Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 1:56 PM

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

Red Wings' Datsyuk to return against Lightning

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk will return to the lineup Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning (2 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-D), the Red Wings announced.

Datsyuk, who has missed the past five games with a lower-body injury, had Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm on his wings. The same unit practiced together Friday.

Datsyuk has 23 goals and 58 points in 57 games this season for the Red Wings, who have lost their past two games.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 1:23 PM

By Louie Korac - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are fully aware of the run that the Columbus Blue Jackets are on entering their game on Saturday (FS-O, FS-MW).

And in situations like these, a potential playoff team facing one that likely won't make it, those can be the most dangerous situations for teams like the Blues (46-21-7, 99 points).

After a 5-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, Columbus recorded with its seventh straight road victory that tied a franchise record for most wins on the road (21) in one season. The Blue Jackets (35-35-4, 74 points) have won five in a row, are 8-1-0 in the past nine games and have won nine of 11.

And Columbus beat the Blues 7-1 on Feb. 6 to end St. Louis' 13-0-1 streak.

"I think you have to mindful of their record the last while," Blues left wing Steve Ott said of the Blue Jackets. "Obviously we don't see these guys very often, but I think they're 9-2 in their last 11. They're playing some really good hockey against some really good teams and when you do that, I think that's a bigger reason to be more cautious. Our situation at the time, we just threw that game [on Feb. 6] out the window and we start over."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 1:17 PM - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

NYR @ BOS - 1:41 of the First Period

At 1:41 of the first period in the Rangers/Bruins game, video review determined that the puck deflected off Milan Lucic's skate and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Boston.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 1:06 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Devils at Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- There will be no Stanley Cup Playoffs implications when the New Jersey Devils meet the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-CR).

The Hurricanes have been eliminated, and the Devils have only a remote mathematical chance, but that doesn't matter to New Jersey forward Mike Cammalleri. He is not worried about getting up for games in late March.

"As an individual, I truly feel like we have the best jobs in the world and I feel privileged to play in the NHL," said Cammalleri, who leads New Jersey with 25 goals. "All of us have worked really hard to get here. I really appreciate the experience. I look at the remaining games and wish we had another 100 to go. It's not that hard to get up for it. It's a lot of fun to play hockey."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 12:40 PM

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

Malkin, Hornqvist return for Penguins vs. Coyotes

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist will return against the Arizona Coyotes (1 p.m. ET; FS-A, ROOT) at Consol Energy Center on Saturday.

Malkin and Hornqvist each participated in Pittsburgh's practice Friday after missing six and five games, respectively. Malkin last played March 14, when he sustained a lower-body injury during his first shift against the Boston Bruins. Hornqvist, who has missed 18 games in his first seasons with the Penguins, has not played since skating 17:45 against the Detroit Red Wings, out with an undisclosed injury.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 12:38 PM

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

At the Rink: Senators at Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- Goaltender Craig Anderson will be back trying to help the Ottawa Senators make the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA2).

Anderson, 33, has been nursing a deep bone bruise on his right hand and while he was out goalie Andrew Hammond took the hockey world by storm going 14-0-1 in his first 15 starts. Hammond is now out with a lower-body injury sustained in a collision with San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture on March 23.

"The plan is for me to get in tonight and give it a whirl," Anderson said after the morning skate. "I feel pretty good. I feel like it is where I need to be at this point of the weekend. We need to keep winning and playing well. For me, when you get out there and get in the moment you forget about everything else."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 12:31 PM

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

At the Rink: Sharks at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers' injury list will be a bit longer Saturday when they play the San Jose Sharks (1 p.m. ET; CSN-CA, CSN-PH).

The Flyers will be without defensemen Mark Streit and Carlo Colaiacovo, who have the flu. They also are missing Luke Schenn because of a lower-body injury and Andrew MacDonald, who sustained a season-ending upper-body injury Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Flyers recalled defensemen Mark Alt and Oliver Lauridsen from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League under emergency conditions Saturday.

Alt will make his NHL debut; he had one goal and six assists in 33 AHL games. Lauridsen will play his first NHL game since the 2012-13 season. He was called up earlier this season but did not get into a game.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 12:05 PM

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

Weber out for Predators against Capitals

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber will not play against the Washington Capitals on Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET; FS-TN, CSN-DC) and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, according to the Predators.

Weber has played in all 75 of the Predators' games this season, is second among all Nashville skaters in average time on ice (26:22), and is second among Nashville defensemen in points (45).

The Predators can clinch a spot in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday with a win in any fashion.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 12:02 PM

By John Kreiser - Managing Editor / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Ducks at Islanders

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders will have a different look when they host the Anaheim Ducks at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; PRIME, MSG+).

Coach Jack Capuano hinted after a 3-2 home loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday that he might shake up his line combinations. The first line of John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey has slumped badly since Okposo returned March 10 after missing 22 games because of surgery to repair a detached retina. In the seven games since Okposo's return, the Islanders are 1-5-1 and Tavares has two points, one of which came a week ago when he assisted on an empty-net goal by Okposo.

Tavares' line was on the ice for all three of the Kings' goals, and Okposo's errant one-handled clearing attempt led to the game-winning goal by Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar with less than five minutes remaining.

Rookie forward Anders Lee had success playing with Tavares and Bailey during Okposo's absence, and Capuano said two hours before game time that Lee will return to that line, with Tavares in the middle and Bailey switching to the right side. Okposo will play on the right side of center Frans Nielsen and left wing Nikolay Kulemin, and Tyler Kennedy will move to the open spot on a line with Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 11:24 AM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Rangers at Bruins

BOSTON -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will start against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, SN360, MSG, NESN), according to coach Alain Vigneault.

Lundqvist sustained a vascular injury when he took a puck to the neck against the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 31. He started Feb. 2 against the Florida Panthers, but had been out of the lineup since. He missed 24 games and dressed as the backup against for the Rangers' 5-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

"He came in [Friday] with six or seven shooters and felt good," Vigneault said. "He told [goaltending coach] Ben [Allaire] he was good to go. So I wanted to play him one of the two games on the weekend and I decided today."

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