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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 12:04 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canadiens to loan Jacob de la Rose to Sweden

Montreal Canadiens prospect Jacob de la Rose will be loaned to the Swedish National Junior Team for participation in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, according to Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

De la Rose, selected in the second round (No. 34) of the 2013 NHL Draft, had three goals, six points and a plus-3 rating for the silver medal-winning Swedes at the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden. He also represented his country at the 2013 WJC when Sweden also won a silver medal.

The 6-foot-3, 198-pound left-handed shot has three goals and five points in 26 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League this season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 7:00 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Girgensons talks All-Star vote, Sabres hot streak

Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons, the top vote-getter after three weeks of voting in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM, joined NHL Live to discuss his path to the League and the Sabres' recent run.

Girgensons' 14 points in 27 games is tied for second on the Sabres. As of Tuesday, he earned 803,805 total votes to represent Buffalo on Jan. 25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

"It's crazy," said Girgensons, a native of Riga, Latvia. "People back home are just crazy hockey fans. It's always been like that. It's fun, it's cool, it's mixed emotions, it's funny at the same time."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 6:55 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

DeAngelo confident in chances of making WJC team

Sarnia Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo joined NHL Live for this week's Prospects Report to discuss his chances of playing for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The United States' selection camp begins Dec. 16 on the campus of Boston University at Walter Brown Arena. DeAngelo is one of six NHL first-round picks to receive an invite to the preliminary roster.

"I feel pretty confident in myself," DeAngelo said. "The reason why they brought me in, I'm going to try to go out there and show them, and hopefully get a chance to make the team. I think it would be an honor to make the team but there's a lot of good defensemen, so it's going to be a tough roster to crack."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 4:19 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Kypreos, MacLean named to Top Prospects staffs

Sportsnet analysts Doug MacLean and Nick Kypreos will be assistant coaches for Team Cherry and Team Orr, respectively, at the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The game, which will feature 40 of the top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft playing in the Canadian Hockey League, will be played Jan. 22, 2015 at Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, home of the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League.

Hockey Hall of Fame member Bobby Orr will coach Team Orr. In addition to MacLean, who has coached in the NHL with the Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Niagara coach Marty Williamson and assistant coaches Dave Bell and Billy Burke will be part of the coaching staff.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 3:25 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Jets buying into Maurice's defensive system

Since being hired as coach of the Winnipeg Jets in January, Paul Maurice has been focused on implementing a defensive structure within the team that would reduce the number of games that they were chasing in the third period.

Maurice's objective was built from his years coaching the Carolina Hurricanes and facing the Atlanta Thrashers in the old Southeast Division.

"I probably, for whatever reason, watched the Atlanta Thrashers and then the Winnipeg Jets as much or more than as any other team in the National Hockey League because they kept adding these good young players in Atlanta," Maurice said during a phone conversation Wednesday. "We went a long stretch where we beat them every game, but for 10 or 15 minutes in the game we couldn't get close to them. They were snapping it around. But because they were chasing a lot of games they were working hard and giving up a ton of chances, but getting a ton of chances. At the end of the day that's not a good recipe. We wanted to make sure we implemented a foundation of a game, like what do we do when we don't have the puck. We're still early on in this process."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 3:10 PM

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

At the Rink: Oilers at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- The recent uptick in production for right wing Jakob Silfverberg is coming at the right time for the Anaheim Ducks.

Silfverberg brings a two-game goal-scoring streak and four-game point streak into Wednesday, when the Ducks play the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center. It will be Anaheim’s seventh game without right wing Corey Perry, their leading goal scorer and second-leading point producer, who is out three to four weeks with a sprained knee.

Silfverberg had one goal in his first 27 games, although the opportunities were there.

"I feel like the last month I've been having a lot of good chances," Silfverberg said. "I've been working really hard and the last couple of games it's been paying off and that's nice. But over the course of the last 15 games I feel like I've played really good."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 2:19 PM

By Paul Harris -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Red Wings

DETROIT -- Two hot teams will face off Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN) at Joe Louis Arena when the Detroit Red Wings play the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Detroit, 17-6-5 and first in the Atlantic Division, is 7-1-0 in its past eight games. Toronto (15-9-3) is 6-1-1 in its past eight.

"They're good. If you look at the analytics part they're no good, but when you look at coaching and winning games, they're good," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said about the Maple Leafs. "I like them, so I play them. They're trustworthy, they play hard, they drag our other guys into battle, they know how to play."

The Maple Leafs defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 Tuesday in Toronto and didn't skate Wednesday. Coach Randy Carlyle was scheduled to talk to the media after the Maple Leafs arrived at Joe Louis Arena for the game.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:25 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Rosen's mailbag - Dec. 10, 2014

Here is the Dec. 10 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:

Any more news out of Arizona on the trade front? -- @KylePineda2

All quiet for now as far as I can tell, but clearly at this point in the season general manager Don Maloney is in full evaluation mode, trying to identify who should stay, who could go and what he could get back in return. The issue is the Coyotes' sale to potential majority owner Andrew Barroway. That might be holding things up a bit in Arizona. Commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that the sale "is still tracking" but isn't done yet. If and when that becomes official the Coyotes could hit the market in a big way, perhaps to the point where they sell assets to try to get into the race for top 2015 NHL Draft prospects Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 11:30 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

All-Star fan vote leader Girgensons to join NHL Live

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

We'll be joined by Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons, the top vote-getter after three weeks of voting in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM.

Sarina Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo will also call in to discuss his chances of playing for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 10:29 AM

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

Reway, Cehlarik named to Slovak WJC select roster

Forwards Martin Reway and Peter Cehlarik, both selected in the 2013 NHL Draft, highlight the list of players invited to selection camp for Slovakia ahead of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Reway, a fourth-round choice (No. 116) of the Montreal Canadiens, had four goals and 10 points in five games for eighth-place Slovakia in the 2014 WJC. Cehlarik, a third-round pick (No. 90) of the Boston Bruins, had three assists in five games for the Slovaks last year.

Slovakia, which will be coached by Ernest Bokros, hasn't placed higher than sixth at the WJC since 2009, when it finished fourth.

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