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Posted On Tuesday, 10.14.2014 / 1:02 PM

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

At the Rink: Islanders at Rangers

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers left wing Ryan Malone will make his season debut against the rival New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

In an effort to energize a lineup that has been outscored 11-5 in two straight losses, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault confirmed the decision after the morning skate Tuesday.

"He hasn't played a game yet so he'll be in the lineup and we'll use him on the power play and see what happens," Vigneault said. 

Malone, 34, was signed by the Rangers as a free agent Sept. 11. He has 19 goals and 28 points in 44 career games against the Islanders.

"I'll just keep it simple and make good reads, throw the body around a little bit and do whatever it takes to win," Malone said. "Every time I go over the boards I want to create some chances, help the team in a positive way."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.14.2014 / 12:50 PM

By Mike Brophy - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- James Reimer will take whatever he can get.

Often referred to as the Toronto Maple Leafs' 1B goaltender to Jonathan Bernier's 1A, Reimer got his first start of the season Sunday against the New York Rangers, and even though he left the game at 13:17 of the third period after being clipped in the head by Dominic Moore of the Rangers, he will start Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche.

"It'll be good to get back in there; I'm excited to get another start and hopefully get another win," Reimer said. "I have a chance to go in there and try to win a game. We're starting our [Stanley Cup] Playoff push, so two points are up for grabs and hopefully I can do the job to get them."

Toronto coach Randy Carlyle showed no hesitation in putting Reimer back in goal, feeling Reimer supplied the Maple Leafs with the opportunity to win in New York. Starting against Colorado is his reward.

"We have talked about needing quality performances from everybody, and when you look at goaltending in the NHL it's a pretty big starting point for teams to have any kind of success," Carlyle said. "If you don't get NHL-quality goaltending your chances of success really drop in a hurry and that's what [Reimer] was able to provide for us."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.14.2014 / 12:39 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Hurricanes-Sabres

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek is on the air at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

Carolina Hurricanes play-by-play man John Forslund will check in via Arena Cam to preview the Hurricanes' game against the Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN). Pete Weber will also be on Arena Cam to discuss the Nashville Predators' 2-0-0 start before their game against the Calgary Flames. senior writer Dan Rosen also joins the show with the latest news and notes from around the League.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.14.2014 / 12:16 PM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. -- In grouping together forwards Jason ChimeraBrooks Laich and Joel WardWashington Capitals coach Barry Trotz pictured an industrious trio that, among other things, could stymie the opposition’s most potent skaters. 

Calling them a shutdown line, though, will be met with slight resistance. 

"Regardless of who we're playing against or matched up against, I think the thing is to get on the offensive side," Ward said. "I don't know about that defensive stuff, whatever people keep talking about. But if you're playing offense the majority of the time you don't have to be playing any defense. The focus is just to get on the other side of the blue line and try to make plays."

Ward has a point. He scored a career-high 24 goals last season, while Chimera contributed a personal-best 42 points. Laich is a three-time 20-goal scorer. 

The big-bodied veterans' straightforward style is difficult to contend with, especially when anchored along the boards in the offensive zone.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.14.2014 / 9:45 AM

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

Jeremy Bracco named USHL forward of the week

Right wing Jeremy Bracco, who has points in four straight games for the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team, was named the CCM Forward of the Week in the United States Hockey League.

Bracco, a 5-foot-9, 173-pound right-handed shooter, is a B-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for October. Bracco, a projected second- or third-round pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, has scored a point in nine of 10 games this season for the USNTDP (8-2-0).

Bracco, who participated in the CCC/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at First Niagara Center in Buffalo on Sept. 25 and played on a line with A-rated prospect and Boston University freshman Jack Eichel, has six goals and 19 points in 10 games this season. The native of Freeport, N.Y., will attend Boston College in 2015-16.
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Posted On Monday, 10.13.2014 / 7:01 PM - NHL Live blog

First NHL goal 'amazing' feeling for Ducks' Karlsson

Anaheim Ducks rookie William Karlsson joined NHL Live via Arena Cam to discuss the first two goals of his NHL career that led the Ducks to a 5-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday at First Niagara Center.

Karlsson, 21, scored the milestone goal at 8:15 of the second period after receiving a pass from defenseman Hampus Lindholm and beating Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth with a high wrist shot.

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Posted On Monday, 10.13.2014 / 6:57 PM - NHL Live blog

Briere discusses dramatic 300th goal on NHL Live

Colorado Avalanche forward Daniel Briere joined NHL Live via Arena Cam to reflect on his game-winning with 0.4 seconds left that gave the Avalanche a 2-1 victory against the Boston Bruins on Monday at TD Garden.

The win was Colorado's first after two straight losses to start the season. The Avalanche were shut out in each of those defeats and saw their scoreless streak run to 143:27 before Jamie McGinn's second-period goal.

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Posted On Monday, 10.13.2014 / 6:45 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live: E.J. Hradek Monday Shootout Picks

E.J. Hradek Game Picks Monday October 13th:

Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning: Lightning

Ottawa Senators vs Florida Panthers: Panthers

E.J.'s Season Record: 11-5-1

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Posted On Monday, 10.13.2014 / 3:50 PM

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

Murray close to returning for Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards provided some injury updates during a conversation Monday.

Richards said defenseman Ryan Murray isn't expected to play Tuesday against the Dallas Stars, but he's hoping to have Murray back in the lineup soon. Murray hasn't played this season because of a knee injury.

Murray, 21, had 21 points and averaged 19:52 of ice time in 66 games last season.

"Ryan Murray is progressing," Richards said. "He's out skating with us every day. He seems to be doing a little bit more each and every day. There's no initial time frame but we're hoping maybe sometime soon."

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Posted On Monday, 10.13.2014 / 3:22 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

COL @ BOS - 7:13 of the Third Period

At 7:13 of the third period in the Avalanche/Bruins game, the official closest to the net signalled a goal after the puck entered the Boston net. After huddling, the officials' group consensus declared that Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly deflected the puck into the net with a high stick. Video review was inconclusive, therefore the group decision on the ice stands. According to Rule 60.5 "An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick." No goal Colorado.

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