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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.

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 8:39 PM

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

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Canucks

VANCOUVER-- Vancouver Canucks right wing Radim Vrbata will be a game-time decision when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Arena on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, TVA Sports, WGN).

Vrbata missed the final game of a seven-game road trip Wednesday against the Winnipeg Jets with a groin injury. The Canucks went 1-4-2 on the trip.

Vrbata took part in an optional morning skate Saturday. He has three goals in 19 games after leading Vancouver with 31 last season, but is second on the team with 74 shots.

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 5:47 PM

By Dan Myers - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Predators at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker will be in the lineup against the Nashville Predators at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-TN) after taking a slash at the end of the game on Thursday.

With less than 10 seconds remaining against the Boston Bruins Thursday, Zucker took a stick to the back of the left knee from forward Matt Beleskey. Zucker was help of teammates, putting no weight on his leg as he left.

"At first it was painful, then it was numb after that," Zucker said.

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 5:44 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Jets

WINNIPEG -- Goaltender Anders Lindback could start for the Arizona Coyotes in place of Mike Smithwhen they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday at MTS Centre (7 p.m. ET; SN, FS-A).

Arizona did not have a morning skate, but Smith did not participate in practice on Friday and is dealing with a lower-body injury. The Coyotes recalled goalie Marek Langhamer from Rapid City of the ECHL.

Coach Dave Tippett said Saturday that Smith was being evaluated by the Arizona medical staff and is "questionable" for the game.

"We'll see how it goes [with Smith's evaluation]," Tippett said.

Lindback last played Nov. 16 against the New York Islanders, allowing four goals on 31 shots in a 5-2 road loss.

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 2:41 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sabres at Stars

DALLAS -- The Buffalo Sabres have the League's second-worst penalty kill (72.9 percent) but hope to keep the power play of the Dallas Stars, who have the League's second-best unit (28.3 percent) in check on Saturday at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET; MSG-B, BELL TV, FS-SW).

"We've been much better in a lot of areas of the penalty kill. What we haven't been as good at is allowing zone time and allowing time for a power play. When you can prevent that, that's when we've been at our best," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "Give a power play extended zone time, like the one we're going to be facing tonight, they're going to take their opportunities."

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 2:23 PM

By Corey Long - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Ducks at Lightning

TAMPA -- Forward Ryan Callahan could be back in the lineup when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Anaheim Ducks at Amalie Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SD, SUN).

Callahan was a full participant in practice Friday and did not wear a non-contact jersey. Lightning coach Jon Cooper did not give additional details on Callahan's playing status.

"I'm not sure," Cooper said. "It'll be a game-time decision."

Tampa Bay (9-9-3) earned a 2-1 win against the New York Rangers on Thursday despite missing five of its top nine forwards. Tyler Johnson participated in the optional morning skate without a non-contact jersey but he and Jonathan Drouin are doubtful Saturday, while Cedric Paquette and Ondrej Palat will be out.

If Callahan can't play Saturday, Cooper may add Luke Witkowski to the lineup and go with seven defensemen like he did Thursday. Forward Mike Angelidis, who was called up from Syracuse of the American Hockey League, would be another option.

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 2:04 PM

By Katie Brown - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Capitals

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik will not play against the Colorado Avalanche at Verizon Center on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, ALT).

Orpik sustained a lower-body injury Nov. 12 against the Philadelphia Flyers and has missed five consecutive games, but coach Barry Trotz cautions that Orpik’s ailment is not serious.

“Once he gets 100 percent, then we’ll give him a couple practices and then we can expect him to be in the lineup after that point,” Trotz said. “It’s sort of how we’re looking at it. It’s a long haul, and he’s an important piece, so we’re just going to get him 100 percent. As I’ve said, it’s not anything that’s a serious injury. It just takes some time for what he has.”

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 2:00 PM

By Louie Korac - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Red Wings at Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues will go through the day Saturday before deciding whether rookie defenseman Colton Parayko will play against the Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-MW).

Parayko has missed two games with a lower-body injury sustained late in the third period of a victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. He took part in the morning skate Saturday and was paired with Carl Gunnarsson, but coach Ken Hitchcock said not to go on what was seen on the ice.

"Hopefully he gets to play tonight," Hitchcock said. "I'm not sure we'll know until the game-time skate. We'll see how he gets through the rest of the day today."

Parayko, who is among the rookie leaders in points with 12, hopes to play.

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 1:47 PM

By Chris Stevenson - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Senators

OTTAWA Ottawa Senators wing Bobby Ryan, their hottest forward recently, said he expects to play Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Canadian Tire Centre (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, CITY, TCN-PH).

Ryan, who has three goals and five assists in his past seven games, was hit into the boards by Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard and left the game late in the third period Thursday with an undisclosed injury.

“I’m really happy with everything we did over the last 36 hours to prepare for it, so we’ll have another conversation tonight, but the plan is to play," Ryan said. "We’ll see. It was scary for 15, 20 minutes, but once things calmed down it was nice. There’s never an ideal time to be hurt, but when you’re playing OK and feeling good you don’t want that train to stop rolling. It’s a huge relief.”

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