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Posted On Saturday, 12.06.2014 / 12:03 PM

By Robby Stanley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Predators

NASHVILLE – The Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators will play Saturday at Bridgestone Arena in a battle of Central Division rivals.

Nashville enters the game Saturday in first place in the Central Divison with 36 points. Chicago has 35 points and has won eight of its past nine games, including five in a row.

Special teams will be an important part of the game Saturday. Chicago has the best penalty kill in the NHL (91.0%) while Nashville’s power play is 1-for-43 (2.3%) at home this season. Nashville hasn’t scored a power play goal at home since its first game of the season against the Ottawa Senators.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.06.2014 / 11:38 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Flames' offense from blue line is by design

The production the Calgary Flames are getting from their defensemen jump off the stats page to the point where you begin to wonder if Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie, Dennis Wideman and Kris Russell are actually playing forward.

Point in fact, at times they actually are playing forward, even if nobody is defining it that way.

Flames coach Bob Hartley encourages his defensemen to jump into the rush to create offense, but at the same time he coaches the forwards to understand that there will be times when they have to play the role of a defensemen.

It's happened a lot this season, particularly when Giordano and Brodie are on the ice.

"We laugh sometimes because we do video and early on this year we got a 2-on-1 and it's Gio and Brods who are on the 2-on-1 with our three forwards are behind them," Hartley said in a phone interview Friday. "Sometimes we get a 3-on-2 and it's Gio and Brods with another forward. On many teams you'd see one of them but that's the way we want them to play."

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Posted On Saturday, 12.06.2014 / 11:38 AM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Penguins

PITTSBURGHPittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist will not play against the Ottawa Senators at Consol Energy Center on Saturday.

Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Hornqvist, who did not participate in Pittsburgh’s practice on Friday, will continue to be evaluated for an apparent upper-body injury sustained during the second period of the Penguins’ 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. An update to his status could be provided on Sunday.

Hornqivst ranks second on Pittsburgh with 11 goals, one less than Evgeni Malkin, and third with 25 points, behind Sidney Crosby and Malkin.

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Posted On Friday, 12.05.2014 / 9:44 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

ANA @ MIN - 17:34 of the Second Period

At 17:34 of the second period in the Anaheim Ducks/Minnesota Wild game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Minnesota net. Video review determined that Ryan Kesler's shot at 16:41 did not cross the goal line. No goal Anaheim.

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Posted On Friday, 12.05.2014 / 8:47 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

COL @ WPG - 12:29 of the First Period

At 12:29 of the first period in the Colorado Avalanche/Winnipeg Jets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Colorado net. Video review determined that Bryan Little's shot completely crossed the goal line. Good goal Winnipeg.

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Posted On Friday, 12.05.2014 / 2:39 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Ducks at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, who has the mumps, took part in the morning skate but will not be in the lineup when the Wild host the Anaheim Ducks at Xcel Energy Center on Friday.

Suter sat out the Wild's game Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens. It was the first game Suter had missed since signing with the Wild in July 2012.

"Won't be in tonight but it was a good sign to see him on the ice," Wild coach Mike Yeo said Friday. "We have a few days here afterward so hopefully we'll get him back in the lineup for our next match." After Friday the Wild are off until a home game Tuesday against the New York Islanders.

Suter leads the League in average time on ice at 29:19 per game. In 23 games he has one goal and 12 assists.

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Posted On Friday, 12.05.2014 / 2:20 PM

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

At the rink: Canadiens at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Klas Dahlbeck will have to wait another day, but the Swedish rookie defenseman will make his NHL debut soon for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Friday at United Center and then will play Saturday at the Nashville Predators.

The game against Nashville might be the first NHL game for Dahlbeck, 23, who is the third rookie defenseman to join the Blackhawks through the first 25 games. A long-term injury to rookie Trevor van Riemsdyk, combined with the preseason trade of steady defenseman Nick Leddy, has left a void on Chicago's third defense pairing.

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Posted On Friday, 12.05.2014 / 1:51 PM

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

At the Rink: Avalanche at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets will have a new look on defense when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

Coach Paul Maurice disclosed three significant injuries to the Winnipeg defense corps after practice Thursday that included the team's top pairing.

Defenseman Zach Bogosian (lower body) will be out 4-6 weeks and was placed on injured reserve. It is thought that Bogosian injured his foot blocking a shot in the Jets' 3-2 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

Toby Enstrom, Bogosian's partner on the Jets' top pairing, already had missed the past four games with a lower-body injury before Maurice announced that he will be out until the end of December.

Defenseman Grant Clitsome (undisclosed) also did not dress for the game Wednesday and will be out for a minimum of two weeks, according to Maurice.

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Posted On Friday, 12.05.2014 / 12:17 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Olczyk to talk Blackhawks, Canadiens on NHL Live

NHL Live will have reports from around the League on Friday, including visits from Eddie Olczyk in Chicago for the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks, and Anaheim Ducks rinkside reporter Kent French talking about the Ducks and the Minnesota Wild.

Also on the show will be Winnipeg Sun reporter Ken Wiebe to preview the Winnipeg Jets and Colorado Avalanche.

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Posted On Friday, 12.05.2014 / 11:05 AM

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

Pastrnak, Vrana head CZE World Junior select roster

Two first-round NHL draft picks and six A-rated prospects on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft highlight the 32-man preliminary roster of players for the Czech Republic for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Highlighting the list of players are center Jakub Vrana (Washington Capitals, No. 13, 2014) and left wing David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins, No. 25 , 2014). They combined for two goals and five points in five games for the Czech Republic at the 2014 WJC in Sweden.

While Vrana has to be considered a lock to make the team, Pastrnak's availability is at question. He has played well in five games with the Bruins since making his NHL debut Nov. 24.

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