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Posted On Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 11:04 PM - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

NYR @ CHI - 19:00 of the Third Period

At 19:00 of the third period in the Rangers/Blackhawks game, the referee closest to the net informed the Situation Room that he was in the process of blowing his whistle when the puck was under Henrik Lundqvist's pad and before the puck crossed the New York goal line. According to Rule 78.5, apparent goals shall be disallowed "when the Referee deems the play has been stopped, even if he had not physically had the opportunity to stop play by blowing his whistle." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal Chicago.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 8:46 PM - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

Coach's Challenge: MTL @ TOR - 6:35 of 2nd Period

At 6:35 of the second period in the Canadiens/Maple Leafs game, the Maple Leafs requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether Tomas Plekanec interfered with Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier prior to Jeff Petry's goal.

The Referee determined that Plekanec interfered with Bernier before the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.7, "The standard for overturning the call in the event of a 'GOAL' call on the ice is that the Referee, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to 'Interference on the Goalkeeper,' as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3 and 69.4."

Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Montreal Canadiens.

Since the Coach's Challenge resulted in the original call being overturned, the Toronto Maple Leafs retain their time-out.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 3:59 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canucks at Flames

CALGARY -- The Vancouver Canucks begin the season in the same building they saw their run in 2014-15 end, but the team that was eliminated in six games of the Western Conference First Round by the Calgary Flames will look drastically different.

Vancouver welcomes eight new faces that could make their Canucks debut against the Flames on Wednesday at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Rookies Jared McCann and Ben Hutton are expected to make their NHL debuts.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 3:44 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- A familiar face will be in the opposing goal when the Los Angeles Kings play the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday at Staples Center (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN).

Goalie Martin Jones is expected to start for Sharks in his first game against his former team since he was traded by the Kings this summer. Jones had served as the backup to Kings goalie Jonathan Quick the previous two seasons.

"He comes from a good program," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said of Jones. "He comes from playing with a great goalie and that can only benefit the long picture. He's also a good player. Good for him. You want every player you've coached or been associated with to play at the highest level they can. Good for [Jones]."

The Kings will be shorthanded because left wing Dwight King is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and defenseman Matt Greene is not expected to play because of an upper-body injury. Defenseman Jeff Schultz is expected to be paired with Christian Ehrhoff, who will make his Kings debut.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 2:14 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Rangers at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- After leaning heavily on his top-four veteran defensemen in the run to the Stanley Cup last season, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville knows it's time for his young defensemen to show they can handle an increased workload.

The Blackhawks start the season Wednesday against the New York Rangers (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN) with several in the mix. Trevor van Riemsdyk is starting his second NHL season and David Rundblad has only played parts of two four seasons. Ville Pokka, a healthy scratch Wednesday, and Viktor Svedberg, likely to be recalled from the American Hockey League soon, are rookies.

"I don't think anybody has that luxury of just saying, 'We're going to wait, wait, wait,'" Quenneville said. "It's a competitive business here. Everybody wants ice time. Everybody wants more opportunity and greater ice time as well, so their performance will dictate a lot of decisions we make, and I think they're all at a stage of their career where we'd like to bump them up more and get more ice time, and our top guys get down to under 25 minutes a game and distribute it a little bit more."

Posted On Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 1:26 PM

By Mike Brophy - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canadiens at Maple Leafs

TORONTO – Mike Babcock will join the oldest rivalry in hockey when he debuts as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

The NHL's two oldest franchises have played 728 times with Montreal holding a 335-293-88-12 record.

After 10 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, Babcock signed an eight-year contract worth a reported $50 million to coach the Maple Leafs, who have not won the Stanley Cup since 1967.

Babcock is not under the illusion that a quick fix is available for a franchise that has missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in nine of the past 10 seasons. On the day he was hired by the Maple Leafs he said, "If you think there's no pain coming, there's pain coming."

When reminded of that comment, veteran left wing James van Riemsdyk smiled and said playing for a new coach allows all the players to hit the restart button.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 12:35 PM

By Fantasy Hockey Staff -  / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Daily projected fantasy hockey goalies

Projected goalie starters are based on reporting of staff and correspondents at morning skates, team announcements and media reports. While last-minute lineup changes are possible, these projections provide fantasy owners with the most up-to-date information available.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 3:00 AM

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

Weekes' pluses, minuses for Blackhawks, Rangers

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The 2015-16 season is finally here, and what better way to begin than with an Original Six rivalry game at United Center between the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Rangers?

The Blackhawks begin their quest to repeat as champions and win the Cup for a fourth time in seven seasons while the Rangers are looking to take the next step having reached the Eastern Conference Final in each of the past two seasons.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Rosen's mailbag - Oct. 7, 2015

Here is the Oct. 7 edition of Dan Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run every Wednesday in the Over the Boards blog during the 2015-16 NHL season. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

Your thoughts on the undecided goalie tandems, e.g. St. Louis, Calgary, Dallas…any others? -- @PhilippMaurer

I've always been in favor of identifying a No. 1 goalie at the start of the season. It settles down the rest of the team and assures that everyone on the team, most notably the goalies, understands and knows his   role. That being said, I can see some merit to coaches entering the season with the competition for the top spot ongoing, provided they give each goalie a heads-up, as in at least two or three days' notice, of when he will be starting. Competition can be good, but at some point early in the season it benefits everybody to identify a No. 1.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.06.2015 / 9:47 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Senators' MacArthur practices, but could miss opener

Ottawa Senators forward Clarke MacArthur practiced Tuesday but isn't guaranteed to be in the lineup for the season opener against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday after leaving their final preseason game because of an injury.

"I feel good. I took a little bump to the neck-chin area or whatever, but I've been hit harder by my daughter with her toys than that," MacArthur said after practice, referring to an accidental hit from teammate Mark Fraser that forced him to leave the preseason game last Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

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