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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 3:15 PM

By Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Avalanche

DENVER -- The Minnesota Wild have had their way with the Colorado Avalanche this season, outscoring them 9-0 in the first three games. But Wild coach Mike Yeo isn't taking anything for granted at Pepsi Center on Saturday.

"I'm expecting their best tonight," Yeo said. "I'm expecting probably the hardest game."

The Wild defeated the Avalanche 5-0, 3-0 and 1-0 in the first three games, outshooting them by a combined 111-64. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no NHL team has shut out the same team four consecutive times in the same season since 1928, when the Pittsburgh Pirates did it against the Boston Bruins.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 2:58 PM

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

Jagr in Panthers starting lineup vs. Predators

Jaromir Jagr took the ice with the Florida Panthers for their pregame skate Saturday and is set to make his debut against the Nashville Predators at BB&T Center.

The 43-year-old forward, acquired from the New Jersey Devils on Thursday for a second-round and third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was the last member of the Panthers to come out for the skate, wearing his customary No. 68.

He was announced in the starting lineup with Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 2:28 PM - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

Referee Update: DET @ NSH

The equipment for referee Dave Jackson did not arrive to Nashville as scheduled, therefore he will begin the Red Wings/Predators game wearing jersey No. 35. If his equipment arrives during the game, he will revert to his usual No. 8.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 2:16 PM

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

At the Rink: Rangers at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers don't have a time machine so their focus has to be on the present, starting with a visit from the New York Rangers on Saturday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, City).

That means back-to-back losses against the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs, teams behind them in the standings, have to be ignored.

"They're over with," Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds said. "It's done. There's nothing you can do about it now. Can't go back in a time machine and replay those games. We'd like to, but you can't do it. Have to focus on the task at hand, and that's the New York Rangers."

The Flyers have lost four straight to the Rangers, including three games in 10 days in November.

"They're a good team," Flyers forward Jakub Voracek said. "One of the best teams in the League. You can tell that from the standings. … They play good defense with very good offensive players. That's probably the worst combination you can have to play against. They play a very tight-checking game and they are very good defensively. When you make a mistake they can make you pay."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 2:08 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Sergei Gonchar will return Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, though he won't have to look out for David Clarkson this time.

Gonchar will be back in the lineup after missing six games since he was injured two weeks ago at Bell Centre on a hit by Clarkson, who was traded by Toronto to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

"It's strange, but sometimes it works out this way," Gonchar said about the circumstances surrounding his return after Montreal's morning skate at the team's suburban practice facility.

The 40-year-old Russian is coming back from an upper-body injury he sustained on Feb. 14 when he was sent headfirst into the end boards by Clarkson, who was given a boarding major and a game misconduct on the play.

"It's definitely harder towards the end of the year," Gonchar said. "Teams are playing at a higher pace, you know, everybody competing for the playoffs, but at the same time I've been around for a few years so I know what to expect."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 1:58 PM

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

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Islanders

Defenseman Jack Hillen, acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes earlier Saturday, will be in the lineup Saturday when they face the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

The Hurricanes traded defenseman Tim Gleason to the Washington Capitals for Hillen and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

The trade was announced around noon ET, and shortly after Hillen was seen in his suit with a bag packed, leaving the Capitals practice facility in Arlington, Va., for Long Island, according to the Washington Post.

Neither team held a morning skate Saturday after playing the night before.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 12:28 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Zuccarello thinking about Rangers, not trade talk

PHILADELPHIA -- New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello said Saturday he's doing his best to ignore rumors he could be playing elsewhere after the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline passes Monday at 3 p.m. ET.

Zuccarello has 12 goals and 35 points in 58 games this season and can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. In a similar situation last season, the Rangers traded captain Ryan Callahan at the deadline to the Tampa Bay Lightning rather than risk him leaving as a free agent after the season.

"I got a game today," Zuccarello said Saturday after the Rangers' morning skate at Wells Fargo Center prior to their game against the Philadelphia Flyers (8 p.m. ET, NBC, City). "That's all I'm focusing on. That's the only thing I can control. … Try not to think about it. Work hard tonight and do whatever I can to win hockey games, that's my focus. This is my team."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 11:55 AM

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

At the Rink: Devils at Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- Right wing David Clarkson arrived in town late Friday, participated in an optional skate with several players Saturday morning, and will make his debut for the Columbus Blue Jackets against the New Jersey Devils in Nationwide Arena.

It couldn't come at a better time for the injury-ravaged Blue Jackets (26-30-4), who are near the bottom of the NHL in points but lead the League in man-games lost with 385 and mounting.

They will be without center Brandon Dubinsky and left wing Matt Calvert after each sustained a concussion in a 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. They will be out indefinitely.

Clarkson, traded Thursday by the Toronto Maple Leafs to Columbus for injured forward Nathan Horton, will move into the top line with center Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno.

"Always in the first game you're going to have nerves and take time to get used to guys," Clarkson said. "I'll get this first game underneath me and go from there. This is something I want to be a part of. Looking forward, I think it's good for my career."

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Posted On Friday, 02.27.2015 / 10:45 PM - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

COL @ DAL - 6:58 of the Third Period

At 6:58 of the third period in the Colorado Avalanche/Dallas Stars game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Dallas net. Video review determined that Nate Guenin's shot completely crossed the Dallas goal line. Good goal Colorado.

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Posted On Friday, 02.27.2015 / 8:37 PM - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

CHI @ TBL - 20:00 of the First Period

At 20:00 of the first period in the Chicago Blackhawks/Tampa Bay Lightning game, video review confirmed that time had expired before Nikita Kucherov's shot crossed the Chicago goal line. No goal Tampa Bay.

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I watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there. After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him.

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