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Posted On Thursday, 11.13.2014 / 12:19 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Bruins' Khokhlachev recalled on emergency basis

The Boston Bruins on Thursday recalled forward Alex Khokhlachev from Providence of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. He will be available to play Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Khokhlachev, 21, has five goals and six assists in 12 AHL games this season. He made his NHL debut last season, with two penalty minutes and two shots on goal April 13 against the New Jersey Devils.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.13.2014 / 12:02 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Maple Leafs' Holland, referee McCreary on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, previews the big Central Division game Thursday between the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. Blues analyst Darren Pang joins the show at 6:15 p.m.

The Hockey Hall of Fame enshrines its 2014 class on Monday. Longtime referee Bill McCreary is among the inductees, and we'll speak to him by phone at 5:40 p.m.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Peter Holland, who has goals in three straight games, will also be on the program at 5:20 p.m.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.12.2014 / 6:55 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Faulk discusses keys to Hurricanes turnaround

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk was a guest of NHL Live to discuss the team's current hot stretch.

The Hurricanes are 5-0-1 since starting the season 0-6-2 and host the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

"I think we're just playing together as a team," Faulk said. "We've kind of had the system in place since the start of training camp, but I think we're starting to understand it and come together more. When we have 20 guys that show up and compete for 60 to 65 minutes every night, good things have been happening for us. We've been pretty happy with the month so far."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.12.2014 / 6:45 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Flames' Giordano on surprising start, chemistry

Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano joined NHL Live to discuss his strong start to the season and the surprising success of the Flames, who are 9-6-2 and in third place in the Pacific Division.

"It's been a good start," Giordano said. "As a team I think we're playing a high pace style of play and moving the pucks forward. The defensemen on our team pressure the puck so much on the back check that we can jump in as D-men when there's turnovers. That's been huge for me and [T.J. Brodie], but as well as our other D. [Kris Russell] and [Dennis Weidman] and [Ladislav Smid] have been really good at moving the puck up the ice and jumping in.

"It's been tough in the NHL these days to score off the rush so you need that second wave and I think we've done a good job of it this year."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.12.2014 / 6:42 PM

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

Injury to McDavid won't affect high draft ranking

There is certainly no reason to believe the hand injury sustained by Erie Otters center Connor McDavid on Tuesday is career threatening. The fractured fifth metacarpal in his right hand will sideline him 5-6 weeks before he can continue his offensive wizardry in the Ontario Hockey League.

But will his absence affect his standing in the 2015 NHL Draft? Before the injury, McDavid was considered the slight favorite in a two-player race to be the top-rated prospect in the draft. Boston University freshman Jack Eichel is the other player in that race. Boston College freshman defenseman Noah Hanafin is on the periphery of that conversation, according to several scouts.

"Injuries are part of the game and we've made it a point, as you recall three years ago when there were so many players out, of adapting here at NHL Central Scouting," NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr told on Wednesday before the Otters announced the prognosis. "We've got a lot of views on Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin, and are very comfortable with ranking them where they are.

"Hopefully in Connor's case, it's nothing serious and he'll be back playing and be able to participate with Erie because they look like they've got a team set for a long run."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.12.2014 / 6:35 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Erie's McDavid out 5-6 weeks with hand fracture

Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid fractured the fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand during a game Tuesday against the Mississauga Steelheads, the Otters announced Wednesday.

McDavid does not need surgery and is expected to be sidelined 5-6 weeks.

A likely top-two pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, McDavid scored a point in all but one game for Erie this season and has 16 goals and 51 points in 18 games.

"It's obviously terrible news for our team," Otters forward Dylan Strome said Wednesday on NHL Live. "He's our heart and soul. He's our leader, he's our best player"

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.12.2014 / 3:39 PM

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

At the Rink: Kings at Ducks

ANAHEIM – The ailing Anaheim Ducks still don't have right wing Corey Perry or defenseman Francois Beauchemin, but they will get back defenseman Cam Fowler on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center.

"He's going to play," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I haven't heard anything different that he's not going to play."

Perry, who led the NHL with 11 goals, and Beauchemin have viral gland infections and Boudreau said he is waiting blood tests on both. Perry's absence is noticeable offensively because is Anaheim has scored five goals in three games and is 0-0-3 without him. Boudreau shuffled his lines and put left wing Emerson Etem on the top line with center Ryan Getzlaf and Devante Smith-Pelly.

"Offensively, some of the combinations haven't been working," Boudreau said. "We haven't been scoring. So sometimes you shuffle the deck. Emerson's been an offensive guy in the past, and let's see if he can't do it playing with arguably the best passer in the League."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.12.2014 / 1:45 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

USA Hockey names roster for World Jr. A Challenge

Forwards Thomas Novak and Kyle Connor, both A-rated skaters on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, highlight the roster for the United States Junior Select Team that will compete in the 2014 World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Dec. 14-20.

The U.S. has won five of the past six tournaments with the exception of 2011, when it won a bronze medal. Canada West defeated Canada East in the 2011 gold medal match.

All the players selected currently compete in the United States Hockey League, the only Tier I junior hockey league in the U.S. Novak is a center for the Waterloo Black Hawks and Connor stars at center/left wing for the Youngstown Phantoms.

The roster features four players that helped the United States win the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, including forwards Connor, Seamus Malone (Dubuque Fighting Saints) and Andrew Oglevie (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), and defenseman Neal Pionk (Sioux City Musketeers).

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.12.2014 / 12:33 PM

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

At the Rink: Bruins at Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs feel like they are a much different team today than the one that hosted the Boston Bruins on Oct. 25.

The last time they played, the Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 4-1 in Toronto. It was after that game the Maple Leafs held a players-only meeting and have since gone 4-1-1.

"They just decided enough was enough," said Toronto coach Randy Carlyle. "They knew we just couldn't go on playing the way we were."

At the time of the loss to Boston, the Maple Leafs had slipped to 3-4-1 and were 1-4-0 at home. It was early in the season, but playoff positions are lost that time of year.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.12.2014 / 11:42 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks to Mike Modano about Hall induction

The countdown to Hockey Hall of Fame inductions continues Wednesday on NHL Live with Steve Mears and Butch Goring, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Mike Modano, the all-time leading scorer among American players, will call the show at 6:10 p.m. to talk about his upcoming enshrinement.

Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano on Monday was named the League's First Star of the past week. He'll join us at 5:20 p.m. to talk about his own start and that of his team.

Wednesday Night Rivalry begins with the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the Boston Bruins. We'll go out to Air Canada Centre at 6 p.m. and talk to NBCSN sports analyst Pierre McGuire via Arena Cam about the matchup.

The second half of the doubleheader pits the Anaheim Ducks against the Los Angeles Kings. Kings TV analyst Jim Fox will call in at 6:40 p.m. to preview this Pacific Division clash.

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