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Posted On Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 12:20 PM

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

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will tweak their lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday because of an injury to forward Beau Bennett.

Penguins coach Mike Johnston announced Bennett will miss a couple of weeks with a lower-body injury sustained Monday against the Boston Bruins. Bennett, who has played 54 NHL games in three seasons, will miss his 14th game of this season. He made his season debut against the New York Rangers on Nov. 11 after injuring his knee during training camp.

Forward Jayson Megna, who played on the fourth line against Boston, is expected to fill the void, but his specific role is not known because Pittsburgh did not hold line rushes during its optional morning skate. Megna could replace Bennett as the third-line right wing.

Megna said he wants to help the Penguins third line, which includes center Brandon Sutter and left wing Steve Downie, continue its recent surge in production.

"They've obviously proven that they're a line that can put up points and produce," Megna said. "And they're also responsible in the defensive zone. So I think the key for me is just to play my game and kind of help those guys do what they do and bring what I bring, and hopefully that brings some more productivity to the line."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 10:20 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes offers trophy picks for season's first quarter

We have reached the quarter mark of the 2014-15 season, and there have been lots of outstanding performances and surprising developments.

For this week, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at where the race for some of the major NHL trophies is developing and who are some names to watch with each award.

Let's start with the Vezina Trophy, an award for a position near and dear to my heart. There are a few guys with a great case for the Vezina.

Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins is right up there. Obviously, Pekka Rinne from the Nashville Predators and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are as well. In the case of Fleury, he's having an excellent season and leads the League in shutouts. He put a lot of work into his offseason and really made a point to have another not just really good but great regular season with the hopes of carrying that into a great Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 10:00 AM

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

NHL Live Top Play Faceoff: Pickard vs. Tarasenko

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 12:37 AM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

CGY @ ANA - 16:49 of the Third Period

At 16:49 of the third period in the Calgary Flames/Anaheim Ducks game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Anaheim net. Video review determined that Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau kicked the puck into the Anaheim 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 Calgary.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.25.2014 / 11:20 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

COL @ ARI - 4:05 of the Third Period

At 4:05 of the third period in the Colorado Avalanche/Arizona Coyotes game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to examine whether Matt Duchene's first shot crossed the Arizona goal line, which it did not. However, video review confirmed that Duchene's second shot crossed the goal line in a legal fashion therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - good goal Colorado.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.25.2014 / 10:01 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

EDM @ DAL - 9:02 of the Second Period

At 9:02 of the second period in the Edmonton Oilers/Dallas Stars game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Edmonton net. The referee informed the Situation Room that Stars forward Ryan Garbutt pushed the Oilers defender into goaltender Viktor Fasth before the puck crossed the goal line, preventing Fasth from doing his job in the crease. This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no penalty and no goal Dallas.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.25.2014 / 9:40 PM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

OTT @ STL - 13:58 of the Second Period

At 13:58 of the second period in the Ottawa Senators/St. Louis Blues game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the St. Louis net. The referee informed the Situation Room that Senators forward Erik Condra made incidental contact in the crease with Blues goaltender Brian Elliott before the puck crossed the goal line. This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no penalty and no goal Ottawa.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.25.2014 / 5:36 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flames at Ducks

Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller returns to Anaheim on Tuesday when the Flames play the Anaheim Ducks attempting to break an 18-game regular-season losing streak at Honda Center.

Hiller spent the first seven seasons of his NHL career with Anaheim, where he was 162-110-32 with a 2.51 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. Hiller won 29 games last season to help the Ducks to the best record in the Western Conference and the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in seven games. Hiller was benched in favor of Frederik Andersen to start the playoffs. He regained the No. 1 spot because of an injury to Andersen before the Ducks turned to John Gibson against the Kings.

Signed by the Flames to a two-year contract on July 1, Hiller is 9-5-1 with a 2.45 GAA, .914 save percentage and one shutout in 15 games (14 starts). He is hoping for a positive reaction in his return to Anaheim.

"I always enjoyed being here," Hiller told the Flames website. "The fans were great to me, and there was always support. The Ducks made a name for themselves in California and it was nice to be a part of that. It's definitely going to be a little more special, but in the end I'll just try to focus on the game and hopefully play as good as I can."

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.25.2014 / 5:15 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Devils at Canucks

VANCOUVER -- The timing of the announcement wasn't lost on 19-year-old Vancouver Canucks rookie center Bo Horvat.

As Horvat prepared to play his ninth NHL game against the goaltender he was traded for, Canucks coach Willie Desjardins told the team Horvat was staying for the season.

Desjardins came into the locker room before the morning skate and showed one bad clip featuring Horvat followed by a good one, and then asked Horvat which player he was going to be.

"I thankfully said the right one and he said, 'Well welcome to the NHL,'" Horvat said. "It was a special moment, something I'll never forget."

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.25.2014 / 3:45 PM

By Jerry Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Two teams fighting to get back the Western Conference pack have missed a key cog in their lineup of late.

The Arizona Coyotes will get theirs back Tuesday. The Colorado Avalanche will have to wait.

Martin Hanzal will be in the lineup for the Coyotes when they play the Avalanche at Gila River Arena.

Hanzal, who missed seven of the first 22 games with several injuries, will play between Rob Klinkhammer and Martin Erat reuniting a line that has had success.

The Avalanche hoped to have their leading goal scorer, Alex Tanguay in the lineup. But Tanguay, who was hit in the face by a slap shot from Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals five days ago, will miss his second straight game Tuesday. He was able to practice Monday and took part in the morning skate with a full face shield but won’t suit up.

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