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Posted On Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 2:38 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Stars

DALLAS -- With the Dallas Stars mired in a six-game losing streak (0-4-2), coach Lindy Ruff decided to change his game-day routine by having the morning skate at Stars headquarters in Frisco instead of American Airlines Center, where Dallas will host the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

Ruff's rationale for the change was simple.

"It's just trying to change it up. Let's change the scenery. It's my job to try to do things that'll make a difference," Ruff said. "I want this team to get better, continue to get better."

Ruff is keeping his forward lines identical from a 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. But he could be making a change in his defensive pairs.

Patrik Nemeth, who has missed the past 52 games with an arm laceration, could see his first action since Oct. 18, 2014, against the Philadelphia Flyers. Nemeth could join Trevor Daley on Dallas' second pair.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 1:58 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Now that the NHL Trading Deadline has passed, the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs can get back to trying to turn around a season headed in the wrong direction.

The Maple Leafs, who made two trades Monday, return to action Tuesday against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center, when they will look to end a franchise-worst 16-game road losing streak (0-14-2).

"We can relax a little bit, there's not as much pressure right now," defenseman Jake Gardiner said. "Playing in Toronto, there's a lot of pressure all the time and now there's not as much. Guys can relax and enjoy it, but at the same time still work their butts off and hopefully start getting some wins."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 1:44 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flames at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Calgary Flames got crushing news Monday when it was announced their captain and top defenseman, Mark Giordano, would miss the rest of the season because of a torn biceps tendon.

But there's no time to worry about his loss; there's a game Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"It's just natural when you hear news like that," Flames defenseman Kris Russell said. "It's disappointing. But we've got a game tonight and the Flyers aren't going to feel sorry for us that we lost [Giordano]. So we have to make sure we come out and really compete and try to bring his character and leadership and step up."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 1:14 PM

By Craig Merz -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Capitals at Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- Two debuts and the long-awaited return of an injured goaltender will mark the game between the Washington Capitals and the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

Left wing Curtis Glencross will play his first game with the Capitals (34-20-10) after the Calgary Flames on Sunday traded him for second- and third-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

For the Blue Jackets, defenseman Justin Falk will be in the lineup after he and a 2015 fifth-round pick were acquired Monday in a trade with the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Jordan Leopold.

Also for Columbus, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (16-15-2, 2.85 goals against average and .913 save percentage) will play for the first time in 18 games since sustaining a groin injury Jan. 21.

The Blue Jackets (26-32-4) have lost six straight.


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Posted On Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 12:04 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Predators at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Rookie defenseman Damon Severson will be in the lineup for the first time since Dec. 15 when the New Jersey Devils play the Nashville Predators at Prudential Center on Tuesday.

Severson, who participated in his first full team practice Monday, received a phone call from interim co-coach Lou Lamoriello on Monday and was told to be ready. Severson sustained a fractured ankle blocking a shot by Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin on Dec. 6, and played five more games before coming out of the lineup.

A spot on the blue line opened up for the 20-year-old when the Devils traded veteran defenseman Marek Zidlicky to the Detroit Red Wings for a conditional third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft on Monday afternoon.

"I guess it shows they have confidence in me and my ability with what I can do out there," Severson said. "I've been raring to get back since the injury and it's been a long wait, but the coaching staff and management knew I was ready to come back."
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Posted On Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 12:27 AM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

MTL @ SJS - 7:55 of the Third Period

At 7:55 of the third period in the Montreal Canadiens/San Jose Sharks game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine David Desharnais' shot at 6:41. Video review was inconclusive in determining if the puck crossed the San Jose goal line before Brent Burns cleared it from the crease. Therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal Montreal.

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Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 11:32 PM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Trying to replace Mark Giordano

Mark Giordano's injury was somewhat of a mystery for the past week. On Monday, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving cleared it up, and it wasn't good news, announcing the defenseman has a torn biceps tendon.

"He'll be done for the season," Treliving said. "The surgery we are talking, it's 4-5 months in terms of the rehab process. … He was devastated by the news. … This is not what he wanted, but this is what it is, so we will deal with it."

Fantasy owners of Giordano will have to deal with it too. You can't replace a defenseman who has 11 goals, 48 points, a plus-13 rating, 14 power-play points and 157 shots on goal. But with the fantasy playoffs a few weeks away, unless you're in a keeper league, you likely have to drop him and acquire another player to help your blue line.

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Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 11:01 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

MTL @ SJS - 19:13 of the First Period

At 19:13 of the first period in the Montreal Canadiens/San Jose Sharks game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Montreal net. Video review confirmed that Joe Pavelski's stick was at or below the level of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the Montreal net. According to Rule 38.4 (vi) "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick in relation to the crossbar. If the puck makes contact with the portion of the stick that is at or below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good goal San Jose.

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Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 5:38 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Vermette, Cole now fantasy relevant

On Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks acquired center Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes and the Detroit Red Wings acquired Erik Cole from the Dallas Stars. Each player has a tremendous fantasy upside.

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Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 4:49 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canadiens at Sharks

SAN JOSE - Backup goaltender Alex Stalock will make his first start since Feb. 17 when the San Jose Sharks try to end their eight-game home losing streak Monday against the Montreal Canadiens, the top team in the Eastern Conference.

"I think enough worrying about other teams," Stalock said after the Sharks' morning skate. "Obviously they've got a good team but it's what's in this room. It's what we do. That's going to be the difference tonight, what we bring, what we offer. That's from the goalie out."

The Sharks had a players-only gathering away from the rink Sunday, their latest attempt to break out of their slump.

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