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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 3:38 PM

By Aaron Vickers - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blue Jackets after redemption against Flames

CALGARY -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are eager to erase a 7-0 loss Tuesday to the Edmonton Oilers from their memory when they hit the ice for the second of a back-to-back against the Calgary Flames.

"I think everyone in the room's embarrassed about our performance [Tuesday] night," Columbus forward Blake Comeau said. "Any time you lose like that, it's basically nothing you can take from the game. We're glad we get to play [Wednesday]. We get a chance to redeem ourselves. We know it's not going to be an easy game, but that being said, we come out and play the way that we can, try to get the two points, and then we can put the Edmonton game behind us and move on."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 3:16 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Senators realize they must cut down on shots allowed

OTTAWA -- It was a quiet morning on the ice at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday after the Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild played road games Tuesday.

Neither team held a morning skate after each arrived in Canada's capital with decisive losses fresh in their thoughts.

Goalie Craig Anderson will start for the fourth time in five games for Ottawa since he was sidelined because of a sore neck. Anderson has a 5-6-2 record with a 3.26 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.

Backup Robin Lehner faced 42 shots Tuesday in a 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. It was the seventh time the Senators have allowed at least 40 shots. Ottawa has allowed a League-high 761 shots in 21 games, an average of more than 36 per game. Defenseman Marc Methot said that puts too much pressure on Anderson and Lehner to bear the load.

"You can't count on your goalie being your savior every single game and I think putting that weight on their shoulders and having them having to stop 40, 45 shots a game, that's unacceptable and that's not going to happen every season," Methot said Wednesday. "We were pretty fortunate last year to have that, but it's time now for us to kind of grow up a little bit here and mature defensively and really start playing a lot more sound in our own end."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 2:08 PM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Capitals' Backstrom content not to command spotlight

ARLINGTON, Va. -- It may come as a surprise to discover that 12 players in the NHL have scored more points than Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom's 439 since he entered the League in 2007-08, or that his 24 three-assist games are the most over that span.

That is perfectly fine with Backstrom. In fact, he prefers it that way.

"I'm going to be honest with you, I'm not going to look for attention," Backstrom told "That's not who I am. … I don't need it. I'm happy with the way it is."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 11:40 AM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Capitals-Penguins, Stadium Series

It is Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN as two of the top players, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, square off and we'll preview this fierce Metropolitan Division rivalry. Pierre McGuire, from NBCSN, will join us from Washington to preview a game he will call "Between the Glass."

Coors Light Stadium Series tickets go on sale for the games at Yankees Stadium on Thursday and we'll have New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlin and former New York Rangers, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils goaltender Kevin Weekes on the show to preview the great rivalry between the local teams.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask you to pick the game of the night.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 11:35 AM

By Adam Vingan - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Capitals' Green won't return to lineup vs. Penguins

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green will not return to the lineup Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2) as he continues to work back from a lower-body contusion.

"Not ready, not 100 percent ready," coach Adam Oates said. "He could go, but you know what, [the Penguins are a] really good team and [we] don't want to put him in a position where he's behind the eight-ball a little bit."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 3:00 AM

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

Ovi, Fleury will be key in Wednesday Night Rivalry

This week's Wednesday Night Rivalry will be a great one as two of the most talented teams in the NHL face off when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the nation's capital to play against the Washington Capitals (8:00p.m. EST, NBCSN).

Sidney Crosby has been putting up points at his typical pace, but one of the real stories at the quarter-point of the season has been Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who entering Tuesday night was tied with Alexander Steen of the St. Louis Blues for the League lead with 17 goals.

With 40 goals in his past 42 regular-season games, Ovi is really humming along. The key for him is he's scoring in a lot of different ways right now. When you're a goal-scorer, that means you're giving the opposition fits. It makes it very difficult for them to defend you when you're able to score in so many different ways, because it means you're doing a lot of things right without the puck. I like Ovi's game right now. He's scoring from the middle of the ice, he's scoring from the wing, he got a backhand rebound the other night, we've seen him on his off side, he's scoring around the net on little chip-ins.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 11:16 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

CBJ @ EDM - 10:36 of the Second Period

At 10:36 of the second period in the Blue Jackets/Oilers game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because it appeared Nail Yakupov's shot crossed the goal line before the net was displaced. The referee informed the Situation Room that it was a good goal regardless of when the net was displaced since Yakupov was in the process of shooting the puck into the net before the Columbus player displaced the goal. According to rule 63.6 "In the event that the goal post is displaced, either deliberately or accidentally, prior to the puck crossing the normal positions of the goal posts, the referee may award a goal. In order to award a goal in this situation, the goal post must have been displaced by the actions of a defending player, the puck must have been shot (or the player must be in the act of shooting) at the goal prior to the goal post being displaced, and it must be determined that the puck would have entered the net between the normal position of the goal posts. The goal frame is considered to be displaced if either or both goal pegs are no longer in their respective holes in the ice, or the net has come completely off one or both pegs, prior to or as the puck enters the goal". This is not a reviewable play - call on the ice stands, good goal Edmonton.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 10:19 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

FLA @ VAN - 2:16 of the First Period

At 2:16 of the first period in the Panthers/Canucks game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Vancouver net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he had blown his whistle prior to the puck crossing the goal line therefore this is not a reviewable play. No goal Florida.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 9:24 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

OTT @ PHI - 9:27 of the Third Period

At 9:27 of the third period in the Senators/Flyers game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Philadelphia net. Video review was inconclusive in determining whether Kyle Turris' shot completely crossed the goal line therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal Ottawa.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 8:47 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

MIN @ MTL - 2:57 of the Second Period

At 2:57 of the second period in the Wild/Canadiens game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Max Pacioretty's skate and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Montreal.

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