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Posted On Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 1:53 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Philadelphia Flyers will be without defenseman Mark Streit and forward R.J. Umberger when they face the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-PH, FS-CR).

Streit will have surgery Tuesday to repair a pubic plate detachment and will miss six weeks, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Saturday. He was placed on long-term injured reserve. Umberger was placed on injured reserve because of a lower-body injury.

The 37-year-old Streit is second on the Flyers with nine points and with 22:45 of ice time per game. Prior to this injury he had missed one game in three seasons with the Flyers.

"He's a big factor for us in terms of his leadership," Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol said. "He's a very quiet leader but extremely well respected in our room. Just the consummate professional who every day does the right thing. It leaves a gap that others have to fill and it's an opportunity for others to step into as well."

The Flyers recalled forward Taylor Leier and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League. Both are expected to play against the Hurricanes.

Posted On Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 1:11 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Penguins at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- The surprising New Jersey Devils get an opportunity to move past the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division with a victory against their divisional foe on Saturday at Prudential Center (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, ROOT).

As if the Devils needed any more motivation than having an opportunity to face the Penguins, left wing Patrik Elias joined the team for the morning skate. It marked the first time this season that Elias skated with his teammates. The 39-year-old is recovering from a right knee injury that has sidelined him all season.

Elias said he will join the team for its three-game road trip against Western Conference teams next week but does not know when he will be strong enough for game action.

The Devils, who defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks for the second time in seven days on Thursday, have won nine of the past 12 games (9-3-1) and three of the past four on home ice.

Posted On Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 12:59 PM

By Robby Stanley - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Jets at Predators

NASHVILLE -- The Winnipeg Jets will try to end a four-game losing streak (0-3-1) when they play the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CITY, FS-TN).

Of the Jets' four-game skid, the past three losses have been in regulation and the past two have been against Central Division opponents.

Winnipeg will rely on its top line to end the losing streak. Forwards Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler have formed one of the most productive lines in the NHL this season. Wheeler is fourth in the League with 20 points and Little is tied for sixth with 17 points. One other team has two players in the top 10 in League scoring, the Dallas Stars with three (Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and John Klingberg).

"For the three of us I think just playing the right way," Ladd said. "That's how we get out of this. I think you get off track when we try to think we can do more and that's not it. We need to play within the system, play hard, do all the little things and things will start to turn."

Posted On Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 12:24 PM

By Mike Brophy - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canucks at Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs' group of centers hope they can break out of a season-long scoring slump when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Air Canada Centre on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC).

Although the Maple Leafs have points in four straight games (2-0-2), their centers have struggled to find the net. Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak, Peter Holland, Nick Spaling and Byron Froese have combined to play 62 games this season but have scored five goals. Holland has been shifted to right wing.

"I think we're getting a lot of good looks. It's just a matter of us putting them in," said Kadri, who has one goal in 16 games but is third in the League with a Maple Leafs-high 70 shots on goal. "We've had some bad breaks. But at the same time we're finding ways to win games lately and it's going to be even better once we find ways to put the puck in the back of the net."

Toronto coach Mike Babcock has been complimentary of Kadri's overall performance.

"This is my two cents on [Kadri]," he said. "He has been in my opinion the best forward on our team. He competes every night. He's in on all the chances. He generates a ton. He's a way better player than I expected. In the 100-mile journey he's on mile 25. He's going to get way better as long as he competes. If he wants to be good he's going to be good. It's up to him."

Posted On Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 12:16 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Red Wings at Bruins

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins have scored first in 10 of their 15 games but are 5-5-0 in those games.

That has to change if the Bruins want to stay in the mix for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Over the past two days since the Bruins lost 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche after squandering a 2-0 lead, a lot of talk has been about a need to focus for 60 minutes.

“Obviously we’ve shown that we can play 60 minutes, that we are able to maintain that pace and focus [sometimes],” captain Zdeno Chara said Saturday at TD Garden, where the Bruins will play the Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, FS-D, NESN). “It really comes down to being accountable for that and every individual has to make sure that before, during and all the way to the end is focused on the task. I mean we all can skate and hit, score, we’ve just really got to be paying attention to the details.”

Posted On Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 11:31 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Hurricanes

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Mark Streit will have surgery Tuesday to repair a pubic plate detachment and will miss six weeks, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Saturday.

The Flyers play at the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-PH, FS-CR).

Streit was placed on long-term injured reserve, and forward R.J. Umberger was placed on injured reserve because of a lower-body injury.

To replace them on the roster the Flyers activated center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare from injured reserve; he had missed the past seven games because of a lower-body injury.

Posted On Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 11:27 AM

By Eric Goodman - Fantasy Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

DraftKings daily fantasy value picks for Nov. 14

Each day during the 2015-16 season,'s fantasy staff will identify one player at each position worth owning in DraftKings daily fantasy hockey contests. Based on factors including but not limited to matchups, line combinations, power-play usage, statistical coverage and recent production, we'll provide you with lower-priced options that can help you build a winning lineup.

NOTE: These picks only include players from the 12-game night schedule. This does not include players from the 1 p.m. ET New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators game.

Leon Draisaitl, C, Edmonton Oilers

DraftKings price: $3,400

Recently, no one in the NHL has been a stronger fantasy play than Draisaitl as the second-year center is averaging 1.57 points per game (four goals, seven assists) in 11 games with the Oilers after being recalled from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate Bakersfield Condors on Oct. 29. Currently skating on Edmonton’s top line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall, Draisaitl will try for a three-game point streak with a goal and three assists in the past two games. DraftKings owners should select Draisaitl at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, Sportsnet) based on his goal and three assists in three road games this season.

Posted On Friday, 11.13.2015 / 9:57 PM - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

Video Review: CBJ @ PIT - 19:46 of the Third Period

At 19:46 of the third period in the Blue Jackets/Penguins game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist used a distinct kicking motion to direct the puck into the Columbus net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net.". No goal Pittsburgh.

Posted On Friday, 11.13.2015 / 9:56 PM - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

Clarification: CGY @ WSH - 1:40 of Overtime

At 1:40 of overtime in the Flames/Capitals game, Washington requested a Coach's Challenge. However, Rule 78.8 explains that "in the final minute of play in the 3rd period and at any point in Overtime (Regular Season and Playoffs), Hockey Operations will initiate the review of any scenario that would otherwise be subject to a Coach’s Challenge." Hockey Operations had previously confirmed that the Flames entered the zone legally prior to Sean Monahan's goal. The call on the ice stands - good goal Calgary Flames.

Posted On Friday, 11.13.2015 / 5:23 PM

By Staff -  / - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Friday, Nov. 13

Catch up on the latest NHL news right here each day. Be sure to check out our ICYMI blog every Monday through Friday.


Red Wings' Datsyuk to make season debut vs. Sharks
Forward Pavel Datsyuk will make his season debut Friday when the Detroit Red Wings play the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena. Datsyuk, 37, has been recovering from surgery June 26 to repair ruptured tendons in his right ankle. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Datsyuk will play on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader.

Capitals' Ovechkin goes for record again vs. Flames
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will have another chance to pass Sergei Fedorov's record against the Calgary Flames. He tied Fedorov's mark of 483 goals Nov. 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Blackhawks' Keith, Rozsival activated, will play against Blues
Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Duncan Keith and Michal Rozsival were activated off IR and will be in the lineup Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. Keith, 32, had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee Oct. 20 and was projected to miss 4-6 weeks. Rozsival will make his season debut, playing for the first time since fracturing his left ankle last season against the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round.

Blue Jackets' Murray scratched vs. Penguins
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray will be a healthy scratch Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Murray, 22, has two goals and five assists in 16 games. He's third on the Blue Jackets with an average ice time of 20:36 but was a minus-2 in each of the past two games.

Team North America adds Cooper, DeBoer, Tippett
Tampa Bay's Jon Cooper, San Jose's Peter DeBoer, Arizona's Dave Tippett and Edmonton's Jay Woodcroft were named assistant coaches for Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Friday by the NHL and NHL Players' Association. Oilers coach Todd McLellan will serve as the head coach.

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