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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 7:54 PM

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

Blues' Oshie to miss game Tuesday for family reasons

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie will miss the game Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings because of family reasons, the Blues announced.

Oshie, who has three goals and three assists the past four games after having six points in the first 19, has picked his offense up since being reunited with David Backes and Alexander Steen.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 6:35 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Osiecki pleased with first day of U.S. selection camp

United States National Junior Team coach Mark Osiecki joined NHL Live to discuss the first day of USA Hockey selection camp on the campus of Boston University at Walter Brown Arena. Osiecki and his staff are evaluating which 23 players will compete for the U.S. at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The U.S. begins tournament play Dec. 26 against defending champion Finland in the preliminary round.

"First day was outstanding, the kids were very, very good," Osiecki said. "We thought as a staff going in there might be a few jitters, especially with eight new guys that were not in the Lake Placid camp. But they were all calm, they all played to their abilities and it was fun to get out on the ice. The one thing you noticed right away is the speed factor."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 5:26 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Wood takes prep school route to U.S. selection camp

BOSTON – If you're looking for proof that you don't need to play major junior or college hockey to catch the eye of USA Hockey, look for further than forward Miles Wood.

The 19-year-old from Buffalo, N.Y., is in his last year of high school at Noble and Greenough School. This week he's spending four days at the USA Hockey evaluation camp on the campus of Boston University at Walter Brown Arena. Wood hopes to earn a spot on the United States National Junior Team, which will compete in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship later this month in Toronto and Montreal.

"My parents are strict on the school part of this whole thing," Wood said on why he's still in school. "But it doesn't matter where you play, just as long as you have the right mentality and you have that drive, no matter where you play, you will reach your goal."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 4:51 PM

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

Eruzione shares high praise for U.S. hopeful Eichel

BOSTON -- Mike Eruzione knows a little something about coming up big in clutch situations.

He did it for the United States against Russia in "The Miracle on Ice" during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. Eruzione, who serves as Boston University's director of special outreach at his alma mater, was on hand Tuesday to witness the new breed of American hopefuls looking to earn a roster spot for their country at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

One player he didn't have to think too hard about was Boston University freshman Jack Eichel. On the way to leading the NCAA in scoring over the first half of the season with 27 points, Eichel has been coming up pretty big himself.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 3:40 PM

By Jerry Brown - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Oilers at Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- While the Edmonton Oilers look to turn around a dismal season with coaches Craig MacTavish and Todd Nelson moving behind the bench Tuesday, the Arizona Coyotes have a few ex-Oilers who would like to turn things around against their former team.

Center Sam Gagner, who sat as a healthy scratch Saturday as the Coyotes lost 4-3 in overtime against the Minnesota Wild, is back in the lineup. And goalie Devan Dubnyk, who has lost three straight decisions since starting the season 5-0-1, will get a second straight start as the Coyotes try to snap a five-game losing streak overall (0-4-1) and a nine-game losing streak at Gila River Arena (0-6-3).

Goalie Ben Scrivens will start for Edmonton.

The Coyotes have 10 wins this season, and three of them have come against the Oilers. Arizona's last win came Dec. 1 at Edmonton (5-2), with Tobias Rieder scoring a pair of shorthanded goals on the same penalty kill to give Arizona a boost. Since then, the Coyotes have been outscored 23-8 and managed just one point. This is the finale of a five-game homestand and the last chance to get a win.

"When you have a change like that they're looking to get a spark out of it," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said of the Oilers. "They'll be full of energy trying to impress their new coach."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 3:20 PM

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

At the Rink: Rangers at Flames

CALGARY -- The New York Rangers are rolling. They're focused on keeping it that way.

Winners of three in a row, the Rangers are looking for a three-game sweep of Western Canada at the expense of the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

"I'm really focused on our team and how we need to play," said coach Alain Vigneault, who has seen the Rangers earn wins against the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers to start a four-game road trip that will conclude Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes. "We did what we had to do in Edmonton. We played a real strong game in Vancouver. We're on a streak here of three wins and we need to put a streak together. It's a real tough conference and we need to focus on tonight and our game."

The Rangers' game has been working of late. Not only have they won three straight to match a season-high, they've also allowed six goals in seven wins spread over their past 10 games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 2:58 PM

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

At the Rink: Sabres at Jets

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets will be missing another key piece of their defense when they play the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

The Jets announced after the morning skate Tuesday that second-year defenseman Jacob Trouba will be out until February with an unspecified upper-body injury. Jets coach Paul Maurice called Trouba's injury "a pre-existing condition that most players deal with."

Trouba did not practice Monday, something that Maurice said at the time was a maintenance day. Maurice also said that Trouba was "probable" for the game Tuesday.

Winnipeg's defense is also missing Zach Bogosian and Toby Enstrom with lower-body injuries.

However, the Jets will have one defenseman back in their lineup. Grant Clitsome, who has not played since Nov. 28 because of an unspecified injury, will dress Tuesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 2:56 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

United States ready to be patient with injured Santini

BOSTON – Boston College sophomore Steven Santini probably didn’t know what to think about his chances for being part of the United States National Junior Team for the 2015 IIHF Junior World Championship when he injured his right wrist in late October.

Santini, a second-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2013, hasn’t played since Oct. 25, when a fluke run-in with a player from University of Massachusetts in the corner led to the injury. Santini had surgery a couple days later.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 2:46 PM

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

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Red Wings

DETROIT -- Jeremy Morin will make his debut with the Columbus Blue Jackets when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.

Morin was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday in a trade for defenseman Tim Erixon.

"I'm real excited to get out on the ice but trying to stay under control," Morin said. "Get out there in my first game and keep it simple, not try to do too much."

He was a frequent healthy scratch with Chicago, which is deep with talented forwards.

"I'm going to be in the lineup and contribute and play. … Hopefully I'll come in here and things will be on the upswing," Morin said.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 2:26 PM

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

Bishop says injury minor; Lightning recall Vasilevskiy

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop said Tuesday the lower-body injury that caused him to come out of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday after one period isn't serious and he hopes to play this weekend, the team reported via its website.

The Lightning recalled goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Bishop said he tweaked something near the end of the first period, but didn't leave the game immediately with the Lightning about to start a power play.

"I knew that it was something you don’t really want to mess with," Bishop said. "It was 1:15 left, we were on the power play, so I wasn't going to leave the game right then and there because it's not too often you have too many shots on the power play. I figured I could hold out until then."

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