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Posted On Monday, 01.12.2015 / 1:16 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live welcomes Blues forward Backes

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek is on the air at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. We'll be joined bySt. Louis Blues forward David Backes, who was named the NHL's "First Star" for the week ending Jan. 11.

NBCSN analyst Jeremy Roenick will be an in-studio guest at 5:40 p.m. to discuss the Kraft Hockeyville initiative.

The Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning are at Wells Fargo Center to play the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; NHLN). Flyers insider Tim Panaccio will join us at 6 p.m. to preview the game.

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Posted On Monday, 01.12.2015 / 12:47 PM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt sustained a scapular fracture Sunday and will miss 6-8 weeks.

"It's very unfortunate," said defenseman Mike Green, Schmidt's most frequent defensive partner. "He's such a good young player and I've enjoyed playing with him over the course of the start of the season and a little bit last year. It's really unfortunate to be honest with you. I feel for him. I really do."

Schmidt, who appeared in each of Washington's first 31 games, was a healthy scratch in seven of the next nine games prior to being assigned to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on Saturday to receive playing time. He scored two power-play goals that night against the Norfolk Admirals.

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Posted On Monday, 01.12.2015 / 10:48 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Burke, Conley to play in USHL Top Prospects game

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders center Callahan Burke and Youngstown Phantoms left wing Kevin Conley have been added to the Team East roster for the 2015 United States Hockey League/NHL Top Prospects Game scheduled Tuesday at the Mystique Community Ice Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Burke and Conley, who are C-rated skaters on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, will replace injured forwards Erik Foley of Cedar Rapids and Brent Gates, Jr., of the Green Bay Gamblers.

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Posted On Monday, 01.12.2015 / 9:00 AM

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

McDavid, Eichel resume their roles with teams after WJC

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel, the projected top two picks at the 2015 NHL Draft, each returned to the ice for their respective teams this past week to resume their regular roles over the second-half stretch.

Each player was returning from participation in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto.

McDavid, who was named to's World Junior Championship All-Tournament Team following a gold medal-winning performance for Canada, wasted little time upon his return to the lineup when he scored a dazzling goal on Thursday in a 4-3 loss against the Sarnia Sting. He followed that up with a goal and two points in back-to-back wins against the London Knights on Friday (6-2) and Sunday (5-3).

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Posted On Monday, 01.12.2015 / 1:16 AM

By Sean McCullen - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Panthers right wing Hayes heating up

Florida Panthers forward Jimmy Hayes (owned in 4 percent of Yahoo leagues, RW) is worth a look for fantasy owners in need of a boost in goals. Hayes scored in a 4-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, giving him seven goals in his past 12 games. He played 16:18, including 1:24 of power-play time.

In his first full season with Florida, Hayes has a career-high 13 goals in 32 games. Although he's been scoring lately, Hayes has one assist and is minus-1 over his past 12 games, so he won't help much in those categories.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 7:12 PM

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

At the Rink: Wild at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- The biggest question for the Chicago Blackhawks going into a game against the Minnesota Wild at United Center on Sunday is simple.

How much gas do they have left to play their fifth game in eight days?

After defeating the Wild on Thursday and losing at the Edmonton Oilers on Friday to split a road back-to-back set, the Blackhawks are intent going into a four-day stretch without a game feeling good.

"The past three or four days have been tough on us, with the lack of sleep and traveling and all that, but coming into tonight we need to be ready," left wing Bryan Bickell said after the morning skate. "[The Wild had] a tough loss [Saturday], so they're in the same situation we are. We're going to bounce back and hopefully play good hockey."

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Posted On Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 6:25 PM

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

At the Rink: Panthers at Oilers

EDMONTON — Despite the Florida Panthers' success so far this season, they do not feel they’re in a position to underestimate the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Sunday.

The Oilers (10-23-9) have played well since interim coach Todd Nelson took over exclusively for Dallas Eakins, who was fired on Dec. 15.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 2:31 PM

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

At the Rink: Jets at Ducks

The Winnipeg Jets and Anaheim Ducks were not expected to skate before they played Sunday at Honda Center.

It will be an emotional night for Anaheim, which will retire Teemu Selanne's No. 8 jersey in a pregame ceremony set to start at 4:15 p.m. PT. The Ducks must balance a lengthy ceremony with preparing for a game.

"Mentally, you have to stick with it," Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano told the Ducks website Saturday. "You have to prepare differently because it's just a different day. There's different things going on. Your schedule's a little off, and you have to find a way to get ready for the game … it will be a challenge."

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Posted On Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 2:53 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Red Wings' Mrazek likely to get starts

Petr Mrazek could be the Detroit Red Wings' No. 1 goalie for the foreseeable future after Jimmy Howard (90 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) sustained a groin injury and left the ice on a stretcher in the first period of a 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock didn't have an update afterward, but said Howard would return to Detroit to undergo tests.

Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson thinks Howard, who was named to the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, will miss some time.

"You know Howard doesn't get carried off on a stretcher if it isn't severe," Ericsson told "We're just hoping and praying [Howard] is going to recover fast and get back in the game as soon as possible."

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Posted On Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 12:17 AM - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

NYR @ SJS - 4:24 of the Third Period

At 4:24 of the third period in the New York Rangers/San Jose Sharks game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine Mats Zuccarello's shot on the San Jose net. Video review was inconclusive in determining whether the puck crossed the goal line. Therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal New York Rangers.

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The fans love it, and it looked like they were having fun. It was great to see this city [Columbus]. They had been waiting a couple years for this game. They did it right.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos after the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday