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Posted On Wednesday, 11.25.2015 / 12:55 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blues at Penguins

PITTSBURGH – St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves will return to the lineup against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; FS-MW, ROOT).

Reaves, who has missed the Blues' past three games, is expected to replace forward Scottie Upshall on St. Louis' fourth line against Pittsburgh (12-8-0). In 14 games this season, Reaves does not have a point and has three shots.

"He's uncomfortable to play against," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's had very much an up-and-down season, most of it based on health. He's healthy now. He feels good. We've conditioned him. This is about as far as we can go with him. The rest is kind of going to be in his court."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.25.2015 / 12:52 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Left wing Patrik Elias will make his season debut for the New Jersey Devils against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday at Prudential Center (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, MSG+).

The Blue Jackets are expected to get two key players back in their lineup in centers Brandon Dubinsky and Alexander Wennberg, who have each missed the past six games with injury.

Elias is returning from a right knee injury. He joined the Devils for their three-game Western Canada road trip last week and for a second straight practice on Wednesday served as left wing on the third line alongside center Jacob Josefson and right wing Stefan Matteau.

"There's always some adjustments, on the forecheck and in the neutral zone, but I think the defense zone, a majority of the time, it's the same," Elias said. "I think I can grasp that pretty well but most of [adjusting] will be in the neutral zone; where to go and how to react and when to move.

"It's going to be a matter of talking to [Josefson] and him talking to me and letting me know where I'm supposed to go and do, and I'll just go with it and watch every shift and what the guys are doing."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.25.2015 / 3:00 AM

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

Rosen's mailbag - Nov. 25, 2015

Here is the Nov. 25 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:

Do you think the defensemen award should be split; one for overall points and the other for actual defense stats? -- @whoopoi


The explanation of the Norris Trophy is fairly simple in that it goes to "the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position." The object of playing defense is to stop the other team from scoring; the best way to do that is to not let the other team have the puck. The best defensemen in the NHL today are elite skaters, puck movers, distributors and scorers. They are the players who possess the puck the most, because a good offense is, as they say, the best defense.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 6:14 PM

By Staff -  / - 2016 NHL Draft blog

NHL Network to air World Junior Championship games

The NHL Network will have live coverage of every United States game at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The 2016 WJC will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. The U.S. is in Group A along with Canada, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden, and will play all its preliminary-round games at Helsinki Ice Hall.

Group B, which will play at Hartwall Arena, consists of the Czech Republic, Russia, Finland, Belarus and Slovakia.

The U.S. will play its first game against Canada at 1 p.m. ET on Dec. 26, followed by games against Sweden at 9 a.m. ET on Dec. 28 and Switzerland at 1 p.m. ET on Dec. 30. The U.S. will close preliminary-round play against Denmark at 9 a.m. on Dec. 31.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 4:44 PM

By Abbey Mastracco - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flames at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- The Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks will play for the first time since the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday at Honda Center (10 p.m., ET; FS-W, SNW) with the Flames anxious to show the lessons they learned in that series.

Coach Bob Hartley said that the Flames have grown as a team since their loss in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round series. The Flames have not won at Honda Center since Jan. 19, 2004, but came close in that decisive game, taking a 2-1 lead into the third period before the Ducks tied it and Corey Perry scored in the overtime period.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 2:32 PM

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

At the Rink: Senators at Stars

DALLAS – Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson seeks his third straight shutout as Ottawa faces the Dallas Stars on Tuesday at American Airlines Center (8:30 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN5, FS-SW+).

Ottawa (10-5-5) defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre. On Thursday, the Senators defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0. Anderson stopped 51 shots in the two shutouts. He is starting his fifth consecutive game.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 11:46 AM

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

DraftKings daily fantasy value picks for Nov. 24

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.

Cody Eakin
, C, Dallas Stars

DraftKings price: $3,900

Third-line forwards are important in DraftKings contests that include only two NHL games. Going with an uncommon choice like Eakin at home Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators (8:30 p.m. ET, NHLN, RDS) is necessary since most depth players likely will be owned by more teams than usual. Eakin will try to extend his point streak to four Tuesday. He has one goal, two assists and four shots on goal in that span.

Posted On Monday, 11.23.2015 / 9:27 PM - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

Coach's Challenge: STL @ BUF - 13:26 of the Third Period

At 13:26 of the third period in the Blues/Sabres game, Buffalo requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether St. Louis was off-side prior to Robby Fabbri's goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that the Blues entered the attacking zone legally prior to the goal.

Therefore the original call stands – good goal St. Louis.

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

Posted On Monday, 11.23.2015 / 8:12 PM - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

Coach's Challenge: LAK @ FLA - 8:38 of the First Period

At 8:38 of the first period in the Los Angeles Kings/Florida Panthers game, Los Angeles requested a Coach’s Challenge to review the "Interference on the Goalkeeper" decision that resulted in a “no goal” call.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that Los Angeles’ Nick Shore interfered with Florida goaltender Al Montoya before the puck crossed the goal line, preventing him from playing his position.

Therefore the original call stands – no goal Los Angeles.

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

Posted On Monday, 11.23.2015 / 8:08 PM - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

Video Review: LAK @ FLA - 8:38 of the First Period

At 8:38 of the first period in the Los Angeles Kings/Florida Panthers game, the referee informed the Situation Room that Los Angeles' Nick Shore made incidental contact with Florida goaltender Al Montoya. This is not a reviewable play and therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no penalty and no goal Los Angeles.

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