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Posted On Monday, 01.19.2015 / 2:17 PM

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

At the Rink: Avalanche at Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues know that after their game Monday against the Colorado Avalanche [8 p.m. ET, NBCSN], they won't play another game until Jan. 29 following the All-Star break.

The Blues (28-13-4) remember the last time they played the Avalanche (19-17-10) before a break. It was their last game before Christmas, and Colorado thoroughly dominated a 5-0 victory at Pepsi Center, leaving that nasty feeling of arguably the Blues' worst loss of the season for four days.

"We don't want to fall into that trap again," Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. "A game that we really just let get away from us and I think it's a lesson learned hopefully tonight when we go out there and we remember what that felt like. It was pretty embarrassing to get trounced like that. We especially don't want that to happen in our building."

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Posted On Monday, 01.19.2015 / 2:14 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Replacements named for CHL Top Prospects Game

Swift Current Broncos center Glenn Gawdin, Prince Albert Raiders defenseman Brendan Guhle and Owen Sound Attack goaltender Michael McNiven will serve as injury replacements in the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Thursday at the Meridian Centre in St. Catherines, Ontario.

Gawdin (6-foot-1, 188 pounds), who will replace Sarnia Sting forward Pavel Zacha (upper-body injury) on Team Bobby Orr, had 36 points in 46 games for the Broncos this season. Guhle (6-1, 184), who will replace Oshawa Generals defenseman Mitchell Vande Sompel (upper body) on Team Don Cherry, has 15 points in 45 games in his second season with the Raiders.

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Posted On Monday, 01.19.2015 / 2:10 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - Melrose Minute

Melrose: Ducks, Kings going in opposite directions

The Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks have developed one of the best rivalries in the NHL in recent seasons, but their most recent game on Saturday might be a microcosm of where the rivalry is going. The Ducks beat the Kings in L.A. in a shootout, and I know shootouts have a certain degree of randomness, but when you look at this game and at the standings, it's hard not to see the Ducks with an edge. It's also hard not to wonder if something might be seriously wrong with the Kings.

The Ducks, to me, are the best team in the NHL. I think the Chicago Blackhawks are a team they'll have to reckon with at some point, but you have to look at the body of work and what the Ducks have been through. They've dealt with the mumps, injuries, Corey Perry being out for long periods of time, Frederik Andersen taking over a job that was essentially supposed to belong to John Gibson who couldn't perform, and yet here they are atop the standings.

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Posted On Monday, 01.19.2015 / 1:10 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canucks at Panthers

Forwards Brandon Pirri and Vincent Trocheck return to the Florida Panthers lineup Monday as they face the Vancouver Canucks at BB&T Center, according to the Miami Herald.

Pirri, 23, has been in and out of the lineup this season, playing once since Jan. 4. He has three goals and an assist in 19 games after scoring 13 goals and 25 points last season in 49 games split between the Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks.

Trocheck, 21, has also been a healthy scratch of late. He has four goals and 13 points in 27 games.

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Posted On Monday, 01.19.2015 / 12:48 PM

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

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs hope to rediscover their offense Monday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Air Canada Centre.

The Maple Leafs (22-21-3) are returning from a four-game road trip during which they lost all four and managed to score one goal. Toronto was shut out 3-0 by the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

"Our mindset is that we want to first and foremost have a good start at home," Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. "Coming off a road trip we want to work on our start and dictate the pace of the game, playing a fast brand of hockey. We want to get back to the way we are capable of playing and build on some of the things that we were happy about, which is being a lot better in the defensive zone and not giving up as many chances."

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Posted On Monday, 01.19.2015 / 9:00 AM

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

McDavid, Eichel celebrate overtime winners

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel are expected to be among the top two skaters on NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings to be revealed exclusively Tuesday on

Each player scored an overtime goal this past weekend to propel his team to victory.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 2:30 PM

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

At the Rink: Sabres at Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres, who play Sunday at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN), are going in opposite directions.

Detroit (25-11-9) is tied for second place in the Atlantic Division. Buffalo (14-29-3) is last in the Eastern Conference and tied for the worst record in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers.

The Red Wings and Sabres each played Saturday. Detroit won its third straight and seventh in its past 10 games with a 5-2 victory against the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings were led by the youthful second line of Riley Sheahan between Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist. Tatar (two goals, assist) reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career. Nyquist had a goal and an assist. Sheahan had two assists.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 1:42 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Jets

WINNIPEG – A long stretch of games for the Winnipeg Jets that concludes Sunday against the Arizona Coyotes should allow them to catch their breath this week.

For a team finishing a stretch of seven games in 11 days, the news regarding injured left wing Mathieu Perreault might also let the Jets exhale a collective sigh of relief. The Jets have won three consecutive games and four of their past five, and Perreault has been a major factor.

Perreault was injured by a cross-check to his left arm from Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo at the end of the second period of the Jets' 4-2 win on Friday. Perreault has 13 goals in his past 21 games and is fourth on the Jets in scoring with 15 goals and 14 assists.

After the morning skate Sunday, Jets coach Paul Maurice announced that Perreault will miss the game against Arizona. Maurice also does not have any expectation that Perreault will play Wednesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

However, Maurice is hopeful that Perreault will feel better after the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25. The Jets' first game after the All-Star break is Jan. 27 at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 10:44 AM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Stars at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Any way you present them, the numbers haven't been pretty for the Chicago Blackhawks the past month.

Their record is pedestrian. Their penalty kill has become a little leaky. Their puck possession is down quite a bit from its usual level.

The next chance to restart the engine is against the Dallas Stars at United Center on Sunday, when the Blackhawks have a chance to win their fourth game this season against Dallas.

"We've got to get back to playing the way we have in the past few years, controlling the puck, puck possession, making plays and putting shots on net," Chicago right wing Patrick Kane said. "That seems to be our best recipe."

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Posted On Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 1:29 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Downie, Hartnell good for points, PIMs

This might be surprising, but there can be such a thing as having too much offense.

If you're in a Yahoo league, there's a good chance it's a head-to-head league. Whether you outscore your opponent by one goal or 20 goals, each counts the same: one point for winning that category. There are only a handful of players who are scorers and rack up penalty minutes.

More often than not, you can find a streaky scorer to add on waivers, and penalty minutes are often overlooked.

Let's take a look at some players you should target mainly for penalty minutes, but who likely can chip in with some points too.

- Steve Downie (48 percent owned, LW, RW) of the Pittsburgh Penguins is leading the NHL in penalty minutes by a wide margin; with 143, he has 50 more than Derek Dorsett (5 percent owned, RW) of the Vancouver Canucks and Cody McLeod (2 percent owned LW) of the Colorado Avalanche. Downie also has seven goals and 20 assists, and he has played on the Penguins power play. For a player who's owned in less than half of Yahoo leagues, he probably is your best bet if you're looking for a boost in PIMs.

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Quote of the Day

You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals