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Posted On Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 6:06 PM

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Flames GM Treliving looking forward to stretch run

Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving joined NHL Live to look ahead to what he expects to be a furious finish to the regular season.

The Flames (40-27-6, 86 points) are third in the Pacific Division ahead of the Los Angeles Kings and 7-3-2 since captain Mark Giordano was injured. Despite being outscored 64-45 in the first period and 132-109 through two periods, Calgary's plus-35 goal differential (90-55) in the third leads the NHL.

"We're excited to be in the situation that we're in," Treliving said. "Any time you're going down the stretch and you've got a chance that's all you can ask for. We've given ourselves a chance. It's going to be an exciting push here down the stretch. Ultimately the goal is to get in, as we all know. Having to go through this experience is a great learning experience for our group and we're going to take it, as the old cliché says, one day and one game at a time and see where we end up."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 5:22 PM

By Robby Stanley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canadiens at Predators

NASHVILLE -- The Montreal Canadiens will face the Nashville Predators on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena in a game that features two of the best goaltenders in the NHL.

Carey Price and Pekka Rinne are frontrunners for the Vezina Trophy. Price leads all goaltenders in wins, goals-against average and save percentage, and is tied for the League lead with nine shutouts.

"I think they're both good goaltenders," Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban said. "It's always fun as a player when you can watch goalies kind of go at it and try to compete with saves. It usually comes down to a bad bounce or a deflection that's the difference in the game. In this case, you have two of the best goaltenders in the world. You have to expect to play some solid defense and know that you don't want to be trading chances with a team like this."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 5:10 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Ducks' Getzlaf has Hart Trophy backer in Boudreau

NEW YORK -- The Hart Trophy debate this season includes an array of names from Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price to Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin to New York Islanders center John Tavares to Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby.

What about Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf? At least that's what Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau is wondering.

"You know what, nobody seems to be talking about him this year because everybody seems to be talking about Carey Price in that respect, and Ovi," Boudreau said. "But you look and he's what, [eight] points out of the scoring lead, and our team is doing quite well. He's had an abundance of wingers and the one constant is always Ryan Getzlaf. He's our leader and our captain, and I think he deserves a lot of consideration."

Boudreau's point is well taken.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 4:02 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Jets at Canucks

VANCOUVER -- Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec is one of the hottest goaltenders in the NHL, but he won't play in a key game against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

Pavelec extended his win streak to five games with 33 saves in a 4-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, but will watch Michael Hutchinson try to backstop the Jets to a franchise record-tying sixth straight win in Vancouver.

"We will run a hot goalie for sure," coach Paul Maurice said. "We're just not going to run him into the ground to do it."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 2:47 PM

By Paul Harris -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Red Wings

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings have an important game Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes in their quest to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But forward Darren Helm has a little bit more to think about than a game.

Helm's girlfriend, Devon, gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter, at 2:15 a.m. Monday. The baby couldn't wait until they arrived at the hospital, so Devon gave birth to baby Rylee Klaire (6 pounds, 10 ounces) in the car.

Helm said mother and baby are fine. He said the baby arrived about seven days and five minutes earlier than expected.

"It was pretty intense," Helm said. "I'm extremely proud of what she did. The courage and the pain that she had to go through is amazing. How she did that, I'm so proud of her, proud of the baby.

"We got to the ER and they kept assuring us that things were going to be OK after they got a good look at the baby and Devon was feeling good. It took us a while to kind of get over what happened, but things are moving along pretty well.

"Couldn't be happier with the way things turned out and we have a pretty funny story now that we think about it."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 1:48 PM

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

At the Rink: Ducks at Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS -- The main focus will be the return Tuesday of Anaheim Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski for the first time since being traded by the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 2 prior to the NHL Trade Deadline.

But the Blue Jackets' side of the trade is drawing attention as well with the reinvigorated career of left wing Rene Bourque and the emergency recall of center William Karlsson, who will make his Blue Jackets debut against the Ducks at Nationwide Arena.

Unfortunately for Bourque, who had two goals Saturday including the overtime winner against the Calgary Flames, he will not play because of an upper-body injury. He has four goals in eight games for Columbus (33-35-4) after getting two goals and eight points in 30 games with the Ducks.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 1:47 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Islanders

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek had a choice to make last season: Sign a long-term contract to stay with the New York Islanders, who paid a steep price to acquire him in a trade the previous fall, or keep open the chance to return to the state where he played college hockey for the University of Minnesota.

Some would have thought the Islanders' upcoming move to Brooklyn would have been a selling point during the negotiation process. Instead, it was leaving Nassau County that helped Vanek make up his mind. When he opted not to sign with the Islanders, they traded him to the Montreal Canadiens in March 2014. Vanek then signed a three-year deal with Minnesota on July 1.

"It was close in February [2014] and I thought about it long and hard," Vanek said at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday. "There was two factors; I made a choice that I really wanted to go to free agency. But after being here for a while I loved it here.

"The one thing I didn't like was the move to Brooklyn. I think if the rink would have been built here, it should be here on the island. There was probably a good chance I still would be here."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 1:32 PM

By Corey Long -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Lightning

TAMPA -- The Florida Panthers will be without center Nick Bjugstad when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at Amalie Arena.

Bjugstad sustained a lower-body injury against the Montreal Canadiens last week. He played limited minutes Saturday against the Boston Bruins and did not travel with the team to Tampa.

"He's been experiencing soreness for a while and he's being evaluated," Panthers coach Gerald Gallant said. "We had to sit him for the final minutes [Saturday] and we have to see when he can return."

Gallant said he hopes Bjugstad can return Thursday when the Panthers play the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 1:14 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Kings at Rangers

NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Kings played the way they wanted to Monday in defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-1, but the two points earned merely allowed them to keep pace in the Stanley Cup Playoff race in the Western Conference because the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets also won.

The Kings are still on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. They are two points behind the Flames for third place in the Pacific Division and four points behind the Jets for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.

They're trying to stay upbeat even though time is ticking and they have only 10 games remaining. They have a game in hand on the Flames and Jets.

"We have to just focus on ourselves; there's not much we can do about what other teams do," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "Obviously you kind of look at the standings this morning and see if anything happened, but besides that it's just about us winning games. If we can win every single game for the rest of this season I think we'll probably make it in. That's all we've gotta focus on doing."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 1:09 PM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blues at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is expected to return against the St. Louis Blues at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.

Ehrhoff, who missed Pittsburgh's 3-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday because of undisclosed reasons, has been in and out of the lineup several times throughout the past two months. He participated in the Penguins' morning skate Tuesday.

The Penguins showed one line - center Sidney Crosby between left wing Chris Kunitz and right wing David Perron - during their skate. Coach Mike Johnston said he anticipates Ehrhoff playing with Pittsburgh using 11 forwards and seven defensemen.

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