Posted On Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 6:07 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Ducks at Oilers

EDMONTON -- Defenseman Jordan Oesterle will make his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers against the Anaheim Ducks at Rexall Place on Saturday.

Oesterle was recalled from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League on Friday and will replace Keith Aulie in the Oilers lineup.

"I think anytime a player plays his first game, it's an exciting time," Edmonton coach Todd Nelson said. "We're facing a really good hockey team, and it'll be a great challenge for him. But he's a guy that can skate very well, he moves the puck well. I'm very excited to watch him play tonight."

The Oilers and Ducks each are playing the second of back-to-back games.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 3:15 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Kings at Sharks

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks forward John Scott will play in the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game Saturday night at Levi's Stadium (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2) because of how effective he was in minimal ice time against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 21.

Scott had one shot on goal and was credited with four hits over 13 shifts totaling 7:56 of ice time in the Sharks 4-2 win against Los Angeles at SAP Center. It's the only game he's played this season against the Kings.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Scott will replace Chris Tierney, who had played nine straight games since being recalled from the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League on Feb. 4.

"John Scott had a big factor in the game we played against L.A. last time," McLellan said. "He played really good minutes, hard minutes. They're a big team, and John is that. That's called ingredients. You need different types of ingredients on any given night to win. The last time we used those ingredients we had some success."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 2:24 PM

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

At the Rink: Penguins at Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Playing on consecutive nights at Scottrade Center for the only time this season, the St. Louis Blues will quickly shift gears when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the back end Saturday.

The Blues (38-16-4) go from the physical, in-your-face Boston Bruins, who they handled in a 5-1 win Friday to a more highly-skilled Penguins team that's had a tough go of scoring goals in recent games.

The Penguins (32-17-9), who are 0-2-1 in their past three, have scored one goal in each loss.

"I think we do things a little bit different than some teams," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We don't really prepare for Pittsburgh until tonight. We kind of do a little review here based on last night's game or even if we played two days ago. … This morning will be a review on what happened last night real quick and then we'll get ready for Pittsburgh tonight. We know the energy they play at, we know the energy we've got to have for tonight, so it's save it all to put it in and prepare closer to the game."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 2:17 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Red Wings at Stars

DALLAS -- The Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars each need a victory, which makes the game at American Airlines Center on Saturday between the former Central Division rivals an intriguing matchup.

Detroit (32-14-10) is 1-2-1 in its past four games and will be without defenseman Kyle Quincey (lower body). Jakub Kindl, who has missed the past 20 games with an elbow injury, will replace Quincey in the second defensive pairing alongside Danny DeKeyser.

Kindl played two games for Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League earlier this week on a conditioning assignment before being recalled on Friday.

"We just want him to get in there and get playing, get his confidence back," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said of Kindl. "He's a real good puck mover. He can shoot the puck and he's just got to work on being good defensively."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 2:14 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Canadiens

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens have been getting more shots on goal lately, but that hasn't meant more goals.

Montreal, which has had 44 and 39 shots on goal in its past two games, hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bell Centre on Saturday.

The Canadiens lost 3-2 to the Florida Panthers on Thursday in a shootout, the fourth straight game they have scored two goals. Montreal has not scored more than three goals in any of its past seven games.

Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher scored each Montreal goal from in tight Thursday, and forward Lars Eller said they will have to get in on Columbus goalie Curtis McElhinney.

"We've just got to get more on the inside," Eller said. "We are getting a lot of shots from the outside. We've got to be in front of the net to take the goalie's eyes away and get rebounds, get dirty goals like the ones Gallagher got last game. We all have to get on the inside and battle at the crease. That's where it's start."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 2:08 PM

By Chris Stevenson - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Senators

OTTAWA -- The Florida Panthers can take over the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot for the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

The Panthers, with 64 points, are one behind the Boston Bruins, who are off Saturday. They are looking for their second three-game winning streak of the season. The only other time they won three in a row was Jan. 8-11 on a swing through Western Canada.

The Panthers are coming off wins against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens.

"I think we've got a great chance," Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell said. "We're trying to get into that position. We've been battling. You know how you got through stretches? I feel like we're playing good hockey right now.

"There's a sense of urgency getting into the last 25 games here, trying to collect as many points as we can."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 1:03 PM

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

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Coach Bill Peters doesn't hide the fact that the Carolina Hurricanes will likely be sellers at the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2.

The Hurricanes will play the New Jersey Devils, another team that could unload a few high-profile veterans at the deadline, at Prudential Center on Saturday.

"It's an unfortunate thing that we're sellers; nobody is hiding from that fact, and we put ourselves in this situation and we have to live with it," Peters said following the Hurricanes' morning skate. "You can tell the mood around the room isn't what it was. It's not as upbeat because there's a lot of uncertainty. A lot of guys are wondering what their future holds, so that's understandable and that's human nature."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 12:50 PM

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

At the Rink: Jets at Maple Leafs

TORONTO – Joffrey Lupul is looking forward to getting back on the ice with the Toronto Maple Leafs when they play the Winnipeg Jets at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

Lupul missed 11 games, played in six and then sat out the past four with an undisclosed injury. All told, Lupul has missed 26 games because of injury this season and is glad to be back.

"I'll be playing unless I slip on some ice or something," Lupul joked after the optional morning skate. "It feels a lot better. It is something we tried to push through, but obviously once the season started to go the way it did, it was an injury that needed some rest. It feels a lot better now."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 12:17 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Predators at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette said he enjoyed the five seasons he spent coaching the Philadelphia Flyers, a tenure that included a trip to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

But Laviolette also knows from experience how vocal Flyers fans can be toward the opposition. Though his tenure was mostly successful, he said he's ready for just about anything when he returns to Wells Fargo Center for the first time since being fired after three games last season.

"You never know what to expect when you come back," Laviolette told the Predators website Friday. "Certainly for me, the fans here were always really supportive of me and the teams we always had here. The building was great. But you never know what the reaction is going to be."

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Posted On Friday, 02.20.2015 / 6:05 PM

By Joe Yerdon - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Rangers at Sabres

BUFFALO -- The New York Rangers will give rookie goalie Mackenzie Skapski his first NHL start when they face the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

Skapski's debut comes a night after the Rangers lost 5-4 in a shootout to the Vancouver Canucks.

"We've played a lot of hockey lately, including a back-to-back, and after talking to Benoit [Allaire] and [Jim Schoenfeld] and [Jeff Gorton], who know him well, they all said it was a good thing to give him a start," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "He's been playing really well in Hartford, and back-to-back it just felt like the right thing to do."

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