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Posted On Monday, 11.23.2015 / 12:53 PM

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

At the Rink: Bruins at Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer said he believes the key to a good end result lies in having a good start.

Reimer, who will make his 11th start in the past 12 games, thinks the Maple Leafs (7-10-4) need to come out strong when they host the Boston Bruins (10-8-1) at Air Canada Centre on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, NESN, TSN4).

The teams played Saturday, a 2-0 Bruins win at TD Garden in Boston.

"I think we need a better start," Reimer said Monday. "I don't think we were happy with our start last game. We have to keep working hard. It was anybody's game the other night and if we can clean up a few things then hopefully we'll have a better outcome."

Posted On Monday, 11.23.2015 / 12:26 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers (6-9-5) will try two new forward combinations in a quest to rediscover their offense when they play the Carolina Hurricanes (7-10-3) on Monday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, CSN-PH).

At practice Monday top-line center Claude Giroux was flanked by left wing Michael Raffl and right wing Brayden Schenn. Right wing Jakub Voracek, who has played on Giroux's line for most of the past few seasons, was shifted to right wing on a line with left wing Chris VandeVelde and center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.

Scott Laughton, who sustained an upper-body injury on his first shift Saturday against the Ottawa Senators, will play Monday. He came out near the end of practice and was confirmed for the lineup by coach Dave Hakstol.

Laughton will play in his regular spot, between Taylor Leier and Sam Gagner. Sean Couturier will stay at center between Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds.

Posted On Monday, 11.23.2015 / 9:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2016 NHL Draft blog

Zurich's Matthews eyes return to lineup Wednesday

Auston Matthews, who many project to be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, is playing for Zurich in Switzerland's top professional league this season. will follow his journey leading to the NHL Draft this season with a weekly update.

Auston Matthews, who has missed the past six games with an upper-body injury for the Zurich Lions in Switzerland's top professional league, is slated to make his return to the lineup Wednesday against Ambri-Piotta in the quarterfinal round of the Swiss Ice Hockey Cup.

Matthews is an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's September players to watch list. Zurich will play its next regular-season game against Lausanne HC on Friday.

Posted On Sunday, 11.22.2015 / 7:14 PM - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

Coach's Challenge: SJS @ CBJ - 1:23 of the Third Period

At 1:23 of the third period in the San Jose Sharks/Columbus Blue Jackets game, San Jose requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether a Columbus player interfered with San Jose goaltender Alex Stalock prior to Cam Atkinson’s goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.

Therefore the original call stands – good goal Columbus Blue Jackets.

Since the Coach’s Challenge did not result in the original call being overturned, the San Jose Sharks forfeit their time-out.

Posted On Sunday, 11.22.2015 / 4:50 PM

By Kevin Woodley - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Devils at Canucks

VANCOUVER Radim Vrbata missed out on the scoring Saturday night but the Vancouver Canucks right wing will return from injury against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, SNV, MSG).

Vrbata was watching for a second straight game recovering from a lower-body injury when the Canucks scored three times late in the third period to end a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Vrbata won't be back on the top line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who combined for four goals and nine points against Chicago, but will be counted on to hopefully spread out the scoring more against New Jersey.

"That's one of those games it seemed like everything was clicking for them and it's fun to see," Vrbata said. "I had a few of those in my career and it's fun to play those games, but we will need close to the same tonight."

Vrbata will either play on the right side of the second line centered by Bo Horvat or the third line alongside rookie center Jared McCann and Chris Higgins, who moves from right to left wing.

Posted On Sunday, 11.22.2015 / 4:01 PM

By Craig Merz - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS – San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer was trying to arrive for the start of the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.

DeBoer was taking a flight from New York after missing the 3-1 win at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday to tend to a personal matter, assistant coach Steve Spott said.

Spott also confirmed Alex Stalock (1-3-0 with a 2.86 goals-against average and .894 save percentage) will play for the first time in six games and forward Michael Haley will be in the lineup for the Sharks (12-8-0), who have won the first five of a six-game trip.

Haley has no points and 10 penalty minutes in six games since his call up from San Jose of the American Hockey League on Nov. 5.

Posted On Sunday, 11.22.2015 / 2:21 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Canadiens

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens will test their organizational depth against the New York Islanders at Bell Centre on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, MSG+, RDS) with an opportunity to sweep the three-game season series.

Montreal forward Sven Andrighetto will make his season debut at right wing on a line with center Alex Galchenyuk and left wing Lars Eller. He was recalled from St. John's of the American Hockey League on Friday.

Montreal (15-4-2) also recalled forward Bud Holloway from St. John's on Sunday after forward Devante Smith-Pelly was ruled out because of a lower-body injury he sustained in the Canadiens' 5-3 win against the Islanders at Barclays Center on Friday.

Posted On Sunday, 11.22.2015 / 10:55 AM

By Eric Goodman - Fantasy Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

DraftKings daily fantasy value picks for Nov. 22

Each day during the 2015-16 season,'s fantasy staff will identify one player at each position worth owning in DraftKings daily fantasy hockey contests. Based on factors including but not limited to matchups, line combinations, power-play usage, statistical coverage and recent production, we'll provide you with lower-priced options that can help you build a winning lineup.

NOTE: These picks include players from evening games only. This does not include players from the 1 p.m. ET game between the
Los Angeles Kings and Carolina Hurricanes.

Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver Canucks

DraftKings price: $4,800

Fresh off a five-point night (one goal, four assists) in a 6-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday; Sedin will try to extend his point streak to four when the Canucks host the New Jersey Devils. The first-line center has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past six games with six blocked shots and 12 shots on goal. The Canucks captain is averaging a point per game at home this season with two goals and seven assists in nine games, and has also been very good against the Devils in his career with 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) and 23 shots on goal in 16 games.

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 10:19 PM - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

Clarification: NYR @ FLA - 2:01 of the Overtime

At 2:01 of overtime in the New York Rangers/Florida Panthers game, Rick Nash scored a goal for New York. After the puck entered the net, the Situation Room confirmed that the Rangers entered the zone legally at 1:51 (3:09 on the clock) and that no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the goal. Therefore a further League initiated challenge was not necessary and the call on the ice stands - good goal Rangers.

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 9:38 PM - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

Video Review: TOR @ BOS - 12:35 of the Third Period

At 12:35 of the third period in the Toronto Maple Leafs/Boston Bruins game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck did not cross the Toronto goal line. No goal Boston.

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