michael Grabner on the left, but was dropped down to the third line when Capuano remodeled his lines 10 days ago.

The Islanders hope Niederreiter can provide them with a spark – they are 1-6-3 in their last 10 games since beating the Rangers 4-2 in their big-city rivals’ last visit to the Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 15. Since then. The Rangers are 9-2-1, including their current six-game winning streak.

Capuano will also make a change on defense, dressing Milan Jurcina and scratching Mark Eaton.
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