Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 5:20 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Maloney, Coyotes waiting for the right price

Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said Wednesday he "has a price in mind" for forward Antoine Vermette and other players but doesn't expect it to be met until closer to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2.

"Well, there's a certain ebb and flow to it. Through experience, generally the best deals come at the deadline," Maloney said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "We have a clear price in mind for not only Antoine, but any of our people here.

"We know we're having a difficult season. We need to bring some young assets in. We want to introduce more youth and speed into our lineup, which is what we plan on doing going forward."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 4:22 PM

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

At the Rink: Lightning at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks are already without defenseman Sami Vatanen, and defenseman Hampus Lindholm might not be able to play Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Honda Center.

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said Lindholm is a game-time decision. Lindholm did not take part in an optional practice. He was seen walking through the locker room moments before media availability ended. Lindholm missed the Feb. 10 game with a lower-body injury.

Vatanen is out 4-6 weeks with a leg injury from last Sunday, when he went into the boards awkwardly. He leads the Ducks with seven power-play goals and formed a pairing with defenseman Clayton Stoner. Defenseman Josh Manson was recalled Tuesday, along with left wing Emerson Etem.

Manson, 6-foot-3 and 217 pounds, acquitted himself well in an 18-game stint earlier this season. The Ducks went 11-3-4 with him in the lineup.

"You get that experience under your belt, and you know how fast the game is and how skilled the players are," Manson said. "So I'm not going in blind, but at the same time, I want to go in with that same mentality like it's my first game and I've got a lot to prove."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 4:00 PM

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

At the Rink: Bruins at Oilers

EDMONTON -- Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien would not reveal his starting goaltender against the Edmonton Oilers following the morning skate Wednesday.

Goalie Malcolm Subban was recalled by the Bruins from Providence of the American Hockey League on Monday and could make his NHL debut.

Bruins starting goaltender Tuukka Rask has played in 23 of their past 24 games.

"That will remain the million dollar question for the rest of the day," Julien said. "It keeps you guys [media] interested."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 3:30 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Injuries up front could lead Jets to seek further help

WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff's list of decisions to make before the NHL Trade Deadline expanded Wednesday.

The announcement that the Jets could be without left wing Mathieu Perreault until the end of the regular season further complicated Cheveldayoff's roster. Perreault, who sustained a lower-body injury in a 5-4 shootout win against the Edmonton Oilers, has helped to anchor the second line with center Mark Scheifele and ranks third on Winnipeg with 18 goals.

Right wing Drew Stafford was injured against Edmonton and is day-to-day. Cheveldayoff acquired Stafford from the Buffalo Sabres in the Evander Kane trade on Feb. 11. Stafford immediately solidified the top-six forward group and had been promoted to the top line before sustaining his upper-body injury

Stafford did not practice Wednesday, but Jets coach Paul Maurice said he might be able to play Thursday against the Washington Capitals. If not, defenseman Dustin Byfuglien would move to forward.

"When [Stafford] comes back, we'll make a decision whether we have enough depth up front to drop [Byfuglien] back to the blue line," Maurice said.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 3:06 PM

By Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Kings at Avalanche

DENVER -- It took a while, but the Los Angeles Kings have climbed back into the Stanley Cup Playoff race, thanks to a five-game winning streak.

The defending Stanley Cup champions play the Colorado Avalanche, another team battling for their postseason lives, at Pepsi Center on Wednesday.

The Kings (26-18-12) are two points behind the San Jose Sharks for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Avalanche (24-22-11), who have won two games in a row, are seven points behind. They're playing each other for the first time this season.

"We knew we never should have been as far back as we were," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "We weren't playing even close to our capability, and now we're seeing what we can do when everyone starts to perform. We're happy with the way we're playing now, but we can't get ahead of ourselves. We have to continue this, we need to keep winning. We're still not in a playoff spot, so we still have a lot of work left to do."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 2:46 PM

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

At the Rink: Wild at Flames

CALGARY -- Forward Thomas Vanek is optimistic he'll be in the lineup Wednesday when the Minnesota Wild visit the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome in a pivotal Western Conference game.

Vanek, who was absent from practice Tuesday as a result of a lingering lower-body injury, said he felt good after Minnesota's morning skate.

"I think it got better as the skate went on," said Vanek, who has 12 goals and 36 points in 56 games for the Wild this season. "Hopefully it stays that way throughout the afternoon. For me, I think the way I look at it is if I can deal with the pain and can still contribute I'll play. I feel if I can't help the team then I think it's better if a different guy plays."

That guy could be Finnish standout Michael Keranen. The 25-year-old was recalled earlier Wednesday by the Wild and, while he didn't make it to Calgary in time for the skate, could still suit up for his first career NHL game.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 2:18 PM

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

At the Rink: Red Wings at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- A game within the game will be one of the most interesting aspects to watch when the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings conclude their season series at United Center on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports).

The game pits the NHL's top-rated penalty killers (Blackhawks) against the League's best on power plays (Red Wings).

Will Detroit's 26 percent success rate with the man-advantage (51 goals in 196 opportunities) be too much for Chicago, or will the Blackhawks' 87.9 percent rate of killing power plays hinder the Red Wings' offensive capability?

"I guess we'll find out," said forward Ben Smith, who plays alongside center Marcus Kruger on Chicago's top penalty-killing unit. "It's a big challenge for us. We're excited for it. They've got some highly-skilled players who can make some plays, and I guess we'll see who trumps who. It's one aspect of the game that will play a big role in the outcome, so we're going to do our best out there."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 2:00 PM

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

At the Rink: Canadiens at Senators

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond will start his first NHL game as the injury-ravaged Senators play the Montreal Canadiens, the first-place team in the Eastern Conference, at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday.

Hammond, 27, has played in two NHL games, each in relief.

He replaced Robin Lehner on Monday when Lehner and Senators wing Clarke MacArthur were injured on the same play in a 6-3 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes.

MacArthur collided with Lehner as MacArthur raced back and tried to break up a 3-on-1. They will not play against the Canadiens and Senators coach Dave Cameron said there was no update on their condition Wednesday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 11:36 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Penguins wouldn't mind adding a forward: report

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday he's more likely to add a top-nine forward than a defenseman prior to the NHL Trade Deadline, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Penguins are battling the New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division, with the four teams separated by five points entering Wednesday.

With the trade deadline set for March 2 at 3 p.m. ET, Rutherford said he isn't on the verge of pulling the trigger on a big trade.

"That doesn't mean there won't be [a trade] in the next week or so," he said, according to the Post-Gazette.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 10:25 AM

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

Rosen's mailbag - Feb. 18, 2015

Here is the Feb. 18 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:

David Poile is all in on the Nashville Predators for a deep postseason run, but I don't see them getting past the Chicago Blackhawks. Thoughts? -- @r0bertwaters

If Nashville and Chicago met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs today I would still pick the Blackhawks to win the series, likely in seven games, but I'm not nearly as sure of that as I was earlier this season. I'm picking the Blackhawks because of experience and their ability to rise up in significant moments, but the Predators are good. Man, the Predators are very good, and they will be significantly better with Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli. Franson will help them move the puck and play with speed. Santorelli will chip in offensively in a bottom-six depth role. Nashville has scoring options throughout its lineup, and it has arguably the best healthy goalie in the NHL today, though the Montreal Canadiens and their fans can state a great case for their guy.

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